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Sistahs,

I know I have been a terrible BLOGGISTA for the last little while… with the holidays and a SURPRISE VISIT from PAULABELLA, I haven’t had much time :(.  Paula decided to come and visit as a surprise to me and the kidlets and Ryan!  The kidlets are in LOVE with her.. they can’t get enough of her.. even my little Jayden who isn’t the “warmest” of sorts, was ON TOP of her..LOL.  We did lots of fun things.. visited stationery shops, paperies, and of course, my FAVORITE planner/agenda/filofax shop in the quaint little area of YORKVILLE here in Toronto.  If you are ever in the area, I would HIGHLY recommend visiting LAYWINES.. Peter Laywine and his staff are the most helpful and of course with my ongoing SEARCH of the best way to organize myself for 2011, Tuku, who works in the store, took the time out to help me find the solution and she has!!  I know that I am not the only one searching for the “right” system.. I know between the blogs that I have mentioned in this post HERE and flickr photostreams that people are interested in it.. and combining this with a little bit of creativity and stamping.. there is nothing more fun for me!

I will explain what this new system is and I am hoping it will help you as much as it has helped me and basically made a light bulb go on in this jumbled head of mine.  It is really quite simple when you think about it… Denabella and I have actually made a game out of it..LOL.

So here is my new system.  I am of course, going to still use my amazing French 6 ringed custom made binder by l’AGENDA MONDIALE.. and here will be the inside (it is blank for now.. I CANNOT wait to start writing, stamping, inspiring and make it MINE..OMG)

Ok, so with the help of TUKU and a little bit of my own ideas, here is my 2011organizational system.. that I AM GOING TO ADHERE TO! This is one of my 2011 resolutions.. more tomorrow on what else I have been thinking about.

Ok so binder will start with a MONTHLY VIEW FILOFAX refill.. what’s special about this monthly refill is that each month is independent of the next whereby the back of one month is NOT the next month but a space for goals, appointments, notes etc.. PHENOM I tell ya

Behind this section, I have a WEEK ON 2 pages refill to expand on the month should I need it (p.s. all of the refills are in a LUSCIOUS cream colour)

Ok now HERE is the “PIECE de RESISTANCE”.. Now really I think this is BRILLIANT and I think this system will help you in ALL of your endeavors, whether it is your filing system at home, at work, and your daily planner.  It is really quite simple so it is funny that I never thought about it.  Here goes.  You buy an a-z index like this

Now I am using this index instead of tabs like “finances, books, restaurants, kids.. etc”.. Behind each letter, I have an address/phone sheet and lined CREAM paper.. so this is how it works.. I am currently searching high and low for a phone number for one of my suppliers and I CANNOT REMEMBER the name of the company..LOL.. under this new system, I would file it under the letter that I think of when thinking about this supplier… so if it is for GLUE for instance, I would file it under G.. for glue or under S for supplier.. or both!  this way, I know where to look and I will find it!  If I have a list of restaurants I would like to try, I would probably NEVER find it under the name of the restaurant.. so guess what I will do?  File it under “R” and I know that that is where to look for the restaurant.. my insurance company?  under “I” instead of their actual name :)… all CHA plans.. yup! under “C”!  Although it sounds so simple, I never thought of it.. I think I just over analyze everything and make my life so difficult all the time..LOL.. which will be another RESOLUTION.. LIVE SIMPLY.  You can do the same thing at home.. if you have warranties/manuals etc.. instead of filing it under “GE” (general electric) file it under S.. for STOVE and O for oven.. you are guaranteed to find it when you need it..  Are you as EXCITED as I am with this discovery?  probably not.. but I AM SO HAPPY..LOL.

So all you heard in Bellaland yesterday was this (me SHOUTING to DENA across the room and DENA shouting back..LOL)

DENA: “ok so would you file a NECKLACE you found on a website under “J” for jewellery or “W” for website?”

ME: “Hmmmmmmm”

ME: ” probably BOTH when in doubt”

ME: ” Ok where would you file your Banking stuff.. under “B” for bank? or “M” for MOOLAH?” LOL

DENA: “hmmmmm”.. M for Money

ME: (still trying to “stump” Dena -I also did this in the store with Tuku who uses this system..LOL.. she actually said to me.. are  you trying to stump me Em?  I actually said yes I was!).. “DENA, how about an ETSY website.. would you file it under “E” for etsy or under “w” for website” or under the item itself?”

