Showing posts with label disc system. Show all posts
Showing posts with label disc system. Show all posts

Monday, August 14, 2017

Top 10 Basic Tools in my Journlaing Tool Box


Ok, that's not my tool box. It is a re-purposed utensil tray from my old dishwasher. It makes the perfect caddy for all of my journaling stuff.

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First of all, don't think you have to go out and buy all this stuff right away. I collected these supplies a little over time. Another thing you should know, even if I didn't have any of these wonderful little things I would still write and draw. All you really need is paper and a pencil. Although, I do love my Parker fine point black pen. It's my BFF and I have a bunch of them with refills so I'll never run out.

1.Pens, pencils, and markers. From left to right:
  • Metallic gel pens Slicci by Pentel. Probably the best gel pens I have used.
  • Bic 4 color pens in two different color sets. they come in very handy. I have always loved these pens.
  • Micron liners in black, sizes 01, 03, and 05.
  • A Paper-Mate Flair fine point felt tip for thicker lines.
  • The Ink Joy. They are a nice pen. The ink flows smoothly, can get a little gloppy. Frankly, I'm not sure what all the hoopla was about. Like I said, good pen, but I probably would not go out of my way to buy them again.
  • Crayola twistable colored pencils. I like this brand best for my use. The colors are strong, convenient to use. There are some other brands of watercolor pencils that I've used but I'm not into blending right now, so the extra price is not worth it to me.

  • Crayola markers--I'll talk more about these in my next post about lettering supplies. Suffice it to say, don't count them out just because they're inexpensive. They are very versatile!
  • Small snipping scissors for tight corners or if I'm in a stitching mood.
  • Eraser and white out tape. Always a must for boo-boos.
  • Regular sized scissors.
  • Liquid white out. It has a pen tip so you can use it to write white on a dark background.
And that was just the caddy.
2. Other basic supplies include:



  • That's no ordinary Bic mechanical pencil. This has a .9 mm lead instead of the traditional .7 mm. It is still a #2, but is stronger because it is thicker and doesn't break as often. I'm really hard on pencils so it was worth it to me. 
  • The folding and making a crease tool, also called a Bone folder because they used to be made out of bone (some still are).
  • Xacto knife, keep spare blades handy.
  • Binder clips--these come in handy when you want to make your own notebook or note pad. They keep your pages all together while you glue.

3. Speaking of glue...here are my favorite adhesives to use:


  • The PVA glue is perfect for binding projects.
  • Double stick tape--one of my supplies that I keep in bulk. It's archive safe and you can use it on anything. Double stick tape is probably the cheapest to use.
  • The Easy Runner by Home and Hobby is very easy to use, but it occasionally gets tangled up inside and you have to figure out how to fix it and re-insert the cartridge. It's kind of like using an 8 track audio tape (for those of you over 40).
4. My paper cutters.
Probably the best investment I have made in all my paper crafting. I don't remember how much it cost, but it was worth it. This thing gets a lot of use.
Fiskars paper cutter and edge rounder. These are super handy tools.
You need to use a mat under the paper cutter. The edge rounder has four types of edges you can select. Insert your paper and squeeze. It is really easy on your hands.

5. My Cinch

I can punch up to 15 sheets of paper at a time. I never have, but supposedly I can. I can also punch 1 piece of chip board for covers. I can punch from 6 to 12 inches long. It is easy to adjust the punch pins. The knob in the back adjusts to the size of your binding wires. You place the binding wire (after it has been inserted into the holes) into spot in the back and use the handle to compress the binding wire. You can also use spiral binding. Make sure to buy the same brand of supplies, We R Memory Makers or the sizes of binding are not likely to fit.

6. Sticky notes, the modern day miracle.

I can add notes and reminders to my journal wherever I need them. They serve as both reminder, place holder or bookmark. I especially love the NOTES pad. It fits just about anywhere and it comes in handy when my to do list if too full and I've run out of room. this usually only happens at Christmastime.

