Friday, 6 September 2013

Filofax Love and Tutorial

A couple of weeks ago I badgered my lovely Hubby into letting me purchase a filofax.  As an avid IGer I love seeing the pics everyone posts of there filo's and personalised stationery.  After much googling I decided on the Filofax Original in Fuchsia patent.  I went for the personal size as I thought the A5 might be a little too big to fit most of my bags.

So far, my Filofax Original has suited me down to the ground.  It came with a selection of stationery, blue, green, pink and white note paper, squared paper, to do lists, contact pages, diary plus the usual size charts and notable dates pages.  I got to work straight away by making my own dividers.  Some of the ones I've seen on IG and Pinterest have been fab so I took inspiration from these.  As I'm into card making I have quite an array of backing papers so decided to use some of these for the job.  The ones I actually ended up using were freebies from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine but with their floral patterns, they were just the look I was going for.

  1. I started by drawing around the dividers that came with the filofax onto the backing papers so that I had the perfect outline which I then cut out with scissors.  
  2. Once my dividers had all been cut out I laminated them using A4 laminating sheets.  I found that I could get 3 of the dividers in one A4 sheet.  
  3. When the laminated sheets had cooled down I once again cut around the dividers using scissors, leaving a small (approx 2-3 mm) edge to allow the laminating sheet to stick together.  
  4.  I traced the punch holes from the original dividers onto my newly laminated dividers. 
  5. I don't have a fancy filofax hole punch so I punched each of the holes individually using a single handheld hole punch.  Obviously, this takes a little longer but is a much cheaper option.  
And there you have it, lovely floral filofax dividers!

I bought some super Forever Friends sticky notes while we were away in Cornwall and I've put these inside the clear pocket that came with the Filofax.

Seeing as a couple of my Filofax sections are music related (Ladies Choir and School Choir) I decided to make a few note paper pages with a musical background.

  1. I found a background image from the internet and then using MS Word I sized the background to the size of a 'Personal' page.  
  2. I also turned the image to greyscale to fade it slightly.  I then copied and pasted this 3 times onto my A4 page.  
  3. On each background I added a text box with no outline and then added a table with only bottom lines showing, hence creating my lined paper effect.  
  4. I printed these to A4 white paper and cut out using my paper trimmer.  
  5. As with the dividers, I traced the holes from some of my original Filofax stationery and then punched with my single hole punch.
Voila, musical note paper!

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  1. Your Filofax and hand made dividers are beautiful! I'm always amazed by thise who can use the personal size as I have tried but it's just to small to accomodate my life. I love my A5 Raspberry Camilian and purple Malden, but the beautiful, shiny original has got me thinking...

  2. As I'm only just starting out the Personal size is suiting me fine. I do wonder whether I'll be moving up to the A5 though before too long. I just love filling it with stuff! :)