Monday, 30 June 2014

My daily pages and how I use them.

Hello my lovely little hobbit followers, I am here today with a new blog post for you to introduce you to my planner peace; my Kate Spade Wellesley Planner.

The above image is a look at the current colour I am using is the green planner, while I wait so very long to have my purple and pink to come in and complete my collection. 

It took a long time to figure out that this was the planner for me and I like so many have tried so many before I finally got to using one that gave me everything that I would ever need in my planners daily life. My hope is that Kate Spade comes out with a new zipped collection as the six I have now would love another collection to accompany them =) 

So.. Why Kate Spade right? Its a question I get really often and I am sure all those other ones but thats a question that will be answered in my next blog involving my Kate spade Planner Peace Blog =) So no worries for those who have asked, I just prefer to wait until I have all of my planners in my possession and am able to give you the full attentions to detail. 

Okay so what makes me Organized? 

These Key things keep me Organized.

-  My Planner
-  My Colour Coded System
-  Bullet Journal System 
- My Necessities pouch 
- My Coleto Pen
- My wonderfully printed inserts from RogueCrusade On Etsy. These have all that I need to be organized and keep within a wonderful system.

So First My Planner: 

My Planner of Choice is the  Kate Spade Wellesley in any colour. I am a personal size user as I am not terribly busy in terms of appointments and such, but there is a need for organization when it comes to my daily to do's and my general needs. 

The above are just examples of a day that I use in my planner, specifically todays page which for all intensive purposes might seem a little bit messy to some or a little bit unorganized because of the cute post its and washi tape, but its what I use to keep this Hobbit organized. 

On a Daily event I use different sticky flags and notes depending on what I am going for or how much information needs to be completed.
The top {   } is where I keep a quote to have me inspired for the day ahead. That is colour coded in pink because it is a happy colour and I ab
The Top spot beside is where I keep any appointments or anything from that day that I just want to remember and that is a general item so unless it's important it goes colour coded in Black.

Underneath there are four little blocks
-Money Saved
-Money earned
-Happy moment of the day
- And one I haven't quite found a use for but I am thinking of using it for a track on my WW points as I am using the program. 

Underneath these four blocks is a spot for the days to-do's which is done for me in purple and along side I use my bullet journal system which consists of the below things.

Beside this area is a spot for tracking the days water and beneath my water tracker is where I keep my 365/30 lists which in this month I used the one from Bitsofwhimsey on IG and a pen pal on facebook. Her lists were intriguing and I hope she does one for the month of july. 

On the lined area I use a sticky note each day to put a little bit of a personal inspiration or goal as per seen by My Planner on Youtube, her use of these inserts is what truly inspired me in my own personal system and I will be grateful for all the beautiful ideas she gave to me although I doubt she knows that she did. =) 

N The pen shown above is a Scillies pen with three different colour coding options. It's like the coleto and refillable. Thin lined at 0.4 and so beautiful and clean looking in my planner! 

So I also use the lines for keeping track of the days instagram photo challenge which this month was sponsored by Adamsfilo. I am doing my own today so please if you have an Instagram check it out! All Links and appropriate information is located at the bottom of this blog.

In the planner I use my A TO Z tabs which will be another blog because its quite in depth and I know this is already running into a log blog. I will also be including in that blog my planner pouch because it needs a bit of tweaking and it's quite messy =P 

Anyway my little hobbits thats just a basic look into my current set up when it comes to my daily works. I know it might be a little bit confusing and basic but I will be uploading a video on my youtube channel soon enough that explains it all if there is any other questions.

However feel free to follow or contact me through any of these mediums.

Facebook: Amie Smith ( You can always find me on the facebook groups_
Instagram: OrganizedHobbit
youtube.  Organizedhobbit 

Thank you my hobbit followers, as always it's a pleasure!


Sunday, 15 June 2014

What filofax or planner is suited for you?

Hello My little Hobbits! Today I am doing up a blog on regards to picking out a filofax or other planner that will suit your needs best. 

Types of Planners

We all know in the planner community that there is a pleathera of different types of planners that you can have and use and all need careful consideration when we are deciding on what kind would be the best for our planning needs. 

Most common types of planners are: 

- Coil Planners
- Ring Binder types
- Book Like planners
- Applications on the iphone or other smart phone.

So many different options that then are again broken down into several hundred brands!

- Filofax
- Gillo 
- Staples
- Kate Spade
- Kikki K
-Erin Condren 
Ect. Each brand and each type of planner has their own good points and bad that need to be considered,

So lets take a look at what each type can offer us?


Coil Planners such staples/mead , Erin Condren and many other fine brands offer a structure to them because all the inserts are already pre layed out for us. This type of planner is usually good for the basic user, someone who might not need to go as in depth because there isn't much room for moving and personalization. 
The same goes for a user with a book layout, the books are premaid and often come in a week on two page layout, moleskine is a huge brand in book planners and offer a nice range of sizes for all users. 
Each brand has their own unique layouts and options and a user needs to consider carefully when choosing their planner. 