7. Washi tape and organizer


At first, I was determined not to get all caught up on Washi tape. I have seen some humongous collections. It can get out of hand and become an organizing nightmare. I found this organizer at Michael's. It has a dowel for the rolls to sit on and a serrated edge at the front to tear your tape with. It's kind of a hassle to use that way so I took the dowels out and use it more like a drawer. I don't really want a serrated edge on my tape anyway. I think a drawer with utensil organizers would work better. But I'm out of drawer space. 

It turns out Washi tape is stinkin' cute! And so much fun to use. It has a light adhesive so you can move it after you've put it on a page and it won't tear your paper. It makes fun borders and covers a multitude of journaling blunders.

8. Deco Pens

These little Deco pens are so much fun to use. Think of them as if correction tape (Wite out) married Washi tape and they had babies. It's ingenious. I wish I had thought of it! It is easy to use and makes the cutest little borders and separators. The ones on the left were $2 each at Michael's (not an affiliate link yet), and the Happy Planner version was $6.99. this one comes with 3 cartridges so the price is close to the generic ones.

9. Paper punch
If you use the disc system for your journal binder, you really need to get the special paper punch. It fits the discs perfectly. You should know that you can only punch 2 pieces of regular paper at a time or it breaks. I use a regular paper punch and clip the edges with scissors for cardstock or plastic, like my pocket dividers. You could use that method for regular paper as well and save yourself $29.

10. The Polaroid Zip Printer


This is the Polaroid Zip Printer. It is about the size of my cell phone, a little bit thicker perhaps. This is probably the most funnest toy of all. It uses special zink paper. The ink is actually imbedded in the paper so you don't get smears and smudges, and you don't have to deal with adding ink cartridges. It prints via Bluetooth from my cell phone using Polaroid's special app. The app lets you make edits to your pic if you want. The print comes out at 2 x 3 inches, the size of a business card.

I find that it is super convenient for printing off smaller pics perfect for fitting into my journal, and each print has an adhesive backing. The refill paper is a little costly. If you buy it in bulk you can get it for like 50 cents a page. I chose this method over the Fuji Instax because I didn't want to fiddle with another camera, even if it is instant. My iPhone takes great pictures so I really didn't need the camera. I wanted the convenience of printing off smaller photos without having to print out a whole sheet and cut them out one by one.

It can be a little temperamental. When I first got my printer, it would not recognize or connect via Bluetooth. I went through all of the trouble shooting ideas then called customer support. They walked me through setting it up. It had something to do with their latest update.

Currently, it is going through another hiccup so I will probably have to call customer support again. I've tried all of my little tricks.
Still, I've been very happy with this little unit. I paid $115 on Amazon just after Christmas. You know, gift money burns a hole in my pocket.

No matter what, keep journaling!

Always,

Monday, June 12, 2017

My Memory Keeper

Ok, so I have noticed one drawback with the Disc binding system:

The size of disc determines how many pages you can hold in your journal/planner.





This is my current planner/journal. I started with 2 pages of yearly calendar, 24 pages of monthly calendars and 48 pages of gratitude pages for the year. Add to that 5 pocket dividers that I really wanted to keep from month to month. I could see that as I filled in each month this size of disc would not be able to hold more than a couple of months.
I decided that at the end of each month, I would make sure I had completed all of my entries, then move that month to a Memory Keeper. This book has the larger blue discs.



This is my Memory Keeper for 2017. It currently holds Dec 2016 (when I started the disc system) through May 2017.
I think I can fit one more month, then I will need to make another Memory Keeper for the second half of the year.


This is a journal page from May.


This is a journal page from March.
I enjoy flipping back through the year.

 Moving my past months' planner pages to my Memory Keeper allows me the space I need to keep my goals, trackers, and lists from month to month providing me continuity; things like my household chores, meal planner, shopping lists, and exercise tracker.

What is your favorite planner system?

Happy Journaling,


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Build it Better Yourself

Journals and Planners: Build it Better Yourself.

