Today’s post is a little different. I’m not sure if this will interest everyone, but I’ve noticed something about paper-crafters: many of them are addicted to office supplies. As for staying organized, that’s probably more of an OCD thing, but it seems that day planners are becoming popular again, so I thought I’d share mine.
I’ve always been addicted to office supplies. And I’ve always enjoyed being organized (not that I always *am* organized… just that I enjoy it when I am, LOL). I’ve tried a few different types of calendars and planners over the years, but recently I have been relying mostly on electronic versions. My computer seems to be doing a decent job of making sure I don’t miss any appointments, but I needed something more.
As I become more active with Chemo Angels and other card-giving-type charities, I need a way to keep track of it all – who I send to, what I send them, when I send… ideas for future things to send, etc. And the computer just wasn’t doing the job. Plus, it just somehow seems fitting that I track my paper-crafting and letter-writing on *paper*. So I started checking out all the cool organizers out there. The Erin Condren Life Planners are cool – lots of fun patterns and bright colors. They totally appeal to the crafter in me. And Filofax makes some really nice, detailed planners that appeal to my organizing gene. But both options have their problems, neither one really fit what I wanted to track, and both are very expensive. So, I decided to make do with what I already have.
A long, long time ago, I bought a nice little Day Runner knock-off. It’s a three-ring binder that holds paper about 5-1/2 x 8-1/2. The binder itself is still in amazingly good shape (it’s at least 15 years old… maybe 20?), so I just had to come up with pages for the inside. I found some old, blank calendar pages – but I should be able to print up some of my own when these run out. It’s not that hard to put something like that together in a spreadsheet:
(Okay, I did splurge on some cute little magnetic clips, and some new labels.) There’s not much here at the moment, but I will definitely be using it to keep track of birthdays and such.
I used my Brother P-Touch label maker to come up with new categories for the tabbed dividers:
I keep my “to-do” list in the front, followed by the monthly calendars, a complete list of important dates, a place to track what I send to my buddies & when, a place for card/gift/letter ideas, wish lists for all the paper-crafting supplies I’m currently coveting, and a misc. section for things like postage requirements and color charts (matching ink to paper, etc.):
Then, I put my crafting skills to use. The papers in these planners seem to hold up better when you have a sturdy cover sheet – one in the front, and one in the back. I cut some pretty sturdy cardboard to size, and mod-podged patterned paper to both sides (and added some stickers to the front). With a couple of coats of mod-podge, these should hold up well for a long time. And they’re just pretty to look at. 🙂
Last but not least, I made myself a bookmark, using patterned paper, stickers, and more mod-podge. You can’t tell from the photo, but I cut small slits where the holes are so I can put it in and take it out without opening the three-ring binder. (That pen is the coolest thing – a gift from the Allears.net web-master. Pen on one end, highlighter on the other, and tiny little post-it tabs in the clip.)
With pockets in front for stamps and labels, and an extra pad of paper at the back, I’m all set. For now, this is staying on my desk, where I work on my cards and letters – but it’s small enough that I could carry it with me for notes on the go.
And now that I’m all organized, I can make more cards. How do you stay organized?
Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!
(All patterned papers and stickers from Basic Grey, butterfly punch by Martha Stewart.)