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

Midori TNs, Field Notes, and more notebook crazyness

I honestly didn't know how to start this post. I guess my creative writing side has gone on vacation. Makes sense as I'm doing more than one thing at a time right now.
Anyhow, I am writing it as I promised the MTN Facebook community that I would let them know what that recent voting I had asked them to do was all about.

It is about my notebook setup, and how I got confused between using, or trying to, different formats at the same time.

Normally this was my setup:
- Mark’s Tokyo Edge Week in columns planner (Sept ’12 – Dec ’13)
- Field Notes to carry everywhere, for notes, sketches, doodling with friends whilst sharing some beers, finances, planning, thinking, designing, lists, to do’s, etc. You get the idea.
- My Sidekick, I would change it as soon as it was filled, and depending on the mood I was, it could either be a bound notebook or any of my Midoris.

It was going well, and then I just stopped using my Sidekick. I think this happened when I was using my large Midori for the third or fourth time, and stopped carrying it because it was too large, and leaned more towards my Field Notes.

Then, I decided to try the Passport instead. But between that and the FN, plus the fact that I wasn't writing much, I just couldn't stay constant.

At least my planner was working well!

So last week I decided to sit down and really think why my system wasn't working and came up with the following, which I have transcribed from my FN to share with you.

Reasons for my confusion about my sidekick/notebook situation:
  • I  want to use the Midori
  • I love Field Notes
  • I miss a larger format for sketching
  • Don’t want to carry too many books
  • Want to keep all info in one place, chronologically
Thought Process:

Field Notes
I can continue using FN, and get a leather cover for them; the one I've been coveting from Zenok.



I love this bunch!

Midori
I really love them, but the large isn’t very portable, which leaves the Passport size.
If I stick with Midori, this could be a great time to use the new Limited Edition.

I will have to make some inserts for myself.
I can start using it as soon as this FN is full (5 sheets left!)

+ Save money as I would postpone buying the leather cover for the FN
+ Make inserts any way I want them
+ Share with the group on Facebook
+ I get to use a brand new Midori :D

- Passport size can be too small at times
- Would have to stop using FN
- Many inserts can create more confusion
- Would have to cut FN so they can fit (done this in the past and I don’t like it)

The next day I had
More doubts:
I have many non FN or TN’s just waiting to be used, such as:
1.       My first A6 Rhodia Webbie:
used since Jan ’10 to write about stationery and handmade requests, but hasn’t really worked out.

2.       My second A6 Webbie:
With dot grid, the paper is more yellow than the previous and I don’t like it as much. Currently designated as Blog Design and Code book. Very few pages used.

3.       Midori Spiral Ring notebook:
Bought in Japan, with absolutely gorgeous blank paper. Slightly taller than the Rhodias, about the size of Leuchtturm1917.

4.       My lime green Leuchtturm1917:
With dot grid, off white pages. Quality is good, although not as good as Rhodia. Currently being used as watercolouring notebook.

5.       Spiralbound basic Clairefontaine:
Larger than Leuchtturm1917. Has pocket pages in between for mementos. As expected from CF, the paper is awesome, but maybe too white? Never used.

6.       Spiralbound A6 with cover:
Present from a friend who got it as a company gift, so it has the company’s logo on the pages. These are lined, off white and seem good quality. Really nice construction, with an elastic band.

7.       Clairefontaine A6 stapled:
96 lined pages, high quality. FN size, but thicker. Lines are too contrasting.

8.       MUJI A6 stitchbound, black:
72 pages, lined, off white. Beautiful paper. Started/bought to record notes from recent job training (no longer needed, only a few pages used).

9.       MUJI A6 ringbound, black:
Great paper, light lines. Book a bit too thin?

10.   Paperchase A6 beige + kraft:
Lots of pages, fun format, as two thirds are cream/off white, and the other third, which is placed in the middle of the two, is kraft paper. Bought recently for sketching Proxy’s stories.

11.   A5 Rhodia black:
Hard cover, lined pages. Usual Rhodia high quality paper.

12.   Japanese bound journal with fabric cover in black with contrasting Chinese characters in matte gold:
Beautiful. Smaller than an A5. Pages are cream. Was a birthday present from DH many years ago. Never used.
After much thought, I managed to come up with three semifinalists from the above list:

Dotgrid Rhodia Webbie A6, Midori Spiralbound and MUJI A6 Stitchbound.

From that I eliminated the Midori, I think I want to use it later on for something more special.
That left me with the Rhodia and the Muji. 









Since I liked both choices equally, I decided to ask the group to help me decide, by voting blindly for options A or I.




After two days, I knew which one was going to be the winner...

But, I won't tell you just yet. Which one do you think won? and why? please comment with your answer.
The one with the correct answer will get a prize. In case there's more than one, I will select the winner using a randomizer.

For all those who voted, thank you very much for taking part in this even without knowing what it was for!

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

Planner Indecision

It's mid year and as many other planner or diary obsessed dedicated people, I have been thinking about the next planner that will ideally make life perfect, or something close.

I'm currently back to my Mark's Tokyo Edge planner, in a bound, week in columns format, pocket size. And I'm quite comfortable and happy with it.

