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When in doubt, be a unicorn – Happy Monday!

Stationery Mondays

The other day I went to Black Ink, which is a store that sells Japanese goods, including stationery. They have a great variety of all-paper things, and I could easily spend HOURS there! I have written about this store before and you can read about it here

The shop has a great variety of erasers. I was looking into the bowl full of cute erasers and i found this one. I love it and for some reason, this little guy makes me smile so he lives on my desk. I hope it’ll make you smile too! Have a great Monday and a great week. Leave me your comments below and let me know if you like cute erasers.

Thanks for reading this short post,

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Planners that worked for me in 2016

Happy Sunday! I have seen a few fellow bloggers and instagramers who have been talking about the planners that worked for them this year, and I thought it would be a great idea to write one of these posts myself. This year, my “Planner journey” has been rather interesting and I want to share it with you.

Let’s begin, shall we?

This year the planner that really worked for me was mostly my Hobonichi Techo in A6, I call this, “the planner that could” because it helped me survived changes at work, a very crazy schedule, organizing my life at home and for my son, dealing with day care schedules, tasks, bills, meals and everything in between. The reasons why this planner worked for me are:

  • This Hobonichi Techo in A6 is portable and the size is great for someone with a busy life
  • The layout – a day on one page seems to be perfect for me because I usually have a lot of things to write down.
  • The monthly and daily pages are great although I have to stay that I stopped using my planner for about two months because I really need to have a weekly view.

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Another planner that worked for me was a customized version of my  which I use as my financial planner and I love! I believe the reason why this planner works so well for me is because, actually, this is a planner that I assembled myself using various kinds of inserts and I love it.

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This notebook worked wonders for me. I customized it and use as a notebook where I write various things. I have both, the large and the smaller version and both are wonderful notebooks. Not only because of the possibilities to customize it but because the quality of the notebook is amazing and you can add as many or as little page as you wish. Also, you can change the size of the disks and that I think, is a huge advantage!

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I used this planner for various things, it served as a planner where I would collect thoughts, ideas, lists and other content related to my blog. I love the size, the quality and the portability of this binder. It is amazing and one of my all time favorite planners.

Now let’s move on to the planners that DID NOT work for me — based on my lifestyle, preferences, planning style, and needs.

  • Day designer day on one page – This planner is beautiful and I was excited when it came out around July this year. This particular planner was created after a collaboration between Day Designer and Sky Blue. The books are inexpensive, come in various sizes and also in different designs. I loved the idea of carrying this planner because of the format but after using it for a month I realized that it wasn’t going to work for me. I feel very limited because of the pre-set format it comes in and overall, it just didn’t call on me so  I stopped using it as a daily planner and moved it on to using it as a workout planner where I just track my workouts, calories, and other health related matters.
  • Erin Condren Life Planner — I have written about this planner before. Not only because I find them extremely expensive for what they are, but because for me, I just think that the price is not worth it. There are many other planners are out there that are better quality and I personally feel that this line of products is over priced. My story with these planners dates from two years ago when I bought my first EC planner. I ended up selling it because I wasn’t using it. The boxes do not work for me and neither does the format. Then, Erin Condren released a new series of planners with rose gold coil and I fell for it again. I ended up buying at the exorbitant price of $95 usd. After trying so hard to really like the planner I ended up setting it apart and using the pages as a finances planner. The reason why I was so disappointed is because the coil was damaged, the planner would not lay flat, the cover was damaged, and I was just not happy with the product. That’s the last time I bought an Erin Condren Planner and my inserts will end this December.
  • Kikki.K personal size planners — while I love this brand I find that not all the planners work for me. I love the binders because they are beautiful but I ended up not using a few that I bought. I sold them and now I only have a bound planner with a day on one page that I will be using for 2017 as a journal/health diary. I don’t know why the binders don’t really work for me but I am a fan of the brand and I actually have bought a few other things for this year.
  • Franklin Covey compact size synthetic leather — I love Franklin Covey but when their binders are not made out of leather, the plastic smell is too strong for me to bear it. I bought two binders and I ended up selling them. While I love the brand and I have used one of their binders in classic size as a work planner, I am not sure how I feel about other planners so for now, I decided to stop buying ring binders and enjoy using my bound books.

Now, these are the planners that worked and didn’t work for me based on my personal lifestyle, needs and planning style but it doesn’t mean that they won’t work for you. I have tried many many planners and I am slowly learning about what I truly like. It is difficult to not get carried away by the hype of things when they are released so, if you are thinking of buying planners, I would recommend you to read and do some research about them before buying them. Remember that if a planner doesn’t call you, and if you can’t get yourself to use it then it is likely that it won’t work for you. Planners should be something you use every day and something you enjoy using. They are a tool that will help us keep our lives organized and our days flow with ease.

