Week 17

Finally catching up again…YIPEE!!!!

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This week I tried something new and I will be doing a lot more often.  I took an empty space and filled it with some coordinating sequins and wood veneer stars and used my sewing machine to stitch it closed for a little shaker box type effect.  LOVE IT!  Also, this week I received pictures from my parent who were on a cruise vacation and I decided to incorporate there life (even though they were a 1000 miles away) into my project life.  So as a challenge for you…try to incorporate your other loved ones who send you pictures and thoughts from there day to day life into your project life albums.  🙂

New approach to better PL Planning

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I used to use a composition book to draw out all of my planning for my Project Life pages.  Then I thought to try putting it in my Filofax planner/wallet and that was working but my planner was getting too full.  So I removed it from my Filofax and decided to make a planning album that I could add pages and it would last years.  So, I bought a Simple Stories Sn@p binder and that is what I am currently using and it is working out great.  I also changed in my project life album the pages.  I will be using Becky Higgins design “A” pages only except for my inserts.  The pages that you see me using are pages that I drew on regular computer paper and decorated with cute washi tape and then scanned onto my computer.  I then scaled them down in Microsoft Word and printed them in color and WA-LAA!  Instant pages that I can print over and over again.  It will make things a little less stressful for me and keep me more consistent.  Less stress = happiness.  🙂

Week on 2 Pages (For Sale)

I am in the middle of designing a collection of cute but workable printouts for your pocket Filofax planners.  Once I am finished with this collection I will work on making them for your larger planner like the personal and A5 sizes.  My planner pages with be sold as a PDF document that you can then use as much as you wish.  So to get started here is my week on 2 pages (WO2P) for sale. (Also, FYI…These are single sided pages so you will have extra notes areas on the backs of these sheets, extra post-its, etc.)

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WO2P for $2.50 …………*(two separate PDF documents will be sent to you…the M-Sat. page document and the Sun. insert page PDF document page.)

*as you see in the picture below of these printouts in my planner the Sunday page is slightly smaller so you can still see some of the Th.-Sat. page.

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*To purchase this downloadable PDF document just send me a comment with your paypal email address and I will send you an invoice.  Upon receipt you will get an email from me with the attached PDF WO2P document.

My 1st Filofax, the Pocket Domino

On Saturday I finally got my first Filofax in the mail.  I don’t know what it is about Filofax but it is just so trendy right now.  I’ve always kept planners for most of my adult life and I suddenly started to seeing tons of videos pop up on youtube about this Filofax brand that I’ve never heard of.  The more I watched the videos the more I realized that this great planner and organizing tool can also be another creative outlook  for me.  Since I am a scrapbooker and am on this Project Life band wagon I decided to keep my daily to do’s and my Project Life planning in one adorable little pocket size book that also acts as my wallet.  Here are a few main points to my starting stages of my set up for my new 2013-2014 Violet Pocket Domino Filofax.

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*I just love how small it is and how if fits so cute in my hands.  It is also the perfect size if you are planning to use it for a wallet like I do.  In my planner; for those of you who were wondering; I did not use the black today ruler tab in my planner because I wanted something a little more fun and colorful.  So I used the Becky Higgins divider tabs in the Blush Collection and just cut them down to size for my planner and re-punched the holes to fit my pocket planner.  These will work great for any size planner; personal or your A5.

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On the inside cover I keep my most used credit/debt cards and my license and Costco cards, along with a few Martha Stewart reusable dew drops for my weekly calendar.  In the top loading pocket in front I put my cash and a few stickers that I like to keep on hand just in case I want to use them when I am out of the house.  On the inside back cover I just have a few extra sheets of paper that I can use if I need to add notes to any of my section.

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My first divider tab is for my weekly diary pages which I have designed myself on my computer.  They are slightly bigger than the week on 2 pages that came with the Filofax but they fit just fine in my pocket size.  (This custom designed week on 2 pages set up with be available to you soon to use.  Stay tuned for your upcoming blog postings.)

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The next section in my planner is my Project Life planning outline sheets.  I just found a free printable online for lined paper and I am using that in my planner to sketch out my weekly Project Life plans for the week.

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Next is my Lists section…I love this section because it is filled with the colorful lined paper that came with my Filofax and I keep all kinds of lists.  (grocery lists, wish lists, other craft shopping lists, YouTube tips and ideas list, etc.) The next “mini” section is just a temporary section; my Christmas Lists.  I have 4 kids and I need to keep things separated and organized.  This is a great section to have included in your everyday planner.

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Right in the center of my whole planner I have this heavy duty plastic fly leaf that I made using some old plastic packaging that I recycled.  I am just using it to hold a few of my favorite sticky notes and flags that I want to keep on hand all the time.

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Here is the famous “Debt Tracker” page that everyone seem to comment on and love.  This page is actually the one and only insert that I use that is not one designed by me.  This is a free printable that I found that seems to work for me very well.  This free printable can be found at:  www.isdaddyhomeyet.com.  ENJOY!

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Finally the last section in my cute pocket planner.  My husband and I are always thinking of ways to decorate or do to our house.  This is just an insert I made to keep track of items and tasks that we want to buy or do to our house.

So, that is the main points to my new Pocket Domino Filofax and my starting plans for my set up.  So follow my blog to receive updates on my Filofax updates and creative ideas as well as my Project Life pages.  Thanks for visiting Blue Jeans Crafts where I document my life day to day.

Week 16

This week was a pretty great week.  The first day actually was a big deal for us and our neighborhood.  We’ve lived in this neighborhood for 3 years and just this last year we finally got to start meeting some neighbors.  We had a house next door to us turn into a forclosure and had been empty for a short while.  Then shortly after we had squatters move in and pretty soon we saw random people coming and going and this lasted almost a year.  We have lots of kids in our neighborhood and were tired of the drug activity and police not being able to do anything.  So we had a neighborhood watch meeting along with a fellow city police officer and with in a few months of all of our neighbors calling the cops daily on in and out going traffic in that house and daily calls to code enforcement and the city we finally got the squatters out and the bank had the house completely cleaned out and gutted.  And to celebrate we used the empty house’s driveway and helped host a big block party to celebrate the victory.  It was a great day and we got to meet even more neighbors.  This was a great week.

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