Posted in Other Inserts

Lists

Lists seem to be popping up all over the place in my Filofax, from daily lists consisting of household chores, weekly lists of things to remember (like collecting my medicine prescription…), shopping lists that happen mainly on fridays and sundays, books to read, films to watch, tv shows to catch up on, and lists of things to do/not forget that happen sporadically, it seems my life is run by lists!

At the moment I don’t really have a set place for lists of things (unless you count my ‘notes’ section which I use for shopping lists!) and day to day these little notes written in the day section of my planner are ok I do tend to struggle with finding that book or tv series/film recommendation further down the line.  I have been looking at Bullet Journals on instagram and am inspired to create a section in my planner for lists of things like Books, TV, Film, campsites and other lists that would get lost on my weekly pages but would be things that I want to refer to at times and add to when needed.  I am currently looking at papers to use for this – I like the idea of lined paper but feel that it could restrict me and look messy if I wanted to add extra columns in the future to accommodate my lists expanding, I am swaying towards dot grid paper but sourcing this as ready made inserts may be a problem as I have looked before  but not come up with much.  I am thinking that I could make inserts to fit by purchasing a dot grid note pad and cutting it to size, punching and adding to my planner instead.

What kind of lists do you make in your planner?  What is your list style?

xoxox

Posted in diary inserts

Week On A Page

Week on a Page (WOAP) inserts are a fab addition to more compact planners (like the Filofax Saffiano Compact or the Temperley for Filofax Ikat print wallet) or even small planners like the Pocket Filofax range or the Mini, anywhere that space may be tight.  I love WOAP inserts for my wallet Filofax, I can still carry around my plans and jot down any important appointments to transfer them over to my personal planner when I get home.

I don’t currently use WOAP inserts as I rarely go anywhere that I am not carrying around my bag with my day to day planner in it (and really I don’t have much to plan appointment wise) but I did find this format really handy when I was in university and needed to keep track of assignments, classes and when library books were due back.  I also used this format to keep track of different shifts in my jobs that I was working at the time (in a Pocket Domino Filofax!)

I am considering setting up my Saffiano Compact at some point using WOAP inserts to track my blog posts for next year!  I am currently using a diary that I bought from WH Smith which I love along with a Paperblanks notebook for blog notes and ideas but think that combining notes and a diary for next year might be easier as everything will be together under one cover so to speak!

Do you use WOAP inserts?

Posted in Other Inserts

Records

In today’s “Other Inserts” series post I will be talking about Record Inserts and what you can use them for in your planner but first I want to talk about what a record is and why it is different to a tracker.

A record is something that has happened and will continue to stay the same no matter how many minutes, hours, days or years have passed.  It is a factual piece of information that is finite.  A tracker is designed to record something that can change over time and can differ from day to day (like the weather, moods, how much water you have drunk etc).  So, a record can be a book you have read, grades you have obtained, jobs you have done, savings you have made, these things will be the same regardless of the time frame that passes.

Personally, I don’t use a record at the moment, but I am in the process of setting one up so I can record the books I read, what genre they fall under and giving them a scoring system so I can see, at a glance, whether I should get the latest book by a certain author based on my enjoyment of previous books.

Do you use a record in your planner?  What do you record?

xoxox

Posted in diary inserts

Diary Inserts – Week On Two Pages

Welcome back to my series on Dairy Inserts.  Today I am writing about Week on Two Pages inserts, also known fondly as WO2P inserts.

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This is the current diary format that I am using in my Filofax Malden, one week spread over two pages, so you can see a full week when your planner is opened at that week.  I made the switch (as I spoke about in the Planner Girls Collective post where I wrote about my planner set up) from Day to a Page as I felt that I just didn’t need that much space anymore, albeit hesitantly, and I can honestly say I have not looked back!

WO2P format is great for someone like me who has a single jobs, a few hobbies and likes to keep track of appointments, to do’s, household day to day, and any other little life notes that need to be made note of (like reminders to phone people, for some reason I’m terrible at that!).