DENA: “I think under E for ETSY”

So this was our WHOLE day of entertainment.. you see where I am going with this…LOL

So now I am back to working on my catalog (MISERABLY) and hope to finish and finalize by this afternoon and start on my next projects for CHA..  hmph

Sorry for the long winded post but when I am excited about something, and i KNOW it will help others, I GOTS to share 🙂

Mwah to da sistahs who will take advantage of the last 2010 Sale and who will start using this system 🙂

Em

NE:

MeHHEEERRY Christmas to da SISTAHS who celebrate :) Oh and a SURPRISE tomorrow so stay tuned!

Since I have had a little “time on my hands” lol.. whatever that is.. Ryan has shown me a few things that have mesmerized me.  Needless to say I am now a FLASHMOB addict.. (If you ever saw the Oprah and Black Eyed Peas event in New york–that is a flashmob.. and it is amazing)

Here are a couple that I have played multiple times.. OMG..LOVE.

I am always EMOTIONAL at the airport 🙂

enjoy sistahs!

please come back tomorrow for some REAL goodness

Mwah

it’s BELLARIFIC friday!!! hmph

so used to sitting down and writing this post..LOL

I wanted to wish all of the sistahs a HAPPY and HEALTHY HOLIDAY.. and I will miss you although I am not sure if you are even there?  Where is everyone?  can’t you say HI or something?  LOL  just kidding.  You can just come and read and linger.. it’s a’ight.

Also don’t forget to show your support for da bella on SPLITCOAST.. don’t forget to be my FRIEND on FACEBOOK and show da LOVE

Have a wonderful FOOD infested, LOVE infested, FAMILY infested wonderful holiday

Mwah to da sistahs who will be able to finally relax

Em

Another passion of mine that I have never discussed…

Hiya sistahs!  hope your week was great and that yesterday’s post made you giggle..I am still giggling.

Since the end of the year is approaching, I feel like the timing is appropriate to discuss another one of my “obsessions”… JOURNALS.. AGENDAS.. PLANNERS.. DIARIES.. PENS.. STATIONERY LOL.  Yes, one of my “secret obsessions” is watching my PVR’d  Judge shows.. but this is another one.

It always interests me how people organize themselves time wise since I am unable to (lol) but the irony of it all is that I just love all things FILOFAX or any other make like it.  One of my resolutions for 2011 is my schedule.  My time.  Time to make for ME.  Time to spend with my children who REALLY are craving it. Who REALLY need me. This year I am going to take that time.  I promised myself that and I promised THEM that.  And they are very excited I might add ,as am I.  I will discuss some further resolutions later on next week but wanted to get this one started and see what you sistahs use to organize your time.  I do have an Iphone but I cannot use the calendar in there .. I need to write things down in order to remember them SOMETIMES..lol

Ok so this is a little portion of my Planner collection

the colours, the sizes, the possibilities.. the memories I have of each one!

the colours, the sizes, the possibilities.. the memories I have of each one!

this little green one has a lot of meaning to me.  I love this companie called (AGENDA MONDIALE) and when Ryan and I were in Paris, I dragged him to their little shop.  They were all hand made in the back of this little shop and  saw all the workers hand working the leather.. it was really an experience. One of the owners came to help me and she was DIVINE.. she built me one to my liking and had it ready for me before I left (I had ordered one locally but it never came in so I thought it was safe to assume that this would be the one.).. I just love this one from the memory it has for me but it is just a little too small :(

this little green one has a lot of meaning to me. I love this companie called (AGENDA MONDIALE) and when Ryan and I were in Paris, I dragged him to their little shop. They were all hand made in the back of this little shop and saw all the workers hand working the leather.. it was really an experience. One of the owners came to help me and she was DIVINE.. she built me one to my liking and had it ready for me before I left (I had ordered one locally but it never came in so I thought it was safe to assume that this would be the one.).. I just love this one from the memory it has for me but it is just a little too small 🙁

Remember I mentioned that I had ordered one from one of my favorite stores in Toronto (www.laywines.com) and it never came in?  Well about a month ago, I received a call that it had come in..  hmph.  So of course I went to visit it..LOL and fell in love.  It was again from the same company in Paris and was custom made where there is no snap closure (which I LOVE)..beautiful pebbled leather, large rings.. just perfect.  and the side view shows you how much I love this book.  It is always with me.  I use a week on two pages refill and a month at a glance.. I still am figuring out my divider titles :)  but that's the fun part.. along with stamping in it and decorating it..

