Tuesday, 14 August 2012

365 Day Filofax Journal

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I recently came across a blog from Tami Taylor about keeping a Five Year Journal. She prints a list of questions every month for you to work on, just one a day.  Tami does this on index cards....but as a Filofax user...this is another great excuse for a new Filofax.  So my Filofax this time is, the beautiful A5 Imperial Purple Finchley. At £125 this one doesn't come cheap.....unless you find a used one on e-bay OR contact The Filofax Shop in Neal Street, London and get a bargain (like I did) for £40.


The Finchley is a beautiful Filofax, it feels heavenly and the colour is rich, only downside is the 25mm rings. I would love this to have had 30mm ones.  But look at how flat it lies!
So inside, I have kept it clutter free. The red card insert is from the journal cover I used, to make the Filofax paper I did here. It is only there so I can rest on it whilst writing. As you can see, I am using the 25mm rings to the maximum.

Under the flyleaf, is a yearly calendar I designed. Most yearly calendars have the months down the left hand side, I wanted days of the week in that place instead.  I haven't started the journal yet, but once I do, I will mark off each day with a highlighter so I know what days I've completed.

I went onto Tami's Blog and printed off the questions.  So far, there's only January to August, but she adds the following month's questions around the middle of the previous month, so September is due any day! I decided to print the questions out on patterned paper, but to be honest, I'm not sure I like this format.  I was going to add tabs to them with the months written on and use them as dividers but decided against it.
                 

Next I had to make the pages, in hindsight, it would of being so much easier printing these pages on plain paper and punching the holes to fit the Filofax. Drawing the separation lines and writing in the years, took me the best part of two days and four A5 White Ruled Notepads

On the very top line, I write the daily question.  We haven't been given the October questions yet so I wrote one with a Frixion pen (so I can erase it later), to show you what it would look like.  I used this date for obvious reasons. lol  So you can see how this journal is going to work, I can imagine each answer for the same question will be different every year.

I've added divider tabs using Avery stickers, using the same format I did in my Homemade Label Blog.
So now I am really looking forward to using it!  Even though we are 8 months into this year, I am still going to go back and try and answer the questions from the previous months, using notes from my daily dairy/journal.








17 comments:

  1. This looks fantastic. What a great idea.

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  2. What a wonderful looking Journal! I love love love any type of notebook, just need to pay more attention to what I write in them!
    Love this!
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  3. I love this idea! What a great way to start journaling daily. TFS!

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  4. Great idea, I bought a similar Journal by Potter Style (I think) when I first started Journaling, but felt too restricted by space, maybe it's something to think about to start in the new year, thanks, never thought of creating it in an A5 Filofax :)

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  5. Gosh Gail... you have such great ideas!! I now want to make a Filofax journal like yours!! Lovely!!

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  6. What a great idea! I am going to use this to supplement my normal journaling!

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  7. Gail, this is amazing! I need to add that to my "me" binder :)
    And that Finchley is soooo gorgeous! Great post!

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  8. Wow!!! Will definitely be putting this on my someday not to far away list :o)

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  10. Wow yours looks great! I am just visiting from Tami Taylors website - I just found out about the idea of this 5 year journal and am getting ready to start now (a little late). Am just trying to figure out the best way to keep it! Thanks for sharing! Please follow/check out my blog at www.scrapsandstraps.blogspot.com if you have time!

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  11. I'm doing a five year journal online. I do a post labeled with month and day then put the question inside the post and write an entry for each year.

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  12. Wish I had seen this post earlier...I would have sprung for that Red Finchley A5 but couldn't think of what I would use it for....oh well great idea

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  13. Great idea, will try this myself

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  14. Thank you for this! I am going to start this on July or August 1st and then go five years from then. I definitely wouldn't be able to go back in time. I'm super excited about this idea!

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