Friday, 29 June 2012

Book Journal

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I am an avid book reader so my Amazon Kindle is never too far away from my side.  Today, I would like to show you all my Reading Journal Filofax.

It's an A5 pink Finsbury. I also have the pink Kindle Cover, this folds back on itself so it stands up on its own.

My first cover page is the Kindle picture. I just love this picture of the person sitting under a tree; it reminds me of my late Dad. He told me once, when he was a young lad, he would often take a book and go and sit under a tree for hours, reading it.

So this is my set up:

The first set of tabs are: Kindle Purchases, Books Read, Samples, Wanted, Authors and Book Reviews.

The next set: are 2 sets of A-Z index dividers:

These house my Book Lists.  I have A-Z of Kindle Downloads and A-Z of Paper Books.

Across the top I have monthly tabs:

I write what books I read on every day, each month.  So far, it's been a bit of a slow year!

Books I buy & Reading List pages:

These are my Kindle downloads and what I paid for them. One of the best things about the Amazon Kindle is, you can get an awful lot of very good, free books.

This is my Book Read section.  I have read a lot more this year, but in this section, I only write the books I've completed.

I have an A-Z list of all the samples I've downloaded, again this is another brilliant e-book feature, as it allows you to read the first few pages/chapters of any book you are interested in.  I did have these under another set of A-Z index dividers, but I had to remove them as my Filofax became obese.

I have hundreds of samples and I can never remember what the actual story is about, so I sometimes use sticky notes with little reminders on.

My Wanted List:  I do own some of these books already in paper form, but I now want them for my Kindle.....just waiting for Amazon to reduce the prices.....for example, The Passage, I own the hard back version and it's really heavy to hold, so I checked Amazon and their Kindle version was around £9.  A few months later it was down to £5.  I brought it a little while ago for less than £3.  So sometimes it's worth waiting, for the price to drop.

Authors I enjoy:

Authors Lists.  A list of the books wrote by the Authors I like.

The R is for the books I've read
Book Reviews cover page:

This is how I fill in my book reviews:

And a completed Book Review.

Book List Cover:

First I have the A-Z for the Kindle Books I own. I use the book titles for these lists.

Then I have the A-Z of the Paper books I own. I go by Authors for this list.

I also have many books on particular subjects such as Tarot, Angels and Reiki, so I have lists of those books too under their own headings.

And that's pretty much my book Journal.  Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

A Sticky Note Wall

I seem to have acquired an awful lot of Sticky Notes over the last few years and I like to have a few various sizes and colours in my Filofax.  But while putting some in my A5 Malden last week, I did notice that it made the front very bulky and heavy and I needed "something" to prevent this.  So this is what I come up with.....

A Sticky Note Wall!

I used stiff white card, then laminated it. Double sided sticky tape was put on the back of each Sticky Note pad then it was placed on the laminated card.  I  laminated the card so it would be easier to get the sticky tape off, once the sticky notes were used, then I could replace them with another pad.  I did punch holes in the card but decided against using them.

So instead of using the holes and putting the Sticky Note Wall in the front of the Filofax, I flipped all the contents to the front and placed it in the back.

As you can see, the Wall is just a little smaller than the actual Filofax, but once the pages are flipped back over, the weight of them keeps everything in place and flat.  So when I go to use my Filofax, I just pull the Wall out, use what I need to use then slide it back in place at the back......easy peasy!

This is my Book Journal Filofax (I am really hoping to get a blog done on this one, sometime later in the week).  I don't know if you can see from this picture, but this Filofax as an awful lot of sticky notes in it.

Well, they aren't flash, but it does make life that little bit simpler!

Thursday, 21 June 2012

A5 Chameleon

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I have noticed a lot of people are getting Chameleon Organisers in the last couple of weeks, after having a look on Filofax UK I now understand why..... all Chameleon Filofaxes are at half price!  So I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and treat myself to a A5.  After a lot of hard thought, I couldn't decide whether to go with the Red or the the end, I went with both!

