Saturday, 1 December 2012

Time to Get Back to Work!

For far too long now I've just been coasting along and not putting any effort into myself physically and it's time for that to stop as I'm feeling the negative effects of this.  So back to work it is and time to take account of everything I put into my mouth and exercise I do.

To help me along on this path I have recreated Michelle Bridge's template for my Personal Filofax to measure food intake, exercise and basal metabolic rate and I'm going back to following her 12WBT program.   It works like nothing else I've ever known.

So here it is....

But it looked too boring as it was, so I had to pretty it up with some cute little stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry and some Tim Holtz distress inks.  Now I'm good to go for the next 21 days...

Now I just need to lose 12kgs....

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Day-Timer Coastlines Inside My Filofax

My Philofaxy friends on Facebook asked for me to post some pictures of my new purchase.  So today I'd like to share with you the Day-Timer Coastlines Week on Two Pages Diary for 2014 (picture heavy I'm sorry).

It took me a long time to make up my mind about making this purchase as I was not sure I was going to like it at all and I spent ages trying to find pictures of the insides online and come up with nothing.  Now that I have it, I'm thrilled with it.  It's absolutely gorgeous and very pretty.  So for those of you on the fence about whether or not this is for you, I hope this post can sway you into purchasing it as I think its fabulous.

Not only do you receive the diary pages for 2014 but you also get all of this as well...

Information pages for Personal (for recording your own information and that relating to your vehicle)
Travel (has phone no's. and web addresses for vehicle, airline and hotels, couriers, airline clubs, traveler's cheques, trains etc - more suited to our US folk),
International Dialing Codes
World Time Zones
Metric / Imperial Conversions
Calendars for 2012 - 2017
Holidays Observed Around the World
Planning Calendars for 2013 - 2015
Birthdays and Anniversaries (1 x page)
Expenses (14 x pages)
Address and Phone Directory (3 x pages)

Now for the "Coastlines" part of the diary....  The Day-Timer website says that there is 12 rotating images throughout the diary.  Not True.  There are actually 18.

 Picture 1

 Picture 2

 Picture 3

  Picture 4

  Picture 5

 Picture 6

  Picture 7

  Picture 8

  Picture 9

 Picture 10

 Picture 11

  Picture 12

  Picture 13

  Picture 14

  Picture 15

  Picture 16

  Picture 17

  Picture 18

The indexes have a Month on One Page on the inside of them.

The "Today" Ruler is pretty special as well.  I've put some white paper behind it to show the detail a little better.  It has a really cute image of a seagull on it.

And last but not least the stunningly gorgeous Indexes to separate all of this wonderful prettiness.

So there you have it folks.  I think it's the most beautiful diary I've ever seen and it goes right into my Filofax Personal which makes it even more special.  I hope you've enjoyed seeing this lovely diary.  In my opinion, it's well worth the money as its jam packed with so much.


Wednesday, 19 September 2012

the future of Filofax - an open letter to Helena Bloomwood of Slam PR

Now I'm not much of a chatterbox on this blog.  But being a fan of Filofax I am in full support of what David Popely has to say below...

