Updated Filofax tabs.

A month or so ago, I posted about using my Motex embosser to label my divider tabs. All good in theory, but not great in practise! I should have used some sort of clear tape to cover the labels I think, because pretty soon they were sliding about and disappearing. You may have noticed in a couple of my ‘My Week‘ posts…

I decided that it was about time I got it sorted. I still had my ‘finance’ tab on show, and the information behind that tab was actually blog-related! To sort it out, I binned my beloved martha stewart sticky tabs (i need to find more!) and made new tabs out of card and washi tape. It was really easy – all I did was cut five tab shapes from the card, wrap them in washi and then glue/tape to the dividers that I already had. Then I just used a black pen to write on the labels. It looks so much neater now!

They’re not quite in line; I thought I’d stuck them on equally spaced, but photo evidence shows differently. Nevertheless, they’re working for me right now!

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Keeping organised on travels!

Well, as you may have read/seen online, I am heading off to Finland! This trip is a university self-led expedition, and I’m going with two others in my group. Our aim of the trip is to see and photograph/film bears. However, I’m also hoping to see lots of other wildlife, get some nice landscapes/starscapes and some timelapse videos! The second half (or ‘alf – as I said in my expectations video!) will take us up to Rovaniemi, which is just on the edge of the Arctic Circle. It’s not very likely mid-April, but I am kind of hoping to see the Northern Lights! Let’s hope they’re feeling generous 😉

Right now, I am making my way down to London, ready for the early flight on Wednesday morning!

Anyway, over the past 6 months or so I’ve been using a pocket mode Filofax to plan this expedition, and it will be coming with me! (Thanks to Janet @ This Bugs Life! – The Filofax Project)

One of the main tabs in the filofax will of course be the ‘important’ tab. Here I’m writing down things like my passport info, insurance info, emergency contacts and the like… Just in case!

Under my travel tab I have written down every step of my travel. So I have all the times, the places I’m going and the places I will be next… I feel so much more comfortable travelling when I can look at something and see all the times at a glance! On the other side of this page has the travel information for when I’m actually in Finland.

The itinerary section has a piece of notepaper with the general plans, and behind the empty timetable I also have some WO2P diary pages so I can write what we’re doing each day.

And finally, I have my passport in the pocket, my train tickets to London and also have my EHIC card in the plastic wallet on the left!

All organised with the important information all written down… I think I’m ready!

Filofax tip: Carrying washi tape.

Last week I really needed to add some things into my diary, and I didn’t have my colour coding tape to do it. Disaster, I know! Hahah. Anyway, I’ve seen this done before and I figured it was a great idea… Now I have the colours that I need on a little piece of plastic and they fit easily into the business card wallet at the back of my Filofax.

washi tape, filofax

washi tape, filofax

Not everyone colour codes, but if you do this is a lot easier than carrying lots of pens around! I’ve been debating getting rid of my 4-colour pen but I know as soon as I do I’ll want it again!

My Week #51

First, I apologise for the bad camera photo! My camera is currently packed away – I’m going home today! I will update this photo with a camera one tomorrow… Hopefully 😉

Christmas has definitely crept up on me this year. How can it be Christmas Eve tomorrow?!

My Week #48

I’m still not sure about this layout. It’s working, but I don’t love it. I’m thinking about redesigning a horizontal diary. Hmm. I’m determined to find the ‘one’ and then use that for 2014…

Also, my ‘Books of…’ post will be up later today or tomorrow – have been super busy lately! Need to work on my literature review as a priority!

Trying something new.

So you may have noticed that on every week I have a strip of orange washi tape on every weekend… I started to keep that colour for my work shifts. It looks pretty, and it means I can see at a glance when I’m working!

I decided to try it for my lectures, and ordered a green patterned washi for that purpose… Now the writing looks unreadable on the image, but I can read it! I chose green because that’s the colour code that I had for university anyway.

…and this is a little sneak peak of my new weekly insert in action! I’m not sure how I feel about it yet.

(Oh and I haven’t seen Catching Fire yet! We’re going next Wednesday…)

Insert ideas…

So I’ve been thinking lately about designing a few different inserts, and possibly putting them up for sale on etsy. Now they would be digital downloads, and for that reason, they will be pretty cheap. Is that something you guys would be interested in? They will all be undated, but I will have the days of the week on there. If Sunday-Saturday is your week layout (instead of Monday-Sunday), let me know and I can add those in too!

