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:
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.
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:
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:
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!)
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:
My next section is my Diary tab, which is a side tab and taken from the Desert Blooms Cardstock once again:
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:
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…
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:
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:
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!).
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:
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…!)
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:
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.
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.
Instead of my previous inserts, I have printed out another of the Philofaxy inserts – http://www.philofaxy.com/files/PersonalMeeting.pdf
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:
My Passwords inserts were actually just Philofaxy Address inserts but rows removed and renamed:
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!
In this section I have a few pages that make me – ME, my likes and my weight – just little reminders if I ever forget 😉
I’m attempting to lose weight so this is perfect for when I need to keep a careful eye on my scales.
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/
Things I want to change about my set up…
Music that makes me – ME 🙂 – notice the little musical washi tape? So cute!
The world washi tape showing where I want to go abroad and where I’ve been (not many places unfortunately!)
My favourite films that I enjoyed watching (for whatever reasons – nostalgia, style, storyline, etc)
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