Who’s up for some made-by-self diaries or “idea” journals? By now you know how much I love simple but appealing DIYs, you know how much I love white, and you know how much I love mini attempts to organization. So from all of that, maybe you can begin to gather what this post is about.
I get these odd, little ideas everywhere. While eating, driving, when I’m about to go to sleep... and those are only the non-awkward moments. They pop up in my head all the time but two minutes later, I’ll start thinking about how great it would be to be part of the USS Enterprise, then a little about olive oil and rosemary potato chips and finally a skip to what would be a good thing to watch on Monday movie night, and before I know it, the first idea (brilliant, I just know it) gets lost amid thoughts of cheese and midnight snacks. That’s how my brain works any given day and all those lost ideas account for why I’m still not a self-made millionaire today. Oops, idea flash right there: record it, genius.
Write down everything. This strategy is not only perfect for jotting down impromptu ideas, it’s actually useful when it comes to a lot of things (organization, scheduling, tasks...), and even necessary in some cases (booking details, reference numbers, contact details...) And sure we all have Evernote or Springpad, we got iCalendar and Notes, and they work but they're only as good as your battery life, so some of us still keep that little black notebook for everything.
OR THE LITTLE WHITE NOTEBOOK...
Here are basically two major items, both nice on their own but definitely more interesting together: some marble-design notebooks and some relevant Project Life cards you can use as accent for the cover and possibly, another page mark.
I will skip the step-by-step, the pictures will tell it all. Unless of course, you need a tutorial on how to make your own notebook, then you can check out this notepad DIY that I borrowed to make this project. Theoretically, it’s the same process; only modify the cover that this time, you’ll have enough to cover both the front and the back. I saw this marble-design notebook on Shedquarters Online and I just fell in love with it, but I was unsure on whether I could get them delivered here. I googled some more, seeing if I could get them somewhere else nearer, and then I found this wonderful tutorial about making your own and as much I wanted to make my own different version, I didn't want to give up on the marble design that I really love. Using this as inspiration, I decided I could use some Project Life cards for my version, something appropriate for each different notebook I was planning on making (because eventually, I did need to label them one way or another and this seems like a good use of the cards, too). I absolutely like that it's so simple, but that it's simplicity in no way means it can't be pretty pretty.
Now I can schedule and track what I do with my time, Monday through Friday. I used to always think that I’m not too good with managing time and I waste precious time once in a while, but hey, look at that – my notebook begs to differ.
There are so many other different kinds of notebook you can make!
These Project Life cards are my latest craze and I can't wait to be attending Life Documented Manila's workshop soon. In the meantime, I've been thinking of other ways to utilize them. One thing you’ll realize about these Project Life cards the first time you get a bunch of them in your hands is that they seem really flexible. Literally, yes, (that too – I expected a thicker cardstock, but in a lot of ways, these right here are actually better and I have no issues on the paper density department) but more the fact that you’ll feel you can use them for almost everything else apart from as journal cards.
All of the cards used for this project are from the Project Life Core Kit – Cinnamon Edition.