Thank you for reading and please, let me know what planners worked for you this year. I would love to hear.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog.

Em J

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¿Qué es una agenda Midori?

¿Qué es un cuaderno o agenda Midori?

Hola amig@s — me llamo Exa, soy MypaperedWings en instagram y en my blog “Mis alas de papel” o “Mis alas empapeladas” y escribo artículos y piezas de información relacionadas a todo lo de papelería, agendas y todo lo relacionado con la organización de nuestro tiempo pero en papel.

Casi no escribo en español pero de hoy en adelante estaré publicando más cosas en mi propio idioma. Soy mexicana y vivo en Estados Unidos. Llevo una agenda desde que estaba en la escuela primaria, me encantan y me encanta organizar mi tiempo. Cuando era estudiante también llevaba una agenda y fue así como aprendí a organizarme en mis tareas, proyectos y en mis clases. Espero que con éste Blog yo te ayude a ti a organizar tus ideas, a aprender cómo organizar y crear tu propio sistema de planeación de tiempo, tanto para la escuela o trabajo como en tu vida personal. Mi lema es “trabaja de forma inteligente”. Por medio de las agendas podemos saber cuánto tiempo tenemos disponible para trabajo y cuándo podemos tomarnos una o dos horas para hacer tareas o sacar adelante algunas actividades que hemos estado postergando. Yo te ayudaré a poner tu propia agenda, elegirla y aprender a organizarte.

Déjame tus comentarios y dime qué temas te interesan más. Espero que la información que publico te sirva mucho.

Hoy el tema es las agendas midori, qué soy y para qué son. He visto muchas You Tubers, incluyendo Julieta Jareda quién ha publicado varios videos relacionados a las agendas japonesas midoris. Aquí te explicaré para qué son, qué son, cómo se llevan, cómo se forman y cómo tú puedes llevar una.

¿Qué es una agenda Midori y para qué sirve?

Las agendas midori nacieron en Japón y fueron creadas por la compañia Midori que hoy en día se llama Traveler’s company, son japonesas y fueron creadas con la idea de utilizar una cubierta de piel o cuero, a la que le puedes agregar tantos cuadernillos como tú quieras. Ésta cubierta es de diferentes colores y originalmente sólo existían dos tamaños el tamaño regular que mide 11 cms x 21 cms y el tamaño pasaporte que es la cubierta más pequeña y que mide 9 cms x 12 cms. Hoy en día existen muchísimas compañías en Estados Unidos, Japón, Taiwan, Europa y Asia que hacen estas cubiertas y que las venden por medio de tiendas en línea tales cómo Etsy.com

Las cubiertas Midori o cuaderno de viajero como se conocen hoy en día, sirven para llevar cuadernillos dentro de ellas. Las cubiertas tienen varios elásticos en las que pueden insertar varios cuadernillos del mismo tamaño.

¿Cuántos cuadernillos le caben a las cubiertas y dónde los compro?

Las cubiertas originales de la Traveler’s Company solo cuentan con dos elásticos en los que por medio de ligas puedes agregar hasta cuatro cuadernillos juntos. Hoy en día hay compañías en tiendas de Etsy en dónde puedes crear tu propia cubierta y agregarle hasta seis elásticos. Por ejemplo Foxy Fix y Pellestudio tienen muchas opciones para que tu crees tu propia cubierta y las hagas incluso más anchas o de tamaños más pequeños o más grandes, dependiendo de lo que tu quieras. Estas cubiertas de viajeros, hechas por compañías alternativas o pequeños empresarios son de tan buena calidad o mejor que las agendas originales.

Los cuadernillos se venden en Amazon, Pellestudio, FoxyFix y otras compañías pequeñas pero también hay muchas opciones que tu mismo puedes adaptar. Por ejemplo la compañìa Moleskine que se vende en muchos países vende cuadernillos de varios tamaños que le caben a estas cubiertas de piel. Por ejemplo, si compas un tamaño Fieldnotes, de 5 cms x 3.5 cms, puedes compar los cuadernitos de Moleskine que se llaman “mini”. También la mejor opción y más barata es que tu mism@ puedes hacerlos. Incluso puedes usar varios tipos de papel y crear cuadernos que te acomoden mejor.

