Monday, September 29, 2014

Planner | My First Cocoa Daisy Day Planner Kit


Hello hello, have you seen this? As some of you may have seen this happie news that me & Candi are now DAISY GIRLS! what daisy girlS? We are now on Cocoa Daisy Day Planner team! Woo Hoo! I remember I was doing a happy dance in a taxi when I saw the email that Christine sent to me. Since I haven't been scrapping much lately (I still do occasionally), being on a planner kit design team is truly one of the most awesome thing on earth!

Okay, so this blog post is about unboxing my very FIRST Day Planner kit from Cocoa Daisy. I took a lot of photos of the kit because I want to show you more details about this awesome planner kit which you could get it from here. October kit is already sold out so stay tuned for the November kit! 

I waited a day to open the box... because I wanted to take detailed photos of me unboxing this and show y'all. 



Who doesn't love a happy mail day? Just a lame photo to show off my manicure hehehe.


The planner pages / inserts are in the kraft bag while the rest like roller stamp, washi tapes, planner charms and assorted journal cards are kept in the mini muslin bag.




Here's a pic of the full kit. I received the A5 pages and Personal sized pages in the box because I want to use Personal sized for my personal stuff and the A5 sized planner for my work-related stuff. Don't you just love the watercolor splatter on the page? Since the inserts are more on the peachy-pink tone so its not difficult to guess which planners that I am gonna use in the month of October ;)




The kit includes:
  • 32 double sided daily to do pages
  • 4 double sided week in review pages
  • 1 double sided October tab page
  • 1 3x5 45 page note pad
  • Little B pink stripe washi tape
  • 1 large shipping tag with sticky notes (note pads are assorted and may not be the same as pictured - but will coordinate with kit)
  • 1 Exclusive Planner Charm - button design by Panda Eight
  • 1 Micron Pen in orange
  • 2 Paper clip flags
  • 1 Freckled Fawn Pink Arrow clip
  • Shimelle Date Stamp
  • 10 Me and My Big Ideas Journal Cards (cards are assorted and may not be the same as pictured)
  • 2 gold stenciled mini shipping tags 

You could also specify if you would like 6 or 7 hole punched planner pages. or I have even read someone commented n Instagram and would her pages to be without holes. 
  • 6 Hole punched pages fit most Kikki K. and Filofax planners. 
  • 7 Hole punched pages fit most Day Timer planners
Flat rate shipping is as follows:
  • Domestic - $6.00
  • Canada - $9.00
  • International - $14.00
I am using the A5 sized planner in Pastel Pink (from my shop here) and my unicorn Filofax Finsbury in pink. Pink on pink on pink is just perfect for October since it is Breast Cancer Awareness month.


Love this exclusive Planner Charm - button design by Panda Eight Designs. I am a sucker for planner charms and have different charms for each and every planner.


More photos of the full kit + personal sized inserts in my Pink Finny. Oh well, you do not need to have an expensive planner to start organizing your days / schedule. But these pretty inserts will definitely make planning your days more enjoying. I love to have a month tab divider as this is my first time having a monthly tab instead of my usual to-dos, shopping list, assignments etc. I am gonna laminate the October tab page to make it sturdier.



The October tabbed page is double sided - Front is some cute calligraphy while the back is the calendar. So practical, isn't it?




The ombre effect weekly pages. I am gonna use this to plan personal schedule like when and where for my daily errands. I totally need this since I have about 3 hours in between dropping Ivan off at his Montessori and  picking him up after class. This week-on-1-page is just nice and not too overwhelming as this is just to plan my trip / daily errands. 





The back of the weekly page is a simple grid page that I could write more details / weekly to-do here. 




Here's the double sided daily To-do pages. You started off with the Daily To-Do section (which will be the top priority of your To-Dos) then follow by call/schedule section. I don't really have to make phone calls since one of my main daily task is to reply emails / comments. So I am considering changing this section to emails section. There are times that I checked my emails on my iPhone and had totally forgotten to reply them when I get on my computer. I am trying to avoid reply emails via phone as much as possible as i would prefer to reply emails either formally / less typo / more details.

And the cute hydration tracker totally motivates me to start tracking my water intake ;) Thinking of using different colors for different type of beverages / drinks that I consume daily. 




The other side of the daily pages have 15 minute pick up, Thankful for, dinner, purchases and before bed. I was so inspired by the way The Organised Nest organizes her daily task and break them down into chunks of under 5 minutes /10-15 minutes /15-30 minutes. Remember to watch her youtube channel for more info. I can never break down my task as detail as her so this quick check list for jotting task that are under 15 minutes is just awesome. Things I could put in here would be: Printing shop invoices / order,  pay bills or send emails. I am putting high hope on this so I would be better in time management ;P 

Another idea for thankful for section - I am thinking of making a mini album to journal / count my blessings. So I would use this to jot down my happy moments or things to be thankful for. And will refer to this section whenever I have time to work on my mini book. 

