I'm British, So Filofax

Adventures in Trying to Organize My Life


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A New Family Member!

So when it comes to planners I am far from the worst but I definitely have an established problem.

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I am tried and true Filofax lover which has been established. I bought the Kikki K… received it on a Friday… then sold it before the weekend was out. I thought for sure it would Filofax only from then on. I had been eyeing the color crush though. Webster, being more scrapbook than business, pulled me in with pretty colors and shiny things. But they were always sold out so it was never a problem… until I discovered scrapbook.com. And, of course, they had the white planner with gold interior available…. my college football team colors… how could I resist!?!? So there is a new member of the family… let me introduce to you Goldie… my Webster Planner Color Crush Planner…

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Then comes the process of deciding what parts to keep and moving in….

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Turns out Webster does dividers and calendar pages pretty well so I keep them…. and had too much fun decorating pages for the twentieth time this year… 🙂

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The month pages are embossed with the month in gold and then just plain so I used a polaroid stamp and gold ink and printed off some meaningful pictures to personalize the months.

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At the end of every month, there is a “this and that” section with the dates just listed.  I used January for “big things” because it seemed like there was a lot of special moments that month and then February for a gratitude journal because I was bursting with gratitude moving to GA. I am using this to keep track of instagram challenges for this month.

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This planner was definitely made by a scrapbooking company which is a positive because the pages are divine. But the tabs just weren’t practical for what I use my planner for so I covered them with gold washi and made my usual tabs. I am trying to use pretty paper for all my notes and keep it decorative and scrapbook-y…

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So all around I do like this planner. For the price, it is a great starter planner. The rings are far from Filofax quality and need some encouragement to stay closed at the very top as I have found with all non-filo’s. But it’s so pretty it’s actually forgivable. It has the inside pockets just like my beloved Domino but with the exception of the credit card like slots they definitely don’t budge as much so it seems they are much more for decoration.

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There is a little notepad in the back that it very convenient. And it definitely holds a lot. The rings are just slightly larger than the personal domino. I will be using it for the time being. I know I know I will end up back in a Filo but I will be taking the vibe of the color crush with me for sure!

Now if only Filofax did a white planner with gold accents…. And don’t get me started on the gold Filo that Facebook keeps reminding me I love because I looked at it one two many times on ebay but can’t justify spending over $150…. maybe one day. 😛   So overall I am having a fun “vacation” from my Filo but I know I will always find my way home.

Next to get a cute craftmate folio so my new planner doesn’t get lonely!
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xoxo

Sarah


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A Day Off!

So I was browsing through Michaels with my hands planted firmly in my pockets so as not to pick anything up and buy it when I found the Heidi Swapp Memory Planner at 40% off… so I cracked.
You can pretty much follow all the reviews along the way and most of them sing the same tune. It’s clunky, the pages don’t turn, it has four holes, even more difficult than Filofax in the US!, and it for how huge it is, there isn’t much content. I went through and kind of made it a quote binder. That’s about all it will be good for. For goodness sakes, the decoration pouch that came WITH it didn’t even fit the rings. I will say it is pretty on the outside and I am facing outwards on my bookshelf (I won’t mention that when I first put it up there it jumped in the trash can…hehe).

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I found an awesome website called Tatter Tots and Jello that gives you advice on how to print your own instagram pictures. They even have a word template you can download for printing. Find it here The site that loads your instagram photos is Instaport and it connects to your Instagram and uploads your photos to a zip file for a donation. Totally worth it. I’ll be taking the mason jar brain dump idea over to my Filo. Sorry, Heidi, you do scrapbooking wonderfully… but Filo is a planner for planners.

Bringing me to my new beauty, I scored a light pink personal size Finsbury online and I adore it. The rings on this are much better than the Saffiano. I thought I would be a Domino only girl until this beauty.

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And, because we all know planner peace never really lasts very long, I have switched over to DIYFish inserts!!! I am using Series 3 Version 3.

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Things I love: the times down the side to stop myself from double scheduling, extra space all over for writing and doodling, the fold out bullet planner style. Things I’m not so much a fan of: hard to decorate (I am not that great of a doodler and stickers and washi like you would a filo page make it too busy, small space to write appointments (so I have switched down to the Pilot Frixion Slims I got around Christmas, it takes up a lot of room and you can only really keep 1-2 months in at a time, the cost (but hey I paid it). If anyone has any ideas for decorating, I am looking viciously all over pinterest and not finding much so I am open to ideas! Anyone else use DIY Fish? Feelings?

Want to start taking bets on when I order a new set of pages and start all over again? Maybe I should make my own ideal page…. I mean everyone else seems to. Mental note to self: write task in Filofax to find information on making own inserts!

Oh and before I sign off, I scored a Create a Sticker maker for cheap and I am having a blast making stickers of my friends faces for when I hang out with them. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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xoxo

Sarah

p.s. I was browsing Hey Charlie’s Etsy shop and saw this… she literally is selling a dashboard that perfectly matches the background I use on my laptop. Great minds think alike!!!!

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