Goodbye Filofax – Hello Midori!

Hello you!

I know I’ve been quiet lately, but I’ve been in Kefalonia on holiday!  After dodging my partners excuses, I finally managed to get him to book time off work and decide where we wanted to go.  Actually that’s a lie – after being fed up of waiting for the right time to sit down together and put some concrete plans in place, I booked it online and told him where we were going haha!

It worked out quite well because, thanks to my extensive research, our hotel was on the sea front and close to the bars and restaurants (and shops, of course!).  Our holiday consisted of sun drenched beach days and lilo’s in the sea… and relaxing evenings around the shops, retiring to a restaurant and sipping Robola Wine… and then having last minute cocktails and a pool match back at the hotel outside pool bar.

I miss it terribly already (I don’t miss the mozzie bites however – they’re seriously itchy!).

But anyway, you may ask – what has this tale got to do with Filofaxes – or Midori?!

Well I wanted something to take on holiday to sort of journal with and to write down my thoughts and feelings and things that happened while away.  Looking at my beloved Amazona, I thought “honey, you just don’t look like you should be on the beach”.  And so, my lovely Marilyn Amazona was dismissed to the cupboard for a break, with the rest of my collection.

I knew I wanted something that could withstand life on the sand and wouldn’t look too out of place – somewhere I could store our passports and flight tickets and hotel information etc…  my eyes settled on my Raydori I purchased about a year ago.

So on the run up to our holiday, I scoured youtube for ideas and pinterest for printables… and I ended up doing a half job on it making a couple of notebooks for it using A5 exercise books and trimming them down to size.  I also made a little Craft File using scrapbook paper.  It was all so badly done and rushed, I can’t even show it here haha!

My partner, not into Filofaxes/Diaries or planning tools at all, even commented on the Raydori several times (and several times since arriving back home, too), saying that it looked “cool”.  “Nice” was another monosyllabic word he may have uttered also (you know what guys are like when they don’t really know what they’re talking about).  So I took it that the Raydori was a success.

With all these youtube video’s in my brain, when I got back from too much thinking on the beach and not enough doing… I ordered myself a Midori from Amazon.  The Passport size.

On 12th June I ordered it.  It arrived today… 19th July.  From a Japanese company.  Seriously, I’m amazed.  I’m based in the UK, and I strongly recommend this seller:  Arigatone Fukuoka-Japan @ Amazon – I’ll be ordering from these guys again through Amazon, definitely.  I’ve never been one to order from Japan etc due to their shipping times.  I’m one of those brats that has no patience!  But if there are shipping times like these, I have no issue whatsoever.

Here are some of the photo’s of my unboxing 🙂

Such a cute little thank you note and origami present!  Perfect colours to match my new free spirited journal 😉

I love how Midori have wrote that this little notebook can totally change your life.  It brings me hope and anticipation – bring on the adventure!

A replacement orange rubber band, and the white muslin bag that contains the Midori Traveler’s Notebook

Ta Daaa!  It’s finally here!  

This is the back corner of the Midori  

Interior.  The Midori’s come with a black notebook inside.  

And the back of the notebook is like a passport – clever Midori!

I’m in love already! I recall a few other YouTube videos mentioning that they had white powder on their Midori’s when they arrived… And I’ve noticed the same thing, you know, just a few specks here and there!

And so, just like that, I’m now part of the Midori Revolution!

I shall update you very shortly on my progress, for this weekend it’s all about getting that old Craft Head on! Yippee, “Project!” (As Cher from Clueless would say).

Until then

Some of those dreams you have… It’s ok to follow them 🙂

Kel

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A Day with the Raydori

Hi there

Righty, after a day with the Raydori Traveler’s Notebook, I’m going to update you on what I’ve been up to in terms of attempting to set it up… Or rather how I’ve been bamboozled by my lovely printer settings.

Yesterday I popped to my local garden and arts/crafts centre to see what I could pick up for the newest binder of my growing planner collection. I picked up a couple of vintage buttons, marker pens and a couple of A5 sketch pages in the shape of exercise books.

I spent the majority of the daytime wondering (and worrying) about tackling the printouts for my diary and month to view calendar and cutting the printouts down… And it wasn’t until I sat down with it again at 8.30pm I decided what I would do: I would design my own planner pages, undated.

