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Stepping Up Into Blogging

Blog Post Ideas

I’ve been so busy creating and planning Life is Crafted products that I’ve not made much time to share on the blog. I’d really like to change that and start putting all my post ideas into actual…blog posts!


With the help of some motivating pages I’ve made for myself, I’m entering a new phase of blogging! Yippee! I plan to blog at least once a week (still doing a lot of creating behind-the-scenes) or maybe more if I’m being AH-MAYYYYY-ZING…


These are some of the higher level categories I’m planning on blogging about. In no particular order!

  • Routines
  • Lists
  • Productivity
  • Planner Accessories
  • Stationery
  • Planner Folders/Binders
  • Organisation
  • Planner Pages & Refills
  • Set Ups – Planners
  • Set Ups – General
  • Filofax
  • Planner Decisions
  • Reviews of planner related products
  • Reflections on life
  • Journaling
  • Tools
  • Videos
  • Crafting your life
  • Goals
  • Project Management

Is there something you’d like to add to the list? What else would you like to hear and see more about on the blog or the product range?

Life is crafted. Craft yours,


Sydney Philofaxy Meetup March 2013 – Yippee!


Date: Saturday 16th March 2013
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Location: Kinokinuya Bookstore at Level 2, The Galeries/500 George Street Sydney NSW 2000. The coffeeshop section on the left when you walk into the bookstore.

So, we’ve had a few people register their interest in a Filofax Philofaxy meet up in Sydney. some of you have put forward preferences and so we’ve come up with the above details.

If you’ve expressed your interest or would like to come please email me with your name and contact phone number (the phone number is just for coordination on the day if needed) to to formally (oooh, so serious!) register. I’d like to know confirmed numbers so I can reserve an area if need be. Please let me know ASAP (or at the latest 3rd March). Do it now so you don’t forget and put that date in your planners Filofax people!

What to bring:

  • All things Filofax
  • All things planner related – your rulers, tabs, stickers, special pens, dazzling pages so we can share tips and tools.
  • Camera or other tool to take photos so we can create some Filofax-crazy memories!

What to expect:
I’m not sure! This is the first one here!
We’ll be sitting in the coffee shop section spending some time informally getting to know each other and swapping, sharing, oohing and aaaahing over each other’s Filos and set ups. I’ve put 2-5pm but this can be pretty loose depending on what happens 🙂

Kinokinuya have a Filofax section and pretty awesome stationary department which I’m sure will can spend some time perusing.

If you have any other suggestions please let me know!

I’m really looking forward to meeting some like-minds in person.

Photo Credit


Love Your Filofax? Love Your Organizer? In Sydney?


The wonderful Steve Morton of the planner/Filofax nirvana Philofaxy, has put up a post about a Sydney Meet Up. I’m the local contact so if you’re interested, read the post and get in touch with me on hello at lifeiscrafted dot com!

I’d love to meet up with some like-minds 🙂

Life is crafted. Craft yours.


Doing a Week In Review


A Week In Review is a session where you look back over your last 7 days and reflect on the tasks, activities and experiences that occurred.


It is an amazing time to honour what you have actually achieved. Our lives whip by in such frenzied haste that we often forget and don’t appreciate what we have done.

What do you say when people ask you what you have been up to? “Busy.” Is often the response. “Really Busy. I’m so busy I don’t have any food in the house and I’m living off baked beans.” But do you know what you’ve been busy doing?!

Do you remember what you got up to last week besides one or two things? Do you know what you actually ticked off the list toward a project or goal?

Spending 10-15 minutes a week to look back on it can give you so many advantages.

  1. You feel accomplished. Rather than saying, what the hell did I actually do? And then beating yourself up for what you haven’t done, you have a list of those activities you worked on.
  2. It builds confidence. You see what you have done and gain the momentum and the ‘I can’ attitude in bringing that forward to the following week.
  3. You see where you might have gone off track. Once you’re aware you can nudge yourself back in the right direction.
  4. Sometimes you look like super(wo)man. Seriously. I get comments from people who are like, “how can you accomplish so much??”. In reality, I don’t think I do, I just keep track of what I have done – the small and the big.
  5. You can’t help but think of the things you’d like to do for the following week. It is a great thing to do before planning next week.


I write down what I do in my Filofax. If I speak to someone, go somewhere, or work on a project I jot it down on my weekly appointment sheets. When I make it to a yoga session or have a sudden insight about life I note it down. When I’m an awesome fur-mama and take the doggy for a walk (instead of my partner doing it) I write, then I tick.

Writing and ticking always feels fabulous (yes, I am one of those people who put things on the list that I have already done just to be able to tick it off).


Book some time in with yourself every week. Put it in your calendar and stick to it! You only need about 15 minutes. I usually do mine on a Friday afternoon.

Get out your Filofax (or equivalent!), pour yourself a glass of wine or a cup of tea and light a candle or be in a space you love.

Then go through your days and start listing down what you did. You can make comments or write down what comes up when you list a certain thing or you can just put your dot points down.

You can write it on paper, on a file on your computer or publish it as a blog post – completely up to you!