I’m only thinking of this because I’ve had quite a few people wanting to know where my current inserts are from, and by sharing them and other inserts, I can get a little extra money for my university expedition! I have ideas for notes pages and to-do lists and stuff like that. Please let me know what you think!

And on that note, I saw recently that someone was using a vertical layout. I cannot remember who it was, sorry! I commented on your post though so you may know who you are, looking back :3

I liked the idea, and decided to try to design my own. This is what I came up with…

Two personal-sized pages. I quite like it, but the printer at home doesn’t seem to be working so I can’t print an actual preview out! I’ll do that this weekend, and possibly try it next week!

Monthly pages

I finally got around to printing myself some monthly pages, and I downloaded them from DIYfish. I was going to design my own, but I just haven’t had much time to think about doing something like that, and I really like these ones anyway!

These pages are in my ‘uni’ section, as I will mainly be using them for deadlines and important uni dates. I will probably add in other dates too – like when my boyfriend comes to visit! Not very busy this month, but I have got Wild Photos at the end of this week, so expect a post about that next week! I’m travelling alone, but I’m definitely looking forward to going!

My Filofax Pros & Cons

Now I am sure there are many posts like this floating around the internet, but I wanted to make a list of my personal pros and cons of using a filofax compared to a bound diary! Of course, this includes all binders, and not just Filofax.

A Filofax will never run out of battery! For me, relying on my phone isn’t a great idea. I’d be worried about the battery getting drained, and then not having information that I need! Also, my phone just kind of sucks.

Having no internet connection isn’t a problem. You never have to rely on having good internet connection or being able to get wi-fi! I went on holiday in July, and our cabin could not connect to the wi-fi on the holiday ‘camp’. I didn’t want to use all my mobile data, so it was a good job that I had previously written all post codes and places, that we may need once we were there, in my filofax!

Organised mum inserts

Business card holders

Yoga Pose information sheets

You always have the option of changing your binder, or swapping your diary layout without having to lose any previous information. You can just place the pages into the new binder! This also makes it easier to archive all your notes/diaries in case you want to go back to them!

It is completely customisable. You can choose a binder that fits you, with the right pockets/size and all that. Once you have it, there are various diary inserts available in shops, and you also have the choice to make your own! You can download many cute inserts for free online, such as to-do lists, grocery lists, weight planning, chores list, planning pages etc.

You can add in whatever sections you want! For example, list pages and notes. For my A5 I have made myself some yoga pose information sheets for easy access!

You can also add in plastic wallets and credit card wallets to keep hold of important and loose bits!

Personal and an A5

You have to carrying them around, and they can get ‘bulky’. The pocket/mini/compacts are designed to be more ‘portable’ I suppose, but for me the personal is more practical in size. It’s a little bigger, and won’t fit in small handbags because of that. A5s to me just seem huge! I could never lug an A5 around. (Maybe take it to a university lecture if it’s on campus.)

Inserts are an awkward size if you don’t use A5. They’re still do-able, but you can’t really buy personal sized inserts in shops. Paper doesn’t come in that size so you always have to cut it down. I’m not sure about pockets or minis, but I would imagine they are the same!

(Not) lying flat


Pen Loop


Not all Filofaxes lie flat straight away which can make it awkward to write in. Both my Originals lay flat straight away, but my Finsbury definitely didn’t! In the photo, you can see how it sticks up still!

– For some reason, I’ve always had problems with the pen loops. I use a bic four colour, so it is a bigger pen, and most loops feel quite tight with it! With my A5 Original, the inside pen loop makes the pocket stick up (as seen in the photo – the other loop is fine with a Frixion, I think!) In my songbird, the elastic loop started to break and the fabric was peeling away. In my Finsbury I couldn’t fit the pen in as it was a leather loop – just stuck the ‘handle’ bit in instead.

So there you have it, just a few of my pros/cons of using a Filofax!

My Week #32

Have had a sort of busy week towards the end… Volunteering Thursday/Friday, and then Wedding celebrations Saturday/Sunday!

Should be in my new room tomorrow, so hopefully sometime this week I can get photos up of how it looks!


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