The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2012-05-27

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Jetpens winners!

This months Jetpens sponsored giveaway is over and the winners are....

You got it!


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 Midori Paper Piggy clips


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Tombow Ippo Interlocking Pencil Cap



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The adorable Midori sticky bunnies



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Midori Memorandum Card in Red 

After I picked the winners I was  over $25 and figured what the heck, I blew the budget already and decided to get some stuff that's been hanging around my wishlist since before Windows 3.1 was released.

Contact me here with your address
(mom at crazysuburbanmom dot com)

Thanks for participating, see you next month!


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Last day to enter Jetpens Giveaway!

Today is the last day to enter my JetPens Giveaway!  If you want to enter  go to the original post (here) and tell me what floats your boat!  

I wanted to tell people who didn't know, JetPens has a wishlist  feature.  This is mine.

Oh! The amazingness of their stuff makes my heart beat a little faster.  There is an  Office Supply Feeding Frenzy in my near future, I can just feel it.

If you get like that too there's always my Giveaway!


Vintage Image of the day, Betsy McCall, May 29, 2012

Starting in 1951Betsy McCall paper dolls were printed in most McCall's Magazines. For 10¢ to 25¢ (depending on the year) cardboard-backed paper dolls could be ordered.

They usually had some sort of theme although this theme is kind of loose.  The last dress is about going back to school, pretty appropriate for August.

Betsy McCall became so popular  Ideal and American Character Dolls both made a Betsy McCall doll.

I've posted Betsy McCall before here and here if you love paper dolls.  I know I did.  These images are clickable so if you want to print them and make your own paper dolls, you can!


Monday, May 28, 2012

File O' Fax

There is a random slip pocket on Mr. Malden's back cover.  It came with a lined pre-punched notepad.   To me a pad of paper in a binder full of paper is superfluous. 

The pocket itself was useful but before long Mr. Malden's backside was stuffed with stickers, tickets, coupons, and unfinished mail.  It seemed like a great place to stash stuff until that pocket turned into a Filofaxean Black Hole bulging with a jumble of crap.  

To locate one item I had to take everything out.

back pocket malden a5

The final straw was this morning when I couldn't find a nearly completed letter.  No idea where it is still,  who knows where things go when they vanish into a Filofax's Bermuda Triangle Backside ?  

I like the space but one giant void clearly wasn't working anymore so I made a staggered file for it.


It was a little fiddly but my File O' Fax turned out great!

About two weeks ago I got an A5 Size Spiral Planner on clearance.  I frankened up my Filo  (here)  with the guts of a 2012 Mother's Organizer by Plan Ahead and put the rest aside.  

This morning I pulled it out again because I needed the dividers.   I staggered three of them.


And used Washi tape to hold them in place temporarily.   Once the lay out was secure I cut off both edges.

After that it was just about taping it together.

That was the fiddly part.


I wanted the biggest opening possible so I didn't tape straight up the side because that would have cut down on usable space. Although doing that would have made the taping process simpler.


I taped each divider to the other individually.

Taping along the edges in one swoop will cut down the total width.  No problem if you don't mind the narrower opening.

I felt it would be more practical if wider.

And it's great.

In one pocket I have stickers, in the other envelopes, unfinished mail and coupons.  You could make more pockets but just two allows you to see everything sticking out the top.

....Now if I can just find the missing letter.


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Jayne Mansfield lives in my Filofax

I bought a few vinyl pouches at the dollar store a while back.  I've been using them to hold small items in my purse.

This morning I looked at one and yelled, Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit! I think they're the same length as my A5 Filofax pages.  

My family didn't even respond to that, they are used to me yelling bizarre things about Filofaxes.

And yep, same length as A5 Inserts.

 Some of my pens aren't  loop-worthy, plus there are pens I don't have room for.  I need more then two at a time. So this morning I turned the one dollar adorable zip pouch into a Filofax insert.  

Usually I'd just punch away but I had to go through  two layers and my template was sliding around on the shiny vinyl something awful.

 I put the template over the pouch and made little dimples with a scissor (above).

  Punching this way was easy as Sunday morning.

It's in the  front of my Filofax holding a few Gel Pens and Jayne Mansfield.

Well, I call her Jayne Mansfield.  Goulet Pens calls her Noodler's Flex Nib Piston Fill Resin Fountain Pen in Panther Pink.

I like Jayne Mansfield better.

In case you've never heard of Jayne Mansfield she was  an iconic sex symbol in the late 1950's and  60's.  In 1957 she bought a 40-room  mansion (formerly owned by Rudy VallĂ©e) and turned it pink, inside and out.  

After painting the outside pink, adding pink lights, pink furs in the bathrooms, a pink heart-shaped bathtub, and a pink champagne spouting fountain, Jayne named it "Pink Palace". 

I found this video on Youtube.  It's a photo montage of The Pink Palace accompanied by Jayne singing, Let's Do It.  If you have time to watch it, it's pretty wild.


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