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Planner Peace? Filofax Finsbury Emerald Green

Planner peace is a phrase that constantly goes round the planner community. Some people long for planner peace however its not something i have really looked for. That was until i bought a Filofax Personal Finsbury in Emerald Green.

Coming across this Filofax was really by chance, I was doing my normal scrolling through the planner pages when i came across a for sale post. When i saw the picture of this Filofax i fell in love! I have never seen a Green Finsbury before.  I actually own a Raspberry Finsbury and i love it so i decided to go ahead and buy the Green Finsbury. In total i paid £27.30 which was an amazing price seeing as i have never seen a Finsbury in this colour before.

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When the Filofax arrived it was even more beautiful then it looked in the pictures. The colour is so vibrant and unusual. However one thing i did notice that this Finsbury is not as soft as my Raspberry Findbury, which was a little disappointing  but the colour completely made up for that.

I have used this Filofax non stop since it arrived and i cannot see me moving out of it anytime soon! However you all know me so only time can tell hehe. Anyway i hope you enjoyed seeing this Filofax and listening to me ramble on. I would love to know if you have seen this Filofax and if you have any opinions on it!

I hope you have a lovely week,

Zoe oxox

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Filofax · Organization · Planning · Uncategorized

Current Planners In Use- April 2016

If you read Wednesday’s blog post then you will know that this is linked to my Planner Collection blog post. I received a few questions over the last few months, asking me if i actually use EVERY planner that i own. Well the truth is, no i don’t. However I do use a fair few of them. Today i am going to show you the ones i use and how I am currently using them.

The planner that get’s used the most out of my collection has to be my Filofax Personal Pennybridge. This is because I use this as my everyday purse. I love the Pennybridge so much! It’s a lovely size so i can fit all my cards in there and it also has the option to hold my current planner inserts if i am going out and about and want to just carry my purse and do not want to lug around another Filofax with me at the same time. The Filofax Pennybrige has 14 card slots, a zipped compartment for your coins and a place to keep your notes. It also has compact personal rings so you can carry around your inserts in there or spare note pages/shopping lists. If i am using a different Filofax as my current planner then i will keep shopping lists in the Pennybrige so i can keep everything together. There’s nothing worse than going out shopping and loosing your list in your bag somewhere!

 

The next planner that is currently in use is my A5 Yello Kikki K planner. I use this as my blog planner. Since i started blogging i have always used a personal sized planner as my blog planner. However i found that the inserts were just too small for me to plan out my blog posts on my monthly spread. When i moved down to personal size for my everyday planner i decided that i would move into my A5 Kikki K and transform it into my new blog planner. I love using this planner for my blog planning because it just fits everything in so nicely. I now have ample room to plan my monthly blog upload schedule and i have lots of room to jot down my ideas for future blog posts.

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Kikki K Large

 

The next planner that i am currently using is my Filofax Personal Finsbury. I am using this Filofax as my everyday planner. I love using the Finsbury because the leather just feels so nice. Its lovely and soft and it just makes me feel happy! I normally switch out Filofax’s every week to use as my everyday planner because i have so many that i love so i like to alternate them depending on my mood. This is one of the reasons that i have so many planners!

 

The next planner that i currently use is this green pocket organiser that i brought from a charity shop. I am using this planner as my travel planner. I am currently planning on going to a big planner meet up in October. I decided that i wanted to make myself a travel planner because i am also going to be staying up there for the weekend. Some of you may know this but i suffer from anxiety. To help me get through the trip i wanted to sort everything out in a planner. I have different sections in the planner to help me sort out things for the trip. For example i have all my travel information in there, my hotel information in there and packing lists. It’s all to help me get information out of my head and onto paper so i can process it better.

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The next planner that i am currently using is my A5 Paperchase vintage organiser. I am currently using this planner as a college binder. I take it to college with me and its holds all my notes and note paper. I love using it because it has compartments at the front of the planner which is helpful to keep things in such as memory sticks and pens.

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Paperchase A5 Vintage Organiser

The last planner that i am currently using is my A5 Paperchase pink organiser. I am using this planner as a sticker binder. I have struggled finding ways to store my stickers ever since i started planning. I saw a lot of people use ringed planners to store their stickers. I liked the idea however i found that planners with a strap closure just didn’t work for me. That was in till i had the idea to use my paperchase organiser with the elastic band closure. I love this planner so much, i loved using it when i was using an A5 planner as my everyday planner because it was just so bright and happy. However since i moved to personal size i really missed using it. I am so glad that it is now in use!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Let me know in the comments below if you use more than one planner and what you use it for. If you have any questions please leave them down below and i will make sure i get back to you!