Now onto the more in depth planners such as a ring binder type planner.,

These planners offer a great personalization and open ended structure because they allow the user to go ahead and move things around, pick their inserts and use each part of the binder to their choosing. 
A minus to this for many can be the cost of the planners because it can be quite expensive to pick out one such as this, although there is companies that offer kess expensive binder options such as Franklin Covey. 

When choosing a binder one also has to consider what material they want it made out of? Leather or non leather, shiny or matte? A look of a planner can truly make someone more or less organized, I have found this to be the fact when using my own. 

In basics the best things you need to consider is what you need your own planner for, if it's a truly in depth organization of your life or something to keep you on track a planner is a very personal object and can be a life saver to the mentally unorganized or someone just looking for some stabilitiy. 

Most planners come in several different sizes and ranges for their users, some companies even offer larger and smaller ring sizes to allow for the stuffers of the planner community to do so with ease. 

Now my focus on planners today is the types I have had the most experience with: 
Filofax, Kate Spade, Kikki K and Erin Condren

Erin Condren offers beautifully looking planners but the only draw back tot hat is that they seem to only come in the A5 or a little larger size. These planners are awesome for the scheduled person because of their verticial layout that allows a user to see their day as a whole right now a line.

Filofax, Kate spade and Kikki K all offer similar sizes although some do not offer the exact ring size or such.

Filofax offers:

Franklin Covey offers similar sizes but in their own unique names, the most similar would be the compact which offers a ring style matching to that of a filofax, whereas their other planner options offer a seven ring style.

Kikki K

This company does change their sizes based on the collection and does not offer a constant planner option as they change once the current design sells out.

Kate Spade:
This planner comes in two sizes

- Personal

This planner brand is well coveted in the comminuty now a days and while we are all waiting very long for a new collection you can usually find one on ebay or on the filofax for sale facebook page.

Bottom line there is tons of sizes and I have found I went with my gut on a size and I ended up going smaller, so my reccomdendation is to try out something you think will work based on your needs and if that doesn't work, get another and keep trying, eventually you'll find planner peace. =)


When Choosing an insert for a ring bound it needs to be chosen carefully cause there is so many types and options out there that when I started looking it made my head spin with confusion.

A few options are
- Week on a page
- Week on 2 pages
- Day on a page
- Day on 2 pages
- Monthly
- Month on two pages

And then thats not all, there is premade, printed, lined, colourful, decoration, and all of the other things that you can think could be made up. 

So just take some time and even sketch out what you need, watch some youtube videos or as you are doing now, read a blog or two that has some options for you. Keep trying until you find something that works for you and makes you glad that you made the choice. 

Places to Look for Planners/Inserts

Depending on what it is you want there are several places to take a look for these planners, and most offer shipping to international customers.

Planners ( Link on this site for canadian version) 
Filofax and Pens for sale on facebook
Kate Spade groups on facebook.

For Inserts
The above mentioned
Etsy offers many options both printable and printed.
Make your own! =) If you are computer friendly in digitial media then go for it and make your planner as personalized as you are! 

For Inspiration

In Conclusion:

Planners are something that I personal believe everyone does need to have in some form because in the end of the day we all need some sort of organization in our life and this helps us to keep our life and whats in our life in check, as well as allows us to find some peace when it comes to managing out tasks and our busy busy lives.

So my little hobbits,
Stay Organized!


Instagram: OrganizedHobbit
Youtube: Organizedhobbit ( Will be posting soon there) 
Facebook: I am Amie Smith and can often be seen on the various groups regarding planners. 

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Pen Pal Book Tutorial

Hello my lovely hobbits !!! I am posting my first blog and as per request it is a beautiful new pen pal book I have made :)
You will need.

1. Two cards of same size and larger then the large project life cards.
2. Tape roller and scotch Matte tape. (It can be any kind just make sure it's removable if you need to fix something)
3. 4 large size project life cards with either quotes or anything that suits your fancy.
4. 32 smaller project life cards of your choosing. I prefer to match and for this tutorial have used the fall mink kit.
5. A small envelope to allow for penpals to put their letters or small goodies! 
6. Some stamps and inks of choice to decorate your envelope (optional)

Step One: 

Place the cards on their back and tape them so they open up as shown above. Leave space so when you fold it up or place things inside it is not squished or bent. 

Step 2:

Using your scotch tape tape up your large cards on one side of your choice so the card becomes like a flap. Doing this will create a lovely new top to your different mini books inside.

Step 3 

Complete your mini books by taping them up so they create a fold. Like with the cards themselves leave a small space to allow for some stickers or thicker embellishments ect.. when writing to a pen pal. 

Step 4.

Using your tape roller tape which ever side of the book you do not want as the cover onto the cards. Make sure it's straight so when the large project life card folds down the smaller cards cannot be seen. Follow above steps until all large cards are filled up. 

Cards should lay like this below

Step 5: Decorate the envelope!

This step is of course optional but I recommend memento ink and doing some distress to make it nice and pretty! Below is a look I have completed. 

Use your tape roller on the back of the envelope and put it onto the exposed portion of the card as seen above. 

So!! That is everything; I hope this tutorial works out for you and is as informative as you need it to be to create your own lovely books.
I would love to be tagged on my Instagram: Organizedhobbit to see your own books!