I decided to have another look at a post a wrote back in 2009 on my personal blog and share it here. My 2009 diary was a Moleskine, week view, cute red diary – with a blank page for my to-do list. Brilliant for keeping me organised during my student days.
The left hand side, has the dates, and I use this to record my classes – this seemed the simplest type to get as one this course I’d only have a max. of 2 separate classes a day (no need for a full day view).
The right hand side contains the to-do list for each subject and my printing list etc. This page is simply a lined page which is perfect for this. Different types of the diary have different page set ups.
I am currently using the colour-a-month planner (surprise, surprise).
But as beautiful as it is I feel that I may have made the wrong choice this year – as I simply do not need a page-a-day. For work, all my to-dos and meetings are dealt with electronically (outlook and case management system do it all for you) – and I work so much I rarely do anything that requires a full-page in my personal diary. However, I do enjoy the monthly planners at the front which the weekly view lacked as well as the slimline feel.
It may be that I am still just getting used to it and I will probably reconsider many times over as the year progresses.
Last year I blogged about my 2011 Vogue Diary from Daycraft. Now that I have started using it I thought I would revisit it again.
The A5 size is perfect for writing out the brief recipes and planning meals, I can also tuck in recipe cards and magazine clippings that I’ve come across already this year. This means I can roughly plan out my week with what I am going to eat.
I also use it to note down the expiry date of the perishables I’ve bought. So I can make sure that I make the best use of the ingredients I’ve bought and use a recipe to use them all up before they expire.
For example if I’ve bought meat e.g. pork fillet and it is 2 meals worth I will straddle my recipes and I will know that I will use pork on Monday and Wednesday. It also encourages proper usage of the vegetable with as little wastage as possible.
Additionally, it has allowed me to note which ingredients I can get in my local corner shop and which ingredients I need to go to the supermarket for. This also helps me plan my shop more effectively as well as plan my “filler” recipes in between shopping trips (as I will learn what is available without doing a proper shop).
An early Christmas present in the form of an adorable slimline diary from one of my work colleagues.
Suited to me perfectly this slimline (perfect for your purse) diary features pictures of cats – mostly black cats. Glossy pages and vibrant photos this diary is as pretty as a picture.
Being a slimline diary it is weekly view – with a small block for your scribblings. Notable dates and Year Calendar are at the front and addresses and notes are at the back.
Simple and neat – but gets the job done, fuss free.
Due to my lack of internet/laptop I am posting this later than I would have liked. But I thought I better get my skates on if anyone is to receive this before the beginning of the new year.
Any regular readers of my blog will know that my diary of choice in 2010 was Chromatic Days from Daycraft (Thanks Daycraft!) – so as an end of year treat I am giving one lucky reader the chance to own their very own Chromatic Days diary for 2011.
The diary that is up for grabs is the same as the 2010 version: read my last review here if you missed it. The only difference is the colour this one is Orange.
How to Enter:
This is going to be a simple competition – follow me on Twitter and Retweet this giveaway.
Saturday 10pm GMT.
I have been sent another bundle of Daycraft Notebooks and Diaries from their 2011 collection.
First up, featured as part of my countdown series is the Vogue Diary.
The Vogue Diary 2010 was reviewed by fellow blogger, Journalling Arts back earlier in the year – but now is your chance to see the 2011 one.
The main difference is the complete change in the cover: which now has a quilted effect:
But inside it is the same. Page a day (half page on the weekend)- with time stamps (two lines per hour to allow you to schedule your day) with “notes” section at the bottom of the page.
Monthly Forward Planners and Monthly Overview pages are also included. So there is plenty of room for all your planning.
A great set of information pages at the front of the diary. As well as the usual International holidays and conversion rates, there is a more in depth international guide and nutritional and health information.
Verdict: this is going to be my a5 diary this coming year.
Image Credit – V&A
The Victoria & Albert Museum always do a great collection of notebooks, stationery and diaries. This year is no different. Their diary choice reflects one of their key exhibits this year:
The V&A Diary 2011 is published to coincide with the V&A’s major Quilt exhibition in 2010 that will also be going on a world tour. This exhibition showcases the V&A’s collection of patchwork and quilted covers to bring together over 300 years of British quilting history, from the 18th century to the creative reinvention of the quilt by contemporary artists.
The diary illustrates a selection of quilts from the exhibition and also includes some previously unseen images including reverse sides plus sewing equipment such as needles, étuis and other ephemera.
The diary is available as a desk diary
(23(h) x 20cm(w)) or as a pocket diary (14(h) x 12cm(w)). Inside are full size beautiful colour pictures of the collection, opposite a weekly view diary layout.
I’m usually faithful to my Letts A4 Desk Diary but when I was in town shopping this week – this diary from paperchase caught my eye as a potential replacement.
Image Credit: Paperchase
It is lighter than it looks, and has an even feel. It is eye-catching and pretty and described on their website as:
A4 circle stripe 2011 diary with linen cover, silver gilded page edges, ribbon marker and FSC paper. Contains personal information page, calendar, planners, UK holidays, important dates, world times, conversion factors and international dialling codes.
Down sides? Lines are a not as narrow as I like and I think (but I can’t remember to say with absolute certainty but the Sat/Sun were on one page instead of having a page each (which is more useful for some people than others).
But why change a good thing? It is clear – the only reason I would choose it over the Letts is it is prettier (i.e. more colourful) and is cheaper at £15. This is not to say Letts diaries are not fantastic quality and beautiful – just with more conservative colours. Not to mention they’ve also got the recycled option. So there is still a decision to be made.
It is this time of year again. Time to decide what calendar, diaries and planners I am going to use in the upcoming year. Once again I’ve decided to scrap what I’ve used in previous years
Despite trying a range of diaries this year for various purposes, the one that served me the best was my Daycraft diary: Slim line, pocket-sized, flexible, wear resistant and both monthly planner and weekly view. Excellent.
Qualities I’ll want this time round. Time to start looking…
I know it is way too early to be agonising over your diary choice for next year (I can’t talk I’ve already bought my colour-a-month for 2011).
But I came across this today and thought I would share.
Simon’s Cat is offering a 10% discount on calendars and diaries for next year if you pre-order before October. Diaries are priced at £9.99 for the A5, and £6.99 for the slim line. The site allows you to preview January images – as can be expected there is a whole range of cute drawings. What more could you ask for.
This is Daycraft’s Chromatic Days 2010 Diary. It has a lovely soft and flexible bright yellow cover. Although I will say it marks easy. The diary is A6 in size (106mm x 150mm) and very slimline. One of the most attractive things about the diary is of course the Chromatic edges:
The actual diary itself is week per page and the diary is 72 weeks starting on 31 August 2009 – it spans a long time and the diary is no thicker for it. Personally I think it is a great idea, unfortunately as I only got the diary this month I”ve not been able to take advantage of the longer time frame. But on a more positive note, I’ve been using it instead of my flora and fauna diary. Here is what it looks like on the inside….
Just look at the lovely colours Makes my Day.
Daycraft notebooks and Diaries are not yet available in Europe / UK. But I got sent these diaries to review and help raise awareness of them as they are looking to find distributors in the over here.
I will now be doing the first giveaway next week, so come again…