Filofax Custom Today Markers

Good Morning!

UK Peeps, not to put a downer on us or anything, but did you know yesterday was the last Bank Holiday until Christmas now? But of course you did: we are an organised bunch of people, you’d probably known that at the start of the year unlike me, who discovered this depressing fact at 6am this morning just as I woke.

I was in such a hurry to post and get to bed last night that I forgot to post my net Today Markers… Which were made from the “Inserts” of the Smash range. To me, the whole range creates nostalgia within me: of schooldays and preparing for my first day back in September. I would spend ages in the likes of WHSmith wanting products I didn’t have the pocket money for (notably, that Sheep folder everyone seemed to have… You know the one: the badly drawn sheep that covered the entire 2 ring A4 binder on a bright yellow background? And it didn’t stop there: they had pencils, erasers, notebooks etc all in that design. I’m pretty sure they did a cow too…!) with my friends.

I think the Smash range would look amazing in one of those cute School Exercise Book type Filofaxes!

Anyway: here you go 🙂

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The above is my Month to View page marker. You’ll notice that my month is colour coded (I finally succumbed!) and the key is in the notes section on the far right hand side.

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I’ve added washi tape on my week to view page marker. The washi tape is full of “fab, want it, need it, love it” etc phrases with arrows… So much fun!

I’m trying to incorporate the same kind of colour coding system into my weekly pages (only in the blank areas closest to my page marker, not in the to do list in the line and check box areas. I’ve attached the code on the marker.

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There we have it! I have finally found the perfect set up for me 🙂 and about time, too!

Hope you have a great day!

Kel

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Filofax & Smash Products

Hi everyone!

Quick update today: I popped to my local hobbycraft today as I had seen a line of really really funky stationery called “Smash”… And I had to have a go at using a couple of bits and bobs of theirs in my Filofax.

Since my dividers have been a little bland and boring lately and a few of them were “redundant” due to my work role changing from external to internal, I had been meaning to change some of the dividers when I got around to it.

I decided I should have a new change around as well as new dividers etc. Well, you know what I’m like, constantly changing stuff!

Here are my new dividers!

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I apologise for my rushed camerawork: it’s late at night and I’d been working 7 hours on these dividers (crazy, huh??)

I also apologise for my awful handwriting, but I wanted it to look more of a scrappy feel and extremely personal.

So there we are… I’m ready to step into Autumn with my new updated and revised dividers… Have you updated yours recently?

Catch you later!

Kel
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Make Your Own Filofax Calendar Stickers!

Hi Everyone!

I’m flooding you today – not just content talking about the inside of my Osterley, I’ve found something I’ve been looking for – for ages!

I’ve been after some pretty stickers that have event labels on them and no matter where I looked, they were all either childish, or didn’t relate to anything I needed… blah blah blah.

So I was searching online and came across this amazing creative blog with this fantastic calendar stickers creator! – http://www.kaylaaimee.com/2012/11/a-diy-holiday-gift-calendar-sticker-magnets-free-template/ – I wanted – I wanted – I wanted!  

I don’t have any labels so I did the next best thing:

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Printable acetate, washi tape and masking tape!

First of all, I printed the template onto my acetate:

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Then I placed the washi tape and masking tape over the stickers I wanted printed…

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Then simply re-printed!

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And here they are in action – aren’t they gorgeous?

 

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Til next time

Happy Planning!

Kel

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Inside My Filofax Personal Osterley (Ozzie)

Hi Everyone!

As promised I finally took a few photo’s of what is inside my Orange Osterley.  Now, I’m not saying my setup is the best in the world, and I’m continuously tweaking it etc, but at the moment it’s sort of working for me…

Originally I did a video but I ballsed up again and again so decided I’m so much better when I don’t have a video/webcam going and I’m all flustered!

So lets get started!  When I open my Filofax, here is the first thing I see:

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In the pockets I have a few cards I hardly ever use but are there “just in case”, my free carwash vouchers (yep, I can get my car washed every month for free until May next year!), I have the little sticky note that Stefanie sent with Ozzie to remind me where he came from and how happy I was when I received him (and all of the gifts that arrived with him!).  Behind that are cards that I randomly pick up with social events on that I might go to.

The cover of the first section is taken from the “First Edition Paper – Desert Blooms” 8×8 Premium Pad” (http://www.craftydevilspapercraft.co.uk/first-edition-8-x-8-paper-pad-desert-bloom.ir?cName=card-making-paper-and-card-paper-packs) that I cut a slot for the Organiser Number and laminated.  I like this design as it has a beautiful but laid back glitter effect.

