Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Planner Decorating Essentials - STICKERS & WASHI TAPE

It has been highly requested that I share my decorating essentials for my planner. Although decorating in your planner is not essential to keep yourself organized, these are mainly products that I believe will help many your planner look more pleasing to the eye and create it into something motivational yet very useful. My intention is not that decorating is a must, but demonstrate that you can use your organiser in a creative yet functional and effective manner. 

This week I will highlight my favorite products for: 


There are many types of different stickers that I use to for in my planner, some for organization and some for fun. When I want to mark things/events that are reoccurring, bills, appointments, activites I like to create my own stickers. 
Using Avery 5418 Labels for Trash, Laundry, Mortgage.

I also like using stickers for color coding. Transparent colored stickers are great for this. Using a transparent colored circle over a date can remind me that something important is on that particular day. 
For fun, I love to use Korean Diary Stickers. They add a touch of cuteness with fun facial expressions, and characters. I also use these sticker tabs from Girl of All Work to create monthly tabs.

Masking Stickers are similar to washi tape, I can use them for embellishing my pages, to labeling topics on a page. They are easier to write on than washi tape because they are made out of paper. Other stickers I love to use for decorating are by Sticko and Mrs. Grossman's. You can also create your own tabs for whatever your like as seen below for my travel checklist using Avery Tabs. 


If you don't yet know what washi tape is: read all about it HERE.  Other ways you may have seen it called are: Japanese Masking Tape, Decorative Tape, Paper Tape, Crafting Tape, and Fun Tape. So, what is all this craze about tape? Endless possibilities! Not only can you use them in your planner in various ways, but there are many other uses for them, which include, decorating a frame, to creating a greeting card, spruce up a table, embellish a cell phone case, and many more. You can read about some ideas HERE from my Washi Tape Wednesday posts or just search on Pinterest for more washi tape D.I.Y. projects.

I have mainly used these tapes to decorate my planner inserts. Use it to highlight headings or important words as well. Here are some wonderful tapes from the Recollections brand sold at Michael's Craft stores. Some of my other favorite stores to purchase tape are Jo Ann's Craft Stores, Hobby Lobby, Dollar Tree, Daiso, Staples, and Target.          


I love washi tape so much as I love giveaways!  Thanks to cutetape.com for partnering with me so that we can give one lucky person a chance to win $50 store credit for some planner decorating essentials!

Here’s how you can enter to win $50 to cutetape.com:

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This will be open internationally! One person will be picked at random and announced here by the end of the day Sunday. If you won, please email me mypurpleylife [at] gmail [dot] com to claim your prize! Don't forget to include your name in your entries!

Good luck! 

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

My Current Planning System for 2014

Happy 2 year Anniversary My Purpley Life Blog! What better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than by talking about something that helped bring planner lovers like you to my blog.

People have asked me if using a paper planner has changed my life. Has it made me more organized? Do I get overwhelmed with decorating? How do I find time to use a planner and what types of things do I organize? 

I started using my Filofax personal organiser back in May 2012. Has it changed my life? Definitely, in more ways than you can imagine. For sure, I can't see myself with out it now. Without it, I would have a sea full of post-it notes everywhere. I still have a sea of post-it notes, but at least now they are contained in a lovely leather binder. I never intended to be such an inspiration for decorating planner pages. 

I simply started this blog, with my first blog post two years ago on this date, to share my creativity and share to the world that using a paper planner can still be a way of life. Finding a better way to stay organized, I found that using this type of planning system has given me an outlet for keeping all the information I need easily accessible and readily available. Decorating was never overwhelming. As a crafter and stationery lover, my planner was the perfect outlet. I knew how to balance things, by not over decorating yet keeping my planner functional. I still use the same layout with a week on two pages in Personal size. I have tried other formats, but this seems to be the one layout that I come back to. It is like a blank canvas for me because I love using all kinds of stamps, stickers, washi tape, etc. It's always important to set time aside for yourself. How can you take are of anything else, if you are disorganized. Having some time to put my thoughts onto paper also helps me unwind from my hectic day. So, every night before I go to bed, I make planner time! When the end of the month rolls around, I really start to focus on the next month. As for how I make time to decorate, if I know I'm going to have a busy month, I will film all my weeks in one day. Most times, I already have some themes in mind for that month, and I already set aside the supplies I will use. It just makes things go a lot faster.

