Pocket Filofax Malden in Kingfisher Blue

Hi Everyone!

WARNING – PICTURE HEAVY POST! 😉

After an agonising 5 day wait, today I finally received my Pocket Malden in Kingfisher Blue. Oh my. It’s a beauty.

All over the bank holiday weekend I worked on inserts for it and, inspired by the colour, I decided to stay vibrant and go for a mermaid type of theme. You know my Filofaxes always seem to have themes!

I’ve used a lot of papers from “Hunkydory’s Twilight Under The Sea” collection and also the “First Edition Beyond The Shore” to create these dividers, markers note papers etc.

It’s by no means finished yet, but I just couldn’t wait for you to see it!And so, without further ado, please meet my latest addition 🙂

When I took it out of the box, I did my new favourite thing to do with the lived in Malden range – I massaged it with Coconut Oil so that it became buttery and soft and aged.

In the pockets I have an In Case of Emergency card that I created on Excel and stuck onto one of the scrapbook cards. In the pocket behind is a sticky notes section full of little tiny sticky notes – from Dovecraft. The Dashboard is an absolutely beautiful piece of art I just had to print out from Pinterest. It’s perhaps my favourite mermaid illustration ever. It’s so vibrant and mystical!

Behind the dashboard, another Pinterest find which is again, sublime! Then I have a credit card pocket with a die cut or topper from the Twilight Under the Sea range.

My tabs were all created using the “We R Memory Keepers” Bracket Tab and the labels were simply created in Excel, cut out very roughly and stuck onto the tabs with packing tape. I’ve used no laminate in this filofax.

The Today Bookmark was made with the “Twilight Inder The Sea” Cardstock and again, the labels were created on Excel, cut out very roughly and stuck onto the card.

Lastly I created this credit card holder with side pocket which I’m still not sure about… I don’t know if I’ll be keeping it in here just yet!

And that’s it! Like I say, I’m still setting things up and things are likely to move around as I find what works for me – it’s been a VERY long time since I was in a Pocket Filofax!

Pocket users – how do you utilise yours!? Any ideas will be great fully received 🙂

Until next time – carry on planning!

Kel

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Filofax Personal Malden Ochre

These Malden’s are the same age. I know, crazy isn’t it! They were both taken out of the box the weekend and yet the one to the right looks really worn in and the patina looks supple and shiny through years of use.

I have to admit, I’m kind of in love with the one on the right, a lot!

I’m going to tell you the tale of the 2 Personal Malden’s in Ochre:

Firstly, I’ve been away from my Filofaxes for a good 18 months or so. I’ve felt that I didn’t really need to be planning at work so much and I promised I could keep it all in my head… and what ended up happening was a lot of agreeing to go somewhere or do something only to be contacted weeks or months later asking where I was as I’d organised something and forgotten about it!

I figured I needed something. So I tried my Travelers Notebook and then a Moleskine, and then a “normal” diary from Laura Ashley. All with very little success.

So I decided before the weekend I would go back to my trusty old Filofax, or rather, a new, trusty Filofax hehe. I had seen on one of the Filofax Facebook groups that a few people had gotten their Kingfisher Blue Malden’s and I kind of really wanted one: a lot (spoiler, I ordered one…!). But I also spotted the Ochres on sale on Amazon, and I had always been one foot in the Ochre camp; whenever I went into WHSmiths to feel then though, they felt quite… plasticky and not as soft as I thought they’d be. But in my moment of weakness, it didn’t stop me as I ordered from Amazon and received the very next day.

When it arrived, I was so excited I opened it up but to discover that there were 2017 diary inserts (which was fine, but I thought I would let Amazon know just in case they had any issues with any other customers etc) and they told me I needed to return the Filofax and get a replacement. I told them I didn’t want to return it, and I just wanted to get the correct inserts instead. After too-ing and fro-ing I eventually agreed to return and they would send a replacement the next day.

The next day, the replacement arrived and again, it was the 2017 inserts, so now I had 2 Ochre Malden’s, but both with 2017 inserts. I got onto Amazon to let them know that I had still received 2017 inserts, and they credited me £5 to my account so I could purchase 2019 inserts.

The collection of the original was supposed to happen today however they never turned up, and I ended up on the phone to Amazon and even offered to deliver it to their branch, which is opposite my workplace.

Amazon turned around and told me that they didn’t want the Filofax back, and I could dispose of it or do what I like with it. So effectively, I have 2 Ochre Malden’s that I’ve only paid for 1 and it was in a sale as it was!

Anyway…! The one on the right was the replacement and when I took it out of the box it felt a little plasticky, so I decided I would try my normal method of moisturising it, but with coconut oil instead of normal moisturiser. After rubbing the oil onto the surface of the empty binder, I noticed it getting darker in places and I initially panicked, wondering if it was taking the colour off the leather. But it suddenly felt so soft, buttery and luxurious, I had to keep on going! The colour you see above is after 2 attempts of coconut oil, and I think it looks beautifully aged and rustic and very loved.

Even the grain looks better and more moisturised.

I have to say, it’s even much more pliable than the untouched one!

What do you prefer? A brand spanking new Malden that looks absolutely pristine, or so you prefer one that looks a little more weathered and aged?

Until next time keep planning!

Kel

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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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