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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Filofax: it just doesn’t feel right :/

My Orange Osterley is my “go-to” planner as it reminds me of happy times. I’m even going as far to say it is lucky almost. I kid you not.

When I purchased my Osterley last year I met Luke and war pretty much in the Filofax clouds. I felt invincible and amazing: constantly. Once I moved out of the Osterley, I became sad and withdrawn.

My deco is beautiful, and I love her dearly, but Ozzie is just something else, you know?

Once I popped my inserts back into Ozzie, I kid you not, in the space of a week I received 2 messages from Luke. The first time I’ve received anything from him since he left for brighter skies of Australia the beginning of November.

Anyway… For those who don’t believe in luck or coincidence etc, I’m using my smash dividers once again (it’s only fitting as I am smashing it up in 2014). I downloaded and modified Philofaxy diary week on 2 pages CC inspired layout. Keeping with the Smashbook school theme it reminds me so much of, I amended the diary font to typewriter.

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As you can see it doesn’t have any decoration or my task/to do lines at the moment. Actually I purchased some to to stamps from L2E. They’re not shipping until mid Jan so I need to get a wiggle on and draw some lines on!

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I’ve done the same with my month on 2 pages (again from Philofaxy).

Apologies for the bad quality photos, it’s really early in the morning and the suns not out properly yet! I just figured I would show you how I’m going into 2014.

How have you set up your 2014 diary?

Kel
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Filofax Custom Today Markers

Good Morning!

UK Peeps, not to put a downer on us or anything, but did you know yesterday was the last Bank Holiday until Christmas now? But of course you did: we are an organised bunch of people, you’d probably known that at the start of the year unlike me, who discovered this depressing fact at 6am this morning just as I woke.

I was in such a hurry to post and get to bed last night that I forgot to post my net Today Markers… Which were made from the “Inserts” of the Smash range. To me, the whole range creates nostalgia within me: of schooldays and preparing for my first day back in September. I would spend ages in the likes of WHSmith wanting products I didn’t have the pocket money for (notably, that Sheep folder everyone seemed to have… You know the one: the badly drawn sheep that covered the entire 2 ring A4 binder on a bright yellow background? And it didn’t stop there: they had pencils, erasers, notebooks etc all in that design. I’m pretty sure they did a cow too…!) with my friends.

I think the Smash range would look amazing in one of those cute School Exercise Book type Filofaxes!

Anyway: here you go 🙂

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The above is my Month to View page marker. You’ll notice that my month is colour coded (I finally succumbed!) and the key is in the notes section on the far right hand side.

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I’ve added washi tape on my week to view page marker. The washi tape is full of “fab, want it, need it, love it” etc phrases with arrows… So much fun!

I’m trying to incorporate the same kind of colour coding system into my weekly pages (only in the blank areas closest to my page marker, not in the to do list in the line and check box areas. I’ve attached the code on the marker.

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There we have it! I have finally found the perfect set up for me 🙂 and about time, too!

Hope you have a great day!

Kel

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Filofax & Smash Products

Hi everyone!

Quick update today: I popped to my local hobbycraft today as I had seen a line of really really funky stationery called “Smash”… And I had to have a go at using a couple of bits and bobs of theirs in my Filofax.

Since my dividers have been a little bland and boring lately and a few of them were “redundant” due to my work role changing from external to internal, I had been meaning to change some of the dividers when I got around to it.

I decided I should have a new change around as well as new dividers etc. Well, you know what I’m like, constantly changing stuff!

Here are my new dividers!

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I apologise for my rushed camerawork: it’s late at night and I’d been working 7 hours on these dividers (crazy, huh??)

I also apologise for my awful handwriting, but I wanted it to look more of a scrappy feel and extremely personal.

So there we are… I’m ready to step into Autumn with my new updated and revised dividers… Have you updated yours recently?

Catch you later!

Kel
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Filofax Personal Malden V’s Filofax Personal Osterley

Good Morning!

I’m back and armed with so much stuff to get through today, I may have to spread it over a couple of posts – you lucky people!!

I promised a couple of posts ago that I would compare my Malden and my Osterley, and I actually took a few photo’s ready to show you there and then… but as you know life and ex-boyfriends get in the way and you’re forced to sort out a lot of mind warps before you can consider sitting down and actually doing something productive (like blogging, ahem…!)

So here we go, lets see if I can get through this post without being called away, eh!

First up, a snapshot of side by side comparison:

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It was a really sunny day in my living room on the day I took these photo’s – the orange of the Osterley looks pretty blinding!  My apologies!

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The Malden is a matt leather, very soft and luxurious – extremely floppy and malleable (especially when moisturised!) It has a very long clasp (so easy to fill those rings up) and the stitching really gives it that casual and long time use feel.

The Osterley is almost patent in comparison, a smooth leather with a high end stylish texture.  It is rigid and structured in comparison to the Malden’s laid back feel.  The clasp is also shorter – it’s quite a ruthless binder almost 😉

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One thing I was really surprised to find out is how much larger the Malden is to the Osterley – it doesn’t look it here, but when you have a full binder that extra little bit really is the difference to your tabs being bent due to your pens in the pen loop.  I’m not sure if I’ve ever come across any reviews mentioning this before.

