Requests for Posts?

Occasionally I get emails with questions – mostly relating to making inserts. If there is a specific tutorial you would like for making inserts or any content you would particularly like to see then please either email me at arandomenglishlife@gmail.com – there’s a hyperlink to the right which you can click to email me rather than copy and pasting or leave a comment below on this blog! I will try my best to answer them as quickly as possible.

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Grammarly

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I got bombarded with adverts for Grammarly whilst watching Youtube, after watching so many I finally decided to check it out and I am glad I did. For those of you who have not seen an advert, Grammarly is a spelling and grammar checker, similar to the ones on Microsoft Word. This was designed by Academics and I find it to be a much more advanced system which is better at picking up errors compared to Microsoft spell check. There is a free version and a paid version – I just have the free version but I like it a lot You can add an extension into Chrome and it will help with your errors whilst writing online – so will cover you in emails. I really recommend checking it out: Grammarly Especially if you do a lot of typing!


Rock your World

I made a suggestion to Virgin Red that they missed a great opportunity for a code for #VRROCKYOURWORLD and they made it into a code for me. Love it!


Scaling Inserts: The Easy Way

This is not something I commonly need to do because I stick to one size planner. However there are several people in the planner community that will carry multiple planners. An on the go planner could be a mini or a pocket and then you can transfer finances into a larger personal or A5 planner which is a stay at home planner.  Steve emailed and asked for some help about creating one insert in multiple sizes and getting them to line up when printing. This question led me to thinking about the same insert and different formats and an easy way to do it – so I’m going to show you how!

Firstly create your insert. I am working with a mini sized template in Microsoft Publisher, so I used 0.32×0.32cm squares (the smallest square setting you can get) to get the feel of the layout and created an finance sheet that had the right proportions. If you need help with getting to that step try this blog post: Filofax: Make your own Inserts.

 

Scaling 1

Now open up another document and select a different size – for this tutorial I am going to use a personal size insert. You need to select the table, copy it and paste it into the new personal sized document.

Ctrl + A (Select all) -> Ctrl + C (Copy) -> move to new document -> Ctrl + P (Paste).

Now you need to lock the aspect ratio of the table. To do that you need to go to the layout tab and select the little arrow in the bottom right hand corner of the strip (it is highlighted in red on the previous post).

Tick lock aspect ratio -> Ok.

Once you’ve done that adjust the width of the table to the size you want. In this case I did 17.1cm to match width (I’m working in landscape mode) of the personal page.

Now 0.32cm is very small and now we have a personal we can afford to make that a little bit bigger. I counted the squares and realised I had 21 – so I deleted the bottom row to have 20 in total. I like to work with 0.5cm lines so I calculated how much that would be for 20 and it was 10cm. I unlocked the aspect ratio – the reverse of the previous step and changed the height to 10cm. This will make the rows taller whilst not changing the dimensions of the table in terms of column width.

Then I simple deleted two rows to give me space for my holes and allow it to fit on the page.

Scaling 2

I then made the writing a little bigger and I have my insert all ready to go.

To find out how to print it, check out my other post: Filofax: Printing your own Inserts.


Eye shadow and Lip Storage

I like makeup, there is something about putting it on and playing with colours that I find fun. For a while now though I have been reaching for the same palette over and over again, not because it was a favourite – although I do like it, but because it was easy to get to and use. My other eye shadows were in individual pots or other palettes and it was too much hassle to go through them and pick the colours I want. The same with my lipsticks. So I decided I needed to update my storage of both of them.

I ordered some mac palettes. I wanted a plastic storage – an upgrade from a fishing tack box I have been using for years. I would love to get another Unii palette but they have just disappeared! What happened to Unii palettes?

I needed some pans for my lipstick, but I also decided to depot my eye shadows and put them in the same size pans as the lipsticks. This was an additional step that didn’t really need doing, but I wanted clean pans that weren’t covered in glue from when I de-potted them from old palettes – I also like the uniform look of having the same pan size and shape throughout. I would have liked to have had square or rectangle ones but to get a press for them in the UK was difficult without paying a lot of postage. In the end I went for a 26mm – the same size as mac shadows. That was great because it allowed me to use my seal stamp and a 10 pence piece to press them. I also bought some 25mm labels so I could write what they were on the back. My stamp has hasa claddagh image and it was showing up a little when i stamped. I’d love to work on getting the image to come out clearer.

I wanted to fit as many eye shadows and lipsticks as possible into each palette so I opted to have the palettes without inserts because you can get more in. Now in order for these pans to stick in the palette and not move you need a magnet. I didn’t really want to put a magnet on the back on the pan so I bought a4 magnet sheets and measured and cut a rectangle of magnet so it could lie in the base of palette. I left a bit of a gap so I could pull up this layer in the future so I could clean it. You can see the magnetic sheet in the above picture.

I am very happy with my palettes and look forward to using more of my makeup.


Extra Pen Loop Hack

Just wanted to share this super quick extra Pen Loop tip. I like the idea of the Leuchttrum sticky pen loops but I’m far too much of a coward to stick it onto anything in case it ends up wrecking whatever I put on it. Instead I had some leather headphone loop holders lying around and thought they’d make a great extra Pen Loop.

You can attach it to one of your pens and loop it over the one in your pen loop like so:

Mine however is put on a spare hole…this is a pocket sized zipped pocket that fits well in an A6 but have have a spare hole.

I just clicked the headphone holder to it and my pen fits in it through the rings.


Removing makeup with only water!

Baby wipes are good. I’ve used them for years to remove my makeup but often I find the packet dries out before I finish them even though I store them upside down. I also find that they don’t always take my makeup off even if I use two three wipes and then can leave my face quite red afterwards too.

Then I heard about the magic eraser…the shockingly bright pink put me off it. I thought the price was a bit steep too…it was around £10-15 for one cloth. Considering I would be able to save on buying baby wipes it wasn’t a bad price but for just a wash cloth I did think it was a bit pricey.

Then I found one on Ebay. Bonus it wasn’t pink and it was a bargin at £1.09. I thought that was less than the cost of one bag of wipes and for that price if it didn’t work it wasn’t a big investment.

I can honestly I love this thing! It’s so gentle on the skin and with just water I can take off my makeup. Reuse it a couple of times and then throw it in the washing machine and let it dry and use it again. I am super impressed. My skin is also not red after using it.

It has two sides. The short side is for step one to remove the makeup. The longer side is gently exfoliate the skin and buff off any dull, dry flakey bits.

I use just water and the short side to remove my makeup and then use my cleanser to wash my face and the longer side to wash the cleanser off. My skin is left clean and feeling very refreshed without mascara running down my red face with panda eyes. Having known what I know now I would stump up he £15 to buy one at full price. I won’t be buying anymore baby wipes!