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Zoe oxox

Filofax · Uncategorized

Updated Planner Collection- April 2016

Since i have moved to personal size Filofax’s, a lot of you have asked to see my updated planner collection. I have also had questions on how i use the planners/Filofax’s i have and if they are all in use. So i have decided to do a two part blog post. Today i will be showing you my planner collection, and Saturday there will be a in depth blog post all about how i use all my planners and if they are all in use. So onto my collection;

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Paperchase A5 Vintage Organiser
Pear saffiano
A5 Filofax Pear Saffiano
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Kikki K Large
pink domino
Paperchase A5 organiser
Brown and green personal
Personal organiser
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Filofax Personal Compact Pennybridge
Pink personal
Personal organiser
pink wilko
Wilko personal organiser
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Filofax Personal Finsbury
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Webster Pages Caramel Personal
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Filofax Personal Blossom
Green pocket
Pocket organiser

 

I apologies that this blog post is pick heavy. I am currently at college and stuck for time however i still wanted to publish a blog post for you guys. If you have any questions about any of my planners or want to see any of them in more detail please comment below and i will be sure to get back to you.

I hope you have a lovely week.

Zoe oxox

Filofax · Filofax Reviews · Uncategorized

Filofax Finsbury Review

As some of you know, i received a Filofax Finsbury in a swap that i did a few months ago. When i put a picture of it up on my Instagram i got asked if i could review it because they wanted to know if it is as lovely as people make out. Well to keep this short. YES IT IS!!!

Filofax Finsbury’s retail around £50 brand new,however if you are on planner group’s on Facebook there are always Finsbury’s being sold for around £20-30. The Finsbury i own is the personal raspberry. However Filofax offers Finsury’s in all sizes and many different colours.

The outside of the Finsbury is textured rambler print leather with hand finished colour. The feel of this Filofax is AMAZING!  It feels so buttery and soft. Out of all the Filofax’s that i own, i think i love this texture the most.

The inside of the Finsbury is a combination of external leather and colour matched lining. The Finsbury has six card slots and one vertical slip pocket at the front and a vertical zipped pocket at the back. I love the fact that it has a zipped pocket at the back because i like to keep postage stamps and receipts in there.

This Filofax has a leather pen loop and strap popper closure. I have never used a leather pen loop before, and if i’m honest, i don’t notice anything different. All of the pens that i use can fit in the pen loop. However if you use a big barreled pen you may struggle to fit it in.

All in all i love this Filofax. Out of all the Filofax’s that i have owned, this is my favourite! The colour is lovely and the texture is amazing! I defiantly want to buy another one in the future. I love the look of the Cheery colour.

I hope you have a lovely week.

Zoe oxox

Filofax · Planning · Uncategorized

A Year Of Planning- How Things Change

I have been planning for just over a year now! I cannot believe how quick that has gone. Today i thought i would share with you all how my planning style has changed over the last year. This planning journey begins in January 2015. I have pictures dating back from 2015 up until now and my current planning style. So lets start.

The first photo is my very first planner that i brought when i got into planning and that was a Personal Planner from http://www.personal-planner.com/EN/ . This was a perfect first planner because you can customize it in near enough anyway. I decided to go for the vertical layout because i loved the look of Erin Condren Life Planners so i wanted to try and recreate something similar. Due to only just starting out planning, my planning style was very basic and minimal. I didn’t have any washi tape and i didn’t have many stickers.

Planning set up personal planner
Personal-Planner

After a while, I brought some sticker paper from eBay and i started making my own stickers. I loved doing this as i could make a sticker for absolute everything. I would spend hours filling up an A4 word document with stickers that i wanted to use in my weekly spreads.As you can see from the picture below i am still using a Personal-Planner, however i still haven’t found a use for washi tape.

Personal planner layout 20 april
Personal-Planner

A few months past and i started writing to a new penpal. My penpal was using ringed binders and i would lust over her Instagram pictures of how she set hers up. I loved the idea of having something that you could customise to your heart’s content. One day i got home from college to find a parcel waiting for me. When i opened it i couldn’t believe my eyes. My penpal sent me a Paperchase A5 organiser that she wasn’t using. It was on this day that i got the idea of cutting my Personal-Planner up and punching it into a ringed binder. In the picture’s below you can see that i have finally started using washi tape to break up my days. I also used stickers that i had made to mark important events such as an assignment being due.

