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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Happy 2nd Anniversary to us! And a Mulberry is on the way….

Hello everyone!

Today marks my 2nd Anniversary with WordPress.  The time has shot by, I look back on just 2 years of posts and I see my journey go from a very wobbly beginning where I had no idea what I was going to use this blog for, if at all… to utilising it and sharing my passion for  Filofaxes, becoming more organised… and having fun unleashing my little creative side.

It’s all down to a previous job manager from a few years back, when I was in a role that required me to be extremely organised and one step ahead of the game at all times with an answer for everything.  I was the least organised person – and it was my manager that suggested I tried using a visual method – a planner/diary/calendar.

I became the most efficient person in my team once I got my desktop calendar and my windows calendar sync’d up.  I missed nothing, I was able to report on everything, follow up on things before they missed the Service Level Agreement Timescales etc…

It all started from there, and just a few years later I’ve gone from a disorganised mess learning how to juggle appointments, meetings and reports with a desk calendar, to a super organised calm and collected (and slightly more creative) lady with super sleek organisers.

But I could never have done it without the inspiration of the Filofax/Planner Community.  Everyone has been so helpful, so kind, so encouraging.  It’s those encouraging and inspirational words that keep me going and keep me moving forward, always looking for that next challenge, alway looking to give something back to those that believe in me.

And so, 2 years after purchasing my first pocket Filofax Metropol in lilac, I bring you to the last section of this post:

After being unwell all week and taking time off work from an ear infection and losing my hearing (yet again), I was scouring the internet for more inspiration for my Filofax… when I came across this beauty of a read (again) – Cat’s Corner – Moving into Mulberry.  I love, love, love Cat’s posts and those photographs actually really made me want a Mulberry Pocketbook of my own.

I found a vintage 1990’s one on e-bay that I thought was perfect, but I still had doubts.  For 18 months or more I’d been in a Personal size in some form or another… I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get back into using a Pocket size planner.  What if the pages were too small for me?  What if the rings kept getting in the way of my left handed… ness?  What if I couldn’t print everything I wanted to, on Pocket size paper?

I had NOTHING.  I would have to start completely from scratch.  And then it dawned on me. Maybe I was looking for a fresh start, a new challenge.

So I hit the Buy It Now button.

And now I’m worried all over again.

I don’t know much about the Mulberry Pocketbooks, if anyone has any knowledge (the description didn’t say much!) I’d be happy to hear about it!  The only thing I’m a little dubious of is the “window” at the back (please see photographs).  It looks a bit… hacked?

Does anyone know any good websites to print out stuff (like diaries and monthly calendars) direct onto Pocket Size Paper?

I’ll leave you the photographs from the e-bay seller 🙂

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Catch you later, you beautiful people!

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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Filofax Changes – Selling A Couple Of My Filo’s!

Hi Everyone!

I’ve sold my Malden!  There, it’s out there.  My lovely Grey is departing for the fairer shores of the USA tomorrow morning to his new home.

I’m on this whole self improvement thing and for me, it’s all about cleansing my surroundings.  I’ve sold lots of things, thrown out lots of things, and now it’s time to whittle down my Filofax Collection.  So, in addition to my Malden’s departure, I am also selling the linked Filofaxes:

My Slimline Finsbury in Black – never used perfect rings, 2013 week on one page diary and telephone contact tabs.  Comes in slide in box.  Perfect for whipping out in business meetings!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161144249188

 

My Personal Breast Cancer Awareness Hot Pink Filofax – only used to carry contact business cards around with me whilst I was in my reps role.  No inserts or box.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161144253189

 

And there we have it!  Feel free to take a look at the listing and place a bid 🙂

Another thing regarding Filofax, I am currently on the hunt for the PERFECT 2014 diary inserts for me.  I’m currently having some printables designed for me by Sharn of the fantastic FilofaxPrintables shop on Etsy.  Her designs are so gorgeous, I just HAD to contact her and ask her to use her “Perrrfect World” design and customise it to suit my needs.  I’m so excited to see it – and when I do, I’ll have to show it off to you 🙂

In the meantime, here is the link to Sharn’s Etsy Shop for you to drool over her beautiful designs.  Don’t forget, she is available to customise the designs to your requirements!

http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/FilofaxPrintables?ref=l2-shopheader-name

 

In other news, I had my first ever microdermabrasion session today and I love the results already!  I fully recommend pampering and treating yourself, especially when you feel low or in limbo etc.  Get yourself a sense of purpose, a catalyst, a muse, a direction, a REASON… and go for it.  Indulge, splurge, live a little, enjoy life, have a goal and work towards it using small tasks of loveliness to urge you on and make you feel amazing.

