Friday, January 28, 2011

CRITIQUE : A Revolving Planner of Monthly Books

I used to be at my desk often enough that a flat planning pad was perfect for me. Now I get all my best ideas (ie: things that I need to remember) while I'm out and about, and I needed a place to put everything down with a pen. Rachel was kind enough to show me her new planner, which was great... BUT I hate spirals.

It's not just because I'm a lefty; spirals fall apart, catch on things, and are overly bulky. In fact, an annual planner is kind of a waste of space in my already full bag.

My solution is a system where each month is a separate book, which hooks together with other months to hold just as much time as you need at a time. 2 months, 3, 4... and when you're done with a month, you can unlock it from the group and put it away.

Here is an example of the 4 books, loose. Each book contains a month of information. The months are blank, so you can use them for whatever month you would like by simply marking the month, and the days on each page.

The books hook together through their binding to make one connected book with as many months as you want.

Here's an animation of several books being connected together. The flap slips through the binding of the month in front, and tucks back into itself.

The colored flap also serves as a bookmark to the current week.

The first several pages contain spots for daily tasks, and for notes. There is a space to write the month at the top of the page, and open circles to write the date number above each day.

There is also a section for more notes, and dates to remember (birthday, anniversaries, etc.)

The last spread has "forward planning" for adding items to future months. It also has instructions on how to bind the months together.

The final page has an overview of 15 months for reference in setting up the blank book.

I have chosen to use three patterns of Mod-Tone paper for the inside. Each book has a colored flap, and one coordinating paper. The following are three of the four papers.

1) I've been using the books already, for my day-to-day planning. They are working quite well for me, but I'm curious what the rest of you think. Anything you would add, delete, change from the inside design?

2) Also, I am planning on designing medallions to letterpress on the front of each book. Each of the 4 medallions would be a decoration with a place for writing the month. Any ideas or inspiration would be appreciated.

3) I want to sell the books in sets of 4- which is a good opportunity to try them out to see if they work for you. Each set of 4 would come with a band to tie around your set. Anyone have any comments about the structure of the binding, and the rest?

Any comments are helpful, and again, thanks! I hope one day these will help someone else stay on track.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

How To: Mary Go Round Crocheted Flowers

I just wrote a post on crocheted wedding inspiration on my blog, and thought it might be fun to share part of it with Adventures in Making! It's a tutorial for Mary Go Round crocheted flowers by Lola Nova.

I really love making these. The pattern is simple if you know how to crochet, and it's a great way to use up any of those ugly old bangles you may have lying around the house.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

HOW TO : Make a Pom-pom for your Cat

Kat came over last weekend and we had a spontaneous craft evening, making pom-pom toys for Cooper. They're super easy to make, and a great silly adventure.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

HOW TO : Make Paper

I finally did it - made the paper leap when Rachel came over for a crafty retreat. You can find documentation of my Adventure here.*

I have big plans for the outcome, but you'll have to wait and see...

*I should warn you, before you attempt this yourself, that now I look at everything differently. I've been thinking of stealing flower petals, and I have been stealing the recycling.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Question: Bottle Cap Crafts

I've been collecting bottle caps for a few years now, but I have yet to determine what I want to do with them. Has anyone done/seen any cool crafts with bottle caps?

Sunday, January 9, 2011

RESOURCE : Filing Small Business Taxes

It's that gross time of year- time to file your business taxes.

I came across these videos on how to file in Washington.

What do the rest of you use?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

QUESTION : Binding a Skinny Book

I had a bright idea that involves binding (saddle stitch) a small number of pages together. (Probably 4 text sheets and a cardstock cover sheet.)

Has anyone had any luck using a sewing machine, stapler, or any other tool? Suggestions?