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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Project Notebook

After trying several methods of keeping my project ideas and notes, I have finally, I think, stumbled onto the one that will work.

You all know I love the ARC notebook by Staples, that I am currently using for my planner.  Well, I had a coupon, 40% off no less, and I marched right on over to the store and picked up a full size notebook.

 Sorry the picture is soooooo bright!  Well, the notebooks come with very small rings, so I changed them out to the largest rings.  I love the pink color on this one!  I also like that the covers are sturdy, and will protect my pages very well.
 I bought a pack of grid paper, so that I can sketch out my designs.  I also added several sheets of plain printer paper to the mix.
 This is what I had before, a moleskin that was a mess.  It's very hard to add things to this book.  Although I do love me some moleskin notebooks, this was not a very practical solution.
 There are things clipped to the back of the notebook, again, not a very good system.
 I have a lot of notes.
Since I use the ARC system for my personal planner, the papers are interchangeable.  I can start the idea in my planner, and transfer it into my notebook without a problem.
I just thought you would love this.  This is a gallon size jar, that I have my discs stored in.  I always seem to discover and fall in love with a product, only to have it disappear from the store shelf on me.  So, every time I go to Staples, I buy discs.  I will not run out, for a little while anyway!

So, what do you think?  How do you keep track of your ideas and sketches?  I would love to hear your feedback!

Stay Crafty, (and organized) my Friends!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Mom's Diner Menu Planner

Hi everybody!  I hope that this post finds you all doing great!  I, as you all probably have noticed, have been doing some organizing and planning lately.  My new Arc by Staples planner that I created is working BEAUTIFULLY!  I love it and will continue to use it!

I have also been wanting to plan out my menus and get more organized about shopping and dinner planning. We have recently changed from a low carb diet to a Mediterranean/lower carb type of diet, and it has really changed what we are eating.  I need some help to get my brain readjusted to it.   I came upon this GREAT idea by Ursula, here at her blog, Home Made by Carmona.  IT TOTALLY ROCKS!  Here, let me show you.

 It starts off with a simple three ring binder.  I decorated it simply with this paper I had in my stash.  I think it is fitting.
 Inside the front cover I put some lists of our meals were were keeping track of, this was helping me to write down all of the foods we like.  I also have a stash of post-it notes.  Then, I put the printout of the post that Ursula did.  All of the pages are laminated.  I have a laminating machine, so that made it super easy to do, but you could take these to a Kinko's or office store and have it done as well.  This helps preserve them, AND the sticky notes stick so well on them.

 She includes FREE printouts to help you get your own planner started.  Here is the first week of my dinners. She has three columns, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner...Our breakfasts are usually the same, so there's not a lot of planning.  Lunch is usually leftovers from the night before, that we take to work.  Again, not much planning.  So, I decided to use all three columns to spread out my little food stickies.
 The second week plan.  I covered up the empty spaces with the post-its, just because I wanted to cover up the words on the printouts.  You'll see what I mean in the next picture.
 This is the plan, so far, for this week.  I have Wednesdays off, so I plan basically twice a week, Sundays and Wednesdays.  So, now you are probably asking where these little slips of food choices live...well, check this out.
 There are printouts for dinner ideas, lunch ideas, breakfast ideas, and more.  What you do is what she calls "populating" the boxes with the foods your family eats, and maybe even foods you want to try.  Keeping them color coded helps you put things back where they belong and keeps your categories
 Close up view..
 I made my own categories.

That's mine in a nutshell.  It's an awesome system. I love that you can move things around at will and rearrange and reuse everything.  It took a little bit to set it up, but now it's totally piece of cake to use.   I pulled out the weekly meal plan page, went through my categories and matched what I bought at the store.  As I go, I will figure out what I want for the rest of the week and make a shopping list accordingly.  I'm thinking Spaghetti Squash Boats are in my future.  I am going to add some paper for lists so that everything is in one place.