The handiest thing for me is that I can see clearly my full week, from Monday to Sunday, and I even have a space at the top of the first part of the week which I like to add in things to do, reminders or weekly goals, and I even have space to decorate my spread too!  You can buy a few different versions of WO2P including ones that run from Monday to Sunday in equal sections without a notes section, one with smaller sections for the weekend or ones with smaller weekday sections and a larger weekend (though you may need to search places like Etsy for these)

My favorite WO2P at the moment are the ones sold by Filofax however I may need to change my pen over as I have experienced a bit of shadowing (where you can see the pen from the other side of the sheet coming through onto the other side…)

What do you like about WO2P diary inserts?

Here’s some of the spreads that I have decorated for this year.

xoxox

Posted in Planner Makes

Planner Makes – Diary Inserts

In this series I will be sharing how to make your own planner items, whether it is inserts, like today, or any other planner related items that you can create for yourself.  I decided on today’s topic of Diary Inserts as for most of this month I feel that we have been talking about them!  It is also around about now, when we are nearly a month into the New Year that I start to think about whether the inserts I have are working for me, especially the diary inserts!

The first thing I like to do when making inserts is to look at what is currently working for me and what isn’t, whether it is wanting to add something into my diary or take something out, change the layout or make areas bigger or smaller (for example making the weekend span one box/line rather than two).  I then take a piece (or pieces) of the same sized paper as your inserts are and draw out your idea’s to see if they will work, once I am happy with the layout I have chosen I then go about setting up my design on to a new Microsoft Word document (set up as landscape orientation) and using the “Text Boxes” and “Table” functions I replicate what I have designed.

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The next thing I do, before anything else is to go to Excel and create a Day/Date/Month/Year spreadsheet for the month or year I want to use (like in this picture)

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If I am creating a D2AP inserts I will leave the spreadsheet like this, if not I then use the Filter function

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and select just mondays which will give you all the mondays in that month, select all and cut and paste these into a new tab and do the same for the other days of the week so you end up with a tab under which are all the mondays, then a tab with all the tuesdays etc…

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Now save the whole spreadsheet and head back to Word.  Now we can start the mail merge process!  Mail Merge is a fancy way of obtaining and transferring selected data from your spreadsheet over to your insert design.  I would use the Mail Merge Wizard for this part.

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Select Mail Merge Wizard then the starting document as “Letters”.  Select Starting Document as “Use Current Document”.  At Select Recipients click on “Browse” which will bring up a list of documents, find your diary/calendar spreadsheet from the list and click on it.

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Depending on how you have saved your spreadsheet, you should get a box like this, for D2AP where you have not split down your days then you should just get a list, for the weekly spreads you should see similar to this

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Now you want to select the day that you want your inserts to start on (for mine I am choosing Monday), click on the ok button at the bottom (once you have highlighted your selection) then select “More Items” – select Day then Date, then Month and finally Year (or select each item as you would like it to appear)

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Select Preview Letter in the Mail Merge screen then Complete Mail Merge which will give you the completed version of your inserts.  You will need to do the same thing for each line of your inserts if you are creating anything other than D2AP inserts.  And remember to put a space between each item before you click complete Mail Merge!

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Before saving your document, select the size and save as a pdf which can then be printed, or you can print direct from Word!

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I hope this basic guide will help you start to play around with designing your own inserts!  Let me know what you create in the comments below!

 

 

 

Posted in personalization

Planner Personalization

I wish someone had told me, way back when I first had a planner, that you could customize and personalize it and really make it your own.  In high school I had a green and tan Collins binder system that could have done with something to make it feel properly like mine.  Back then, and probably for much of my time in a planner, I have not really thought any more of personalizing it than writing my details onto the information sheet and placing it behind the clear plastic fly leaf.

I was the sort of girl who would buy her diary inserts off the shelf and just use them to write everyday things down on, I would use the dividers that came with the binder until they fell apart then go and buy more and I would write in what ever color pen was available.

Roll forward a few years and I have personalized my planner to perfection – well, perfect for me!

This series will give you hints and tips, things to try, and other ways of personalizing your planner to match your style and personality.

