Sunday, February 22, 2015

Work-Dori Part II: Week on 2 Pages

Last week, I briefly walked through My Work-dori.

Despite the midori is very FAT already, I feel I am missing a daily page to track my daily schedules.  I would like to see how I spent my day such as meetings, emails, mentoring and etc.  I tried DIYfish Day on one page, yet it is too much space for me as all I want is to track my hours.  I ended up didn't use the pack I purchased as I don't like to write my todos over and over and don't like to leave blank pages.

Last week, I tried using the week on one page from the trial pack I purchased.  It works, yet I need a little more space to write and thought maybe week on two will work.

Since I am still at the experimenting stage, I don't want to commit into another purchase.  I looked through DIYfish's inserts and decided to copy the layout and try it out first.

It looks very nice until I start plug in the hours....
I don't have enough space for all the hours I want to put in there...:(
I will give it a try and see how it works.

Philofaxy and Ray Blake offers vertical format week on two page for ring binders.  Maybe I will try to make it into MTN styles

Photos from
 Lastly showing the picture of my midor after I put in my daily pages....the overhang is crazy and I really don't like it.  I am still searching for a perfect cover for my notebooks.....

Thursday, February 12, 2015

My Work-dori

I am using my Midori traveler's notebook as my work notebook.  Never thought it will work for me as I have been using A5 for my work forever.  Yet, it is surprisingly work better then I expected.
I love the leather, it is very sturdy, firm and at the same time pliable.  The leather is pretty smooth and soft.  With three books in there, the notebook and stand alone by itself. 
I purchased a 8.25x5.5 notebook from Michael's and cut down into Midori size.  The remaining become my to do list sheet attached on the cover with the binder clip.  It works so well for me as when I open the book up, the first thing comes to me is the TO DOs. 

Book #1 is 2 year month on two calendar from Ray Blake (
Book #2 and 3 are blank notebook, #2 is my daily and month goals, to dos and bullet journals.  #3 is my reference notebook for all the notes related to works that I need to remember or reference to. 

I also have a DIY 6 pocket file folder from Pocketfull of vintage and top load clear pocket from Erin Joy

Also I made this pen loop from leather tag that I have at home.  (Youtube DIY from Katebtps)

Love this midori traveler's notebook.  The only issue I have with it is the overhang as I really don't like it.  Now in search of a good quality traveler's to solve the overhang issue......


Monday, February 9, 2015

My Custom Van Der Spek Compact

Ever since I discovered Philofaxy website, it starts my planner journey.  I find myself the love of doing crafting and plan for my life.  As the work schedule occupied most of my time, I find the planner kind of help me to balance my work and life. 

I tried few Filofax planners and none of them "connect" with me.  I ended up sell them all.  Around October, I came across Van Der Spek on Philofaxy website and fall in love the idea of design your own organizer!  Here is my journey of this very unique planner.....

I got my inspiration from following youtube channels
Sandrajohn27-Filofax Compact Regency
Sandrajohn27-Filofax compact vs personal
The Zeitgeist of Zoe -Van der Spek Custom Binder

The Zeitgeist of Zoe-3/12/2014 post of Falling in Love All Over Again
My Filo World-Review Filofax Regency compact in Brown
Photo from The Zeitgeist of Zoe Blog
This photo starts the idea of using the planner as my wallet :)
The communication with VDS is great and Petra is so patience with me.  It took us two weeks and 74 emails back and forth to get the following drawing.

Drawing from Petra

Production photo
 Final Product Photo before shipping out.

Details about my planner
1. Compact Size with 13mm silver ring
2. Silver popper
3. Red Italian leather 180 in and out
4. Matching stich color
5. Standard VDS designed layout on the left
6. Pen loop to the left
7. Custom designed layout on the right

If any of you are interested to know more about Van Der Spek planner or what they offer, please visit their shop at

Facebook to see more photos and Q&A: Van der Spek Organiser Fans
Email VDS at

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Side Open Pocket for my Van Der Spek Wallet Binder

I am currently using my customized Van Der Spek compact size binder as my wallet.  Often of time, I find myself trying to rush the receipt in my binder/wallet.  Instead of putting into the full length pocket, I just leave the receipt at the very front of the binder, snap it close and leave the stores.  It really bothers me as I don't like to see pieces of paper here and there.  I tried to search online to see if there is side open pocket insert for my binder but cannot find any.  Yesterday I came across to Sea Lemon's Youtube Chanel on How to Add a Pocket to Your Book. I adopted the idea and made into the pocket for my binder :) 

Before-Those are today's receipts.  Once I record the receipt into my expense tracker, I remove the receipt from my wallet and store at home. 

After-Receipts need to be recorded are properly stored in this side open pocket.

This is how it looks like after I completed the side open pocket.  I made this out of the catalog from Tiffany&Co.  This is just a prototype.  I will probably make a nicer one after :)