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New Planner Printables in the Shop!

The much-requested dated 2015 weekly and monthly inserts for A5 size are here as well as brand new standard sizes! Here’s a quick rundown of what’s new in the store today. As always, if you have a request for a different size or type of insert, please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll see if I can make it happen!

Planner Printable Insert Size Guide by Britta Swiderski brittaswiderski.com/shop

Here’s a good look at the new sizes with the current Filofax printables. This allows you to see all of them at once and may even help you choose the type of planner that’s right for you. The sizes are as follows:

American Standard:

  • Letter – 8.5″ x 11″ – 7 holes (also fits 3-hole standard punch) this is the only printable with no trimming involved – it has a white border around the outside to allow for printer channels
  • Half-Letter – 5.5″ x 8.25″ – 7 holes (also fits 3-hole punch) this is just a smidgen shorter than half a sheet of letter paper, but it will fit perfectly in all binders of this size
  • Compact – 4.25″ x 6.75″ – 6 holes (two sets of three holes) – best known as the Franklin Covey Compact Size

Filofax Standard:

  • A5 – 5.75″ x 8.25″ – 6 holes (two sets of three holes)
  • Personal – 3.75″ x 6.75″ – 6 holes (two sets of three holes)
  • Compact – 3.25″ x 4.75″ – 6 holes

American Standard Printable Insert Size Comparison by Britta Swiderski - brittaswiderski.com/shop

Here’s a better look at just the American Standard sizes being released today in the Month on Two Pages and Week on Two Pages designs. If you would like to see more of the Filofax-sized designs in these sizes, please comment below and I will add it to the list for the next release down the road!

Filofax Printable Insert Size Comparison by Britta Swiderski - brittaswiderski.com/shop

Just for reference, here’s a full view of the Filofax standard sizes that all types of inserts are available. Now there’s something for every type of planner!

2015 A5 Weekly and Monthly Dated by Britta Swiderski - brittaswiderski.com/shop

Today also means the release of the 2015 Dated Weekly and Monthly pages for the A5 size. Yay! These have been probably the most requested item, and I’m glad to be able to have them ready for you in the shop now!

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I’ve gotten several comments and emails lately from long-time blog readers that are now getting into the fun of decorating planners, and that makes me so happy. I love learning new things with lots of people! It’s awesome. But don’t worry if you’re not into planning; regular stamping and cardmaking videos are still the main part of this blog (and my youtube channel), s stick around for those! See you soon with another video. :)

Love,
Britta

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I have no words.

So let me share some things. Pictures? I haven’t even taken that many pictures because I’m working holiday retail and 60 hours a week is making me a crazy person. Thank goodness the season will be over in three-ish weeks and then I can go back into a craft-ful hibernation.

1. I’m using this technique to make several Christmas gifts this year. You should check it out, because it’s kind of awesome. Consequently, you can buy most of these materials at Blick where I happen to have an employee discount. I think you can put those two and two together.

2. I work at Sephora now. I don’t remember if I told you that or not. But I work there. Yay! I like it a lot a lot (but I’m not committing to the word love yet because it’s still a pretty new relationship; you know how that goes), and I want to share five discoveries that make my makeup-loving face-life better. On some planet, that last sentence made sense.

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  1. Stila Stay All Day liquid liner pen [Single] [I bought it in the Holiday Essentials Kit that is sold out online but is still around in some brick-and-mortar stores] – seriously, I’ve cried excessively (overtired + hungry + dishwasher issues) with this on, and it was still perfect. I don’t even know how that’s possible.
  2. Urban Decay All-Nighter makeup setting spray – spraying my face with this makes my makeup last (with the exception of lips) for at least 12 hours without smudging, budging or fading. If you wear makeup on a regular basis for more than four hours at a time, this is worth its weight in gold. BTW, the sister product, De-Slick, receives rave reviews from my coworkers with more oily skin.
  3. Urban Decay Lip Liner in Ozone – it’s clear lip liner. It seems like it wouldn’t do much of anything, but it works. It stops feathering, it makes your lip color stick, it makes your lip color stay and did I mention it stops lip color from feathering? If you put color on your lips, this is your new best friend.
  4. Sephora Lip Cream Stains, especially this one in 04 Endless Purple – in-house brands don’t have a lot of street cred on the… street, but Sephora has a fantastic in-house brand. These lip creams are the freaking best and much less expensive than other brands at the store because there’s no distributor middleman to pay.
  5. Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil in dark brown – you probably know that I’m a natural blonde but dye my hair dark (because I like it that way), so I have to add a little color to my brows (and shape them!) to make them look like they match my hair. This pencil is the hardest, purest thing ever, and it’s SO EASY to use. The “lead” being very hard and durable makes it easy to make quick, light strokes and go darker if necessary. I’ve also heard these pencils can last people for up to a year, so don’t let the price tag scare you.

