Tuesday, August 16, 2016

FILOBUJO - Bullet Journaling in a Filofax or Ring-binder

If you read my last post, you already know that I have moved from a bound bullet journal system (Moleskine Grid Large) , to a ring bound system (Filofax Domino A5).  Today I will be sharing my setup, as well do a flip through of some of the sections inside my Filofax.

Firstly let me get into why I decided on a ring bound system.  I like the idea of being able to keep my long term collections, long term, and not have to worry about copying the lists over into a new book each time I ran out of book.  I also like the idea of having sections for different topics.  Yes, you can section off parts of your notebook, but I found I may end up needing more space in one section, and less in another resulting in wasted pages.  I am sure there are many fabulous ways to overcome this in a regular notebook, but as you all know, bullet journaling is all about finding a system and using what works for you.  This is just what works for me, right now.  I am under no illusion that this is the be all and end all of my planner system, I mentioned this in my last post, that I think Planner Peace occurs when the system is working for that individual at that particular time, and then it's gone, and we need to tweak the system to work again.

Flyleaf with sticky notes.

Back of sticky note page & front page which came with the Filofax.  


I have just a couple of random things in the front pocket of the planner.  Some paint chips as we are deciding on doing some repainting in the house, and information pertaining to an event I want to attend.  Then there is the sticky note flyleaf which I made using laminating sheet, punching and splitting the holes so that the sheet is removable.  The sticky notes co-ordinate with each member of our family -  Hubby - green, Me - blue, Son - Orange, Daughter - Pink.   I am undecided yet as to if this is a totally functional way to have it, I rarely use sticky notes, and when I do it is just to jot down something in a hurry to home at a later stage, and being colour specific may become redundant - watch this space!!

The next page is the cover page which came with the planner.  All I did was stamp a feather on the top of the page, and add a sticky note as an index of what each divider is for.  The sticky note is not permanently attached to the page.  I have also not written what each section is for on the dividers themselves.  I have opted to leave the dividers and allocation of the sections to be changeable, should my setup needs change in the future, I will not have to replace dividers or my front cover page.  (I am now wise to the ever elusive Planner Peace Unicorn and am keeping it simple and interchangeable).

I currently have the following divisions in my FiloBujo:

  1. Collections - These are all my long term collections like Birthday's & Anniversaries, Future Log, Books Read, Snail Mail Addresses.
  2. Bullet Journal - Monthly Views, Meal Trackers, Menu Planners...basically anything that I don't want to keep long term and have to copy from one notebook to the next.
  3. Health & Fitness - As it says on the tin - Healthy Foods, Workout Tracker - Gym Schedules.
  4. Home - This is the only section I have not indexed.  It is a free flow section with running home to do lists, grocery lists, receipts to be captured on our home budget system, and a master grocery list, which I have written out, photocopied, punched and use when I do my big shop every 6 weeks or so.  We are working on doing some painting and I have some random notes on that, just written on the next blank page. (I will be sharing my master grocery list on Instagram in the next few days - you can check it out there @josocrafty)
  5. Blog - well, it's more a social media section.  I write down blog post ideas, Instagram pictures to take, blog post plans.
  6. Blank - At the moment there are just a few random pieces paper in there that can be used for when needed.  I can file them under the relevant section if needed or just throw them out when done.
I have made an index for each section, and use it in the traditional manner of indexing, other than I do not forward number my pages in advance.

Collections Index


Bullet Journal Index

Health & Fitness Index


Social Media Index


Below are some examples of the spreads in my Collections section.


Birthday's & Anniversaries


Kitchen Garden Ideas
(I live in a desert, and our small garden is not conducive to a veggie patch - this is actually a bucket list item of mine).

Next up are some examples of the spreads in my Bullet Journal section.

August title page, I don't think I will do this every month, only if I have a gap page.

August Monthly spread.
(inspired by Jessica from @prettyprintsandpaper on Instagram)

August To Do & Meal Plan (failing dismally on meal planning this month- ho-hum)

Meal Tracker for August - I don't include this every month.  Just when the urge grabs me.

Gratitude & Back To School List.  The gratitude page is new to me.  I am enjoying it.
Back To School is in preparation for school starting at the end of this month.

