The Fringe Hours giveaway

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I don't do book reviews as a general rule here.  Even though I do read a lot of books, that's just not what this blog is about.  However I recently read a book... no scratch that! I devoured the book!  And I feel like it's one of those books that you tell everyone about, you buy as gifts for people and you just want everyone to read.  It does tie into to this blog's theme however, as one of it's main theme's is to find more time to do the things that fill you up.  And for most of you that's either scrapbooking, planning or some other form of paper crafting!  Am I right?! :D

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When I first heard of the Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner, I thought to myself, 'If I was ever to write a book this is the one I would have written.'  I'm very often asked how do I do it all and where I find the time.  And my answer is always in two parts.  First, I don't do it all, and second, what I do get done, I do in the 'in betweens.'   However, once I actually read the book, I quickly realised that she did such an outstanding job of saying what was in my head and then continuing on to expand on that and say so much more than I ever could!!  And in a much more eloquant way.

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So even though I've been living my life similar to what she says in her book, pretty much since Jacques (who will be 14 this month) was born, I still found little tidbits and inspiration all through out the book.  It's genius!  Since my friend Sarah has passed her copy onto me, I was planning on reading it and then passing it on, so someone else could benefit from it as well.  Then, I started reading and taking notes. I always write in books, but this one even has space for note taking. And I even went back and added bookmarks with washi tape to my absolute favourite parts, and well... in short I want to keep it :D  I did buy a copy for both my sister and sister-in-law and I'm waiting on the French translation so I can get one for each of my sisters-in-law here in Europe.  But, I'm also going to purchase one more copy and give it away here on the blog.  I really feel that every woman, whether you are a mother or not, work outside the home or not, yound or old you really should read this book.  The bossy, oldest sister in me wants to tell you in my bossiest voice to READ THIS BOOK!!  If you've read it already, please spread the word!

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To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment below telling me what you wish you had more time for.  That's it!  If you are new here, welcome!  And, please sign up to my email list if you haven't already.  There is a sign up box at the bottom of this post :D

I'll choose a winner Tuesday July 7 at midnight Pacific.


My Quick and Easy Memory Planner System

 
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This is the last post in the blog series that Francine and Nancy and I have been doing these last few weeks about Memory Planners. Check out my other posts, I talk about how I got into memory planning and I show you my process for decorating my memory planner.  Today, I share my system to help you with your memory planning.

I hope these tips will be helpful to you!

1. I set a timer on my phone to remind myself to journal everyday.  At first it went off at 9pm, but I was always hitting snooze and eventually turning it off and not journaling because it was a busy time, trying to get the children asleep and winding down my day.  I realised that 10am was a quiet time of day, most days.  So now it goes off at 10am and I am able to journal 3-4 times a week.

2. I have my memory planner out and ready. When my timer goes off all I need to do is pick up my pen and write.  It's in a drawer that is  high enough that I can write in it, right in the drawer and then I can close it up.  It doesn't have to be out on a desk or table, cluttering up my room.

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3. I take the current week's page out of the binder rings and lay it on top.  I'm left handed so those rings get in the way.  I'm able to write a lot neater when the page is clear of the rings.

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4. I wait until the back of the page is journalled on before I decorate the front side.  I hate having to write over the bumps and lumps from cards, die cuts, stickers and even thin washi tape.  So I won't decorate a spread until the left hand side of the following spread is journalled on.

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 Now that the 13th, 14th and 15th are journalled, I can go back and do the spread for the 7th-12th.

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5.  I decorate the 'extra pages' all at once.  I like to spend a good bit of time on the creative part of my memory planner so I do all the extra pages for each month together at one time.  This saves me time as I don't have to work to get those creative juices going!

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6.  I keep all of the supplies for my memory planner in the drawer with the planner.  It can get a bit messy, but it makes decorating much quicker.

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There you have it!  I hope that you have enjoyed this blog series.  Here are links to the other 2 posts:

Introduction to Memory Planners
How I use my Memory Planner

And don't forget to stop by to see how Francine and Nancy are doing with their new Memory Planners!

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Memory Planners Part 2 - the low down

I'm back along with Francine from Callaloosoup.com and Nancy from Domesticraft.com with our second instalment of our blog series all about Memory Planners.  Today, I'm going to take you through how I set up and use my planner to capture memories on a daily basis.

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With my Heidi Swapp Memory Planner there is a thick cardstock divider page for each month that usually has a simple pattern.  June has these gorgeous gold stripes.  I like to add a bit of embellishments to make it more 'me'.  This month I went a bit more whimsical than I have so far in my planner, maybe because it's Spring! 

