Here is what I like to do ..
When I scrapbook my planners ... I like to decorate a year ahead of time so when I get to the day it's done.
I just buy a regular notebook and then filler paper and this way it stays cheap and I can file all my pages - Although I do buy planners sometimes too (Don't we all!)
I have "books" since I work from my home these days it makes it gives me much more time to indulge in my hobby. In the past I'd stick some stickers or draw in my planner while working in my office. I have many planners - homesteading, My books. Then I break them down example homesteading book turns into chicken planner, cat planner..guinea pigs.. my cookbooks breaking down to desserts, etc.. And I can decorate them all! Then file them in my filing cabinet and pull them out as needed. It's nice not having a boss saying why did you paste kitties all over your invoices haaa and if I make a copy for a company just imagine the responses? Decorate everything.. please skip Marriage and birth certificates unless you copy and decorate those!
Mainly I work from about 5 planners a day..My schedule - my to do book (yep, it's a book!!!) one planner just won't do it for me as we do a lot of things around here and as I get older .. with that frantic call from my son.. Mom, where is my birth certificate.. ? I end up having planners for others too.. phone numbers.. aunt betsy died can you call.. aunt so and so .. you'd be surprised at the things we find ourselves storing that we can turn into a scrapbook.. phone lists, etc..I can just go to my filing system and pull it out. It actually is LESS time then sorting and looking and everything can be decorated even if it is just drawing :)
I believe I inherited all this from my Dad who was a engineer and lined up his spices in alphabetic order.. growing up in a strict German family order was the word.. unlike me -though I was the boss' secretary in many jobs in my younger days - I was THAT secretary with things moving all around me -people, phones, etc.. and my desk was a big mound and the boss would say I'd need this right now and I'd pull it right out of the pile and hand it to him, these days it is a combination.. (see you thought I was perfect!) order and chaos. Planners keep me in order and I try to keep it simple so it starts at my planner which then goes to the file to when I need it again :) I make my own because my filing cabinet is my life in a box My big old filing cabinet (and you can have more than one too! and even paint it and put stickers on it! My system it's HARD COPY. If you have the internet crash you will appreciate the good old hard copy. It's my artbox - One big box full of my art work too! Hope this brings some new ideas for you planner lovers and hope to see you create your own giant art box and system! Tweet me on twitter @R47R and tell me about what you do and share your art with me!
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