How i plan
Personal-Planner in my first Ringed Organiser
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Personal-Planner in my first Ringed Organiser

A few months past and i was still in love with using a ringed binder system so i decided to buy my very first A5 Filofax. After a few days of searching, i decided on the A5 Pear Saffiano. At this point i had been planning for about 11 months now so i was really getting into decorating my planner with cute stickers. I was learning that planning can be fun. You can use stickers to decorate as well as using them functionally.

 

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Personal-Planner in a A5 Filofax

Now we have come up to January 2016. I decided that i wanted to buy another Personal planner and punch it into a Filofax. I loved how last year went however i decided that i wanted to try something a little bit different. I brought the Personal Planner in a box layout instead of the vertical layout.

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Personal-Planner 2016
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Personal-Planner 2016

As you can tell in the picture below my planning style changed a little bit than last year. This was because of the different layout that i was using. I still used washi tape and stickers, however it looks much different then how i planned with a vertical planner.

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Personal-Planner in a A5 Organiser

After a few months of using the new Personal-Planner in my A5 Filofax, i found that i just wasn’t enjoying planning as much as i did the year before. I couldn’t tell if it was because i was feeling down in myself and couldn’t be bothered, or if it was the fact that they box layout was just not working for me.  I decided to push though and just try new ways or style of planning to see if i could work out the problem. A few weeks past and i still couldn’t shrug of the feeling that planning style wasn’t working for me. One morning i was in bed looking through Instagram when i came across a picture of a lovely decorated personal sized Filofax. That picture got me thinking, maybe it was the size of the Filofax that wasn’t working for me! I decided that the next week i would plan in a personal ring bound planner that i won in a giveaway and hadn’t used yet due to it being a personal size. When i was planning that next week it was like a weight had been taken off my shoulders. I LOVED it! I loved the way it looked and how simple it was yet i could still use stickers or washi tape if i wanted to.  The A5 planner must have just been to big and because i wasn’t filling up much of the page space it was getting me down.

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Filofax Personal Finsbury
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Personal Sized Filofax

I have been using a personal Filofax for a month now and i love it! It is defiantly the right size for me. I hope you enjoyed looking through old photo’s of the last year and seeing how my planning style has changed. I have learnt that planning is all about trail and error. You have to find out what works for you. Some things may work for other people, yet they do not for you. Don’t feel discouraged. Try something new and eventually, you will find a style that works best for you and it will feel amazing!

I hope you have a lovely Easter,

Zoe oxox

Filofax · Filofax Reviews · Uncategorized

Filofax Personal Blossom Review

If you are following me on Instagram, you will know that i recently brought a new Filofax! Yes i know, ANOTHER ONE?!?! I can justify it though! I actually sold my A5 Carpe Diem Planner in order to fund it and not feel so guilty. Anyway, today i thought that i would review this Filofax and show you guys because it truly is beautiful!

I came across this Personal Filofax Blossom on the UK Planner Addicts group. A lovely lady had put it up for sale and i just feel in love when i saw it. I actually only paid £10!!! I could not believe it. It doesn’t even look used. If you were to buy this brand new they average around £30 depending on where you buy it from.

The print of this Filofax is lovely flowers. I love the colours so much. All the colours complement each other especially the yellow with the different colour pinks. The outside of the Filofax is PU fine leather and the inside is PU cream suede. It is defiantly different from the other Filofax’s and planner that i own, however i actually really like it. It is really soft to touch but not in a leather way if that makes sense. This Filofax has a PU strap with concealed popper and a cream elastic pen loop.

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The inside of the Filofax Personal Blossom is very different to an average Filofax. This is because the Filofax Blossom does not have any pockets inside. It is completely empty expect from the rings. This for me is actually a plus. I never utilize the pockets inside my planners. I have tried numerous times to make it cute to find functional uses for them, however i just couldn’t and if im honest they used to always bug me. If they were full they would bug me or if they were empty they would bug me. Using this planner means that i don’t have the option so either way i shouldn’t be bugged haha! The ring size of this planner is 19mm which i think is a normal personal ring size.

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I love this Filofax because i think it looks different and fun. All my planners are just one plain colour so i really love having one that is funky, fun and different. I hope you have enjoyed seeing this Filofax and you love it as much as i do! If you have any questions or comments please leave them below!

