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Magical Monday Braindump: Pick Me Up List

To change things up a little I thought I’d do a video post!


This week why not braindump your….

Pick Me Up Activities List

If you’ve got a Life is Crafted starter pack planner, or the List & Planning pack (I’m taking down the PDFs soon so if you’re interested in them get them now!) There is a page called ‘Life Up’ that has a place for these things.

This is your go to list for times when you’re feeling out of sorts and need to help lift yourself out of these moods. Trust me, the next time you’re feeling weirdly uneasy or down you’ll be so happy you have this list!

Take action now!

Write your own list of things that will make you feel better when you’re feeling BLEH! You can keep adding to it as you go. Put at least two things on the list NOW!

On my list

My pick me up activities include:

  • Going for a walk with Zander
  • Doing a yoga class
  • Calling my sister Liane or my bestie Chloe
  • Dancing around to loud cheesy, sing-a-long music
  • Reading ‘The Nice Files’
  • YouTubing funny videos
  • Reading my personal mission statement

What’s on your list? Share one goal with us below!

If you have a lot going on in general , here’s a post I wrote about creating your own Magical Monday Braindump party and get all the ‘to dos’, ‘somedays’ and ‘gosh, darn it, I REALLY have tos’ in a list.

Life is crafted, craft yours.

PS If you’re not subscribed to my community newsletter yet I’d love for you to join in as I’ve got some special things coming your way soon! Craft your life with us here

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Thank you Life Crafters! Dream! Plan! Live! Life is crafted, craft yours.


Magical Monday Braindump: Things to do in May

May Dreams Monthly Goals

It’s almost the end of the month. Yup, April’s almost behind it and it’s time to look ahead and make May gloooooooooorious (that last word was said in an annoying high-pitched sing song tone).

This week why not braindump (and plan and organise)….

Things to do in May (aka May Goals)

If you’ve got a Life is Crafted starter pack planner, each month begins with a Monthly Dreams page. If you have got one of my little lovelies, no problem, just grab a page and title it May Dreams (perhaps washi tape the hell out of it first – love washi, it is addictive ;)…..

Then list down all the things you’d like to accomplish in May. If it makes it easier break it down into categories like:

  • Work
  • Social
  • Family
  • Self
  • Finances
  • Fun
  • Health
  • Anything else that is relevant to you

Take action now!

You may want to just jot down short points and then nut them out when it’s time to focus on that goal. Or you may want to craft them into real actionable goals. It’s totally up to you, but I challenge you to have at least one thing on the list that inspires and stretches you and you write out fully.

I recommend reading this list everyday and planning in times to accomplish them and then doing that magical ‘tick off’ when it’s complete.

On my list

I generally do this every month. Over on my other blog I write out my monthly dreams and do a review on last month’s progress. I normally do it on the last day of the month (and being totally human I’ve missed a couple of months along the way!) but it is another nice way to maintain progress and see what I’ve achieved (and have an excuse to pat myself on the back or reassess my priorties!).

I often jot stuff down on future months when I come up with ideas in the present.

On my list so far is:

  • Celebrate my birthday
  • Archery with friends
  • Complete designs

What’s on your list? Share one goal with us below!

If you have a lot going on in general , here’s a post I wrote about creating your own Magical Monday Braindump party and get all the ‘to dos’, ‘somedays’ and ‘gosh, darn it, I REALLY have tos’ in a list.

Life is crafted, craft yours.

PS If you’re not subscribed to my community newsletter yet I’d love for you to join in as I’ve got some special things coming your way soon! Craft your life with us here

Fab Friday Finds: Archive Boxes


At one of my regular trawls through stationery stores, I came across an archive folder that has made its way into my life!

As I am an avid A5 user I’ve been finding ways to archive my old pages and to hold the ones waiting for their grand entrance into my Filofax. I have now found a storage solution that I am pretty happy with.

This Keji Box file holds A5 pages and has a spring clip rather than rings, so the paper goes all in one pile. It’s a simple way to keep the pages all together.

I’ve got three boxes on the go at the moment:

  1. Archives – this holds all my used weekly and monthly planner pages. I keep the used Month on Two page sheets in my organzier so I can refer back to important events and dates and put all the week and notes pages in this archive box so my planner can be as light as possible!
  2. Journaling Archives – as I journal quite a lot I can’t carry around all my pages. I pop them into my journal archive every couple of weeks.
  3. Pages to be used – this holds all my future weekly and notes pages as well as extra list, journaling etc. sheets. Like #1, I don’t want my Filofax to be too heavy so I only carry about 3 months of pages with me and then have the Month on 2 page sheets for the other times of the year.

How do you store your used or yet unused pages? Share with us in the comments below.

Life is crafted, craft yours,

PS If you’re not subscribed to my community newsletter yet I’d love for you to join in as I’ve got some special things coming your way soon! Craft your life with us here

Magical Monday Braindump: Who do you need to contact?


