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If you like making your own pages for Filofax, these templates will help you punch your pages just right every time. I discovered that the Filofax website has lists for all the pages sizes used in their various planners. I’ll add a link at the end of the article. From here I cut 180 gsm cardstock to the sizes needed for my planners.

To make your Filofax Personal template, you will need

  • Cardstock
  • 80gsm paper
  • Hole punch, either a dedicated one to your planner size or an adjustable one such as Rapesco 66-P
  • Pencil & pen
  • Paper trimmer or ruler & craft knife or if you have to scissors
Filofax Personal Cutting and punching template

Filofax Personal Cutting and punching template

 

Method

  • Cut your cardstock and paper to the same size as your planner pages. Personal: 171 x95 mm
  • Fold your paper in half short sides towards each other to find the centre of the paper.
  • Draw a line on your paper to mark the centre point, draw it across the whole sheet
  • Copy this centre line onto your cardstock and draw a thin line in pen across your card as shown in the picture.
  • Move the punching parts to the spacing correct to your page size; if you are using Rapesco 66-P for personal; move the punches apart to create the widest gap in the centre.
  • Insert your cardstock into the punch lining the drawn line with the centre line of the punch, and punch.

You can save this cardstock template to use with any further pages you want to punch. Just lay your template on top of the page you want to punch and its easy to see where to line up to. Store it in the back of your planner so you don’t have to go on a major hunt of the house to find it.

Links

Hope this makes it easy for you to get your own pages to line up to the commercial ones in your planners. Let me know how you get on.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

 

 

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Welcome Back

If you like making your own pages for Filofax, these templates will help you punch your pages just right every time. I discovered that the Filofax website has lists for all the pages sizes used in their various planners. I’ll add a link at the end of the article. From here I cut 180 gsm cardstock to the sizes needed for my planners.

To make your Filofax Mini template, you will need

  • Cardstock cut to Mini planner size; 105 x 67 mm
  • An adjustable one such as Rapesco 66-P
  • Pencil & pen
  • Paper trimmer or ruler & craft knife or if you have to scissors
Filofax Mini: Cutting and punching template

Filofax Mini: Cutting and punching template

Method

  • Cut your cardstock and paper to the same size as your planner pages. for the mini that’s 105 x 67 mm
  • Draw a line on your card 43 mm up from the bottom of the page and the full width of the page as shown on the picture
  • Using Rapesco 66-P move the punching parts to the spacing correct to your page size;  that’s all towards the middle together, with no gap between the punches, for Mini pages.
  • Insert your cardstock into the punch lining the drawn line with the centre line of the punch, and punch.

You can save this cardstock template to use with any further pages you want to punch. Just lay your template on top of the page you want to punch and its easy to see where to line up to. Store it in the back of your planner so you don’t have to go on a major hunt of the house to find it.

Links

Hope this makes it easy for you to get your own pages to line up to the commercial ones in your planners. Let me know how you get on.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Remember the lovely Filofax Swift I was lucky enough to purchase just before they were discontinued? Well I discovered that Parker make one of their Jotter pens in just the same shade of green, so I quickly bought one.

Filofax Swift with colour matching Parker Jotter Pen.

Filofax Swift with colour matching Parker Jotter Pen.

Aren’t they perfect together? I found the pen on Ebay and was so pleased the colours went so well together when it arrived. Parker don’t seem to do green ink refills for the ball pen but Monteverdie do, so that will be the refill I’ll go for when the blue one runs out. Not for being OCD about matching, but because of my Irlens Dyslexia means for me its easier to read green ink colour on a white back ground ;) Quirky aren’t I.

Links

  • The Ebay UK seller I bought the pen from is Jiyalinks

Are you mad about stationary too? Is it pens, books or all of it for you? I’m a colour magpie and forgetful so I always make lots of notes so having them in a book or planner means I don’t loose endless pieces of paper.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Here are some new designs I created for my pocket Filofax, mostly diary pages but also a notes page too.

Filofax Pocket Diary Page; Washi tape style

Pocket Filofax Diary pages, with wide 'washi tape' style edging.

Pocket Filofax Diary pages, with wide ‘washi tape’ style edging.

Pocket Filofax Diary with Narrow boarder

Pocket Filofax Diary Page design. Narrow frame design

Pocket Filofax Diary Page design. Narrow frame design

Filofax Pocket Notes Page

Pocket Filofax Notes Page. Narrow boarder

Pocket Filofax Notes Page. Narrow boarder

Serif Craft Artist

I created these using Serif Craft Artist software. Having designed the layout framework I saved it as a layout and it meant I could then make it in Pocket size with only a few tweaks. Future pages can have colours, fonts and background page edges changed easily. Its a great way to personalise your Filofax the way you like it.

Pocket Filofax Naked Diary page layout

Pocket Filofax Diary; Naked page design before decoration.

Pocket Filofax Diary; Naked page design before decoration.

Using the software I can also save my own layouts and elements as digikits which helps with future designs. Check out the links below for more information about this brilliant, versatile software. It makes great cards, scrapbook pages and gift bags but with imagination you can do so much more with it too.

