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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.

Pink Fluoro Filofax in A5
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.

Martha Stewart discbound notebook
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!

Filofax original in Navy – personal size
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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2017 planner lineup

First of, let me mention to you that if you are following me and you don’t know where I came from, this blog was formerly known as “the fabulous planner”, but I decided to change the name and the image because I want to start defining how I want my blog to look like. I wanted to ditch the word “planner” since, overall, I want to be writing about stationery, all things paper, journals and dreams so I thought that the new name for this blog “My papered wings” is more appropriate. I do hope you will love it!

So….

A new year brings hopes, new habits, new ideas and also an enormous tangible possibility to turn our dreams into a reality. Also, for many planner people like myself, or people who love stationery, in general, it means that we need to start thinking about a new planner, or journal or idea on where we will be organizing our thoughts, writing our hopes and organizing our time.

I do have (already) in mind a list of the planners/journals that I want to use. It will be one kind, my hobonichi techo books. Mostly because also one of my goals is to maintain a minimalistic life where I don’t waste earth’s precious resources, but also where I have less stuff in general. I will be writing a post on a lineup of my 2017 planners, but also, I decided to create a new section on my blog where I will feature stories of real people who follow their dreams and use their planners to do so.

I really hope you all will love this section! I will be featuring lovely people from around the world, their personal stories and also their planners or journals.

This post is just to prompt a new conversation about what will your planner be for 2017? Have you thought about what you will be using and what notebooks will these be?

Do let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you and thanks so much for following me, in spite of the changes from being the fabulous planner to now being papered wings.  I definitely think the new name is more appropriate to convey the idea of using pen and paper to write about our dreams and give ourselves permission to fly with them and follow them!

Do comment on your planners and what you have thought these will be for the new year.

Thank you for reading!

Have a great week.

Em Jorden

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Living a happier life: Discbound notebook

It is well known that there are many benefits to writing things down, be it your thoughts, your feelings or your errands. Writing things down helps you organize your thoughts, reflect and put things in perspective.

Today, we all are bombarded with information and we are constantly plugged to our electronic devices, often we don’t really take a moment to sit down and reflect on what we are doing with our lives or even what we are experiencing or feeling. Especially when we face challenges or difficulties with our lives.

For me, life is particularly hectic, busy and sometimes crazy. I do community work as a profession, I am involved in social justice things and my partner is also involved in this kind of work. Since I became a mom I felt the need to have a creative outlet since I have always leaned toward doing some kind of crafts, planning and writing. I can’t draw or paint but I have always been a planner and have always used pen and paper to write my thoughts, since I can remember. I have always had notebooks and have been constantly obsessed with managing my time, creating my own day layouts and also plan.

Lately I thought, I have been using my planners to manage my time, organize my and my family’s life and just to strive and try my best to be an organized working mom but I have not been writing as much. I do have a journal and sometimes I use it as a scrapbooking thing, but I felt that I didn’t get myself to sit down and use it. It has been more of a task that I force myself to do mostly because I don’t want to waste the notebook.

I recently wated Alexis Giostra where she talked about one of her notebooks that is actually a disc-bound notebook. She showed it a long time ago and I went to look for it but this particular line wasn’t produced anymore. Recently, I heard that Martha Stewart had come out again with her disc bound system that is sold at staples and decided to see if was available at my local staples. Well, guess what? I found it! I bought it not really knowing what I would do with it but when I came home I decided that I didn’t want to use it as another planner so I turned it into a notebook. I call it my “freedom notebook”.

The freedom notebook is a compilation of several sections that I customized, decorated a little bit and added to the notebook after buying some extra paper and some divider tabs. All of these things are from Martha Stewart just because I thought it looks nice and it is very inexpensive. This notebook has the following sections:

  1. Dreams – To jot down thoughts on a life that I desire to create
  2. Stories – Because once upon a time I wanted to be a writer
  3. Prayers – Because I want to go back to my buddhist studies and want to keep things that are relevant or important to me in here
  4. Travel – Because I want to stay inspired to continue traveling and seek for new places to go with my family
  5. Wisdom – Just to write down thoughts and conclusion on my own findings about the new direction I want to take with my professional life

Since I came up with this “freedom notebook” I feel much more inspired and eager to write. It helps me process my thoughts, ideas and also helps me articulate the things that I don’t say to anyone but that are in my head often.

There are many benefits to having a notebook like this. The disc-bound system is particularly great to use because it is the best of both worlds, you have the capacity to customize your notebook like with a ring binder but you also have the capacity to carry it as a notebook, similar to a spiral bound notebook except you are not constrained to using it as is for the whole time. You can add pages to it, inserts, cards, notes and so on. I love it and I recommend you creating your own notebook so you can have a more fulfilling and reflective life where you will find and create your own happiness.

This is how my “Freedom notebook” looks like:

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Let me know if you have a similar notebook like this and how you use it. Also, I have a traveler’s notebook that I bought with the idea of using it similarly but for some reason it is not working for me, so I carry my traveler’s notebook for planning and projects and other things.

I am surprised and amazed of how much I actually love this system! I am even thinking that it can totally work as a future planner or bullet journal but we shall see about that, for now, I am super happy with this notebook and it has added value to my life! I feel more inspired and eager to sit down and write. It definitely is doing the trick for me!

Thanks for reading planner friends,

Em

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Customizing your Planner with Inexpensive Inserts

I recently bought these pads at TJ MAXX for about $3 I believe and I thought these would make as great inserts for my filofax hot pink domino and for my Kikki-K. If you can’t affort to buy inserts from Etsy or other stores or simply you don’t want to be spending money on buying or printing inserts from online, you can always buy different notebooks or paper pads. To use them in your planners you can use a few pages, punch the holes and add them to your planner.

I can’t even tell you how many different notebooks and paper pads I have that I bought very cheap with the idea in mind that I could them use them as inserts. You can even print on them if you are savvy with your printer settings or you can use them as is, just like I did here.

The page on the right hand side is a free printable from Strange and Charmed that I printed at home and I put in my Kikki K, this is the personal size but she also has it available in an A5 size. This particular insert is called “Make your own luck” and it contains really good tips that you can keep on working throughout the month and check the boxes when you have them done. I then decorated the page with some Hema stickers and washi tape, very simple but I love having it in my planner because it’s a grate way for me to keep motivated, getting things done and continue setting goals for myself.

What kind of inserts do you use?