Example of daily pages - I am fiddling with what works for me.  This past week I changed up the check boxes for bullet points, and used double line spacing between the items per day.  I am thinking of reverting back to single spacing, but loving the bullet points.

After the Health & Fitness Section.

I have a yearly workout tracker.  I don't do daily/monthly habit trackers in my bullet journal section, but prefer to see the year in overview.

 
Clean Food List, Clean Eating Grocery List and Kickboxing schedule.


Thank you so much for stopping bye and spending time reading my blog.  Always remember that the best Bullet Journal and bullet journaling system is the one that works for you.  Whether you like just use one pen and keep it simple, or if you are fortunate enough to have the creativity, and have the time to create beautiful art-piece pages, the whole idea is to keep organised and productive.

Keep Calm & Bujo On!

Jo

xxx



Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Road To Planner Peace (If that exists)

Wow!! My last post was in December 2013. It couldn't have been that long could it?? There must be a worm-hole around here!!

Well, let me catch you up....

My last post was about my exciting rendezvous with a certain purple, full leather beauty (Filofax Malden in the Personal size).  I've has a few whirlwind and long term planner relationships since then.

I sold the lovely Malden after a few months of use and bought the same planner, but in Aqua, second hand. I loved the colour, and I loved the idea of the planner, but found that I was coming unstuck with the small size.  Once again, I was searching for something new. I wanted a one stop book that I could use as a planner, journal and still have a bit of creative outlet. 2014 was the year of attempted digital planning, glued together with sticky notes, wall calendars, and a first and failed attempt at a bullet journal in Midori Travellers Notebook......oh the chaos, and not to mention a year lost in the jungle of a busy life of a mom with 2 children and no solid planning/scheduling system in place......huh?!?!?  I wonder if that was the worm-hole year!

Purple Filofax Malden - Personal

Purple Filofax Malden - Personal
Aqua Filofax Malden-Personal

Midori Travellers Notebook - Regular

Being an active stalker on a long list of planner Facebook pages, I decided that 2015 was the year where an A6 Hobonichi was the answer.  I duely ordered the planner (in Japanese as I live in the Middle East and our weeks start on a Sunday, and this is a hard pass for me. My weeks must not be split!!), along with all the paraphernalia  including a cover, stickers, book marks, pen refills.....you guys get the idea, one cannot simply just order the planner!!!

I made it nearly through the whole year in the Hobonichi as I was able to schedule, journal and "junk journal" all in one place....but who was I kidding, one tiny planner van only hold so much and it became impossible to use the last month or so as it was so gorgeously fat and filled and loved.

A6 Hobonichi Planner - Japanese version

By around November 2015, I found myself once again looking for planner peace. I came to the realisation that; 1, size matters (cute & comapct isn't always the answer), and 2,  there was nothing out there that was reasonably accessible to me that would fit my needs.

I pulled out my trusty Cinch punch and accessories and spent a couple of days designing and printing my ideal planner, combining aspects I liked from several of the store planners I have used over the years.  The result was a fantastic A5 ring bound beauty that I engineered to have an interchangeable cover to satisfy the gypsy in me, as well as the ability to add in those loose leaf bits of correspondence that often escape from you if not secured using a DIY coil clip system.  I found this particularly handy as it was a very busy academic year for my daughter and there were many date specific letters that came home from school.

Then....I felt stifled by the lack of available real estate to put in random bits like to do lists, notes from the day, etc.,etc.  In April this year, I decided to jump on the Bullet Journal Train again.  An impulsive person, I used what I had on hand which was a Large Moleskine soft cover in nude/beige.  I hung out in this for a couple of weeks then got myself a hard cover Moleskine in purple.  I moved what I had in the soft cover over and was blissfully on my way to planner peace....YEAH RIGHT!!!

Moleskin Hard Cover Grid Notebook

Month to View



The Bullet Journal Notebook ticked so many boxes!

Everything in one book.
Great size.
My layout, my way.
Can change layouts any time (be still my Gypsey heart!).
Can appease my creative side by adding a bit of something artsy.

And then.....the great big "elephant in the room" unchecked box.....Manouverability. I was determined to have only ONE BOOK (I mean, that's why I started the Bujo, right?)

