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Friday, November 12, 2010

My Crafty Journal....is here!

I just can't wait any longer.... I had been planning for some time to share this with you for the new year, however 2011 is just around the corner... a mere 6 weeks away and I think we need to start now!


I need organisation in my life and this year I have been trying out a few different systems to keep me organised, tidy and focused. As I love to journal and  keep track of my projects, tasks goals and achievements, I was looking for an easy peasy way to keep everything together, close at hand for daily access.

Well the result was SOMETHING I called  'My Crafty Journal' and I would love to start sharing it with you! Not only is it a place to journal, it's a calendar, an organiser, a chronical, a log book, a filing system, a notebook, a memory keeper, a project planner and more in one complete package.
It works for me, and I'm sure  'My Crafty Journal' can work for you too!

I know we are already well into November, but there is no better time than now to start setting up your journal and getting in the habit of utilizing it day by day.  The best news is am going to help you every step of the way!

To begin......


YOU WILL NEED...an A4 size  2 or 3 ring binder, what ever you prefer. My choice is one  with clear plastic insertion pockets on the outer sides and spine and half pockets on the inside like this. Of course you can use any folder you choose and decorate accordingly or make a fabric slip cover to show off your craftyness. OR you can use the print outs I have created for you!

YOU WILL ALSO NEED... a home printer, A4 copy paper, cardstock or page dividers, plastic protector sleeves, paper trimmer or scissors, glue and anything else you can think of to make this work for you.
I like to use 190gsm Colour Copy paper ~ Yes brand is a good choice, or Epson or Cannon Matt Photo paper around 170gsm for printing the dividers, tags and calendar pages. Pages can be printed in black and white, draft or colour  whatever your preference.


THE REST IS EASY.. simply download the first first set of pages I have design to share with you and print them out!. If your printer is capable of duplex printing you may like to use that feature to print both back and front of the pages, or you can do single sided prints and use the reverse plain side for attaching notes, photos, clips or cuttings etc. It's totally up to you. All pages have been designed for punching holes on either the left or right side of the page... except for the calender. 

WHAT YOU WILL GET... practical, well designed pages for you to use daily, weekly and monthly throughout the year to create your very own 'My Crafty Journal'.  They will include pages for journaling, planning projects, tags and labels, tabs for page dividers, a monthly calendar that can also be used as a wall planner, to do lists and so much more! PLUS there will be lots of ongoing tips to help you use your journal effectively throughout the year.


WHEN WILL THIS START.. Right now! JUST CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK in pdf format for your very own 'My Crafty Journal' with November pages, inserts for the covers of your binder,  plus labels and tags to make page dividers. You will also receive a bonus 12 X 12 paper jpg file!

*88MOST IMPORTANTLY...Please leave a comment if you are grabbing the download and feel free to ask any questions or make suggestions along the way.

Over the coming days, weeks and months as we move into 2011, there will be more pages and pieces for you to collect and use in your journal.  I  truly hope that you will enjoy using your  'My Crafty Journal' as much as I do,  and book mark or follow my blog for future installments and lots of other crafty goodness!

.....I will actually be back tomorrow with ideas on how to use the pages and elements  in your first installment.
               
                                 
xxox Deb

39 comments:

  1. This sounds wonderful! Looking forward to seeing it all put together! We're in the middle of a move, but I'm going to save it all so I can get it finished for the new year. Thank you!

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  2. Question - are the margins wide enough to allow for use on US standard 8.5 x 11 paper?

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  3. Cheri... I have based the journal on international A4 size paper using an A4 2 ring binder. The margins are generous so should be able just resize to 'fit' your paper size when printing.

    Deanna..the main reason for sharing now is so that you can see the format and get a sampling of what will be in store for 2011..... and have play with setting up you journal so that it will work for you.:) Good luck with your move!

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  4. Seems like a great idea to me! i downloaded to see and get the idea. I will be checking it out. Thanks a lot!

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  5. I love Journaling and my calendar is an important part of my life. It will be nice to have a place to keep it together. I too will be working on 8.5x11 so will try this out to see how it fits. Thanks bunches.

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  6. Well done!Thank you very much! ;-)

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  7. I will work on 8.5x11 paper as it is the standard too in Canada. I am motivated by this project and will certainly benefit from being organized in my crafts.. now more than ever since I am re-going to work this Monday after a break of 2 years. Thanks for bringing us on this journey!

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  8. What "size" is A4? I'm in the US. Also, where did you get your binder? Office supply store - which one? I am an organizational freak? Freak is not the right word but I have discovered that I am most happiest when I'm organized. This sounds like a great way to pull together several areas of of lives - calendar, journal, etc. Thank you!

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  9. This sounds really awesome! Thanks so much!

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  10. What a great idea, thank you for sharing!

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  11. thank you so much. i have been wanting to do something like this for quite a while. i started designing one but never could get it to work out just right so i gave up. maybe i will have better luck this time in completing the journal

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  12. Love the idea and I am ready to follow :)! I really loved your pieces for the blog hop!

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  13. Thanks for the download. It sounds great, I hope to get organized also. thanks!!

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  14. Thanks for the inspiration; hopefully I'll stick with it for the entire year. :-D

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  15. love organization! thank you

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  16. Can't wait to take a look at what you've designed and to put it all together. I love binders - it's a sickness - Thanks for sharing your talents!

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  17. I think this is the greatest idea! How awesome that you are sharing this with others... can't wait to get mine started. Thank you!

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  18. This is my huge thank you for both yesterday and today. Your kit was gorgeous and I think this journal may be an answer to some prayers. You are wonderful-blessings to you and yours!

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  19. Oh happy day! Thank you so much for sharing this :) What a fabulous idea!

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  20. this is a great idea thanks very much

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  21. Oh wow, I have downloaded this and thinking of using this for my project 365 for 2011. Will be making a head start in the next week. Have become a follower, do not want to miss a thing. Thanks for sharing!!!!!

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  22. Wow! Pure inspiration on this one, the minute I saw the idea, my cerebral matter fired. Thank you for the idea and the lovely papers!
    Carol

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  23. Ok, Now I am really hooked. I dumped my planner when I retired but those traits are so ingrained I needed to go back to the organization but didn't really want a planner. I hope this will work for me. We will see. Thanks so much!

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  24. Thank you! I'll try your approach!

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  25. Deb,
    Thank you so much, both for the BlogHop and the My Crafty Journal.
    Sharon

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  26. Wow, this looks super cool! I need more organization in my life, anything helps! Thank you so much!

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  27. Sounds wonderful! I'm downloading now and will be following along with your tips, etc. I could really use this.

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  28. THANK you so much! Can't wait to experiment with this!
    Ramona
    ramonamemories.blogspot.com

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  29. Awesome idea, nicely done! Thank you!

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  30. Thanks, very keen to try this, always looking for somewhere to keep all my "collections"
    love me :-)

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  31. Hi Deb - I think I may give this a shot - thanks!
    Sandra

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  32. Such a great idea - thanks! Now, let's see if my follow through is as good as my intention!!

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  33. This is such a brilliant idea - I need more structure to my crafting. I'm gonna give this a go. Well done & thanks for sharing.

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  34. hey Deb...thank Jackie cause i missed this and i saw it in an email from her....and i love this idea....thank you so much.
    jeanie
    jeaniesdesigns.

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  35. i keep trying to follow you but blogger/goggle wont do it i think this happened before the blog hop also...=0( i will have to come back or i will try the email option...
    jeanie
    jeaniesdesigns....
    I absolutely LOVE this just wish it was a month or 2 ahead....sorry i know you are working hard....

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