An offer you can't refuse! :)

When working on custom requests, especially for an item that I'm making for the first time, sometimes the first tries will have a few mistakes, so I'll try again. 
Rarely though, I will have the nearly finished product, only to make a mistake on the last step. This is incredibly frustrating, and of course, I need to start all over again.

Such is the case of the following subject, the graph planner insert for Midori TN.

I was making a planner insert for a friend who requested it. Everything was done, pages printed and bound. The only thing that was left to do was to cut it to size. 
(This can be a tricky part, as I don't use a guillotine. I cut all my notebooks by hand, with a metal ruler and a sharp blade. If the notebook is not too thick, I can cut all in one go, but if it is thick, I need to do a set of sheets at a time, and be very precise and careful.)
So, after I finished trimming the insert, I checkd to see all was ok, only to find out I hadn't done the layout properly. Some of the inner spreads got a bit of text chopped off.

I couldn't send this to my friend who had already paid for it, so I had to start all over again! 



 (FYI the grey on the month of May is not a smudge, but a shadow.)


 (Bit that got chopped)

(Sat and Sun with their own space)

Now, the thing is, this is a perfectly good planner and it would be a sad thing to throw it into the recycling bin, especially after all the work that went into it.
As you can see from the pictures, it is not too much that got cut off and the rest of the planner is fine. I know many people like to decorate their planners with washi and stickers, etc., so I'm thinking of selling it for half its price.

It is a weekly planner for 2014 with a week on two pages format, with Saturday and Sunday having their own space. It is printed in dark grey on high quality graph paper, each day has plenty of space to record your day. It also has a 2014 calendar, and I will include one for 2015.

You won't find another one like this, as I won't be making any more (unless requested as a custom order).

I'm asking £10 including shipping within the UK, €15 including shipping within EU (Norway and Switzerland included) and $15 without shipping to the US&Canada (shipping depending on which service is wanted).

I'm not putting this one in my store. If you are interested, please send me a message via Facebook (21Kittens page, or Midori Traveler's group). I accept PayPal only.

Please do not include your email address in the comments, for your own security. :) 

Thank you very much,
Oni

Sketchbook for Midori Traveler's Notebook

Today is the last day that the sketchbook inserts I made for the Midori Traveler's Notebook will be listed in my shop. I will not be listing them anymore, as there are only two left and i'm not planning on restocking on the cartridge paper I used to make them.

So, in order to make them go faster, I am offering free shipping on them. that's right, whether you live in the UK, US, Australia, Europe*, etc. you will just pay the price of the sketchbook.

For more info, please check out the link by clicking on the image below.

sketchbook for Midori Traveler


Thanks,
Oni

Labor Day!!

I might not be in North America, but I still want to give readers over there a nice gift for this Labor Day weekend.




Get a 25% discount in my shop by using the code L4B0RD4Y when you check out. Minimum purchase is $3.00. Note: the vowels are replaced by numbers, so it's not an O, but a zero. ;)


Don't let this offer get away!!
thanks for reading, 

Oni

My sidekick notebook

For nearly two years now, I have been using a notebook for everything. I call it my sidekick, as it tends to follow me around the house. I use it for writing down my daily To Do list, things I've bought, recipes I want to try, doodling, sketching, scrapbooking. Like I said, everything.
I find it pretty handy, as I don't have that much space in my planner especially since I moved away from ring bound planners.
Of course, in almost two years of use, my sidekick has reincarnated in 5 notebooks already, being the current one my dear orange Rhodia Webbie, which is now nearing its end with only four pages left, including the ones I'll use today.

New Rhodia Webbie

I am torn though, regarding which notebook to use next.
Should I go once again for another A5 notebook, quite likely Rhodia?
Or should I go back to my gorgeous, leather Midori Traveler's Notebook?

See, the A5 notebook has worked really well before. The hard and sturdy covers make it possible for me to use it anywhere without having to worry too much about getting it dirty. I write down recipes in it, which means I use it in the kitchen as well, getting the pages quite soiled at times!

Recipes in my notebooks

And because I very rarely take it out, the fact that it is an A5 is not an issue at all; rather, it is an advantage, having all that space for my drawings and doodles.

