Designing My Cash Envelope System in the Midori Traveler’s Notebook

Hello everyone!

After umming and ahhing and wondering about the Cash Envelope System, I took to thinking of how I would create the “booklet” to hold all of my cash.

I looked to YouTube and found this amazing video which gave me my idea of how to put my own spin on things. Here’s what I did:


Purchased lots of envelopes that just about fit a note of monetary value.


Stuck labels and sticky notes on them, the labels for designated areas that I will assign my cash to, the sticky notes to help keep a running total of what is in the envelope.

 

Cut card stock down to the exact size of an insert.


Stuck down the envelope to the cardstock.


Piled all on top of eachother and as per the video, worked from the middle page out to tape the opposing sides of the booklet together.

 

Then I binded them all together to create a booklet. Added embellishments and then cash 🙂


I’ve had to remove my blank paper notes section for this area for the moment as its looking quite thick!! 


How is your traveler’s notebook experience so far?

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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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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Back to Filofax I go…

Hi Everyone!

As yo may or may not be aware, I’ve been in the Traveler’s Notebook for about a month.  I loved it, for notes etc.  NOT for a diary or schedule planner.  I couldn’t get my brain around it!  I longingly looked to my trusty Ozzie Osterley time and time again, but thought I’d stick it out in the TN.  I couldn’t do it.  My creative juices were in full swing, I wanted tabs, dividers, today markers, laminated pages, RINGS!  The itch was too great.  I began some point the end of the week and Saturday evening saw me not on the dance floor, but laminating and cutting dividers out for my new setup.  Not much different to my usual Filofax setup either, I just tweaked it a little…  here’s my current setup that I’m working with.

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I found this little postcard in paper chase – I love it!

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Haven’t you seen this divider before?  It’s been recycled from my old stash of dividers 🙂

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On the back of the diary tab I have a “clipboard” printout, I’ve popped post it flags on.

You’ll also see my event sticker flyleaf.

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Then we have my week on two pages (printouts from Philofaxy and My Life All If One Place).  I still use the colour code system but instead of different colour frixxion pens, I’m using one black pen and highlighting with a corresponding colour (green – bills, orange – appointments, pink – reminders, yellow – social).  My today marker I made myself by cutting out photographs that I liked from the internet – the first is a Swim Deep Lyric (a local Brummie band, the song is called Honey).  The second is a coffee cup, the third is a Courteeners photo and the last one is just one that says “dream”.

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This is perhaps the main addition I have to show you today – My A-Z tabs have been remodelled into Jan-Dec & Year tabs.  Behind all tabs I’ve stuck the month to view…  like so:

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Again you’ll see I’m using the black pen and highlighters 🙂

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This is a printout from Philofaxy – the year view of 2015 so I can plan ahead if need be.

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Another recycled divider – my personal section has made a reappearance.  Behind this will eventually be a personal information section (something I’ve not got around to yet!)

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You’ll see I have 3 top tabs after my personal divider.  The first is my bills tab:

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With a postcard taped to the back of the divider.

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Then I have my Lists – christmas present list, favourite things I like etc.  Just little things that make me – me.

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Then I have my Notes section.  The song is Talk Tonight by Noel Gallagher.  I loved the Noel and Gem Archer semi version they did in 2006 :).  Notes is purely a catch all for my brain.

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Then we’re back to the side tabs, my matrix coding printout perfect for my Passwords tab.

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Passwords page.

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And finally – my travel tab – hold my maps, tube information, world time zones etc…

 

There we have it!  My setup – pretty simple, huh?

Have you tweaked your setup lately?

Lots of love

Kel

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A Day with the Raydori

Hi there

Righty, after a day with the Raydori Traveler’s Notebook, I’m going to update you on what I’ve been up to in terms of attempting to set it up… Or rather how I’ve been bamboozled by my lovely printer settings.

Yesterday I popped to my local garden and arts/crafts centre to see what I could pick up for the newest binder of my growing planner collection. I picked up a couple of vintage buttons, marker pens and a couple of A5 sketch pages in the shape of exercise books.

I spent the majority of the daytime wondering (and worrying) about tackling the printouts for my diary and month to view calendar and cutting the printouts down… And it wasn’t until I sat down with it again at 8.30pm I decided what I would do: I would design my own planner pages, undated.

So, I got onto excel, printing off the days of the week, cutting and sticking onto the middle page of Ray’s lined booklet provided with the notebook. It looked like this:

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I scanned the end result in and then printed it onto the A5 sketchbook I had purchased:

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Then I just trimmed the edges down.

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So, I put it all back together and had a quick attempt at filling in a few pages… Here you go:

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I’m trying a new way of colour coding: highlighting. You can see my code that I’ve taped onto the page marker. I’ve been colour coding using frixxon pens since last year and I’ve found it highly effective. I’m usually a serial neat freak, everything has to be “just so”, hence the erasable pens usually: I hate seeing crossed out cancelled appointments, it makes it look reply messy. However, I’m trying to embrace the whole “it’s ok to be imperfect”, and looking at the binder, I know it won’t mind a few imperfections here and there ;), so I’ve switched to normal biro’s and highlighters instead.

You’ll also probably notice that I’m using a week per page. This is because lately my weeks have been a little bare; my Filofax has been seeing a lot of gaps. So with the extra height I’m using it to see how I get on with the week per page instead of a week to view. My to do’s will probably survive on post it’s/page-flags etc ;)… We will see!

Anyhow… Moving on…

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A couple more pages filled in…

Next I have the back page of the 1st booklet, to show you how the printable is looking in the booklet without any filling in:

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The rest is just a couple of photos where everything else is (barely anything yet but hey ho…!)

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And there we have it so far!

How have you set yours up?

