Thursday, 24 July 2014

Jekyll and Hydewriting

Sometimes I feel like I am two different people!.

The ordered, together, concise person with neat writing . . . . . . 

And Fred - the demon scribbler with chicken-scratch penmanship.

I have been oh so careful for so so long to keep my Filofaxes so neat and tidy, ordered and presented in tear-shedding beauty.

But now, today

I choose FRED!


I am getting too old to keep up the pressure.
I am going through a Mid-Filo Crisis! (or is that Filopause?!?)

My binders have changed immensely over the last couple of years and I am too busy to keep up with the charade.
I love it - I'ts my passion . . . .but
it creates so much pressure and is exhausting.

So, today, I am going to revert to my Hydewriting.
- that quick and efficient and scratchy scribble that comes out of my pen lightning fast to get my rapid thoughts down on paper.
The writing I can do to make quick notes and write lists.
The 'doctor's scrawl' that I can do on any surface and in an weather.
The quick script that gets the job done.
Smaller, faster and flowing!

To be honest,
Only I really really see the majority of what I write..
It's nobody else's business.
The 'Cursive Police' do not really exist!
And to be blunt - no-one cares how I write.

What is more important is that I need to use my journals and Filofaxes for me.
I shouldn't write in them to try to impress people - and from today I will not.

Now don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with neat and impressive handwriting
It is praiseworthy, admirable and nice to view.
But it really isn't me.
The relaxed me.
And, if I'm really honest, my scratchy writing is still reasonably neat and readable - that's ALL I need.

So enough of the Prim and Proper Pressure-inducing Pompous Penmanship.

I've taken off my shoes, loosened the necktie sitting cross-legged on the back deck with my FIlofax on my lap . . . . . and am now relaxed in the words I want to write.

Who cares if it is not perfect?

They are simply mine!


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

And they call it FILO-LOVE ♩♪♫♬

(sung to "Puppy Love" by Donny Osmond)

And they called it Filo-lo-o-ove
Oh, I guess they'll never know
How a leather planner feels
And why I love it so

You can mock my Filo-lo-o-ove
It’s old fashioned you surmise
But your iPhone aint so go-oo-od
when your battery ups and dies!

I write each night and care for you
My friends say I’m insane
I hope and I pray that there won’t be a day
When I leave you out in the rain!!!!

Somebody help me, help me, help me please
If you give me just a sec
How can I tell my other half?
I’ve just bought a Van der Spe-e-ek! 

Tag . . . your it!

I may be weird
but I sat at my desk today
and for the first time
had a good look at the zipper tag of my
vintage leather A5 black Durham zippered Filofax!

and you know?

I kinda love it!


Sunday, 20 July 2014

Over-holing - (insert scream here)!

Is it just me?

Am I secretly OCD?

I was in a rush today and was quickly printing my weekly work schedule in colour and then grabbed my hole punch to put it into my A5 planner ready for a busy week.

I lined up the page.
Eye-balled the position so it was even on both sides.
Quickly punched the paper.
Put back the punch and opened the rings.
The holes did not match!
I had left the punch in Pocket-sized ring space!
No time to reprint the pages!
Grabbed the punch
Yanked it back to A5 hole spaces.
Punched in the right holes.
Flung the paper into my binder.
Walked off muttering.

Spent the best part of the day staring at the redundant holes.
It irritates me.
It shouldn't.
But it does.

Spent the rest of the day deliberating on whether to reprint the page and re-punch.
It just doesn't look right.
Realistically, the page works just as well.
....but it will stare at me for the rest of the week.

Decisions, decisions.

First World problem.



UPDATE: It's Friday and I suffered through the week with the redundant holes still there. I made it! Honestly, I just had to overcome my irritation. High-Five for me! But next week I will DOUBLE CHECK before I punch. Lesson learned. And, (if you excuse the wordplay) it was better than redoing the (w)hole thing again!

You've Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two!?!

What have I done? Moved into a pocket size Success leather planner (while waiting for my Pocket Ochre Malden to arrive from the US). It took 10 hours of deliberating and chopping and changing over the weekend. I am exhausted! I am using the elcheapo J Burrows A6 inserts from Officeworks as the FF pocket inserts are just too tiny for me. I had to rethink almost EVERYTHING I wanted in a planner and am absolutely stuffed! Almost traumatised . . .but actually liking what evolved. Don't fear, I have not forsaken the A5s yet (yeah gods I am not that crazy!) but am trialling this for a month. The feel and lightness of the Pocket size is what I am most attracted to at the moment. Stayed tuned to this channel!

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Modifying And Decorating A5 Filofax Inserts With Just A Laser Printer

After a year of experimentation I have found that I can now accurately print directly on my WO2P A5 pages after a lot of trial and error. 

My current setup just after printing
I have some B&W Victoriana/Steampunk designs on the pages for a small amount of decoration and some ants to divide the notes and weekend (i alternate with keys). 

This is a typical week using the setup.
I also print my daily schedule on the left (with checklist boxes and times 6.00AM-8.00PM) and TODO check-boxes on the right side. It is working well and I print around three to four weeks ahead.
My Bullet Journal method is a bit hybrid but I only use it for what I need - I dont practice 100% BuJo as it really cant work well in the FIlofax pages. I also carry a Pocket notebook with me for more detailed notes and reminders which saves me carrying the A5 everywhere.

and a closer look at the day check-boxes and schedule lists
I use a fairly cheap brother laser printer with a hand-feed slot. I have 4 different templates for the bottom graphics and section lines (for variety) but leave the rest essentially the same. 

I printed very tiny times on the right side to help me write appointments in some sort of visual timeline

One of my reasons for printing the pages this way was that, although I don't mind using washi tape and stickers, it all gets a bit fiddly and time-consuming for me. This way I can just insert the Filofax pages and its all done in about a minute. I like the decoration aspects, but am OK to have the same ones in the Black & White format as I need my entries to be the focus of the page rather than the pretty things I used to do (Not that there is anything wrong with page decorating - I admire them a lot - just cant spare the time to do it an more)

For interest sake - I incorporate my own hybrid version of Bullet Journaling on these pages and write my TODO lists from the bottom upwards - works for me!

Here is a link to one of my videos on YouTube which shows how I set up the page for printing - It works for all size pafes and Filofaxes:

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Hee Hee To Me!

Looking at Filofax videos and blogs on my computer is my hobby and passion.
Today I found a sneaky benefit to my secret indulgence!
Because these sites all contain loads of pictures of  stationery, books and writing and text etc....
When I peruse them at work, it looks like I am doing something educational!