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And there is the usual Filofax Organiser page.  So bland and boring 😦

Behind the boring and necessary registration page I have made my own Personal Information Section as I thought the original Filofax one was bland and boring – of course, I’ve had to cover personal details, but here you get the idea:

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The next page shows all of my direct debits/bills each month – including my account/policy numbers, renewal dates, date my DD goes out each month and amount of the monthly bill:

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The next Tab (above) is my “Month Planner” Top Tab which card is also taken from the Desert Blooms Range.

At a glance I can see what my Month looks like (which looks pretty bland this month!)

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This was printed and taken from Ray and Steve’s collection, but I printed it from Ray’s Page direct:  (My Life All In One Place), here is the link direct to the pages I used: https://app.box.com/s/ng8zsjp3ypvn9puqnm0c (Ray, if this is something I’m my supposed to do, my apologies, please let me know straight away and I’ll take it down – I’m afraid I’m not familiar with “The Rules” of sharing other’s information! – PS, I LOVE Your Pages!)

This is what a “non decorated page” looks like:

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My next section is my Diary tab, which is a side tab and taken from the Desert Blooms Cardstock once again:

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Now, when I started out using a Filofax (1 year ago this month!) I had my Pocket Lavender Metropol and the standard week on 2 pages.  With my Sales Rep job I needed something with appointment times so moved on to 1 day per page WHSmith’s Refill’s with Appointment Times… and now that I’ve moved more into the office, I decided to play around with another layout:

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This one was taken from the Philofaxy Site – and the direct link to this insert is here – http://philofaxy.com/inserts/Personal_Week_Per_Page/2014_merged_weekperpage_plusnotes_personal_print.pdf

I downloaded the source files and tinkered with the layout as I am on a Mac and don’t have Office – I use a package called OpenOffice instead, so things never seem to look the same in OpenOffice and require re-jigging before printing.  I changed the font and a couple of bits and bobs, added some lines in…  but it was too plain and I couldn’t seem to jazz it up no matter how much I loved the layout.  I just couldn’t seem to stick with it – and so after 4 weeks of pondering how to spruce up my diary pages… I looked at my trusty original week on 2 pages that came with my planner… and here…

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You can see how within one week I’ve begun to actually have a “system” – from writing aimlessly everywhere to dividing up the page into task/to do area and note/appointment area.  I was inspired to do this after watching this video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=503eUcse67s by LovelyOrganisedLife.

After that, I found this amazing Washi-Tape –  http://www.maigocute.com/products/cat-to-do-list-funtape-washi-tape#.UhdIcxZ_Lvw – isn’t it ADORABLE?  But the height is too tall for my daily spaces :(.

What I like about this new set up is that I can have my page marker on the page and it will still show my tasks:

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The bookmarks are also made by myself and laminated – they are also taken from the Desert Blooms Cardstock!

Anyway… moving on…

My next section is my Contacts section with a side tab.  Card taken from the Desert Blooms once again:

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As my work contacts are in my Breast Cancer Campaign Filofax (with business cards also), this section is purely for personal family/friends/services (Dr, Dentist, Hairdressers, Beautician etc!).

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This section was taken from the Philofaxy website and I modified the font.  I did try removing the web blog and twitter rows but my Open Office went a bit crazy… so I’ve had to leave them in 😉 – http://www.philofaxy.com/files/PersonalAddress.pdf

Next section is my Travel Section.  As I used to be a Sales Rep on the road a lot, I needed to know the area’s I was travelling to and what area’s were en-route just in case I was passing one of my customers on the way there or back to pop in quickly.  It also helped navigate me from Kent back towards Birmingham when my in car phone charger broke and my battery drained from using the iphone sat nav app!  I’m thinking of removing this tab and replacing it with something else… but for now:

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It’s another side tab and taken from the Desert Blooms Range (yet again… see a pattern forming here?  I have loads of other pads but I keep going back to this one…!)

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I have no idea why I have the London Tube Map in here, but it reminds me of the only time I ever went to London (back in 2009 for a work course – I saw nothing of London at all!).  But you never know when you might need it!

My next section is my Expenses side tab, on cardstock taken from the First Edition Paper – Boho Chic 8 x 8 Premium Paper Pad:

 

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It’s another of those sections I set up purely for my Sales Rep Role and now I’m mostly office based, it’s not really required or used anymore.

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It’s an Australian 5 dollar note that I’ve printed out and folded up, laminated and slit the area so that I can pop receipts in.

My next area is another side tab called Reports, the card is taken from the Boho Chic range and it’s yet another redundant area that was mainly used when I was in my Sales Rep role to report on my visits to customers.

