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Distress Ink Blending Foam Storage – Update + Video Tutorial!

Hello friends! Today I’m here with a video (as promised!) showing something I get emails weekly about –  an update for that awesome Distress Blending Foam Storage chart that I released several years ago with the No-Stress Distress Inks course. Since that time, Tim Holtz has come out with 12 more colors. The were originally deemed seasonal and limited edition colors, but the colors were so beloved that they became a permanent part of the Distress Inks line. That’s a good thing, too, because the seasonal colors are some of my very favorites of all time. First, here’s a look at the finished product:

Distress Ink Blending Foam Organization Chart by Britta Swiderski with video tutorial! (08-10-14) brittaswiderski.com

For a full supply list, please scroll down a little bit towards the bottom of the blog post. There you will find a full supply list and the link to download the free PDF. Enjoy the video!

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Here’s another look at the chart in all its colorful glory. It’s seriously so inspiring to see all of these colors right in front of my workspace. I highly recommend hanging this somewhere where you can see it!

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Here’s an up-close look at the back. I used a stapler to secure small pieces of velcro to the front around the edges and used a craft pick + brads + brad setter to attach the velcro in the middle of the board. This extra security will keep your velcro (and blending foams!) on through many projects and crafty adventures.

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Supplies used on this project: Click below to see where you can buy the products used on this project. Click on “SS” for the product at Simon Says Stamp and “EH” for the product at Ellen Hutson. I only link to products and shops that I know and love. Thank you for your support!

If you’re really wanting to dive more into distress inks, I can’t think of a better way than my No-Stress Distress Inks E-Course. And guess what? It’s discounted right now from $15 to $10. Would you like to know why? Well there just might be a No-Stress Distress Inks 2 class in the works… but you didn’t hear that from me. ;)

No-Stress Distress Inks E-Class by Britta Swiderski

Here’s where you can download the chart for yourself. It’s absolutely free, but please tweet (@brittaswiderski), instagram (@brittaswiderski) or facebook (BrittaSwiderskiCreative) a picture of yours when your done. I would LOVE to see it!


Thanks so much for stopping by today. It’s an exciting time in my life, and I’m so glad I get to share it with you. :) Coming up next: more filofax inserts!



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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.



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Filofax love – Essentials and Printables!

It’s Monday and I’m so ready for this week to begin! I’ve been on an organizing kick lately, and today I wanted to share all about something very near and dear to my heart these days – my Filofax.

***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 hereVisit the store here. ***

This is my planner, and it goes with me everywhere. I’m getting the hang of organizing, decorating and recording my weeks and am excited to see what else I can come up with for this little beauty. In fact, I’ve even designed my own inserts to go into my Filofax. Yay! Without further ado, here are my Filofax essentials.

10-07-13 Filofax Essentials by Britta Swiderski

  1. My Filofax Personal Metropol in black [FilofaxUSA] – I went with this one because it’s sensible (and a lower-budget model) and it works like a dream. Of course, now I’m googley-eyed over the Fluoro Pink Original in the personal size as well. It’s so bright and happy! Someday I will upgrade. :)
  2. A 12″ Steel Cork-backed ruler [Blick] – This is my go-to for any straight edges and cutting, and when making or printing your own inserts, this plus an exacto knife is the way to go.
  3. Stablio Fine Liner Marker Pens [Blick] – These are some of my very favorite colored pens, and they don’t really seep through paper. Awesome! I use these as a way to organize my days – pink for blog, purples for projects, orange for work, blue for medical and green for fun. I’m a pen NERD, though, so I’m sure I will have more recommendations for you on this front in the future. :)
  4. American Crafts Slick Writer [Simon Says] – This is perfect for writing on washi tape. It writes like a dream and comes in multiple tip sizes. This is an essential!
  5. Sharpie Pen Fine Point [Blick] [Amazon] – I can’t get enough of these pens. They’re my go-to pen on a daily basis, and that means that I always have one on hand when making notes or writing reminders into my Filofax.
  6. Olfa Snap-Off Art Craft Knife [Amazon] – I’m a big fan of the snap-off craft knife because it’s easy to keep the blade nice and sharp. This Olfa one has been with me since the first days of design school, and it’s still perfect with a steel ruler for straight, precise lines.
  7. Washi tape – do I need to encourage you on this one? I didn’t think so. ;) I will say that I’m loving the new Scotch washi tapes. They’re fun and have a great texture.
  8. A hole punch – A handheld one is fine if you’re doing one set of inserts (and also good for adding holes to index cards, notes, and anything else you want to stuff into your life binder), but I picked up this one pictured below and found it really great for testing out my printable inserts. It’s also adjustable! It punches holes in the Personal and Pocket size.

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So maybe I’m a little bit obsessed. That’s fine with me. :) What are your organizing must-haves? If you’re a fellow planner addict, I would love to hear about your favorite supplies!

Now introducing my printable planner pages. I started out just making these for myself, but I knew I had to share them when I was done. I just love the graph paper too much!

10-07-13 Filofax Printables by Britta Swiderski

Now up in the shop, I have a 2014 Week on Two Pages Personal set, and undated sets in A5, Personal and Pocket sizes: week on two pages, month on two pages and food diary week on two pages. Go check them out and let me know what you think about them!

I have a couple more in the works, but please do leave a comment if you have a request for another size or type. I’d love to see what you’d find helpful! They’re simple, straightforward and really let your organization and week be the point of focus on each page. I <3 them.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I’m having fun over here organizing away and hope you have a great start to your week! See you again soon with more lovely things.



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