Remember I mentioned that I had ordered one from one of my favorite stores in Toronto (www.laywines.com) and it never came in? Well about a month ago, I received a call that it had come in.. hmph. So of course I went to visit it..LOL and fell in love. It was again from the same company in Paris and was custom made where there is no snap closure (which I LOVE)..beautiful pebbled leather, large rings.. just perfect. and the side view shows you how much I love this book. It is always with me. I use a week on two pages refill and a month at a glance.. I still am figuring out my divider titles 🙂 but that's the fun part.. along with stamping in it and decorating it..

month view.. with japanese stickers to decorate and colored ink to stand out :)

month view.. with japanese stickers to decorate and colored ink to stand out 🙂 you can also use WASHI/HAPPY tape in here.. it's a great place for it! Since this is your "best friend" for the year.. you tailor it to you! to what makes your eyes and heart happy 🙂

pink and green and cute.. could we get better?

pink and green and cute.. could we get better notepaper? lol. I use these sections for my muses, ideas,journaling...

Had to use my BELIEVE tree stamp as daily inspiration :)  That's important ya know!

Had to use my BELIEVE tree stamp as daily inspiration 🙂 That's important ya know!

BE WHOOO you are.. another Bella INSPIRATIONAL stamp!

BE WHOOO you are.. another Bella INSPIRATIONAL stamp!

one of the first pages.. I LOVE her and the follow your dreams sentiment nestled in her hair.  MORE INSPIRATION!

one of the first pages.. I LOVE this BELLA stamp FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS and the follow your dreams sentiment nestled in her hair. MORE INSPIRATION!

little post it notes...

little post it notes...

A filofax hole punch.. to put stuff in the binder :)

A filofax hole punch.. to put stuff in the binder 🙂

Here's another sample of Journaling.  This is only one of the BEAUTIFUL pages that Dena has created in her MOLESKINE sketch journal.  So colourful, so reflective... so her.  I didn't have mine handy so I had to show you hers.. its gorgeous.  And to just sit and drink a coffee and journal for YOU.. quotes you love, things you have seen, heard.. ideas on your mind.. So catharctic sistahs!

Here's another sample of Journaling. This is only one of the BEAUTIFUL pages that Dena has created in her MOLESKINE sketch journal. So colourful, so reflective... so her. I didn't have mine handy so I had to show you hers.. its gorgeous. And to just sit and drink a coffee and journal for YOU.. quotes you love, things you have seen, heard.. ideas on your mind.. So catharctic sistahs!

Ok I am not gonna bore you with ALL the pictures..LOL.  But I would LOVE to know what your “system” is?  What do you use to schedule your time?  If you love this as much as I do, I would recommend visiting 2 great blogs PHILOFAXY and PLANNERISMS.. they are amazing! and from there, you will find a whole new world.  Now don’t get me started on office supplies..LOL

Stamping is a very important part of my life (it better be! LOL).. I use my stamps in different areas.. my painted art work, my moleskine journal, my daily agenda… these things are MINE.. my inspiration.. my safe place and the stamps that inspire me are going to be in my happy place too!

So there you have it.  One of my favorite things that thankfully can incorporate MORE of my favorite things! LOL

Mwah to da sistahs who DON”T think I am cuh-RAZY

Em

Wait til you hear this one :)

Sistahs,

this is gonna be short and sweet but HILARIOUS..  Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post.. one of my favorite subjects 🙂

So last night Tyler decided to have a THleep over with Adam his best friend (I cant resist mimicking Tyler’s Lithp because apparently I have one too 🙂 ).. In any event they are all excited… we prepare dinner for them (that’s FANCY for ordering pizza) and they are discussing all they have planned for the evening.. (need I say that they had spent the whole DAY together..LOL).. (if you would like to meet Adam and Tyler again you can look at this post .. just scroll down)

So Ryan and I set up the family room with the pullout sofa with fluffy pillows and comfy covers and of course I set up Jayden’s room (she is sleeping in Tyler’s room) for one of the kids when they decide they cannot THleep together… LOL (I am a pro at this)

So they play.. and they TALK.. and they LAUGH.. and they are THneaky and having an amazing time.. then I see my Tyler walk out of the room to Jayden’s room to sleep (told ya that would happen..LOL) and I go to bed.  The house is quiet.. all is nice..