Just call them! Photo found on weheartit

It’s Monday and I’m leaping out of bed because I’m loving what I do! Happy Monday to you all, it’s time for the (drum roll please….) MAGICAL MONDAY BRAINDUUUUUUUUUUUMP!!!!!!!

This week why not dream braindump the….

List of people you want to get in contact with again!

Those girlfriends you haven’t seen for a year. That old neighbour you want to reconnect with. The distant family member you think of often but haven’t actually reached out to in a while. Most of us probably have a few people we’d love to say hello to but have been too ‘busy’ to or feel that too much time may have passed.

Let’s take this opportunity to make a list of those darlinghearts that we are wanting to hug in person, speak to over the phone/skype or pen a letter to. Life is too short and time moves too swiftly to just think about them. Take this opportunity to make it happen! I bet they’d love to hear from you.

Take Action Now!

Use five minutes now to jot down the names of the people you want to reach out to. Then put a day down that you’ll take that action. Feels good doesn’t it?!

On My List

My childhood BFF
Aunty Ursula
Cousin in the states
School friends in Perth

Who’s on your list? Share with us below!

If you have a lot going on in general , here’s a post I wrote about creating your own Magical Monday Braindump party and get all the ‘to dos’, ‘somedays’ and ‘gosh, darn it, I REALLy have tos’ in a list.

Life is crafted, craft yours.

Fab Friday Finds: Where to buy a Filofax (when you’re in the southern hemisphere!)


It is so wonderful living this side of the equator at times! Australia and New Zealand are breath taking countries with sweeping vistas and a generally great life quality (remember, it is really up to you – MAKE LIFE WHAT YOU WANT IT TO BE!).

One disadvantage is our access to Filofaxes. And Filofaxes at reasonable prices…(Do you feel me A&NZ-ers?!)

Officeworks,, David Jones, Dymocks and Myer all carry ranges which are good to browse, but with an A5 Classic going for AUD$399.95 or an A5 Finsbury available at AUD$199.95, it is a little….hmmm…killer on the wallet!

When I bought my gorgeous A5 Chameleon in Raspberry last year, I trawled all the sites I could find. I knew I would pay a bit as I believe in investing in beautiful tools that inspire me to craft a life I love. Having gorgeous stationery and planner pages make me truly want to use them and I see them as an investment in my productivity, accomplishment and action taking towards my magnificent goals.

I came across several sites who’s prices, even with international shipping, I was happy to pay so I could have a beautiful Filofax to craft my life in.

  • I would always start with Philofaxy’s Adspot to see if there is a folder there that is of interest. Some are well taken-care-of ‘pre-loved’ Filos and others are pretty much new organisers. You can also place ‘Wanted’ Ads for particular harder to find styles and sizes. Plus, you do good in the world by donating to a great cause – Chimwemwe
  • Ebay is of course another site where you can see what is available
  • I bought my lovely Filofax from Montgomery Pens based in the US. Great prices and decent shipping
  • I’ve not personally bought from Pens and Leather, but have heard great things from FIlofax users about it
  • have a decent range, prices and free shipping

Do you have other recommendations? Where do you buy your FIlos from? Leave a comment below and spread the Filofax love!

Life is crafted. Craft yours.

Fab Friday Finds: Coloured Markers

Coloured Markers

Okay, so these coloured markers may not be the newest finds, but they are awesome Kings of Planning.

Why? Well, colours lift me up and excite me to plan and do. If I had two sheets of paper and wrote exactly the same thing on each of them, but with one I used a black or blue pen and the other one had multiple colours, I pay waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more attention and get waaaaaaaaaay more excited by the colourful one.

They are not great for writing in my planner on normal paper as they do bleed through. I use them for brainstorming on large pieces of paper, writing headings on lists and creating little notes for myself. I’ve been using both Sharpies
and Bic Mark-It

Use them for things like:

  • Art Journalling
  • Notes to yourself
  • Bright Post-It Note Reminders
  • Paper Planning
  • Blog post planning
  • Brainstorming
  • Writing over magazine pages
  • Pretty Doodles
  • Labels
  • Addressing envelopes

What markers do you use? What do you use them for?

Life is crafted. Craft yours,


I’m Freaking Out! A Lofty Goal for Life is Crafted


Warning, I’m feeling raw and ripe and ultra nervous about pressing ‘publish’ on this post – you can probably see that in my crazy eyes (and hair) in the pic above.


I had this post scheduled for next week (well, in that post I had planned to share my news with you, not necessarily with all the angst that is going in this one!) , but because I’m working on the behind the scenes stuff now and it is scaring the crap out of me, I thought I would share my burden.

Is that alright with you?! A worry shared is a worry halved and all that…

Maybe it will make me feel better, maybe by expressing it I will release some of the tension I’m holding. Maybe my tummy will feel less cramped and my thoughts less out of control. Maybe my fears will rein back in a little. Let’s see…

Why am I putting myself through this? When you grow personally and professionally it often comes with expanding your comfort zone. I have to admit, it’s not a bloody nice feeling at all. But there is something in me urging me on. It is my Why. My Purpose trying to connect with me and drive me forward while a tide of resistance and fear about my ability and my competency washes over me and my ‘holy shit who do you think you are’ other-persona is rearing its unattractive face.

