I'm British, So Filofax

Adventures in Trying to Organize My Life


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How to Decorate: Mambi Style

As a Filofaxer and self avowed plannerd, I thought I knew everything  there was to know about excessive decoration, washi overhaul, and sticker chaos.

Enter vertical layout planners. It’s as if the universe wanted to suck up every remaining minute of our day that we weren’t already spending on “planning” to now fill in three, count them THREE, separate boxes for each day just begging to be decorated. I thought A5 sixe pages were a task! As I am not rich (and have spent whatever riches I may have previously had on Filofaxes in every shape, size, and color), I settled in to a Mambi Happy Planner as a substitute for the Erin Condren to which we owe the beginning of this chaos too! 🙂

I posted a blog recently on my decoration of the Mambi Happy Planner I purchased with a 40% coupon at Hobby Lobby (#budget!) and when I sat down to decorate again I realized I had no idea where to start. When you are planning in a Filofax (or Kikki K or such) you really only have to focus on one week at a time and make that look pretty then you get to move on to the next page and continue. With the vertical layouts, you are left staring at so much blank space (they are large on top of having THREE boxes per day!) and it quickly can become pretty intimidating. I tried watching Plan With Me videos on Youtube but I realized those people already had the basics down so it came pretty naturally to them. So here is my blog about decorating Mambi Style starting with the basics!

As with any planning session, you need to gather supplies and luckily they don’t differ all the much from what I am used to… stamps, ink, washi, pens, stickers, ruler, scissors, paper cutter… oh wait whats that on the corner of my desk? A Xyron that cost me $14 that I had no idea I was purchasing to eventually become a vertical layout planner! That is the biggest difference in planning details, the stickers. I swear these planning stickers are going to be the death of me. There are so many shops and so many stickers to choose from. Are they all essentially the same or do I truly need 17 different shades of pink squares? Hell, I should probably just go ahead and invest in a Silhouette, right? 😛 *I can hear my bank account crying*

Okay so as the vertical layout is so foreign to me and will definitely take some getting used to I took my Happy Planner and photocopied a week layout then put it through my laminator. The biggest thing with vertical set ups is getting a theme going… one that doesn’t look like your washi drawer just threw up on top of a sticker pile up. So with these laminated weekly pages, I can experiment before I commit to actually gluing anything in place. Lord knows I have commitment issues and this is hard enough for me as is!

I am still very much in love with my DIY planner cover. #Boss

I am still very unsure of my skill set at this point so I am pinning and youtubing as we go. I even went through and picked out some layouts I saw on IG, pinterest, and FB that I liked and printed them to a word doc. to use as sort of a design template if I get flustered.

So here is an empty week in the Happy Planner… an empty canvas waiting to be dolled up… Bring on the washi and stickers!

There are seemingly endless amounts of FB groups for both the Happy Planner and the Erin Condren Life Planner that offer free stickers and layout ideas… it is something I hadn’t ever really delved in to as a Filofax decorator. So loving pink the way I do, I found a pink and green layout for free on Vintage Glam Studio that I used as a template and started stickering away.

I love the idea of check boxes and so much space to write to do’s I may or may not actually do. Seriously though, is anyone actually busy enough to fill up all three squares? I decided Morning, Afternoon, and Evening wasn’t such a great system for me since the morning is spent fumbling around trying to put my pants on the right direction and heading to work and then the bulk of my day consists of being at work. There is really only so much you can plan surrounding that. So I am working with three sections: Today, Inspiration, and To Do’s/Notes. I set out the checkered flags for my Daily section and devoted the bottom squares to an area for writing To Do’s and Notes for the day.

Now for the fun part, the inspiration section. See I knew I had been pinning random quotes and pretty sayings for the past two years for a reason. Well the reason has surfaced. I am thrilled to put all that late night pinning to use! The squares are easy to make and if you don’t have the patience to make your own, Facebook groups are full of them and Etsy sellers are happy to take your money for their stickers. To be fair, it is money well deserved. Some of these stickers are just amazing! I can’t wait to bring you guys a sticker haul!!!! So here is the final outcome without any actual planning.

Then you realize you just spend over an hour planning and your layout has no plans…. back to the drawing board! 😉
       Here are some of my previous pages with actual plans… Don’t even ask how long that took! 😀 I found scrapbook paper that says ‘create love peace’ and HAD to use it!
The go to gold and black theme… #plannersgottaplan

  And my always ready lego-ish neon washi that I love so much….
And what doesn’t say planner peace if not pandas and a green serene background!

