Midori Traveler’s Notebook Flip Through

Hi everyone!

It’s been a few months since I moved back into my Traveler’s Notebook… And for a long time I left everything boring and just wrote notes/wrote in a diary/planned on a monthly spread… 

Life got in the way, I changed jobs, I was being a social creature, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my inserts really… Until last night. I bought my watercolours out to play and fished out some old stamps… And got understatedly creative. 

As anyone that reads my blog regularly will know, I’m a huge huge lover of all things slightly bohemian or indie, so I really think this screams “me!”

Without further ado… Here is my flip through…

The first insert is my purple book (water coloured and stamped) which has my monthly spread, coded passwords and bills info:

Then I have a craft fileThe next booklet is the blue book, which is my journal:

Then the back of the craft file:

The next book is the green book, which has my freestyle notes… Whatever I feel or am want to find out more about goes in here: 

The back of the booklet, and the back of the clear wallet🙂

I know it’s still relatively bare, I just wanted to show how well the covers came out🙂

Cheers!

Kel

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Back to Midori/Travelers Notebook we go!

Hello everyone!

Perhaps there is something magical about seeing the sun shining after days and days and days of unpredictable weather here in the UK. As we look forward to the summer and slightly warmer weather (I say as I am still tucked under two goose feather and down heavy duvets and wearing a fleecy robe! In MAY!), most Britons begin to daydream of summer adventures, travel, holidays, festivals and yes… The beer garden.

For me, it awakens my whimsical bohemian spirit once again after laying dormant for months, cooped up inside and forced to endure dark, cold early mornings and equally dark, rainy evenings. As much as I adore Autumn and  the opportunity to parade around in knee high and thigh high boots (but only ever over jeans, I’ll have you know!), after the January and February slump I yearn for the long dreamy evenings on the patio drinking a glass of wine or two surrounded by fairy lights and family/friends. I yearn for the early Sunday morning road trips going Antique Shopping in quaint little villages. I yearn to see the sea, to feel sand beneath my toes, to feel the sun on my back, to shut the world out and lose myself to the songs on my iPod.

And most of all, I crave the summer romantic bohemian fashion. The delicate crochet waistcoats, the floaty long dresses, the gold bangles, the ethnic inspired prints, the Indian sandals, the beach hair, the sunkissed tan. The cross body vintage bags… Holding cameras and a journal.

The Travelers Notebook, to me, is the most bohemian journal – it’s so simple yet functional and doesn’t look out of place on a beach in Australia or in a coffee shop in the UK. Travelers Notebooks are so versatile: they hold what YOU want them to hold. The booklets, interchangeable, are able to be personalised as much as you like, through the use of your own doodles, or by use of stamps or stickers or washi tape. The sturdy cover, made of leather; held together by a simple elastic band, ages so perfectly, over time developing a beautiful patina along with scratches… And every scratch tells a story. It’s journey really does merge with your own.

So… I recall two years ago, I purchased my own travelers notebook, made by Ray Blake of the website My Life All In One Place but after a few weeks of using it, I moved back to Filofax because I’d been so used to the system, so used to the ease of being able rip out a page or insert a page should I need to, that I could not seem to get used to the “restrictive” booklet style. 

But I continued to be in awe of them, admiring them. It wasn’t until I was travelling last year that I pulled it out again, and enjoyed the system, the idea of keeping everything together, flight tickets, passports, insurance documentation, currencies, something to note everything about my adventures down and an area to stash momentos ready to incorporate into my journal. 

When I got back home to the UK I immediately hopped onto Amazon and ordered the passport size Midori Travelers Notebook, with a few accessories. I used the system on and off for a good few months, but something about the size bothered me. It was perhaps too small for me.

Fast forward to last Wednesday night, browsing The Journal Shop and realising they provide a discount with your first shop, making the TN cheaper than Amazon, I hit the checkout button faster than I could talk myself out of it. Even though I selected the free delivery (stated up to 7 days), the TN arrived on Friday morning, much to my very happy suprise (I was recovering from an ear infection). And so, I’d like to welcome you to my journey with my new TN…


Have you got a Travelers Notebook yet?

Catch you later!

Kel

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Wishlist: Filofax A5 Holborn Zip in Wine

Hi everyone!

