Thursday, 11 December 2014

Some reading for the Holidays

I'd be honoured if you would consider spending a (very) little money on one or more of my Kindle books.

If you don't have a Kindle, you can get a fee Kindle app for your smartphone or tablet. Details can be found here.

Here they are:

Journalling School


Journalling School: A Short Course in Personal Journalling provides a straightforward and insightful guide to those wishing to start a journal or those who wish to return to or reinvigorate their journalling. Covering a wide range of aspects and including exercises and questions to ponder, this will inspire any journal keeper or would-be journal keeper.

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12 Easy Life Upgrades



It is hard to find time for personal development. This book recognises this and presents twelve life upgrades. Quick to read, easy to understand and implement, each has the potential to make your life better.

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Very Short Shorts


What can be achieved in as few as fifty words? Perhaps there might be an impression of character or place. There is room for a surprising twist, sometimes.

The right fifty words can be as good as fifty thousand. Read these stories. See if you agree.

(Fifty words, including these.)

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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

The Daily Dashboard Midori insert - free files for 2015

I launched my new Daily Dashboard insert last month and invited feedback. Based on the feedback I received, version 2 is now ready. I've played with the times to allow more flexibility around the beginnings and ends of days and there is now a month view at the front of each month's insert.




So here are the files.

You can choose the A4 paper versions or the Letter paper versions.

  Jan 2015:  A4 version   Letter version
  Feb 2015:  A4 version   Letter version
  Mar 2015:  A4 version   Letter version
  Apr 2015:  A4 version   Letter version
  May 2015:  A4 version   Letter version
  Jun 2015:  A4 version   Letter version
  Jul 2015:  A4 version   Letter version
  Aug 2015:  A4 version   Letter version
  Sep 2015:  A4 version   Letter version
  Oct 2015:  A4 version   Letter version
  Nov 2015:  A4 version   Letter version
  Dec 2015:  A4 version   Letter version

What you'll download is a PDF file. This is ready to print straight away, without any need to use booklet format on your printer. Just print this straight to A4 or Letter as appropriate, with duplex set to flip on the short edge (I'd recommend you print just one or two pages first to make sure your printer deals with this correctly and make adjustments as necessary.)

Once you've printed out the pages, you can bind them into a booklet and cut to size. This video shows how.




Sunday, 23 November 2014

A knitting insert for your Midori Traveler's Notebook

This one started life when Jaya Purswani explained that she was after a slightly different grid layout, one that would allow her to plan knitting stitches. It sounded like it might be easy to adapt my Seyes ruling template and this proved to be the case.



Anyway, it seems there are enough knitting devotees in the Midori community to justify making this generally available, so here it is.

You can choose the A4 paper Word version, the A4 paper PDF version. If you insist on being American and thus unable to enjoy the aesthetic perfection of A4 you can choose instead the Letter paper Word version or the Letter paper PDF version. If you download the Word version, you'll be able to edit the file and play about with the format and content.

Whichever version you choose it is ready to print straight away, without any need to use booklet format on your printer. Just print this straight to A4 or Letter as appropriate, with duplex set to flip on the short edge (I'd recommend you print just one or two pages first to make sure your printer deals with this correctly and make adjustments as necessary.)

Once you've printed out the pages, you can bind them into a booklet and cut to size. This video shows how.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

A music insert for your Midori Traveler's Notebook

I was asked to make an insert for musical notation. There's not much to say about this really. Here it is:




You can choose the A4 paper Word version, the A4 paper PDF version. If you are American and thus have to work with oddly-sized paper then you can choose instead the Letter paper Word version or the Letter paper PDF version. If you download the Word version, you'll be able to edit the file and play about with the format and content.

Whichever version you choose it is ready to print straight away, without any need to use booklet format on your printer. Just print this straight to A4 or Letter as appropriate, with duplex set to flip on the short edge (I'd recommend you print just one or two pages first to make sure your printer deals with this correctly and make adjustments as necessary.)

Once you've printed out the pages, you can bind them into a booklet and cut to size. This video shows how.


Friday, 21 November 2014

Own your own Camel Traveller's Notebook

Midori's Fifth Anniversary Camel TN is no longer available - at any price, but there is still a lot of love for it. I have made my own special edition tribute to this iconic notebook.

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 If you'd like to order one, please send me an email.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Alternative stringing for your DIY Traveller's Notebook.

I've previously posted instructions on making your own Midori-style traveller's notebook. Here is the video in case you missed it.



In that video, I show you how to thread the elastic in the conventional arrangement, like this:


But it is also possible to punch the holes side-by-side rather than vertically top and bottom:


Which configuration you choose will depend on how packed you want your notebook to be. Using the instructions here and using the two side-by-side strings independently will enable you to easily insert six booklets.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

The Daily Dashboard for the Midori Traveler's Notebook

I was asked if I could expand my daily journal booklet to give each day two pages and serve as an all-in-one daily log.

Here's what I came up with:



One month comprises a full booklet, and I'm offering ready-made sets initially for December. Based on feedback I'll look to finalise the design and make these a standard item for free download for 2015 and beyond.

You can choose the A4 paper version or the Letter paper version.

What you'll download is a PDF file. This is ready to print straight away, without any need to use booklet format on your printer. Just print this straight to A4 or Letter as appropriate, with duplex set to flip on the short edge (I'd recommend you print just one or two pages first to make sure your printer deals with this correctly and make adjustments as necessary.)

Once you've printed out the pages, you can bind them into a booklet and cut to size. This video shows how.


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