Okay, okay, I’ll cut to what is freaking me out. I am going into production of my planners.

I can’t keep doing it on my poor little printer. It takes ages and I can’t print the personal ones in a way that I am happy with to provide to you! The demand is there and I seem to be making a difference to some people so I feel like I need to bring it to the next level…

But it is just little old me sitting at my desk taking on all these decisions and areas that I have no real idea about…Quantities, quotes, forecasting, financing, designs, distribution (and on and on and on!). I’m researching, asking questions and trying to make educated and poignant progress. But it is still scary.

I worry about it all going wrong and flopping and being a big pile of doggie doo. Will people like it? Will they buy it? Will it help them craft their lives? Will they hate it? Will I be left with a mountain of planners and be so flat out broke that I can’t feed the dog? Will the world spin off its axis and will gravity cease to exist?? (you can relate to that gigantic disaster thinking right?!)

But then I also dream of doing it right, with great intention and all the joy and satisfaction it would have on me and the impact the range could have on others.

I am generally a positive person, with a can do attitude. I love helping people to break through their fears and inspire them to give what they want in life a real go so they don’t live with regret later on. I guess this is just a vulnerable moment and a natural course of thought to get to the bigger picture of what I want…

In the grand scheme of things I am not saving the world. But maybe I am saving myself and helping other people use their planners as a way to build more of who they are and what they want into their lives. It has felt pretty damn good so far. The feedback I have gotten is fabulous. Sure, I’ve had a few hiccups along the way but the good has been overwhelmingly great. So I feel I want to push forward and give it a mighty go.

I just have to get through these moments and push through these thoughts…. Then, ‘to infinity and beyOOOOOOOOOND!’.

Help Me! Have you felt something like this in your personal or professional life? Was worth it to you?  Please share with us – or just me on hello [at] lifeiscrafted [dot] com. Thank you for reading and commenting and sharing with me so I feel less like I’m a crazy girl  talking to myself. 

(I feel a bit like Julia Roberts in Notting Hill saying that “I’m just a girl” line… – not in terms of being loved, but in terms of putting myself and by business out there to be seen by the world.). Okay, I do feel a little lighter…but now I’m worrying about your reaction…but I shouldn’t care what other people think…but I do. Well, I do if you’re a good person. If you’re an ass then I can comfortably not care. But if you’re reading this you can’t be that bad right?! You must be a pretty awesome person. Okay ramble over. I’m going to fix my crazy hair…

Life is crafted. Craft yours,

Magical Monday Braindump: To Do in the Kitchen

Master To Do ListWelcome to the Magical Monday Braindump Party!

Get all your To Do’s for the week out of your head and on to paper – If you think it, Ink It! Here’s the steps to creating your own Magical Monday Braindump party

Then, this week why not dream braindump your list of things you need….

To Do in Your Kitchen!

The Man and I had a big (and very needed!) cleaning day yesterday. We’ve both been slogging away at our desks for days on end and had really neglected all those mundane cleaning jobs…

So we blasted some music, divvied up the tasks (amongst smaller things, him – bathroom and vacuuming, me – kitchen and mopping).

While working in the kitchen I noticed a bunch of things that could benefit from some loving attention and decided to start a list that we can tackle at another date.

On My Kitchen To Do List

  • Organising the pantry (and checking expiry dates!)
  • Clean fridge
  • Clean and organise utensil drawer (can’t find anything at the moment!)
  • Reorganise glasses and plates
  • Scrub kickboards
  • Go through and see what’s in all the high cupboards and that mysterious place the junk drawer
  • Clean the hard to reach areas – ceiling corners, exhaust, above fridge

One of my Master To Do lists is categorised as ‘Home’ and I’ve titled one of the columns ‘Kitchen’ and put all the to dos there.

I’m not beating myself up about not having all these things done and spotless right now. I have other priorities, but my brain can rest easy knowing that I have these tasks listed in an easy to find place for when the time is right.

That is the beauty of having well organised lists! Peace of mind 🙂 Yay for that!

What do you have on your Kitchen to do list? Share with us and make me feel not so alone!

Life is crafted. Craft yours,


Friday Fab Finds – The Pomodoro Technique

Welcome to a new feature on the blog!

Each Friday I’ll be sharing with you fabulous finds I’ve come across that help me with life in general. It will probably cover tools, techniques, books, stationery and anything else that just tickles my life crafting fancy!

First up we have the Pomodoro Technique that help you with PRODUCTIVITY and getting things done.

It truly is a simple technique (see the steps below!).

It is a great tool when there is something I have to do and am finding it hard to get started (we all have those times right?!) or really just need to focus on something for a while.  I just use the timer on my iPhone or this app on the computer.

pomodoro-technique Pomodorproduct-timer-steps

Share with me – have you used this technique? Do you use something else?

Life is crafted. Craft yours,