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I began this year with one planner. I won a 2012-2013 Paperblanks planner and had moved into it before the end of last year. It’s a horizontal weekly layout or a week-on-two-pages as some would call it. I had trouble parting with my Moleskine weekly but I did it and transferred much of the overlapping months into the new Paperblanks.

orangecirclestudio

But then something happened. I found a Orange Circle Studio weekly planner for just a dollar and I had a dollar so it came home with me. Could I use two planners simultaneously? What would I put in one and not in the other or should I put stuff in both?

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Not long after a friend sent me a 2012-2013 Filofax refill which was the only thing stopping me from using my Olive Urban personal Filofax binder. The plot thickened. Now I had three options.

The fourth planner resulted from a pair of generous Twitter friends. One sent me a red Finsbury Filofax binder. A real one. In red. And it’s awesome. I love it. The other awesome Twitter friend gifted an awesome Dutch weekly calendar and monthly pages. The binder and refill combine forces to become option number four.

I have four planners for 2013 and I’m stumped. Absolutely stuck in plannered confusion. Should I try one of the others? Do I dare attempt to separate my planning into multiple places? If I try a different planner, should I copy everything over? I’m afraid to mark them up in case I should give them to someone else… Should I have a giveaway?

Any and all helpful advice or insight is welcome. I am still in the process of hunting down a new job so my needs might change again but for now… I just feel guilty not using the three other options. This has all become too confusing to figure out on my own. :)


My Plannerd Week 3

Here is My Week 3. Not a lot going on. Lots of job hunting and movie watching. I should start logging movies too. Might as well, right? One year I kept a list of every movie I watched. I like lists.

My BIC ReAction 0.5 pencil was my main writer this week again. I’m thinking I need to use some gel pens. Maybe get some colors going. Speaking of color, I tested out my PaperMate Intro highlighters in my Paperblanks planner and was happy to see very little to no show-through. Score! I’ll work on color coding more things since I have pink, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. I tried to find my neon color pencils but had no luck. I also can’t locate my Sharpie Gel highlighters. Doh.

Under my Paperblanks planner is House of Doolittle Weekly/Monthly Appointment Planner. A lovely friend sent it to me. I’m hoping to incorporate this into my system of tracking things.

How is your 2013 starting off? What planner are you using or do roll without one? Do you prefer inky or dry highlighters?

Be well.


I have an bit of a stationery obsession. You hadn’t noticed, had you? Luckily, I am in great company. The marvelous Angela from Paper Lovestory is just one of the many who constantly tantalize me with exotic Filofax postings. The “My Week” invitation is out for anyone who would like to join, regardless of planner type. I thought, what the heck, why not? It will keep me posting and keep me more dedicated to the Paperblanks planner I’m using for 2013.

Oddly, I have been using mostly mechanical pencil in my planner these days. I highlight appointment times with yellow but always have a pencil handy. The Pentel Click Erase in 0.5 and 0.9 to start the year and my new BIC Reaction with the awesome grey body since I bought it January 6th. It has a fully retractable tip so there isn’t any risk of snagging or unintentional self stabbage. Been there? ouch.

The pencils I used.

The Paperblanks planner is smaller than the Moleskine Horizontal weekly I used last year but it works. I’m still searching for a new job so my days are not very full. I have been filling in more details just to keep my mind from having to remember. I’m afraid my brain is beginning to atrophy. I need to do more puzzles to keep the juicy gray matter viable. Please note that any information that I deem “not suitable for sharing” will be disguised by the glass,nose,mustache stamp in Aviary. I think it’s funny and does the trick.

My Week #1

My Week #2

Here is MY WEEK 1 and MY WEEK 2 which catches me up. Look for my next post Sunday or Monday as that will be the routine. I hope to stick with this all year. I think I can. Will you join too?

Be Well.


I now have two snowflakes ^^ #crochet

I fell asleep about three hours ago and just woke up to get ready for bed. Such bad habits are developing. I thought of writing a post earlier but I guess this will have to do.

I worked on crochet snowflakes today. I ended up with five total. Slowly but surely things will take shape. Tomorrow I will measure the fireplace mantle and get a better plan for this garland.

Now I will return to dreamland. Goodnight and be well.

They are multiplying ^^ I'll be making more while I watch Edward Scissorhands.


