Sunday, June 14, 2015

The A6 Mulberry that almost didn't happen

Hi everyone!

First of all, my apologies for being MIA. Family and life had to take priority and the blog suffered because of it, but I hope to get back on the saddle and continue to post more. Thanks for still being around!

This post is about a planner I never thought I would ever get, much less LOVE. I have always been intrigued by the Mulberry planners, but as someone who has used Filofaxes for many many years, it was daunting to take on a size completely unknown to me. One, because inserts and accessories for an A6 are not as readily available. And two, because I didn't know how I would get along with the size. 

However, I started using a Hobonichi in A6 in late 2014, and I enjoyed that size. Shortly after that, someone offered this beauty for me to buy. I refused at first, but couldn't get it out of my mind. She was just so pretty. The pink and the postman's lock were right up my alley. So I relented, and bought her, and I've never looked back since. 

Above is how I've set up the pockets with stickies, washi, and paper clips. The dashboard is a Target paper bag I repurposed. And below is what are in all those pockets.

The calendar below is from Mswenduhplans. I love it!

I made similar tabs in my personal sized planners that I made here. They're made from plastic folders, cut to size, and with tabs, and I labeled them with custom Erin Condren stickers. I love that they look neat and clean, but add a pastel palette, my fave. I have five tabbed sections: Diary, Notes, To Do, Blog and Menu.

I researched inserts and calendar layouts even before I got her because I knew I was going to print, cut and punch 99% of my inserts. I settled on a monthly insert from homemadekraft on etsy. I still use my monthly as a mini journal, a habit I've continued to do since 2014.

For my weekly layout, I asked Kelly Bangs Creative, also on Etsy, to resize some custom inserts she made for me into A6. If you follow me on Instagram, you know how much I love her inserts. And because these weeklies are undated, I can use them forever, and switch around at whim without feeling guilty about wasting paper. I just love how she designed her inserts with bows and pastels!

The Notes section is for jotting down any random thoughts, and for items that have no specific section yet. Sticky notes abound here so I can write something down and stick it where it needs to go. 

And the To Do section is for long-term items, or items that have no specific time limit. 

My menu section is one of my most-used. They're also from homemadekraft on Etsy. 

I always keep lists of dishes we normally eat. It just makes it easy for me to plan for the week ahead.

After the tabbed sections are what used to be my color-coded section. It functions exactly the same way, I just haven't gotten around to making the tabs yet. The divider is a Project Life card from the Gold Foil collection. 

The last sections are accessories, sticky storage, etc. The card section was a gift from a sweet lady, Alessa, who knew I couldn't find any - thanks so much! The zipped pocket is a notebook cover from Daiso, and the pen loop/envelope hack was DIY'ed. 

Yes, that's my dog in the photo, lol. 

My only niggle about the Mulberry - the teeny tiniest of pen loops. Why, oh why, would Mulberry put such tiny pen loops in their planners?!? This is one of only two pens I have that fits. It's a Uni Style Fit single. 

I've been in this planner since I got it on April 1st! Maybe the longest time I've ever spent in just one planner. I love her so much, I got her a baby sister that I use as a wallet. 

And I don't feel a need to move out. However, I have a ton of personals that I need to use so I'll be out of this starting in July. And I have a very special and amazing planner I'm planning to use then.

In the meantime, I will enjoy the time I'm in this!

I'm happy to be blogging again. I hope you enjoyed this post, and I hope to continue to write more!

Till next time!


  1. Glad to see you are back to writing! Love your set-up and the color of your Mulberry!
    Looking forward to more posts!!


    1. Thanks so much Kathia! I did miss writing. I'll try to post as often as I can.

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