Friday, 27 December 2013

Another Change Of Direction With Dividers

One Direction 

Yet again I've been making One Direction dividers for my niece.  The last divider I made was back in the summer and inexpensive photos were extremely difficult to get hold of.  For these dividers I purchased a One Direction annual for £1.99 in a post-Christmas sale.  The annual had an exceptional amount of pictures of One Direction inside making it excellent value for money.  These dividers are going to be a New Year gift for my niece and I hope she will like them.

I must point out that in this second photo One Direction are not actually on fire, it's just the way the camera flash has caught the laminate.

I would so very much have liked to make similar dividers for my own Filofax organiser with photos of Cillian Murphy but sadly they don't make Christmas annuals with him in.

Until next time

My To Do Lists

Recycling My To Do Lists And Notes

Earlier this month I showed you how I personalised my To Do Lists and Notes, since then I've come across a way to make theses pages last even longer.  My to do lists and notes are often in excellent condition once they're finished with so I thought I would reuse them again with scraps of paper I have left over from other projects.  I won't do this with every to do list but once in a while it will make my lists look more interesting.

All I have done is take my leftover scraps of craft paper, cut them to size with my paper trimmer then stick them over the previous notes I have made.  I like to view it as a simple way of adding extra colour to my to do lists without spending any money.

Until next time

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

A Merry And Joyful Christmas

Seasons Greetings

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all my readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous & peaceful New Year.

I've only been posting on my blog since March but everyone has been exceptionally supportive and kind, thank you.

Until next time

Monday, 23 December 2013

A Filofax Christmas Wish

Osterley A5 Grey Organiser

As I've said so many times before, I don't need another Filofax organiser. Unfortunately that doesn't prevent Filofax organisers shouting "Buy me" in my ear.  This time it's the beautiful A5 Grey Osterley.  I have admired the Osterley for a while now especially since I've started using my A5 Amazona.

A5 Osterley

The A5 Osterley would allow me so much more space for putting everything I wish to keep inside it.  As always it has lots of pockets, a full length one, two half pockets and six credit card holders.  It also made of beautiful Italian calf leather. 

As so often is the case I cannot afford the £190 for a new one. I don't expect the Filofax Christmas Fairy to deliver me one on Christmas Day so I shall have to keep my eyes open for a less expensive second hand one. I won't be holding my breath though

Until next time

Sunday, 22 December 2013

My Filofax Week 40

My Week

I realise it's over a month since I posted My Filofax Week but here it is again.   I know I haven't posted weeks 36 to 39 but as they exist I'm numbering this post as if the previous ones were published, I hope that makes sense.

As you can see I'm suffering from insomnia again, three to four hours sleep a night seems to be my maximum. Busy with all things Christmas but I'm almost ready.  Here is My Filofax Week and I hope as always you find it interesting.

I don't know if I will be doing another post before Christmas so I shall now wish you all a Christmas that is merry and bright.  For the New Year I wish you not only peace but also goodwill. 

Until next time
Season's Greetings

Friday, 20 December 2013

Setting Up My Amazona

Personalising My Amazona Dividers

I've never used an A5 Filofax on a daily basis before but that's all about to change.  As I said in my previous post about Good Quality Notepaper, I have recently been doing a diet project for Janet over at This Bug's Life.  To enable me to do the posts she provided me with an A5 Amazona.  While doing the project I fell in love with the Amazona and will now be using it as my everyday Filofax.  It's going to take me a little while to set up the Amazona and also quite a while to personalise all my dividers.  I am going to keep you regularly updated on the progress that I'm making with my personalisation and when all the updates are completed I will do a blog post to show the Amazona set up and dividers in their entirety

The first divider that I have completed is the one for my notes and to do list.  I recently posted my new to do list which continues to work well for me.  Here is is my notes divider.

Notes Divider Front

Notes Divider Back

My next divider that I personalised was the one for my diary.  The images I used for this were cut from a John Lewis magazine.  Some store magazines have such beautiful photographs that are demanding to be up-cycled.  I just love these beach huts.

