Trialling “The Little Black Book”

Good Morning Everyone!

So, I succumbed to the charms of the Moleskine Notebook.

Traveler’s Notebook and Filofax users, please don’t be disheartened – I haven’t left you! I’m just trying new ways to streamline things.  See, this is the problem.  I want EVERYTHING together – my calendar, my bills information, my cash envelope system, a place to keep receipts, my passwords, my cards, my notes, my spending tracker… it’s proving to be rather difficult!

The Midori Regular was perhaps the closest I could get to what I wanted. But it was NOT streamlining at all, it was heavier, bulkier, and I couldn’t even fit my notes notebook into the elastics as it was so full!

Next was the Midori Passport – which was actually perfect… for my cash envelope system, and as a basic purse/wallet function.  But I couldn ‘t carry my notebooks with me.  I got a lot of compliments on the Passport whenever I went to stores – nobody had ever seen a purse/wallet like it.  I’d hold up the queues explaining the brand and that it was primarily used as a notebook but you could switch up the inserts and completely customise to meet your requirements.

I was browsing Pinterest for more information on the Traveler’s Notebooks and how others utilized their Traveler’s Notebooks – call me curious, but I get so many ideas from others, and I customize them to suit my needs. One thing that had been grabbing my attention for a while was this thing called a Moleskine.  Sure, I’d seen these overpriced notebooks in the likes of Paperchase, WHSmith and Waterstones, but I just couldn’t justify spending over £10 on a notebook.  Sure, they have diaries, but they also have blank, sketch, lined, dot and grid paper too.  The things some of the more creative people had done with their Moleskines had me lost for words.  There are many, many talented people out there.  I wanted in!

I thought long and hard, and came across a web page documenting how to create credit card inserts to place on a page in a Moleskine (or any other notebook). I wondered if I could do a similar thing but over 2 pages of a pocket size, to create the cash envelope system.  But I’m a very curious cat… so instead of thinking very long, I bit the bullet, jumped in my car and shot over to my local shopping centre.

I purchased my pocket blank notebook for £9.99 in Waterstones. I decided on the blank because it meant that I could use the book for anything I wanted – I could create a calendar, I could doodle, write notes, create templates, glue things in… basically I could freestyle whatever I needed to.

I had also read that the “unofficial” pen of the Moleskine was the Pilot G2, which I found in Paperchase also. In fact, I found the mini/pocket size.  I purchased a black and blue.

Getting back home, I sat at my table and looked a bit daunted at the prospect of having to completely begin from scratch.

The first thing I wanted was to put the cash envelope system to use. I cut the back of my required amount of envelopes off and left a little lip to glue onto the pages, staggering each one slightly lower until they filled the pages.

Next, I needed a pen loop. I ripped an elasticated pen loop from and old La-De-Dah scrapbook that I’d never used and pretty much just taped it into the back of the book.

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I placed a 2016 year overview calendar, a pocket size printable taken from Wendaful Designs printed out and glued into the book.

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Then I started working on the calendar. I decided I only wanted one for the next few months, as who knows, by the new year I might be using something else, or I may have stuck to the Moleskine, loved it so much and need a new one!

In the calendar, I wrote my monthly bills in the dates they were due to come out of my account, I wrote any social events, holiday days, days my manager was not in the office, appointments and general things to remember. I colour code highlighting these events.

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After the calendar, I glued my monthly bills excel tracker in. Then I added tabs using labels that I’d got left over.  Got a sharpie marker and coloured the labels in black, then used a white gel pen to draw tiny little symbols to notify me what section is where.

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After all of that, I felt that the book was a little too “serious” still, and needed to inject a bit of colour, a bit of “me” into the whole thing.

So, this is where my Pinterest and Google searches came in handy. I’m a lover of anything vintage inspired, or anything whimsical, dreamy, bohemian.  They are my favorite type of photographs I love searching for, looking at and wishing I could take a photograph just as fantastic.

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I printed out a lot of photographs found mostly on google, creating photo collages and printing on normal printer paper to keep the book thin, and then cutting out and affixing to the pages using corner adhesives I’d purchased from Paperchase. I also used a photograph on the front of the notebook to give it a more personal touch.

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I’m not finished with the set up yet – I need to create an template and an area for writing out my spending and tabbing out dedicated sections for that and my notes etc…

All in all, I’m really happy with the notebook so far – it’s small, it’s thin, it’s portable, it’s sleek, it looks pretty cool, it holds almost everything I need (I just need to find somewhere to hold my cards still as I’m unsure that the Moleskine will still be as neat with 10+ cards in…)

The paper feels sublime, very smooth and easy to write on – I love the cream colour of the pages, and the cover feels soft and slightly grained, very tactile! I chose the non-hard cover as I wanted the cover to be able to mould to the shape of the book and get that thumbed through, weathered appearance rather than it being rigid.

