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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My Week #19

Busy, busy! My exam went okay – not brilliant, not dreadful. Bit nervous to get the results. I still have two assignments due in this coming week, and then I get to go home for 5 days. So excited. Sick of being here now!

My Week #15

Had a nice week back at home, then two long days at work… And I’m off to Finland in three days! There will be a post up about that on Tuesday!

My Filofax collection.

I thought I would show you my collection and just tell you what I use each one for! I own 8 Filofaxes altogether, and not all are ‘properly’ being used, but I have something in each of them! Here’s my shelf… Besides the bright pink (I only got that one because I couldn’t get blue at the time!) you can see that my colours are all quite dark/muted.

Personal Sized

Pink Olympic Line Burst – Green Songbird – Ultra Violet Domino – Green Original – Black Finsbury

So my Olympic just holds the information sheets that came with the organiser. The Songbird contains last year’s diary, and some old note sheets that I thought I might want to go back to. The Domino holds unused notepaper, list pages, dividers, wallets etc. The Original only holds a new 2014 Filofax diary, which I am not actually planning on using… The Finsbury is being used as an address book!

A5 & Pocket Sized

Purple Patent Original – Red Mode

My A5 Original currently holds some recipes and blog information. I have other sections in there but they’re not really being used so it needs sorting out really! The pocket Mode is being used as my ‘expedition planner’ and it’s what I got as part of a project run by Janet at ‘This Bugs Life’.

You may be wondering about the 8th Filofax… I’m sure you’ve all seen my Holborn posts! This is my current favourite, and I can’t see myself moving out of it any time soon. This is my weekly/daily/life.

My Week #7

Well, here you can see my new washi tape! I’ve decided that the tape will be used for things that are happening at specific times – work, uni lectures, appointments etc. Anything else will be written in using the colour code with my 4 colour pen. I like it because I can see the main things at a glance.

Already planning out next week and it’s looking to be a busy one!

My Week #4

What happened this week? Well, I have to say… not much! I visited Talkin Tarn on the Monday which was nice, but nothing too exciting. I only got a glimpse of a squirrel and saw the usual birds!

OH – I did have an eye test, and discovered that my eyes have in fact gotten worse over the past two years. I pick up my new glasses next Thursday! Gone for a pair similar to the ones that I have, and a pair which are slightly different!

I did actually start up a travel journal for my upcoming expedition. I’m using the idea of ‘smash’ and using it to make my own. There will be a post up next week about that! I filmed a short timelapse of me starting it up.

A quiet week otherwise…

My week #3

I feel like I’ve had quite a busy week… I really enjoyed my Animal Behaviour lecture, and am looking forward to the next!

I actually managed to blog a lot! I had told myself that I would do blog Fridays and Sundays for definite (Photography and Weekly posts) and then possibly Wednesdays if I had a review, and Monday for random subjects.

I didn’t actually get 3 yoga sessions done, which sucks, but I did go swimming. The swimming actually made my arms ache so much I felt like I couldn’t lift them on Thursday/Friday!

I ending up spending a lot this week – I’m expecting two packages! One is a dress for my birthday though, if I do go out. (I’ll be 21, how did that happen?!) I also ordered a personal domino as it was less than £7, and I will be picking it up from Tesco tomorrow… I needed a binder to hold inserts, and this was cheaper than buying the actual filofax insert binder!

My 2014 set up – so far!

Well, I finally got some nice paper, bought some white card and printed out my diary pages/dividers. I made my dividers yesterday, but when I finished I had run out of natural light in which to take photos in! Not a fan of using indoor lighting at night, as it doesn’t give very pleasing images… Anyway, here’s my set-up so far!

Warning, this is a very picture heavy post!
I would also like to add one thing. I have noticed that a few of my images are on pinterest. Now the ones I have seen all link to my blog, so thank you for that. Please do not pin any image of mine, without linking back to the page and my blog.

personal holborn filofax brown

Here is what I see when I open my Holborn. Quite simple – I kept the divider that I was previously using in the front. I don’t have many cards in the pockets yet, just a WHSmith giftcard, university student finance numbers and my RSPB membership cards. Also have two 10% off vouchers for The Works and some stickies. My tabs are also quite simple and I do have room for one more (if needed). I didn’t have this many tabs in my last set-up, but I think this is going to work quite well. My Filofax feels a little more ‘stuffed’ now and it just feels better than before!

First up is the notes tab. Here I just have lined paper for random notes, nothing special! On the left is a plastic wallet which I taped a photo onto. That will just hold bits and bobs like tickets.

Next up is my monthly pages. Now in my last set-up I didn’t really use month pages. This time I am going to try to use them regularly. I can jot down any deadlines, birthdays, plans and see them at a glance.

I should add that I bought printables from DIYFish and these are what I’m using for my monthly and weekly diaries! Here’s the current month!

My weekly diary pages! Haven’t taken a photo of my week because you can see the layout in my previous ‘My Week’ post, and I will also be posting it at the end of the week!

Lists comes next, and this is where I will just make lists… I like having lists!

The first thing in my lists section is my resolutions insert.

I’ve kept the list pages that I designed some time last year.

This year I decided that I was going to track everything that I buy. This way I can see what I’m wasting spending my money on. I made a simple insert for this. I seem to have spent a lot in a few days, but I did have to buy printer ink!

At the back I just have some plastic wallets which hold a few stickers, tapes, library cards and photos. The piece of paper in the back (which was annoying me when I realised that it was there after taking the photos!) is just my timesheet for work.

So, there it is! I am hoping to keep this set-up for a while. I finally feel like I’ve got something that works well for me. How are you all getting on with your diaries?

Lovely leather!

imageAfter getting my last pay check, I decided to treat myself for Christmas! I arrived home on Christmas Eve and opened the package then. It still isn’t completely set up – I need to buy some nice paper for my inserts! I do have my set-up planned out though!

The Holborn is made from soft Buffalo leather and it feels amazing. It is so soft and the brown is lovely. The Filofax just lies flat upon opening up, and it is flexible without being too soft. It holds it’s shape well, and is easy to write in! I really like the contrast stitching, and even the sectioned off bit on the left! (What is the name for that?!) I’m sure I didn’t like this when I first looked through all the Filofaxes, but seeing it in person changed that!

My main reason for buying the Holborn was the pockets. Having been in the Original for a while, I realised that more pockets would be helpful – I was using wallets and I didn’t like it! When I first spotted it in a shop, I was amazed at how nice the leather felt, but I also loved the inside layout! There are plenty of business card sized slots, and also four full length pockets (two in the front, two in the back) and also a zipped pocket! The zip in the Holborn is a lot easier to use than the one in my Finsbury!

I will do a post soon with my set-up. It is changing from what I used in my Original, as I have decided on a few things that I need to track!

My Week #50

Well this week has been quite busy… as usual 😉 I’ve finished my Literature Review (deadline next Friday!) and I’m starting my storyboard assignment (deadline early January!) Also went on a residential trip with uni. Managed to get a nice night sky timelapse! It was quite cloudy, but looks pretty cool anyway… Sadly not many stars!

Here’s a crappy video of me scrolling through the photos on my camera xD

And this week…

Also, I have decided that I’m not going to bother making my own inserts for 2014. I’m on a mission to find a pretty diary that I can take apart to use in my filofax… and I just bought myself a personal Holborn for Christmas! I figured I deserved it after working so much :3


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