But anyway – on to the interior – the Malden has all the card slots where you need them at the front – all together.  The slots are extremely supple and malleable to access your cards or items.  There is also a small shallow zip pocket and a full length pocket behind the card slots.  All are very easy to access quickly due to the soft leather.  It also means that you can (and in my case, WILL) store WAY more than you probably need so it’s very easy to overstuff.  Sometimes Malden’s don’t look right unless they are packed!  At the back of the Malden, there is a top deep pocket and a full length side pocket matching the front.  Again, very easy to over-stuff ;).  The back of the Malden comes with a full leather pen loop. 

The Osterley is a little strict when it comes to overstuffing.  It just won’t have it (unless you want to put the clasp under stress and cause the tabs to be even more bent ;).  Instead, the front of the binder believes you can only have 4 cards and one full length pocket.  They are quite sturdy so aren’t as malleable to slide cards and other items in and out of the pockets, but they are still pretty accessible.  The front of the binder comes with a part leather, part elastic pen loop which is perfect for left handers like myself, and for those that love chunky pens.  The back of the Osterley finds another 2 card slots, another full length pocket and another part leather, part elastic pen loop.

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And here is Ozzie in action!  

Next up is what is inside and how I organise my planner 🙂

Til next time – happy planning!

Toodles

Kel

 

Ozzie is here! Filofax Personal Orange Osterley has arrived – and he’s not alone!

Hello everyone!

After a week of excitement and crazy parcel tracking, I popped online at work today to see a message on the Parcelforce website Track & Trace service saying “Delivered & Signed For” – by myself!

I sat at work for a couple of minutes wondering if I was actually dreaming or whether I was in fact really at home and had signed for a Parcelforce package.  Nope – I was definitely at work.  So I wondered who the deuce had signed for the package on my behalf…!

I’ve been able to leave work to work from home this afternoon so I shot home to find a message from the Parcelforce team saying they had signed on my behalf and had hidden the package in an area they had access to.  PERFECT!

Here is is right now, sitting on my living room floor – I’ll go through this with you because I am super super excited!

Again, I’ll mention to you that Stefanie was absolutely fantastic to deal with – she has stayed within the Osterley Range and now has an A5 – so Ozzie has a big brother 😉

I wondered how something so small could require such a large parcel!

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My very first RAK!  All I keep saying is:  “Oh my gosh!  Oh my gosh – how did Stefanie know I wanted those Frixion colour pens and bohemian washi tape?!”  I am feeling so amazed and happy and warm and fuzzy right now, I can’t stop smiling!  It’s my lucky day 🙂 (once I’d calmed down I realised I’d posted my RAK wishlist on my blog and I know Stefanie had read my blog, so maybe she wasn’t psychic like I’d thought originally in my blonde excited haze haha!)

I received a little note alongside from Stefanie herself saying she hoped Ozzie reached me well and thanking me for being so nice – oh, bless her – she is so sweet!  Thank you Stefanie!

So now, turning back to the box…

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Peeking out of the packed paper, here he is, all boxed up…

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And another little note as soon as I open the box to reveal the usual Filofax protective thin paper:

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What a lovely note 🙂  I may need to laminate that and keep it with him 🙂

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Here he is!  I’m in love already 🙂

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Ozzie arrived filled with cotton cream inserts, and as you can see above – he doesn’t lay flat straight away (yet!)

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He is made of perfect Tangerine Orange Italian Leather as noted above.

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And here is what he looks like without inserts:

Front cover – 1 pen loop (part elasticated), 4 beautifully shaped card slots, one full length pocket.

Back cover – 1 pen loop (part elasticated), 2 beautifully shaped card slots and one full length pocket.

The rings are perfect and the snap closure is easier to flip your nail under to open than I thought – the whole binder is honestly not as stiff as I thought it would be!

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Here are the inserts:

Clear Flyleaf, WO2P Cotton Cream 2013 Diary, Cotton Cream Tabs, Cotton Cream Addresses, Cotton Cream Address Tabs, Cotton Cream To Do Pages, Cotton Cream Ruled & Unlined (plain! again, just what I was really wanting!) and a brown corresponding Today bookmark.

So now that’s all open and gushed over (I want to do it all over again now!) I turned over to see my Cat Meeko’s reaction to it all… and found her making a new friend 😉

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I think she may be occupied for some time now so I’ll leave her to it!

Thank you once again Stefanie – you really need to do a blog for your A5 Osterley so I can see it in action 🙂  (Pretty please!)

I will be doing a post next on the Malden next to the Osterley (why does it feel like I’m cheating haha?) and then about “the move” into Ozzie, show off the inserts I have doctored from the Philofaxy Website etc… etc… too many photo’s on this post for all that 😉

Catch you very very soon!

Kel

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