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Next there are lots of little goodie pages for photos of the month (still waiting to take that second one for June), a bookmark type page for birthdays and important days and even a pocket page with two 3x3 sleeves.  I got a fuse on Sunday (it was Mother's Day in Luxembourg) so I sealed up the bottom one after filling it with confetti :D

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Next is my favourite page.  It's a ledger type patterned paper that leads you into the calendar bits.  I love to decorate this one the most.  This month I went with this cute card that I've been saving.  It has a nice quote!

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Then comes the calendar page, and basically for me, this is just a neatened up copy of my wall calendar.  I love having this in here to be able to look back at how busy life is right now.  I usually do this after the month is over.

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The last part of each monthly section includes a bunch of pages each with space for 3 days  on them.  These are the pages where I write a little blurb about each day.  This is the only spread I have decorated so far this month, but I always do it afterwards because I can't stand to write over bumpiness, even thin washi tape. I only journalled 3 out of 6 days, which is pretty typical.  I average 3-4 days each week.

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One of my favourite parts about my planner are the prompts that are sprinkled through out, there are some here at the bottom of the calendar page and there are more on the back of the birthday bookmark.  These prompts make me get a little deeper and write things that I might overlook as I'm journalling but are wonderful ways to track my memories and so I'm thankful for these prompts. 

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Don't forget to check out Nancy's and Francine's posts as well to see how their Memory Planners are coming along!

Next week is the last part of our blog series and I'll be talking about different tips and tricks for keeping the process simple and fitting it in to your daily plan ;)


Have you jumped on the memory planner bandwagon?

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I'm teaming up with Nancy again from Domesticraft and this time Francine from Callaloosoup is join in on the fun!  We are going to be talking Memory Planners and all the fantastic joy they bring.  Okay, maybe I get a little too excited when it comes to these planners, but they really do make me giddy :D

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I'm pretty sure that Heidi Swapp came up with the term and idea of Memory Planners.  She is where I heard it from first, anyway.  It was during the Big Picture Classes Play! event.  She did a presentation about her memory planner and she had me in tears, it was amazing! She talked about being able to go back a read little snippets of her life over the course of a year.

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So what is Memory Planning anyway?  Here's what Heidi has to say about it:

SO, if you haven’t noticed, Memory Planning is a “thing”! well, ok – so I call it “Memory Planning” because recording, planning and documenting in a planner is actually a very powerful and FUN way to keep memories! It’s actually kinda like memory multi-tasking because you are doing what you would do anyway: write down the stuff you have going on… (planning) along with stuff you need to do and remember… but also adding in some pretty embellishments and photos! It’s the perfect way to CAPTURE your EVERYDAY! 

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Needless to say, after her BPC presentation, I NEEDED to get myself one of her Memory Planners!  But, they were only available in Michaels stores in the US, boo!  I went on the message board for the Play! event and gushed about how good the event was but I also commented that it was disappointing that we couldn't get a memory planner after hearing Heidi rave about it. I may or may not have whined. ;)  A sweet lady named Marie, offered to go to her local Michaels and pick up and then send me one!  I jumped at her offer, how wonderfully sweet she is!

It arrived just before my birthday, so I decided to document the year from birthday to birthday (March 2, so I just started with March 1).  It was simple to take the book apart and make it March to February.

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Now, I would love to say that everyday, I wrote a little snippet of my day and that each month I was able to go back and add photos and pretty embellishments, but that's just not the case.  I would often forget and then go back at the end of some  months and add what I could from our family wall calendar.

Some months aren't even decorated and... I even have a few blank months. GASP!!

But, wait!

I do have 8 months FULL of little tidbits that I will treasure when my little one are all grown and gone.  And that to me is beyond precious!! and that's just one year!  I'm on my second year and still going strong recording our day to day lives so that I can look back later to see what life was really like back in 2015.

Please head on over to see what Nancy and Francine have to say about this wonderful hobby!

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Callaloosoup.com

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Choose your own Adventure... Planner ;)

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The GIVEAWAY has ended, see the end of the post for the winner :D

Sarah truly is a kindred spirit and I almost feel like she's created this planner just for me!  I mean, come on, it has a Tardis to match my Tardis charm on the front of my cakedori :D

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Here are some of my favourite parts of the Venture planner:

The adventures boxes - they really make me look at my day in a new light, to seek out what was an adventure that day.  With the 'adventure' label on some otherwise mundane detail (like taking a different running route) makes it feel more important and meaningful :D
Sarah's cute illustrations - again Tardis!!
The short to-do lists on the day page - there's nothing like a long list of things to overwhelm you!
The versatilty of it - I can change it up and print whichever pages and layouts I need for any given week, month etc 

If you are using regular computer paper, and printing on both sides, I would suggest printing it a bit lighter. Otherwise you can see the designs through on the other side.  Either that or use thicker paper. I also had a problem getting the two sides to line up so that the cut lines were in the same spot on the back as the front.  But, that may be because we use A4 size paper over here and not 8.5x11.