  This current week is pink and navy simply because that matched the Mambi Happy Planner color scheme that is already in the planner…
    And before I sign off, my dog has had enough of this planning business. She has taken to sleeping IN the closet. Bless! ❤

Hope you will all share your adventures in vertical planning and how your layouts turn out! This is the new thing kids!

XOXO,

Sarah


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Filofax Nude Original with Nude Theme ;)

So this beauty came home with my Mum from England for me and I am absolutely in LOVE!

Of course I was traveling for my brothers surprise 30th birthday party in Florida when I got it so I packed a planning on the go kit…

Since it’s actually an English purchase I feel like I should keep this instead of making my own dash… what do you think?

I migrated some old month on two pages from another personal planner as we are halfway through the year. They are actually out of the Color Crush which has gold accents and I am going for a neutral theme throughout so it worked perfectly.

After picking out washi and gold stickers and only packing black and gold ink… I mean seriously I was about to go theme crazy… I decided to try a simpler approach and do my planning pages with just stamps and pen. I have been wanting to improve my hand lettering and doodling skills as it were.

    

            

      

I still have a projects section, a blog section, and an information section. I found a printable A-Z in tan coloring to put as the index for my info section. Reminds me of a library card. ❤
  

Let me know what you think!

Sarah

XOXO


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Mambi Happy Planner – Planner or Dangerous Washi Tape Time Warp?

So, despite being a tried and true through and through, Filofax girl I ventured in to the unknown and bought a Mambi Happy Planner 365 because I found one lonely on a shelf at Hobby Lobby that just happened to be black and gold and I, of course, had a 40% coupon on my Hobby Lobby app. Fate, it seems, brought us together. Well I brought her home. I paged through her. I scoured pinterest for more hours than I care to admit. I kept bringing her to my desk to work on only to get lost in Pinterest planning again. It seemed like such a daunting task to decorate this thing with so much open space… and it was only a couple days in to July might I add. I thought maybe I should pack it in and raffle it off because it was too much planner for me. Did I really just say that?!? Everyone is or has headed down the Erin Condren road and we’re somewhat outnumbered it seems on Pinterest these days. Filofax who? I am in full support of those who uncoil and put in to their Filo’s though. 😛 I just can’t commit that much money to an ECLP when there are Filofaxes out there I don’t own. Plus, HAVE YOU SEEN THEIR UPCOMING RELEASES??? Check here  and here!

Well I finally ended up taking on the challenge and came here to share with you hours of work. 🙂 This thing epitomizes the phrase “planning to plan” but, lord, was it therapeutic and fun to see the outcome… Hope you enjoy!


Of course I had to pimp out the cover because a standard cover would just not do….

I also photocopied the inside planner pages and laminated them to use as a guide for my layouts when I was planning! #ingenius

Then here are some shots from the inside…

    

At this point I really should have taken a picture of my desk to show you the absolute chaos I was working in! #madscientist #laboratory  😀

  
    
    

I would like to throw out big thank you to all Pinteresters around the world for inspiring and sharing your creativity for everyone else to see. I would also like to thank a couple bloggers that I searched out for inspiration and spent hours on their YouTube channels watching them create!

– Belinda Selene

IG: @planwithbelinda   YouTube: Belinda Selene     Blog: Belinda Selene

– Inspired Blush

IG: @inspiredblush     Youtube: InspiredBlush      Blog: Inspired Blush

– Charmaine Dulak

IG: charmainedulak    Youtube: Charmaine Dulak    Blog: Love, Charmaine

– AndreaMarieYT

IG: @andreamarieYT    Youtube: AndreaMarieYT    Blog: AndreaMarieYT

Thank you to everyone out there in the planning community!!!!

So my final verdict: Incredibly therapeutic and fun to work on. It is literally like a blank canvas which is awesome and dangerous for hyperfocused individuals like myself! Definitely not practical enough to carry around as an everyday planner due to it’s sheer size and I am not sure how the plastic rings would hold up with bouncing around life by your side day in and day out. But all in all a lot of fun and I will definitely be getting lost in this thing when I need some me time. And for the price, well, it’s cheaper than therapy!  🙂

Xoxo

Sarah

P.s. Sorry for the lighting… even with sunlight you have to depend on lamps in my house. I am working on getting a better lighting set up!