The before bed section - would be things that I want to do with Ivan. Since he just started his pre-montesorri today and we are working on adjusting his daily routine, so this would include activities to do / books to read before his bed time. And also quick to-do before I go to bed. 

Here's a peek into my A5 sized planner in Pastel Pink. The kit includes a Pigma Micron pen in Orange which I will show you the pen swatch next time. Pigma Micro is one my favorite pen that I use for journalling in my scrapbook pages and use it for drawing. They are water-proof, archival quality and doesn't bleed through papers.




I love the memo pad that is included in the kit and I want to keep it on the side pocket so that I could doodle some random notes.






The pages for the A5 kit and Personal sized kit are almost identical just that the daily pages are different. It has : Must-do, to do, call & schedule section since A5 sized inserts are roomier. I  like that with the must-do section I could prioritize the important task easily. Thinking of using the schedule to plan my work flow. I normally don't work accordingly to time table since I work alone and work from home. Now that I have extra help from some girlies to unpack and pack kits, so setting a work schedule and stick to it would be much helpful.



The other page of the daily to-do would be: 15 minute pick up, dinner, notes & ideas, before bed, thankful for and purchases. Notes & ideas is such an awesome section that I would either jot down ideas that I have for my shop / happie planner kit / blog post / video. I am gonna keep blog or video schedule in my work binder instead of my personal planner.


IT's already 30th of September now... which means one more day till I could start using these inserts! Will definitely make a blog post / video to update y'all on how I use them ;) Don't you just love looking at planner pages that have been filled up with handwriting and doodling?

Thanks for reading such a long blog post ;)

XoXo,
sam-sig

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Stationery⎪Reviews for Decorush Mojiliner

Hello hello stationery addicts! I know I haven't been writing any pen or stationery reviews for weeks (or maybe for months!) I have so many ideas for blog post and Youtube but I just couldn't get my ass off and start working on them. I am the biggest, fattest procrastinator in the universe, i know. LOL

Hubs forced me to drink some alcohol as he claimed this could help me sleep better. Nonsense! I was rolling on the bed for 2 hours and my face and back got so itchy. Since I couldn't sleep so I decided to churn out this blog post. I couldn't understand what's the craze all over Decorush or decorative tape when my friend Trisha show me. To me, they are just pretty / decorated correction tape. *correct me if I am wrong!* Then when I went to Tokyo in April this year and got my hands on some of the cute designs, I am totally sold! 

So.... here's my humble collection of Decorush, Mojiliners and Decorative tapes. You can get some of these here


Okay, I don't have a lot but I do use them on my planners every now and then. Decorush by PLUS or decorative are basically like a correction tape that you can roll on paper. Instead of the typical white correction tape, you get cute and fun design like hippo, hedgehogs, macarons etc (from desserts to balloon, animals to flowers, you name it!) p.s. The design of the tape are printed on the plastic casing so that you could find them easily. 




Then I found out about these Mojiliners! The name seriously reminds me of Mojito, don't ask me why ;P Instead of cute animals / food designs, Mojiliner has really fun crayon doodle in 10 different color. I made & name the color chart below myself. Some of the name according to their official website is more 'classy' like Green/Aqua is called Emerald green, Yellow/Green is called Lime Green. 


The swatch that I keep in my Kikki K planner.


And yes, I collect all 10 colors. The OCD / collect-them-all in me just have to buy all 10 colors. They are perfect for color-coding, why not? (hahahahah I don't even do color-coding!)


Just in case you are wondering, the Mojiliner and Decorush casing are inter-changeable. So thats a plus point! And these are the 10 fun colors that they have - form pink to blue to purple to yellow and orange. 


The normal Decorush are meant for decoration (thus the name decorative tape). But Mojiliner is more functional, it is designed to use as highlighter. I wrote the work Decorush Mojiliner (pic below) with a black gel pen and then roll my Mojiliner over it. The tape is so thin that the words still show through very clearly. Yay to cute highlighter!


Mojiliner is marketed slightly more expensive than the usual Decorush. And the refills for Mojiliner comes with a plastic protective cap (as pictured below). The usual Decorush refills has no plastic cap so you would need to purchase them in pack of three if you want to. But don't have caps for the refills also won't die lah if you keep them in a pencil case or pouch nicely.


The Decorush or Mojiliner are retractable. All you need is to press it and glide/roll it on a piece of paper. I just did my manicure a week ago so I just have to post this pic of me holding the Mojiliner. 


Since Decorush and Mojiliner share the same plastic casing (I don't know the formal term), you can just get a few Decorush with the casing and buy the rest of the refills. That could probably help save you some money and a little bit of space. Changing the refills are super easy and would not take up more than 5 seconds.

