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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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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Filofax: Colourful Washi Edges

Happy May Bank Holiday!

Today I’ve mostly been relaxing and enjoying the Snooker (my favourite, Ali Carter didn’t stand a chance against Mark Selby in the 2nd round, bless him).

While I watched, I planned my week ahead, popped some more of my to do stamps in. Does anyone else use these L2E stamps? I’m not really much of a stamp user: I find them really really messy! Or maybe it’s just me…

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Once I’d done a week or so, I got bored (oops). So I turned my hand to Washi tape. I’ve created a love affair with the very bohemian print Washi tape I found in a shop called tiger. I’ve corresponded the edges of my week per 2 pages to the month. I’ve seen many use their A-Z dividers as monthly tabs to flick quickly to their months, but me, being a tad lazy, and loving colour so much, thought it might be fun to try this first before going the whole month tabs way.

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Have you revved your planning pages up lately?

Kel

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The Boho Lure…

Hello Everyone!

I should never have taken the turn into my local Shopping Centre on my way home this evening. I had a moment of weakness: it appears I’m trying to push my crisps, chocolate, fast food etc addiction onto another addiction: shopping. I figured I would just go to look around a little: shopping is my cardio after all, I thought it would lose me a pound or two. Never did I realise I should be losing more than a couple ;).

Once done scouring the shoes, purses, handbags, clothes and accessories, I decided to take a trip to the WHSmiths.

This is where I was confronted by my constant dilemma. The pull of the bohemian print. What is it about a bohemian print that draws me in? Just when I think I’m done with it and I’m sticking to a Filofax that portrays ME, I’m confronted with a dozen of bohemian prints and a million ideas!

And so, my go-to bohemian Filofax, my ever trusty Osterley, is beckoning me to play once more. *sigh*. What is a girl to do?

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Should I go back to my bohemian roots or stick it out with the boudoir colours?!

Kel

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Filofax Inspiration Comes From Everywhere: Including Underwear Shopping!

Good Day To You!

It’s amazing where inspiration strikes you, don’t you think? Magazines, work, a bar, a film… Underwear shopping…

On Friday I visited a beautiful little boutique style underwear shop that reminded me of all things French. And when I think of French Lingerie, the colours pink, black, white and champagne spring to mind. Beautiful shaped handwritten words, fluffy marabou and lace all create this wonderful vision in my mind.

So now, a couple of days later, it’s still in my mind.

I’m generally rather bohemian in my style etc, but there’s something pulling me towards the delicate pink French style. After all, my home is decorated in the shabby chic French style, why not incorporate it into a Filofax?

So out has come my old light pink Finabury, all ready to be dolled up in the French style. Here goes. Wish me luck, I will show you how it ends up once I’m done with it 🙂

Hugs!

Kel

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Filofax Finsbury Personal in Pink

Hi everyone!

I promised a post on the Finsbury, didn’t I?

Well, I’m sorry it’s so late, however it arrived when I was at work and my neighbour signed for it… Then he left for work until 11pm! So I waited and waited and waited… Watched some Finsbury videos on YouTube, finished off laminating my new dividers and waited some more.

Then finally he came home and I bounced out of my door pretty much the moment he stepped out of his car and waited for him to open up his home to give me my parcel.

When I got inside, I shot into my bedroom (the warmest room!) got into my PJ’s (because I would be messing around with the Finsbury for a while… Needed to be comfortable etc!) and then proceeded to unbox while taking photographs. I’m not the most patient person in the world so apologies for the rushed camera job (from my iPhone).

My parcel: squeal!

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The box is a slide in-out type rather than a lidded box:

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And here it is! Though, artificial light really doesn’t do much for the colour on the camera haha!

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This Filofax comes with the standard Multilingual diary (2014), blank tabs, a-z tabs, Internet site inserts, to do inserts, address inserts, a business card holder insert (holds 6 cards), flyleaf, black ruler/page marker, various colour notepapers… Ummm I think that’s it. Most of these inserts I’ll watermark and give to dad as a Christmas gift.

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The Finsbury did not lay flat out of the box, but as I have already worked with slimline versions of the Finsbury, I kind of expected it. I removed all of the inserts, grabbed some Valentina moisturiser and slathered it all over the leather, really working and kneading. I felt it beginning to soften up already (nowhere near the Malden however: the Finsbury is a rigid binder!

