Saturday, 25 October 2014

Medical Planner - I will include what photos I can in this post but this is a very private planner.

When I started my Planner Journey in April 2014 I thought I will only need one but I quickly found that due to having everything in there it was exploding.
I had my diary; Brain Dump,;Medical with contact information for everyone's specialists, and note paper with notes from each appointment, etc; Financial, Education and finally Special Events.
I realised Medical needed to be separate.
So I got a A5 Chocolate Finsbury for my everything planner and used my Personal Violet Domino but I really needed a zipper pocket for gap fees.

I scored a very well loved Hamilton on ebay cheap, it was very neglected but it is perfect.
The back zipper pocket is perfect for cash for gap fees, there are just enough card slots for all cards related to medical with one spare for business cards I am handed by receptionists.


 I just transferred my first set up from my first planner for my diary so week on 2 pages and month on 2 pages.
I created a print out of my girls time tables (they are both in year 12 this year 1 is in her final year of a 4 year Senior and the other is in her second year of a 3 year Senior) so I have it when booking appointments.
I keep hubby's roster in it and just note anything not medical that is happening but without full details just so when booking I can glance and see everything and know when suits.
I have a section for each family member and I have made a individual divider for each of them. 

Each section has a contact sheet with that person's Specialists listed and note paper to write notes at appointments.

 There is a home made or rather upcycled ziplock pocket at the back for referrals, scripts, etc.

 And when I got my first planner it was a personal Domino and I made one of those 6 pocket folders meant for Midori's for it so that is in there to for any paperwork that needs to be kept separate for each person.   Here is the link to Part 1 of the tutorial I followed.

 Despite how worn my Hamilton is I love it, I have tried to get the glue off it from a sticker and I have used a good leather conditioner on it, it has character and it is very practical.
Despite the pen loops not being stretch I have managed to utilise them to my needs by not putting the barrel through the loop.
Here is a photo that shows how full my Medical Planner is.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Planner basic supplies kit

I was sooo excited when my best friend wanted to join me in my planner hobby, I hopped on ebay to find her a passport holder in her favourite colour, a dragon charm and then I went through my small stash to create her a beginners planner supply kit.
There was a delay with the passport holder so the custom dividers I made her and some inserts I posted to her while I waited to put this package together so unfortunately I don't have photos of these as in my excitement I forgot to take photos but when I get some from her I will share.

Here are the photos of the Beginner's Planner Supply Kit I sent her.

She loves pink and she loves barbies so I thought this would be the perfect shade to be home to her supplies.

 I included a Pink Frixion pen for her, raided my washi for anything that may suit.
The budgie page markers and the pink flower shape sticky notes next to them are a full pack the rest are partials.
The OXOX is some note paper (not sticky) as is the paper under the clips which I punched to fit her A5.
The green bag has a little dragon charm in it.
I tried to keep my costs down so only bought the passport holder, frixion as the pink one I have was a gift and I use it (Pink is the colour for my 19yr in my colour code, much to her upset) and the dragon charm and finished my shopping from within my stash.  I did need to buy more A4 laminate pockets to finish her dividers and dashboard but hey we always need more laminate.

Monday, 6 October 2014

My basic needs to scrap

When I started scrapbooking back in June 2005 it was overwhelming being told all the things I needed.  There was lots of encouragement to cut photos into shapes but as I became more comfortable in my own style I realised I hated my photos being in shapes and preferred squares or rectangles and this got me thinking about my basic needs.
I love punch art but this isn't a basic need so I will cover that in another post.
A planner friend has had to pack up her craft and planner supplies as they are selling their house and this got me thinking if I had to keep just the basics out what would I keep in a bag?  What are the bare basic needs to scrap and I thought I would post about my thoughts.
This may be a useful post for those just starting out or those needing to pack the basics for some reason into a bag.

