The Last Three Weeks

Hey guys, I’ve been super busy these last few weeks with moving house and starting two new jobs! As such, this blog has fallen by the wayside. Very quickly today I’ll show all the weeks I have missed. Later on next week I’ll go through my stationary stash and what I am doing for University this year! So here we go!

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Week Five Wrap Up… and Update

This week has been almost as unproductive as last week. I was still in a cumbersome elbow cast and on a drug cocktail which made focusing on anything rather difficult. I still managed to get some decorating in though.

Here’s my week 5 spread.

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I can’t remember where I got these washi tapes from, I think from Spotlight. The stickers are Smiggle and Warehouse stationary, and the post its are from Kikki-K.

Now on to the update. On Friday I was offered a job I applied for as a tutor for the first year Biology students at my university. I decided to celebrate with a new Filofax! I’d been looking at the Saffiano, and picked the Aqua colour since I already have a pink and a purple binder.

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I really love her! It’s a beautiful colour, and functional inside just how I like it.

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I also decorated the Filofax dividers with some washi to freshen up my set up.

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I thought I should add in a dedicated Uni section since classes will be starting in March, and since the Saffiano contained some education inserts that I hadn’t seen before.

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So that’s it for this week! I’m hoping to do a stationary stash blog post at some point this week, but I’m moving house on Sunday so I’m not sure how likely that is.

Have a good week!

Week Four Wrap Up

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This week I went with pink in my Kikki K planner! The tape I used top and bottom isn’t Washi, it’s more like just coloured sticky tape, shiny and glossy. The purple tape is proper washi, and I got both from Warehouse stationary. The post its are by Lah Dee Dah, the stickers and animal stamp by smiggle and the love it stamp by typo.

As you can see I didn’t have a lot going on this week, barely got anything done since my surgery on Monday. They put me in a full above elbow cast on my dominant hand, which essentially means I can do nothing.

*Sigh*… Oh well, bring on next week.

Week Three Wrap up!

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I can’t believe we’re at the end of the third week of 2014 already! It’s going by far too fast!

Here’s what I ended up with at the end of the week. Obviously I went for a green theme this week, with nature and frog themed stickers (ignoring the pear that I added cos it smells so nice!).

I was a little busier this week as I had job applications to turn in, things to organise before I move out in Feb, and I wanted to get as much done as possible this week because I am having surgery on my arm on Monday and so won’t be particularly productive next week!

Basically everything here I got from Warehouse Stationary save the pear sticker which was from Smiggle.

How was your week? What did you do with your Filo this week? How did you like the green-themed week?

Catch you later

My brand new planner!

A few days ago I mentioned that I caved in and bought a real-life Filofax! I got the email yesterday telling me it had shipped, and thanks to the awesome Kiwi postal service, when I got up this morning there was a beautiful box sitting on my doorstep!

It came with this random airbag cushioning thing.

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Ten points if you can guess which Filo it is….

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Here she is! A beautiful personal apex in fuchsia! I know I know, Filofax purists calm down. I’m not saying I don’t like the leather Filos, but they’re just not my style. The pink and green apex’s are a little too extreme, but this purple one really called out to me.

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These are all in inserts after I gutted it out. There wasn’t as much notepaper as I was expecting, I was hoping to utilise it in my new layout. I’m going to use the A/Z tabs as a note “filing cabinet” type thing, which I saw on PlannerLuv’s youtube channel. Good way to store all those random notes that you need on hand but don’t really fit any where else. I’m also going to use the filofax WO2P as a health diary of sorts.

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Has anyone got any tips on covering the dividers? The colours are hideous… but I don’t think I have enough Washi to cover the whole thing…

Here she is all lovely and stuffed. I think I like the apex, its much sleeker than my Kikki-K, although it doesn’t seem to hold as much.

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Just on a final note, did any one else only get TWO pieces of Todo paper with their filo? TWO? That just seems silly…

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So what do you think of my new filo? Are you for or against the Apex? Any layout or decorating ideas? Share your filo’s with me!

