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Quick Tip: DIY Keyboard Stickers [Tutorial]

Tips & Tricks, Life HacksAlicia LohComment

I use my computer a lot, and even though I do my best to take care of it, my keyboard does show some sign of wear. It's not particularly noticeable, but my computer is like my baby, and I really want to keep it looking nice.

One option for this is to get a keyboard protector, which I have, but mine is a little thick and makes it hard for me to type, so I don't use it. The other option is to get keyboard stickers, but I didn't see designs I liked.

So, what was I supposed to do?

Just before the weekend, I saw someone in a lecture with sticky tabs on the sides of her computer. Good idea, I thought: it's a great way to keep them handy while out and about. (I just saw someone else doing this today, so maybe it's a popular thing that I just hadn't discovered!)

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Then I realised that they could go on my keyboard instead of just on the sides!

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As you can see, sticky tabs are a pretty good size, and these neon tabs that I have are pretty sticky. I have been using this since last week, and the tab has survived being repositioned and adjusted, so I am happy to say that this little hack works! You can always cut the tab easily so that it fits onto individual keys. I was most concerned with the spacebar as that has seen the most wear, but I may do it for the others when I have a bit more free time!

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And there you have it! A neat little hack to protect your keyboard.

Have any tips that you would like to share? Leave a comment below or shoot me a message!


Feature Friday: Plan With Me by Julia (PocketfulofDIY)

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Hiii there! I’m Julia, aka PocketfulofDIY on Instagram and Youtube! I have an Etsy sticker shop with all ORIGINAL art. I never purchase clipart! SO anyways, Alicia asked me to be a guest blogger this week and I’m so excited! I’ve never had a blog or even tried blogging before, but English is one of my favourite subjects in school (yes I’m still in school) so I thought i’d give it a go!

So this week, I’m showing you guys how I plan without stickers! You definitely do not 102149734832 stickers to plan creatively. Sure, they’re nice and they’re really fun, but there are other ways to be creative! Here I have my rose gold Kate Spade Wellesley, which I use for my black inserts. Yes black. I love to letter, I’ve been doing it and working on it since I was 15 so... a year, hahaha!

First things first (I’m the realest), the paper is just plain black cardstock from Michael’s but you can also purchase some from Amazon and a lot of other places, I’m sure. I also use a Sakura Gelly Roll to write everything, but you can go ahead and use whatever brand, colour, type of pen/marker you like!

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You can see that I’ve rounded the corners; that’s just personal preference and I’m obsessed with rounding all the corners of everything. To start off, I either use washi to section off the days, or just use my pen and write in the days of the week to section them off.

From here it’s quite simple; I just go through each day and put down what I need to do/what’s happening! I like to add doodles, too. I also think it’s a good idea to leave some space in case something does pop up.

And that’s it! Finito! I love how every week looks different and I get total creative freedom with a blank new canvas every week. Be sure to follow me on my Instagram if you like this style of planning—I post my spreads every week! And I will be posting Plan With We videos in this planner/with the back inserts on my Youtube channel soon! Thank you so much for following along! <3

Feature Friday: Plan With Me by Heidi's Little Planner

Feature Friday, Plan With MeHeidi (heidislittleplanner)Comment

Hello! My name is Heidi and I’m a planner addict from Finland. I was so honored when Alicia asked me to do this!

I have been using paper planners as long as I remember but I got into this planner world late 2014 and since then, my life has been full of stickers and cute things. I promised that I’ll show how I use my planner so let’s do this!

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I don't use the small pockets much. I just add some cute paperclips in there, and always carry a couple of business cards. In the large pocket, I always carry bills if I have any at the time. When doing this your planner always looks super cute! Add a perfect dashboard and you are done. My dashboard has a pocket behind it and there is a notebook added to it. Of course, I have an early look there too. 

As you can see I have a lots of dividers and page markers! This way I always find everything. Behind my 2016 lookout I have my monthly inserts. I don't decorate those at all - they are just my working hours. But in my LIFE ♥ section, I have my weekly inserts! Here is a little sneak peek.

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This is my Valentine's week, full of hearts and anything cute! I track my social media numbers too so I hid them under that sparkle diamond magnet. I track almost anything: blogging, work hours, things that I need to do, laundry, orders, TV shows, etc. Everything is here. Usually, I have a matching pen too but this week my boyfriend wanted to choose what pen I use.

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Other inserts that I use are addresses, online orders tracking, blog post ideas and just random note pages.