The planner comes in 4 sizes, Midori Traveler’s Notebook (4.5x8.5"), Filofax Personal Planner (3.7x6.7"), Half Page (8.5x5.5"), and Full Page (8.5x11") so whatever planner you're using, Sarah has it covered.

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I made mine in the midori size so that it would fit in my faux dori.  I made a little traveller's notebook for the moth of June.  

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Here are the steps that I took.

I found a cute double sided piece of cardstock that I loved.

I chose the planner pages that I wanted and printed them out, keeping in mind how they would be laid out in my book once they were folded in half.

I cut the planner pages and cardstock down to size and measured to the middle.

I drew a pencil mark down the middle, because I am really bad at sewing in a straight line ;)  (A Queen Amidala costume without a pattern, I have no problem with however - go figure!)

Then I stitched along the line, and folded it up!

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I rounded the corners because the other notebooks in my cakedori have rounded corners

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Et voila, c'est prêt!

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If you'd like to try this Venture Planner for yourself you can go here to find out more:

http://www.sarahshotts.com/blog/planner/

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you can enter your name into Sarah's safari hat to try and win one of your own!  Just leave me a comment below and I'll pick a winner Tuesday night (midnight pacific)!  Good luck!

GIVEAWAY WINNER:

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YAY!  Thanks everyone who entered!!  Congrats to Allyson, our winner!  Don't forget to check out the planner if you didn't win to get your own copy!

www.sarahshotts.com/blog/planner/

 

 

I bought this planner myself and no links are affiliate links.  All opinions are my own :D

 


A Happy Birthday GIVEAWAY!!!

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Happy happy birthday to the Cut Shoppe!! Each of the members of the Design Team are giving away one of our favourite cut files so make sure you visit the other blogs too!  Plus, there's a coupon code for today and tomorrow only TCSBDAY1

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED, thanks for playing :D
the WINNER is JUDITH ARMSTRONG!!

It was really hard for me to choose which cutfile to give away but I ended up going with the very first one I ever used, before I was even on the design team.  I don't think it will surprise any one who knows me even in the least that I'm choosing this oldie, but goodie, with a TARDIS!!!

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The Geeked Out cut file, consists of 4 SciFi themed icons, that can be used on your scrapbooking and papercrafting projects.

 

It's called GEEKED OUT, awesome right? 

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED, thanks for playing :D
the WINNER is JUDITH ARMSTRONG!!

To win all you need to do is:

1.  Sign up to my email list (you'll get a free class!) over in the side bar on the right :D

2. comment below with either your favourite Doctor Who Episode, or if you aren't a Doctor Who fan, well, sorry but we can't be friends!  
Haha, just kidding but seriously go watch it!! (the girl in the fireplace or the one with Van Gogh will get you hooked for sure!) but in the meantime you can tell me your favourite cutfile from the Cut Shoppe instead.

The giveaway will close Tuesday, midnight pacific. :D

To see the other giveaways, visit the other design team members' blogs:

Sheri Twing
Gina Lideros
Kat Benjamin
Tarrah McLean

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And here are a few of the layouts that I've made with other cut files from The Cut Shoppe. 

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Studio refresh - come and play!

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I've done a few improvements to my studio to not only make 'play' time run more smoothly, but also to display and store projects, both finished and in the works.

I make quite a few projects but then I find that they get stored away in an album (ahem after sitting in a stack for way tooooo long) and they don't get seen.  So, after being inspired by Paige Evan's I set up a layout wall, but as you can see I'm having trouble keeping them on my wall! A little more mac tack should do the trick :D

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 As far as mini albums are concerned, I bought these shelves to display them ages ago! It took my 13 year old son to figure out how to drill holes into the cement wall and get them installed!

There are a few project kits and half finished mini books and things from various workshops I've taken.  This little cart below the shelves is perfect for those.  Oh look there's that stack of finished layouts waiting to be stored in an album :D 

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Below are 2 Alex drawer units from IKEA stacked on top of one another.  I didn't bother with the wheels and this way they make a nice chest of drawers.  It sits right behind my desk so that it's in easy reach.  The drawers are shallow and are perfect for layouts and projects in progress.  The Cath Kidston bowls on top hold mostly die cuts but also enamel dots and little pretty bags and envelopes.  I have a recycle bin on the floor on the left and a box on the right for paper that I am no longer using so that I can give it away.

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Here are some of the drawers open (the neater ones!) My memory keeper is in the top one and  everyday (or almost!), I write a little blurb about each day, and I write it right in the drawer!  It's the perfect height to stand and write, simple, fast and easy!