3. IT WAS LEIA’S BIRTHDAY! On the 12th, it was our one-year anniversary of adopting our sweet little Princess Leia “Pants” Batman Swiderski, and now she’s officially two years old. She still loves wet food, and she still hates her Christmas Outfit. For you only, my dear readers:

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I just… I can’t even handle that face right now.

4. I’m working on a bajillion projects! Things are still happening… I think?

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Please note that I have been cooking, not crafting, with the crockpot. I haven’t *quite* reached that level of crafty yet. Give me three years.

5. I’m in love with PITT Artist Pens. I rather like to type Pitt Artist Pens so it doesn’t feel like I’m yelling.

12-16-13 PITT pens love by Britta Swiderski-1

If you would like to buy them in pretty colors, you can buy them at Simon Says, Ellen Hutson or Blick. (Shopping with any of those links helps support my site, and I hope you know that I’d never link to anything or anyone I don’t absolutely loooooove or at least like a lot a lot.)

6. Thanks for being here. You are my favorite. I’m going to go pass out now. Only 52 work hours left this week! (Insert crazy eyes here.)

Love,
Britta

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Menu Planning & Organization

Hola! You see, I have this problem. I always have had a really hard time deciding what to eat. Especially now that I mostly work from home, I’m left to my own devices for all my meals. This means most days I’m really needing a kick in the pants to make food for my meals versus just ordering delivery.

Enter the idea of meal planning. Now, meal planning has taken ahold of the blogging and pinterest-inspired world as a means to organize food for an entire family, but I don’t need to organize for four or more people. I need to organize for myself and, occasionally, Jake. So I’ve tailored this system to my way of planning and eating and even made a new insert for my filofax to match. (To see more about my Filofax, check out this blog post.)

***I now have even more awesome inserts available in the Filofax sizes and American sizes! Click here to see the Fall 2014 release AND a video tutorial on how to cut these printables out and prepare them for your Filofax. Check out a size comparison between Filofax and American sizes here. Visit the store here. ***

Step One: Write down a list of all the meals I make, like to eat and want to make.

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Step Two: Go through my recipe binder (full of print outs of recipes from the internet and scans of family recipes and notes from my mom) and add those to the list, designating them with an “R” to signify that I have a recipe to follow. I also added an orange dot to ones that involve dairy, since I’m lactose intolerant but can enjoy a little cheese once in a while.

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Step Three: Cut apart some Super Sticky Full-Adhesive Post-it notes and write my meal options in the rectangles. (The insert printable set comes with instructions and measurements for cutting apart the post-it notes.)

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Step Four: Place the meal options onto the Menu Planning Insert in my Filofax in categories that make sense. For me, these categories are: Sides, Salads, Soups, Takeout, Fresh Meals (ones where I need to buy things from the grocery store), Crockpot Meals, Pantry Meals and a page for spare rectangles.

Filofax Menu Planning by Britta Swiderski

Step Five: Enjoy! I can use these post-it squares as they are for inspiration, for making a list when heading off to the grocery store (or making an impromptu one while there) or sticking them to each day of the week in my week on two pages calendar setup. This system would work in an infinite number of ways depending on how you like to plan your meals.

I also keep extra meal planning sheets, post-its and my meal list in my recipe binder. This helps keep everything in one place.

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If you’re interested in adopting a similar system, I’ve made the menu planning inserts available for Filofax A5 (5.75″ x 8.25″), Personal (3.75″ x 6.75″) and Pocket (3.25″ x 4.75″) sizes in my shop here for only $2. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Filofax Menu Planning Printable at brittaswiderski.com

So that’s what’s going on with me today. Sorry I’ve been a bit of a bad blogger lately – I’ve been dealing with a lot of big things in my life. From a sleep study to figure out why my body is so inefficient at sleeping (delay onset of REM sleep – BOO!)  to looking around the area at jobs and adding to my resume, I’ve been a busy girl. This weekend, we have friends coming up from Milwaukee to stay for the weekend, so I’m trying to get the apartment in tip-top shape before then. Oh my, DIY projects abound! I can’t wait to share more with you soon. :)

Thanks for stopping by today, my loves.

Love,
Britta

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