After years of searching and investing in all kinds of planners I never found the perfect planner. I knew the only way to get what I wanted was to build it myself.

I started by doing research. I searched Google, Pinterest, and Facebook (Bullet Journal Junkies, LDS Bullet Journal and Minimalist Bullet Journals). I pulled all the best ideas and adapted them to fit MY life.




I discovered the DISC system. This was intriguing, but nothing I saw came in the size I wanted. I decided to stay with the composition size notebook for several reasons explained here.

You can achieve nearly the same results with a spiral bound notebook if you clip all of the holes on your pages.

Here is my list of PROs and CONs:
PROs
  • Pages can easily be moved.
  • Dividers can be added.
  • Covers can be changed anytime you like without having to get a whole new planner.
  • This system makes it easy to build a planner yourself.
CONs
  • Covers need to be softbound so they can turn easily.
  • Paper needs to be a better, thicker quality if you move them around a lot.
I tend to be a bit of a minimalist. I'm more about function than art, but I do like to doodle some. Here is a tour of my planner/journal:

This is the inside cover made from a scrapbook paper
and cardstock then laminated.


Our Family Yearly Planning Calendar


This is a pic of the blank printable in the Library:



My Monthly Calendar with my little to-do tick sheet.



I like my calendars to be blank canvases so I can decorate
differently for holidays or mood swings (the fun kind).
There are 4 boxes for menus--one box for each week.
Must-Do's are written in red on the day it has to be done,
then Should-Do's go in the first column and
Bonus to-do items go in the last column for those
rare times when you actually have a few spare moments.
You'll never waste time waiting somewhere if you have a list.


I have 4 Gratitude pages for every month.
My goal is to think of and write the 3 best things about my day.

There are four pages to the updated version in the
Library of Printables

This is just a plain journal page whited out so hopefully you can't read all of my secrets.
My journal pages and scrapbook pages are mixed in together.
This is one of my scrapbooking pages. I added button overlays to cover up dates. And yes, I did an Escape room with my kids and grandkids. It was lots of fun! 3 generations in one room
working as a team.
https://www.lds.org/blog/sunday-journaling-a-new-tradition-for-the-new-year?lang=eng
You can copy and paste the link into your browser.
I got this idea from my church's website about Sunday Journaling.
I love taking a few minutes to remind myself of
God's blessings to my family.
One of the best things about the disc system is the
ability to add pocket dividers.
For the composition size planner I had to cut the dividers down.
Mark the holes from a piece of paper already
punched for disc system.
Then use a regular paper punch and cut slits to the holes.

The outside cover is made from a flexible cutting board I bought from The Dollar Tree. It is thin enough to see through and can be easily cut on a paper cutter. You can also use a good pair of kitchen shears. Mark the holes from a piece of paper already punched for disc system. Punch the holes with a regular hole punch as shown. It takes a firm grip and a good squeeze.
Then you need to clip the holes just as you did on the pocket divider pages. For both the outside and inside covers measure the width of the pages plus the divider tabs on your divider pages to make sure everything gets covered.


One last thing...
I used the Happy Planner Disc system (discs only, not the pre-printed stuff) because they had different sizes and colors of discs. This is the paper punch that you need to use if you want to try this disc system. There are others out there. Just look on Amazon. This is what I used. It has some limitations. It can only punch 2 sheets of paper at one time.
So you can't use it for the covers or the pocket dividers.
If you look closely, I added washi tape to the end borders
so I know where to punch for composition size papers.


And...
I used the dot grid paper from this composition notebook I found on Amazon. Man, I wish I was an Amazon affiliate...someday. It is a little large so I had to trim it and punch it, but it is nice quality paper with only a little bleed through that you may have noticed on my scrapbook page.
For your planner/journal your imagination is the only limitation. You can make it whatever size you want with the kind of paper you want. It's all yours. Don't be afraid to experiment! You will find some things work better for you than others. Think of it as a QUEST and enjoy the journey!

What have you found to work in your planner/journal?

Happy Journaling,