A album is a basic need but can wait, you can store work in progress in page protectors in your bag for now. 
A 12 inch trimmer and I also love a mini guillotine though this is not a basic need just a optional extra if there is room.
Adhesive either a tape runner or double sided tape.
A archival quality journalling pen.
Coordinating papers and embellishments in a ziplock bag kept together.  You don't need a variety of ranges just pick what will work with your photos, while I love purple my pages are usually about my boys so I go with Primary colours but I have also done layouts using papers that are very me with my boys in as the photos were about spending time with Mummy.
White cardstock for backgrounds (can always be coloured if you need to).  Or a mixed pack of cardstock.
Oh and if you are a washi fan storing 60cm (24inches) on scraps of laminate or expired/used gift cards takes up a lot less space than rolls, so easy to include in your basics when you have limited room.
Thank you Cheryl for Project Lifers for reminding me of a ruler, pencil and eraser to rule straight lines for journalling and to use to line things up when needed.

There are many more things of course I would love to have in my basics but I am trying to be realistic here as to what my bare essentials are.
What are your bare essentials? 
Have I missed anything?
If I have the room I may thrown in some mini ink pads for edging, a edging tool or emery board, and some gesso and a stencil or 2.

My Boys Desk Set Up

My boys have had their own rooms for 2.5yrs and their own desks for about 8 months, they originally got their own rooms as Eric snores but now they want to share again so plans are going into action for them to share a room and to turn Connor's room into a chill out room for them with a spare bed for bad nights, guests or when big sister doesn't want to be downstairs.

The room will be home to their toys, lego, board games, puzzles, books, desk, craft supplies, etc.  With lots of cushions on the bed for comfy reading space.
The first step for this to happen is emptying Eric's room of everything that will no longer be in there including his desk, to remove his desk we need to merge the boys desk needs and so with the boys help I started this job Yesterday.
Eric's room will just be for sleeping and dressing in, Connor's clothes will stay in the wardrobe in the other room though.
So this post is about the finished desk top set up which is how it will be set up when the rooms are finished, kind of a test run to see how it works and so far they are loving it.  Note we have decided not to paint or replace the flooring until they are a little older.

Due to the boys EDS3 (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome type 3, also known as Hypermobility type) they need a height adjustable desk & chair, we couldn't afford the specialised  when our OT recommended it 2 years ago so we got them a Draftsman's Table and a chair from Officeworks that had the lowest setting possible (still not low enough), so also got a foot rest.  They have grown a bit in 2years and Connor can now sit at it without a foot rest, though Eric still needs one.

Now to the photos of their new shared desk space.

Front left is the homemade slant board I made when I couldn't source one, it is a A4 acrylic sign holder with a acrylic clipboard glued to it with E6000, the E6000 made it look funny so I covered it with scrap paper and washi.
Behind this are their magazine holders, they put their homework here and books with left over pages form last year to use as scrap paper, in between are their favourite drawing books.
Next to them is Connor's prized Globe, some Clag, the Lego organiser I scored for $5 on clearance, A pencil box made by their big sister when she was in grade 8, with a icecream container on top, their filofaxes and then some A4 drawers.
The big green mat was mine but kids have scribbled on it, etc and they love to craft, they have their own craft supplies in their craft tote (click HERE for the video on this) so why not their own mat.

Here are some more detailed photos.

Chunky and Trianglular pencils mean they don't need to constantly be putting a Pencil Grip on to colour in.

The rest of the items in the Lego Organiser. 
Front left is various pencil grips from their OT, back right is wind up crayons, back left it painbrushes, pens and a giant pen and pencil.

 This is the pencil box big sister made for them in grade 8, it is full of gray leads, the icecream container that sits on top is full of regular coloured pencils.  The boys have inherited a lot of stationery.

Their Filofaxes, they keep them in ziplock bags as they take them too school and we want them to be safe from rain or leaking water bottles, uneaten lunch, etc.

The bottom drawer has their magnetix, some puzzle games and a English book in.

Second drawer has glue sticks, sticky tape and the blue pencil case has textas in.

The third drawer has erasers, sharpeners, scissors, crayons and stamps in.

The drawers above have paper for drawing on, spare stickers, and a drawer each to keep their precious drawings in.
I have a tub on top of the drawer tower for Play Doh supplies.
There is a shelf under the desk at the back that I am thinking will be good for colouring books.