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My Creative Month – October/November 2015

The end-of-October post would have come out so late that I decided it would make more sense to publish it together with the November post. I could have skipped October but since it is my favorite month of the year, creativitywise, due to the Halloween season, I felt I still wanted to include it.

Also, I don’t really have much to show and tell for November anyway. As was to be expected, preparing my academic writing course that I’ve been teaching since the end of October has consumed basically all my free time both in October and November. Continue reading

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DIY Vintage-Looking Paper

Fall is approaching with rapid strides, which tells us that Halloween is near! Time for a little creepiness…

Last year I discovered Halloween bookbinding but didn’t get around to actually making anything. That I want to change this year. For the Halloween booklet that I’m planning to make, I first had to make sure my paper looked all old and worn. It is a little time consuming but actually very easy to make.

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My Creative Month – September 2015

September was a crazy and chaotic month where a lot got in the way of my creative projects. I don’t want to go into detail, but there were basically almost three weeks out of four were I could not do anything. This continued into the beginning of October, which is why this post comes out so unusually late.

Thus while I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t get half as much done as I’d planned, I’m quite happy that I did get done as much as I did. Continue reading

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Faux Leather Cover for Blogger’s Notebook

When making covers for often-used notebooks that you carry around with you, not only looks should be a consideration but also durability. I had to make that experience the hard way with my blogger’s notebook cover.

It had a very nice look to it, but it was just not suited to being carried around in a small handbag all day long, 7 days a week. Continue reading

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Back To School DIY – 3 Ways to Decorate Your Notebooks and Folders

It’s back to school time and shops abound with back to school supplies. While there are many pretty supplies for sale, why not jazz up and personalize your supplies to your taste?

Here are three easy ideas how to personalize your notebooks and folders and make them pretty. Continue reading

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DIY Calendar / Weekly Notebook

All the bookstores are cramped with calendars at the moment. Is it me or do you also get the feeling that calendars come out earlier and earlier every year?

Usually, I wouldn’t be thinking about calendars yet for another half year—until mine is used up and they are mostly sold out ;-).

However, I’m currently in the midst of improving my time and self management with a vengeance. And calendars play a vital role in good time management.

In my quest to a more organized and relaxed life, I’ve come to a point where I have to ditch my beloved tiny pocket calendar and instead go for something I can do my weekly planning in while commuting.

I’ve found that daily planning does not work for me. If I schedule a particular activity for a certain day, very likely I won’t do it. If I schedule activities for a week, on the other hand, I can very well motivate myself to do things from the list if I have time.

I looked in several shops and did long searches on the internet. As usual, it was exceedingly difficult to find a particular thing on the net if you don’t know precisely how it is called.

The closest thing I found to what I wanted was a so-called “weekly notebook” or “Wochennotizkalender” for my German readers. It has a double page for each week: the weekdays are on the left to note down appointments and there is an entire page for week notes on the right.

I really liked some of the ones I saw, but with all the categories I had that I wanted to take notes for, I could be sure that only one A6 page for notes was just not enough space.

After a while I realized that what I wanted didn’t exist and that I’d have to go and make it myself. Continue reading

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My Creative Month – July 2015

Fourth of July

I made some sweet treats for July 4th: A Stars & Stripes pie as well as red, white, and blue cake pops. Yummy! 😉

 

DIY Planner

I continued working with my planner and wrote a step-by-step guide on how you can make your own DIY Planner.

I’m so glad I kept the “binding” flexible! I had to add a couple of pages that I hadn’t thought of before and replaced some that didn’t quite work the way I thought they would.

And one very big change had to be made: I was hoping to do my weekly planning in there, but it is just no use. Since it is not replacing my pocket calendar, I just grew tired of copying all my appointments in there, and I didn’t really see the point.

For a while I thought I could just use week planning sheets that didn’t have the weekdays on them and have my pocket calendar there when planning.

But the second thing that didn’t work out was that I thought I could take a few minutes every morning or evening to look into the planner. That, too, is just not happening. I have way more time to look at all that when I’m commuting. So again, no use to have this in there.

I’ve been experimenting with to do list apps for a while, and they nicely complement my weekly planning on paper (because they are good for errands and shopping lists, etc. … i.e. things that are done quickly). But for me they just don’t work as weekly planning devices. I need paper.

So I knew the days of my tiny pocket calendar were up and I had to replace it, which I did:

DIY Calendar

As much as I love to have a tiny pocket calendar with a nice overview, I just had to admit to myself that I needed a new pocket calendar that would give me some room for doing my week planning while commuting.

Long searches on the internet made me realize that exactly what I wanted didn’t exist. I found something called a “weekly notebook” (or “Wochennotizkalender” for my German readers 😉 ), which was close. It has a double page per week with the left page being a normal calendar page with one week and a lined right page for week notes.

But I thought that this was still too little space for sensible planning. I wanted one double page for the week days followed by one double page for notes, with my own headlines, preferably.

The most important thing for me, though, was that it had to be A6 for the well-known reasons that my handbag is just too small for A5 and that I don’t want to carry so much heavy stuff around with me. My bag is heavy enough as it is.

I’ll describe how I made it in its own post, but here is a picture of it:

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Make Your Own DIY Planner

Today I’ll be sharing how and why I made my own DIY planner and I will show you step by step how to make your own.

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My Creative Month – January 2015

As a new idea, I thought it might be fun to share an overview of my creative activities at the end of each month. Things I’ve been busy with, stuff I’ve been thinking about, projects I’ve worked on, awesome items or ideas that I came across that I loved or got excited about. Who knows, maybe there’s something you’d like to try out as well …

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DIY Blogging Notebook

Around the turn of the year, while others were coming up with their New Year’s Resolutions, I was busy reflecting on my blog and brainstorming a list with post ideas and topics I’d like to write about in 2015.

Some already went with a time plan when they should be published. For one clear insight and one resultant resolution came out of this reflecting process: In the past, more often than not, it took me way too long to write up seasonal posts (e.g and especially my Halloween posts). When they eventually did come out, the season was mostly already over, so the interest in those posts was understandably lower than it might have been.

My second resolution for this new year, next to being more creative, therefore: I’d like to get to a point where I manage to upload seasonal posts during their respective season.

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