More fun ^^

I suspected that my itchy leg was more than just dry skin on Wednesday. The last day confirmed my suspicions. I have hives or some kind of horrible itchy rash. Last night was a rough one with itching and discomfort disrupting my sleep. My stomach was not at all happy with me this morning either. So I do what I do best, I called my parents for advice this morning. They advised calling my Doc which I did. No pain meds and get some Benadryl.

To pass time I grabbed my Sharpie and decided I could go wild on the cast since it was coming off. I doodled swirls, my signature sock skull, a cloud, “warning: broken,” “this end up,” and “heal” instead of heel. That was the only artistic thing I did today.

My Doc appointment went okay. The nurse had a hard time removing the cast. Then I came very close to fainting during the xrays which rushed 4 nurses all to that room. After that joy, the Doc said my fractures are nearly undetectable and I could get a BOOT. Getting my foot into the boot was interesting and movement in my ankle makes me feel so sick. I was so happy to get home and lie down! Unfortunately the lack of proper pain meds let the beast wake up and sleep was impossible. It hurts. It will pass but sheesh am I tired of pain and discomfort and strange sensations.

I am so hoping things are calmer by tomorrow and that I can get some good proper sleep tonight. A nice artistic adventure would be a lovely break.

Be well.


My Mum called this morning and informed me that Dad and her were heading over to dig in my gardens. I was in one of my “no sun – no energy” moods and planned to sit on the futon until forced to move by bodily need or human intervention. I grabbed my overalls and gardening shoes and headed out. Oh and my bandanna. I live in my bandanna when I don’t have energy. I really need a hair cut but that isn’t really the point of my post tonight.

We removed all the maximilian sunflowers from the south end of the east garden. They never did much even with improved soil. Sad really. The ones out in the county get so tall and have millions of blooms on each stalk. Mine bloom so late in the season and topple over from their own weight – unable to hold up their dinky blooms.

My parents have come to terms with my own physical weakness. I have no rippling muscles and have tendinitis in both wrists. I’m still in denial but both my parents help so much. Matt even joined the fun. The south end of the east garden is now de-rooted and revitalized with peat moss and compost. I planted my new blue delphinium and a couple perennial lobelia. I’m excited to get things moved around. Oh and my orange poppies have been relocated to the sunny part of the south garden. Oh how wonderful orange poppies will be!

Orange is such a powerful color. Friday was a deadline day and I took a breather – just one moment and glanced around my work area. I had so much fun orange I just had to capture it.

Unofficial Orange Day

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I grabbed my Rose Art colored pencils on the way to work Thursday and colored a blue corner in my journal. Then later did an orange arch. Friday I was majorly craving fresh fruit so I drew a strawberry. Today I drew the orange and kiwi slice. I’m going to write “but i had Taco Bell for dinner” since we ended up stopping there before taking Iggy Pup to the dog park to see his German Shepherd Dog girlfriend Sammy.

Journal Spread

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I don’t mind not finishing entries on the day listed any more. Journaling has become free and enjoyable. I don’t feel rushed or pinned to finishing the entry in daily order. A page for each day is okay and I can finish it when I feel the motivation or have the time. Life is strenuous enough without adding journaling to the list of must-dos.

I have so many ideas for art projects now its unreal. I bought gel medium so I want to work on collages. I also have all my new fancy edge scissors to experiment with. I bought some clearance art pens at Hobby Lobby this week and haven’t uncapped any of them. I am getting CraftyChica’s book Crafty Chica’s Guide to Artful Sewing: Fabu-Low-Sew Ideas for the Everyday Crafter for becoming her 4,000th follower on Twitter! I’m am SOOO excited! I’ve only made one item with my new-to-me sewing machine – a bag – and I’m falling in love with the idea of making more things. I do need to find out how to make my machine to a zig-zag stitch so I can sew paper for my collages. I have a sick desire to learn to quilt. Comfortstitching has the most exquisite quilts that inspire and tempt me to try one for myself.

I could go on and on but I’m sure you’d rather I just do something and post about than post about wanting to do it, right?
Take care and be well.


Introducing my Zazzle shop! DIYSara

Stay tuned for more products and designs. Always feel free to make suggests or requests!

I plan on diving back into the blog world soon, I have much to share.
Take care and be well.


