I haven’t posted for a while. I’ve been caught up in the lovely busyness of being at home full-time for these couple of months between jobs. To say that I’m having a blast is an understatement, I’m totally loving it! So much cooking, crochet, reading!!
I’ve also bought/made myself a new journal that is totally my own design using the ARC system from Staples. It’s great to make a journal/planner/organiser [call it what you will] that is absolutely suited to your own needs and desires. It also means you can pimp it up with all manner of lovely papers, stickers and ephemera. For those, like me, with a bit of a stationery fetish it’s all rather addictive and is growing far bigger than I first thought. Might even have to split it in the end into a Journaling/Inspiration ARC and a more practical Diary/To-Do-List/Addresses/Contacts type ARC. The planner will hold up to 200 sheets depending on the size of disc you put in, so it’s expandable.
I didn’t realise when I started making this planner that it’s actually got quite a cult following. Filofax, ARC, Smash Journaling ~ they’ve all gone a bit viral, and if you look on YouTube or search the blog world then they’re absolutely everywhere. I did have a very brief look at a Filofax but the price quickly convinced me that it’s just not worth it. Ridiculously expensive!
Anyway, here are a few photo’s of some parts of my ARC. Obviously the cover is bought from Staples and some of the inserts, but I quickly realised that I could add my own things. I’ve made some of my own dividers and decorated the plain ones I bought. I’ve also bought an ARC hole punch so that I can add my own things without having to just use the rather plain ones that Staples sell. These are also sold in the States and, typically, they have a huge and colourful variety of accessories for their ARC range over there. The UK has a way to go to catch up as our range is rather conservative in comparison. Hence it’s better to use your own imagination and turn it into a craft project.
PHOTO’S. . . [finally ;) ]
Hot pink A5 leather cover, with the 200 sheet expansion discs. All decoration I’ve added myself.
Inside the front cover ~ pretty, flowery ‘Gratitude Journal’ tucked in the left flap. Favourite bible quote as a fly-leaf which I made.
Post-it’s which I also added, bought them from Paperchase.
Post-it’s page. Owl sticky post book mark at the top with my shopping lists also poking out. List pages [task pages they're actually called] courtesy of ARC/Staples. Owl sticky book marks from Paperchase.
Monthly major events so I can see what’s coming up each month at a glance. Also made these, just cut and punched some coloured index cards. I’ve also added some adhesive ribbon to the blue poly divider to add some prettiness. These poly dividers are from Staples.
Next comes my ‘Diary’ section, and then my ‘To Do’ lists which are a bit private so no photo’s of those. The pages for these are bought from Staples, they do generic diary pages which you date yourself and special ‘To Do’ pages. Each pack contains 60 sheets of each and are between £2.20 and £2.60 depending on the type of pack so pricewise they knock Filofax into a cocked hat.
Blank journaling pages all ready for my thoughts. Sheets taken from an old A5 journal and decorated myself with journaling cards, washi tape and vintage stickers.
Some of the journaling cards I bought from Hobbycraft and some I downloaded and printed myself. There is a plethora of free material out there if you have a look. Here is a great blog site that offers some lovely free printables… Miss Tina, Digital Art
‘Prayer and Scripture’ section… showing ‘The Mass’..
Favourite piece of scripture…
‘Craft Projects’ section. Here I write down what I’ve used to make a particular project and also any ideas or inspirations for new projects.
Home-made dividers made from card and decorated with washi tape.
And again, but this time decorated with adhesive ribbon.
Next is the ‘Inspiration’ section. Just quotes and images that inspire me or that I simply enjoy. Quotes written on journaling cards and punched with the ARC punch. Pink sheets taken from an old journal and decorated with washi tape and vintage stickers.
Art that inspires me!!
‘Books and Films’ section. A list of books I want to read and films I’d like to see. Also some reviews of what I’m reading or have read.
The next three sections are ‘Food & Recipes’, ‘Useful Stuff’ and ‘Contacts’. There’s not much in the ‘Food’ section and the last two are too private to photograph but you get the idea.
Finally. . .
A little pocket I bought from Hobbycraft in a pack of three different envelopes/pockets. There are some little things in there that Ethan has given me over the years and special cards that I hold dear. I’ve stuck this inside the back cover with double-sided tape.
So, that’s quite a long post for me with more than my usual quota of photo’s. I’ve really enjoyed making this journal and it’s a constant work in progress as I keep thinking up new ideas for how to make it better or add new sections. You can see why it’s going to outgrow itself quite soon, and become two journals ~ one practical, one inspirational. I won’t buy another leather cover as I’m pretty sure I can make a very pretty one myself out of card and decorative paper. I’ll share if and when I do that.
Hope you’re all inspired to do something similar. You can even do something with just a normal note book or journal by covering it, decorating the pages, adding tabs, sticking in photo’s, pictures, stickers etc. It doesn’t take much imagination and it’s really great fun.