A5 Chameleon in Red & Raspberry

Don't they look just heavenly!

I had a bit of a job ordering though, while I was making my decision, the Red sold out online, so I phoned the Neal Street shop in London and they had one in.  The only downside to this, was the £12 postage fee I was charged, unlike the free postage on the Filofax website.  But it was so worth it!  The Filofax arrived in under 24 hours, was well packaged and came with a catalogue and a complimentary pack.  The lady on the phone was an absolute darling, so helpful and chatty, I could have talked with her for hours. lol

                  These came with the Red Chameleon.
                 Complimentary pack & Catalogue

Then I went online to order the Raspberry one from Filofax UK.  After attempting to put my details in 4 times, I gave up and phoned and ordered it , even then there was some problems at their end.  Online it said if you order before 2:30pm it will be dispatched the same day.  I ordered it at noon so I thought I would receive it the next day....WRONG!  I phoned yesterday for a tracking number (which I am still waiting for) and was told it would be dispatched then (instead of the day I ordered it).  I was a little disgruntled at that, but the fact that my Red one had just arrived by then, placated me. lol 

So the Raspberry one arrived this morning at 8am.  Inside was the normal type Filofax box unlike the more fancier, one I received from the Neal Street shop.
From Neal Street Filofax Shop

From Filofax UK

So what's in side?  Let's see!

As you can see, they don't quite lie flat yet.

Both Come with a 2013 Diary.


The Red comes with lovely pastel colour dividers and a clear ruler/page marker, while the Raspberry has the original cream colour and black ruler/page marker.

 Pastel colour pages from the Red Chameleon.

Original colours from Raspberry Chameleon.

Next up..... the back:

The Red has a full plastic pocket.  The Raspberry has a credit card holder.  The pen loops are elasticated so a wider pen will fit with ease.


Inside the front, 2 deep pockets as well as a zipped compartment
2012 Diary supplied with Raspberry.

I was really pleased with the service I received from the Filofax shop in London, not so much with Filofax UK.  It was worth paying the extra postage to get it here a little quicker, have the extra stuff sent and to get a nicer box.

I think I will be taking the pastel coloured inserts from the Red and put them in the Raspberry though.  Once I have them set up I will do another blog about it.

Monday, 18 June 2012

How To Make A Divider Pocket.

I came across these File Pockets earlier today, I thought they could be useful in my Personal sized Filofax.  They looked really easy to make yourself, within a few minutes I had whipped up a rough one and it worked really well. So here is the tutorial for you to try it yourself.

Here is what you are going to need to make these divider pockets.  I already had these items in so, basically its cost me nothing to make.

A4 White & Pink Paper, Scissors, Pen, Glue, Hole Punch & Guide

 Place the Hole Guide about 1cm off the top of the White paper and mark in the holes. (My hole guide is just the back card from a personal sized pad).

Fold the White paper in half so that the fold is to the right.

Next fold up along the bottom line.

Draw a diagonal line 1cm in from the left edge to a few cm's down from the right fold line.

Open the fold and cut this line.

It should now look something like this:

Fold the bottom part up at the fold line.

Redraw your holes using the Hole Guide.

At the top where you left the 1cm space, draw a line, this will be your top tab.

Cut the excess paper off:

This is now your guide to make a nicer Divider Pocket without all the lines and markings.

Place the white folded guide on top of a folded piece of paper/card and add your guide lines.  (Don't worry, you will not see these once the paper/card is all folded into place).

Fold the bottom part up.

Turn the paper/card over and glue the backside.  Refold it back together and punch out the holes.  Glue between the two front sheets near the holes to keep together.

That's it!  Quick! Cheap! And can be made with any pretty paper or card!

This is the first ever tutorial that I have done, so forgive please if it's not perfect. If you get stuck. give me a shout and I will try and explain further if I can. x