Refresh, Revamp, Reevaluate

I always have the urge around the new year to refresh everything. Just to air everything out, do a little refreshing of the things I enjoy and reevaluate what I constitute as important. While doing I noticed that my planner from last year, started to drive me nuts at the end of year. The quality of the planner was there (admitted it was not perfect, but it was adequate), but there were some user issues that arose. I had decided to stick any paraphernalia that I wanted to remember in it. After a whole year of sticking papers, buttons, stickers, pamphlets, photos, etc. By the time December rolled around my planner was bursting with everything I had stuck in it. The coil was coming apart, and with things were falling out often a new solution was needed.

With the acquisition of a new planner, I have settled on a new system for my papers and things as I wanted this planner to not look like it went through a tornado, or four. I researched numerous different ways to keep my memories and I finally settled on this neat little scrapbooking type deal. Photo boxes seemed like I would forget my memorabilia, and it would just be left sitting there. I looked at doing something digital, however that was not method I would want to go as technology seems to be constantly changing and I have a bad record with digital things. I also really enjoy having physical mementos to look back at. I also looked at traditional scrapbooks and that looks time consuming and I would need a lot of things to begin scrapbooking and the learning curve would be significant. Spending that much time and effort was not something I was prepared to do. As I was looking up scrapbooking, I found something intriguing.

I saw this thing where I would use something that is a cross between a three ring binder and a traditional scrap book. Inside there are these clear pages with different arragements on them. There are these little cards that are meant to be put in these pockets. This system is called project life, by some person named Becky Higgins who is apparently a big name in the scrapbooking community. Can you tell I am a novice? (Any advice is welcome)The original premise of this idea was a photo and journal entry very day. I am totally throwing that out the window. Some of the pockets are 4″x6″so I can simply stick pictures in them without much thought, or I can spend hours and hours making everything very detailed and elaborate, which is amazing as I have no idea how much time I want to put into this. The pockets also come in  lots of sizes from 3″x2″ all the way up to and including 12″x12″. So everything from tiny things to pretty massive things can fit into it. I have decided to make this my physical memory solution for 2015. What have you decided for your solution?

Jackie

P.S. I went into the craft store intending on buying only a few things, but I have not been to a craft store in a while and…well, let us just say that an upcoming post will be all about what caught my eye and came home with me (forewarning: there is a lot).

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The inkWELL Press liveWELL Planner LOATHES

As much as I adore are stare at my planner in awe, there are some things that I thoroughly dislike, or just irk me. So, let us just start.

1. The color scheme- as much I raved about the stunning color palette of this planner, there is one thing that gets to me. It repeats. It repeats (see what I did there, I am really proud of myself). As silly and ridiculous as it sounds, it really that it seems that so much thought was put into every detail that this calendar’s monthly color scheme repeats. For example, January is a subdued mustard color and a teal/aqua color, but so is May AND September. Each monthly color palette is in this planner three times. It bothers me that as I had previously believed that so much thought and attention was put into each and every detail. Now I question that as the color palette thought seems to have been skimped on. I know it is small, but it just bugs me. Plus, October is pink, now February is pink which make sense in my brain, but I feel as though October is more of a fall feeling to me and pink just does not do that for me.

2.The Tabs-the quality so far is lovely, they seem to be the right size for me, so none of those bother me. What bothers me is the color (do I sense a trend). So, there are fifteen tabs in total (each month has a tab, as well as a plan ahead, fun stuff and notes tab) and five of them are in the turquoise color family. The whole point of tabs to me is being to easily find the section that I want and with a third of the tabs in the same color family. Also there are two of the color family tabs next to each other, which does not help my brain find which month I am on. Just for reference, the tabs in order of color are dark grey (plan ahead), pale mustard, medium grey, a purple wine (I am exercising my color description muscles), darker teal, pale yellow, tangerine, grey-green, slightly paler mint, dark violet, pink, purple toned maroon, darker teal (as far as I can tell this color is the same as April) (January- December), ever so slightly lighter mustard than January for Fun Stuff, and lastly a mint for Notes. Just to recap, there are five tabs in the tealish family, three is the muted yellow/mustard category, and three purple-esque tabs. That leaves four tabs, two of which are in the grey family, a tangerine, and a pink. Here is just a smattering of tabs.

