The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2012-05-13

Friday, May 18, 2012

Franken up your Filofax

The cost of branded inserts is shocking  considering it's easy to find inexpensive spiral bound  planners full of useful pages, pouches, and pockets.  Last time I was at Rite-Aid I got several - The perfect size for my A5 Malden - at 75% off.  

This is a great time of year to scope out planner possibilities.  Everyone is trying to sell out the one's that started in January to make room for the Academic Year Planners. My best find was the 2012 Mother's Organizer by Plan Ahead.  

The cover page was enclosed in a very study side-opening pocket. I punched holes in it and now have a sturdy (one side is very stiff plastic) full length document holder.

A suggestion: If you're going to punch hard stuff, sharpen your punch by using it on aluminum foil first.

I love these half-page top-open sleeves and there were two of them. So useful and branded things similar to this cost between five and eight dollars apiece. This whole planner cost less then five.

I bought the planner for the plastic stuff but some of the pages are useful too.  The month view on two pages is pretty great.

As is the week view.

And I love the pages that are topic specific.  Tons of room for all kinds of information, this one is friends, family, and school data.

A gift record.

Birthdays and Anniversaries...

Take out food info!  This one is brilliant, my menus always end up in a void somewhere and since my family tends to order the same things over and over all I really need is the phone numbers.

Filofax inserts aren't easily found in my area but as you can see there are many options to Franken up a Filofax.   All you need is a hole punch,  scissors, and a little imagination.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

My Midori Traveler's Notebook takes a whirl as a wallet.

Yesterday I tried to use my Filofax Pocket Windsor as a wallet. 

Monumental Filo Fail...

I gave it a shot, albeit a brief one, for two reasons; my wallet is huge ( a clutch, really...) and I wanted something agendaish as a place for Mr. Malden's overflow.  I fear for his rings...

I considered buying a pocket Chameleon or Cuban, both have space for bills and change.  I even drove to Paradise Pens  because they are the only place that carries them but the prices were higher then they are at Filofax which is refilodiculous. 

My next thought was to buy a Midori Traveler's Notebook in the passport size. I've wanted one ever since I got the regular size but now I had a reason to order...  But when I added up all I would need in the way of inserts I was close to a hundred dollars and did I really want to spend that?  


No, I don't.  I set mine up as a wallet.  It's still bigger then I want but if I order the small one and that doesn't work I've wasted a hundred bucks.  I'll give mine a whirl and if it's perfection except the size I'll consider getting the smaller one.  


I'll admit, I love my Midori and this gave me a reason to take it out and play with it.  I hung a new charm off the bookmark.

midori pockets are handy

Put some perfume samples I want to try in the pocket stickers.

midori with zip pocket as wallet

I could use a second zip pocket but I'm trying not to spend money.

travelers notebook as wallet

Everything from money to stamps to prescriptions to coupons is in that one stuffed to busting zip.


I filled my card holder , added a picture of Ben and then added the inserts.

travelers wallet

A grid notebook, stationary, and some deliciously crunchy bags.

midori travelers wallet as art journal

And my kraft paper insert for artwork.  I love this insert, I even put holes in it (here) so it could be carried in an A5 Filofax. This is the perfect notebook for  Kuretake Waterbrush Pen  fun.     I'm having my monthly jetpens giveaway (here) and if you're jonesing for that pen (or something else) check out the link.

travelers wallet

The back sticker holds stationary, a note, envelopes and mail supplies.

midori with rub on transfer

I've got a rub-on transfer on the back, now I'll be able to see how it holds up.

I don't know if this will work, it's for sure better then the Windsor. If it does I won't have to buy another planner although tweaking is the rule with planners rather then the exception.

And lot's of fun!


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

ad of the day, Femineering...! May 16, 2012

This ad is for a refrigerator from International Harvester.  They made agricultural machinery, construction equipment, vehicles, commercial trucks, and apparently, refrigerators. They started producing this kind of thing in 1947 but in  less than 10 years they sold the fridge division to Whirlpool

Didn't want the housewives to feel they were buying a tractor so they girly-ed up their kitchen stuff by saying...


The inside shots not very clear but here you go!


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Jonesing for Jetpens giveaway 2.0

Last months giveaway was so much fun it's time to do it again!  Comment with your fondest JetPens object(s) of desire and if it clicks for me I'll get it (them) for both of us.  

To get you started here's a couple o' few Jetpen-jewels I keep in my wish list (0r already bought).    These may not float your boat but go take a look, there are tons of boat-floating goodies on the website.

PS: For some reason Blogger is making coleslaw out of my links.  Hope they are all okay, been trying to post this for days.  Now I'm just going to post it and hope for the best.