When you want to change the refills, all you need to do is to press the end of the Mojiliner and keep the tape in. Then press the '2 buttons' on both sides then it will come off  like the picture show below.



I love Mojiliner because you can either use it as highlighter or just as decorative border. In my opinion, I prefer Mojiliner over the usual Decorush because its a little more versatile. However, like the usual Decorush, it takes a little practice to glide the tape smoothly / perfectly on your pages. You gotta make sure you glide it on smooth and flat surface, else it would look broken (like the Hippo) / crumpled together (like the Red color below). 



This happened when I was too lazy and just rolled the tape directly onto the paper (without taking the papers out from my planner). After rolling a few time unsuccessfully, the tip is,  use them on flat and smooth surface, and stack a few pieces of paper to cushion it and do not press toooooooo hard when you roll. Do share your tips on getting perfect Decorush tape rolled with me! ;) 

Okay, its 7am here and I just need to go catch some ZZzzZZz.... So remember to check out my Big Cartel as I have an awesome Mojiliner Promo bundle here!


And I have also stocked up on some Pilot Twin Markers that you could use them on Washi tapes!


Gotta go sleep now! Thanks for dropping by.

XoXo,
sam-sig

Friday, September 26, 2014

Randoms | Confession of A Plannerholic

Hello hello there =) I don't know why but I just want to confess…..

This is an old setting of my craft room. And you can read my ultimate Scraproom Tour here. One day, one day I will do a blog post or video for my new craft room set up.


Most of  you know that I am so blessed that I have a fairly pretty and organised craftroom which serves as :
 Mailing room (where I pack my mails)
❤ Craft room (where I create all things crafty)
❤ Warehouse (where I store all the stationeries that I sell in my shop)
❤ Studio (where I photograph store items, instagram photos and assignments)
❤ Office (where I work using my iMac - to reply emails, invoice paypal, upload shop items etc)
❤ Supposedly Ivan's playroom but I took over the entire room *LOL*

 These are the photos that I upload o Instagram to show you how pretty / organised my room is:
 

 One of the corner that I keep all my scrapbook albums:


My room looks like this when dad just set up the yarn shelf for me. My room was super cluttered so I asked dad and brother for help, needed some new shelves desperately.


This is how awesome it looked when my dad and brothers made me a yarn shelf + another customised shelf that I can fit in my vintage typewriter. Even Ivan was doing a happy dance here ;)

The awesome Daiso shelf that my dad + brothers custom made for me. Those plastic bins are from Daiso and dad made this shelf for me to store my store items. So this is basically my little warehouse. 


 On a good day where I have cleaned up my desk to scrap some assignments.


This is my previous set up on How I film process video of my scrapbooking or project life-ing. I have a new set up as I found working on the floor has better lighting than on my desk.


My room has such awesome lighting that I do not need any natural light for taking picture. This photo is almost un-edited. I just increase the brightness a little.



 These are the days how I work on replying emails, issuing paypal invoice with my little helper. I have a very clingy toddler that now he would grab the baby carrier (we use Ergobaby and swear by it) and ask me to wear him.


I think he would grow up enjoying Washi Tapes more than his other expensive toys. Well, not that washi tapes are any cheaper.


My craft room will never be complete without these babies: 2 Raskog carts and my precious baby.


When Ivan was less mobile (which means he was about 5 to 6 months old and couldn't crawl/walk yet), I would put him in a plastic box while I work on shop orders or assignments. Funny but it works *LOL* I am a lousy mama, I know 


 And this is the man who designed ad made my craft room a dream-come-true. Please meet my super awesome daddy who is also a stationery addict! If you received my happiedori, do remember he is the one who helps making them too ;) And this is a pic of him helping me carrying 10kg worth of Happie Mails and ran to the post office.




And now back to reality check:
This is how my room (especially the floor) looks like during a good day after packing mails and making some Happiedoris. Seriously, my room is messier than this for 80% of the time where you can never see the floor. Even my weekly helper shakes her head every time she sees my craft room. *I am totally not proud* 


The bed was supposed to be a day bed - where Ivan could take his afternoon here. Its full of my handbags and boxes now. And also planners.
Ignore the mess but you can actually see how the lighting is set up in the room, in a way that the room is super bright but its indirect lighting. *If that makes any sense?*


Okay. I am done with my confession. So my October resolution is to have a more organised room and also stick to my schedule (personal schedule + work schedule) better, manage time more efficiently (with the help of my 20 filofaxes). LoL. Its never too late to make resolution and who needs New Year Resolutions by the way? ;) 

Now that I have made the confession, I am so determined to be an organised person, hoping to churn out more blog post about planners, stationeries, scrapbooks and also update shop items / shipping notice on time. 

Thanks for your precious time. for reading such a crappy blog post. LOL

XoXo,
sam-sig