Thursday, 27 June 2013

My apologies....

Firstly, hello to anyone still following me, and my very lacks blog. I would like to thank you all for sticking with me, even though my posting is extremely sporadic. I really want to turn this blog into something great. (I do believe I have said this before.) I am just not sure what to post. Do I keep this strictly Filofax, or do I just post what matters to me, now matter what it is.

I also tried my hand at You Tube. I am not sure if I will continue with my channel or not. I would love to make more Filofax videos, as they are some of my favourites to watch, but I just feel like perhaps they are not the quality they should be. I only have an IPhone and a PC, so I don't know if that makes the best combination, and I am really not very tech savvy so I don't really know what I am doing lol.

I am afraid this post doesn't make much sense at all. I am hoping, as I said to post more here. I do have a promised post coming for my dear friend Deborah, and I will do an update on my Filofax. But then I think about it and the sounds of making a video seem so much easier.....UGH....perhaps I should just leave the social media stuff to the experts and watch from afar..........

Monday, 20 May 2013

Leibster Blog Award

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Thank you, Deborah of Thoughts & Explorations, for nominating me to receive a Liebster Blog Award! I've never received a nomination for anything so this was quite a treat! Thank you!
The Liebster Award is given to up-and-coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Here are the rules for receiving this award:
  1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
  2. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you've tagged to answer.
  3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
  4. Go to their page and tell them.
  5. No tag backs!
And to receive my award
11 Things about me:
  1. I have been with my husband for 14 years
  2. I have 3 children
  3. I love to draw and paint
  4. I have many strange phobias
  5. I have been addicted to stationery since I was about 6
  6. I used to have a handbag addiction
  7. I am part German but I can't speak it
  8. I want to learn at least 1 more language
  9. I am going back to school to get my diploma
  10. I consider myself shy though most people don't agree with me
  11. I love to bake
Deborah's Questions for Me:
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would travel to Europe. I want to see where I come from

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Hands down my weight 

What is your favorite movie?

What is the worst movie you've ever watched?
Dare Devil ...walked out of the theatre

Beach, city, or mountains?
to visit any of them are nice, to live I am a city girl

What do you like most about yourself?
My imagination

How do you come up with your blog post ideas?
I just post what I like seeing, hopefully others like it too.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
Mind control lol...then my kids would do as they were told all of the time hehehe

What is your favorite dinner?
short ribs and egg noodles

What was the last concert that you attended?
Amanda Marshall

Do you believe in ghosts / spirits?

My Questions from Cloudberry:

What is the first thing you do every morning? 
Honestly...go pee....three kids'll do that to your bladder lol

Why did you start your blog? 
To try and stay creative. Doesn't always work

What do you want to be when you grow up? 
Several things, but mostly anything that helps people and has paperwork lol...I always wanted (and still do) a job with paper work...I love paper.

Who do you consider your role model?
My father

If you could have three wishes, what would they be?
Obedient children (lol), a comfy nest egg in the bank, a really good career doing something I love

Favourite family activity?
Movie night, and Sunday suppers
What is your sport to watch or play?  
Football hands down (the American and English versions both)

If you were invisible where would you go or what would you do? 
I would follow my kids for the day, I was their age once lol

If you could go on vacation anywhere right now where would you go? 
The UK

If your friends had to describe you in one word what would it be?

What is your pet peeve? 
where do I start? dirty noses, dirty black shoes, socks in the bed, snoring, I could go on....

Now my 11 nominees:

  1. crazy suburban mom
  2. My Summer Touch
  3. paper pens ink
  4. Chrissie's Universe
  5. It's My Life
  6. Confessions of a Dublin Lassie
  7. Planning with Printed Portal
  8. She's Eclectic
  9. Kent from Oz
  10. My Purpley Life
  11. Kick the Last Nail In

Now my 11 questions:
  1. What made you decide to start a blog?
  2. What is your favorite song?
  3. What is your dream job?
  4. What is your favorite holiday?
  5. IPhone or Android or neither?
  6. What do you collect the most?
  7. What is your favorite sport?
  8. Who would you invite to a BBQ (alive or dead, famous or not)
  9. What would you serve at said BBQ
  10. Your favorite ice cream flavor
  11. How would you spend a 1 million dollar lottery winnings?

Sunday, 28 April 2013

The Filofax Doodle

This week I received a Doodle from my wonderful friend Lynn. It is an amazingly cute little Filofax. I have already taken out the inserts I didn't want in there and put my own stuff in, however I took some photographs of the contents. Sorry it was not a proper unboxing. I keep forgetting to do those, but I will show you exactly what it comes with and give you my thoughts on it as a whole. This could get picture heavy...let's dive in.

The Doodle comes in a white cardboard sleeve and a clear slipcase. I didn't save either of these pieces. Well so far I am not off to a great start.

Inside it comes with:
  • A flyleaf
  • A 'title' page
  • 12 pages each white, blank, graph, pink, green, and blue papers
  • A plastic pocket/pen loop
  • Small acrylic Spirograph tool
  • Frosted page marker
  • very small piece of test material
  • 6 blue and green dividers (3 of each colour)

I have customized it to use as a creative binder. I have used the dividers to section off types of paper and drawing. I found a zipper pouch from Dayrunner and used it to house the Spirograph tool, so that I don't lose it, and I can have it with me when I take the Doodle somewhere.
The size is perfect for me. I love the colour of the elastic. Part of me wishes that the cover was wipe able so that I could change the design as I evolve artistically.