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Instead of my previous inserts, I have printed out another of the Philofaxy inserts – http://www.philofaxy.com/files/PersonalMeeting.pdf

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Again I changed the font to my own preference…

My next section is a tab that I use so often it’s scary!  It’s a side tab called Passwords, and it’s on Desert Blooms card:

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My Passwords inserts were actually just Philofaxy Address inserts but rows removed and renamed:

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I never write my actual password, just a clue as to what it is.

My final tab is a side tab by the name of Missy – really it’s just a goals section but I have a thing about naming things and I’m very visual.  So Missy is basically the better version of myself with all of my goals completed!

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In this section I have a few pages that make me – ME, my likes and my weight – just little reminders if I ever forget 😉

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I’m attempting to lose weight so this is perfect for when I need to keep a careful eye on my scales.

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My dream car… (oh and my little blue Fox Bookmark I made – to make yours, go here – http://www.lonnies.dk/2012/08/printables-foxy-bookmarks/IMG_1352

 

Things I want to change about my set up…

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Music that makes me – ME 🙂 – notice the little musical washi tape?  So cute!

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The world washi tape showing where I want to go abroad and where I’ve been (not many places unfortunately!)

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My favourite films that I enjoyed watching (for whatever reasons – nostalgia, style, storyline, etc)

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At the back of the binder I have a notebook (which was a RAK to me) covered with fabric washi tape (which is again, another RAK!) where I can jot idea’s or quotes or anything I might want to reference later on – behind it I have a postcard with surf boards on it, and when you flip to the back of the notebook to expose the bider, you see I have a couple of business cards and some much needed ibuprofen (400mg)!

I don’t use the back pen loop as it tends to bend my tabs (despite them being the same size as Filofax ones!)  so I’ve taped the pen loop down and only use the front one (which if fine by me as I’m left handed!) as it tends not to mess with my tabs at all.

Well, that’s the tour of my Filofax!  Hope you enjoyed it – any suggestions are extremely welcome 🙂

Catch you later

Kel

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Filofax Personal Malden V’s Filofax Personal Osterley

Good Morning!

I’m back and armed with so much stuff to get through today, I may have to spread it over a couple of posts – you lucky people!!

I promised a couple of posts ago that I would compare my Malden and my Osterley, and I actually took a few photo’s ready to show you there and then… but as you know life and ex-boyfriends get in the way and you’re forced to sort out a lot of mind warps before you can consider sitting down and actually doing something productive (like blogging, ahem…!)

So here we go, lets see if I can get through this post without being called away, eh!

First up, a snapshot of side by side comparison:

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It was a really sunny day in my living room on the day I took these photo’s – the orange of the Osterley looks pretty blinding!  My apologies!

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The Malden is a matt leather, very soft and luxurious – extremely floppy and malleable (especially when moisturised!) It has a very long clasp (so easy to fill those rings up) and the stitching really gives it that casual and long time use feel.

The Osterley is almost patent in comparison, a smooth leather with a high end stylish texture.  It is rigid and structured in comparison to the Malden’s laid back feel.  The clasp is also shorter – it’s quite a ruthless binder almost 😉

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One thing I was really surprised to find out is how much larger the Malden is to the Osterley – it doesn’t look it here, but when you have a full binder that extra little bit really is the difference to your tabs being bent due to your pens in the pen loop.  I’m not sure if I’ve ever come across any reviews mentioning this before.

But anyway – on to the interior – the Malden has all the card slots where you need them at the front – all together.  The slots are extremely supple and malleable to access your cards or items.  There is also a small shallow zip pocket and a full length pocket behind the card slots.  All are very easy to access quickly due to the soft leather.  It also means that you can (and in my case, WILL) store WAY more than you probably need so it’s very easy to overstuff.  Sometimes Malden’s don’t look right unless they are packed!  At the back of the Malden, there is a top deep pocket and a full length side pocket matching the front.  Again, very easy to over-stuff ;).  The back of the Malden comes with a full leather pen loop. 

The Osterley is a little strict when it comes to overstuffing.  It just won’t have it (unless you want to put the clasp under stress and cause the tabs to be even more bent ;).  Instead, the front of the binder believes you can only have 4 cards and one full length pocket.  They are quite sturdy so aren’t as malleable to slide cards and other items in and out of the pockets, but they are still pretty accessible.  The front of the binder comes with a part leather, part elastic pen loop which is perfect for left handers like myself, and for those that love chunky pens.  The back of the Osterley finds another 2 card slots, another full length pocket and another part leather, part elastic pen loop.

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And here is Ozzie in action!  

Next up is what is inside and how I organise my planner 🙂

Til next time – happy planning!