Kel

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Ooh-La-La Parisian Filofax


Good Day People, or should I address all as “Bonjour!”
Today I scoured a couple of my local craft stores for items Parisian themed. Why is it when I have an idea I can never find anything that I have in my head? I came back home a tad disappointed to say the least. Then I began sifting through my current “Stash” of Filofax inserts/dividers, card stock and washi tape.
I’m not one to wait for items to become available to me. I am the type that is incredibly impatient. If there is something planted in my head, at the time it is incredibly important that I have it right NOW. Realising I sound a little like a spoiled brat right now, I promise I’m not that kind of girl – I just have these incredibly strong emotions when I have an idea – it needs to be released as soon as possible from me, and then I’m free to move on to the next idea. So, with that in mind, I realised I’d have to ‘make do and mend’ with what I already had. Which wasn’t much…
Anyhow, here is what I got up to:

Taking blank Filofax cotton cream divider tabs (pack of 4) that came with an old Filofax I purchased a while back, a Stamp, and a Distress Ink (you’ll notice I’ve gone back to basics on this little project – lots of old ideas came back out to play!)I continuously stamped the divider to make it look like a letter.

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Next, I worked on two Filofax Today Markers, using washi tape and lace adhesive.

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I then used the same lace and washi tape on the dividers, just to give it a more uniform look. The lace is on the tab, if you can’t see the photograph clearly 😉

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My muse, and a French Icon, Brigitte Bardot, is my front cover, a photograph taken from a book, stuck onto a parisian themed white and pink striped page from the same book and decorated with lace and a film strip washi tape.

You’ll see that I’ve placed the inserts in my Deco, rather than the Finsbury.  I thought the pink was a little toooooo much…

 

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All put together here’s how it’s looking!

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Naturally I had to pair the look with a marabou topped pen!

I know it’s not “proper” Parisian Themed, but hey ho, I quite like the simple design.

Have you changed your Filofax up lately?

 

Kel

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Why Use A Filofax?

Hi Everyone

Sometimes I stop thinking about what I want to change in my Filofax, and I simply revel in the knowledge that there is nothing I need more than to use it in the way it is intended – as a planner and an organiser.  

Whenever I take my Filofax out I am sometimes met with looks of surprise or a snigger.  These people, my friends, are slaves to the modern digital society – can’t think outside of the box, and more often than not, forget what it is their day is meant to achieve.

What I like about a Filofax is that it is not a boring digital app that everyone has the same of.  Sure, it may come to you with a set of dividers and inserts to start you off, but what you do with them is completely up to you.  With a Filofax, you don’t just get the set picture events for the dentist or vets or bills due out etc.  You get to purchase stickers, or draw, or write, or make your own way of labelling these events.  YOUR way.  It’s individual.  Nobody else will have one like you.  It’s all customised to your needs.

Another thing I like about Filofax is that in digital-world, apps are usually hidden behind other apps and a lock screen in your bag – they generally get forgotten about and only beep when they need you to already be somewhere (which, you’ll have needed to remember beforehand unless you were to create an event which says an hour or so in advance “Make sure to make your way to the dentist”.  With the Filofax, it can be open on your desk, coffee table, night stand, on the train, anywhere… and just by looking at the layout of your day you’ll know when things are happening.  In fact, you can take a look at the months, or the year, and see what you have planned out.  It does not get forgotten about if you take it everywhere with you and use it.

Yet another thing I like about Filofax, the inserts are so customisable.  If you don’t think the expense section is required in your Filofax, no problem!  Just whip them out!  If you need to create a custom insert to meet your needs, no problem!  There are downloadable printables, or a computer just at the end of your fingertips to just have a go with!  Not one part of your Filofax needs to go redundant at any time.  You can use it to set up YOUR life, not bound by anyone else’s idea of a “conventional” life.  You can jazz them up or keep them businesslike, whatever you do, keep it to your ever changing taste and requirements 🙂

Guess what?  Another thing I like about Filofax is that moving into another one is so simple – open rings, remove inserts from rings, place in new Filofax’s open rings, close rings.  And you’re done!  Don’t get me started in attempting to migrate all that stuff over on a phone…  I can’t even think where my USB lead is, and I seriously only found out how to work the Bluetooth on my MacBook yesterday haha!  

The final thing I want to share with you about what I love about my Filofax?  It’s the personal relationship you build with your paper life.  I guard my Filofax as heavily as I guard my MacBook and my iPhone.  Not because it’s got “naughty” stuff in there (which it hasn’t), but there are very raw and personal thoughts that I’ve taken the time to write/type down; very private thoughts that I sometimes refer to when I am feeling a little… well, delicate and I need a little comfort.  My goals I feel are extremely personal to me – some are shallow as they come, some are extremely deep and thoughtful.  I’m a really private person; I generally dislike people knowing what thoughts go around in my head in fear of being judged.  Well; my Filofax takes all of those thoughts and doesn’t judge.  

My Filofax is my very own Personal Assistant.  I’ve spoken to my new pal Kendall over at http://www.justagirlatl.blogspot.com about this (she is new to the Filofaxing world, she has her very own FF Saffiano PA named Dulce Berry, it’s so cute!) and I believe that if you can make friends with your PA, your PA will look after you without any employment drama or pay rise demands (unless, of course, you want to up the stakes with a Temperley or something).  Your PA can be whoever you want them to be – a Brown Cuban named Miguel who has a Mexican Moustache and looks like he’s dropped out of the 70’s.  A Scarlett Red Metropol called Marilyn that sashays around with 50’s bombshell starlet potential.  Your PA can have a name, can have a theme, can have whatever you want them to have.  

That being said, I’m currently eagerly awaiting my very own new PA… and she shall be named Daisy.  I should be receiving her very soon!  I will tell you more about her shortly 🙂

Stay tuned folks!

Kel

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