D I Y Planner/Journal thing

Haha made you look.

No seriously I have recently come back to the need for tracking my day and things I need to rember to get done. In a former life, I kept a calendar and kept track of everything I did, phone calls, appointments, things I worked on, important deadlines, etc. Then when I moved into a new line of work it didn’t matter so much to keep up with my time.

Well last week, I really needed to rember what I did on a specific date and I had almost no clues to follow. Thankfully the day’s events were pinned down well enough to satisfy. But I was freaked out enough to want to go back to keeping a work calendar. So I started looking online at various diy planners and how to make leather journals, so I married the best of both together. I will be making a two section blank page notebook. I plan to use a modified daily calendar style by writing the date and the times. I tried doing it for a couple days on scrap paper and it seemed to do pretty well. I included a notes section along with two smaller sections for to dos. Although the paper I’ll be using will be smaller. It may mean breaking it between two or three pages as needed. I will use it for a week or two and let you know how its working out.

To get started I was going to use a cardboard backing for sturdiness, yes I was going to cover it with fabric, until I could procure leather. Life is better with leather. Then my hubby, (love him) decided he had a leather belt pocket that would gain new life as a cover. His ideas for the cover and my thoughts on the cover are kinda sort similar. But he’s into more technical constructions than I am. So he will figure it out and amaze me one more time. It would be so cool to be mechanically inclined.

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Here are my two notebook pages, twelve sheets each for a total of 48 pages. The dimensions are 6 inches tall × 4 1/4 inches wide. This is a pretty handy size. I can tote with me or I can leave it on my desk at work. I used sketch pad paper and stitched the sheets using the inner core from paracord (long story on why I have this, but very handy stuff). For the stitching I started on the inside and made sure to catch the loop of the previous stitch on the outside. This way the pages will lay flat.

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I also wanted to see if naked or covered was better. The cover is a page of scrapebooking paper. It isn’t as thick as I thought it was. However this is my first attempt at making something like this. Mistakes are valuable because you learn what doesn’t work. (Feel free to qote me lol.) So all that is left is the leather covering for the whole notebook. And then using it and letting you guys know how my design worked.

I will save that for a second post. Cheers, james

P.S. I hope this gives anyone in need of a planner, journal, diary, or book of paper the inspiration and motivation to try your hand at diy.

Innovative Journaling

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This is a product review for the Innovative Journaling’s Primer journal. Company owner Arthur Scharf gives new customers an opportunity to try the Primer journal for free all you do is pay shipping. The Primer is a tiny passport sized journal that is refillable and customizable, Mr. Scharf tells you the reason for the size is you are more likely to write in the notebook you have with you. This journal is perfectly sized for men and women, it fits in a pocket or purse.  All of his products are handmade from quality materials the world over and assembled in Santa Fe New Mexico.

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I found Innovative Journaling website while searching for a refillable leather journal. I toured the website, and filled out the contact info form and got my free journal. I placed my order on Feb. 13 and I received my journal on Feb. 18. I did order a pack of refills, which comes with three refills. The journal came with one book and will hold two books. You had a choice of paper and if you wanted anything on it. There is a cigar, hunting, scotch, and some others. I chose blank paper and it is a nice high quality paper. The paper comes from France and there are two other paper types for fountain pens.  There are also personalizations that can be made to the journal.

I hope you will check out Innovative Journaling and Arthur Scharf’s products. He also has a life time guarantee even if you dog happens to use it for a chew bone. This last picture shows it beside a cd case to give you a sense of scale.

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Cheers, james