veeb, on hearing in these pages that I’ve had some problems kick-starting the old shepline word-engine, found this, wondering if it might help…

…at the very least it seems to be interesting nonetheless.

Tools of the Trade

The feel of leather under your finger tips. The sound of the spine creaking, the binder snapping open and shut, the paper smooth and cool under your fingers. Sounds like you’ve purchased a new journal, sketchbook or planner. It doesn’t matter what the flavor is, we’ve all been there, in the store… thinking, I should write more, draw more, get more organized. And that’s when the store conjures up the book, that perfect tool. Driving home, bits of images, creativity fills your head on all the things you’ll do with the book. The appointments, the perfect sketches, stories. And then, the book sits in the dark corners of your office.

Sound familiar? I’m sure it does, I know I’ve done it. Many times. I’ve bought tons of blank journals, sketchbooks and planners. All of which I had grand ideas for their use. Many of which still sit in my Studio waiting for my mind to fill them with tidbits of inspiration. Waiting for me to give the book a purpose. A system and style that reflects my inner truth and personality, one that gives me the freedom and flexibility to record stories, tidbits, and sketches I find important.

Doug asked me to show and teach you some things to dust off the creativity cobwebs and turn those empty pages in your planner or sketchpad into personalized, inspirational and meaningful sanctuaries to record your thoughts and creative endeavors. Dig out those discarded planners, or buy something new that sparks your inner artist (or just add a few more cards to your Hipster) and get ready to remember just how fun it can be to write and scribble.

My name is Jaymi and I do funky things to my planner. I’m a writer and an artist. And I love journals and sketchbooks (although these days I tout around my Hipster). My planner keeps track of my work projects and schedules my appointments. It records important notes and alerts me when I have meetings. But that’s not all my Hipster and journals do for me these days. They also keep track of my stories, sketches and artistic ideas. I’ve made small tiny books that fit in my planner that become parts of my journal. I’ve kept watercolor crayons and a refillable brush to paint sunsets that sit next to wireframes and lists of website projects I’ve done.

Unlike the other contributors here at we’re going to focus on something completely different. We’re going to break the rules and stereotypes and bring out the creative artist. I want to teach you how to turn your planner into something alive and creative. Getting things done doesn’t mean that you have to use the same forms in the same way as the person sitting next to you on the train. We’ll learn new ways to reuse old and tired forms. I believe that we can play with our planners AND get lots of stuff done! I believe that everyone is creative and that we all need a private and personal place to share thoughts and pursue our talents.

In my posts here on this site, I’ll show you how to personalize your planner and combine all sorts of traditional and non-traditional forms from here and elsewhere to make the perfect place to record your thoughts and life. I’ll give you ideas for using the forms in different ways. I’ll teach you how to make planners that cater to the artist or writer in you; planners that give you the space and focus to be creative without fear. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll show you that creativity and organizational tools can co-exist hand and hand and don’t have to sit in the dark corners of the home office. So grab a comfy chair and your box of crayons and let’s play.

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