So, last week, I did what any self respecting stationery addict does when they fall from the bliss of planner peace and need to lick their wounds.  I headed off to one of the stationery stores near me, and went to go hang with the beautiful stuff and fill my soul with the heady aroma of pens, papers, books, pens and paints.  Ok, that's a bit dramatic - my kids were at holiday camp and I jumped at the opportunity to go to a book store in solitude!

So, while I was strolling the aisles and admiring the wares, I found myself at the Filofax display case....I've done it before, I've glanced at the beauty, admired the elegance, and just walked by.  But this time, it was different....

You know the scene, a glance across the room, the mystery of the unknown behind the glass....I just had to see for myself. Could I just look at the teal beauty beckoning me through the glass, just feel the texture with my hands. Just a quick fix, then walk away and feel empowered by the ability to resist.....

I FAILED!  Once I had this beauty in my hands, I was hooked!! In mere minutes I was at the checkout counter, handing over the cash and was out the door before the guilt of "cheating" on the Moleskine could consume me!!

I got home and within a couple of hours, I'd pulled out the inserts that the A5 Filofax Domino had come with, cut down some Rhodia grid note paper to fit and was moving over my August setup and other long term collections into my new planner.

Filofax Domino in Teal-A5

Month to View


I did things a little differently this time.  I've thought long and hard as to how I envisage the planner to look, how I think it will best work long term, as well as keeping it light enough to keep it semi portable.  It's larger than the Moleskine, yes, but I don't carry my planner with me all the time anyway, and if, for now, it's functioning for me, the size is something I can work around.

Have I got planner peace?  Well, I believe planner peace is a unicorn.  After many planner attempts and journeys, I have come to the conclusion that planner peace only happens for as long as the system you have works for you.  We change, our needs change, and so should our planner systems change accordingly. A new job may mean the need for more structure and a more solid long term planning system, and that's OK to move away from one style and onto another.  The bottom line is that we plan so as to be more organised more productive, resulting in a greater quality of life, with the mental ease that our lists, appointment, to do's, etc. are in a safe place, scheduled for when needed so we can free our mind to enjoy the right now!

Your planning system doesn't need to be pretty, or like someone else's.  Planner envy is counter productive and goes against the purpose of a planner. It's purpose is to be useful to YOU.  If you spend more time trying to pimp out your planner, and doing it over and over to get it perfect, you are defeating the idea of freeing up your time by being organised.  Sure, draw from others, get and share ideas with the planner community and then enjoy the peace that comes with the being organised. Now that's what I call Planner Peace.


NEW: I've just started a dedicated Instagram account and will be posting pictures of both my Moleskine planner as well as the progress in my new planner. 

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

FILOFAX - I jumped in with both feet!!

LONG, PICTURE HEAVY POST.  Grab a cup of coffee and read on :D

I've been dabbling in crafty things, other than just scrapbooking lately.  I've had a brief encounter with Art Journaling, which I am still enjoying from time to time, but right now….I've fallen head over heels in love…..while scouring YouTube and Google for ideas to Art Journal, I stumbled upon a huge pool of Planner/Filofaxers.  A large community of creative men and women, who share their systems, decorating, freebies and ideas for any level of Planner/Filofaxer - from the users who utilize the planners as directed on the tin - for lists and appointment keeping, to the uber creative peeps out there who tape, sticker, stamp, post-it their Planners/Filofaxes into a functioning piece of art!!!

I have always had a love affair with paper planners.  The process of writing in appointments, birthdays and other bits and pieces to remember as always just felt right….

Enter the electronic age (well, you know what I mean right?)….Let me rephrase….enter my beloved iPad.  Make no mistake, the idea of being able to enter an appointment on the spot, on my iPhone and it appears like magic on my laptop and iPad is an organizational gift.  And this is how I have scheduled "my life" for the past year…all in the magic place where devices communicate to each other, and schedules are shared.

I had a little problem…once I entered the appointment/reminder on my iPhone/iPad….other than if I set a reminder, I never went into my calendar to see what was coming up, never mind the struggle to see your "day at a glance" in a way which made sense to my brain  (Side Note:  The OCD in me insisted that each sub category was color coded, so entering events in iCal was an EVENT in itself).