Today was a hard day… being behind because of Friday’s insanity plus leaving work for an appointment mid-day meant I had to be on the ball. I accomplished what I wanted to before leaving tonight.

Here is a glimpse of what I had in my arsenal today.

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In this photo: my assortment of work-issued highlighters, tons of paperwork (lots of past issues for reference), my printed google spreadsheet to guide me through my battle, my circa/rolla compact planner, a Sanford Liquid Expresso in blue, a blue UniBall Signo 207 micro and a Bic permanent marker.

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Someone on DIYPlanner posted about Post-It addictions. I have sticky notes coming out of my ears. But these have to be some of my favorites. I love using them at work since they are humorous. I picked them up on clearance at Office Max. Click to see a larger version and read some the options. I have a square and circle pad of busy multi colored ones from a friend and the traditional yellow (work-issued).

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Today’s pens were premeditated. I wanted to bring the Liquid Expresso on Friday but couldn’t find it easily. I was prepared this morning. The 207 spawned from the review over at Mind Most Peculiar I almost bought a 2 pack of the pink 0.7mm version yesterday while perusing Office Depot but stayed strong and resisted.

The Liquid Expresso is easy to write with and the color is bold and powerful. I don’t have to press at all to leave a nice dark mark and that helps me thwart any wrist complications in my daily adventures. The Signo is equally reliable. I can count a fine but smooth line that doesn’t take any pressure to leave.

I mainly used the Signo 207 in my planner to record personal notes and reminders, my times in and out at work and stuff at the Vet’s office I wasn’t going to recall because of emotions running high.

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I would say the Liquid express writes like an average bold gel pen tip or the Paper Mate Flair. Its definitely not a fine line but I like the control. I don’t feel that it is TOO wide or unruly. The lines on my Google spreadsheets are not very large and I can fit a lot of info into a small space when needed.

The Signo 207 Micro writes smaller than the average 0.5mm in my opinion. The smooth and non-scratchy gel ink and small tip has really boosted this pens popularity. I hope to try the 0.7mm someday soon.

Both pens offer visible ink supply. The Liquid Expresso sports a durable, porous plastic point. I can’t comment on durability because I hardly press down with it. If you use it the same you can expect it to hold up well. As stated earlier, the 207 is a gel pen and unlike the Expresso, it is retractable. This feature is nice for those of us who misplace caps. The Expresso cap does fit snugly on the end so no losses are likely. The 207 is refillable which is a nice “green” feature. Both pens are available in other colors and tip sizes.

That’s all for today’s arsenal. Tomorrow is deadline day… what will my future hold – fushia or pink? A nice bold, attention commanding line that demands respect? or a small fine micro line that boast control and that ‘in-charge’ attitude? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Take care and be well.


Some of you may already know that I work at the local magazine. I work on three of our publications; my responsibilities include editorial, ad placement and page layouts. It sounds pretty concise but in actuality it is very intricate and stressful. I’ve come up with three different spreadsheets that I keep in Google Documents (just in case I have *another* hard drive die on me). I print out the one I need and keep can keep a close eye on progress.

Daily Arsenal 04.03.09

Friday was one of our deadline days. This photo shows my two pens of choice. The blue Pentel HyperG 0.7mm was not the pen I had thought of utilizing but it was handy. The red Paper Mate Flair was definitely on my mind. I like to coordinate my pen choices with my mood and a nice deep red ink fit just perfect.

There have been reviews of Pentel HyperG done before. Here are a couple links on the ones I can recall quicklly: Cheap Pen Review and Pen Addict .

Everyone holds their pens differently and each person has a varying taste for feel and design. Dowdyism couldn’t not handle (literally) the fin. I on the other hand barely notice it. I like the gel ink and the wider body. Both help me from developing writing fatigue.

The Paper Mate Flair is a classic felt tip pen and has been reviewed over at The Pen Addict. I love the ease of writing and the red ink has a lot of bang. Nothing says deadline day like this pen.

I don’t have any separate writing samples but you can see some of my notes in the picture. Lighting was not cooperating tonight.

Today’s arsenal included a Sharpie Ultra Fine marker & Sharpie pen both in black and my Prang Fine Line Markers. I did some doodles while at the laundry with Matt this morning. I’ll get those photographed and posted as soon as I can.