61y5uvvr2sl-_sl1000_¿Cómo uso una agenda o cubierta de Midori?

Las opciones para usar este tipo de cubiertas son infinitas. Comprando los cuadernillos que tú necesites para organizar tu tiempo, por ejemplo si necesitas cuadernos en dónde tengas un calendario mensual, o semanal o de diario, puedes tú organizar tu agenda como mejor te acomodes. Si utilizar más la vista de una semana en dos páginas, puedes comprar un inserto o cuadernillo con éste formato. Incluso tú mism@ puedes dibujarlo usando una regla y un bolìgrafo.

Mucha gente también usa estas agendas o cubiertas para hacer diarios artesanales, diarios artísticos, para escribir historias, anécdotas, para usar como Bullet Journal, para decorar, para llevar consigo como cuaderno de cabecera o reflexionar, en fin! hay un montón de opciones y aquí en Instagram puedes encontrar muchas ideas.

¿Cómo puedo aprender a usar una agenda Midori?

La mejor forma de aprender a usarla es usándola! en YouTube puedes encontrar muchos videos en dónde puedes aprender pero también no es necesario enrollarse tanto. Simplemente utilízala como una agenda normal y usa cada cuadernillo cómo una sección distinta. En lugar de tener las páginas separadas con un divisor, puedes usar un cuaderno para cada tema o cada sección. Por ejemplo, mi cubierta midori tiene seis cuadernos y los uso para las siguientes secciones: Planes, listas, diario personal, diario artístico, anotaciones de libros que leo y cosas por hacer cada día.

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Yo decoro mucho mis páginas porque me ayuda a relajarme pero si a tí no te gusta, simplemente puedes usar tu agenda como tu mejor te acomodes.

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Yo compré mi agenda, y aunque no es de piel real, me gusta mucho. Está hecha por una compañía que se llama Webster’s Pages. Son baratas y son mucho más anchas que las Midori originales, pero me gusta mucho porque cuenta con tres elásticos en dónde agregué seis cuadernos. Me encanta!

Llevar una agenda así te permite usar tu creatividad, llevar tu recuento de memorias, momentos, eventos, cosas por hacer, recordatorios etc. además es muy divertido y una forma positiva y auténtica de utilizar métodos más personales para escribir, en lugar de hacerlo siempre con la computadora.

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Espero ésta información te haya servido mucho. Por favor, déjame tus comentarios y dime qué otros temas te gustaría tratar y en qué y cómo puedo ayudarte a llevar la organización de tu tiempo de forma más eficiente y efectiva.

Gracias por leer mi blog y si te gustó mi publicación por favor, comparte!

Em,

xox

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Planner stories from around the world

On the second installment of Planner stories from around the world, a new section that I started blogging about a couple of weeks ago, today I am featuring  My Summer Touch. Initially, I called this section “Dream chasers” but I am still undecided about the name so, for now, let’s call these stories “Planner stories from around the world”. As a reminder, this is a section where I will be featuring stories from people within the planner community, who are writing their own stories. People who have the courage to be creative, act on their own dreams, be happy and write new beginnings with YouTube channels, online stores, blogs, planner systems and so on.

Enjoy Clara’s story and please, share it widely. Thank you for reading and if you have suggestions about someone I should reach out to, don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments section. Enjoy!

Planner stories MySummerTouch

1. What is your name, where are you from and where do you live?
My name is Clara,  people know me as MySummerTouch on YouTube,  Instagram,  blogger, Twitter,  Tumblr,  periscope.  I realize that it’s  a lot.  And I am Marusya Ivanova on Facebook! Ha ha!  A whole another story about this name! I’m from Russia,  lived for several years in the US  and then I came back to a different part of Russia where I am right now.

2. What notebooks do you currently use, what for and why these particular notebooks?
I have quite a  long history of using different planners and journals. Originally I “came out” on YouTube as a planner lover,  showed a lot of Filofaxes,  and then my love explored in using Franklin Covey,  Midori Traveler’s notebooks,  Hobonichi,  Lovedoki.  Fairly recently I started to show my journals,  and this love turned out into the love of art journaling, which I am yet to show.

3. Why do you journal or plan?
I just recently realized that I have always loved planners and journals, loved to collect books on time management,  artist journals,  traveler’s notebooks,  sketchbooks,  and have always watched those on the Internet,  on YouTube particularly. I love to be organized,  love to organize,  and love to write things down.  Even poured out myself on paper,  and I love beautiful things,  so it all came into what I’m doing today.  I’m on Instagram every day,  and I try to post out videos on my YouTube channel MySummerTouch every week on weekends.