So here it is! I hope that you enjoyed my visit here and got some ideas for your planners! If you are interested to see more, you can follow me on InstagramFacebook, and my blog.

Feature Friday: Plan With Me by Melissa of CharmedPlanner

Feature Friday, Plan With MeMelissa (CharmedPlanner)Comment

Hello ladies! I was so excited to be asked to be a part of the Openquote Designs journey! Alicia is such an awesome planner girl boss, so when I was asked to do a plan with me session for her new blog, of course I said yes.

Let me introduce myself before we get started! My name is Melissa I’m 27 years old, and I’m living a quiet and ‘normal’ life with my lovey. But most of you might know me as CharmedPlanner on Instagram. I have loved planning ever since I was little, and I still remember the excitement of receiving that cute school planner we got each year.

So, let’s get this plan with me going, shall we!

What I like to do first before even beginning to plan is to gather a list of things I know I will be doing for sure. That way when I sit down to jot everything down I’m almost sure I won’t miss anything.


The fun part is to decide what planner to use! For me I’m currently obsessed with my rose gold Kate Spade agenda. It’s a personal size planner with horizontal layout inserts with a Monday start. I don’t really use themes, but I do like to stick with variety of colors that match, and that’s when I decide what washi tape and stickers will be used.

Following that, I just lay down the washi tape and stickers where I need to insert either to-do lists or reminders. Once all that is set and done, the actual planning follows. I try to divide the horizontal space and place reminders on the left, and notes and to-do on the right. That way there is some kind of structure to my layout and it’s easier for my eye to visually see what needs to be done. Once I’m all done with the planning portion, I just insert the pages back into my planner and add a few personal touches such as paperclips, tassels or charms. It all depends on your personal preference! Planning should be fun, creative, and most of all, stress free. Let your imagination flow! It’s all in having fun and ultimately, doing what works for you!

Ladies, I hope this was helpful and that you can incorporate some tips into your planner. Let’s stay connected! Follow me @charmedplanner on Instagram, and if you are a video kind of gal, check out my YouTube channel for some plan with me videos at Charmed Planner!

Gift Guide: 23 Valentine's Day Gifts For Planner Girls and Stationery Lovers

Planner FunAlicia LohComment

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so here is a Gift Guide for that special stationery lover or planner girl in your life. Ladies, it may just be a subtle enough hint to send this list over to him... ahem.

1. Pencil case

Why not get her this adorable pencil case to bring her favourite pens and pencils out and about with her?

2. Signature Pens by Pen Gems

Baby pink, pink sapphire, and ruby red Signature Pens by PenGems

Baby pink, pink sapphire, and ruby red Signature Pens by PenGems

The next step is, of course, to fill her new pencil case with these gorgeous pens! These pens come with an extra refill too, so she can use them to write to her heart's delight.

3. Glitter heart stickers

Because who can say no to glitter stickers?

4. Love letters in a jar

The perfect combination of sweet and romantic, this is this perfect way to tell her why you love her without writing a long love letter. It will also look adorable on her desk.

5. Personalised monogram paper clip

With clips being in constant use by all planner girls, this cute personalised monogram heart paper clip is the perfect little reminder of your love and relationship.

6. Notepad

She will appreciate this notepad to write down her thoughts. If you want to make it super special, write her a love letter on the first page, and let her be surprised when she sees it.

7. Valentine's Day sticker set

Even though this is technically a Valentine's Day set, there's no reason why she can't use this all year round, especially for your special date nights. As a lover of pink myself, I can attest that cute pink stickers are always welcome.

8. Dating journal

If you have been dating for a little while, you might want to consider this fun dating journal. If you really want to impress her, fill it with some of your favourite moments, both big and small.

9. Scented cupcake stickers

Getting her stickers will make her swoon, but scented stickers is stepping up your game to a whole new level.

10. Origami hearts writing set

If she has lots of pen pals and loves to write, this is the perfect gift for her. Who knows - she may write you something sweet with it!

11. Manicure set

Most planner girls love taking pictures of their planners and sharing them online, and it's always nice to share a picture with your nails looking on point and matching your planner. These manicure set with two shades of pink nail polish and nail care products will make sure her hands look picture-ready.

12. Instax instant camera

This adorable camera will capture your special memories together and print them out immediately so that she can cherish them forever.

