A-Z Index Customised For Filofax

G’day everyone!

I finally got around to uploading my photos taken from ‘stupid o’clock’ early hours Sunday morning.

Now, you know how our bland and boring filofaxes are so customisable? Well, because they’re so ‘blank’ and I happen to have a problem committing (to anything!) to a specific style that I like… I decided that this week I’m in love with music. I’m a bit of a boho-indie girl at heart and I love the two extremes – the flowy, feminine, soft, floral, layered aspect of the boho-trend and the quirky eclectic indie trend.

But how do you incorporate this into a filofax when there are SO many different ideas to choose from?

Originally I was going to create my own subject Tabs using a fake “band name” (Straya Ten – Straya because I’m in love with Australia (the country, not the film lol), and everything associated with it, and Ten because it’s my birthdate and birth month). I was going to make up album covers, magazine covers etc based on my favourite photographs of everything and anything. But that seemed like a lot of hard work to be honest… and I’m quite lazy (oops!).

So then I started to think about album covers or singles covers already out there… with songs named something to do with telephones or addresses – after all, that’s essentially what an A-Z address section is used for, right?

I’m still in the process of finishing it off, but I figured I would give you the gist of it so far :). To make the divider photo’s I copied singles covers from google and funked them up a little bit using http://pixlr.com/o-matic/ which is my new best friend, printed them onto blank sheets of filofax paper, cut around the edges a little and then stuck using erm… prit-stick (I hear a thousand groans) and then I secured into place using erm… tape. Lol.

I also got a bit bored of the filofax font on the tabs, so I took a fantastic idea from http://jaggedlittlethoughts.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/creative-filofax-homemade-dividers.html

– Laura had used alphabet stamps on her tabs which I thought was AMAZING! Unfortunately I wasn’t patient enough to wait until I got some off the internet and I really wanted a black background with white letters, so I ended up spending hours typing, mucking about on spreadsheets, printing and re-printing to the best size for my A-Z tabs, cutting and then messing around with sticky-tape (yes, in the year 2013 we are still resorting to sticky-tape…) trimming the edges ‘just-so’ and then doing it all over again on the back of the tab.

Slow going process indeed.

And here are the results so far!


I finally got around to gluing my cute little union jack button on 🙂





I also managed to affix my back zipper charm



For the cover for the c-d tab I used “Call Me” by Blondie – referencing the telephone and the letter C – get the concept? 😉



e-f is for “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant



g-h is for “Hanging on the Telephone” by Blondie



i-j is for “Ill Communication” by the Beastie Boys



Requiring no introduction, k-l showcases the cover of “London Calling” by The Clash



Yet another classic, “Penny Lane” by the Beatles steals o-p



“Telephone Thing” by The Fall dominates the cover of s-t



w-x – “Where The Streets Have No Name” by U2



And finally in the y-z tab it’s “You Can Talk To Me” by The Seahorses

There you have it – As I say, I’m still in progress with the remainder and even though it’s a really simple process, it takes a lot of time and a lot of fiddling around to produce the kind of results I’m looking for… but hey ho, onward striving upward and all that – saying that, next week I’ll probably have a floral boho theme lol…! I change like the wind!

How have you decorated your A-Z tabs?

Until next time

Peace out



Personalising Filofax Kendal

So what’s going on here?


And what’s this all about? Terrible scissor technique – the result of too many wines and an extremely late night maybe?


All will be revealed shortly 😉

I’ve been up all night sorting this out: something I should have done earlier today, but of course, I procrastinated, and the result is a 24 hour ready to crash at any minute now Kel.

I find my very small creative side kicks in about 10pm until around 3am. Things I’m too frightened to do or not sure how to do suddenly become clear and I’m then on a mission.

Unfortunately the nation doesn’t really share my thought on this therefore the things I require to get things done are generally not available to me at this crazy hour.

Like right now, I’m waiting for WHSmith to open so that I can get a couple of things to finally finish my little idea off.

Course, by the time they open ill be deep in sleep and the items I so desperately want for me to be able to complete this idea won’t seem so important during the daylight hours.

All shall be revealed once I manage to get to WHSmith and finish this little change off 🙂

Goodnight all!


Personal Kendal Filofax Customised!

In December I applied and got a new job as a Sales Rep covering the UK for an Italian Fastener Company. As a result, my priorities changed and I needed to become super organised!

I knew my little pocket Metropol would suffer so I decided to upgrade to a personal Kendal. It’s oiled leather that feels quite “suede” like to touch. I’m lost without it!



It wasn’t enough. I longed to put my own customised stamp on it… And then found a blog somewhere (ill post the link once I find it) where someone had used stamps to personalise their tabs. AMAZING! I shot to my local garden centre that has a craft section within a couple of days and then after a theme had been decided (aUnion Jack theme, actually inspired by Filofax catalogue: the Malden “mod” theme and the Jack Vintage theme):


I chose a red, blue and antique stamp ink, as well as traditional postcard/tags from portobello road and idea-ology. I also used decorative tape (old dates and calendars – as well as the Union Jack!).  Please see below for a very small snapshot of the items used.


The result was quite pleasing, travel related, patriotic, sort of an old and bohemian feel to it.




I remember I mentioned I wanted to do something with my ruler… Well, I did, this is the result:


I think I still want a Daniel Jones Inspiration ruler, perhaps I will get a clear ruler, decorate it with an Aussie flag and pop him on it ;). Ill put it in my personal section!

How have you styled yours?