As far as what I use my organiser for, I use multiple ones for different reasons. Some people have a difficult time understanding, how can one person use more than planner at a time. Well, I will share with you my system for planning. This is my system and what I have found to work for me. Some people like to keep things all in one place, I have found the need to have things separated. I feel that I am able to organize each part of my life this way because I can focus on what I need to. I also think that I can find things more easily this way. I am currently using:

My Home Management Binder: A5 Rapsberry Saffiano Filofax
1) Notes: Work Search Log and other random notes
2) Monthly: Month on Two Pages used for work schedule/events/ appointments/ special occasions
3) Filofax: Lists and notes for Filofax related information
4) Financial: Record tracker of my monetization for blog/YouTube/ other income
5) Addresses: PenPal tracker and other important contacts relating to my blog.

My Everday Carry (EDC): Personal Purple Finsbury Filofax <--- this changes every month or so  
1) Notes: Personal notes
2) Lists: Wish lists, bucket lists, need lists, want lists, list of fountain pen inks I own, list of beauty products I own, crating items.
3) Weekly: Week on Two Pages <--where the bulk of the decorating happens
4) Monthly: MO2P from Lime Tree Fruits <-- to keep track of my bills
5)Financial: Bank related information, encrypted passwords
6) Addresses: Filofax/stationery retailers in my area

My Wallet:  Compact Zipped Purple Malden Filofax<--- I stick to a Compact size
I do not keep any inserts in here. It contains 8 credit/business card holders. For a total of 48 rewards cards, stamp cards, loyalty cards, business cards, medical cards. I love using a compact size for two reasons. 
  1. My cash can be easy placed into the pockets without having to fold it or put into a separate envelope.
  2. I can see all the cards clearly, finding exactly what I need, when I need it.
My File Folder: Personal Purple Songbird Filofax
Includes: 1-5 tabbed dividers with  A-Z dividers
I use this Filofax to store all my pen, marker, and stamp swatches. If you have read other posts from me, I am constantly testing out pens, markers, stamps, and ink with how they interact with different types of paper (bleed through, no bleed through). I also take time to test out paper for people who like to print their own inserts. So, I needed a place to contain everyone in one place, just for this purpose.
The 1-5 dividers separate blank note paper, cotton cream paper, to do lists in white paper, to do lists in cotton cream paper, lined paper in white and cotton cream. 
I categorize the different pens and markers by alphabetical order using the A-Z dividers. For example, and the Pilot pens would be filed under the letter "P". Uni-ball pens would be filed under "U".

My Health/Fitness Journal: A5 Purple Original Filofax 
I keep notes for my spiritual and emotional health, as well as physical health. I keep a food journal and keep track of my fitness. 

So, now that I have been using my planner for over 2 years now, how to I store or archive pages? By storing them in other organisers, mainly ones that I only keep as part of my collection, not intended for actual day to day use. Currently, I have 2012 and 2013 in one Filofax, and part of 2014, in another. It's like a "blast from the past" experience, to grab a vintage planner and see my past pages. I get to see how my work "decoration" has evolved and it's also like a book of inspiration. Sometimes I see a decoration, and try to make it even better, or use a different technique to re-create the look. 

As for the rest of my organisers, I like to switch in and out of them every so often. For example, in the spring time, I like using the lighter colored ones. In the fall, I like using my plums, and wines. This is what I love about using a ring bound planner, is that you can easily switch the binder cover when you want to. I have been asked what is my favorite planner of all. I will tell you my top 5 ranges which is in no specific order or color. 
  1. Finchley
  2. Malden
  3. The Original
  4. kikki-K 
  5. Baroque
For those of you, who are just getting into paper planning, I hope you will find tons of information on this blog that will help you along the way. For those of you who have been loyal and faithful to my posts, I thank you. I am very grateful for your love and support, through my ups and downs, for reaching out to me with your wonderful messages and inspiring me to keep going when I felt like stopping. I hope that by sharing this information with you, that you are able to find what works and what doesn't work for you. Thank you again for stopping by, and hope you come back soon!

 (*Because there will be a special giveaway in the very near future!) 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Month in Review - June & July 2014

These are my decorated pages for the months of June and July. I will list the products used for each week, if possible. Some supplies used are no longer available or were gifted.  

