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. 

JetPens

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.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Celebrate with me!

 Win a Filofax Personal Organiser!!!

I started out making videos about my planner in 2012. My channel really took off when I made a video series about what is a Filofax Personal Organiser and how to choose one. From there, it just exploded! Every week I had tutorials on how to decorate planner pages. I had the opportunity to team up with Filofax, and other companies and blogger to showcase and review products. 

I do put in a lot of thought and effort into my work so that people learn about what is out there and that they are getting the best information possible. I had no idea that so many people would interested with what I have to share, so I hope that I can continue to keep sharing my ideas, tips & reviews about the things I love.

I am very grateful to have finally reached the achievement of 10,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel.
As a token of my appreciation for all my followers & subscribers, I will be giving away one of these four organisers.
  • Personal Violet Domino
  • Personal Raspberry Saffiano
  • Compact Lavender Patent
  • Personal Patent Purple Original
Giveaway Rules:
- Must be over 18 yrs. old. Please have a guardian consent to enter if under age.
- Leave a comment on this blog post telling me "Where are you from? What type of Filofax would you like to see in the future?"
- One entry per person, any other entries will be disqualified.  

 **This giveaway is open internationally and will end at Midnight PST on July 1, 2014.
Additional entries may be made on my Facebook page, Instagram, and YouTube

 Thank you and good luck to all!


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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Month in Review - May 2014

I know it's almost the end of the month, but it is time I got caught up with things. So, better late than never! Here is my review of the organisers I used for the month of May.

One thing that never changes is that I use a Compact size Filofax as my wallet. During the month of May, I was given the opportunity to do a product review on the Patent Lavender Compact Filofax. I am happy to see that it has been holding up pretty well. I was afraid of it being scratched and dinged up at first, but I have come to a realization that it won't stay perfect forever. It is build to withstand usage of daily life. Some days, such as a quick run to the groceries, or the post office, it is nice and easy to carry. Why I chose to use a compact over a pocket size is due to the fact that I carry many cards with me. I use over 48 cards ranging from rewards cards, stamp cards, and medical cards. I do not keep any diary inserts, just cash and 8 credit/business card holders. I carry my coins in a separate pouch. This is how it looks like.


 In the front pocket, I keep some credit/debit cards, some cash, and some note paper. In the back pocket, I carry larger rewards cards that don't fit into the business card holders, and some stamps.

If you are wondering what the top labels are, I have DRINKS: which is mainly restaurants & food/drink shops. Next, is STATIONERY: rewards cards for my craft stores and office supply stores. Lastly, MEDICAL: medical insurance cards, prescriptions, medical licenses/certificates.

Next, I will share my A5 Raspberry Saffiano. This organiser is definitely a workhorse. It holds up very well. It is durable, and has a large capacity. I use this organiser mainly for managing events an appointments with my monthly calendar. Please watch my video on YouTube as to how I use my monthly calendar here: My 2014 Monthly Calendar Set Up  if you are interested about that.



Lastly, I also use a Personal size Filofax for my everday use. This organiser serves as my task manager and holds important information that I may need on a daily basis. I use a week on two pages printable which I personaized from Philofaxy.com. I have received many requests to do a video on how I print my inserts. I personally think that it would difficult to do because everyone has different computers and printers, so what may work for me may not work for you. This is something I will try to work on in the future, but not anytime soon. There are some great videos here: Philofaxy: Diary Inserts if you are having some trouble.

I used the beautiful Personal size Orchid Aston Filofax.
Below are my decorated pages for the month of May as well as the supplies used. I will list the products below each photograph.

Week 18 theme: Mother's Day Florals
Colors: Coral with Blues and Greens
Items used:  

Week 19 theme: Moving/ New Home
Items used:  
Week 20 theme: Neutral Animals
Items used:  
Week 21 theme: Hello Kitty Pink, Aqua, Purple
Items used:  
Pens used: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto Multi Pen Ink Cartridge - 0.5 mm - Pink
(Barrel given as a gift) 

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Filofax and 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.