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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Slimline Finsbury Filofax: My Dad’s Birthday Gift

Hello Everyone!

My Dad is a Senior Manager within a large corporate company and he uses a cheap small diary (that is probably free from suppliers most of the time) to help him keep track of meetings and travel arrangements in his hectic worklife.

On his days off he has a Harley Davidson that he customises and takes to shows etc.  He’s  a huge Harley Davidson fan and I wanted to sort of… fuse the two lifestyles a little – show a little professionalism and yet a bit of personality to his working life.

So I thought a Filofax would be perfect for him.  I didn’t want to get him anything bigger or smaller than a binder that took Personal size papers (Pocket would be too small A5 too bulky for his Briefcase and Personal size papers are the most common – larger choice), so I had the choice of an original Personal, Compact or Slimline.  My dad isn’t much of a “clasp” fan either so I narrowed it down to a Slimline.

Looking around I really liked the look of the Slimline Holborn however I never got chance to see it in the flesh – however I came across the Slimline Finsbury in Staples – which I absolutely KNEW was the binder for my dad.  It was perfect.  Looking at the Personal Finsbury they seem really stiff however the Slimline is almost as malleable as my Malden, which I’m really pleased about. 

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When I got it home I couldn’t wait to get my vision into action!  

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When I first took it out of the box, it didn’t lay completely flat, but I wanted a “ready to go” feel for my dad to just “run with it”.  It hardly required training to stay flat, after flexing the binder a bit it’s really pliable and floppy 🙂

I added some original Filofax tabs from my own stash first of all, then began moving things around for his ease of use.

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Course, I couldn’t stop there, I felt inspired to make this a fantastic, personal present for him.  So, out came the cardstock, Mac scissors etc…

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And then I created this first of all:

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The Slimline Finsbury did not come with a ruler so out of thin cardstock and a printed Harley Davidson embelm I created my own… and then I couldn’t stop once I started:

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Once they were hole punched and placed in the Slimline Finsbury, they looked like this:

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Not content with just the front page and the ruler being customised, I used the Harley Davidson embelm yet again to “watermark”all of the inserts!

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The pen I’ve got for him is the same style pen I use – Uniball Phantom, which is an erasable rollerball I found in WHSmiths.

I liked the Slimline Finsbury so much… I had to get myself one too!  Yep!  No idea what I’ll use it for but I just like looking at it…!  I’m sure I’ll find some use for it…

Until then.. Peace out!

Kel

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Bohemian Filofax!

G’day folks!

I’ve been living it up lately in my vests and gauzy indian print skirts, 70’s print maxi dresses and bohemian smock tunics so that I could brave this wonderful British heatwave we’ve been having.  Those of you who know me know that I generally like to change my style dramatically – a lot!  So it comes as no surprise that I usually need to match my Filofax to my mood and style.

My girly pink overload was so time consuming to do and fun to look at etc, but no matter how much I adore pink, sometimes my bohemian style just HAS to take over and unfortunately I can’t squash it down.  I had to extend my personal style (as per) over to my Filofax.

A few months ago I purchased “Desert Blooms” and “Boho Chic” 8 x 8 Premium Paper Pads which I’d made a couple of Today Bookmarks from when I first purchased them.  Since then the cardstock sat in my cupboard earning me a lot of puzzled faces, not quite knowing what I ought to use them for again… until now.

I had a go at making my own dividers instead of using Filofax’s dividers or personal size Filofax paper as a starting surface.  Using the double sided papers I was able to create dividers with tabs still using original dividers to outline where I needed to cut etc.  Stick on tab names, laminate, hole punch and I’m good to go!  Here are the results:

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This is how they all look together – the first page being the page that will show the organiser number.

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These are the prints I’ve used – they’re all “double sided” so they have different prints on the back of the card.

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And here is how it’s looking in my Malden.

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With regards to my impending news, I’m afraid I’ve had to wait until tomorrow… all shall be revealed…!

Until then

Kel

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Brand New Customised Dividers!

Hi!

