Monday, 30 June 2014

List Pages

Simple Lists

Sorry for my extended absence but I have not been very well.  Hopefully I shall get back to posting on a more regular basis.  

I recently decided to update the pages I use for various lists in my Personal Songbird Filofax and this is what I have created.

Medical List

General Planner List

Blog Planner

The lists are simple and were created as they often are using OneNote 2010.  The layout was inspired by one I saw on Monika Wright's blog I Love it All.  Her list had been downloaded from a site called Living Life Organized.  The paper I used is in fact exceptionally thin card which I purchased for £1 in Poundland.

Finally I made up some more blotting paper sheets as the old ones were getting a little tired.

Blotting Paper

The blotting paper as always was made up using some art paper from The Works and trimmed with some Washi tape.

Well that's all for now, I hope you found my post interesting and also inspiring.

Until next time

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Protecting My Filofax Organiser

A Seersucker Cover

I've become rather tired of putting my Filofax organisers into bags to protect them so I decided to make a cover for my organisers that would fit around them and protect them in that respect. I used an old seersucker table cloth, cut it to size then stitched the inside folds top and bottom. It will protect my Filofax when I'm out plus it is easy to remove.  Being easy to remove makes it very convenient for me to wash it when the fabric gets dirty.

Filofax & Fabric Prior To Cover Being Made

Front Of Cover 

Front Cover - Side View

To accommodate the closer I cut then stitched a small opening.

Inside Fold Stitched Top & Bottom With A Running Stitch

Reverse Inner Fold

Out & About With My Newly Covered Amazona

Well that's my new protective cover for my Amazona, I've made a few more covers and I hope to show them to you shortly.

Until next time 

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

New Pen & Pencil Holder

Canvas Wrap Pen Holder

When I'm out and about I often like to take a pencil case with me.  Lately I've found a pencil case is a bit cumbersome and started to look for something a little simpler.  I went onto Amazon and found this lovely canvas wrap roll which is great for holding my pens and pencils. The roll came from China and cost me £1.44 with free postage and packing, I think this is exceptionally inexpensive.  I love the Singer sewing machine charm which is attached to the ties.

My Amazona & Canvas Wrap Pen Holder

Unrolled Pen/Pencil Wrap

I love my new canvas wrap and at £1.44 I consider it great value.  I'm so pleased I'm even considering buying a few more in different colours and with different Charms.

Until next time

Pocket Update

Extra Colour For My Double Pocket

I started to realise that the double pocket I made at the end of March looked very bland.  I recently bought the new issue of the bookzine The Paper Stack and it had some paper which was fantastic for livening up the pocket.  First the before pocket and then after I added the paper.

Almost Plain Original Pocket

Updated Pocket

Not a major change but just a little colour can make a lot of difference.

Until next time 

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Volunteering Overseas

Fund Raising For Malawi

Today I'm writing a special post about my son Josh, who is currently fundraising to volunteer on a project overseas.  


Here is a brief interview with Josh explaining what he's doing.

Where are you going?
 “I'm going to Mzuzu in Northern Malawi”.

When are you going?
I'm departing on the 21st of July.

How did you find out about the project?
I been looking online for opportunities to go overseas and I came across the Volunteer Service Overseas (VSO). Through them I discovered they had a development programme for 17-25 year olds, called International Citizen Service (ICS). I then filled out an application form which was successful, and I was referred to one of their partner organisations ICS Lattitude.

Here are a few links that will give you more details about the organisations:

And how were you selected?
I went to a selection day in Reading where I met other potential volunteers as well the Lattitude Team. Whilst there I underwent an interview and participated in various tasks which were aiming to see whether I had the seven dimensions of ICS. A week after the selection day I received a phone call to give me feedback and to tell me I’d been selected.

What are you going to be doing in Mzuzu?
Whilst in Mzuzu I’ll most likely be working on a social health project raising awareness of issues such as HIV & AIDS. This is a long-term development goal and when our group leaves a new group will arrive to continue our work.

So what are the overall aims of your programme?
One of the aims of our programme is to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS, as part of the in country development. This allows the volunteers to gain life experiences, and skills that will allow us to become international citizens.

When you get back from Malawi, what will you do?
Once I get back we will receive a debrief on the 4th-5th of October. After that we will start the part of the programme called “Action at Home”. This part of the programme could involve writing blogs, newspaper articles, doing presentations and raising awareness of issues such as poverty for example. I’d also like to do something within “The Terrence Higgins Trust”.

How much do you have to fund raise?
I need to raise £800, although some people need to raise £1500 depending on their circumstances. I'm planning to raise money by climbing Ben Nevis on the 3rd of June 2014. If you’d like to make a donation then you can do so at the Just Giving website any money you donate will go to a fantastic cause and helps in really positive ways. You can also donate to just-giving through text by sending a message to 70070 with my personal donation code JGMA92 and finally an amount i.e £1, £2, £5 or £10.

I wish you all the best with your fund raising Josh.

No matter how small or large all donations will be greatly appreciated as Josh is finding the fund raising a slow process.

Of course you may not be able to donate but if anyone has a blog and can provide a link to this page about Josh's fundraising I would be most grateful.

Untul next time

Filofax Gifts

A Foxy Dashboard

Yesterday was the meet up at Vapiano in London (post coming soon) with some of the Philofaxy members. I was lucky enough to meet the lovely Mrs Brimbles who has a blog on Blogspot.  Mrs Brimbles, also known as Anna gave us all some dashboards for our Filofax and other similar organisers.  I received an A5 and personal dashboard as well as some pretty post its.  Here is the A5 dashboard I'm now using in my Amazona.

A Rather Dashing Fox

Foxy With The Post Its

Unfortunately it didn't photograph very well but the equally lovely Kate who also has a blog gave my some note paper for my Amazona, which is something that always comes in handy.

Thank you Anna and thank you Kate.

Until next time