…and then some..

We took a trip to Eastern Finland. We are staying in a cottage by a lake. ย Too bad the weather is not good for us, it has been a really chilly summer ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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Lots of fun things to do for the kids, we went rowing, fishing, built little boats from wood. Hunted down forest animals like frogs and other insects. They haven’t even asked for an ipad or tv. Perhaps later a proper sauna experience in wood heated sauna. The only proper sauna. Yesterday I was told that there are many types of “sauna” out there outside Finland. If you don’t trow water on to the sauna stove- it is not a sauna! And the temperature is above 80 celcius, always.

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Some journaling and planner time for mamma, too. In my last post I was talking about the many many beautiful planning systems there are. I wish you could use all of them! At times this can be a little overwhelming.. but then again, your needs might chance, and we all change a little when we get older. And wiser ๐Ÿ™‚ I also have a Hobonichi A5. Don’t you just love the paper quality! You can use all sorts of media on it. I love the way the paper gets a little crinkly when it gets wet. I started Jul-Dec book now and I have high hopes to keep journaling daily until December. My Traveller’s notebook and the Hobonichi will compete, which one will I grab daily? Maybe both? These are dilemmas only true planner addicts and planner enthusiasts will understand. Are you one of us? ๐Ÿ™‚

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What do you use to organize your daily to-do’ s and appointments? I have had a long relationship with Filofax (and other ring-system planners, I keep referring them as Filofax). I have a small collection of Filofaxes and I used to swap them from time to time. You ย know, keep the inserts but change the covers. Fun! What is great about the rings is that you can add and remove papers as you wish. If the rings get in the way when you are writing, just make small slits to the paper where the holes are, that way you can remove the paper without opening the rings and write easily on the backside too. ย I’ve always had a “problem” deciding what are notes and what are lists? How crazy is that?? Filofax comes with divers so you can section your papers accordingly. I’m giving Filofax another go and I’ll throw all the lists and notes in the same section. Will that solve my “problem”? ๐Ÿ™‚ we’ll see!

My Filofax Malden in Ochre โค๏ธ

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Have a good day! -Outi

The current situation

Hello there! It has been a long while since my last post. Life happened, I suppose ๐Ÿ™‚ With work and my two 6-year-olds to look after, time is limited. But now it’s summer holiday and nothing but time, I thought I’d write a post. Hopefully this will become a habit.

My analogue life has evolved quite a lot from the last posts. My Filofaxes have been used only a little and other systems have replaced the rings. May 2016 I tried bullet journaling. I bought a blank large Moleskine, watched many YouTube videos of this system and had a go. Well, it lasted ca. 2 months :/ Don’t really know why.. because I’m not artistic enough? I’m not good at drawing and for the most part I’m not super keen on my handwriting. Even though you do not need to draw or decorate in any way if you don’t want to.

Then there is the Traveller’s Notebook (the original, there’s something special about the original). I just LOVE setting up a planner/planning system. But, the question is, will you use it? I’ve always wondered what the “it didn’t work for me” -sentence meant? Well, it means that even though the system you’ve built for yourself seems perfect, you just don’t use it! You don’t grab that book of yours and write down to-do’s and to-go’s. YouTube is really bad.. there’s so many ideas out there, it’s unbelievable! Once I was there.. happened to watch “bullet journal hacks” by Addicted to planning. Oh dear! She had some amazing, practical ideas that I immediately grabbed my old Moleskine and tried again. This was late December 2016. You know what? I’m still using it!! 7th month ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m so proud of myself. I’m not so worried about making a mess (I have!) and I like the Pigma Microns, my handwriting is satisfactory with them. The bullet journal is for my to-do’, appointments and important notes etc.

The Traveller’s notebook.. it’s mainly for journaling, writing down funny things the kids have said and done. I want to journal because I want to remember.. I want to remember the little things in life. I’ve even used some watercolour and acrylic paints on my pages! And washi tape, of course. ย Just to add a pop of colour. And sometimes a picture tells a thousand words, I quite often add pictures printed from my phone.

Sometimes the old love for the Filofax (meaning ring-system planners) raises it’s head. I have learnt from myself that I like to use inserts made by me.. well, can’t take all the credit, I’ve used ideas I’ve seen and tweaked them further to fit my needs. I’ve recently used Excell a lot ๐Ÿ™‚ – making my own ring-planner inserts. Just because it’s fun.