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21Jan/170

Kalendersider for 2017

Back to the drawing board, or so to speak. Jeg tweaker stadig kalendersidene mine, for jeg blir liksom ikke helt fornøyd. Jeg vet ikke hva som mangler, eller hva jeg egentlig vil ha, men jeg er ikke fornøyd med dem som de er per akkurat nå. Jeg har jo som sagt søkt på skole, så jeg tenker at jeg må ha en plass i kalenderen min til forelesninger, oppgaver og slike ting, litt adskilt fra personlige notater og avtaler.

Jeg vet ikke helt hva jeg tenker om det linjerte feltet i starten av hver uke, om jeg skal bruke det som en ukesoppsummering, en slags oversikt over hva som er viktig for kommende uke, eller noe helt annet - men jeg brukte ikke feltet som det var, og da var det jo helt meningsløst. De tre feltene på høyre side er fremdeles der for å gjøre notat av hvem som er på jobb til hvilke vakter. Noen idéer til hva jeg mangler, burde hatt, ikke trenger?

I dag la jeg inn en bestilling hos JetPens.com, selv om jeg fremdeles har shoppestopp (har vært flink da, ikke shoppa noe på kjempelenge), for jeg vil ha en fyllepenn igjen. Valget falt på en Pilot Prera Clear med medium kalligrafi-splitt, og så tok jeg med to ulike farger blekk fra J. Herbin (Gris Nuage og Ambre de Birmanie). Jeg er supersær når det kommer til pennene mine, så jeg valgte denne på bakgrunn av gode anmeldelser og at den var blant de billigere alternativene.

Dessuten hadde fantastiske Line fra Linou's Pots lagd whiskey-klistremerker til meg, som jeg har planer om å bruke når jeg har vært på byen. Hvorfor? Fordi jeg kan, og fordi de ble helt vanvittig kule! Jeg bestilte også et ark med blå drinker, som skulle forestille blåbærvodka og curaçao, og hun kunne virkelig ikke designet dem bedre. Elsk! Så.. tilbake til shoppestopp, og en ellers kjedelig hverdag uten besøk fra Hr. Postmann.

Photo(s) © Shamini Thevarajah 2017

14Nov/150

Selling inserts on Etsy

Remember I talked about designing my own inserts? I finally ended up with some undated inserts that I felt comfortable with, suiting my needs, and I kinda stuck with them. I did change them a little since I wrote the post, I added the month in a font I like, and tweaked them a little bit, but you get the idea. In addition I also made a pull-out monthly overview (which I haven't used once), an expense tracker (mainly to be able to visually see how I'm wasting money, and how much - honestly a pretty depressing insert), an online shopping tracker, and a yearly insert for tracking birthdays and urgent dates.

I also went ahead and designed simple inserts for the pocket size, and then for the A6 (which turned out to be my favorite so far). A good friend asked if I would design some inserts for the A5, so that's next on my list even though I don't use the A5 myself.

Then I started toying with the thought of opening up an Etsy store, because maybe, just maybe, some other planner nerd out there would like my inserts as much as I do? Then a woman in one of the Facebook groups asked for a certain type of inserts, and I figured I could just make them for her. So I did, they turned out quite nice, and as she asked how much I wanted for them I put them up for sale for $3 (or 25 NOK to be exact). She purchased them the very next day, and I almost squealed when I suddenly had a second customer pick them up as well! I haven't listed many of my inserts yet, but I will. It won't make me a millionaire, but it's fun to be appreciated.

Interested in following my humble Etsy store?
Go search for DysfunksjonellDesign (or click here).

31Jul/152

Making inserts for my planner

I don't know about you, but I always feel like whenever I find a set of inserts for my planner that I really like, there's something lacking. Some feature that would have made it perfect for me. I've mainly been using Filofax Week on Two Pages Diary, Gillio and DIYfish (my current setup), and although every brand has something amazing about them, I end up rather distracted from its real purpose because I don't like the layout very much.

Ever since I started using a planner again I've been toying around with the thought of making my own inserts, but with Adobe InDesign in front of me I felt demotivated and bloody stripped of creativity. As we all know I'm immensely creative when I should be sleeping like normal people, but suddenly one night it all came to me. I don't know what happened as I wanted to design a set of Wo2P, but ended up with a practical Do1P instead. Don't ask. I must have taken a wrong turn somewhere. Unfortunately my life isn't interesting or busy enough to be using Do1P in my planner (also it would probably make my planner explode), so it was back to the drawing board for me.

I've been using the DIYfish LMI V3s1, but to me they are in dire need of some tweaking to be functional to me. I ended up using them as a template of some sort, redesigning them, tweaking them to more suit my likings. I wanted some blank space for stamps (like the infamous water bottle, or maybe something indicating the daily weather or even my mood) or doodles for every day, and I didn't need the weekly chart. Some days I need a few checkboxes, other days I just need to remember an appointment or an event, and the most important thing was leaving them undated.

These are the inserts I ended up with, for now, and I've been using them for a about a month. I have also made some other inserts, mainly for tracking monthly happenings and staying on top of things, and I've had much fun doing so (even though it might quite possibly have caused me to sprout another gray hair). I just wish I could make up my mind on which kind of paper I prefer it printed on.. it would make my life so much easier, and my planner so much more consistent.

Photo(s) © Shamini Thevarajah 2015