The first of this series will be posted on 13th February so come back then to see how you can personalize yours!

xoxox

Posted in New Products

New Products – Pens

Another new series for the blog!  This series will look at any new products I have bought and give mini reviews and, in this case, a back story!  I decided to write this series as I often like buying and trying new products that come out onto the market and thought this might be useful for others to read!

Back in December, not long before Christmas, I had left my favorite fountain pen on my coffee table after writing some Christmas cards, I went out to do some shopping and didn’t think any more about my pen thinking it would be safe at home.  I’d made the fatal mistake of leaving my dog loose in the house (she normally stays in the kitchen when I go out somewhere…), asleep on the sofa.  I got home later, not even 2 hours had gone by since I had left to an inky mess on my sofa and a guilty looking dog 😦 it seems that she got bored and decided that my pen looked like a good way to keep herself entertained.  To be fair, it wasn’t an expensive pen, it was clear plastic which I loved as you could see how much ink was left in the cartridge, and it was one of the only fountain pens that I had which wrote on pretty much any type of paper without skipping or catching, the ink always flowed nice and my writing looked so much better when I wrote with it.  I was pretty devastated.

Roll on to Christmas, I was gifted some money to get myself something nice and I knew what I was going to get – a new fountain pen.  I headed into town one day after Christmas and visited WHSmith firstly.  I looked at the range of pens in my price range (£20) but couldn’t find anything that I liked or that fit with my criteria – it had to be metal, have a bit of weight about it and have a finish which I wanted (something metallic).  I liked the Lamy Safari but it looked a bit plastic for my liking and the color ways that were available were not great, plus just about everyone has one.  I did sneak a peek at the Parker pens but the only one in my price range was the Vector which I already own in purple.

I then visited my local Ryman store and found a Parker IM in Esspresso with a sale sticker marking it down from nearly £40 to £20 as it didn’t have a cartridge in the box.  I snapped it up as it ticked all the boxes of what I wanted in a fountain pen and grabbed some cartridges at the same time.  I got in the car and decided to get it running and try it out but when I opened the box I found that it was a roller ball body and not a fountain pen.  I didn’t mind too much but was a bit disappointed that I’d now have to buy a refill for it so I could use it.  I ordered some online and decided to have a look at fountain pens online while I was at it.  I found a matching fountain pen online for £17 which I ordered!

I was still a bit sad about not having a new pen to use that day, however, when collapsing the packaging down to recycle it, I found the roller ball cartridge in the presentation box that comes with the pen!

So now I have a matching set of Parker IM pens, and I honestly love them both!  I’m using a black Parker 0.5mm roller ball refill in the one and in the other I have a blue Quink ink cartridge!  Both write really well and have the weight I was looking for, are both really well made and sturdy, and they look good clipped to the pen loop of my Malden!  There seem to be no bleed issues or shadowing issues through the cotton cream Filofax inserts that I am using either, so its an all round winner!

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The next episode of New Products will be posted on 10th February! xoxox

Posted in Stationery Loves

Stationery Loves – Inserts

I feel like somewhere along the line my opening line is stuck in repeat, but, hopefully, after this first month the introductions to new segments of my blog will stop (or at the very least, slow down to a minute trickle…), anyway…

So, Stationery Loves is a new segment of my freshly resurrected blog.  This series of posts will share links to places you can buy some of my “Stationery Loves”.  This months post looks at places where you can get inserts for your organizer from.

First up are the stores that you can buy ready printed, punched inserts that most people use without too many problems…

Filofax sell a vast range of different sized inserts, from diaries, note paper, financial, to do, among others.  It is interesting to see the range that Filofax offer expanding and becoming more up to date within the planner trends realm – they now offer a select range of diaries that have printed patterns on them alongside the classic White, Cotton Cream and Pink (you can find these in the diary section).  The only annoyance I have with the Illustrated is that they only appear to be for A5 binders at the moment.