GO CHECK OUT HER BLOG!!!  She has the post, a video explaining the system, and all of the printables you need.  I think you'll like it!

Stay crafty, my friends!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Craft Room Update

I have been working on my craft room and tweaking it as I go.  I LOVE having my room to do whatever crafty idea comes into my head.  I also like keeping it as pretty as I can.  So...whilst at our local Lowe's store, I had an idea.

 This was how my work table looked as you enter my room.  You walk around this to my other desk where my laptop lives.  I love these baskets (Clearance at Fred Meyers), the wire and the fabric lining are beautiful, but below my desk looked sort of messy.  I have filled these baskets with lots of stuff to do.
 This is the view from my desk.  I'm sitting between my work table and my desk, and here is some of my paper organization.  It is organized, and I can find things super fast.  This long table (as I call it) is a nice place to put projects in the works, also, it holds my Cricut and all of my Cricut stuff when I need it.  I also have lots of other toys here.  Again, organized, but not too pretty.

So...at Lowe's I got an idea, and here is what I did with it.

 It is hard to see, but I used some Command hooks on the side table here, and hung a cafe curtain rod.  At Lowe's, I say this curtain panel, and thought it fit with my color scheme in my room.  So, I bought it, and got out my trusty Pfaff, and made some "desk curtains".

Now, when you come into my room, this is what you see!!!  It is so much prettier, it hides my stash a little better, AND it is sort of protecting my stuff from dust and dogs!  It also created a small hiding place for the birthday decorations I bought for my Husband!!  (Tee Hee!)  The curtain rods just hang in the hooks and are easy to move and take down to get stuff I need out of there.  I think it looks much prettier!  The whole project took about 1 hour, and cost me about $30.  One panel did the entire job, with a bit left over...I think I will make a couple of pillows for my chair, because the fabric is pretty heavy duty!

I love my room, did I mention that??

Stay Crafty, my friends!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

ARC Disc Planner Update and a COOL TRICK!

This post is to "update" you on what my planner is doing lately, and at the end of the post is a cool trick I found by happenstance and I wanted to share!!!

 You may remember my planner that I created, here on this post.   I made a few adjustments to it.  I decided not to use the Franklin Covey bag I was using for it, as it was way too heavy and couldn't hold all of the stuff I wanted to put in it.  So, I found this cool little satchel at Target, and it totally fit the bill!
 I also got the "real" cover for my planner.  The one I made was very cool, but the paper wasn't holding up to the "wear and tear."  I really like this cover, it totally is durable and  holds all my stuff in!
 Inside my bag are my goodies.  Planner, post it notes, note cards, stickers, a variety of pens, some Smash Scissors, score tape, etc.  All of the necessities I need to take this with me and work on it.
 These are just a few of my pages.  This one was a free-for-all.  I really didn't have a theme.
St. Patrick's day was coming, and while at Hallmark I saw these stickers, and this week was born.
 I love this list that I found at Michaels.  On the left side I attached it with "washi" tape so that it opened and I could use the back side to write on as well.
This one was another kind of "free-for-all".  No real plan, although I did like how the right side turned out.
 I am diggin' this layout.  I have used the "Stuff. Things" a lot lately.  I love that "phrase" if you will.  It is a quote that  came from "The Walking Dead."  Rick likes that saying.  He's doing stuff...things...and so am I.
 This is the current week, and I am doing it primarily in black, red and white.
 HERE'S THE FUN PART!!!  I had this Rolodex punch and thought to myself, "Self, I wonder if it would work in this book?"  IT DOES!!!!!!!!!!!!
I punched this tag to enter it into the book and it FITS PERFECTLY!!!!!!!!  I put the punch in my bag, now I can add anything I want into my book!!!  WOO HOO!!!!

That's it for now, I hope you liked this post.  I love my planner and am using it all of the time.  It is really helping me get things together.

Stay Crafty, My Friends!!!