I don’t know about you but I have several ways to mark important pages in my journal. When I make journals, I attach a ribbon bookmark and make an additional paper bookmark. You can see my journals here. But I am always needing/wanting additional ways to mark pages I want to quickly find. I use washi tape on the edges of pages (love, love, love the look of this, especially when the journal is closed) but I still need more. So I came up with a way to mark individual pages with a DIY corner marker.
These things are easy and fast to make and, I think, adorable. Now it will take me longer to explain how to make them than it will take you to actually make them. But be warned, you will want to make LOTS of them.
And, yes, before you point this out to me and the world, it would be easier to make a video about this little project, but I’m just not there yet. I'm still trying to figure out the ins & outs of maintaining a website. So I see videos in my future, but not for this project. No worries, I have plenty (too many??) photos of each step.
So let’s start…
First gather a bunch of used envelopes: envelopes bills come in, envelopes inside the envelopes bills come in, or junk mail envelopes. You get the idea.
Now find a clean corner. I usually find the lower right corner holds the best possibilities. Mark 1.5 inches (that’s what I use but you can use whatever size you want. Just use the same measurement on each side) on the right side of the corner and the bottom of the corner (refer to the photos below)
Draw a straight line between both of your marks and cut the triangle off. You might want to have a little pile of these little gems before you move to the next step.
Now the fun part. I used washi tape to decorate the corner markers. But you could doodle on them (I just thought of that and that would be very cool), color with markers or colored pencils, whatever you choose. I haven't tried any liquid medium as I'm not sure they would hold up, but give it a try.
Pick out a washi tape. Line it up with the bottom of the triangle and attach. You want a little extra on each end that you will fold down and then cut off the extra that is now at the bottom of the triangle. (Confused? see photos)
On to the next step, turn the triangle over. You have a blank in the center. I chose washi tape but, once again, you could do whatever your heart desires in the blank area. I added a piece of washi tape down the center and cut off the extra on the bottom and at the peak.
Turn the triangle over, back to the original side. There is a blank area at the peak of the triangle. I used washi tape to cover it. (See photos) Or you could leave this blank and write a word or two in the space that pertains to what is on your page.
Voila! A corner marker for your journal.
However, I do one last thing. I don’t want the corner marker to just randomly come off. That defeats the whole purpose. So I add a removable glue dot to the inside. Once the glue dot is inside the corner marker, I carefully and slowly place the marker on the corner of the page and press it down into place. These are removable but you must be very gentle if you want to take the corner marker off. Carefully lift up on the side the glue dot is on and slowly release it from your page.
So there you have it. Pretty easy, right? I hope you enjoy making these and using them in your journals. They are useful and oh so adorable.
But I do so admire these layouts I follow on Instagram. Here’s a couple of photos from my friend, Andressa Kimura, PlannersandFlowers on Instagram. So pretty.
When I started researching all of the different planner accessories — holy cow! I mean I knew there were sticker sets out there, but, another — holy cow!! There is so much more.
There’s entire planner systems. Erin Condren (erincondren.com) has all kinds of planers, stationary and oh so much more. The planner systems are very thought out and I think there is every imaginable accessory you could possible want.
Create 365 The Happy Planner is another planning system that seems to be widely available. There are all kinds of planners (some you may not even know you need!) and accessories. Planner systems like these (and there are so many more) have spawned a cottage industry on Etsy.
And, if you are interested in planners or planner accessories, you should check out Etsy. Just search “planners” or “planner accessories” and you will have so much eye candy to look at and, perhaps, purchase. It's really worth a look.
Some of the accessories are “printable” (who knew?) You can download them to your computer and print them directly on your printer. Now, that's convenient. And you can print as many as you like.
And then there is what I am referring to as “all that jazz” ,such as washi tape, fancy paper clips and binder clips, bookmarks and ribbons, and even rubber stamps to use in your planner. In doing all this research, I have to say my personal favorite planner accessory is the tassel and charms. So dang cute.
I do so admire the beautiful planner pages — especially how much time is involved. If decorating planner pages gives you joy and is a relaxing activity for you — that's what it's all about. But if it causes you more stress because you just don't have the time, inclination, or ability to decorate pages, then don't do it. We are unique individuals so that means each of us will have a unique style when it comes to our planner pages. Do what works for you.
If you are looking for Facebook Planner obsession pages, check out “Pens, Paper, Planners and Washi Tape” and “Savvy Planners”.
No matter what our planner style is, we can all admire those fabulously decorated planner pages we see on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for the works of art they are. And we can admire the clean lines and functionality of the minimal planner pages.
Don't shun a paper planner because you are intimidated by a blank notebook or planner (by the by, you don't even need a “planner” you can use a notebook or journal or a binder full of paper.) Just take the plunge and find your own unique style.
Happy Planning, Laurie
I have been experiencing an interesting phenomenon the last few years. I'm thinking of my parents as adults with children rather than my mom or my dad. In a sense I am seeing my parents through adult eyes rather than with a child's eyes.
Since Fathers Day is this week, I have been thinking about my dad with those adult eyes. My dad was one of the kindest and gentlest men I have ever met. He strived to be extremely fair and was as honest as the day is long. He was true to his values. Quite the role model. Of course, I didn't realize this until I was older. He was just my dad when I was growing up.
You see, I was a "surprise." Born at a time in my parents' lives when they were starting to have some discretionary time and income since my sisters and brother were quite a bit older when I was born.
So I was raised as a cherished child and I was a bit spoiled (at least according to my siblings!)
Looking through my adult eyes, I can imagine that I probably was spoiled. And I also see why my parents were gone so much of my childhood. They wanted to travel. They wanted to hangout with their friends, who happened to live in different places. I get it now.
And it’s a good thing they did. My mom died when I was a young adult. Her precious gift to the family, especially to my dad, was the ability to say I love you to each other. My dad became my friend and confidante and cheer leader. It was nice to interact with my dad and stepmom as adults.
Not all kids have such an idyllic childhood or the opportunity to, nor do they want to, become friends with their dads. But trying to understand your dad as an adult may give you some insight as to what was going on in his life and why he did the things he did.
With the perspective of an adult, it gives us the opportunity to try to make peace with our dads or to celebrate the man he is now.
Happy Fathers Day to all the dads out there.
One of my sisters is visiting for a week. I enjoy our visits so very much. We are very busy doing "stuff" so I don't really have a formal blog written. But I did want to show off the very special gift she made for me.
I'm over the moon with this new quilt she made (She.Made.It!) for our bed. (And, yes, she made the quilt over the bed as well.). Very talented that one.
So we are off to do girlie things today -- mani/pedi .... you get the idea.
I hope you have have a great week and I will be back at it with a real blog article next week, I promise.