Toodles

Kel

 

Filofax Peeps… My Apologies

Good Morning!

Apologies for not updating you sooner, I meant to do a post on the Malden vs the Osterley however things have rocked up in the last week: nameably someone I had been dating in April and then he poofed into thin air.

Imagine my surprise when, on a quiet Saturday night in when I had just resigned myself to a night of reorganising and clearing out my MacBook that I would see that heart-wrenching name that I’d pulled a sticky plaster over, bottling all those feelings up and only ever allowing myself to think of them in my darkest times.

I had a crush on him since I was 14/15, and we never really spoke and went our different ways until this year, when we both found eachother and started dating. But our happiness was short lived due to his ex girlfriend being jealous etc. He retreated into his man-cave, and only emerged Saturday night: 4 months later.

So after having a chat and a very grown up catch up, here it is again: the great fat silence that has filled the air again.

As a result I’m constantly checking my phone, my Facebook, my whatsapp… Is this the way things are supposed to be? Short moments of happiness and prolonged pain in between?

I promise I’ll get back with some Filofax stuff but I’m just feeling a little… Confused and whatnot right now :/

Kel
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Ozzie is here! Filofax Personal Orange Osterley has arrived – and he’s not alone!

Hello everyone!

After a week of excitement and crazy parcel tracking, I popped online at work today to see a message on the Parcelforce website Track & Trace service saying “Delivered & Signed For” – by myself!

I sat at work for a couple of minutes wondering if I was actually dreaming or whether I was in fact really at home and had signed for a Parcelforce package.  Nope – I was definitely at work.  So I wondered who the deuce had signed for the package on my behalf…!

I’ve been able to leave work to work from home this afternoon so I shot home to find a message from the Parcelforce team saying they had signed on my behalf and had hidden the package in an area they had access to.  PERFECT!

Here is is right now, sitting on my living room floor – I’ll go through this with you because I am super super excited!

Again, I’ll mention to you that Stefanie was absolutely fantastic to deal with – she has stayed within the Osterley Range and now has an A5 – so Ozzie has a big brother 😉

I wondered how something so small could require such a large parcel!

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My very first RAK!  All I keep saying is:  “Oh my gosh!  Oh my gosh – how did Stefanie know I wanted those Frixion colour pens and bohemian washi tape?!”  I am feeling so amazed and happy and warm and fuzzy right now, I can’t stop smiling!  It’s my lucky day 🙂 (once I’d calmed down I realised I’d posted my RAK wishlist on my blog and I know Stefanie had read my blog, so maybe she wasn’t psychic like I’d thought originally in my blonde excited haze haha!)

I received a little note alongside from Stefanie herself saying she hoped Ozzie reached me well and thanking me for being so nice – oh, bless her – she is so sweet!  Thank you Stefanie!

So now, turning back to the box…

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Peeking out of the packed paper, here he is, all boxed up…

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And another little note as soon as I open the box to reveal the usual Filofax protective thin paper:

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What a lovely note 🙂  I may need to laminate that and keep it with him 🙂

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Here he is!  I’m in love already 🙂

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Ozzie arrived filled with cotton cream inserts, and as you can see above – he doesn’t lay flat straight away (yet!)

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He is made of perfect Tangerine Orange Italian Leather as noted above.

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And here is what he looks like without inserts:

Front cover – 1 pen loop (part elasticated), 4 beautifully shaped card slots, one full length pocket.

Back cover – 1 pen loop (part elasticated), 2 beautifully shaped card slots and one full length pocket.

The rings are perfect and the snap closure is easier to flip your nail under to open than I thought – the whole binder is honestly not as stiff as I thought it would be!

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Here are the inserts:

Clear Flyleaf, WO2P Cotton Cream 2013 Diary, Cotton Cream Tabs, Cotton Cream Addresses, Cotton Cream Address Tabs, Cotton Cream To Do Pages, Cotton Cream Ruled & Unlined (plain! again, just what I was really wanting!) and a brown corresponding Today bookmark.

So now that’s all open and gushed over (I want to do it all over again now!) I turned over to see my Cat Meeko’s reaction to it all… and found her making a new friend 😉

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I think she may be occupied for some time now so I’ll leave her to it!

Thank you once again Stefanie – you really need to do a blog for your A5 Osterley so I can see it in action 🙂  (Pretty please!)

I will be doing a post next on the Malden next to the Osterley (why does it feel like I’m cheating haha?) and then about “the move” into Ozzie, show off the inserts I have doctored from the Philofaxy Website etc… etc… too many photo’s on this post for all that 😉

Catch you very very soon!

Kel

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