For the love of Filofax

Good Evening!

I’ve been ill the last week – last weekend I became a human Hermit and didn’t see the world beyond my front door from 5pm Friday afternoon until 9am Monday morning.  It began with a sore throat and then ended up in my ears (which I really hate!) – but anyway, it meant that I lay on my sofa feeling sorry for myself and drinking my bodyweight in weak milky coffee and watching ‘feel good films’.  That meant Legally Blonde, Legally Blonde 2, Clueless and The House Bunny.

I noticed in Legally Blonde 2, Elle Woods uses a Filofax to organise her extremely busy lifestyle (all of those manicure appointments must be a drag 😉 lol)

As I love all things pink and Elle-Woodsy, I decided to take a look at what the big deal was about filofaxes – all I know about them is that those “Yuppy’s” used them in the eighties.

It turns out Filofaxes have been in the background for a long time with quite a lot of enthusiasts.  And oh… the inspiration I got from them  is amazing.

Armed with the idea of buying a Filofax, Tuesday evening I pottered off to my local WHSmith and Ryman Stationery store…  and came out empty handed.  I had milled around toying with the idea of buying a Personal size but I really wanted a lilac cover.  There were no lilac filofaxes to be found.

Last night I popped to a local retail park that harboured my favourite store – TK Maxx – only to find in the clearance section a lilac Filofax!  It was a bargain at £10, however it was a Pocket size rather than the Personal size I’d been looking for.

I got home all excited and looked inside… hesitated and thought to myself – now, I’ve got my organiser, what do I do with it now?  I’d been so focused on getting the Filofax that I hadn’t thought about how I would use it.  I’m not entirely sure I’m too happy with the basic diary that is provided with the organiser at the moment.  I’ll have to see how I’ll get on.  Also, I’d seen how all these wonderfully creative people online around the world had created works of art within their Filofaxes, I was worried I’d disappoint myself with my lack of creativity.

So, after 1 day of purchasing my Filofax, allow my to present the Lilac Metropol Pocket!

Anyway, once I’d sat down last night I decided I wanted to completely personalise my Filofax to my own needs etc, after scouring blogposts relating to Filofaxes (I don’t care if you think I’m a sad git!) and realising a lot of people use their Filofax to store inspiration as well as organising their lifestyle (I’m sure the inspiration is probably there to give motivation to use their Filofax and organise their life.

First thing I think I want to do is personalise my ruler.  I’ve seen a few people using that funky pretty stickytape and stickers on their existing ruler… but I want a ruler to inspire me to open my Filofax once the novelty has work off.  And I’ve decided I want this bloke as my ruler:

Many won’t remember him, but he was the musical talent behind Savage Garden; Daniel Jones.  Having Daniel Jones as a ruler would certainly inspire me to open my Filofax at least 😉  Ideally he would be in front of an Australian flag… because I love all things Australian even though I’m in England.

Since I don’t have access to a printer or a pocket sized hole punch I can’t begin doctoring this.  Instead I’ve brought a bundle of things to cheer me up; a pull out planner, some more dividers (since then I’ve decided I want to do all of my own dividers but I guess the generic Filofax ones can serve their purpose until I get around to all of the ideas in my head) and some post it’s designed specially to fit into Pocket Filofaxes.

If you know of anyone that specialises in making personalised Filofax rulers let me know!

Do you use a Filofax?  If so, how have you planned yours out?

Til next time




6 thoughts on “For the love of Filofax

  1. hey there,
    welcome to filofax, its amazing stuff, ive been using mine since i was about 10. i have a range of them now which i tend to shift around. i have made my own ruler and my own inserts. there is a lot you can do with your filofax to no end.
    i hope you enjoy using yours. you can always drop me an email 🙂

    • Thanks Deepa!
      I’m loving my filofax, though I’m a bit of a “perfectionist” when it comes to wanting to make my own tabs, my attempts haven’t gone all too well at all, so I’ve had a bash at it using stamps instead on my new personal Kendal. The results aren’t too bad, i have photos on of my new planner in my new post. Have you tried printing a personal styled tab onto a plain filofax one? I think that’s my next project ;). Hope you’re well, thanks for finding my blog!

  2. You are definitely not a sad git! After all, I stumbled across your blog while “scouring blogposts relating to Filofaxes” while waiting for mine to arrive in the mail! Thanks for the idea of a personalised ruler – I’m off to see what I can come up with 😀

    • Hi Tracey!
      Which filofax have you purchased? It’s so exciting! I remember waiting for my new Kendal and I purchased so many things for it on eBay before I even got it!
      How are you getting on with the ruler? You’ll see from my new post that I’ve used the generic sticky tape and stickers but I fully intend on somehow doing my planned Daniel Jones inspiration ruler 😉 to add to my personal section.
      Thanks for stumbling onto my page, it just proves there’s a large filofax following after all! All hail the big “F”!

      • I got the metropol pocket in raspberry. Well, technically, haven’t gotten it yet! Still waiting! I am convinced my life is going to be dramatically more organised just by it arriving in my mailbox 😀 Yet to start on the ruler, I am still organising what different sections to make to fit my life and have been scouring the local craft stores for lots of “pretty” things to decorate it with. I am insanely girly, so it needs to be pretty as well as functional! I’m sure you understand 😉

      • The raspberry colour is really lovely, I can see why you chose it! Not sure what colour the contrasting stitching or pocket inserts are though? My lilac pocket had lime green contrasting stitching.
        I completely understand when you say you’re scouring the craft stores for pretty decorative things to personalise your planner, I’m constantly on the lookout and plotting new things. I just never really get around to doing the ideas!
        Would be good to see your filo and your setup once you’ve got it and you’re working with it!

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