We also went office supply store shopping. Shopko had some Paper Mate products on sale for under a dollar so I snatched up a couple pencils and a couple retractable permanent markers. A visit to Office Depot ended my quest for the 6pk of Sharpie Pens including the orange and purple versions. We stopped at Target (not our town’s store) and they don’t have the Rhodia items yet. I wonder if its only select locations…

One more picture – one of my pet mouse Ripley.

Ripley

Take care and be well.


When you wake up in the morning and start your day, do you grab a special pen or marker to accompany you?

Yuh I am **that** wierd!

I have discovered that I am not alone in my infatuation with all things pen and paper related. Many folks over at DIYPlanner share in the love of paper – notebooks, journals, planner pages, hardbound, spiral bound, disc bound, etc.etc.etc.

Now I have a new array of blogs added to my Google reader that cater to my pen addiction (and the paper thing too). These people love their pens and know how matching your writing utensil to your mood or gig can really make a difference. Check out the following to really get your nib dipped: OfficeSupplyGeek, The Pen Addict, Good Pens,
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Would you like to hear a story? Of course you would, right?

When I was growing up, I often used my saved money to purchase pens and notebooks rather than other goodies. Candy is great but it doesn’t last a long time. A good pen – or a new notebook to jot ideas in – now that is an investment. I can remember my father taking me to the office supply store and supporting my desire to try all the different pens and markers. I had a complete set of sharpie highlighters by the time I was in high school. Every color in the regular and pocket size. I had sharpie markers coming out of my ears. My pen drawer? My pen drawer was overflowing and often attracted the attention of my mother. She never really understood but I think she liked the fact that it was a safe addiction.

Each person who values a good pen has certain aspects they require – smooth ink, effortless writing, thin or wide barrels, weights, lengths. Remember to keep this in mind as you explore the world of pen reviews. You may think a certain pen is the bee’s knees while another hates it with a passion and banishes it to the dreaded “loaner” line.

Now on to My Daily Arsenal.

Have you ever glanced around and seen someone using a pen or notebook and were to shy or embarrassed to ask about it? Lets say I have developed the odd hobby of exploring the internet looking at what other people are writing or drawing with and in. I also like seeing work spaces and office paraphernalia. This will be your chance to see what I am out in the world utilizing on a given day.

Let’s give this a go, shall we?

today's arsenal shot

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The BIC pen was a good choice today. I do a lot of quick writing at my job and gel ink really treats me the best. I have tendinitis in both wrists and I get writing fatigue quickly if I’m not careful. Gel ink is effortless when its done right. BIC has been a fall-back brand for me. I can always rely on their pens to last a long time and I rarely run into a dud.

The neon Magna Blast pens in pink, orange, green, blue and purple are my splash of sanity. Color is so important to me. I don’t have walls of my own to decorate (I have taken over the circuit breaker box though). I often mark things with neon when I don’t feel like highlighting. I mark dates of editorial copy I have used in different issues or the movie times as I enter them for the 6 cinemas we include in our publications. I’ll even drop a post-it note to a co worker in a bright color. Blue and Black are great and reliable but … lets face it. Color makes our days unique and really helps something pop in a see of paperwork.

The cutie whale deco stuff just sat on the sidelines and mocked me… I have ideas and I will get to them. Today was just not the day to do it… so stay tuned.

disaster zone?

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This disaster zone is to the left of my keyboard. I have my snacks because I never know when I can escape for lunch. I also had a kidney stone in 2004 so water is ALWAYS within arms reach. I even have been known to preach about the importance of staying well hydrated. Have you had all your cups of water today?

The compact sized circa/rollabind planner is my life. I have all my personal goodies in this book and have found I really cannot function efficiently or effectively without it. I plan on blogging more about it very soon and have some photos in my Flickr pool if you can’t wait. I have a BIC Triumph 730R clipped to the cover. I love having a pen right with it so I can punch in and out at work and record the times inside. This really has helped me keep a handle on my work schedule.

My Compact Circa Planner/Organizer/Life Aid

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There you have a peak into my arsenal from today. I will try to snap some writing samples next time if time will allow. Today was just busy-busy with the deadline tomorrow. Please feel free to leave your thoughts or just a random comment.

Be well and take care.