Saturday, 25 February 2017

Making pages for my Filofax

I thought it would be a great idea to make some pages and dividers for my duck egg blue Original using the contents of this Recipe note book.


The pages are just ruled ...


and the dividers are a plain, pale blue.


Alas, the blues do not match.


In fact they are no where near. The Filofax duck egg looks more of a greeny blue than a pale blue.


Ah well, I shall have to put my thinking cap on and try again.

Happy planning

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Control that Washi tape

I've tried various ways of organising my Washi tape and recently I tried again, after having researched how others tackled this problem. Here's one way of storing. I found that I wanted to keep taking the roll off the hangar so this way of storing would not do.


I settled on the cardboard roll way which is just a rolled up piece of thin card used as a tube to hold the different tapes.



This works a treat as I can easily take off the tape I need, not that I use the tape very often.


I really don't know why I bought some more from Lidl this morning. Yes I do - the spring flowers were calling to me. Roll on Spring and the warmer weather so I can use this tape to brighten up some pages.


Happy planning.







Saturday, 14 January 2017

Keeping track of game information

A spare Filofax came in very handy when the information I had collected about my computer game became too great to handle easily on pieces of scrap paper. The game is a tycoon type game called My Little Farmies (what a silly title) where the owner of the farm has to grow various crops, nurture various farm animals and turn the farm into a vibrant and profitable organisation. (In my case, without spending  real money!)


I use my Filofax to make various lists to help me calculate profitability. Having the information set down in an organised way allows me to be able to build my virtual business profitably. At the moment my sections are:-

Daily log
Goals
Crop Information
Animal Information
Product Information
Processing units
Money made
Money spent
Guild Information
Expeditions

They will only mean something to people who have played the game. My Filofax will return to the shelf as a storage binder when I have tired of the game but at the moment I'm having fun designing and tycooning!

Happy planning!


Sunday, 8 January 2017

Fiercely Functional Filofax Setup for 2017

No fancy stickers here, no fancy writing - I've finally found that I'm fiercely functional with my everyday planning. This year I initially chose the Pear Filofax Original for my everyday planner but, not wanting to spoil its newness I settled for my Lime Piazza instead. It's been used before, feels good and is a fresh green colour to start the New Year.


There's nothing in the inside pockets so what greets me when I open up is this puss cat pic behind which is my year at a glance.


The pages in my planner are the standard Filofax ones but I've divided them up with monthly dividers which I used last year.


Straight after the divider is a monthly 2 page spread. On the left - just a list of all the dates in the month. Here I note down birthdays, anniversaries and appointments. On the right I write more personal jottings  that happened on certain days. The reason for this is that I intend to archive the monthly pages only so notable happenings need to be logged. e.g. car broke down - towed home.


A week on 2 pages follows the monthly spread where I schedule To Dos for the week in the first box and To Dos for specific days in the day boxes. Between the 2 pages for the week is a running To Do list which is easily detachable for moving on to the next week. If I have time and inclination I can pull off a job from this list.


Following the list is another 2 page spread - this time my activity tracker listing household cleaning areas, hobbies I pursue, habits I wish to log and goals I wish to achieve.


The other half of the week can be seen when this tracker is turned over. This tracker, like the Master To  Do List is easily moved from one week to the other. Behind the weekly pages is a moveable lined card which I put in to keep my scrawly writing in straight lines. It's 'nearly' working!


That's it - that's all, as the other 11 months follow exactly the same layout. This planner stays at home and is updated every evening. I used this layout last year and it worked very well. My spending is logged elsewhere. 

Happy Planning

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Filo Families

Ahh, collecting and collections. What criteria have I used? All the Filofaxes I have collected have fallen into categories - the first being 

Types 
Meet the Original family - all different colours and all A5, named - Hobbies, Projects, Recipes and Learning.


 The children too are all different colours and named - Page Design, Next year, Spare Pages and More Spare Pages.
 

The next family are Piazzas named - Christmas, Pink Spare, Archive and Dividers.
 

Here we have the Maldens named - Contatct Information, Daily, Brain Dump and Take Me Out. They are all the same colour.
 

My next category is 

Styles 
  
Only one small family here and they are the Pocket Zips named - In the Shopping Trolley and Down the Pub.
 
My final category is Black and some of the members are imposters. Only two are genuine Filofaxes - Big Daddy, who is only just on the picture on the right. He is also known as Home. Is neighbour working along is a Filofax Active named Travel. Middle boy is Lists and next to him is Pill Holder. On the far left meet Sling Me, so named because I added a shoulder strap. He also holds a phone and my spray. Top baby looks like a Mini but is actually Mobile Holder. He's very useful as he also holds my bus pass, timetables and notes.
 
 
So there they are all useful or handy or beautiful or any combination of the 3. I'm sure I could find more 'families' out there as I'm always looking for Filos that speak to me (buy me, buy me), but I'd better stop now, otherwise I'll run out of living space.

Happy Planning

Friday, 18 November 2016

FFF 12

I'm forever changing content, planners, pages and layouts but that's a positive rather than a negative thing. It shows that I'm tackling all areas of my life and planning for a future rather than standing still. When I stop planning and doing then I should worry.


Happy Planning

Sunday, 13 November 2016

A simple Week on One Page - 3

Each week I am featuring one example of an alternative, simple WO1P, drawn out easily in a few minutes. I am no artist and no designer but I wanted something 'completely different' for every week of the year. These are just experimental pages and may work or may not. There are no dates here apart from the first page. The paper I am using is recycled from old sketch books and the patterns on the opposite page are taken from a colouring book from the Pound Shop. All the pages are in my black, personal Original and I wanted to keep everything simple and in black and white. The ideas are mine but some are very simple takes on pages I have viewed on the net. None are direct copies. Some pages have the reverse design on the back. I first mentioned my black Original in this post.

Week 3


This design is on black thin card, the metallic marker used is from Lidl who were selling craft, seasonal items last week. They also have some Christmassy washi type tape. I found that the grey metallic looked more white than the white metallic.

Happy Planning