Welcome to part two of tonight’s two part show…!  Ahem.

I’m really anxious and excited to show you the results of 3 nights work slaving away on my living room floor surrounded by pink pages, ideas, sticky sparkly gems and girly embellishments…!  On a personal level, I feel exhausted from trying to get out this burst of basic “creativity” that surged forward recently.  Trust me, it is a godsend, but it’s also tiring!

As you know, I got bored with the setup of my Malden and found it to be too erm… well… not girly enough for my renewed love of pink thanks to watching my Heroine of the Modern Day:  Ms Woods.

I got bored with my very basic “picture on a pre-made tab” and be done with it – I wanted something that looked interesting, creative almost, pretty and visually exciting.  Oh, and the final reason (and should be most important but I forgot until now… oops), there were far too many tabs, too much information that didn’t need to be in there and generally… it was looking too stuffed full of things I didn’t really need.

As you know from my previous posts, I removed my business cards completely…  but I also removed the “information” tab, “notes” tab, “inspiration” tab and the “A-Z” tabs.  I have a heck of a lot of space left over!  My Malden is now a Skinny Minx and itching for more information…

Anyway… without further ado… here are the new tabs:

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And here is the new “today” bookmark:

 

 

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Now, now that the initial photographs are up… I must show you what a grand job my laminator did of mucking up 2 of my hard worked on creations….  I admit, it’s all my fault though… I shouldn’t have gone so mad with the gems…!

The below photograph was of the front page to the diary showing the Organiser Number.  On it featured an old fashioned showbiz mirror, and all the lights were made of clear gems.  The laminator decided it would be ace to drag them away from their positions and um… halfway down the page at random.  It also ate into the lace dollie and pulled it into one heck of a weird shape 😦

 

 

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The only other problem I had was when I put 3 tabs in together to be laminated on an A4 laminating page… one of the larger gems got dragged off the original divider altogether, and ended up distorting this one 😦

 

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Apart from those 2 issues (which will be corrected when I get my steam back…!) I’m loving, loving, loving my new ‘look’!  Here is how it looks in the filo :).  The floating tabs seem to have come out really well and are visible at-a-glance, which I’m really pleased about.

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With all of that done, I think I can now rest peacefully until the next “surge” 😉

Have you ramped your filo lately?

Kel

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How I Make My Dividers

Hi everyone!

Today I did a bit of shopping in the craft corner of a local garden centre to give me more girly-pink ideas for my upcoming new dividers and system.  I ended up travelling to hobbycraft as well…!

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Just a bit of pink to add to my growing collection…!  The beachy styles at the top are for my scrapbook I fully intend on making when I get home from Tenerife in a few weeks time.

Anyway, I wanted to share how I make my dividers.  I have 2 posts coming out today, the second one will show all of my dividers completed and in use as of about 1 hour ago ;).

First of all, I mentioned a post or so ago that the vision behind the change is focusing on the “lady” that I have drawings of.  She will feature on all of my attempted designs ;).  So anyway, with that in mind, I think of how best I can showcase the drawing.

The one I’m going to show you was very quickly made and not a lot of detail went into this one as opposed to some of them, but hey ho… here we go!

First of all, I chose the appropriate style background paper (like card stock, but paper instead) and cut to size.  For me and what I need it for, it doesn’t need to be completely straight, it doesn’t need to be a certain size, just however I feel works for me:

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I cut and stick into place (usually slightly on an angle, I don’t require things to be perfectly straight!).  Then I line up my drawing where I want, cut and stick again:

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I created a frame made of of scrap paper and added little embellishment to finish off.

Then I sprinkled on a little “interest” – a cutout saying “summer days” and an adhesive dollie boarder down the one side to give texture.  I added a bit of sparkle and another little flower embellishment near the bottom of the “eiffel tower”.

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And that’s my method…!  Once I complete all of the dividers, I then run them all though the laminator and cut to size, hole punch and away I go!  It just takes so much time!