Then at 3AM Ryan nudges me in bed and says “EM… EM.. look at this!”… so I am freaked out scared and BLIND cuz i don’t have my glasses on.. I quickly pat around and find them and Ryan whispers.. there is SOMEONE in our BED and it isn’t our child!!! LOLOL..  so I look and find Adam, out cold, next to Ryan breathing heavily and VERRRRY comfy.. LOLOL.. I swear, I haven’t had a laugh like that in a LOOOONG time.  We both have NO Idea when he arrived.. LOL.  So now that I was up, I went downstairs to pour myself a drink and when I come up the stairs I see Ryan escorting Adam back to his bed .. lol.  Apparently he woke up .. stared at Ryan.. Ryan stared at him.. Ryan asked when he got there .. he replied he didn’t know and off he went back to bed.  When he woke up, I was ribbing him and he didn’t remember a thing.. he told me he musta been SLEEPWALKING….

That just made my day.. His mom and I laughed SOOO hard.  At least he is comfy in my house right?

Now I know what is gonna happen tonight..  Tyler, in the middle of the night will DEFINITELY be “sleepwalking” and arrive in our bed… we shall see.. will keep you posted..

Anyone care to share any cute kidlet stories?  Would LOVE to hear them

Mwah to da sleepwalkers

Em

It’s Bellarific Friday with a pinched NECK

Hiya sistahs!

I am sitting here staring STRAIGHT ahead cuz I cannot move my head :(.. I am not sure what is going on but all i can tell you is that I have been in pain for the last few days… perhaps it is the stress of trying to get everything together for CHA and for preparing for another HUGE thing that will be happening in 2011.. can’t let any of that LEAK though…. but I promise.. it’s a GOOD thing!

So let’s discuss winnahs with my pinched neck in full force

last week’s COMMENTAYTIN’  winnah ($10 in bella bucks is)

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

13-Larissa! you win $10 in bella buckeroonis!  please email me and I will send!

Timestamp: 2010-12-17 15:24:15 UTC

Now for winnah for CONTRIBUTIN’ ($20 in bella bucks)

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

4- LYNN MILLS!! you win!  please email me and we will arrange!

Timestamp: 2010-12-17 15:28:03 UTC

Ok.. let’s discuss this week’s  theme!  it is a  beeyootiFUL SKETCH!!

Let’s see what da BABEROONIS came up with!

Elaineabella used GIFTY TREE

Paulabella used IZZIE HAS A PREZZIE

CathABELLA used MOMMY and MIMI LULU

Kimabella used DOOR WITH WREATH

Paulineabella used PENGUIN WITH GIFT

Lindabella used POLLY PACKAGES

Danabella used ALICE

Jeaniebella used THE CHOIR

Ebrubella used I EVEN LOVE THE BOX

and here is her video

How is THAT for bellarific baberooni GOODNESS? HMMM?

Now let’s take a looky at da sistahood!

Amanda R.  used SO JAZZED

Amanda R. used SO JAZZED

Jessica W. used ZOE the HEARTY MUG girl

Jessica W. used ZOE the HEARTY MUG girl

Karen D used PENELOPE HAS PREZZIES

Karen D used PENELOPE HAS PREZZIES

Lynn M. used SNOWY HOUSE

Lynn M. used SNOWY HOUSE

Mary C. used THE SNOWMAN WITH CARDINAL

Mary C. used THE SNOWMAN WITH CARDINAL

Megan L used CHRISTMAS PEEPS

Megan L used CHRISTMAS PEEPS

Regan used GOSSAMERE

Regan used GOSSAMERE

Virginia B used CHEFFABUGG

Ashlee (9yo minibella) used CHEFFABUGG

so whaddya think of these??   PHENOM!

Ok so this is our last Bellarific Friday for the year!  I can’t believe how quickly this year has passed!  So we will resume in the new year!

Mwah to da sistahs who are celebratin’

Em

Bellarific.. EXTRASHMIFFIC.. phenomaTiffic (lol) Friday!

