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So where did the rings go?

About two weeks ago I posted about a shocking turn of events in my planning system. It’s a book…without rings. Scary! In fact, it is a Hobonichi Techo – which is a6 size. So it is the same sized paper as I am currently using but it is in a bound book…without rings. I’m still getting used to the last part. So why did I change?

Well of late I have stopped using regular pens and now solely only use fountain pens to write with – and a pencil sometimes. The Hobonichi is made out of Tomoe River paper, which is vastly regarded as the most recommended paper to use fountain pens on. It is extremely thin, imagine bible paper thin, but it is very resistant to the ink – so it doesn’t soak it up like most papers. This means that inks that have a sheen to them (inks they almost appear to be two colours) will show more of their sheen on tomoe river paper compared to regular paper.

Next, I wanted a change this year. Whilst I liked the inserts I currently use I sometimes struggle to keep up to date with printing them…and the thought of doing that in one big patch at the start of the year sounded horrible. Plus I wanted Tomoe River paper and I suspected that wouldn’t be the easiest paper to print on so I decided to buy a planner already printed on Tomoe River paper.

I’m still trying to figure out how I am going to set it up and I am impatiently waiting for the start of the new year when I can start using it. I will write in more detail when I have figured it all out…

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Shock planning update

Where did the rings go? 😉


Cloud Cloths

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I’ve been using cotton pads for years but increasingly I’ve been thinking there must be a better product out there. I mean cotton pads are great for toner just add toner and wipe but they are rubbish for cream cleansers and don’t really work with getting the cleanser off, particularly without leaving cotton fluff behind.

Then I stumbled across Cloud Cloth, you can order them here. They are reusable cotton cloths that are designed to take your makeup off (all of it, not a scrap left!) and then you throw them in the washing machine and you have a clean cloth to repeat the process. You get three in a pack for £6 which includes shipping – so that’s about one cloth for the price of a pack of cotton wool pads and these not only work better than the pads, they will last longer too with less wastage. An added bonus was the inclusion of a free hairband which can also double as a headband – Amazing – that cut down the hunt for a hairband that morning 🙂

They have two sides, a rough side to exfoliate the skin and a softer side for gentle cleansing. This is where I think the product has a unique element – their rough side is fantastic.  I recently had a skin reaction on my face which left me with some dry skin. One session of the rough side and my skin was radiant, flake-free and smooth again. In fact, it glowed. I also use the soft side of a fresh cloth to apply my toner and then follow up with a moisturiser. My skin is looking amazing of late! I would really recommend these cloths and I can see me ordering some more in the near future!


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.


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.