Because as L’Oreal so decadently put it – You’re Worth It.

Much Love – stay creative!

Kel

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Filofax Keeping Me Grounded – Project Kel Is GO!

Hi Everyone!

The last few weeks I’ve been on a bit of a downer, and this little depressive dip was just enough to actually keep me in pyjama’s and bedridden almost for the last week. I’ve done nothing. No cleaning (shocker!) no organising (shocker!) no smiling. I wanted the would to fade away and let me curl up in a ball. I ate takeaway after takeaway, ordered in my shopping consisting of fizzy drinks, alcohol, biscuits, crisps, chocolate… you name it, everything I shouldn’t do is on there.

As a result, you can imagine I feel even worse!

Anyway, this realisation came to me on Saturday night while talking with my Australian Skypefriend Zoe about Luke leaving for Australia (which is happening today, sigh) and she crazily suggested I ought to visit her sometime soon. I’ll admit, I’m tempted!

While I was thinking about being tempted, I thought to myself; If I was going to visit Zoe I’d need a beach perfect bod!

Looking down at my junk food ridden body that I was letting go of slightly, I thought “it’s time to whup myself into shape again and develop some good habits ready to show Luke what he’s been missing!”

Course, it’s not all for Luke, I mean, I’m using that as some sort of purpose, you know? I have Christmas around the corner and I need to get into that perfect little black dress again, and then in the summer I have my parents 25th wedding anniversary party to attend where I am to wear an extremely tight Alice’s Boutique dress, so it’s important that I look my best!

I looked into getting back to Bellydancing, but it’s not widely recognised over here. I looked into going back to my old gym, but it’s all about spinning and weights there. I knew I wanted to do something feminine, rhythmic, dance-orientated, flowing etc.

Then I looked at the fitness regime of a slender inspiration of mine, don’t judge me on this – Cheryl Cole. I remember reading an article regarding her dramatic weight loss once, stating she was over 9 stone (which I personally consider to be a healthy weight!) in the early days of Girls Aloud. She didn’t feel happy wherefore she switched to a portion of Chicken and Rice for one of her meals every day. The girls had a professional trainer come in to sort them out etc… and now according to this article: http://www.closeronline.co.uk/2013/08/cheryl-cole-reveals-her-exercise-and-diet-tips she uses the Tracy Anderson Method DVD’s when she is not training on her own dance moves or attending Tracy Anderson Classes.

So last night I downloaded and had a go at the Dance Cardio DVD. It’s going to take me some time to get the Combinations down (I’m still learning Combination 1!) but that’s almost a workout in itself!

I woke up this morning and I ached. I’m still aching now. But I feel as though I’m starting something new, you know? Today marks the first day of Project Kel. Where I will be working on myself (not just working out) to make myself better in mind, body and soul.

And how will I be using my Filofax to do this? Well – to schedule in the ME TIME 🙂 whether it’s time for me to work out or organise appointments to have my teeth whitened or to meditate. It will be used to motivate me when I’m slipping, ready for me to pencil in a new appointment after remembering my goals and the reasons I’m doing this.

Today, I’ve booked my Teeth Whitening Session for Saturday. Which is perfect as I am beginning my new job on the Monday.

And now I feel motivated, what else can I book…!!

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How are you using your Filofax to motivate you?

Much Love

Kel

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The Bombshell Filofax

Happy Monday everyone!

Recently I have been revisiting and devouring one of my favourite books, “The Bombshell Manual of Style” by Laren Stover. When I first read this in 2010 I was hooked.

For some time I have been a fan of the classic bombshell films, with Bridget Bardot, Jayne Mansfield, Kim Novak and of course, Marilyn Monroe as the stars. So when I re-read the Manual (AKA, The Bible 😉 ) I knew that Reuben Toledo’s amazing bombshellesque illustrations had to be involved somehow in my filofax.

So I added some illustrations to some filofax notepaper, and here is an example of how they have come out:

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I’m quite pleased! So I’ve added them to the Free Inserts Page if you’re interested in unleashing your inner bombshell 🙂

While I was fiddling around with my printing, I also had a go at positioning one of the illustrations in the original filofax week on 2 pages “this week” section. Here’s how that turned out!

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Pretty neat, huh?

This is also available for anyone that is interested, in the Free Inserts page (the link is at the top of the page!)

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Hope you enjoy, I’ll add some more illustrations soon 🙂

Stay creative!

Kel

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