Wednesday, July 6, 2016

How Many Planners Do I Need?

Ok, so my last couple posts were a few weeks back when I found myself getting sucked into the Erin Condren launch hoopla and bought myself an EC Life Planner. For the most part, I'm happy with my decision. I like that I don't need to draw out my weekly and monthly grids anymore. I like that stickers in the right sizes are readily available through Etsy from a ton of creative folks who come up with the cute designs. But this planner isn't all that I need for my personal use. I like to make lists and brain dump and create collections like I was able to do in my Bullet Journal. So I'm still keeping the ECLP to track appointments and to decorate with stickers. I think it will be a great scrapbook of the year by the time I get through it. But I still need to jot down the random thoughts and EC doesn't leave enough space for that. So what am I going to do? Well, I have picked up 4 (yeah, I know) of the Bohemian String Journals/notebooks from the Recollections line at Michaels. They are 60% off right now and an extra 20% off sale prices with a coupon today, so I allowed myself to pick up a few spares and all the craft paper refill packs they had left in stock. I make my own inserts generally but the price was right for those. i like to keep 3-4 inserts in the cover at a time so I can keep different types of content separate. I like to have my long term collections in one, my Instagram challenges in another, song lyrics and quotes in a 3rd, and the last has my brain dumps and unimportant brainstorming, lists, etc. I keep the 2 notebooks in my EC planner case, along with my neoprene scientific calculator case full of my favorite pens, and a mini photo album where I keep my stickers I take on the go. I'm not sure that the ECLP is really the right planner for me, but it wasn't cheap so I'm gonna try my best to work with it as best as I can. In other news, I am expecting my Silhouette Cameo 2 to arrive this afternoon and I can't wait to try it out. This morning I started "cleaning" my desk/craft area in preparation for the new machine needing a home. I have way too much stuff. After taking everything out of the cubbies, I decided I really needed a new shelf or cabinet for the Cameo. I went shopping and found an inexpensive 4 shelf unit that I was thinking would probably be about as high as my work table. I was way off. The new shelves are huge compared to the little cart that I had my TV sitting on. And now my TV was too high and looked unsafe next to the banister like that. It was only going to be a matter of time before someone walked up the stairs carrying something and knocked over the TV. So I moved the TV to the corner, on a sturdier bookcase, away from the down-sloping banister. I knew my huge HP OfficeJet Pro 8620 wasn't going to do well on the top shelf. It wiggles the hell out of the heavy duty bookcase when it's printing. So on this flimsy one I had to put it on the bottom shelf where it should be pretty steady and safe. I was pretty satisfied with the new layout so far, but had to stop working in order to take my daughter to an appointment. After I get done dropping her back at home I have to go tackle putting all my stuff back. But I can't wait to have a functional workspace instead of a dumping ground where I throw my stuff as I come home at the end of the day.

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