Week Two Wrap-Up

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Here’s my week two set up.

I tried to make it a little themey, started off with some really pretty butterfly washi tape I got from Spotlight. The big butterfly on the left page I cut from some spare cards I had lying around.

As you can see I’m still on holiday, so not an awful lot going on. I’m still experimenting with my Todos, as you can see the ones on the left are in a slightly different format from the ones on the right. Still not sure. Any thoughts on how you organise your todos would be awesome. I’m trying to very basically implement the GTD system, using the To Do stickies on my dashboard as my ‘inbox’, then moving things onto the right day or appropriate Todo list in the section further back. It’s working okay for now, not sure how it will handle my busier schedule come Feb.

I liked the colours this week but I think it’s a little simple. Any opinions? Advice? I’m still very much an newbie decorator/scrapbooker, so I’d appreciate any thoughts.

Oh and one last thing! I just noticed today that the notepad in the back of my planner is the exact same size as the insert pages! Which essentially means I have a whole bunch of extra paper right there! I just have to punch the holes and I’m away. Very exciting!

A good look at my planner setup – Part 2 – Plus NEWS!

A few days ago I posted the first part of my planner walkthrough. The link can be found on the right.

I left off on the monthly pages. The divider below is the start of the weekly calendars. I absolutely LOVE the dividers in the Kikki-K planners, they are so pretty! They are part of the Dreaming collection that Kikki-K has going at the moment. Lovely pinks and mint colours… Yummy. The fox page marker is the second half of a set that included the bunny.

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The planner also came with week on two page inserts. They’re very good looking, with lots of empty space for writing and decorating. One of the reasons I didn’t buy a Filofax planner is that the inserts are too cluttered with the extra languages and words. These inserts are lovely and spacious. Simple is best I think as it leaves room to add your own personal touches. I haven’t gotten around to decorating this spread yet, and I wanted to save this week for Sunday.

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This is my To Do list divider, again it’s just so pretty! I’ve covered the labels with Washi tape, and I think they came out okay.

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These are a few of my To Do lists I made for my courses next semester. I think they look good! The post its and stickers are from Warehouse Stationary.

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This section I’m not really sure what to do with yet. At the moment I have it allocated for Uni notes, but I’m really not sure. I guess I just like the divider. I’m sure I’ll find some use for it.

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This last section is for expenses. I’ve never really kept track of my finances like this, but I am terrible with money so I thought maybe it would do some good. Still not sure… I’m going to give it until the end of Feb and see how it goes. For now it can stay.

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Lastly there is a pocket in the back for a notepad. Not sure how much I will use this, but it will always be handy to have somewhere to jot. Also, I have left a divider back here to protect the inserts and to help everything fit in nicely. I’ve found it stops the last pages bending when I close the planner.

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To finish off, I have two quick things to share. Firstly, when I started packing this planner with inserts and sticky notes, I was worried that the front would get warped where the strap clicked on, because it had to bend pretty far to be able to close properly. Now I am happy to report that I have bent the planner to my will, and the whole front cover has bent smoothly to accommodate everything I have stuffed in there. Much less damaging I think.

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Finally, my exciting news! I have been tempted over and over again to buy a ‘real’ filofax planner. They look so pretty and much better quality materials. One gripe I have with my Kikki-K planner is that although the canvas material is pretty and quite sturdy, it is already getting grubby after only a few weeks, spending most of it’s time sitting on my desk. So yesterday I caved, and ordered a Filofax brand planner online (sharp cookies may have noticed on my expenses page). It’s coming from the UK because I couldn’t get the colour I wanted in stores here, so it’ll be here in a few weeks. I’m going to keep you in suspense as to which one I ordered until then, although I will say it is personal size. I don’t think I could deal with any other size.

On that note, I will say goodbye. Let me know what you think of my planner set up, if you have any comments or suggestions I would love to hear them!