June 2014


Week 23 Theme: Penguin love
Colors: Purple and Blue
Items used:   

Week 24 Theme:  Hawaiian Summer
Colors: Mint Green and Pink
Items used:   

 Week 25 Theme: Travel
 Colors: Ocean Blue & Yellow
Items used:  from the June Paper Addict Planner Kit
  • MUJI Check List Stamp - (No longer available) 
  • Washi Tape black pen
  • 2mm neon page flags
  • Sakuralala exclusive Peta shape travel washi tape
  • Studio Calico page clips
  • Hello Paper Addict airplane paper clips 
Week 26 Theme: Candy Stripe
 Colors: Neon Pink & Neon Orange
Items used:  from the June Paper Addict Planner Kit

July 2014


Week 27 Theme: Patriotic/ 4th of July
Colors: Red, White & Blue
Items used:
Week 28 Theme: Summer Kokeshi Doll
Colors: Pink, Yellow, Blue-Green
Items used:
 Pens used: kikki.K Rainbow Gel Pen: Yellow
Week 29 Theme: Macaron Love
Colors: Pastel Colors
Items used:
Week 30 Theme: Summer Geometric
Colors: Turquoise, Golden Yellow, Orange
Items used:
  Week 31 Theme: Hawaiian/ Tropical

Colors: Turquoise, Golden Yellow, Orange
Items used:
All inserts are Personal size Inserts on Letter Paper: 
Week on two pages - CC from Philofaxy 

 Make sure you check out my YouTube channel for tutorials on how I created all these pages.
Thanks for stopping by! 


*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Filofax JetPens, paper-addict.com, and Studiol2e. All content, ideas, and words are 100% my own, unless otherwise stated. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that allow me to showcase these wonderful products.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

My Review: Pilot Juice Gel Ink Pens

I finally had the chance to try out these pens courtesy of JetPens back at the beginning of the year and I couldn't wait to grab more colors. The colors I now have are:
  • 0.5mm Gray
  • 0.7mm Coral Pink
  • 0.5mm Pastel Green
  • 0.5mm Turquiose Green
  • 0.5mm Grape
  • 0.5mm Pastel Violet 
I was interested in this pen when a follower of mine asked if I knew any affordable pens that had grey ink. Of course, I hopped onto JetPens to see what I could find. After getting my hands on these Pilot Juice gel ink pens, I immediately felt a similar writing experience with the Pilot Frixion pen. Of course, they are both made by Pilot. Even the tips of the pen are similar. I tried both the 0.5mm and 0.7mm in the Pilot Juice and Pilot Frixion which I felt wrote the same. The only difference is aesthetics and the fact that one is erasable (Pilot Frixion) while the other is not.

This is both pens in the 0.7mm point. As you can see below, the tips are practically identical.
Above you will see the swatches of ink which I tested on Filofax white paper. There appears to be some minimal shadowing/ghosting of the ink on the back side of the paper, but no actual bleed through of the ink. This is because the ink of the pen is pigment-based ink, which means that it is water-resistant and fade-resistant. This is good if you are looking for a pen that has "Archival Quality". This is another reason why I recommend this pen. It has been reported that those who have used the Pilot Frixion pens have experienced their writing to disappear if left in someplace hot such as a hot vehicle. This is due to the thermo sensitive nature of the Pilot Frixion ink.

Interestingly enough, the ink in these pens will actually reappear when the temperature reaches below – 10 C (under 14 Fahrenheit). A freezer is sufficiently cold enough to make the ink start to reappear. (-JetPens)

If you love how the Pilot Frixion pens write, the Pilot Juice pens are a great alternative. These pens write smoothly and have a large variety of colors - 36 to be exact! These pens are very affordable at $1.65 (USD) from JetPens. They are also available in a bundle set of 6, 12, 24, or 36. These pens come in three different sizes, from 0.38mm, 0.5mm and 0.7mm.

It was a bit difficult seeing the Pastel colors on regular paper, so above you can see how the ink writes on Black colored paper and Kraft paper. 


Check out my video review here:

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with JetPens. All content, ideas, and words are 100% my own, unless otherwise stated. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that allow me to showcase these wonderful products.