So, I got onto excel, printing off the days of the week, cutting and sticking onto the middle page of Ray’s lined booklet provided with the notebook. It looked like this:

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I scanned the end result in and then printed it onto the A5 sketchbook I had purchased:

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Then I just trimmed the edges down.

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So, I put it all back together and had a quick attempt at filling in a few pages… Here you go:

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I’m trying a new way of colour coding: highlighting. You can see my code that I’ve taped onto the page marker. I’ve been colour coding using frixxon pens since last year and I’ve found it highly effective. I’m usually a serial neat freak, everything has to be “just so”, hence the erasable pens usually: I hate seeing crossed out cancelled appointments, it makes it look reply messy. However, I’m trying to embrace the whole “it’s ok to be imperfect”, and looking at the binder, I know it won’t mind a few imperfections here and there ;), so I’ve switched to normal biro’s and highlighters instead.

You’ll also probably notice that I’m using a week per page. This is because lately my weeks have been a little bare; my Filofax has been seeing a lot of gaps. So with the extra height I’m using it to see how I get on with the week per page instead of a week to view. My to do’s will probably survive on post it’s/page-flags etc ;)… We will see!

Anyhow… Moving on…

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A couple more pages filled in…

Next I have the back page of the 1st booklet, to show you how the printable is looking in the booklet without any filling in:

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The rest is just a couple of photos where everything else is (barely anything yet but hey ho…!)

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And there we have it so far!

How have you set yours up?

Kel

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Ray’s Traveler’s Notebook AKA the Raydori

Hello!

Last week I had been researching the Midori Traveler’s Notebook, and looking online at everyone’s rustic, whimsical, memory treasured books I knew I had to jump on the bandwagon.

I’d been so against the Traveler’s Notebooks for so long as I didn’t want to confine myself to a bound planner/system etc… Because I’m such a perfectionist I like to know I can just rip out an insert and start again.

But something urged me to keep looking at them, I felt drawn to their beauty and style… They looked different from our pristine Filofaxes, they looked broken into, malleable, utterly customisable, aged, loved, battered about… And I loved that!

I just couldn’t justify the base price of £40 for a regular size notebook, you know?

Whilst on YouTube, I came across a fantastic video by Sophie on her Midori “range”. (http://youtu.be/WnT6VOjbuh8). It was there I was introduced to this beautiful notebook made by Ray Blake of My Life All In One Place (www.mylifeallinoneplace.com). I’ve mentioned his website in a few of my posts as he works with Steve from Philofaxy (www.philofaxy.blogspot.co.uk) on Filofax inserts.

Ray also does a vast range of printables for the Midori Traveler’s Notebooks along with step by step guides on how to print and bind your own notebooks, which is a godsend for me!

Anyhow, whilst I was watching Sophie’s video and seeing this gorgeous emerald green notebook by Ray, I knew I had to have one. Ray handmakes binders to your needs, which sounded perfect to me as I had read about niggles that Midori users found, the wraparound elastic joining at the back of the notebook creating a bump where the knot was, as well as other things. Sounded like Sophie and Ray’s tweaks had created the perfect notebook.

So off I went to order my own from Ray, in the hope that with it would push me into finally doing a bit of my own travelling and documenting, unleashing that squashed free spirit that I have.

The very next day after ordering and paying, my manager called me into his office and notified me that I would be going to LA and Vegas in October to find out how a couple of our American branches work and their procedures, to get an insight how we could improve things here in England.

I’m going with another female colleague around my age so it’s going to be a little girly trip…

I’m still a little freaked how I ordered a Traveler’s Notebook with a half arsed attempt to push me to do more to write about, but I never actually thought it would happen so quickly, almost magical!

Today my Raydori arrived, I could barely finish my Crumpets before tearing open the envelope! Here we go!

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The leather is so soft and floppy, not at all like our rigid Filofax binders. You can overstuff this binder to your hearts content… And I intend to!

Ray has also very kindly popped in 2 starter notebooks for me: a lined notebook and an A-Z index, both of which will prove invaluable to me when I attempt to make my own booklets!

And so, let’s begin the Raydori Chapter!

Anyone else got a Midori/Raydori/Fauxdori? How do you use yours?

Much love

Kel

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