Paperchase offer Filofax inserts (not the full range) alongside their own planner inserts.  Paperchase offer a different selection of inserts that are a bit more modern in their function, inserts like Meal Plans, meeting lists and shopping lists.  There are also a few cute printed inserts available including printed note paper.  Again, Paperchase offers a range of different sizes and a few different layout options for the diaries (currently there is a day to a page Filofax brand available and Paperchase’s own brand week on two pages.)

WHSmith offer similar to Paperchase, they stock Filofax branded inserts alongside their own.  There seems to be a greater selection of inserts available, especially diary inserts in different formats but they do not seem to offer any other color than white and pink.

Another one to check out for inserts is Dodo Pad.  These inserts are a diary, come note book or whatever you decide it to be.  Take a look and see what you think.

You can get other inserts, available to download and print yourself (printables) from many different sources.  Philofaxy offer a great range of free printables (I used these for November and December in my A5) and if you are clever enough, you can customize them yourself.  This is a great resource, if like me, you have an idea to switch your layout but dont want the commitment of buying a years worth of inserts only to find a week later you don’t like the inserts, you can download a month’s worth and give it a go before printing the year.

Etsy also has great resources for finding inserts for your planner.  I could spend a month linking you to awesome inserts but I’m not going to do that as there are too may awesome designers out there creating pages that by listing a few, I’m missing off others.  Instead, I suggest you just head over to Etsy and have a search for inserts and see what you come up with yourself!  🙂  And, when you find someone who sells awesome inserts, why not head back here and leave a link and maybe, a review, in the comments!

So, what inserts do you love and why?

The next episode of “Stationery Loves will be published here on 8/2/17!

xoxox

***I have not been paid to mention any of these stores or shops, I chose to write this blog of my own free will and to share with you some places of interest that stock inserts.***

Posted in set-up

2017 Set-Up

I saw the New Year in with my lovely personal Filofax Malden in Kingfisher blue that my boyfriend bought me for my birthday.  I had her all set up by Christmas Day for 2017.  Here’s my set up in her for this year…

Here’s a little flick through in pictures!  🙂

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All inserts are from Filofax and are available here

The Dashboard and dividers were made by me!  There will be a tutorial at some point on this blog on how to make your own!  The laminated cards are from Project Life and laminated by myself, they have a use that will be revealed soon!  🙂

How have you set up your planner for the year?

xoxox

Posted in diary inserts

Diary Inserts – Day to a Page

When I first had a planner (way back when I started my first full time job) I used the pages that came with it to record all my appointments and important information (week on one page) which was fine at the time as I’d transitioned from a teeny pocket diary the previous year. Once the year was out though, I had to buy new diary pages and got, well, a wee bit overwhelmed by the choice of formats out there. When deciding on the format and running of this years posts I decided it would be fun to explore the different types of diary inserts out there and hopefully save a lot of others being baffled to!  So, today I’m going to talk about Day to a Page (or D2AP) inserts.

Day to a page diary inserts are literally that, one day covers one page. And this format is available in all sizes for your planner.  I used to use day to a page inserts when I was running between 2 jobs, college and university as I had enough space to write down all my plans and other notes too, such as shopping lists, reminders and meal plans.  The space was enough to record each part of my day and any homeworks I was given as well. And, I could see at a glance my plans for the following day.

This type of insert is brilliant if you are busy, have a lot of things to do or reminders or if you have a family and need the extra space to write any family reminders down.

There are several other uses for Day to a Page inserts such as for using as a diary or journal, a day to day scrapbook or art journal, daily story writing, poems, the list goes on and on, the only limits are your mind and creativity!

Filofax do a range of day to a page inserts which I love for their simple design. The paper quality is ok but you may get some shadowing of ink through the page if you are not careful.

Paperchase is another favourite for  inserts. The paper quality seems a bit better than Filofax which is surprising to me.

And a hunt around on Etsy will come up with some lovely, well designed day to a page inserts for you to purchase and print yourself at home.

Let me know if you use Day to a Page inserts and what you use them for in the comments section below!!! I’m really interested in hearing about new ways of using your diary pages!

Hope you are having a good Bank Holiday!!!

Xoxo