I hope you have a lovely weekend,

Zoe oxoxo

Filofax · Planning · Uncategorized

Filofax Personal Finsbury Set Up

As some of you may know, i have recently found planner peace in a personal sized planner. Today i thought i was give you a quick blog post all about my current set up in my Filofax Personal Finsbury. This post will mainly be pictures, i hope you don’t mind!

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Filofax Personal Finsbury
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Inside- Dash made from The Range Paper Pack
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Weekly Spread

 

 

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Filofax stickers.- I really enjoy using these Filofax stickers. I love the size of them and how good they look in my planner. When i received them for Christmas i didn’t know how i was going to use them. However i have used some stickers for different meanings then they are meant to be used for. For example i use the house sticker as a college sticker and i use the light bulb sticker to identify if i have maths that week or if i need to write a blog post.

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In this pocket i keep all of my on the go stickers. As you can see in this picture i keep my envelope stickers from Hand Crafted By Sheree on ETSY. I have a few other stickers in this pocket. If you would like to see a blog post about them then let me know in the comments below.

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In the back pocket i just keep postage receipts. I put them there because they are always on me and i know that they will all be in one place.

I love my current set up, i hope you this post. I am thinking about doing a blog post on my on the go stickers that i keep in my planner. If that’s something that you would like to see please let me know below!

Have a good weekend!

Zoe oxox

Filofax · Planning · Uncategorized

A5 Vs Personal- The Filofax Debate

When you start planning and you are looking into buying a Filofax it can be a very confusing and mind boggling time. The biggest question that gets asked in all the planning groups on Facebook is “DO I BUY A PERSONAL OR AN A5?!” Deciding whether you are a personal user or an A5 user can be a very difficult time. Many people don’t actually know the answer to that question until they have actually had time to use both.  Today i am going to talk about both sized Filofax’s and stating my opinions in the advantages and disadvantages to them both.

First lets talk about the A5 sized Filofax. A5 Filofax’s are much bigger then the personal size which in itself can be an advantage or disadvantage to many people. When i stated planning i always used A5 size. I loved the space that i had to write in and it was easy for me to make my own inserts because of the page size. However after a while i found that i wasn’t actually doing enough or busy enough to fill in the A5 sized inserts and it was really getting me down.  If you have a busy scheduled or you have a business, i think an A5 Filofax would work really well for you, however if you do not do much or do the same thing most of the time then your pages may become a little empty.

Advantages to an A5 Filofax:

  • Large space to write in.
  • It’s easy to print out inserts because of its a widely recognised size.
  • Bigger ring space.

Disadvantages to an A5 Filofax:

  • Its Heavy! if you want a planner to carry around with you all the time then this may not be the right option for you.
  • A5 Filofax’s are expensive! whether this is the Filofax itself or the inserts. A5 sized is defiantly more expensive.
  • Its Big! I found finding a bag big enough to carry my A5 and the rest of my stuff very difficult. I either found a huge bag that wasn’t practical or a bag that was just too small!

 

Finally the Personal sized Filofax. Personal sized Filofax’s are smaller then an A5. When i first started planning i thought that a personal sized Filofax was too small for me. I thought that the pages didn’t have enough space on them to write in my daily to do’s and scheduled. However i come to find now that i was very wrong! I have been using a personal sized Filofax for a few weeks now and i absolutely love it! I find that it finds everything that i need lovely and its defiantly for someone like me who is a college student who doesn’t have much going on or has the same routine most weeks.

Advantages to a Personal sized Filofax:

  • Its portable! Taking out a personal sized Filofax is really easy!
  • Its cheaper! When looking into buying a personal sized Filofax, you will find that the Filofax itself and inserts and much cheaper then an A5 sized. This is great if you are like me and like changing out your Filofax on a regular basis.
  • Its smaller! They fit in almost any bag that i own and i do not need to worry about it being to big or too heavy to carry around.

Disadvantages to a Personal sized Filofax:

  • Smaller pages! If you have big hand writing or you have a busy scheduled then a personal sized Filofax may not be for you.
  • Difficult to print your own insets! I have found printing personal sized inserts much more difficult then an A5. This is because its a strange size that my laptop does not recognise. When making inserts on Word you can change the page size on page set up function so it’s easier to make your inserts. However when you come to print them, if you are printing them on an A4 piece of paper, make sure you have a personal sized bit of paper to mark round so you get the perfect size or make sure you put a border round the page so you know where to cut it.
  • Smaller rings! If you love packing your Filofax then you must take into consideration that personal sized Filofax’s have smaller rings then an A5. I myself have not found this a problem or even really noticed it, however i do not have much in my Filofax.