Now I’m going to work on my next post which should be completed this evening also…  I’m WIRED!  So excited to show off and use my new dividers… I know I’m pathetic but I have worked 3 days on these and I’m rather proud of them haha!

Kel

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Yes, I got bored with my Malden look…!

I’m not sure whether it is the summer influence, the new decor of my flat or the fact I’ve just watched a hell of a lot of pink (Legally Blonde)… but the girly glamorous side to me is dying to be unleashed!

Today I looked upon my beloved Malden and decided it was:

1) too bulky

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2) not feminine enough for my liking

I got to thinking – “how can I express my femininity using my Filofax? How can I lighten this up? What would Elle Woods do?” Haha!

First of all, I took stock of what I REALLY needed in there. I mean REALLY needed. Like… how bulky is the business card section? I know I need my cards and all, and I do access them quite often, but surely, couldn’t I transfer the detail into my address section instead? Or have a separate organiser just for my cards? The card section is so large, that it means I can only have a month of my day-per-page diary in at a time… and trying to open and close rings is a nightmare as it’s so stuffed!

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Out came my trusty creative bits and pieces, and armed with my mug of coffee (yeah, that’s a Savage Garden mug you see there in the picture…), I began turning the rather basic creative cogs in my mind. Let’s be honest here, I only started getting to grips with the whole creativity thing the end of last year, I’m by far the least creative soul on the planet…!

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I looked at the kind of ideas I’d put together for my bestie for her pocket Filo (before she quickly upgraded to a personal) and I loved the “scrapbook” type theme I had going… so I thought I might get a few bits of inspiration from that…

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By the way, the photo on the diary is a polaroid printout of my bestie – isn’t she a beaut!

Taking the idea of the pretty font due to be used on my mates tabs as you saw on the above photographs, I decided I’d like some Elle Woods inspiration and go for a pink tab and a dark violet font colour. I went one further and scanned, printed and cut out an inspirational “lady” to be the theme of my Tabs. You’ll see her in various designs (once I’ve managed to stretch the hours out longer, there just isn’t enough time to do everything I want to do. Does anyone else think that once they start messing around, time shoots by and all of a sudden 8 hours have passed by and you’ve succeeded in one thing only?) anyway, here’s the photograph of the tab design and my theme lady:

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Before I started work on my tabs, I realised I wanted pink tabs…! More pink! Pink is the new black, pink is the word etc etc… I’m going pinksane! The way I wanted to do it was to use pink coloured Filofax paper, however… this little lady thought it would be a great idea to auction off all of her coloured paper months ago as she thought she would never have any use for it, and liked all of the pages to be white… proves it’s certainly a lady’s perogative to change her mind…! Tomorrow I SHALL get some.

But anyway – I really wanted to do SOMETHING! I was wired and inspired! I decided printing out bits and bobs ready for when I could do more would help. It didn’t. I ended up part making a bookmark (which needs to be laminated and then hole punched but I want to wait for a couple of bits and bobs that require laminating in order to complete it):

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And then, after 8 hours of internet searching for appropriate possible background ideas, this is my result so far… and yep, that’s the back of the bookmark I made today too that you can see near the “Dior” printout.

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Feels like I have a very long way to go to get to where I want to get to… but I’m sure it will be worth it in the end… After all, re-vamping has always been my favourite part!

Have you changed your Filofax tabs lately? What inspired you, and why?

Much love

Kel

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Gearing Up The The Move To The Malden – WARNING – Picture Heavy Post!

Hi Everyone!

Today I decided I really needed to finish off my tabs and my setup ready for me to move into the Malden (when it gets here… I know I only ordered it Monday but I’m so impatient…!).

In my lunch hour I hauled myself to The Range and purchased some card stock and patterned paper. I purchased:

– First Edition “Boho Chic” (like me, lol 😉 ) 8×8 card stock

– First Edition “Desert Blooms” 8×8 card stock

– Dovecraft “Super Value Designer Paper Pad” 100 sheets 25 designs 12×12 paper

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Then I worked 6 hours solid on printing, cutting, arranging, colouring, laminating, trimming etc… so now finally, I only have one tab to complete once I’ve thought of some ideas… “REPORTS” – which house all of my notes from when I’ve been in meetings with customers ready to be typed up at the end of the week.