Once it was all moisturised and smelling divine, I quickly moved in using my new dividers:

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I still can’t get over the odd colour this camera is showing haha!

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And here is the view from the closed planner:

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Here are the tab names. If there is one bit of consistency with my filofax is my set up :). So it really is my saviour and my soother in my otherwise indecisive mind. Least I’ve stuck to “something!”

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And there we have it! It’s currently lying on my bedside table and it doesn’t look out of place on there or my coffee table… Or my bathroom or kitchen haha! My home is “shabby chic” and has lots of ivories, creams, pinks and purples so the Finchley goes down a treat!

Ill attempt to get a better photograph of the colour shortly: during the daylight haha!

Stay creative!

Kel

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Filofax Changes in the Kel Kamp

Hi Everyone!

It is now officially Autumn in my eyes. I’m wearing fleecy PJ’s, wrapping myself in blankets and curling up under duvets when I get home from work at night. I’m waking for work before the Sun even thinks about making an appearance and I’m getting home just when it’s beginning to get dark. The world is a whole lot of grey right now.

There are a few things that are happening in my life that are transitional right now for me – as my colleague has notified me at work – I am in limbo.

Firstly, I have a new job which I am due to begin on 11th November. I’m currently serving my notice at my current workplace – so I’m in limbo there. I’m nervous about beginning something new (but also excited), and I’m really sad to leave my current colleagues as they just ‘get me’… they have a lot of knowledge, advice and experience (in life and work). I know I’ll miss their opinions and very well structured advice.

The other thing is the person I’ve been seeing the last few months is moving to Australia for a year. It makes me very sad that he is leaving and as we have not known eachother long it seems that we will be going our own separate ways when he leaves on 4th November. Again, this makes my heart heavy with sadness. But we are enjoying things while we can, we will remain in touch while he travels and see where we are and how we feel when he comes back. Again – another limbo situation – he’s not gone yet, but I know he’s going, I know we will be separated etc…

A more trivial matter is that I’ll soon me changing my car from my black, boxy Hyundai i10. What to, I’m not sure. Idea’s please! Because I can’t make up my mind and make a decision (c’mon, you’ve seen how I am with Filofaxes, inserts, dividers etc…! The CHOICES…!!!), it makes me miserable therefore I feel in limbo until I have reached a decision or settled on a ‘goal’. Ultimately I’d love an old style silver Audi TT. Reality is I need something pretty newish, cheap to tax, insure and run… and something no larger than a medium hatchback. But I want something iconic, something with a bit of glamour to it. Maybe even a convertible. Ah, I don’t know.

Another thing in limbo is my own transition. This one is the hardest to explain. Lately I don’t feel very ‘me’. You could say it’s the other factors in my life that are affecting me. You could say it’s the weather, my age, call it what you want. I don’t quite know where I am at, or what I want, or why I’m feeling this way, or how to stop feeling this way. Something just feels ‘off’, or ‘missing’. So I’m currently in limbo waiting for that lightbulb moment where I get that clarity spark and everything begins moving again.

Until then, I had my lowest moment yesterday daytime so during my lunch hour I faltered and gave in to a deal on a Pink Personal Finsbury. After I panicked, had a bit of buyers remorse and felt guilt like no other, I realised that my Halloween set of dividers won’t be co-ordinating with the fun pink Finsbury, so last night I darted over to my local craft shop to buy a new set of scrapbook papers.

Naturally when I was faced with a lot of crafty bits and bobs I got carried away and purchased a few bits and bobs ready for my new addition. It’s all girly and vintage looking 😉 if you’re in the UK, you can purchase all of these from The Range.

The colours and patterns I chose were similar to the pastel throughout Legally Blonde 2 – pretty much how I would imagine Elle Wood’s pink Classic Filofax to look inside. Although, I am yet to find an “I brake for Sample Sales!” bookmark 😉

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I’ve just been notified by Amazon that my Finsbury has arrived at my home (well, signed by my neighbour as I’m still here at work).  Staring at the clock and willing 5.30 to arrive.  Come on 90 minutes, do your magic!  So exciting!  I will have to do an unboxing post later on tonight now…!

Squeal!

Stay Creative

Kel

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