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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Filofax Fans: my apologies!

It’s been almost a month since I blogged anything.

Well, life got crazy busy with all the Christmas shopping and work and Christmas and my dear friend being over from Germany for the holidays etc… Suddenly it’s almost new year and I feel I should be still in November somewhere. Where has the time gone?

Anyway, excuses aside, I’ve felt so guilty on not updating my blog recently I feel the need to apologise. I’m so very, very sorry.

What do I need to update you with?

Erm, I actually have a confession. I haven’t been nearly as organised as I should have been by now. In fact, planning has taken a back seat over the holidays as I’ve been pushed from pillar to post from party to dinner and back again. But anyway: planner peeps best look away for my next sentence may disgrace me in your eyes:

I haven’t yet got my 2014 diary.

I know, I know, I know! Most people have been organising their 2014 diary since October: and so did I…

But it looks like that may have fallen through.

So I keep promising I will print the Philofaxy CC inspired Week on 2 Pages (they are so customisable, I love the Philofaxy/My Life All On One Page diary printables – sorry I can’t really link anything from my iPhone guys, apologies) and I will get to it eventually…!

Apart from that, I’ve fallen in love with the Smashbook Range. I purchased the RetroStyle book and about £35 worth of scrapbook accessories to start me off. Anyone who knows me, knows I am a serious sucker of anything that looks remotely 1970’s bohemian/gypsy style, which also extends to my love of 70’s style unsaturated photographs.

I wanted to find myself a real poloroid SX-70 camera but I don’t think the paper is very popular these days, with it being so old and all etc…

Anyway, my point is, one of my resolutions was to take more photographs with my little Lumia I purchased earlier this year to go to Tenerife. It’s just a point and shoot but I’m sure with the amazing editing apps there are for photos these days I can get the look I love so much. I’m going to smash it all in my Smashbook and keep a record of all the 2014 fun times 🙂

That’s the plan, anyway.

Need to get a diary sorted before I plan that though…!

How’s your Christmas been? How about any NY Resolutions this year?

Kel
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Filofax Week

Hi everyone!

I’ve been quiet for a while, I know… I apologise! It’s just, I’ve been mighty busy and my social life has been pretty mental etc. Not only that, but I’ve been honing my system to perfection, so now I have a great system that I use that works for me, I can finally share it!

I never understood when people said they had found their perfect setup or system. I was one of those bumbling idiots that just chucked everything in their diary then had a difficult time navigating through the scrawls, everything was everywhere and although I felt slightly more organised than without a planner, I still didn’t quite grasp the concept of having a system to suit “you”.

I mentioned a YouTube video a couple of blogs ago, and it revolutionised the way my week is viewed. I have split the page in 2: one half is a to do list for each day, the other half is colour coded and taken from my month to view tabs. More often than not, in this half I use the washi-tape “labels” that I blogged about (in one of my last posts) so that everything is visually attractive (to me, anyhow!).

I break the days of the week up by using doodles or patterns in different colours and I make the week day numbers into flowers, and the weekends/days off work/holidays etc into hearts. I use one of the smash! markers trimmed and punched for my bookmarks with a small sticky note with my colour coding system attached in case I might forget ;).

Here is this week in action so far… It’s probably the quietest week so far (which is why I’ve managed to sit and type this instead of running around Asda in my lunch break!).

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As you can see the last few days I’ve had a few social visits (in purple) and I’ve used a couple of the washi tape labels.

Talking of the washi tape labels, I now have the back of my diary page holding my labels so. I can attach them on the go. I printed out a few too many for just 1 page so ended up using a flyleaf I had hanging around also:

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And finally, here is a close up of a washi tape label in action:

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I did think about doing my own however a disaster occurred and my poor old Mid 2009 white MacBook decided to give up the ghost a few weeks ago, so I’ve had to sort all that out, and now I have a 2nd hand Late 2009 white Unibody MacBook that I’m slowly reloading and getting set up again. Once up and running I might have a go at a couple of my own labels: I want stuff like “Shopping” and “Cinema” and “Hair Appointment”/”Beauty Appointment”.

How are you set up and organised? Are you visually stimulated when you open your organiser?

Take care!

Kel

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