Links

  • Daisy Trail This is where you can buy Craft Artist software and lots of digikits to help you find papers, colourways and embellishments to create your own stunning layouts.
  • Philofaxy this is a great site that has printable layouts if you aren’t yet ready to design from scratch.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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This is the strange case of the colour change Filofax!

After I missed the chance of a blue (light blue) A5 Finsbury on Ebay, I leapt at the chance to get an A5 one in Electric Blue from WHSmiths online sale. They had the A5 binder for £60 instead of £80. Ordered on the Friday it was delivered on Wednesday 4th June in the morning but…here’s where it gets strange.
Filofax Finsbury A5 in Electric blue

Filofax Finsbury A5 in Electric blue

Box or no Box?

I thought, being the more expensive and leather Finsbury, that it would be in a nice sturdy Slip case style box (as my mini had been) but no sexy Filofax branded box, just a flimsy white one with just a barcode sticker.

Sad box from WH.Smiths no sexy Slip case :(

Sad box from WH.Smiths no sexy Slip case :(

The binder did arrive in a padded envelope, and inside had a fabric wrap (like the material that comes round the rings).

There was a fabric wrap around the binder inside the box

followed by the clear plastic binder ‘branded cover’.

 Filofax Finsbury A5 came with Plastic wrap but no slip case.

Filofax Finsbury A5 came with Plastic wrap but no slip case.

The colour Electric blue or Purple?

The colour (which I like and prefer to the look on the website) I would call Purple, the blue end of purple nothing like the red tone colour bias of the Pennybridge or Malden but if you are buying online it doesn’t come up like the cobalt end of Elelctric blue as the pictures suggest either. Strangely though, when I tried to take a photo of it, through the lens it turns the blue bias colour you see online! So I took another picture with what in real life looks to me like electric blue pen.
Filofax Finsbury A5 with what I would call an electric blue pen for colour comparison.

Filofax Finsbury A5 with what I would call an electric blue pen for colour comparison.

Contents & materials

The contents varies from the Filofax own site, in that you get top-loading envelope in place of the business card one (a bonus in my case but be aware if you want lots of card storage) this is listed in the WHSmiths description though. Colours of paper varied too but that’s being picky.
Filofax Finsbury A5 inside.

Filofax Finsbury A5 inside.

The back inside pocket’s surface feels tacky/grippy, ie almost sticky to the touch, that pocket area feels like faux leather or vinyl not like the leather on the rest of the binder. It also looks a bit different material. I can’t decide if that pocket is leather or has just reacted to being against the plastic top loading pocket for storage.
Diary: Week on Two pages; YEY but..I’m not keen on the column layout version personally BUT since we are only just into June it was a nice surprise to find a complete 2015 diary included. I’d expected it to still contain 2014 so a nice surprise.
I love this Filofax, and the purple/violet cast to the colour, if that’s its standard colourway I’ll be seriously considering getting a Personal one too, I’d have leapt at that chance as they too were reduced on the WHSmiths site to £44 instead of £55. This is almost a review but I’ve not used it yet, so I’ll post again once I’ve ‘moved in’ to it.

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Do you love to personalize your Filofax? Here is a great way make your own diary pages and add your own style without the need for loads of coloured tapes ;) that curl and stick your pages together where you didn’t want them too ;)

Filofax Personal diary page, made with Serif Craft Artist software

Filofax Personal diary page, made with Serif Craft Artist software

I used Serif Craft Artist to design the page layouts and add their pretty background papers. I’ve made the page un-dated so it can be used at any time. Being one to get a bit board of too much of the same design, it also means each month could have its own colour way or you could use the same background paper to create dashboards for other sections of your Filofax. This design turned out MUCH paler than I had expected once printed, so I’m going to go with different colour scheme for next month.

Great tip from the wonderful people on Philofaxy was NOT to use ‘Print on both sides’ options on your printer but to go with printing just one side, turning paper and feeding it back in manually.

Just love Craft Artist, I’ve now got to the stage where I can have an idea in my head and us the software to make it happen. It took a while but not as long as it did with Photoshop. Since I now won’t be printing back to back it leaves the options open for going in and adding text for the month and day numbers for each page as I go.

Links

  • Daisy Trail. Where you can buy Craft Artist software and lots of Digikits to design with
  • Philofaxy Brilliant site for Filofax layout pages

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

 

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Just wanted to share a picture of my beautiful new Filofax Swift, its in the personal size.

Filofax Swift Personal sized organiser

Filofax Swift Personal sized organiser

Fell in love with this design as soon as I saw it because I love birds. The cover is a twill fabric with the design printed on. On the inside there is an embossed birdcage to follow the design through to the inside. I had this on my wish list then took the plunge and bought it when it went in their sale, I could resist no longer :)

Inside the Filofax Swift Personal sized organiser

Inside the Filofax Swift Personal sized organiser

Given how happy this design makes me it is my new happy place. I’m using it to gather inspiration, happy thoughts, and creative ideas. I rushed over to Daisy Trail and treated myself to their Aivery digikits and designed some page prompts to keep me positive and help my mojo when it struggles.

Close up of the inside of the Filofax Swift Personal sized organiser

Close up of the inside of the Filofax Swift Personal sized organiser

More about the motivational pages in later posts.

Links

Sadly since writing this, this design has sold out on the Filofax website.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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