25 Sept 2012

guest post: Mai's setup!

Today, I have a post from a lovely reader called Mai on how she has set her planner up. I don't know about you guys but I love seeing other people's planner setups and when it is as cute as this, it doubles the pleasure ;) Anyway, enough of me; here is her planner setup!


Hi, I’m Mai [Hi Mai!!!] from the lovely Southern California, and here is my weekly planner.  I don’t actually own a filofax.  Eventually I will one day.  Until then, here’s my Mead weekly planner designed by the popular textile designer, Thomas Paul.  I just love how it’s colorful and yet simplistic at the same time.

Inside I added a personal touch to the front.  Yes, that’s a pokemon ball on the bottom left.  A fellow craftster of mine hand-sew it from felt.  All the random and colorful papers in the pockets are note cards and scrap paper that I use to write notes on.  They do come in handy.  Now on the right is what I use as a decorative cover sheet.  Isn’t that a beauty?  I am a big tokidoki fan.  What I originally wanted to do was make my stationary into note sheets.  I had the stationary for years, but sadly in this technological world nobody writes to each other the old fashion way anymore.  After cropping the paper down to size, I realize it makes a cute front cover.  The front plastic piece makes not only a great protector, but a cool frosted look.  Unfortunately, the tokidoki stationary doesn’t exist anymore. 

I can change the tokidoki sheets to change up my planner’s look.

So here’s one of my week.  Both my boys’ birthdays are in September.  I promptly took the day off from work and brought the boys to Disneyland with my sister.  Anything in red indicates that the bill is due.  And I have a huge amount of pens lying around my desk at work, so I really have no indicator of color (except red).  I just use the one I see closest to me.  If you look closely, you can tell that I’m a knitter and crocheter.  I’ve been setting goals each day to make a certain amount of stuff.  My sister and I are going to sell our craft goodies at Anime Expo next year.  Never too early to start!  Also, I made a book club at work.  So on the bottom right, I indicated the books that I’ve read or currently reading.  I don’t favor any particular subject, SO DON’T JUDGE ME.

Unlike Angela, I’m not as decorative on the weekly planner itself.  That would probably change in the future as I just bought an extensive amount of washi tape.  Most of what I write in my planner is usually work related.  I’m second in command in the office and as of late, my boss lady has been out of the office for her quarterly boss ladies meeting.  This means I’m the one in charge of the office for the days she’s out.  Good news, I do A LOT of staff games.  Bad news, I have to deal with corporate politics.  I have a sign on my desk that says “I don’t get paid enough to care.” That sign gets pointed at on a daily basis…Sorry, I’m ranting.  I did note a historical moment where Friday the space shuttle Endeavor flew around California before landing on LAX.  Sadly, it was not close enough to me so I just saw a little speck.  Dumb broker I work for was like, “I don’t know why this is such a big thing.” THERE’S A SPACE SHUTTLE ON TOP OF A JUMBO AIRPLANE AND IT IS FLYING!  Seriously, how often do you see that?  Actually, never.

On the notes section, I’ve made a wish list.  Christmas is coming up after all.  I’m a Doctor Who fan (I’m a big fan of anything time traveling, but I’m going to be realistic and I don’t think my husband will buy me a DeLorean).  I’m going to have to do a lot of nagging, whining and pleading to receive the last item on the list… On the other note, check out that washi tape decorating on top of the note paper.  I got inspired by Angela :D

Last but not least, I printed the awesome custom insert Angela made and I added a bit of color to it to make it look awesome.  I’m telling you, washi tapes are the best.  Personally I don’t like scrapbooking, but I LOVE scrapbooking supplies.  My to-do lists are basically my weekly cleaning chores and groceries that need to be bought.  If I don’t write it down, I won’t do the chores.  I hate cleaning up, especially after three boys (that is including my husband).

Thanks again Angela for letting me guest post for your blog!  My planner is forever changing due to new inspirations.  I’ll leave with one last note: my planner weighs 418g.  Oh and don’t forget to follow me @maizahn on twitter. Thanks a bunch!


What do you guys think? I love how colourful and creative it all is. I also love the Mead inserts! I particularly liked the joke about cleaning up after the three boys hehe but my sense of humour is peculiar like that! And I love her Christmas wishlist - it reminds me that it is time for me to write mine (and not receive anything on it cos I write unrealistic things... like a footballer's name or something silly!).


  1. I love the idea of using the washi tape either side of the holes then re hole punching it!!! that is what I shall do soon!!! I want to try it before the weekend! :D

    Very pretty insides though :) x

  2. This is a great post. Thank you for sharing :) I too love the washi tape idea

  3. omg its gorgeous! i love tokidoki!

  4. Thank you for having me on as a guest blogger! I'm glad people are loving the washi tape idea for your custom inserts!

  5. Very pretty!

    And what caught my eye - the record of Psy on the VMA's :)

  6. What a cute, colourful, planner! I love it!