Thursday, August 16, 2012

Things I love Thursday: Evernote

I first downloaded Evernote on my Android phone to keep track of those random things I came across online that I wanted to go back to (usually giveaways that I wanted to enter, one day I will win a Silhouette Cameo!). I remembered that you could get Evernote for your computer too and downloaded it onto my new laptop. I had been looking for a good way to keep track of my thoughts and ideas for the wedding and my Pinterest board is a bit over full (anybody else?) and I wanted to make my wedding master list and have everything there in WORDS and PHOTOS.

Evernote

I can break things down into Notebooks and then Notes… so I have lists and then sub lists. Does anybody else get excited about sub lists like I do? I can break down things and think about them one tiny element at a time.

And I can do this from my laptop AND my phone and they sync together so I can work on a note tonight and then go off somewhere tomorrow with my phone and be able to pull it up and remember what I need or the look I’m going for.

I really think this will be a life saver for the wedding!

{edit btwn writing this and posting it: I also added another “notebook” and converted my massive craft to do list over to it. I had a 19 page list in categories in my purse for the last month. And now it’s in Evernote!}

Much list love to you all,

Tamara

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Home Management Binders Inspiration

I’ve been pinning and pinning and pinning (no surprise there) and I have accumulated several pins on my Tips, Tricks, Cleaning & Organization board that involve Home Management Binders. I also noticed that several of my close girlfriends were also pinning them. So I thought I’d throw together a post on some binder inspiration.

I also want to go step by step and make one for my home. I’ve also asked a couple of my girl friends to help me out and make one too. We all have different styles and it will be fun to see how different they are!

forty two eleven blog home management binder setup inspiration

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This is a full printable set you can get from Crystal Wilkerson that goes into a mini size 3 ring binder. The colors are bright and fun. She also includes motivational quotes to put throughout as well. The set will run you $30-35 depending on which one you purchase. It can be purchased here.

The Nest Effect has several posts one by one on each section of her binder, you can purchase her set here for $45. Her binders are based on the Dave Ramsey method of debt repayment. Her sections include: Debt, Savings, Budget and Home Information.

Over on Twenty62 blog you can find another section by section posts on how she set hers up. She also gives you printable versions for FREE. Who doesn’t love free? Her sections include: Cover, Calendar, Contacts, Meal Planning, and Cleaning.

Another fabulous setup in a mini size binder from A Bowl Full of Lemons. She shows you how she set up all her tabs and such using a lot of Martha Stewart for Avery products. Her sections include: Monthly, Notes, To do, Menu planning, Budget, Blog, sponsors, ideas, giveaways, income, checklists, and School. She also uses color coding to help keep organized (I don’t know about you but Color Coding works wonders for me and my visual brain!

Over on Sprouting a Little Nostalgia she has a really big binder! Her sections include: birthdays, week at a glance, daily, new years resolutions, thoughtfulness planner, to do lists, long term to do, home balance sheet, blogging to do list, carpool to do, a “honey-dew” list, recipes, menu planner, grocery list, cleaning, faith, contacts, health, family night, infertility, important numbers (docs, etc), homeschool, fitness, baby sitters, home repair, business, goals, parenting goals, hobbies, college, pets, vehicles, parties, warranties, Christmas, family time, passwords, organizing, taxes, notes, and finally blogging. Told you it was a big one. She breaks down each section and what she has in it and even links to printables she used.

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Over at Dawn at Home she doesn’t use a binder but instead uses a file crate with 52 folders with each week on them. She also staples paper to the front cover to use as her weekly planning sheet. I think this is an excellent idea too. You could put birthday cards into the week that they are in, have bills in the week. You just pull out the week you are in and work through them that way. She also sticks a month at a glance calendar in the front with a note pad. I think this is a great alternative to a binder! (especially if you are home schooling like she is). I also think this would be great to put memories from that week in to the file folders to scrapbook later (school projects, ticket stubs, photos, etc).

 

I hope these links and inspirations help you get motivated to make a Home Management binder for yourself. I will be back soon with ways to start out your binder, including recovering old binders, where to get the best prices on supplies, and ways to make your own tabs!

 

See you soon!

Tamara

Monday, August 13, 2012

Making your own ephemera for art journals

I’m not sure I’m using the right word here… ephemera… Essentially I'm going to show you how to make your own art or additions or elements for scrapbooking or art journaling. ((someone want to help me out with the word I’m looking for here?))

I wanted to make a small journal for all the quotes I love and have been pinning on my Pinterest that I wanted to have to display. I thought about making a small clip board and changing it everyday and then I remembered I have 12 empty half size spiral notebooks. And that would work perfectly for making a quote coffee table book.

I printed them all off into small sizes. I was trying to figure out a quick way to do this, after attempting to put them all into a PowerPoint and arrange them I realized that I just had too many. Then {LIGHT BULB} it hit me! Windows is smarter than I remember. And I’m going to show you how I made these:

Embellishment

First I went through all my quotes pinned and saved the photo files of my favorites. Check what type of quality they are, some of them I saved straight from Pinterest and others I clicked through to the website and saved from there. I saved them all in one separate folder to make this process faster.

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Then you select all, right click on any photo, the third selection down is print:

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Windows will pop up a photo print wizard. Select the printer you will be using (I tested as a pdf to see how the photos would look). Then scroll on the right hand side the size you want. I selected 3.5x5 to give me four per page. You can play around with all different sizes.

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Notice how the preview shows the one in the lower left slightly cropped? That can be fixed by unchecking the box next to “fit picture to frame.”

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That looks much better, doesn’t it? Then all you have to do is load up paper in your printer and print away. I used Cardstock for this but you could use anything you wanted.

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Here is an example of how one page turned out for me. Then I got out my paper trimmer and set to work.

You could use this for your own journaling digital elements, photos in smaller formats for mini-albums, or for quotes in wallet size to keep with you at all times!

Disclaimer: I do not own any of the artwork shown, for links to who does please see my Pinterest board. I am making no money from this tutorial or the finished album I am making.

 

Hope this helps you make some custom elements for your scrapbooks!

 

Much Love,

Tamara