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4. Why did you decide to open your youtube channel?
After some time after getting back from the US, I realized that I forgot my English,  and started to listen and read books in English.  It wasn’t enough,  I wanted a real chat with people from all over the world.  I always loved YouTube,  and the main thing that I was watching on it were planner videos,  so it was a no-brainer to start a YouTube channel about planners and productivity in English.

5. What drives you to continue working on your channel?
I have the need to share my joy and my happiness with other people,  and I enjoy the interaction with people literally from all parts of the world.  It makes me happy.

6.What is your dream and what would you say to people who are working to achieve their own dreams?
I’d say,  there is no failing,  just not enough attempts.  If you won’t stop achieving your dreams,  you will get what you want! Don’t ever stop,  it’s worth it to continue to pursue your dream! My only dream right now is to be happy, I’m getting there,  I’m much happier now than before!

7. What are your favorite stationery shops?
I like to visit one of the big towns that are closest to where I live, there they have a huge bookstore that sells stationery and art supplies,  and I spend there half a day just choosing things I love to try out.

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8. Who are your favorite journalers, entrepreneurs or people that you look up to?
My absolute favorite instagrammer is @janethecrazy, I enjoy beautiful Midori Traveler’s Notebooks that she writes in,  her style is absolutely perfect,  I would say,  it’s  creative mess.  And I consider my art journaling teachers Mary Ann Moss and Teesha Moore,  love their color sense and artistic expression!

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9. How did you learn to journal the way you do, and what keeps you inspired?
I started to journal because I needed to clear out the mess in my head.  It’s almost necessary,  I’d even say it’s necessary to keep me thinking clear. Then I was bored with just plain pages,  then I bought my Midori Traveler’s notebooks in China,  and started to decorate my journals with magazine clippings and writing over them.  Now I am fully into painting and sketching.  There is nothing more inspiring than an artistic journal to me.  Just yesterday I received two  private messages on Instagram,  one said that my all my work is just amazing,  another one said that my journals inspired the person to make her own artistic journals.  I was surprised and pleased.  I’m glad I get to inspire people!

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10. Tell us about 2017, what are the next steps and how do your journals help you get there?
I hope to turn my journals into something more beautiful and pleasing to my own eyes.  I am my own harsh critic,  I try not to destroy pages when I don’t like them.  My next steps will be improving my calligraphy and to combine my art journaling and journaling together in one place,  even to combine it all with a planner,  all into one place,  so it will be one journal for everything – journal,  art journal,  sketchbook,  commonplace book.  I also want to learn to paint as a professional that will be a lot of work,  but I’m willing to go there.  Just recently I have drawn a model’s face in my Hobonichi,  and I was so immersed in it,  that I almost physically felt happy.  I completely forgot about time,  and I had something to show as a result! I want to draw more faces and people in general.  It makes me relaxed  and feels like meditation. I encourage you to try it too!

Thank you! 

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You can find Clara at:
Blogspot: mysummertouch1.blogspot.com
Instagram: @mysummertouch
Tumblr: Mysummertouch
YouTube: youtube.com/MySummerTouch

Thanks so much Clara for sharing your story with us and for inspiring us to do what makes us happy!

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Having multiple planners – Effective or confusing?

If you read my blog – thanks so much if you do – you will notice that I haven’t posted much lately, and the reason is simple. I am reaching the point where I am reassessing my planning system and how I want to go forward from here on.

I use multiple planners like many of you, for so long I thought that this system was working for me, using a planner for my home management, another for work, another for journaling and also another planner for my personal stuff. It did work, for many months it worked. Now, half way through 2016 I am finding myself feeling overwhelmed with so many planners and I am starting to question whether having just one or two planners should actually be enough.

If I had to choose only a planner or two I think I would use my hobonichi, and my A5 Filofax ring planner, or maybe my day designer. fI do see no that having multiple planners can be ineffective because I forget things or I can’t remember in which planner I wrote them down! That defeats the purpose of having a planner.

For now, I am still pondering my options and what is it that I will be doing, but for now I am leaning towards considering having a planner or two. Anyway, stay tuned fore more news on how the second half of the year goes by with the dilemmas of planner systems.

How’s your half of the year going so far and how’s your planning system working for you?

Do let me know, I’d love to know!

Thank you for reading!