Dear Ms Bloomer
This letter is a response to the interview recently conducted with you by FeaturesExec Media Bulletin, and is being posted simultaneously (more or less) on a number of blogging sites in the UK, the US and beyond.
What binds us together as bloggers is that we are all members of an international community and website devoted to all things Filofax, and are all passionate about personal organisation, and the Filofax brand in particular. We have read, as a community, and with increasing disbelief, your comments concerning the Filofax brand, and this is our response.
We note from your comments that, as a result of a ‘usage and attitudes study’ you have conducted, you have been led to the conclusion that the distinguishing features of Filofax users are that we ‘like to write notes’, and that we are ‘very interested in fashion/stylish accessories’. We can assure you this is not the case in either respect, and that we find being pigeon-holed in this way to be demeaning and insulting in a way you most probably cannot understand. We are a community whose passions are for good organisation and a flexible, functional system to underpin that organisation. Some of us, perhaps a minority, have considerations of fashion, but all of us care that our systems of personal organisation assist us in the lives we live and the tasks we undertake.
In short, if all we wanted to do was to ‘write notes’, it is highly unlikely we would invest in relatively expensive binders, refills and systems such as your client provides. We wonder just who you have asked to participate in your ‘usage and attitudes study’. Whoever they are, we can assure you they are unrepresentative of your client’s core customer base, many of whom have been loyal customers for over twenty years and now feel ignored by your client.
We want to suggest to you that the direction you are taking your client in is ultimately going to prove fundamentally damaging to their business. The fashion ‘business’ is notoriously fickle and fast-changing, and you seem to have convinced your client that ignoring and alienating their loyal core customer base will bring dividends in terms of a new, fashion-conscious, high-spending corpus. We want to suggest to you, and by extension to Filofax themselves, that when the fashion ‘carousel moves on, your client will be left neither their newly promised client base, nor the client base you have led them to abandon. Do you really think this is smart business advice?
You say in your interview that you consider your brief with Filofax to ‘make (your client) fashionable again’. We would suggest to you that your client’s products, if they were ever ‘fashionable’ at all, were so because they fulfilled a function and a need which was perceived to be important to their customers. We now have growing evidence of a lowering of standards of manufacture in Filofax binders, of poor paper quality in refills, and of a lack of willingness to listen to your customers’ opinions. Several of our members, on voicing opinions similar to these, have been invited by Filofax (or whoever runs their Twitter feed) to communicate those opinions directly to your client. This has been done, and no further comment or reaction from your client has been forthcoming. We would like to know whether this is really the kind of public relations you wish for your clients? Or are you merely concerned with putting fashionable, well-heeled ‘bottoms on seats’ at London, New York and other Fashion Weeks with the aid of free give-aways of ranges of binders priced beyond the reach of the average core Filofax user and similarly poorly manufactured? We would suggest that your ‘fashion focused press office’ would be better employed communicating with the loyal, core customer base of your client, the majority of whom, it now seems, are on the point of abandoning your client’s brand in favour of providers who will listen.
We write as concerned individuals and not as representatives of the community to which we belong. However, it is worth noting that many of us have a very high annual spend on Filofax and related products, and we suggest that Filofax is in danger of sacrificing this loyal customer spend in exchange for something far less reliable in the long term. 
In conclusion, we have every confidence that these opinions will be ignored as ‘unfashionable’ by your ‘attitude studies’ and ‘fashion focused’ executives. However, we care enough about the Filofax brand to communicate these opinions plainly to you, and to hope that Filofax will one day return to the business in which it flourished for over seventy years, of providing highly functional, attractive but reasonably priced, personal organisation systems to those who need them, which is an increasing number of people in the societies in which we live.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

I've Been Smashing

Inside my Pretty Pink Smash Folio I've started smashing my weight loss transformation journey.  This is what I have so far.  Hope you like.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Sharing My Friend Gayleen's Smash

This morning I got to see some lovely Smash pages whipped up by my very talented friend Gayleen and she's been kind enough to allow them to be shown here.

Saturday, 31 December 2011

My Very First Smash Pages

I haven't journalled on these pages and probably won't as I have future pages planned that will contain plenty of journalling.

The "cake" picture on the front page wasn't in keeping with the theme of this journal, so I covered it up with a stamped image that I'd stamped out and coloured years ago and yet had done nothing with.  So now it's put to good use.

This page has been a great way of using up papers that I've had for donkey's ages and done nothing with.  Also I couldn't wait to get in and use that Camera Washi Tape.  Love it.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Inside the Pink "Pretty" Smash Book

Oh it's gorgeous!!  Love it.  (I sincerely hope it's okay to post these pages.  If it's not do tell me and I shall delete this posting).