I’ve been using this system for almost a week, and while it’s early days, I get really excited when I have to pen an appointment in or take it out for “something”. The only thing I am a little more “shy” about is taking it out for my money at the cash registers.  There is every possibility that I may need to remove my envelope system back into my Mulberry purse/wallet…

The planner peace continues!

Have you ever used a Moleskine to plan/track/place notes/journal/as a purse (wallet) before?

Kel

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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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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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Appealing to all Filofax Users…

Hello All 🙂

This evening I got back home from a late Sales Meeting at 7pm and all I wanted to do was crash.  So I flopped on my favourite sofa and popped one of my favourite TV Series – The Secret Diary of a Call Girl.  I know it’s quite an old series now but I still love re-watching Belle’s “Glamorous” life.  Comparing to mine, it’s certainly full of glamour and drama and lots of money 😉  I’m a female – I’m allowed to indulge!

Most of all though, I love how Belle uses a Filofax to schedule appointments with her Clients and to write notes regarding her Clients preferences… ahem.

In Series 1, we see Belle using what looks like a Pocket size Ostrich Buttercup (that’s what it looks like to me – correct me if I’m wrong!)

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However.. into Series 2…  we see this beauty:

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The Personal Amazona in Red.  And I want one… really really badly.  I know, I just got me a Temperley Guinea… and it’s gorgeous – beyond gorgeous.  And I love it very much…  I’m just really liking the look of the Personal Red Amazona.

So… does anyone know of anyone that is selling one?  I’m checking the Selling Sites on Facebook and the Adspot on Philofaxy… to no avail 😦

People of the Filofax Community – help!

Much Love

Kel

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Review – Temperley for Filofax The Guinea

Good Day to you all!

Today I’m not very well – please be gentle with me!  For the last week I’ve had a crushing headache which turned into a full blown cold… and then nausea and a ridiculous temperature.  Today it’s back to the crushing headache and sickness – perfect, huh!

While I didn’t want to do this review before I received some dividers (yes, I’ve purchased some instead of making my own this time…!) I also figured it I didn’t do it now… I probably never would.  And so…  with no further ado:

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Welcoming the Guinea into my home – here she is!  I think I’ll call her Jinny.  Jinny the Guinea.

Anyhow – outside appearances first – I’ll be honest I did not expect the exterior to be made of FUR!  I’ve read elsewhere (I can’t remember where) that the exterior is indeed, pony skin.  I have no idea why I expected this to be a soft supple leather at all but it was certainly a surprise!  The print is pretty and it looks glamorous.  I can imagine taking this to a cocktail party to vamp up a little black dress, or maybe to a lunch date to give a more glamorous edge to the jeans/t-shirt/boots/blazer/fedora hat look.  I can imagine taking this to an important meeting and taking notes in a steel grey office dress.

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Metalware is of a soft gold finish, rimming the binder and giving it a very high end clutch feel.  I love the little gold “Temperley” embellishment on the sturdy leather zipper tag – however the way that the fastener item is facing, when the binder is open, it is face down and you cannot see the pretty logo!

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The zip is large, fashionable, functional.  The zipper is smooth opening and then the binder lays flat (probably something to do with those weighted gold metalware trims).  The interior is, for me, aesthetically pleasing.  I love nude/blush pinks at the best of times – they make me feel very feminine (I’ve got Shellac – “Blush Teddy” from the Intimates Collection on my nails right now as we speak!) and paired with black leather with a croc look and gold rings…  it’s pretty high up there with perfection for me!  I thought the nude/blush pink corded cotton interior would bother me – but in all honesty…  it hasn’t.

On the inside front cover we have the black leather croc finish look first 2 pockets – one which supposedly holds a blackberry.  I have an i-phone and it doesn’t fit – but then again I have a phone case on mine etc.  It’s a great idea though!  There is a further 2 horizontal card slots and then a large pocket at the back.  For some reason, I thought it would have a similar feel to the other zip Filofaxes out there and have a wallet/purse feel to that area, but behind the large pocket, there is nothing else there.  It’s just a wide pocket.  Maybe I’ll put my iPhone in there 😉  And Compact, And Little Mirror, And Lippy…  And Mascara…. etc…  etc…

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On the opposite side, the gold finished rings are off centre and have the leather croc finish encasing part of the ring mechanism.  Placing the rings on the back cover means that the binder needs to be wider than a standard Filofax zip… and there is less room to accommodate side tabs.  The pen loop is fully elastic (it would been nice to see the croc theme recurring on this as a half elastic pen loop perhaps?) and there is a strap made of the black leather croc feel running across the back to hold in any notebooks required to slot in.  I have not tested this yet (I can’t find a filofax notepad or a suitable fitting notebook lying around) so I can’t really comment on it.  But personally I’d have liked to have seen something more going on with this back cover.