Without further ado, lets go the the first page of my Kendal to find:

The Queen Of Hearts!

AKA Cards, this tab includes my business card holders stuffed with my customers business cards in case I need them. Which I refer to. A LOT!

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Secret Diary Of A Call Girl!

AKA Diary, self explanatory – I use WHSmith day per page with appointment times to enable me to book my customer appointments and plan my day effectively. They also have small notes at the bottom so things I need to get done that day are usually added there. At the very front of my diary I have a pull out Filofax year planner – all of my holidays and monthly bills are written in there so I can see at a glance what’s happening. All guarded by the professional herself 😉 Belle!
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Airmail Envelope Australia!

AKA Address – web addresses, usernames & coded passwords are here
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A-Z finished!

Baker St – Gerry Rafferty
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Call Me – Blondie
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Electric Avenue – Eddie Grant
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Hanging On The Telephone – Blondie
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Ill Communication – Beastie Boys
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London Calling – The Clash
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No Phone – Cake
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Penny Lane – The Beatles
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Road To Nowhere – Talking Heads
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Telephone Thing – The Fall
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Union City Blue – Blondie (I love Blondie!)
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Where The Streets Have No Name – U2
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You Can Talk To Me – The Seahorses
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AKA Reports… which I need help with – help…?
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Australian 5 Dollar Bill!

AKA Expenses, please see second photograph which is the same bill, but it’s actually a laminated pocket so that I can stuff my fuel and lunch receipts in 🙂
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It’s All About Me!

AKA Information – I know, I know, it looks like I’m a little vain… really, I’m not – but I really don’t know what else to put here…. ideas please? This holds my vital info, as well as the generic Filofax conversion tables and holidays etc…

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Wanderlust!

AKA Travel – a bit of a hippy printout I found online and HAD to use it… it holds my map of the British Isles, which has helped me out a little when my Sat Nav decided to die on me and I had to navigate myself from Kent back to Birmingham…!
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Musical Notes!

AKA Notes – houses WHSmith ruled paper for jotting down all important things that have no relevance elsewhere.
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Swirly Flowers!

AKA Inspiration – anything that inspires me, quotes, poems, a magazine cutout, people… it’s all in here! Could possibly do with a pocket to collect things in here… Hmmm.
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70’s Flowers!

AKA Missy. Sigh… how to explain this one – you know the “perfect person” you strive to become? Well, I’ve named that “person” in my head “Missy”. The only way I can describe it is, when I was 3 stone heavier last year, to keep me going on my weight loss plan I had these ideas in my head of the end result, how I would feel, how I would look, how I wanted to be perceived, I knew I was due to be made redundant so a lot of it also focused on the type of role I wanted to be in… I guess it’s like a Goals Section, thinking about it now. All my aspirations will be in here, and the second photo shows the little pocket to collect clippings or ideas along the way.
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Oh yeah, do you remember how I said I wanted this guy as my ruler? Daniel Jones

WELL… I’ve been looking around and LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of “Japan Corner” ‘s see-through dividers… (http://filofaxlove.wordpress.com). So I had a little attempt on my Mac using Seahorse (which is a nightmare to use if you’re a bit dim like me haha!)… it’s not great, and I’ll probably have to do a few more before I’m happy with the result, but yippee – I finally incorporated Daniel Jones (who is waving at me whenever I open my Filo, talk about an incentive to organise haha!) and the Australian Flag into a pull out divider – it’s also got a top tab saying “It’s A Beautiful Day” on it. To make me smile :). It’s not flat which isn’t great, I’ve heard of ironing laminated pieces but I’m a bit nervous about t
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And there you have it! Hope you’ve enjoyed the whirlwind tour… just gotta get it into the Malden once it arrives… hurry up Amazon!
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Take Care 🙂

Kel

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