So, when I stumbled upon the world of super talented, well organized Planner/Filofax users, a great big spotlight went off in my head….I NEEDED to get my stuff on paper again.  Enter the Filofax….

Living in Dubai, the world is your oyster, but things like Filofax are like hens teeth to find.  After many hours of watching and reading reviews, I decided that I had to have an personal Aqua Malden.  I found one on the UK Amazon site, and had filled my basket with all the extra goodies I was after.  I was just about to hit the "BUY" button when I went on an impulse and Googled "Filofax in Dubai" and found that a popular stationery store, Magrudy's stocked Filofaxes. I called and was delighted to find out that they had 2 personal Malden's in stock, Ochre and Vintage Pink.  I decided the Ochre would suffice and convinced myself it was a far more practical color.

I am known to wait patiently for stationery and it would take at least a week before I got my package from the UK.

Within the hour, I had barged into Magrudy's, drooling at the mouth, eager get my hands on a Malden.

To my surprise, the Ochra Malden was suspiciously purple.  I am a purple lover, so my instinct was to grab it and dash for the check out….the curious in me needed to feel the Vintage Pink one too.

The Vintage Pink was so soft, lovely and….edible/huggable/tactile….but I knew that we would not be able to build a relationship on touch alone, so I left with this beauty:

Maddie, my persona Purple Malden.



These pictures are from after I had her about a week and had what I thought was settled on a setup.


Home made fly sheet using scrapbooking paper, alphabet stickers and a Project lift Card.  I used a zipper pocket from Paperchase with Frixion Markers.  Each color represents a different member of our family.


So I thought this was it.  I got inspiration from My Purpley Life for the layout of check boxes for To-Do's and Appointments, and a blank area for general reminders.

I customized a Project Life journaling card to use as a menu planner.  (More on this later in the post)



Side view


Top view, oh so stuffed :D


This is a cell-phone charm my husband picked up for me in Tokyo a couple of years ago.  It has my birthday on it, with I believe a Mt. Fuji character.  I printed and laminated a teeny "Keep Calm" label found on the internet, punched it and attached it to the string of the cell-phone charm.


A month on, my fatty Maddie needed to go on a diet, so I pulled out the markers, got a little ruthless with the inserts (I didn't need 5 sheets of every shade of note paper), etc, etc….

I also changed inserts.  I have ordered W2P SNL (Week on 2 pages, Sunday start, Notes left) from Piaric on Facebook.  I have read about and seen so many people using these inserts, I was sold!  Living in the Middle East means that our first working/school day is a Sunday, with Friday and Saturday being our weekend.  Did I mention the OCD???  I needed the first day of the week to be….the first day of the week!!  LOL

I ordered and received two stamp sets from Studio l2e, the Stamp-It and List-It sets.  I couldn't be happier with these stamps!!!  Go on and check them out!!


My Piaric 2014 inserts are safely tucked in an envelope, somewhere between the United States and the United Arab Emirates.  Until such time as they get here, I opted to make some crude inserts for December to see me through.

I stamp the "list" on the left side of both pages.  Being right handed, I struggled to write on the left page when the list was closer to the rings…it was just down right uncomfortable!!

Being a scrapper at heart, I couldn't leave the planner pages just plain white.  I try to keep it fairly simple, with just some Washi Tape and a sticker or two.


Curent week, looking a bit more streamlined.  The "Right Now" divider is a transparent thick plastic sheet which was the backing for a sticker sheet I purchased at some stage.  I cut it to size, punched the holes accordingly which I dove-tailed it so that I could pull it out and move it without opening the binder rings.  A bit of tape at the top and a label printed on my trust Brother P-Touch….job done!!


Next week.  We are heading home (South Africa) on the 18th for our first Christmas back home in 6 years, so all my busy-ness is happening the days leading to our flight.


I changed up my front fly leaf.  I used some leftover wrapping paper, cut slightly smaller than the personal page size, added a Keep Calm printout from the internet, laminated, punch and away you go!

I have fashioned an additional pen loop from Duct Tape and attached it to the fly sheet.  Although I don't need all the markers, I need at least 2 color pens :D


I found blah Month on Two Pages from a Japanese store, Daiso.  I have filled them in accordingly and used them to separate my months, and have used them as tabs for the different months.  The tabs were also nabbed from Daiso.