For whatever reason there are endless pages I want to mark. Nichiban Scented Index Labels  can do that for me and make me feel like I'm giving myself a bouquet.   I'm a sucker for flowers...

This is a very cool highlighter, I own it.

This highlighter has a  transparent window on its tip that allows you to see where you're highlighting, after having four eye surgeries I love anything that helps me see better.  It has a broad and fine tip  ( 4.0 mm and 0.6 mm ). I love the soft color too.

Last month I got the Kuretake Waterbrush Pen in small, think I want the large one too.  They are perfect for on-the-go art.  And it's perfect paired with this...

The Maruman Mnemosyne - Word Book.  It's about 4 inches by 2 inches and the paper is great for tiny watercolor art.

I've wanted a Copic atyou Spica Micro Glass Glitter Marker Pen for a long time; the clear one.  It must be very popular because it's always sold out!

 Here is Jetpens discription: The Atyou Spica Glitter pens add non-toxic, long-lasting sparkle and texture to any craft project. The glitter is achieved through the use of micro glass flakes which are more reflective than other possible additives, such as glass beads. The pigment is transparent so it can be used over other inks. 

Totally want this.

And these too...

These gel pens look wet when even when dry.  As an aside, I think Aqualips would be a great Twitter name.

Another cute name: Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight Gel Ink Pen.  Besides the cute name the Moonlight collection radiates fluorescent magic on all your craft and art projects. Ink shows up vibrantly on black and white paper. The fluorescent element even makes the ink glow under a black light source.  (Love)  

So, all you have to do is go visit Jetpens and tell me why we can't go another day without whatever it is and on May 29, 2012 I'll go over your suggestions and see what makes me clap and giggle more then watching this dog sleep.

Ventura deals with hot weather

I'll ship anywhere so no USA only restrictions.  I want everyone to be as happy as I am watching my dog sleep ridiculously.  

PS again - Jetpens is having a giveaway now for a $50 gift certificate... What are you waiting for? GO! NOW!


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mr. Malden à la Mode

Mr. Malden has turned into quite the chunker.  


Seriously, look at that beer belly. I didn't want to go to multiple Filofaxes but clearly Mr. Malden was a heart attack waiting to happen.  

 About week ago I got a leather A5-ish thing at the Visiting Nurse Association rummage sale.   The sale is in May and September and I'd stopped going because  if there's one more thing I don't need,  it's rummage.

I used to go all the time but stopped when I found myself donating things I bought from them six months before.   But... on the last day of the sale, when things are half-price or ten dollars a bag,  I figured I'd go for it.

My new leather friend is kind of beautiful.

Letisse leather

Swoonable... And half price (Three bucks)

Letisse logo

Letisse isn't around anymore; they designed and produced  leather handbags. The founder, Nicholas Braun, was hospitalized during the 1940's while at Harvard Law School.   He started making leather wallets to pass the time and seeing potential in the field, he started and built Letisse into one of the largest and most profitable U.S. leather handbag producers.

The company went through a lot of changes and eventually was sold off.  I guess this type of product was one of the 'diversifications'.  


My Letisse  is about the size of A5 Filofax pages.  Here it is having an intimate moment with his new friend, Mr. Malden.  'Scuse them while they make a Filofax Sundae à la mode.

You can see the paper is about the same size but the binder is smaller.  There are no rings, just slip pockets on either cover.

I decided to relieve Mr. Malden of a pound or two using my Letisse.  I sat Mr. Malden on the scale - Seriously he was like three pounds and couldn't close his rings without laying down.

Something(s) had to go or Mr. Malden was going to need a tummy-tuck.   I decided to lose the stuff I don't need to travel with or use every day; recipes, gift ideas, stationary, wish lists, craft projects...   I love those things but there was very little space for my to-do sheets and I must have room for them.


In the front slip pocket I slid in a Wreck This Journal book.  I've wanted one for ages.


It's tons of fun to wreck; coloring, doodling  and pasting all my recipes and things in there.


I'm color coding the pages so I know where the recipes are as opposed to gift ideas.  I can easily tell what's where and what's just doodleage.

For the other side I cannibalized  a large Moleskine for it's cover.


So I could use my french ruled paper.  If I wanted to use the Moleskine paper I could have just slid the whole thing in.  


I elastic-ed it all together (à la Midori Traveler's Notebook).

 My Midori inserts  fit fine (the zip pocket is a Midori insert), I just wanted the French-ruled paper.  

It worked out well all around.   Mr. Malden less of a chunker albeit he's still fat and happy and I get to play with my Wreck This Journal.

My Creation with "100 Cameras in 1"

Never underestimate play; it's makes you sparkle and as George Dorsey said,"Play is the beginning of knowledge."

So go take some colored pens and learn yourself something!


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