Things I have inside now:
  • Dayrunner zipper pouch with Spirograph tool inside
  • 6 dividers
  • flyleaf
  • Doodle title page
  • Zentangle pages I created
  • Cotton Cream blank pages
  • Sketch pages cut to size
  • Graph paper
  • Plastic pocket/pen holder

As of the time I am writing this I still have not decorated my cover. I am finding it hard to commit to something. I don't want to later change my mind. I find Sharpie markers (extra fine if you are using the Spirograph tool) and the Bic Mark-It markers work the best. But they are both permanent so keep that in mind before using them.

I really hope the Doodles come to the USA Filofax site. My kids would all love one. What a great concept. An A5 size would be great too.

The front cover...Still undecorated, I am on the hunt for some carbon paper first

The inside front cover embossing

You can faintly make out the 3 letter stamp...Can someone please tell me what these are for??

This is a zip pocket from one of the organizers from Barnes and Noble (though I got mine somewhere else) I have the microscopic fabric swatch, and the Spirograph tool...Love that thing

The title page that comes with it. It is behind the flyleaf, but I was trying to avoid the glare.

It comes with 6 numbered dividers in a storm cloud blue and a minty/seafoam green. I just cut up an address label and labelled them. Zentangle, Spirograph, Drawing, Blank....

And Graph...The last one is still blank right now.

Behind the Zentangle tab, I just have some practice sheets

Behind the Spirograph tab..I did these with a uniball rollerball pen in black

Behind the Drawing tab, this is just a quick line design I did using the Mr. Sketch markers I just bought my kids

Behind the Blank tab I just have some cut up sheets of sketch book paper...I am going to try and use some paint in the future...I miss painting.

Behind the Graph tab guessed it Graph paper...I am not sure what I am going to do with this...May end up trading it if anyone is interested.

An interesting side note...The graph paper that came in the Doodle and actually ALL the inserts have the date of 2013...Brand Spankin New!!! The to-do sheets have round check spots instead of square...

Here is the plastic pocket/pen loop insert...still not sure how I feel about it. The pen loop sticks out too far sometimes, which makes the pencil I am using (currently an Eagle Top Notch .7mm) stick outside the Doodle...Annoying!!

The pen loop up close and personal...The cap of pens gets stuck on the part at the top where the notch is...

The pocket part of the insert...and the reflection of my Iphone and hand...

And the boring backside...but on the plus I think the elastic would be easy to adjust if needed....
Well thanks again for stopping by...I'll try not to make it so long next time....

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

2013 Personal filofax set-up

Hi everyone. Sorry it has been a while since my last post. My entire house is quite ill at the moment, including myself. It has made for a long holiday season.

Today I thought I would show my set-up for 2013 in my personal chameleon. I have 2, the aqua and a black one I just got for Christmas from my husband. I am currently using the black one, mostly to break it in and give my aqua a bit of a rest. The Chameleon is truly the Filofax for me I think.

I am trying a few new things this year. I have a seperate To-Do section for more major, or lengthy to-dos, and I am using the week on two pages cotton cream that was wonderfully gifted to me by Sam. (Your thank-you package is on its way, I hope you like it.)

Get ready for some pictures.....

The front cover...I love the chameleon...

Some goals and resolutions.

Inside the front cover

A pocket I made using an Avery product I found at Staples.

My 'flyleaf' with some post it notes on it ready for use.

Awesome stickers from Tracey

Some blank filofax paper that I perforated into three sections, but you can't really see it unfortunately.

My To-Do tab (kinda boring)

My first attempt at using the To-Do sheets. I hope this works out for me.

People tab, has various phone numbers and addresses in it.

Month on 2 pages made by Jenna

Week on two pages cotton cream gifted to me by Sam

My Notes tab

I have some blank cotton cream filofax pages.

My Stuff tab

Some printouts from the Mayo clinic weightloss program thingy

Some shopping lists I made using my perforator...sorta see it I think

Some recipe and ingredients pages, also from Jenna

Another pocket made using an Avery product

Finally my multi-purpose holder in the back

Thanks for checking out my post. If you like what you see please consider following me. Happy new year everyone.


Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Ok then...That was a bust

Well, the first winner I announced never replied to me and I had no other way of contacting her. So without further ado, I announce the second winner of my first ever giveaway.

Number 2--Crystal Charles

Crystal I will be trying to email you to let you know, but if you see this first please message me so we can make arrangements.

Congrats and again thank you to everyone who participated. I hope to have another one soon.


Thursday, 13 December 2012


Thank you so much to everyone that entered my first ever giveaway. I had great fun reading all the accessories that everyone choses to use. A lot of sticky note users. We are all in good company it seems.

I used the random generator on RANDOM.ORG and the number that came up was:

Number 11- Angie Frick

Congrats Angie, I will attempt to find a way to pm you or email you to let you know but if you see this first, please message me.

I will give it until Monday December 17. If I can't get in contact with Angie, I will select another winner.

Disclaimer: I purchased all prizes with my husbands money, this giveaway was not sponsored in any other way.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

My First One

Sorry for not posting on Thursday of last week. I was busy planning this post. My very first........


I am so excited. I am so pleased that I finally have blog followers. People actually read what I write, and I wanted to say thank you.

The prizes are:

An adhesive pen loop
A 2 pack of favorite felt tip pens
A selection of post-it notes

Sorry it isn't much, but it is my first giveaway and I wanted to make sure I could send it internationally. I hope you all will join in.

The rules are simple:

Please be a subscriber. That is the whole point of this giveaway, I want to thank my subscribers.
In the comments section below please leave a comment letting me know what your favorite "binder planner" (filofax or otherwise) related accessory is

You must be 18 years or older and be willing to provide me with your mailing address should your comment be chosen as the winner.

I will be using to select a winner.
(Pictures of the prizes to follow...I broke my camera this past weekend. But I still wanted to get the giveaway up)