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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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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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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The Diva Arrives…! Filofax Personal Amazona in Red

Hiya!

What felt like forever ago, a lovely lady on Facebook sold me her Personal Amazona in Red that I had been pining for. 

And then I played the waiting game. Not very well either, if you ask me. I would shoot back home from work only to be disappointed that it had not appeared. I tracked the Royal Mail and tried searching the USPS site, to no avail. I e-mailed Parcelforce, I called Royal Mail, I tweeted USPS… Nothing. I went to Cornwall and secretly hoped it had been delivered whilst I was away… No sign of it.

I was so upset as the Person I spoke with at the Royal Mail told me that parcels never usually take this long and that it should have been delivered by now.

Today was my first day back at work following my Cornwall Break (which was divine by the way, at least, when I wasn’t being pulled up rocks and steep hills and down harsh slopes. The fella even treated me to a total relaxation spa treatment which completely suprised me – especially as he isn’t one to usually book things in advance etc) and I dragged myself into my hallway after braving the wind and rain to get some bread and milk (not that any of this is even relevant but hey…)…

And there it was. The postman’s familiar more to get me know I had a parcel waiting in my “safe place”.

I was hardly daring to get my hopes up as I found the parcel. 

Low and behold, Marilyn the Red Amazona had arrived… Late, true to that ever so famous Marilyn Monroe form. What a Diva.



In the box, there were pens, notebooks, really really cool eraser tape stuff with patterns on I’d never ever seen before… And a lovely note from my Amazonian friend 🙂





And here she is:





I immediately got to work setting her up… Which turned into most of the evening.

Finally… Under the terrible lighting of my bedside table… Marilyn.







I’m loving the horizontal card slots, the enormous rings (I’ve been squeezed into compact rings in the Guinea, this feels like I can breathe!), the “leftie” pen loop (I’m a leftie and love this feature on the Osterley too) and the elasticated zip picked at the back.

I’ve never utilised a secretarial pocket before: what do you use yours for?

I think I’ll leave it at that… It’s a pretty big post enough as it is!

Catch you later!

Kel

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The Search Continues: Personal Filofax Red Amazona WHERE ARE YOU?

Agh!

I have been reduced to hunting the Facebook pages.  Searching that model name over and over to the point of feeling crazed.  I’ve even scouted old blog posts and Facebook planner page posts from about a year ago etc and messaged, yes, messaged, people asking if they still owned their beautiful red Personal Amazona that I am so jealous of them for owning… and seeing if they would ever part ways with the delectable model.

What’s happening to me?!

In other news, you may be aware I’m getting rid of the Deco!  Yup, Daisy is moving on…  she’s here if you fancy a peek:

Daisy is Moving – get a chance to own her HERE

Originally she was up for offers on the Facebook pages but after the allotted time passed and she had no interest…. poof!  She’s now at Auction.  Poor thing 😉

ALSO!  The Purple Personal Malden finishes on Tuesday – so don’t miss out on a chance to own!

You can find the Purple Malden HERE

In personal news, apart from becoming a complete brand snob and coveting a red/oxblood Mulberry Bayswater, I am gearing up for my upcoming break in the next couple of weeks to CORNWALL!  We are staying in a super duper posh hotel in Newquay and I can barely wait.  I know this is going to sound bizarre, but anyone who lives inland will completely agree with me here – I cannot wait to see the sea.  No idea why because it terrifies me – but there’s something about the sea that pulls me… I love it.

Anyway, I think that’s enough from me!  How are you getting on?

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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