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And here she is – all moved in and ready to go!  The blackberry pouch is perfect for holding paracetamol or ibuprofen though 😉

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I hope you’ve enjoyed reading up on my new addition!

Until next time…

Kel

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Filofax Temperley Inserts?

Hello All!

I’ve moved away from Pocket size as I’ve really missed being able to print my own pages onto personal paper immediately.  I really am an “options” girl.  So at the moment I’m back in my pink personal Finsbury.

But…  I’ve gone a little naughty and splurged on a beautiful Filofax Temperley Guinea.

As any Filofax/Planner fanatic would, whilst waiting on the lovely members of the Royal Mail to decide when they feel like posting my beloved planner, I’ve been editing my own current planner, figuring out what I really need in there, adding sections, removing sections, tweeking sections…

And then I came across the Temperley Inserts.  And I fell in love. The organiser I have purchased in 2nd hand and holds no inserts, but I really really really really want Temperley Inserts!  You know?

Last thing I want to do is purchase another Temperley just so I get these inserts, so… does anyone know where I’d be able to get these?  Or printables of these?

Input is greatly received 🙂

Catch you later

Kel

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Review – Filofax Personal Malden in Purple

Recently I got the chance to review a Purple Personal Filofax Malden.  I was not paid to write this review – all thoughts are completely my own.

Some of you may be aware that I used to own a Grey Personal Malden.  I loved it so much, I would moisturise it with Valentino so it would smell as well as feel good.  I kid you not.  The leather on it was to die for – the texture was so soft, supple and wrinkled, it reminded me of an Elephant.  It looked expensive yet accessible, well made; with that done-undone look I love so much.  You know – the business look with a slight casual edge.  Or vice versa.  For me, the only let down was the colour – it was slightly too bland for me in the end, and so we parted ways and my beautiful Grey left for the shores of America.

So when I received the Purple Personal Malden, I admit I was slightly shocked!

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It did not come in a beautiful black presentation box, but a clear plastic protector-sheath.  Although that’s not what I’m reviewing, I must admit that for the amount these binders are, I still think packaging is key.  But nonetheless, I figured Filofax must be undergoing a re-brand etc.

The one thing I did like about the packaging was that the back showed a picture of the interior, something the old boxes would never do.  

I quickly unwrapped the plastic to reveal the binder in all of it’s loveliness.  

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The colour was rich, the contrast stitching really noticeable, the all familiar Malden had seduced me once again.  As this is not a description review (you can find this as well as measurements etc on The Filofax UK Website – Malden Personal Organiser Details Page) I took out the inserts only to give you a quick idea of how the layout looks:

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As you can see, the stitching and the colour is absolutely divine.  The zip is smooth and easy to open even with just one hand (for those looking at utilising this binder as a wallet function), all credit card slots and pockets are very accessible – the leather is extremely soft and pliable.  

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This is the kind of organiser that looks like it can mix business with pleasure, depending on your mood, inserts, usage etc.  You can style it however you want and the Malden will still find a way to make it look good.  It’s eye-catching; that’s for sure, but it doesn’t have that ‘in your face’ bling about it (unless you want to fill it with bling!).  It’s refined, well put together, durable and not showy by any means.  It’s country-homely but it wouldn’t look out of place in the big cities.  

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While it certainly doesn’t feel as soft and supple as my Grey, the Purple Malden does have it’s own unique, smoother feel.  I would go as far as to say it is on par with the Ochre Malden’s smoothness.  Like all Personal Malden’s, it does lie flat and it’s just as floppy.  Getting a scratch or stain on a Malden seems to add to the rustic, casual, laid back, traveler style of the binder, so toss it in your work bag – be as rough as you please – the Malden is a real workhorse for real busy people.

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And just because I’m feeling generous, I’m going to love and leave you with more photographs of how I’m using mine!  How do you use yours??

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Don’t forget, you can get yours at the Filofax store on Filofax UK Website Malden

Until next time, have a good day!

Kel

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