A memory kind of planning

First a trick question! What do you find in the bag of a serial journal keeper and scrapbooker who believes in holding onto every memory possible? Let me tell you; you, find various dirty restaurant tissues, ticket stubs (from almost two years ago) and many half eaten biscuits in your beautiful Neverfull(Louis Vuitton’s gift to mothers if I may say so)! Be very thankful, I did not decide to upload that picture right here. It was not pretty!

Now let me also tell you this fact; it is offensive, to question these people about their bizarre love for memories. We hoard absolutely everything…every wrapper, every receipt and every plane ticket stub (even when their inks disappears) is stuffed very carefully somewhere in back of a drawer waiting to be stuck down in one journal or the other.

What is even more offensive is to go to these very people’s houses and wonder why on earth do they store all their old journals? Especially when the very people in question crib about no space in the house. I know I do… all the time!

So you can imagine how thankful I was to discover the new rising craze for planner binders. Planners are not new, they have been around for decades, but recently, the stationery addicts have added this very boring, mainly work related stationery item to the welcoming world of crafting. The planners are no longer solemn and prosaic but very alluring and much loved. They come in all colors and sizes; courtesy kikki k and Filofax and Erin Conderin. Now with Etsy and  market booming with practically every paper company producing planner binders and accessories the possibilities of customization have become endless.

I love ring binders above all. They serve the primary purpose of planners and after that the world is your oyster! Sticking down photos, journal cards, drawing a bit here and then there is also the purpose of planning your days ahead. Not a long time ago, I had a lot of journals, diaries, notebooks to serve a different purpose. However, off late I have begun to feel the need to combine it all in one binder, my planner binder. Its just more convenient, rather than reaching out to three or four different books for different requirements. Of course it has its planning purposes, for my blog projects and work and appointments.  I have, purposefully started using it as a memory keeper too.

As understanding as the flat lay notebooks are for writing and drawing they become rather unaccommodating when it comes to stuffing them silly with tip ins and memorabilia and especially   chipboard stickers. while using a similar notebook I was on the verge of blocking the word “chipboard sticker” from my keyboarding order for me to stop buying them. with the ring binders you can simply pop pages  in and out with dexterity of a mastermind villain! I know I do. It would be no surprise if I sing praises of a ring based binder when it comes to stickers especially the chipboard variety. Allow me to open my planner set up for you.

I have multiple binders simply because I love switching the colors and configuration with each month. I am showing you the binder for the month of April. I used Filofax domino patent a5 for that particular month when there is more memory keeping than planning is required. No need to get it dirty right?

The secretarial pockets are useful to stuff them with the extra stickers, post it, tabs, and most important the watercolor card.

I usually keep weekly and daily planning together for the ease of reach. Here are some inserts from cocoa daisy. I use them very minimally and restrict the information to just the basics.

Now you can see, how I, combine my scrapbooking, memory keeping aspect into the planner pages. What I love about this set up is the fact that the planner does not gain bulk at all. At the end of each month, I simply swoop the pages out and store them easily incase I want to go back to them later.

Hope you enjoyed going through my planner today. Happy scrapbooking day everyone! How do you set up your planners? Do you like to store scraps like I do? I would love to know what is your system of memory keeping. Please leave a comment below.

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“When creativity does not slack why should you?”

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Lights, camera and a hobonichi

As a couple, my husband and I love exploring each other’s interests and hobbies. So these days he is teaching me Aperture, Shutter speed and ISOs ( it sure sounded more complicated than it turned out to be) and in return he learns all about Tomeo River Paper and the fascinating world of Hobonichi. In case you, like my darling husband are new to Hobonichi too, it is a Japanese planner with the most delicious paper on earth! And if you haven’t tried it just yet; wait till your pen glides across the Tomeo River paper and trust me when I say this…your life will not be the same again! To learn more about Hobonichi you can visit the site here.

Now,  why am I telling you all this? Well, apart from all the whimsical digression on Hobonichi and Tomeo River Paper, all of the happy learning coincided with a home assignment practice shoot and #national stationery week.  But instead of learning the tricks and tips of either of the promised vocations, we slipped into our best kept skins aka. the  photographer, his muse and the faithful Hobonichi by her side.

And since today is the official start date of stationery week, I thought it might be a more interesting to show you our Hobonichi photo shoot rather than prose on and on about some amazing pen or how to get your handwriting right! Which I  plan to do, eventually, in the coming days of course. For now, enjoy our spring fling!

This was where the photo shoot actually veered in a completely different direction! Suddenly instead of taking pictures, I was posing with my heels and of course I had to get my two fairy princesses on the side.

Sometimes I don’t even realize when he takes a shot. This is most definitely one of those instances where it seemed like a procrastinated shot.

Now for some actual front posing. See how I hold onto my precious hobonichi. Maybe I should carry it once to a party as a purse. That will spice things up!

Nothing! and I mean nothing will stop me from twirling in the lush green grass in our backyard.

I am not sure what I was doing in this particular one! Must be one of those times when I don’t realize what he is doing.

It becomes so hot, even the muse needs some shade!

The last two are mine! They are a part of only few that he gave a thumbs up to; out all those “exposures”( see I am learning).  I think they turned out to be not bad at all…

I hope you enjoyed the day out with us. And with join me again tomorrow for a quick and easy way of creating your own sketchbook and filling it it up with even easier steps.

Thank you



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Fathers and Planes

Afternoon turns to evening. The clock strikes 6 and the anticipation game begins. She plays with her blocks but glances once in a while at the door. Its evident she is waiting for someone. The garage door whirrs and she looks up, immediately alert. Dropping everything that she is doing at the moment my 1-year-old runs towards the door and screams on top of her lungs “dada dada”! Till the father appears in the doorway she continues to scream, excitement visible in her voice.

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