Diary Divider Front

Diary Divider Back

Just two dividers personalised so far but as I have said I will be keeping you updated regularly as each divider is personalised. 

Until next time

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Pocket Filofax A-Z Dividers

Recycling My Dividers

Recently I decided to turn my Pink Pocket Breast Cancer Filofax into an A-Z to hold all my online passwords.  Unfortunately for me I'd given away my only set of pocket A-Z dividers as a Filorak earlier this year.  I know I could have bought new ones but financial restraints made this an option I didn't want to pursue.  I have over the past year bought a number of Personal Filofax which have a large amount of unused A-Z dividers inside them.  What I decided to do was cut some of the dividers to size and use them inside my Pocket.  So below you can see exactly how I did it.
A-Z Prior To Cutting

After Trimming

Re-punched Holes And Inserted Into Filofax

As you can see they're not the same as A-Z dividers had I bought them?  They're also not perfect but they will do exactly the job they need to do.  So I can honestly say I'm happy with the finished result.  I have my A-Z dividers and I didn't need to pay for them.

Until next time

Monday, 16 December 2013

Christmas With My Filofax

A Christmas Divider

I know perhaps it’s a little late but I thought I would show you the divider I made for the Christmas section of my Filofax.  The Christmas section contains my Christmas to do list, my Christmas card list with names and addresses, my present list and a list of Christmas quizzes for Christmas Day.  For obvious reasons I can't show you most of the lists.  What I can show you though is my divider.

Christmas Divider Cover

The images and text were all snipped from a Christmas magazine and then laminated.

Divider Reverse

Finally here is some blotting paper which I made up and personalised just for Christmas with some Washi tape.

I like to think that the divider has added a little festive spirit to my Filofax.

Until next time

Friday, 13 December 2013

A5 Diary Pages

Not Exactly A New Diary

Since I began putting the Amazona together for future use it was obvious I was going to need some diary pages.  In the past I've always used Filofax diary inserts but a number of pens that I've used have bled through.  I wanted diary inserts that had thicker paper to help prevent bleed through and also wasn't too expensive to buy.  I went to my collection of old diaries that I'd purchased on sale and found one from Paperchase that I'd never used.  The diary has quite thick pages so will be perfect.

Unfortunately the diary is for 2012 but that is not a problem.  After removing the pages with a craft knife, trimming the paper slightly and punching in the necessary holes I then got to work on changing the date.  I've covered up the date with flowered Washi tape and then placed plain Washi tape over the top so I can write the correct date.  The diary pages are perfect for me as I am now making entries that resemble a journal. 

Before Pages

After Pages

The diary pages are plain and simple and sometimes that's all you need.

Until next time

Personalising My To Do List

To Do Lists And Notes

Today's post as I mentioned yesterday is to let you all know how I have personalised my to do lists and notes for my A5 Amazona.  Originally when I made up the pages for my to do lists and notes I used a ruler to make the grid to separate notes but I felt this looked messy and unprofessional.  To get past this problem I used my printer to add the grids for me.  With only a little trial and error I soon had a grid I was happy with. Finally for a little embellishment I added some Washi tape. Here is the final result.

Whether or not the page will continue looking the same as it does now remains to be seen.  It looks less messy at the moment than my previous scribbled notes but only time will tell if it will continue to be that way. 

Until next time

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Flex A5 Notebook

Good Quality Notepaper

First of all I want to apologise for my lack of posts recently.  Yet again I have been unwell hence the blog silence.  I hope to have a few posts coming up in the next week or so starting with my Flex notepaper today.