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Office Space: Where I Plan

I have been on an organizing kick lately and so it only seems fitting to post a blog showing my creation space… my office. I made a commitment to myself when I moved back from Florida to keep a tidy office and leave my laptop out of my bedroom and so far I am doing pretty well! In order to keep my space clean though, I feel like it has to be visually appealing. Just like with planners… I am more likely to look at my schedule and to do’s if it is in a pretty planner and fun to look at. So, without further ado, my office! I racked my brain and scoured the internet before posting this blog looking at others blogs and video tours of their planning supply organization and craft areas. I came to two conclusions; 1) I’m not everybody else so I can have my own style 2) I am not good at making videos. At least not yet. So I took some photos instead. Hope you enjoy and are inspired to organize your own areas!

Where the magic happens 🙂 Notice the Target Dollar Spot Haul supplies as decoration!

So here is my desk… God bless Ikea for letting us create our own spaces. It’s as if that place was made for planners. You will see the name Ikea more than a couple times throughout my blog. I love that place. I got two drawer units and a table top from Ikea and made my own desk. I feel like it’s a large enough space to utilize without being overbearing. Of course in a dream world I would have an L shaped desk that took up half the room but this is reality and I am working with the space I have. O:)

My laptop doesn’t leave my desk. It’ s a HP Envy, the first non-Vaio I’ve had, and while I am not a huge fan of the new Windows I like the size of my laptop and it definitely holds it’s own with the amount of damage I do downloading and saving files. Pinterest, WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, and Google+ are all neatly settled in my favorites bar ready for me to surf the internet for hours on end!

I won’t show you all the drawers because they aren’t all planner related. This drawer dutifully holds my electronics; my camera, camcorder, Pringo photo printer, and label maker. It’s also home to my 6 hole punch which is a Japanese import you can easily purchase on Amazon and adjusts to punch holes for all three sizes of Filofax! It can be found here. I also have a recently purchased flag punch, binder clips, pen loops, paper clips (who knew I would one day pine over paper clips), and an assortment of charms as I recently started making my own planner charms.

This is where I display my planners… the highlight of the room! The shelving unit is also from Ikea and is meant for the back of a desk but was repurposed with the help of a good friend to fit on my old dresser so I could show my entire collection! ❤

In this mix we have several Filofax (Domino, Saffiano, Finsbury) in different sizes and colors, a Heidi Swapp planner used as a memory planner, a Heidi Swapp planner used as a blog planner, the Happiness Planner, a Get to Workbook, a gold Lovedoki, two fauxdoris, Websters Pages Color Crush planners, two journaling prompt books, and my Listers Gotta List notebook. And can’t forget some of the most useful money I ever spent… my laminator! Extremely inexpensive considering the use it gets!

   

In my dresser, I have one drawer full of paper (A4, letter, photo paper. Pringo paper, cardstock, etc) and extra print cartridges [not pictured]. Then I have a one drawer dedicated to my personal size inserts and one for my A5 inserts. Personal size inserts are stored in a mix of Target Dollar Spot accordion folders, a color crush planner box (great for storage!), and an Avery mini binder filled with folders and mini sheet protectors. The A5 inserts are also stored in mini binders with file inserts made from scrapbook paper as shown in a previous blog to accommodate the size of the inserts. I have my Passion Planner stored in here also as I have unbound certain sections and periodically used them in my A5 Filofax. I just used binder rings to bind my collection of dividers and dashboards neatly together. I also store another mini binder in this drawer with sheet protectors containing acrylic stick on stamps sorted by type and a small dollar haul accordion file containing some journal cards that I printed out from Pinterest.

Now this beauty is a new family member… it was actually a gift from a friend and also another Ikea find. It’s called the Sprutt and it was found in the closet and shoe storage section of Ikea. It is a 6 drawer unit that is made of metal like a high school locker. I just found a pretty font and printed out labels glued to blue scrapbook paper for the front label section. The unit goes back approximately 12 inches and the drawers are nice and deep!

The six drawers contain 1) notebooks 2) stickers 3) post its/sticky notes 4) page flags 5) stamps 6) ink.

            

I’m a lucky girl! I just got this over the weekend and he even built it too! 😛

Then in the corner of my room I have a drawer unit from Hobby Lobby that was in my bedroom in Florida that I have repurposed as a printer stand since I now use my dresser as a display for my planners. And the room would not be complete without my Ikea Raskog. For less than $45, this cart comes in so handy as you can stock it with current supplies and move it around not only your office but your house and it tucks away neatly in a closet when I am cleaning up. I use the top section for pens, scissors, hole punches, glue, etc. The second shelf contains some more stickers and washi tape (all my pink themed stickers and washi as I am going through a phase where I feel it is necessary to have my decorations match the patent cover of my Filofax…. it’s really hard….). Then the third shelf contains small containers (also from Ikea) with all my remaining washi tape. The green container is actually full of black, gold, and tan washi tape sectioned out for when my Nude Original arrives… I am telling you… this color coordination thing has a grip on me right now!

