The Crazy Suburban Mom: Hurricane Kerfuffle

Friday, July 12, 2013

Hurricane Kerfuffle

I've changed a lot of things around lately; from binders, to sections, to how I do my pages.  Some things have worked, some not but sitting inside the hurricane of planner frustration  was the calm eye of another possibility....

Which lead me to these...

BeFunky Orton on iPhone

The 2 day per page insert.

My planner wheels have been spinning about the available space on the WO2P inserts.  Visually, they aren't bad but the way I fill them out always ended up looking messy and chaotic.   My pages don't have to be perfect but when my diary is a random big ol' mess, I am one too.

And the weekends are always an issue.  I need the same amount of space on Saturday and Sunday. Some weekends, I need more (I've always thought a WO2P with Monday-Friday on the left and Saturday and Sunday on the whole right page would be very popular.) 

My A5 worked better even though the weekends were half size but because the binders bigger it was ... okay.     

I decided to look on the Filofax website and found the two day per page inserts.  I've only seen them on Sam Luvely's channel but thought they only came in pocket size.  Nope, they come in personal size too.

BeFunky Orton on iPhone

They are not lined (but neither are the Cotton Cream WO2P inserts) so I'm playing around with ways to work around this.  

BeFunky Orton on iPhone

Yesterday I put a sheet of graph paper behind it and wrote.   Not crazy in love with the  result (although it looks neater then I usually produce on unlined pages) so today I taped in a graph square which might be a good solution for me.  

They were a little hard to find on the site and the easiest way to get to them is type "two days per page" in the search bar.  The direct link to them on the UK site is HERE and on the US site Here.

There are some distinct advantages to them and a few drawbacks; my weekly overview is gone and of course, the lack of lines is a big problem for me but I'm going to try a make them work.  You really never know what will work until you use them for a while so I'm commiting myself to them for at least a month. 

No idea if this will work or I'll just end up in a bigger kerfuffle but a good, long try will give me a chance to work out the planner kinks.


natalie 7/12/13, 8:09 AM  

Could you print off a thickly lined page, a bit like the Leuchturrm guide sheet, and then laminate and punch it so it sits behind the page you are using? I suppose you might need two of them, on on each side.

And if you slit the holes to the edge like a FF ruler for easy removal that would make then a bit friendlier in use?

Tracy Reinhardt 7/12/13, 9:39 AM  

natalie, that's a great idea! I could see through the page but not well.... I'm working with pasting an extra square on top now but may go back to this


natalie 7/12/13, 10:13 AM  

I was reminded of writing paper, the kind from 20 or 30 years ago which came in matched sets with envelopes and which you used in a special writing case with a zip. It was a common birthday gift - especially from grandparents, I seem to remember! Each pad of paper came with a lined under-sheet. The lines HAD to be thick because the writing paper was quite heavy and good quality, not the lightweight FF type paper which is almost like airmail quality. 7/15/13, 1:13 PM  

I agree that you never know if something will work until you try!

Aimless Allee 7/18/13, 10:35 AM  

@tracy: I love the idea of M-F on the left and S&S on the right...with lines. Maybe Ray & Steve could work on this?

@natalie: Because I can't write without lines, my father taught me a trick when I was little. He took a piece of cardboard and drew dark lines on it. It was very easy to see the lines thru the paper. I used this idea for years and (I think) when I went digital I forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder!

SF 7/22/13, 11:44 AM  

I just took a ruler and drew lines across the page. I adjusted them to my writing height, and away I go...

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