Since I've started doing posts about my diet for Janet over at This Bug's Life I've really fallen in love with the Brown A5 Amazona she provided me with to keep my diet project in.  When the project is completed I will be using this Filofax for my everyday use.  One of the drawbacks with any Personal Filofax for me is the fact I never felt I had enough space for making notes and writing down what I want or need to do.  Often to compensate for this I was carrying around an A5 notebook as well.  The notebook unfortunately lacked structure and the notes I put into it would often be very messy. Hopefully in my next post I will be able to show you exactly how I have personalised the paper for notes and to do lists.  So I made the decision to move up to the A5 Amazona.  I wanted some good quality notepaper to reduce the problem of possible ink bleeding through.  Then I remembered that the lovely people at Filofax in Burgess Hill had given me an A5 Flex ruled notebook.

Flex A5 Notebook

I took a craft knife and gently cut the threads securing the pages in the notebook and trimmed the edges slight with my paper trimmer.  Then I used my single hole punch to make the necessary holes to allow me put the paper into my Amazona.  Below you can see the finished result.

I also have a Flex Nappa leather notebook holder which came with a jotter.  The jotter is fantastic for keeping in the back of my Amazona for the times I need to write someone a short note. 

Flex Jotter

As I said I hope to be doing more posts shortly which will show you how I'm setting up my Amazona and how I will be personalising it.  

Until next time

Monday, 25 November 2013

Felix The Cat

My Beloved Cat Had To Be Put To Sleep

Today I had to make the extremely difficult decision to have my cat put to sleep.  Felix became very sick in the last week and continued to deteriorate rapidly despite a visit to the vets.  I hoped that he'd be able to remain at home for his final days but sadly that wasn't to be.

I was very lucky to have him, he was a rescue cat who came to live with us eight years ago. The life he had would be the envy of many felines.  We live next to some woodland which he adored and he would disappear all day in the summertime. 

When I got him from the cat rescue he had a different name, that name was Meow Meow. Felix lived up to that name every single day he was with us; it will be so quiet without him.

Until next time

Sunday, 17 November 2013

My Filofax Week 35

My Week

I know it's been a little while since I've managed to get My Week posted on a Sunday but I finally managed it today.  I can't guarantee I'll do it again next Sunday but here's hoping.  I've had a reasonably quiet week with nothing to eventful happening.  I went to Eastbourne on Wednesday which was a lovely sunny day, it was also great to look at the sea and visit the pier.  Here's My Week and I hope you find it interesting.

I hope you all have a good week.

Until next time

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

A Change Of Filofax And A Change Of Setup

Back To My Personal Pink Classic

I felt it was time to change my Filofax and have put my Songbird away for now and have gone back to using my Personal Pink Classic.  For some time now I've been readjusting my setup and this is what it looks like.

At the front of my Filofax I had to keep Cillian Murphy.

Most of the other pages and inserts that I use regularly are now in the middle of my organiser. My diary is still in the middle and so is the blotting paper that I made up.  Also I now clip the previous weeks of my diary together with the beautiful rose bookmark Janet from This Bug's Life sent me.

Next I have my weekly to do list where you can see I added a little Washi tape to the bottom.  

Recently I've added a long term to do list for things that won't get done immediately but need doing none the less. 

I now keep my Tesco Clubcard vouchers and money off coupons in the centre of my organiser so I know exactly where they are.

Finally I have my cleaning & household task sheet which I want readily available.

Well that's my setup for now but as always it's constantly changing as my needs change.

Until next time 

Monday, 11 November 2013

My Filofax Week 32, 33 And 34

My Week

I know it's been a while since I posted my week and I apologise.  As most of you are aware I haven't been well for some time and things got even worse recently but hopefully I will soon be able to make regular postings again.  Below are the My Weeks I missed plus the one for this week.

My Week 32

My Week 33

My Week 34

I hope whatever you've been doing recently has turned out well and I look forward to catching up with you soon.

Until next time

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Filofax Hint Of The Day

Diary Inserts

For some time now I've been considering what to do about my new Filofax diary inserts for next year.  I really want to continue using Filofax inserts but I have less money coming in than earlier this year.  The other day I was sorting through my Filofax collection and came across one I bought for £12 in a sale, to my complete surprise there was a diary inside that I had forgotten about for the whole of 2014. Problem solved, the pages may not be pink like my old ones but white will do just fine.  So if you've bought a number of Filofax organisers this year you may be as fortunate as me and find some 2014 diary inserts tucked away inside.