13. Personalised photo collection

This is the ultimate personalised gift that will melt her heart. Send pictures of your favourite memories together, and Minted will make them into a beautiful collage for you. Also, there's gold foil!

If you want to DIY this, you can print out your pictures at home and glue them to a large card and frame it up!

14. Large tote bag

This adorable shopping bag will make her feel bright, bold, and loved as she hunts down her favourite planning and stationery supplies.

15. Planner tassel

Planners + accessories = yes. 'Nuff said.

16. Floral zip pouch

She will definitely appreciate this cute floral pouch, whether she uses it to keep her planners safe, or to store her stationery stash.

17. Cute porcelain dish

Herbie the happy heart porcelain dish will be a fun, kawaii addition to her desk!

18. Heart scarf

Keep her warm with this light scarf that can carry her into spring. If you don't want to get too obvious with the hearts, there's a lovely floral scarf as well.

19. Crimson heart umbrella

Let her know you care about her even when it rains with this heart-shaped umbrella that's sure to liven up any gloomy rainy day.

20. Washi tape dispenser

Be sure to pair this with washi tape as well! Even if she already has a collection, more washi tape is always a good thing.

21. Planner subscription kit

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Planner Society Kit / Photo by Christy Tomlinson

The planner community's answer to magazine subscriptions, only better. Planner subscription boxes come with all sorts of fun goodies. This particular one is by The Planner Society, but there are a few others out there, including the Brimbles Box in the UK.

22. Gift bag

You've got to put your Valentine's Day presents in something! With a gift bag as pretty as this, she will probably use to bag to make dividers or dashboards as a reminder of the thought you put into her gift.

23. Gift box with love

If you're going all out with the gifts this year, why not use a lovely gift box that she can reuse to keep her planner supplies?

Remember!

Whatever you choose to do this Valentine's Day, remember that it's the thought that counts! What's most important is showing how much you love her. Love lasts all year round, but as cheesy as it is, Valentine's Day is a great time to show her just how much you care, and whatever you do, make sure that saying 'I love you' is part of your plan.


Know someone who would enjoy this gift guide?


Put the PRO In Procrastination: How To Put Structured Procrastination to Action

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I admit it: I tend to procrastinate. Recently, I was supposed to write an essay that for some reason, I really did not want to write. So, I procrastinated to avoid writing that essay. And guess what? It was my most productive day in a good long time.

How did that happen? I figured out sometime during the day that it was not that I didn’t work to work, but just that I didn’t feel like writing that essay in particular. With this in mind, I put my energy elsewhere, and the thought of that essay was so deterrent that I managed to focus and be very productive in the task I set out to do that day, which was to revise. (For the record, I bit the bullet and wrote the essay in the end - it turned out to not be that bad, and I got a pretty good grade. Maybe that revising paid off, hmm).

So, what can you do to make your procrastination time productive time? Whilst I would strongly advice against procrastinating all day long like I did, we all know that at least a little bit of procrastinating is inevitable at times. The question is what you do with that time when you’re procrastinating.

When I set out writing this article, I just wanted to share my experience in the hopes that it would help you. But when I did a little research, I found that that there’s a proper term for it: structured procrastination. Like, whoa.

A man named John Kerry put a name to this productivity technique in 1995 (he is now Professor Emeritus at Stanford University).

On his website, John writes this:

I have been intending to write this essay for months. Why am I finally doing it? Because I finally found some uncommitted time? Wrong. I have papers to grade, textbook orders to fill out, an NSF proposal to referee, dissertation drafts to read. I am working on this essay as a way of not doing all of those things.
— http://www.structuredprocrastination.com/

That’s me to a tee. I had an essay to write and lots of other more immediate work to do, but I decided to do this other task instead. It may not have been the wisest decision if my deadline was that very day, but I absolutely did not regret what I did, and went to bed feeling very accomplished.

The rationale behind this is when you make your Very Important Task #2 and prioritise something over it, then because of how your brain likes to procrastinate, your #2 task seems more appealing than #1.

If you find yourself constantly procrastinating, then you may want to think about trying out structured procrastination to make the most of your time. And if you’re doing this already, then give yourself a pat on your back! Even though you didn’t do what you originally set out to do (aka task #1), you were productive and accomplished something!

Do you use other productivity methods? Let me know in the comments!

Tutorial: How To Print Your Planner Sheets (4 Easy Steps!)

Tutorials, Ultimate Planner GuideAlicia LohComment
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Hello lovelies! If you've bought printable planner inserts, here's a guide to help make your printing smooth sailing and bring beautiful pages from your computer to your planner.