Spread in my notebook

Spread in my notebook

As for the Midori, I did use it as my sidekick for a while, but found that its size was actually hindering me from using it on a daily basis ( I didn't have enough space for drawings), as well as the soft cover (very hard to write or draw for long when you're lying it against your knees - another thing I do a lot!). Which is why after I filled up my second refill, I quickly started using my Webbie.

But now that I am about to fill this notebook, I don't know what to do.
On one hand, I want to just continue using an A5 notebook. Yet on the other, I really want to use more my Midori, because it is so beautiful.

Midori Traveler's

Currently I am using my TN with an insert I made myself for my blogging activities, and I am really enjoying it!

Handmade insert in my Midori

So yeah, I am still very undecided about which one to use next. I guess I will take that decision once I am on the last page of my beloved Rhodia, and I will keep you posted!

Good weekend everyone!
Oni

What I've been up to

Hello everyone!!

I know I've been neglecting my blog, not writing, not updating the links to my pictures (which are now living happily after at ipernity), etc etc.

So I thought that since I'm feeling a bit inspired tonight, it would be a good time to let you know what I've been up to all this time.

Those of you who visit my etsy store regularly, might have seen that I've been, slowly but steadily, adding more items to my shop.

For those of you who are now discovering this blog, I am in love with stationery, and making notebooks is one of my favourite hobbies. 

For a while now I have been focusing mainly on making refills for Midori's Traveler's Notebooks, both the large and the Passport size. I really enjoy trying out different kinds of paper, paper that is hard to get, and coming up with cover designs and colours that will set your notebook apart.




But notebooks aren't the only thing I enjoy. I'm also designing blog headers and etsy banners.
As a matter of fact, this month I was commissioned by Meredith to design the header for her blog The Palette Muse. Meredith told me she really liked my handpainted Sakura header, but instead of the pink hues and cherry blossoms, she wanted it in blue and with dandelions.

Not a problem!

The end result is an exclusive watercolour header that she really likes, and that I really enjoyed painting.
Now go and visit her blog! ;)

The Dial Organiser

Hello everyone!!!!
I am sorry for not having written anything for nearly two weeks, I have been with a serious case of writer's block, which I am now trying to break by posting this entry now.

I wanted to tell you about my latest 21Kittens project:

The Dial Organiser!

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It is an idea I have had for a while now, ever since I saw Muji's Chronotebook online (sadly discontinued). 

At first, I thought of making my own Filofax refills, but because I was so enamoured with my Filo and its own system, I knew I would not use them. So the idea got shelved.

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A few years later, I was reminded of the dial system when I saw the Chronodex, created by Patrick Ng. He even made a downloadable version compatible with the Midori TN, which has a very cool design!
I used his system on a few occasions when I needed extra help with organising my tasks, and I must say it came in quite handy and helped me get things done!

I must say though, that the only thing that doesn't quite work for me, is that only one dial is used to represent a whole day. The area alloted from 9 to 11 (both am and pm) get very crowded and confusing.

Recently, I started using the dial system again as a back up for my planner, to help me achieve tasks on busy days. It has worked wonderfully! Especially on really long days where I need to use two dials to separate my morning from my afternoon.

I have found that the dial system comes in handy when I've got a very busy days and can't get my head organised, like when there are so many things to do that you don't know where to start.

I will normally start by writing down the most immediate task at hand (shower, breakfast) and then the most important of the day (meeting, appointment, etc). Once these events have been written down, I am able to get a clear overview of the day, thus allowing me to allocate the rest of the things around them (laundry, post office, lunch, bank, etc).

If I need to remember other stuff, I will simply make a note of it next or below the dial. This keeps my day view neat and uncluttered.

Back to my Dial Organiser, I have designed the layout to have the left page with two dials (am and pm), and the right page is ruled for notes

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And because it is a great tool to use during specific periods, (exams, house moves, multiple projects), I included Start and Finish slots in the title page so you can write down when the notebook was used.

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Size-wise, it is about the size of a Field Notes memo, making it quite convenient to carry with your planner or Filo, so you don't have to replace your planner.

Here is where you can find it.

For now it is only available in notebook(bound) form, but if you would like me to make some refills for your Filofax, I'd be glad to do it. Just leave me a comment or a convo on my etsy store.

What are your thoughts? :)