I’ve been promoted! December our Assistant Manager left and I took the reigns assisting the Branch Manager. I’m all moved into my new little office area now and more and more work is coming my way… Par for the course!

However, I need a decent planner to keep me on track. So I’ve been searching for the perfect work planner, and as I need to remain true to my bohemian roots, a rustic looking wine Holborn Zip in A5 seems to match me perfectly.

Is there anyone out there willing to part with one?! Pretty please?

Give me a shout I’d be happy to hear from you😉

Mwah!

Kel

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Filofax Wishlist – Personal Finchley Antique Rose or Personal Chameleon Raspberry

Hi Guys!

Summer is ALMOST over here in the UK, and I’m going back to college in September!  I’m decided I would bite the bullet and do a beginners course in French.  I was taught German in High School, and was so upset as I wanted to learn French.  Years later, here I am, about to go back to the classroom!

I am still currently in my Midori Travelers’ Notebook Passport size, but I miss the ability to move things around more freely.  So I’ve been staring at Filofaxes longingly.

I cannot find the next Filofax to re-vamp my love – I think I’d like that elusive Personal Finchley in Antique Rose, or maybe a Personal Chameleon in Raspberry.  Do you think I can find any of these anywhere?!  I’ve scoured E-Bay, Amazon, the Facebook pages, Blog Posts…  Ugh!

If any of you lovely people know anyone that would be willing to part with either…  let me know!  :)

Catch you later!

Kel

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Goodbye Filofax – Hello Midori!

Hello you!

I know I’ve been quiet lately, but I’ve been in Kefalonia on holiday!  After dodging my partners excuses, I finally managed to get him to book time off work and decide where we wanted to go.  Actually that’s a lie – after being fed up of waiting for the right time to sit down together and put some concrete plans in place, I booked it online and told him where we were going haha!

It worked out quite well because, thanks to my extensive research, our hotel was on the sea front and close to the bars and restaurants (and shops, of course!).  Our holiday consisted of sun drenched beach days and lilo’s in the sea… and relaxing evenings around the shops, retiring to a restaurant and sipping Robola Wine… and then having last minute cocktails and a pool match back at the hotel outside pool bar.

I miss it terribly already (I don’t miss the mozzie bites however – they’re seriously itchy!).

But anyway, you may ask – what has this tale got to do with Filofaxes – or Midori?!

Well I wanted something to take on holiday to sort of journal with and to write down my thoughts and feelings and things that happened while away.  Looking at my beloved Amazona, I thought “honey, you just don’t look like you should be on the beach”.  And so, my lovely Marilyn Amazona was dismissed to the cupboard for a break, with the rest of my collection.

I knew I wanted something that could withstand life on the sand and wouldn’t look too out of place – somewhere I could store our passports and flight tickets and hotel information etc…  my eyes settled on my Raydori I purchased about a year ago.

So on the run up to our holiday, I scoured youtube for ideas and pinterest for printables… and I ended up doing a half job on it making a couple of notebooks for it using A5 exercise books and trimming them down to size.  I also made a little Craft File using scrapbook paper.  It was all so badly done and rushed, I can’t even show it here haha!

My partner, not into Filofaxes/Diaries or planning tools at all, even commented on the Raydori several times (and several times since arriving back home, too), saying that it looked “cool”.  “Nice” was another monosyllabic word he may have uttered also (you know what guys are like when they don’t really know what they’re talking about).  So I took it that the Raydori was a success.

With all these youtube video’s in my brain, when I got back from too much thinking on the beach and not enough doing… I ordered myself a Midori from Amazon.  The Passport size.

On 12th June I ordered it.  It arrived today… 19th July.  From a Japanese company.  Seriously, I’m amazed.  I’m based in the UK, and I strongly recommend this seller:  Arigatone Fukuoka-Japan @ Amazon – I’ll be ordering from these guys again through Amazon, definitely.  I’ve never been one to order from Japan etc due to their shipping times.  I’m one of those brats that has no patience!  But if there are shipping times like these, I have no issue whatsoever.

Here are some of the photo’s of my unboxing🙂

Such a cute little thank you note and origami present!  Perfect colours to match my new free spirited journal😉

I love how Midori have wrote that this little notebook can totally change your life.  It brings me hope and anticipation – bring on the adventure!

A replacement orange rubber band, and the white muslin bag that contains the Midori Traveler’s Notebook

Ta Daaa!  It’s finally here!  

