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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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!!


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!!!


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!!


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!!


Saturday, October 13, 2012


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



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

PROJECT LIFE - "Week 12"

Welcome back to Project Life Tuesday.

Week 12 was Über exciting for us...It was the week school started, and we managed a quick 2 night getaway to Fujairah.  We had so many memories from the 2 nights away I decided to add a page protector dedicated to the mini vacation.  The 29th of August was also an eventful day, so I added a portion of a 4x4 page insert to hold all the pictures.

NOTE:  Picture heavy post



Happy Day!!!  Stash from Pretty Paper Studios and a little afternoon nap with our dog, Zinga

We went to watch The Dark Knight Rises at the IMAX theatre at the Meydan hotel.It was a fantastic experience!!  I added 3 photos from the movie experience to the back of the 4x4 page insert added to hold the overflow pictures from earlier that day.  I got a lovely photo of the children cuddling in our bed, and one with daddy too.  I also decided to get my hair cut short.

Getting ready for the new school year to start.  I love new school shoes :D

Part of our mini vacation was to give the boys a chance to go SCUBA diving.  Matthew struggles to find wetsuits small enough for him from the dive centers, so we went and got him his own.  Amy needs a laptop for school in Year 3, so we got her one while we were out getting other supplies.  I added to our big purchase day by stocking up on 2 jumbo packs of Canon Selphy paper and cartridges.

Packing scrapping supplies for our mini vacation...Trying to keep it simple AND "kind of smores" made with marshmallow puff :D

For our 1 hour 45 min road trip, I made some hotdogs to go..Huge hit.  Matthew and Colin went diving as we arrived at the hotel.

Day 2 involved more diving for the boys and a lazy pool day for the girls.


This is the front and back of the insert I added to this week to document our little holiday.

I got really snap happy with using the Hipstamatic App on my iPhone....The change in scenery between Dubai and Fujairah is so lovely

The first picture is of one of the roundabouts on the way to Al Aqah Beach in Fujairah.

We went with the boys to their dive brief for the first dive of the day.  I loved the fact that I could capture a little bit of what they were doing during the day too.  I got a photo of the dive area map as well as a picture of my two guys walking down the beach to the boat...

It was a fun filled week with school starting the day after we got back from our mini vacation....Hard to believe the kids are getting so big....



Saturday, October 6, 2012


A family wedding earlier this year has supplied me with many awesome pictures to scrap.  I really love this one of the cousins together.  Since moving to Dubai, we don't see them much any more.  When the four of them get together, it is like they haven't spent a day apart, even when sometimes there is over a year between visits!!!

I kept this layout fairly simple, sticking to similar colors, except for the title which I really wanted to stand out.

I used DCWV paper from the Mariposa Paper pack, a couple strips of Washi Tape, cutout of some printed paper and a sentiment from the Kaiser Kraft Hummingbird 6x6 paper pack.  For the title, I punched tags using paper from the same Kaiser Kraft pack, I added some ribbon trim and Amy Tangerine Goodness Thickers for the lettering.  To add accent to the photo which I had printed with white boarders, I used a photo marker to free draw the frame lines.