So for 2016 I have decided I would like to keep a Journal. I tried to keep one last year but it is electronic and me and the software did not get along! Long story short, I got frustrated and stopped.

This year I am doing it on paper so hopefully it’ll be a little easier. Since I already plan to carry my personal Filofax wherever I go, I figured it would be ideal for me to slip a couple of blank pages in there and write. Over time I would transfer these to a stay at home Filofax so my main one doesn’t get too cluttered.

I came across a Journalling Challenge on the Quo Vardis blog. The aim is to simple do a page a day in a journal, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a full written page but a photo or a quote, just some way of capturing the day. There is also a Facebook community with other people taking up the challenge. (Update (01/02/2016: I have since discovered that the group is for only those who have bought a Quo Vardis product to journal in, rather than than supporting anyone just wanted to journal. So I am on the hunt for a new group and have removed the links).

Whilst discovering this challenge I read two great things on the Quo Vardis blog. The first is how people often get anxiety about writing in a blank book. They say that the find the blank book perfect and by somehow writing in it with your less than perfect handwriting, you somehow ruin the perfectness of the book. The blog explains that this is a misconception, the book rather than being perfect for being empty, is inperfect or flawed because it is empty and unfilled. Each empty page marks a wasted documented day or a page unfulfilled.

The second is the idea of a minute book. Keeping the book close to hand and jotting down anything that inspires you to write, whatever it is. It doesn’t even have to be a full expression or story, it could simply be a quote or an observation.

I quite like both ideas. I have always been a person too scared to use an empty note book for fear of ruining it. That’s why I like a Filofax, if it is really bad I can simply remove it, but lately I have been embracing the imperfect nature of things and knowing that it is ok for thing to be imperfect…because everything is imperfect…it doesn’t mean that it is any less beautiful.

Today is day one and I feel inspired and excited to embrace it.

Filofax: Getting ready for 2016!

I’ve only really been interested in making inserts and really getting into my Filofax since August. Since then I’ve made loads of my own inserts, experimented and had a lot of fun with it! So I’m really looking forward to the new one because it’ll be my first full year with my own inserts and really maximising the potential of my planner. So I’m getting excited setting it up. So this post it all about what’s making it into my 2016 Planner!

What am I using?
Well Autumn/Winter seems to have been the time everyone pulled out their beautiful Ochre Maldens and snapped absolutely beautiful photos of them. I feel in love with the Brown and it just looked so vintage and beautiful. I managed to get a super great deal on one, so I picked it up. This will be my 2016 planner for at least the beginning of the year, I may switch back into my Aqua Original later in the year.


So what’s in it.

  • Dividers

I have an array of several dividers that I made myself and reflect mostly historical themes and things I am interested in. I feel they reflect me and I really enjoy them. I will eventually write a blog on how I made these!


  • Personal Information

I dislike the filofax personal information pages. I find I only fill out a tiny bit of it because some of it just doesn’t apply to me. I also dislike how personal information on the back of the English page is French, whilst German appears on the Third page. So I’ve made my own. It has English on the front and German on the back and contains information that is relevant to me.

  • Week on two pages

I’ve done a post on these before and shown people how to make a similar version which could be completely adapted to make the same ones I have. They have the bullet journal style to do list on the left and the week on one page on the right. I have impressed myself by being organised enough to print all of them out for the year!


  • Monthly pull out

Again, I have a post on these. They’ve not changed at all.


  • Finance tracker

This is a very simple design. I have a ton of Filofax graph paper so rather than wasting it I just drew some lines on it to make a finance tracker. The first column, I counted five squares in drew a line, this acts of the date I ordered/paid for the item. Then at the opposite side of the page I have a column with one full square, this acts as a tick box to say I have received the item I have ordered – great for tracking delivery of online orders. Next to it I have a column of six squares for the cost. I have another date column of 5 squares which represents the day I am supposed to receive the item – I usually put the end date of the range. That way I can chase the order if it is taking longer than expected. The last column is the longest and it’s just for giving a description of what it is the actual item. I write each month in a different colour so I can see what I am buying each month.

  • German word of the day

Although I have my German word of the day in a mini, sometimes when I want to work on them my mini, which is my wallet is in my back or it’s not as accessible as my personal binder. My personal binder is normally close to hand if it is in my bag as soon as my bag gets put in the cupboard I get the personal out and put it next to me. So I figured I would get one of those top opening envelopes and just slot the week into them. When they are filled I will transfer them back to the Malden.

  • Journal Pages

I am hoping to set up my Original Jack as a journal for this year, but I figured that carrying multiple planners around would not work for me so I have decided to keep some places of completely blank personal paper within this planner as a quick place where I can write some of my journal. Then I will transfer them once the page is complete to my Original Jack to store them in.

  • Other items

These are generic list items, the template for each one is the same I’ve just changed the title. I have various lists:
– Blog ideas
– Books I would like to read
– Films I would like to watch
– Things I would like to do
– TV Shows I would lie to watch
– The Book Challenge, 100 Greatest books everyone should read from an article in the Guardian.

I always hate when I go to watch do something – watch a film, go do something and have no idea what I want to do, when there are always occasions I say I want to do X, Y and Z. So hopefully these inserts will act as a springboard for times when I do not know what to do!



Slightly different in design:
– Food inventory, so I can see what I have got in my freezer/cupboards and meal plan without having to go into the freezer and ferret around.
– Weight tracker


  • Note Paper

Finally I have my trusty note paper, this is just all the yellow paper I have, I have other colours from Filofax put I just put in one colour for now.

That’s my ready for 2016! I’m really looking forward to the new year so I can get myself even more organised.