 

I hope this post helps you in deciding if you want to buy a personal sized Filofax or an A5 Filofax. If you have any more questions please comment down below and i will make sure i answer them!

I hope you have a nice weekend.

Zoe oxox

Filofax · Uncategorized

Planner Collection January 2016

Hi guys, A lot of you have asked to see my updated planner collection due to i have shared some new pictures on my Instagram recently. I have also had questions on how i use the planners/Filofax’s i have and if they are in in use. Today i thought i would answer all those questions! I will start off with the Planners/Filofax’s that you may have seen in my last planner collection and then i will move on to my new ones!!

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Paperchase A5 Vintage Organiser

I currently use this planner to hold my extra A5 notepads and inserts that i am not currently using.

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Filofax Personal Compact Pennybridge

I currently use my Filofax Pennybridge as my purse and on the go/college planner.

Brown and green personal
Personal organiser

I currently use this personal organiser as an address book.

Green pocket
Pocket organiser

I’m not actually using this planner at the moment. It currently on my shelf waiting for me to find a use for it.

Pear saffiano
A5 Filofax Pear Saffiano

This Filofax is currently holding spare A5 Filofax note pads.

Pink personal
Personal organiser

This planner i am currently using as my blog planner. Its a little bit bigger then a personal size in height but i love the feel and colour of it. I’m planning on a blog post all about my blog planner if you guys are interested! I’ve made some free downloadable inserts for you all.

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A5 Gold Saffiano

This Filofax is currently sitting on my shelf not in use. I loved this planner around Christmas time.

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Pocket organiser

This pocket organiser is currently being used as a health planner. I use this planner to track my migraine and sickness.

pink domino
Paperchase A5 organiser

This planner is what i am currently using at the moment as my main planner. I love the colour so much! I never thought i would like planners with the string Closure but im really loving it!

pink wilko
Wilko personal organiser

This planner i received yesterday from the MyGreenCow giveaway that i won from her YouTube channel! I love the colour and the feel! Trying to find a way i will use it.

yello kikki k
Large Kikki k planner- On its way

Right, This planner i actually haven’t received yet! This beautiful yellow KIKKI-K planner is what my brother has just brought me from the sale. I am planning on using this as my main planner once it gets here. Picture from http://www.kikki-k.com/

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A5 Aqua Carpe Diem planner

This planner i am currently using as my penpal planner, I keep all my letters in here and keep track of when i post/receive letters.

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Personal-Planner from Personal-Planner.com

I currently use this planner in my main Filofax. I uncoiled it and punched it into my Filofax.

That is currently all the planners that i own! I love each and every one of them and i hope you do too!

A big question that i get asked is “why do you buy/need so many planners?” The honest answer is i don’t. I like collecting them and swapping them out when i feel like it. Its like swapping bags to match your outfit. I like swapping Filofax’s to suite my mood. I know not everyone is going to understand that or agree with it but everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

I hope you enjoyed this post. I hope you have all have a lovely weekend. In the comments bellow let me know how many planners you own and what you use them for!

Speak to you soon,

Zoe oxoxox

Filofax · Uncategorized

Different uses for Filofax’s

Since i uploaded a picture of my updated Filofax collection on Instagram i was flooded with messages asking what do i use them for blog post hint or that some people buy a few and change them out but are then stuck what to do with them in the meantime. Iv been having a think and today i am going to be giving you guys a few ideas on the uses of a Filofax.

  1. Address book
  2. A place to hold old/new inserts
  3. Journalling
  4. Projects
  5. Recipe organiser
  6. Home organiser
  7. Bill organiser
  8. Blog planner
  9. Personal planner
  10. College planner
  11. Work planner
  12. Christmas planner
  13. Holiday planner
  14. Business  card holder
  15. Finance planner
  16. Fitness planner
  17. Penpal planner
  18. A place for your lists
  19. Notebook
  20. Pet planner
  21. Purse/wallet
  22. Sticker storage
  23. Wedding planner

I hope this blog post helps you or gives you a few ideas. As i hinted above, i am planning blog posts on my updated Filofax collection and how i am using them! I hope you have a lovely weekend!

See you soon,

Zoe oxoxox