So this morning I was browsing through sites that offer this brand as well as Leuchtturm1917. I have a notebook from them and I really like it!
But it turns out that the column format I like isn't available in other colours besides black, and those that are, aren't 18 month planners.
Which isn't a problem for me. I can very well start January 2014.

All was good until I saw what was in the mail today.

A friend got me a surprise present for my birthday. An 18 month, hard cover Star Wars Moleskine, pocket size. Because she remembered that I had been wanting one last year, albeit not necessarily the Star Wars edition!



So now I don't know what to do!
I start work tomorrow and most of my shifts will be on the weekend. The fact that there are columns make it visually easier to see the hours I worked and even add related notes, as well as other appointments. Plus, it's also got a pen loop.

Yet I really love the week + notes spread from the Moleskine. I can even be creative and do the occasional doodle or add stickers, mementos, etc.
Plus, I don't mind that the cover is black for I have the Star Wars stickers that came with it to customise it. But I would need to buy a pen loop Leuchtturm1917, which could be any colour I want.

Should I stick with my Mark's until December, with the days in columns and doesn't have the weekend sharing the space, or should I start with the Moleskine now?

The answer seems pretty clear. But I have been using the Mark's since September last year and I miss that awesome feeling of starting a brand new planner, especially when it's the Moleskine I like!

Have any of you also been in a similar situation? What did you do in the end?

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Of Readers, Filofaxes and Staying Up Late

Ah, this is going to be a nice and lazy Friday. I was up last night until 3:30am and I'm still very sleepy (12:38). The reason I was up so late is because I was trying to catch up with some of my favourite blogs.
Still not an excuse, but please let me explain with more detail.

Before Google Reader decided to say Adieu, I used Feedly on my iPad and gReader on my phone. They got along pretty nicely and were neatly synchronised.

But only a day after Google Reader's departure, Feedly was so overwhelmed that it was "over capacity", and gReader decided it was leaving, too. Only one sentence in his farewell note: "Please install Feedly on your phone."

After the guys at Feedly told me that indeed they were having issues and the service would be down temporarily, I decided I would wait patiently, and try (lol) to keep up with the blogs the old fashioned way; using my browser. It didn't really work.

So when this week (was it this or last week??) they finally announced on twitter that Feedly was up and running again, I decided to check it out on my iPad, only to be received by a blank slate: all my feeds were gone! Massive Fail, Feedly!!

See, yesterday the new member of my small Filofax family arrived and during the evening I wanted to find out how others were using theirs, how much the vibrant colour IRL differed from the internet images, when it was discontinued, etc.
This had me sailing from Philofaxy, to Lady Filo, and a couple other more, until reaching my favourite one, Zeitgeist of Zoe.

Those of you who follow Zoe's blog, might be familiar with her skilled writing. She has a way with words that keep you browsing her blog, clicking on other posts, unable to unglue yourself from your screen. At least, that's how it is for me, anyway. 

Yet when the 3:08 on the top of my screen started to haunt me, I decided to quickly close the iPad and plug it to its charger.

I should have grabbed my bedsheet over my head, and closed my leaded eyelids and succumb to Morpheus.
I should have, but I didn't.

Instead I took out my super cute Mini Urban and played a bit with it, adding the new 2013 MOTP calendar I received this week, getting rid of old pages and trying to mentally decide which inserts it should have, etc. 

What I am trying to say, your Honour, is that it wasn't my fault I went to bed so late. All of this could have been avoided if the newcomer didn't have had to undergo quarantine for being a smelly boy.

It was all the Mini Finsbury Aqua's fault.






Planner fail or simple, undiluted laziness?

I am guessing most of you already know I stopped using my Filofax(es) this year, in favour of a very cute planner I got from a nice friend. This planner is between an A6 and an A5 regarding size, a bit on the thick side, and undated, so I get to fill in the days and dates in any colour or pen I fancy. But I think the most important feature is the fact that it's decorated with loads of super cute and funny cats!

Now, regarding my actual use of it, I would say it fluctuates, as it is directly related to the current state of my life at the moment. See, if I'm being socially active and working and travelling, my planner will be on fire!
Cat planner


But if I'm all work and no play, well, that makes me a very dull girl, and my planner as well. Without any time to fill out the pages properly, it will lay abandoned under piles of whatever crap I have lying around my bedside table.
cat planner


Lately that was being the case.

But now that I am once again jobless spending my days in the comfort of my not so comfortable sofa, I have noticed that I am still not giving it too much use. (Yeah, maybe the fact of not wanting to interact with the human race IRL plays a part in that!)


Cat planner




But that is not what I wanted to talk to you about.

A few weeks ago, the 18 month Moleskine planners came out (I used one last year and really enjoyed it), and I felt like getting a new one for this year. Unfortunately they don't come cheap. Then I received the weekly newsletter from my favourite online stationery supplier, announcing planners from a Japanese brand I had seen last year at Paperchase, but never got the chance to get one.

So I decided to give them a try and ordered me an A6, 18 month planner in lovely lime green!

It arrived last Saturday. It is very pretty. It has a plastic zip cover which can be used as a pocket.
Aaaaaaaannnnd I will tell you all about it on my next blogpost ;)
Cheeky, I know.