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So those are the improvements I've made recently, thanks to Catherine my trusty sidekick and second pair of hands!  They seem small but they have made a HUGE difference in my studio, especially in being able to keep it tidy.  I no longer have half finished projects all over my desk.  They are stored away neat and tidy, but at the same time not tucked away so much that I forget about them.

You can see more photos of my studio HERE.

What are your favourite parts about your creative space?


Are you able to truly tell your stories? A storyteller's tale.

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I’m participating in a Blog Link-up with Kris (With a K), from www.withakwriting.com, because she wants to hear about the role writing plays in our businesses.

She is giving a Writing Workshop for entrepreneurs and bloggers, starting May 25th,  and she wants to give away a scholarship to one of the lovely bloggers who participate in this link up. You can participate and get a chance to win too.

Just copy and paste this piece of text into the introduction of your blog post answering the question, “How has writing been beneficial to your business, and what do you want to Craft with your Voice next?” Link back to this post, so any of your friends who are entering will be able to find it for more info.

Finally, go back to Kris’s blog on or after May 12th to add your link to the link-up party there, and you could win a scholarship to her new course: Craft Your Voice. She’ll be drawing a name on the 18th of May for a full scholarship to the 6 week writing course, so you can write and link-up your post any time before then.

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The first time I met up with Kris in August, it was more like meeting up with an old friend rather than someone who I had only recently met online.  She is a wonderful storyteller as well, and we chatted for hours telling stories.  Stories deepen our relationships with one another because we really get to know someone, really know who they are on a deeper level, through sharing their life stories, both big and small.

As I venture into a new 'BIG' Adventure (more details coming soon!), I want to be able to not only use storytelling in my writing as I teach classes, but also to teach others to tell their stories and understand how important their stories truly are.  

I also want my voice to help craft new relationships as I teach.  As a great story captures your attention from the start, draws you in and keeps you on the edge of your seat, I want my teaching voice to do the same.  I would love to bring more energy and flare to my storytelling both in the stories I tell in my scrapbooks, but also as I teach my classes.

Are you a storyteller?  What stories do you love to tell?  Please share in the comments!

 


How you can make paper lace and doilies with your Silhouette

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I used these fantastic digital lace edge fonts from creationcassel.com with my Silhouette to make these fun doilies and lace.  The lace border gave this card an elegant feel.

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I bet you are asking why don't I just use a store bought doily?  Well, with these fonts I can chose my own design from a large range and without having to buy an entire package of the same design and I can make it any size I want.  Also, those store bought doilies are thin and flimsy and with these fonts I can add stitching holes to a nice sturdy piece of cardstock and stitch a border.  See this previous post to learn how to add stitching holes.

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Store bought doilies and lace are usually white, but with these fonts I can chose any colour I want, like this mint for example :D

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Some helpful tips:
*Use upper case versions of the fonts, they will cut easier.
*They take a while to cut, so be patient, it's worth the wait.
*Use the toggle button on your Silhouette to get the design to wrap around a circle to make a doily.
*Some of the designs are more intricate than others so they are a bit harder to cut out, so if you want to use one of these, then make sure you enlarge it.

Now, what are you waiting for?  Hurry and grab a set today and get cutting :D

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My views on the Fun Planner Trend :D

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It's important to realise that each group is completely different and has their own reasons for owning and using a planner and that not any one group is any better than any of the others.  We are all different and we all need and love different things in planners as in any other things in life :D  I don't think that we can compare one with the others and that they are 3 very separate groups.

Now where do I fit in this list? ;) If you know me well, you know that I love to plan.  I NEED and LOVE to have a plan for any project big and small, so I am definitely in the first category.  I've been using a planner for as long as I can remember, since my mom gave me a free one she got when she bought her Christmas cards when I was 8 or 9. HOWEVER, I am a papercrafter, scrapbooker and memory keeper!  So decorating a planner is fun for me.  But, I don't decorate my everyday-plan-my-life planner.  I do add fun cards, clips etc, but the pages are pretty plain.  Just a bunch of pencilled lists and notes.

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I like to decorate my Memory Planner, which I'm using more like Project Life.

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I'm participating in a Listers Gotta List challenge on instagram, but that's more like a scrapbook than a planner anyway :D

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So there you have it!  Now, where you do fit in?  If you would like to be more of a life-long planner, but can't seem to get a planner to work for you, please check out my Practically Perfect Planner class.  I will help you discover what you really need from a planner first, before choosing which planner you will use.  And it will be a planner that works the way you need it to work :D Registration closes Saturday, May 2 at midnight Pacific so hurry and grab your spot!! Extended one day!! Sunday May 3 at midnight!

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