Em J

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Maximize your time, use it wisely

It is no secret that I use several planners at the same time. Why you may ask!? For me, it works! Using several planners allows me to sort of “divide” my life into the different realms that I need to differentiate to be most effective. I am a working mom that also handles a lot of things at home, for instance, our bills, financial matters, shopping lists, doctors/vets appointments and so on. Having one single planner for everything just doesn’t do the trick, hence, the various planners that I have.

One of these planners is my passion planner, which is a simple but very effective bound planner that I use for all things related to my family, my personal time management and it helps me have an overview of how we spend our time, our days and what needs to get done. Th reason why I love my passion planner is because not only does it help you have a road map if you entire year but also, by organizing each day and having a visual overview of how you spend each day, you are able to manage your time better. The layout of this planner is simple, and it also has space for being creative and decorate it if you want to. Each day in this planner is divided into time slots, with room for goals, focus, personal lists, work lists, and a reflection are of positive things that happened in the past.

When I started using this planner I realized how helpful it was because it actually lets you see what you do with your days. By coloring or marking your tasks and placing them where they belong – assigned to a particular time during your day – you are able to see, for example that from 1 PM to 3 PM you spent your time cleaning – or doing nothing – or that between 8am and 6pm all you did was just work and in between you squeeze in some time to read. Or actually, see when you can squeeze in some time to read when you are at the office.

This planner gives you space to see what tasks you need to do for work and for your personal life, for me, even though I use one planner for work – my hobonichi techo – and one planner for all things home and persona, it still helps me see what’s what I need to do that week specifically for work (whether it will be a regular work week or whether I need to go somewhere other than the office).

By having a visual division of your days you can easily see where your time goes, whether you spent too much time watching TV or where you actually should have been at the gym instead of laying on the couch.

Obviously, you don’t have to use a Passion planner but I am using this example to illustrate how, by using your planner, you can have a better idea of how you spend your days and actually your life and whether you need to adjust that if you are working toward a goal. Also, there are various tools that can help you visualize what you do with your time, one of these ways is using a spiraldez or chronodex insert.

The chronodex y a great tool designed by Patrick Ng and adjusted by Kent from Oz  this great tool will also help you see how you manage your time, what you do during the day what you need to adjust if you want to become more productive and achieve those goals that have been on your planner. The chronodex y actually very easy to use once you get the hand of it and here Patrick Ng explains all about it. You can also look for videos on You Tube where various amazing planner ladies-men teach you how to best use this great tool.

Here you have it, a few thoughts on how to use visual tools and planner layouts to best know how you spend your time and make adjustments so you can be your most productive self.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments box if you have ever used any of these tools or also let me know what tools you use to be productive and get things done.

Have a great week!

Em Jorden

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Make your own Traveler’s Notebooks, three ideas

I am not exactly the most crafty person, I do make some inserts myself and I try to come up with ideas but I am not very handy or crafty when it comes to  making big projects. I admire people who do and I so wished I was the creative kind. This is also why sometimes I also force myself to make things because I believe that it will stimulate my creativity, the one that once upon a time was very active.

This said before I bought the traveler’s notebook that I have right now by Webster’s Pages I thought of making my own cover. I gave up! I still watched many videos about how to make my own and about how to make a cover without all the craftiness. While searching I actually found a few ideas that I am sure will help you create your own fauxdori if you are interested. Even if you don’t want to spend money on a cover – which I understand – I encourage you to watch these videos and try to make your own. These ideas go from very simple, for example, I love the idea by Journalingmylife in Youtube where she made a fauxdori out of a Filofax flex! Her set up is brilliant and I enjoy her videos a lot. Also, she is based in India and I just think it is great to have a fellow stationery lover from across the oceans! Check out her videos and enjoy them, she has some amazing ideas for different set ups!  You will fine her under her handle journalingmylife  and her video is here .

Last year, I remember what came super popular was buying a passport cover by Kate spade and turning it into a fauxdori which I thought was brilliant too. Ms. Wendaful has a great video where she shows her “Katedori” and I find it so fun to watch. You will find the video here  and of course, don’t forget to check out her blog where you will find some beautiful inserts and more ideas.

Last, we have the highest level of being crafty which to me is this video made by  Craft Made Simple where she teaches us how to make a fauxdori cover with fabric which I love love love. You will find the video here . This fauxdori cover that she shows is so pretty and I love it! If you have the tools and the energy to create one fauxdori from scratch, check out her video! It’s so neat!

And these are all the ideas I have for a traveler’s notebook without being super crafty – like myself – so check them out and let me know what you think!

I am really loving this traveler’s notebook fever and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I am!

Thank you for reading! Happy end of the week.

Em J

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