Yes, two posts in one day – I have to make up for lost time! This post is a little different – if you’re just looking for card inspiration, my earlier post might be more to your liking. I had a few friends ask me about this, though, and I thought it might be of interest to my fellow Angels – and anyone else looking for organizing ideas.
Being a Chemo Angel has really become my passion. With multiple regular “buddies”, and special assignments, it can get very confusing trying to remember what I sent to whom, and when. So I created an Angel Agenda.
After trying something on a smaller scale, I decided I needed a full-size (8-1/2″ x 11″) binder, with custom sheets for tracking the things I needed to track. So, I started with a Five-Star 3-ring Hybrid NoteBinder. I just love these things! The rings allow me to add my own pages (absolutely essential), but because of the flexible spine, I can fold over the cover and it will lie flat like a spiral-bound notebook, taking up less space on my desk, and making it easier to write in those margins. 🙂
This one has a customizable cover, so I could add some of my favorite patterned paper, and some little punched envelopes. On the inside cover, I added a few happy words, and a little pocket for holding re-positionable labels.
For my cover sheet, I chose a quote that seemed to fit me right now. (Die-cut letters on a piece of patterned paper, then laminated.)
I used a Brother P-Touch to create labels for my tabs. (I’m in love with my Brother P-Touch.) The binder came with a few nice pocket dividers, but I bought more so I could really customize it. I’ve got a calendar for keeping track of things, a place to keep notes on my regular buddies, another for special assignments, one for friends and family (yes, I send them cards, too. :-)), “card stuff” for things like color matches and card ideas, dreams (my goals, short and long-term) and misc. stuff that doesn’t fit elsewhere.
There’s also a tab for wish lists. (The quote at the top is a favorite of mine, from the movie Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael):There’s a tab for postage – I use the handy pocket for storing stamps, and there’s also a chart here for remembering how much postage it takes for some of my more unusual mailings:
Under the “buddies” section, I actually keep details about each of my Chemo Angel buddies – their likes and dislikes, and notes about what I’ve already sent them. Sorry – the details are Top Secret, but I think I can share one of the pages:
Looks rather cryptic, huh? It’s my secret code. 🙂 I have lists of various card sentiments – quotes and poems and things that I write on the inside of my cards. Each one is numbered. Once I use one, I mark it off this list. (I have a separate list for every buddy.) That way, I don’t keep repeating the same thing in every card. I do something similar for card designs, and also for the topics I share in my letters. It’s working pretty well, so far.
And last but not least, I have calendars. First, there’s my “perpetual calendar”. I have two pages for each month, and I list every birthday, special occasion, and misc. holiday. This way, I have a quick reference for years to come. I can add things as needed, so I don’t forget anything important. I found a great reference for holiday dates: Holiday Insights. My goal is to eventually make cards for all sorts of wacky holidays. It hasn’t happened yet, LOL – but it’s good to have goals. 🙂And here’s a look at one of my dated calendars:
I will probably have more fun with these as time goes on. Patterned paper, stamps, stickers, washi tape – no reason why being organized can’t look good, too. 🙂
How do you keep organized? Any ideas to share for keeping track of your card-giving?
Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!