Hi ho…to my shmistahs!

Well it’s that day again!.. YUP.

let’s discuss some winnahs from last week’s Bellarific Friday

da WINNAH for contributing a project ($20 in Bellarific Bucks) goes to….

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

4-Kerri B you win!  please email me and I will send you your bUCkerOonis!

Timestamp: 2010-12-10 15:27:30 UTC

Now da winnah for last weeks’ commentaytahs ($10 in bella buckeroonis) goes to

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

2- ROBBBBBBBEEE you win!  please email me and I can send you your vouchah!

Timestamp: 2010-12-10 15:29:13 UTC

Ok, now back to Bidniss.  This week’s theme was “gifty”.. so it could be an image with a gift..an actual stamped gift.. a gift card holder.. you get the ideaR.  Let’s see what da baberoonis came up with!

Danabella used CHLOE THE COFFEE MUG GIRL

Paulineabella used GIFTY TREE

and the inside

Lindabella used STELLA NEEDS A PREZZIE

and the inside

Jeaniebella used TANGLED STELLA

Elaineabella used EVERYDAY PRINCESS to decorate a KRAFT journal

Elaineabella made a kraft moleskine beautiful with EVERYDAY PRINCESS

Cathabella used LATTEBELLA

Kimabella used MERRY HOLIDAYS sentiment

and the inside

Paulabella used POLAR BEAR CIRCLE

and DA inside

Ebrubella used THEO GIVES A PREZZIE

so whaddya think about dat EYE CANDEEEEEE??

Yum no?

Ok, now for da sistahood

Anita M used Mavis wears holly

Anita M used Mavis wears holly

view 2!

view 2!

Kami used SNOWBUNNYBELLA

Kami used SNOWBUNNYBELLA

Larissa used KING OF THE CANDY CANES

Larissa used KING OF THE CANDY CANES

view 2

view 2

Lynn M used GROUP HUG

Lynn M used GROUP HUG

and the inside view

and the inside view

Margo s. used TEACUP DAISIES

Margo s. used TEACUP DAISIES

Michelle G used CUTESY ORNAMENTS

Michelle G used CUTESY ORNAMENTS

and another view

and another view

Regan used Izzy has a PREZZIE

Regan used Izzy has a PREZZIE

Tanya used JINGLEBELLA

Tanya used JINGLEBELLA

Is that amazing or what?

Now don’t forget to tell me you were here visiting.. cuz there are about 50,000 of you.. so you have SOME nerve not saying hello.  hmph.  I wanna see some NEW names in the comment section ya hear?! and I mean BIDNISS.  (I can’t even take MYSELF seriously..LOL).  But please.. I love to see comments.. it makes me feel cool.  Ok.  I admitted it.  hmph.

next week’s theme?  Paulineabella’s sketch

Mwah to da sistahs who wanna make me feel ‘cool’

EM

Imagine…..

Just a little personal thing 🙂

I went this morning to Tyler’s assembly in school.  I was floored.  I know that there is a “crisis” in America about schooling, quality of education etc.. but what I witnessed at this assembly was astounding.  The whole assembly was about PAYING IT FORWARD and each child came up and spoke about how THEY paid it forward… Children are being taught to be empathetic, sympathetic and HUMAN.  This is one important thing to me.  Then all the children talked about what their wishes were and then they ended it with a message.  AND THE MESSAGE was..

How would the world be if the following things were adhered to:

no poverty,

free education for all

peace

love

friendship

no bullying (had to lol at this one)

it was phenom.  And they sang  it to “IMAGINE”.  I was riveted, and teary eyed.. I must admit

Here’s the glee version of IMAGINE which I actually watched last night on Dvd and this too made me cry :(.. Yes.. a little sensitive I am… and also a BIG dreamer.  I decided to use the version showing the hearing impaired choir starting the song off.. this was what made it so REAL.  One of the comments I read under this video was :

“This song really made me wonder what my brother goes through? everyday not being able to hear music. the thing that surrounds us everyday. But he always tells me that he can’t hear music but he still belives that he can see music and the joy it brings to so many people in the world.”  It’s so true.

I promise back to stamping tomorrow 🙂

just had to share a little thought..  a little nugget about my life

Mwah to da sistahs who not only IMAGINE.. they DO.

Em