For this tutorial, I am using Preview on my Macbook on printable inserts from my shop. The steps should generally be the same for any computer and most printables. If you have a PC, you may need to download Adobe Reader (free).

Step 1 - this one is easy

This one is easy. Simply open the file, and open up the file settings! (File > Print...)

Step 2 - time to tweak the settings

Make sure that your Paper Size is set to A4, or the size of your paper (another common one is US Letter). Be sure to check this, as my computer defaults to US Letter even though I have never used that size! My printer doesn't print two-sided but if yours does, you may want to select that.

Step 3 - the most important part

This step is very easy, but also the most important! Make sure that your settings are set to 'Scale' and '100%'.

Step 4: PRINT!

Yes, that's all there is to it! Now you're free to admire your new planner inserts, and print out as many copies as you need. Enjoy!

Want to print A4 files in A5?

If you've got an A4 file and want to print it in A5, there's just one extra step.

Just go to Layout and select 2 'Pages per Sheet', and you're set to go!



The Ultimate Planner Guide: Paper And Planner Sizes (Infographic + Chart)

Ultimate Planner GuideAlicia LohComment

What's the difference between a Filofax personal planner and a large Kikki K organiser? Hint: they are very, very different.

This simple guide is here to save the day (and your printer!) and help you find the right size that works best for you with the Ultimate Planner Insert Cheat Sheet with the sizes of the most popular paper sizes. Confused between the many different brands from Filofax and Franklin Covey (the long-established brands) to newer brands like Kikki K from Australia, Websters' Pages (aren't their Color Crush planners delicious?), Marion Smith? Keep scrolling for a handy table below!

PS. If you're looking for planners like Erin Condren, Traveler's Notebook, and The Happy Planner, check out this size guide.

A4 A5 US Letter Personal Pocket Mini
210mm x 297mm 148mm x 210mm 216mm x 279mm 95mm x 171mm 81mm x 120mm 67mm x 105mm
Filofax A4 A5 - Personal* Pocket Mini
Kikki K - Large
Personal
- Medium Small -
Franklin Covey - Classic
140mm x 216mm
Monarch - - -
Color Crush (Websters' Pages) - A5 - Personal - -
Kate Spade - - - Personal Pocket -
Marion Smith - A5 - Personal - -
Macaron - A5 - Personal - -
Dokibook - Large - Small - -
Carpe Diem (Simple Stories) - A5 - - - -
Mulberry - Planner - Agenda** (105mm x 149mm (A6)) Pocket Book -
Van der Spek - A5 Standard Junior Mini
Day Designer
Luxe Collection
- A5 - - - -

*The paper sizes for Personal and Compact are the same, but the rings for the Compact are slightly smaller and hold less paper.

**The Mulberry Agenda is closest to the Personal size, but the paper size (105mm x 149mm (A6)) and holes are different. Philofaxy has useful pictures comparing the hole placements. Mulberry now only officially sells the Planner and Pocket Book.

PS. Special thanks to Dawn for the heads' up on the A5 Color Crush and Carpe Diem planners, and Alison for the tip on Van der Spek, Mulberry, Collins, and Smythson!

Do you have a brand of planner that you would like to see here? Let me know!

Fresh, Free, and EXCITED!

Openquote DesignsAlicia LohComment
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Hello there! Thank you for stopping by - it’s great to see you. :)

As part of my big plans for 2016, I decided to really kick off the Openquote Designs website and blog, and I am so excited to share with you! The website has undergone a major revamp (I am now hosted on Squarespace, whoohoo!), and I have introduced the brand colours that have been featured in my latest planner designs. It’s designed to be a place where you feel fresh, free, and excited to Live Life Inspired.

To go with this aim, the blog has also been through a major revamp, including, of course, brand new blog posts that will help you get organised! Over the next few days, I will be posting exciting new posts, including a handy infographic and table on planner/organiser and paper sizes, along with planning tips and fun posts. Something else that I am very excited to announce is the start of Feature Friday. Each week on the blog, a lovely lady (or perhaps man!?) from the planner community will be featured, so keep your eyes peeled! You might just get a sneak peek into new designs that your favourite shops have in store for you.

If you would like to stay up to date with the latest updates and exciting posts, please join my newsletter! Who knows - there may be a freebie waiting for you when you sign up… ;) Your time is precious: I won’t spam you.