Top view of the tabs.



I went on a laminating frenzy and laminated the Project Life journaling card, which I punched and dove-tailed it so that I could pull it out and move it, without opening the ring binder.  Meals are on Post-It Notes.  I try to get meal requests from the family on a Saturday, write them down and place them on the week days accordingly.  I have a lot of repeat requests, so they all get stuck on the divider under my HOME section at the end of the week, and get reused if need be.


I struggle with meal plans, and if I don't meal plan, we tend to not meal, resulting in 2-minute noodles in a dash! (bad mommy).  Using this system allows me to draw from a bank of favorites should I be at a loss for a meal.


Current divider setup.

Behind the fly leaf, I have my menu planner, followed by a 2013 calendar then a 2014 calendar, which are both free printables I found on the internet.  After that is my weekly grocery/shopping list which is tabbed of with a Post-It transparent tab.  Last is a Filofax Year Planner for 2014.  I have not really utilized it as yet, other than to mark off the school holidays until the end of the academic year.

DIARY Tab
Month on 2 pages at the start of each month, followed by a Week on 2 pages for that month.

NOTES Tab
Random note paper for things that just need to be captured temporarily.  Everything from ideas for a potential family holiday in 2015 to notes for my daughter's birthday party in January.  I use the black Filofax ruler to keep the spot where the next blank page is for new notes.

QUOTES Tab
I used my Brother P-Touch printer to print out new tab names for the ones I decided to change.  Under quotes, I have 4 different colors Filofax note paper, each for a different category of Quotes.  I used the Daiso tabs mentioned earlier for the month dividers to label each section, being Health & Fitness, Love, Random Stuff, Being Creative.  When I stumble on a quote I like, I jot it down in the relevant sub-section.

ME Tab
This is also a renamed tab.  This is subdivided into several sections.  
First is Health, which is again sub divided again into Exercise and Weight.  I like to keep a log of my exercise routines.
Next is Travel.  Although I do not travel frequently, I am using the power of positive juju to bring more travel into my life.  I have a freebie Travel Plans sheet printed from the  Philofaxy site.

FINANCIAL Tab
Sub divided into 3 sections.  I have a home made pocket envelope for all my receipts, prior to capture in the relevant section.
Household comes first, where I keep track of all my household expenditures.
Me is next, where I keep track of my personal expenditure.
Matt & Amy is last.  These are my kids, aged 11 and 8.  I keep track of their pocket money.  Both are saving for something right now.  This is sort of like an old fashioned building society system.  I am the "bank" and we keep track of their earnings and expenditure.

HOME Tab
Self explanatory…anything do do with home - meal plans, Honey-Do List, Christmas Planning (tis the Season!) and Birthday Party Planning.

KIDS Tab
Last one :D.  I found plastic personal size tabs from Daiso and nabbed them just in case.  I have only needed one so far.  Behind this tab is anything I need to keep handy for the kids.  Passwords for homework sites, homework schedule, Bus Roster and Academic Calendar.

I use Frixion pens in my planner in order to keep it neat, should there be any changes.  I alternate between black and blue for tasks, and the red one is if I need to draw attention to an item.  I wasn't going to use a color code system as I thought this would mean more admin, but as it turns out, for repeat events like my husbands work schedule (corporate pilot means he is in a different country every couple of days), children's after school activities and play-dates prove to be fairly easy to manage in a color code system.  I use Frixion Markers for this task.

Thank you so much for plodding through this very lengthy post.  If you came to find some inspiration for your own planner/Filofax, I hope this post was helpful!!

I will endeavor to post any updates on Maddie regularly, and if you have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to leave a comment in the comment section…(that was a lot of comments :D)

Happy Organizing!!

Jo



Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Little Mixed Media

Hello awesome scrap people!!

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a Gelli Plate printing workshop at Creative Hands.  My daughter was attending a week long scrap camp, so while I was waiting for her to work her magic, I embarked on a mixed media project.

It was heaps of fun and I enjoyed getting my fingers all messy and enjoying the process of locating all the random places paint had found to take residence on my body. (Yes, there was paint on my elbow and behind my upper arm????)