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3.The Holidays- these are a point of contention for me in a multitude of planners. They seem to be too small to actually be useful and beneficial. However, they are just big enough to be distracting so that if I did not need them I had to find some way to cover them up. I find that this is only true in the weekly version, the monthly version seems to fit my needs needs much better. Have you found this and if so, any solutions??

4.The Cover- as much as I adore the design I have already dented it and while nobody else would even notice. I find that even though I plan not to take this anywhere with me I still need something protect the cover. I have spilled a small amount of water on it and it wiped off very well.

5.The Accordion Folder- I have no idea why this was somehow deemed better than the clear pouch, sheets of anything seem to fall out, if they are not the perfect size. It is so inconvenient for me to open and close, I spend so much time on this task that I generally deem it not worth my time.There are these white things that the string goes around (very technical term, I know), has already bent so that I have to it to bend it back. How quickly is that going to look bad?? My guess is less than a month if I don’t break the string before that. I am thinking that I just might take the string off, or the entire pocket, although I am not sure what I should put there instead. Other than this and the cover the planner has held up perfectly.

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Jackie

P.S. Just for reference, I get a $10 credit and you would get 20% off your purchase of a planner at http://inkwellpress.refr.cc/CPHBBQV . I tried to find codes for 20% off without giving someone else money if you are uncomfortable with this, but I could not. Sometimes inkWELL has promo codes on their social media sites, so I will link those here.

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The inkWELL Press liveWELL Planner LOVES

I adore this planner, everything from the gorgeous cover, to the general design, to the size of it, and even the kind of behind the scenes emails you get. So, today I am going to wax on about the things I freaking love about my planner (do not not worry all of you pessimists out there, the loathes will be coming soon, along with the things I wish it had, but doesn’t).

First, Let us talk about the cover. There are five options and it took me a good week to decide as I liked two of them equally, I finally got some advice from my friends about which one I should go with. They went with the wood chevron cover, however the mitered stripe was a close runner up. The pictures are starting now, just keep in mind I adore it and I may have take a handful of pictures (I give, I give I may have spent quite a while staring and photographing it).

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Second, the aesthetic of the planner is very up my alley (what a cliche phrase). On a more serious note, I feel as though the muted, yet somehow professional. The design is very minimal in a way, but still is eye catching. I am extremely detail oriented so I care about everything from how dark the lines to write on are to what holidays are preprinted.

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Third, the size of this planner is a dream for me. I am so happy that it is slightly smaller than a typical eight and a half by eleven notebook. This size allows me to fit so much more in my planner, all of the important things. You know like, paint your nails and get paper towels, or even I really liked those towels I saw at the store today. I also love that it is not paper thin, I need a planner with some bulk to it. In a video posted about this planner before I bought is Tonya (some higher up in the company) was talking about the weight of the paper and to be honest I was like cool, but I have no idea what that means (video here). I really did not know what the big idea was, and I kind of still do not. My only hope is that the paper does not curl and it has not done so yet.

Fourth, I really enjoy all of the behind the scenes things that are a part of my planner experience, from the emails I recieved to the facebook group to all of the people’s honest opinions about this planner. The day after my planner shipped I got these emails from Tonya (still not exactly sure what position she is, but she is important in the company). There were six in total and each was all about setting your planner from the mission statement to various hints and tips and some things you could download and print. She is very easy to relate to and she seemed down to earth and engaging. After the emails are done emails are sent monthly from inkWELL press including backgrounds for phones and computers. There is also a section on the inkWELL website that has things to download and print to add to the planner. Another bonus is the facebook group dedicated to the liveWELL planner. Tonya is an active participant and everyone seems welcoming and there is a general positivty surrounding the interactions that occur within this group. Another thing that I have appreciated was all of the genuine opinions to this planner and why or why not this planner worked for people chose it. I have included a few of my favorite videos and blog posts below.

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Jackie

P.S. A lot of these blogs talk about referral codes I have one which I will put here. Just for reference, I get a $10 credit and you would get 20% off your purchase of a planner (http://inkwellpress.refr.cc/CPHBBQV). I tried to find codes for 20% off without giving someone else money if you are uncomfortable with this, but I could not. Sometimes inkWELL has promo codes on their social media sites, so I will link those here.

