Category Archives: Life with Life is Crafted

Join Life is Crafted for upcoming specials and be the first in the know!

Join the LIC community and be the first to know (and receive awesome specials) when I’ll be pre-releasing the mid-year life crafting planners and preview the new range. I’m also working on some community only items that will be sent out to the group over the next few months.

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


Get Inspired To Give Back


(Okay, I know fireworks don’t have much to do with ‘giving back’ but they do inspire a positive ripple effect just like you can too!)

Crafting your life often includes others – how you impact them and how they impact you.
I believe things work better in balance – in order to receive, it is also great to give. Plus it feels awesome! And there is nothing wrong in feeling good about yourself when you give back.

Besides some of the common areas of life (health, money, relationships, career), one I include is the area Contribution.

There are a lot of horrendous things that happen on this planet. However, you don’t need to take the weight of the world on to your shoulders. It is a massive burden to carry and one that can end up paralysing you. Instead, do your bit. Every action has a ripple effect – from a smile to a stranger and recycling your rubbish, to helping to build new homes for people in devastated areas.

This sentiment was reinforced when a friend shared this poem with me:

“It’s 3:23 in the morning
and I’m awake because
my great-great grandchildren
won’t let me sleep.

My great-great grandchildren
ask me in dreams
What did you do
while the planet
was plundered?

What did you do
when the Earth
was unraveling?

Surely you did something
when the seasons
started failing,

as the mammals, reptiles,
birds were all dying.

Did you
fill the streets
with protest when
democracy was stolen?

What did you do once you knew?

It’s 3:23 in the morning
and I’m awake because
my great-great grandchildren
won’t let me sleep.

What did you do once you knew?”

– Drew Dellinger

What did you do once you knew?

Use a blank list page in your Filofax or planner and list ways you can give back to others. If you want ongoing motivation, print out the poem above to remind yourself. You don’t need to just give money. Giving your time and energy is just as important.

Here are some ideas of giving back, creating a positive ripple effect or taking action towards helping this planet:

  • Turn your compassion, thoughts and intentions to those who need it. Give good wishes.
  • Buy fair trade products – Fair Trade Australia
  • Sponsor a child or a village – to make yourself comfortable with knowing where the money goes, check out the charity’s annual report.
  • Use your water and electricity wisely.
  • Get into collaborative consumption
  • Support local farmers and eat seasonally
  • Commit random acts of kindness (pay for the coffee of the person at the next table, leave a post it note saying “You are beautiful” on the bathroom mirror, give a bunch of flowers to someone on the street)
  • Go on a Volunteer Holiday
  • Donate microloans through Opportunity International or Kiva
  • Volunteer your time at a local charity or retirement home
  • Give Charity Gift Vouchers with Karma Currency

What do you do – or what are some of your ideas?

Life is crafted. Craft yours.



The Why of Arienne & Life is Crafted


Photo taken by my fabulously talented photographer, graphic design friend (who also did the original Life is Crafted Dotty designs!) Sarah from Meekins Photography.

For years I’ve been a planner fiend. I’ve trialed an array of diaries, notebooks, planners and organisers trying to find THE ONE. I hacked systems to meet my own needs, I created my own pages, I ordered and reordered sections. I tried to fall in love with different sizes and have ended up with a few months of my life over the years scattered across various planners and pages which are sitting jumbled up in a cupboard… (just wrote down another to do!)

I’ve spent hours searching, comparing, planning, labeling, printing, collating, writing and transferring data (can anyone relate?!).

Here is a pic of a very small subset of my planner/organiser collection:

Planners Filofaxes

In more recent years I’ve become passionate about Lifestyle Design and the importance of making life what you want it to be.

I was struggling with the latter and how to make it more tangible for people. Luckily my brain cells were powering away in my subconscious and came up with the fabulous (if I do say so myself) idea of marrying these two passions.

I’m inspired by transforming the things I go through in living my everyday life (thoughts, ideas and decisions)  and the tools I use on a daily basis, into items that can be used by others to somehow make their lives more fun, organised and enlivened.

So Life is Crafted was born! The growing range will cover formats and layouts that are beautiful, inspiring AND usable. Above all they should inspire you to craft your life in an uplifting, organised way.

So I’ve tried to come up with a mission to try an encompass all of the above:

Life is Crafted is an inspiring and welcoming place for planner and stationery enthusiasts. We are passionate about making life what you want it to be and we believe your planner is the corner stone of lifestyle design.

The site features printable planner inserts, stationery finds and life design tools that you want to use while tackling ideas, tips and perspectives on crafting a life of your own.

We aim to give you the inspiration to dream, plan and schedule the life you want so you can live it out!

How do you see Life is Crafted’s mission statement? Does it resonate with you?

Life is crafted. Craft yours.

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!

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.