Monday, January 19

My First Filofax

Monday, January 19

When to comes to planning, I like a mix of digital and physical. It's not that one wouldn't suffice, but I choose not to choose one over the other.

All of my work meetings are scheduled via Calendar, and I keep various other iCloud calendars for this blog, FYA, misc. personal events and deadlines, holidays, birthdays and my to-do list. All of these things I also keep track of in my physical planner. I realize that having two sets of the same dates/lists might seem redundant, but there's something to be said for both systems. Plus, doubling up makes doubly sure that I don't miss something (she says, knocking wood).

For a very long time—at least since high school—I've bought pre-made yearly planners. It wasn't until a couple of years ago that I found one that seemed to fit my preferences and needs almost perfectly: the Draw Your Tomorrow planner. Designed by Korean company MMMG, the planner changes slightly every year,  but continues to have the layout I love. (Get one at Amazon.) It features monthly spreads, weekly spreads and a variety of notepaper (lined, gridded and blank) in the back. It's also non-dated, which I prefer. But it's very ... plain.


Early last year, I saw that one of my blogging idols, Kyla Roma, was running an online course on designing your own planner called Planner Camp. I'd already bought one for 2014, but the idea of the course intrigued me, so I signed up. The course was chock-full of interesting ideas for designing and creating your own planner, and I filed it all away to use in 2015. In the meantime, I bought a fabulous neon pink A5 Filofax cover to use (eventually).

The end of 2014 rolled around, and I realized that I was quickly running out of time to plan my planner. So I turned to Etsy, where I found the shop of Miss Tiina, which is filled with gorgeous and colorful planner inserts and more. (Her blog also features a lot of freebies!) I bought a digital planner pack, thinking that I could still use my Filofax cover. I spent quite a bit of time laying out the pages to best fit my needs, then went online to order prints. I knew it wasn't going to be cheap, but even with a coupon, the total price would have been over $100. I just couldn't justify that, nor did I want to spend the time on printing lesser quality pages out at home.

After this failed attempt, I had even less time to figure out what I wanted to do for 2015. So, I decided to mash-up the best of both words, and bought a new Draw Your Tomorrow planner, which I proceeded to cut into its separate parts and hole-punch to fit my Filofax cover. I also pulled out my collection of scrapbook paper and washi tape, and designed a few extras for the planner that made it unique.

Long story long, I'm super excited about my planner this year. Let me take you on a tour ...

I wasn't joking about it being neon.

The awesome pen was a Christmas present from in-laws, via Ban.do.

Backing papers via Bam Pop (but I think they're long sold out, unfortunately).

Business cards (for things that are not my actual job) by me, sticker (which I have yet to decide where to put) by Katie Cook.

Pencil and pad from Target's One Spot, a.k.a. Mecca.

It's still a bit of a work in progress, and features only the most basic of inserts: month, week and notepaper. I look forward to spending some time on the many Pinterest boards and blogs full of Filofax and planner modding ideas and printables. I've already found a couple of DIYs that I want to try soon:

Kristin of My Life as a Teacup also recently posted Anatomy of a Filofax (My 2015 Planner Setup), which is full of inspiration.

Do you have a physical planner? Or are you more of a digital-only type? (And, if you have any awesome DIY ideas, please share!)

23 comments

  1. Love it!!! I'm still stuck with a Moleskine daily planner for this year...

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  2. I love how personalized your planner is! I currently use momAgenda, although I really don't use it for my kids... I just like how it has different sections for each day that I can help organize myself for each day (Dinner plans, studying, my kids, personal stuff like blogging,etc). I have a digital calendar as well, but like having something physical more.

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  3. That unicorn pen is pretty awesome!

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  4. I love the pouch! — and is that a little a little business card holder I spy? <3 Any favorite places to shop for planner stuff?


    (and thanks for the shoutout!)

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  5. Thank you! The only tedious part was the cutting of the pages from the pre-made planner/hole punching. :)

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  6. I used to use a Filofax before I got my smart phone. I miss it sometimes, especially on vacation, when I would write down every day what we had done. I kept all the calendar inserts every year, they're like an annual of my whereabouts. Yours looks awesome!

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  7. That's such a fun idea, Annika! I hadn't thought to use it as a journal-lite, too. :)

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  8. Oh wow - this is absolutely gorgeous. I LOVE it! Especially the cutie unicorn! :)

    <3 Kelsea | Kels Shark

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  9. I can never decide whether I want to go digital, paper or a mix of both. And I can never find a planner that quite suits my needs, which usually leads to me having no calendar/planner at all and missing dates left and right. Oops. This has inspired me to start searching again :)

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  10. Thank you! I have some really fun scrapbooking paper that I never use (because I'm not a scrapbooker).

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  11. I wish you luck! It can be hard to find something that really fits your needs.

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  12. It is (a card case)! And I haven't really shopped for much of anything; everything I have I either made or came with the planner cover when I bought it. I'm sure Etsy is a treasure trove, however.

    (And you're most welcome!)

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  13. The whole set (it came with two others) is so great. I kind of don't want to use them, haha. I'll be so sad when they run out.

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  14. I sure hope so! I think after a couple of years it'll definitely pay for itself. I just need to figure out how best to do the calendar. The route I took works, but isn't perfect.

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  15. Thank you! I just googled momAgenda and those do look nice. They're not totally kid-centric, either, which I'm sure can be good.

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  16. Thanks! And do you use one of the little ones? I think those are darling. I just write way too big to have a planner that's that small, haha.

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  17. But pens are made for using. I used to save all the best pens so that they wouldn't run out, but then eventually they'll dry up anyway. I finally realized that I should just use them and then I can save the best/prettiest/most amazing ones for decoration... (that's not weird, right?)

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  18. No, that's a very good way of thinking about it! :)

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  19. I used one of the little ones for one year, but it was too little for me! This year I purchased the Minnie the Mouse limited edition, so mine is a big Moleskine with a black polka dots cover :)

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  20. That's great. I like that it's subtle, not in your face Minnie.

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