Website: http://www.inkwellpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/inkwellpress

Instagram: http://instagram.com/inkwellpress 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/inkwellpress

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My New Obsession….seriously, I need rehab

Life has been ridiculous lately. My internet connection has been poorly recently (actually for the past two years), and life in general has just seemed to become so busy. I seem to have less and less time for the things I adore and time seems to keep moving faster and I do not want to forget what has happened. I tend to constantly look towards the future and dwell on the past, rather than focus on the present. In an effort to change this and to just be more on top of things in general I have acquired a rather pricey planner. While this this is a materialistic approach to solving my problem and may even exacerbate it, I found that when I have previously kept up a planner I feel like I am more in control and I have time to appreciate the moment.

The planner I chose is pricey (maybe even extortion…I kid, I kid), it comes in at a whopping $59.00 (only 54 without personalization, that is slightly more reasonable, right). After cringing with sticker shock, I grudgingly admired how stunning it is. Here are my numerous pictures of the inkWELL Press liveWELL planner.

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Jackie

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My Mission

Lemony Snicket once said “A good library is never too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.” Sadly, my personal bookshelf has become far too neat and dusty, which means that I need to rectify this problem as soon as possible. So, I have come up with a solution and also a bit of a journey, hopefully. I plan to read all of the books in my bookshelves that I have not read all of the way through yet.
Now, this may sound a little bit strange to some people that I have not yet read all of the books I own, but I got probably all of the ones I have not read yet as gifts. It will be quite an interesting adventure of sorts since many of them I received when i was much younger than I am currently.
I have partly decided to partake in this adventure since:
1) I will probably move house soon and books weigh a lot and take up a decent amount of space since I have a generous amount of them.
2) I will probably be downsizing, so unread books will probably have to go anyways.
3) I have chose to partake in this endeavor now, because I find during the holidays is when books and the most needed and appreciated. Any books that I for whatever reason I decided are not worth my time or space will be donated right before the winter holidays, I hope.
4) I have had the same physical books that I currently own for over two years now, since my shelves are completely full. So it is time to make room for some new ones, but only a limited number since I am downsizing. Just as a point of reference, my bookcases have multiple layers of books in front of one another so there is no way to see, or retrieve the books in the very back due to the shelf size.
5) I have really been itching lately to pick up some new physical books. So I am going to in a sense ‘shop my stash’ to hopefully diminish that urge, or at least make room for any new arrivals. Right now I have a very strict ‘one in, one out policy’ and no books have come out in quite a while.
6) I now have some great ideas for my blog posts, including book reviews and recommendations for the books I will be reading. Since I am eclectic reader and the books span years of my life there should be a great deal of variety, also they were gifts, so who knows what people thought that I would like.
Have you ever ‘shopped your stash’? This will be a first for me so any tips or helpful ideas would be helpful.
Jackie

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So, I have not posted in a little bit

Hello,
So in case you noticed, which would be surprising since no one seems to go on this blog, I haven’t posted in a while. It’s not because I haven’t done anything interesting, because I have. It’s not because I haven’t had time because I have. It’s not because I’ve been living on a rock, because honestly I don’t know if I would survive. I would say it’s not because I’m lazy…but that could be true. On second thought, that lazy part is most likely true. Now I am planning on starting posting slightly more regularly than once a month. In fact I plan on posting everyday, but the likelihood of that is quite slim.

Now, this is to say I didn’t warn because if you look at my first post I totally did. I’m planning on going to St. Louis, Missouri on Friday, so hopefully I will blog about my trip there. Honestly, I’ve no real excuse to why I didn’t blog other than the lazy one which really doesn’t excuse it off. This line is pretty much to say I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry.

Thank you,
Jackie

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Reading Days

Hello,

So today I have started reading “Googled” by Ken Auletta. I am only a few pages in, but maybe next week I will have a review for it. This coming week I have lots of time to read, so maybe I will read enough to suffice for my reviews and it can become an actual weekly occurrence rather than a mere pipe dream.

All my best,

Jackie

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