  

Well I hope that you enjoyed my photo tour. I am proud to say that no matter how messy I make this room while planning and decorating, I always make sure to leave it tidy before I close the door. This is a big deal for me considering my innate ability to be a clutter bug. 🙂 I take pride in this room though and since it is where I spent a large percentage of my time outside of work and sleep, I feel it deserves to be well taken care of. 😀

Sweet dreams folks!

XOXO

Sarah


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Wasn’t Planning on Rain This Wknd… But PERFECT for Planning

I’ve had plenty of time to play with my planners this weekend due to this disgusting weather! More photos to come…   Here’s my collection! Always adding… I am preparing a blog of my organizational system in my office because I have some new goodies so that is on it’s way!

Until then here is my work station aka my desk (gotta love IKEA)…
I have also been researching what people keep in their Planner Supply Cases. So far @theresetgirl has a great one to look at for ideas… I just *happen* to have that case from Target. Meant to be I guess. 😛

The Reset Girl – What’s In My Planner Supply Case

XOXO

Sarah


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Planner Organizing and Such Things

I am on a mission to blog consistently this month so what better excuse to hit up the Target Dollar Spot!?! Normally, I find nothing and leave swearing I will never waste my time again because clearly all the cool dollar spot stuff is simply a myth. Well not this time… I went to a Target out by my work and further out from Atlanta and I found ALL THE THINGS. Well not all…. but PLENTY! And I even scored some for my cousin in England!! #bestcousinever

So recently I feel like I found the end of the internet as I think I mentioned. It’s like I ran out of things to be amazed by and I feel disheartened as between Pinterest, Instagram, Bloglovin’, Facebook, etc… I am bombarded by all things planning all day. I really wanted to reorganize my office though because everytime I sit down to decorate or plan I get up to find my office looks like a crime scene so clearly I could better organize and hopefully not have to empty my entire desk and closet only to put it all away again at the end.

I scoured the internet looking for videos and blogs. I found a few. Most people have videos that show their neat desk with a couple drawers and three packs of stickers a few washi tape rolls and some scrapbook paper and it you wonder how on earth their planners look so amazing with their tiny supply kit! I could have access to an entire Michaels AND a Hema store and still not produce something so pretty. The other blogs just had brief descriptions with no pictures (the voice in my head sayinng uh huh suuuuure you’re organized!)

Anyway, I figured maybe I could finally blog about something I haven’t seen a million times and be a little original. It’s been an all night event (but my perfect way of spending the evening) so I won’t post the entire she-bang. I sat down and wrote out all the things I would need to find homes for…

Then I realized INSERTS! Inserts are my biggest problem. I can find homes for washi tape, stickers, post its, etc… pens are easy to put in cups… but those darn inserts… they end up crammed in drawers and then I can never find what I am looking for when I need it. So I put my brain in gear and found a pretty cool way to organize inserts. Personal size inserts are easy to sort in accordion files but A5 inserts seem to disappear in to the legal size accordion files we have over here. It may be easier to find storage solutions in the UK but A5 isn’t a size in the US so I had to get creative.

I used small binders (like the ones you can get from Avery or the Dollar Target Spot if you have a good Target supply), scrapbook paper and tape. That’s all. I found old scrapbook paper that I have had forever and has been collecting dust under my bed and matched up pieces.

Then I laid an A5 size piece of paper on top and traced around it with enough space to punch holes on the left side and some room on the right.

Once the paper was cut, I lined the two pieces up and cut a diagonal edge off of the top sheet just like a folder and taped the whole thing together on all edges. A few hole punches down the side and viola! We have a divider that fits in an Avery small binder but is also big enough to hold A5 papers!

I made several more and the end result is rather lovely. A neat tidy binder full of Filofax A5 inserts organized by type! This one is a 1 1/2 inch binder I found at Target.
  I liked the system so much I made two others with random inserts and then a binder with sheet protectors to organize my customized personal size inserts so I could just flip through and find what I needed easily. I also found some large gold rings and hooked all my dividers and dashboards together.

I was on such a roll I even reorganized my Raskog cart. 😇


And now, with all my planning supplies neatly in their place (until I change my mind and reorganize) it’s time for bed!

Xoxo

Sarah