Before I go a I’d like to make a quick apology for lack of posts recently.  I continue not to be well hence the absence of posts. I hope to start posting again regularly but I can't promise.

Until next time

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

David Tennant

Another New Insert

The Radio Times came out today and inside was an article on David Tennant who is in a new drama next week called The Escape Artist.  There was a lovely photo inside and I thought it would make a lovely insert at the front of my A5 Domino, it's not perfect but I think it will do quite nicely.

I can't wait to see him in the 50th Anniversary edition of Doctor Who but hopefully this new drama will keep me happy until then.

Until next time

Monday, 21 October 2013

My Filofax Week 31

My Week

I'm a little late again posting My Week but not as late as last week.  A relatively quiet week I suppose with my son up in Scotland visiting his brother.  Still have nights where I get virtually no sleep and still trying to stick with my diet.  Here's My Week I hope you find it interesting.

I hope you all have a good week.

Until next time

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Post No. 2 For The Diet Project

Still Dieting

My second post at Janet Carr @ THIS BUG'S LIFE is up on her blog.  Just click the following link if you'd like to see how I'm doing The Diet Project.

Until next time 

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Flex Notebook

A Slim Flex Notebook In Nappa Leather

I'm just going to do a quick post about my lovely Slim Nappa Leather Black Notebook. This beautiful notebook arrived today from the lovely people at Filofax UK.  As you may recall I went to a Philofaxy Meetup at the Filofax head office and further to that meetup they've been kind enough to send me this Flex notebook.

Slim Black Nappa Flex Notebook

Inside My New Flex Notebook 

As always lots of little pockets and hidden compartments.

Ruled Notebook, Jotter & Pen Holder

Perfect for those times when I don't need my Filofax organiser and always handy for making quick notes because I can always keep it in my bag.

Until next time

My Filofax Week 30

My Week

Sorry I'm a little late posting My Week, the week turned out exceptionally busy. Meeting up with someone I hadn't seen for twenty six years on Monday.  It was my birthday on Thursday and then on Sunday I had to help my son get ready to go and see his brother in Scotland.  After all that here's My Week.

I hope you all have a great week.

Until next time

Friday, 11 October 2013

Job Search

Jobseeker Insert

My son has reached the stage when he now has to secure employment; unfortunately any type of job is hard to come by.  Until my son finds work he has to sign on to get Jobseekers Allowance. Part of the requirement for getting Jobseekers Allowance is that you record all your attempts to secure employment. So my son can keep on top of the information that is required I have created this diary insert that will fit inside an A5 Filofax organiser.  

The Jobcentre Plus has advised him that it is more than adequate for recording his job search.  All he has to do now is keep it up to date and hopefully find a job.

Until next time

Sunday, 6 October 2013

A Different Type Of Filofax Page

Blotting Paper

When I went to the Philofaxy Meet Up in London I was reminded by Kate how much I enjoy writing with my cartridge pen. The pen I use is a blue Pentel Tradio cartridge pen.  Unfortunately the ink can take a short while to dry and if I close my organiser to soon the ink can transfer to another page.  On Saturday I thought I would buy some blotting paper to cut to size and use in my Filofax but I didn't realise how expensive it would be.  Two sheets of blotting paper in a pack costs over £5 which I think is too expensive.  Then I remembered I'd bought a sketch pad from The Works but the paper was just too soft.  I tested the paper on some writing I'd done and found it did the job exceptionally well.  It's not as thick as normal blotting paper but it doesn't need to be. Here is some pictures of the cut to size paper inside my Filofaxes.

Personal Blotting Paper

A5 Blotting Paper

Crawford & Black A5 Field Sketch Pad £1.99 - The Works

I feel very pleased that I now have my blotting paper and I paid nothing for it as it was an item I already owned.

Until next time