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 posittion 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!
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.


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!

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Ode To the Filofaxin' Teacher

Sitting in my classroom
Kids are working well
Planner there before me
Riiiiiing - there goes the bell

Carrying my Filo
Waving it as I pass
Organised and ready
For my Modern History class

Students neatly seated
Books are open wide
Time to check my lesson plan
Safely tucked inside

Pages are a flutter
Organizing bliss
Everything is close at hand
Nothing goes amiss

Markbook in the back of it
Notes and grades are steady
Tables and dividers
Rolls are marked and ready

Time to head for meetings
I Filoflash with ease
Teachers with technology
Have laptops on their knees

Someone asks a question
I need the answer quick
I find the Martha Stewart Tab
And have it in a tick

The WiFi suddenly goes down
I sip my coffee mug
While everyone is panicking
I sit there looking smug
In one small space I seem to have
everything I need
The meeting's coming to a close
My binder shuts with speed

So now its quitting time at last
and here's the precious rub
while everyone is logging off
I'm already at the pub!


Hello Kenty - Filofax in Hand!

My nephew Nick is a talented artist - he designed this for me - great sense of humour!

Please note Filofax in hand as well!

Nick says he is happy for anyone to email him regarding a personalized HK drawing - he is a commercial artist so I guess there would be a fee. Here's his email and blog addresses:

Email :

blog :

Here's his web page if you want to see more

Nick Rees Illustrations

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Filofax Lifesavers #2 - Lest We Forget!

If you're like me, your Filofax contains so much important information that you really can't afford to lose.

It may one day happen that you lose your planner with EVERYTHING inside!

I know of someone whose bag was stolen from their car with their planner inside. The bag had only a few dollars value, but the loss of the binder devastated her.

So, all you need is 30 minutes.

Just 30 minutes!

A mere 30 minutes to take the time to safeguard your binder's contents.


Use a camera, smartphone or iPad and photograph every important page you need to retain.

You won't need to capture everything, but make sure you photograph the vital pages.

Make a time every one, three, six or twelve months to do this.

Make it part of your planning routine - write it in your diary!

It is a personal insurance policy to safeguard your hard planner work.

Set this time aside - it is a worthy investment

Keep two or more different sets of records of your photos and make sure these are held in a safe place and are easily retrievable in an emergency - a friend, iCloud, your accountant, USB or file a hard copy in your paper files.

Keep the photos secure - they contain your private information

Find out if your insurance policies can cover your Filofax - some are worth hundreds of dollars - the content may be priceless - you never know.

Imagine the scenario of losing your binder - never to get it back.
How would you FEEL?
Do you want to ease the pain of losing your binder by having a back-up?
Would you regret NOT keeping copies?
How many hours would it take to redo important lists, addresses, birthdates, appointments, calendar items etc....?
How disapponted would you feel?
How traumitised would you get?

It could happen - hopefully not - but it IS POSSIBLE.

Take a few minutes to make a list of what you need to record and preserve and image of?

Now take the photos.

It takes only 30 minutes

Do it today!

Go on.....

What are you waiting for?