This was the result of a 2 mornings in store, playing with a huge range of products ranging from tissue paper to texture paste.


I had so much fun, I decided to dedicate wall space to more of these little beauties.  Below is the result of finding a small canvas in our craft cupboard....


Hopefully it won't be too long before I get my mess on and create more mini memories.

Happy Scrapping!!!

Jo



Sunday, August 4, 2013

Day Book - Singapore

Hello all you awesome scrapers!!  

This is the first time I'm blogging on my iPad, hence the images are a bit big for the page space.  I will figure out a fix...please bear with me for this post.

Today I'd like to share my Amy Tangerine Daybook with you.  I was surprised with a trip to Singapore, to meet up with my husband.  I would under normal circumstances have made some form of travel journal from scratch, but with such short notice, I decided to buy a ready made. I picked up this beauty from Creative Hands, grabbed some Thickers and a Simple Stories paper pack and got cracking.


First order of business was to embellish up the front cover.  The word "HELLO" was p printed on the front cover, so I added The word "Singapore" using Thickers then added some embellishments from the Simple Stories paper pack.  I also pulled the ring binding apart and added some extra pages.


Above shows the first few amazing memories from The trip.


I added the photos chronologically with the various bits of ephemera picked up on the way, with journaling wherever I could squeeze it in.


I used some washi tape I picked up from one of the stores while on the trip.


All the photos were printed on my Canon Selphy printer after I cropped all of the square on my computer.  I left a white bit on the bottom of the photos to give them an "instant photo" feel which allowed for journaling.

I will continue to make my own travel albums but can definitely recommend using the store bought Daybooks for a quick fix when under a time pinch :D

Happy scrapping!!

Jo



Monday, October 22, 2012

Project Real Life

Hello my friends and fellow crafters!!

Well, life has caught me up and I haven't posted nearly as many Project Life weeks or layouts as I had planned to.  Eid holidays are just around the corner which means half term break,  and with some luck, I will get back on track with Project Lift Posts.  At least I am not behind with Project Life.  In fact, I have started Project Real Life with Becky Higgins over at Big Picture Classes.  Becky is offering a nice little freebee for project life on her blog.  Click HERE for the freebee and while you are there, read over some articles in her blog.

We are currently in week 3 of 12 of Project Real Life.  I am totally blown away by the content of the workshops so far!! This is what Big Picture Classes have to  say about the workshop:


Project Real Life
"Cultivate a good life and record it." Becky Higgins
This idea is at the heart of everything Becky Higgins does with her blog, her products and in her real life. Come and join her for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend some time with her during the last quarter of 2012. As Becky goes about preparing for the holidays, organizing around her home and documenting her family's story along the way, she'll be sharing ideas to inspire you, tips to motivate you, and real-life suggestions on how to cultivate the life you want.
Whether you're a long-time Project Lifer or you're just now hearing about Project Life, you will love learning about the guilt-free philosophy behind this system of memory-keeping. While Becky will give you plenty to think about and do during the 12 weeks of this workshop, she has no intentions of overwhelming you. This is based on her belief that that there isn't a person that exists who really "does it all" — and this should be the last thing that we expect from ourselves.


If registrations are still being accepted and you are looking for something to knock your life socks off during the last 12 weeks of 2012, do yourself a favor and sign up :D:D


Thanks so much for stopping by.  Please come back soon.  I will be doing a sneak peek on a layout tutorial video I have done for Pretty Paper Studio, and online scrapbook store.

Happy Scrapping!!

Jo

Saturday, October 13, 2012

SCRAPBOOK LAYOUT - "Cuddles"

I snapped this photo of my kids using my iPhone one morning while they were lying in my bed with me, getting cuddles.  I love that they are cuddling in the photo.  They really do love each other, which makes my hear warm :D


I masked the craft paper using Mister Huey's hexagon mask and Adirondack Colour Wash in Butterscotch. I layered over some scraps of paper, punch outs and various other embellishments found in my stash.  I also added a little Washi Tape.  This is my go to item at the moment.  I don't know how I lived without it!!!

This is one of my favorite layouts I have done in a while.  My heart felt happy when I finished this layout, which to me is the ultimate when scrapping :D


HAPPY SCRAPPING!!

Jo