I'm sure many of you have heard me say this....."where does the time go?!?!?!!". With each passing year, I feel that time flies by faster and faster each year.
Here we are, a week from Christmas. Other than making calendars for gift-giving, I haven't had much time, energy or the motivation to be creative. I think it's been over a month since I've posted anything here other than the "picture of the week".
Christmas is my favorite time of the year and normally, I am overflowing with Christmas spirit.
The last couple months have been draining. In November, I finally sat for my CFP Exam. Most of my energy (mental and physical) for the last 3 weeks has been spent on trying to catch up at work after taking a couple weeks off to study for the exam.
With all that behind me now, I've been trying to get re-organized at home and get my mojo back. During this shopping season (BTW... this is the first year that I did NOT go out shopping on Black Friday...did all my shopping online this year), I added to my Copic collection. I heard that prices will go up again in January, so I took advantage of a sale and now I'm about 30 shy of having a complete set of Copic markers.
To track my Copics, I created a spreadsheet. I printed the spreadsheet to a 11 x 17 paper and colored the squares as I added to my collection. Here's a sample of the chart:
I decided to come up with a different method of keeping an inventory of my Copics. Everytime Copic added a new color, I would have to amend the spreadsheet. With my new method, I won't have to do that. What's my new method, you ask?
I created Copic cards using a business card template.
Each color will have its own card, so all I need to do is print out a new card for any future colors that are introduced to their collection. The big square is to color in. There are 2 small boxes below the main box - one box (with "R") is to mark whether I own a refill for that color; the other box is to mark what type of marker I own ("C"iao, "S"ketch, "O"riginal). I included a section on the card where I could add my favorite color combo for that color. The cards look like this:
The cards will go into a binder using business card binder pages that you can find at any office supply store:
I would love to find a business card wallet that held enough business cards to represent all the Copic colors, but I haven't found one yet that has enough slots and is reasonably priced.
I'm hoping that this is a start to getting my mojo back. After the holidays, I plan on starting next year's gifts.....a cardkeeper with various themed cards. That should keep me busy all year, right?