Here are some examples from my past week:

  • Took Zander to the vet – time will tell if he is defective or not…
  • Enjoyed Meatless Monday
  • Launched Life Is Crafted and got my first round of sales (OMG so excited!)
  • Set up Etsy store
  • Printed and sent limited edition planner packs
  • Gathered props for new biz photo shoot
  • Caught up with Perth friend Mr R and schnitzeled it up – really fun to see him
  • Had meeting with Miss K
  • Visited Officeworks for supplies and printer exchange – they were really helpful
  • Dinner party with friends and assisted the chef-ess
  • Cleaned room – finally!
  • Mass laundry session – can’t let it get that out of hand again 🙂
  • Had Tab printing session
  • Helped friend celebrate birthday
  • Met some amazing new people
  • Shopping with the Daddy-O
  • Skype catch up with Sister L in London
  • Accountability session with coach
  • Announced winner of Life Is Crafted referral prize
  • Lunch with Daddy-O and family friends

It goes on, I won’t bore you with the printing of reports or decision-making about pots, but you get the gist!


Put a circle around or bold the highlight of the week.
Ask yourself where you didn’t do so well and what you can do about it for the future
Pat yourself on the back for doing something well
What steps did you take towards your goals?
What am I putting off and why?
Did you learn any lessons to bring forward with you?
Were you living on purpose or were you on automatic pilot?
Was I being ‘me’ or was I doing things for others at my own expense?


When I’ve not been too busy, I’ve been trying to do a week in review on my other site Savvy Sassy She. I really notice the difference in my satisfaction levels and self-confidence levels when I don’t do them. It has been a while, but it is never too late to get back on the horse!

Do you review your weeks? If so, how does it make you feel? If not, are you tempted?

Life is crafted. Craft yours.


Launch Special!

Yes, it has been a little quiet here on the Life Is Crafted front, but never fear, I am still around!

I’ve been working hard to put the finishing touches on the LIC A5 range and doing all those fiddly bits that are needed to put a website, shopping cart and new business together. I’ve forgotten friends, cancelled plans and generally gone MIA in order to turn this dream into a reality and we are finally here (at least with phase 1!). Apologies to those I had to disappoint – this is what I’ve been working on!

Tonight was the mini-launch party for Life Is Crafted and we put together this little video for you to laugh at enjoy. Look out for the discount code that is available for the Dotty 2013 Printable Starter Pack that is valid until midnight 14th November 2012.

Enjoy watching the video – I hope you laugh along with us instead of laughing at us! I even managed to rope my father into the scene (I love you Daddy-O)!


Life is crafted. Craft yours!

360/30 Lists: 19-23 Oct 12

Zander was one of the responsibilities…

19. Today is amazing because…
Even though I’ve been so busy with The Man away, the animals, the Dad arriving and the pre-work launch stuff for two businesses (plus the usual social, personal and household demands) I got everything on my to do list done.

I amazed myself! Go me.

20. Favourite characters in films
I’ve drawn an absolute blank… Amelie? The dolphin at the end of Deep Blue?

21. Foods to try
I’ve tried most foods that I wanted to (I’ve even tried some I didn’t want to!). Traveling gives you many opportunities to test your palette…

A food I wish I liked are Olives. Yes, it just seems like they should be something I love. They’re salty and sophisticated and I really believe I should be an olive loving person. Alas I am not.

22. Colours of the rainbow from most to least favourite
What was that rainbow song from my childhood? Red and yellow and pink and??? [just back from googling rainbow colours].

So, from Newton’s 7 primary colour spectrum my hierarchy of rainbow colour favourites from highest to lowest amount of liking are…

23. Sports you want to try
I grew up reading lots of Enid Blyton books. I wanted to be part of the Magic Faraway Tree with Dick, Fanny and Bessie (no kidding), the Famous Five and Malory Towers. Because of the latter, I have a weird curiosity around Lacrosse. I’ve never seen it played, have no idea what the rules are or what you would need to wear. BUT I WANT TO PLAY IT!

Stationery Jackpot! My Singapore Stash

I spent a week in Singapore recently for one of my cousin’s wedding. It gave me the opportunity to shop. Not just any shopping, but stationery shopping!

I came back with a jackpot of index tabs, post it notes, bull dog clips, washi tape and a myriad of other fabulous stationery finds.


Here are links to some of the stores where I found these funky stationery bits:

Life is crafted. Craft yours!


Introduction to Life is Crafted & Me!

Howdy Life Crafters!

I shot my first video 🙂 It’s not perfect, but it is there. I’m all about progress, not perfection when it comes to living my life.

Its just a little about why I started Life is Crafted, and what the range is all about.


I hope you enjoy!

Life is crafted. Craft yours.

18. Favourite Quotes/Sayings

I have soooooooo many!

One that I say often but without eloquence is “You’re with yourself 24/7. You’re there when you go to sleep at night and when you wake in the morning. No one else is. So make yourself happy and the rest will follow.”

The ‘real’ ones that popped straight into my head (because there are so many amazing ones out there are):

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. George Bernard Shaw

She turned her can’t into cans and her dreams into plans.

Follow your bliss and doors will open for you, where there were only walls. Joseph Campbell (okay – the poster is a bit different, but I thought it was pretty!)

And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Anain Nin (again, slightly different wording in the pretty picture!)

Life is crafted. Craft yours.