This is the back corner of the Midori  

Interior.  The Midori’s come with a black notebook inside.  

And the back of the notebook is like a passport – clever Midori!

I’m in love already! I recall a few other YouTube videos mentioning that they had white powder on their Midori’s when they arrived… And I’ve noticed the same thing, you know, just a few specks here and there!

And so, just like that, I’m now part of the Midori Revolution!

I shall update you very shortly on my progress, for this weekend it’s all about getting that old Craft Head on! Yippee, “Project!” (As Cher from Clueless would say).

Until then

Some of those dreams you have… It’s ok to follow them🙂

Kel

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I’m a Giveaway Winner! And my Sparkly Red Filofax Amazona

Greetings Peeps!

I seem to have stumbled on a few really good days this week already! Not only is it a short week for most of us in the UK with Good Friday almost on us… As many as you may know if you’re a regular reader, yesterday I got Personal Amazona in Red (I’ve named her Marilyn… Yep, my PA has a name… It makes me feel I can bond with it better and will utilise it more) which I’ve been really thrilled about, but more on that (yep, even MORE!) in a moment…

A couple of weeks ago I was so lucky enough to win my first ever giveaway! I never win competitions or giveaways so I was really shocked and amazed!

Sarah of the site:

Adventures in Trying to Organise my Life

Sent me a lovely lovely package and I think she knew I was getting a red Amazona so I saw lots of Reds and blacks etc… PERFECT!



I am in LOVE with the chevron washi tape and the keys washi tape… And the little red hearts… And the stamps… Oh, everything is lovely! Thank you so much Sarah!

Course, I had to get using these little bits and bobs… So I got to work on my April Month spread:



It wasn’t until later I realised I’d placed the keys upside down -Doh!

Also… One of my favourite perfumes is Valentina by Valentino. Each birthday or Christmas I’m guaranteed to open up a set of the perfume and moisturiser. It’s got to a point I have shedloads of that gorgeous moisturiser (because I only use it on special occasions) so I slathered it all over my Diva Amazona last night before moving in. 

Course, it smells amazing… And I completely forgot that it shimmers and sparkles in the light! Here you may be able to see:





Told you she was a star😉

Get moisturising!

Til next time

Kel

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The Diva Arrives…! Filofax Personal Amazona in Red

Hiya!

What felt like forever ago, a lovely lady on Facebook sold me her Personal Amazona in Red that I had been pining for. 

And then I played the waiting game. Not very well either, if you ask me. I would shoot back home from work only to be disappointed that it had not appeared. I tracked the Royal Mail and tried searching the USPS site, to no avail. I e-mailed Parcelforce, I called Royal Mail, I tweeted USPS… Nothing. I went to Cornwall and secretly hoped it had been delivered whilst I was away… No sign of it.

I was so upset as the Person I spoke with at the Royal Mail told me that parcels never usually take this long and that it should have been delivered by now.

Today was my first day back at work following my Cornwall Break (which was divine by the way, at least, when I wasn’t being pulled up rocks and steep hills and down harsh slopes. The fella even treated me to a total relaxation spa treatment which completely suprised me – especially as he isn’t one to usually book things in advance etc) and I dragged myself into my hallway after braving the wind and rain to get some bread and milk (not that any of this is even relevant but hey…)…

And there it was. The postman’s familiar more to get me know I had a parcel waiting in my “safe place”.

I was hardly daring to get my hopes up as I found the parcel. 

Low and behold, Marilyn the Red Amazona had arrived… Late, true to that ever so famous Marilyn Monroe form. What a Diva.



In the box, there were pens, notebooks, really really cool eraser tape stuff with patterns on I’d never ever seen before… And a lovely note from my Amazonian friend🙂





And here she is:





I immediately got to work setting her up… Which turned into most of the evening.

Finally… Under the terrible lighting of my bedside table… Marilyn.







I’m loving the horizontal card slots, the enormous rings (I’ve been squeezed into compact rings in the Guinea, this feels like I can breathe!), the “leftie” pen loop (I’m a leftie and love this feature on the Osterley too) and the elasticated zip picked at the back.

I’ve never utilised a secretarial pocket before: what do you use yours for?

I think I’ll leave it at that… It’s a pretty big post enough as it is!

Catch you later!

Kel

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