Filofax, Week 40 Decoration + October Monthly + Video!

I have a little extra to share with you today!  This is week 40, so I have my decorated weekly pages, but it’s also the beginning of October on Tuesday, so I have my month on two pages decoration to show you.  PLUS I filmed a video of my updated Filofax set up, so I’m sharing that, too.

Let’s start with the weekly pages:

FF WK 40.1The full page spread.  I added a dividing line in the middle of each day and am planning to add notes about dinner and my blogging schedule over there.  The lines and boxes will be for daily ‘to do’ notes.

FF WK 40.2I put a big sticky for a bill due date so hopefully I won’t forget this month!!

FF WK 40.3Washi at the top as a banner, across the middle, and along the bottom are all fall colors.  I love the warm and cozy feel those colors evoke!

Now on to the monthly pages for October:

FF Oct Month 4The full spread.  I used washi along the left edge and the bottom to frame things, plus a little washi banner and star on the top right.

FF Oct Month 2My washi bunny!  This was so simple and I love how it turned out.  All I did was trace my large bunny paper clip onto white cardstock.  I used a thin blue washi tape to completely cover over the traced outline, then I just cut out the shape along the traced lines!  I stuck him in the bottom right corner to help cover up the non-October days at the bottom.  You could do this with any shape you’re able to cut out!  Link up in the comments if you try it–I’d love to see your versions!

FF Oct Month 3  A close up of the top left where I used an Amy Tangerine sticker that matched well with the chevron washi tape.

And here’s the update video!

Are you Filofax-ed out yet? 😉  Thanks for stopping by!


Project Life, Week 38

This week turned out a little different.  I hope it will give you an idea or two to use for your own PL albums if you run into this type of conundrum!

Week 37 was Week in the Life, so in my Project Life album, I only did a half spread on the left.  That meant for week 38, I had an empty half page on the right.  I had quite a few picture to include, so I didn’t want to try to squish everything onto just the half spread.  I decided instead to add a design H as an insert and combine that with the half side of design A.  Using the front and back of design H equals one side of design A, so I would end up with the same amount of space as I normally would!  Here’s how the pages turned out:

WK 38.1My week 38 title card went on the front side of the design H page protector.  I then had space for one picture on the bottom and a 3×4 caption card.  I used a decorative card from 5th and Frolic and tried my hand at some embossing.  Certainly would have been better in an actual color, but white’s all I’ve got at this point!

WK 38.3Close up of the embossing.

WK 38.2Design H, front side.

WK 38.4On the back of design H, I had room for two photos and caption cards.

WK 38.5I had some space to dress up this card a bit with a fabric flower and some dots.

WK 38.6The right side is design A.

WK 38.9Bunny pictures feature heavily this week 🙂

WK 38.7 The two pages, side by side as they would be in the album.

Thoughts on Thursday: Cash Envelope System

One thing that is really important to me is my finances.  I want to make sure we have enough money for the things we need, a bit of money for some things we want, and lots of money saved up for BIG things we want (like fancy vacations and a house).  I’ve been big on budgeting since my husband and I got married four years ago, but with my recent job change, I’m even more aware of how much we’re spending and whether each purchase is wise or not.  My new job also does not offer direct deposit, so I will be going to the bank every two weeks, which gives me an opportunity to try something new.


When I first began reading about how to budget your money and make good financial choices, one suggestion I saw over and over again was that you should use a cash envelope system.  Basically, have an envelope for various categories (grocery, date nights, bills, etc.) and put a set amount of money in each envelope at the beginning of the month.  For the rest of the month, the only money you have for that category is what’s in the envelope.  That seemed like a good idea for someone who had no control over their spending habits, I thought, but I knew how to use my debit card responsibly.  Plus, I didn’t want to stop by the bank all the time to withdraw cash.


Now…maybe that’s a good idea. My grocery spending has gone up (not on purpose…but I just seem to always be over my $50/week mark), and some of our date night and ‘fun’ spending has gone over the past several months, too.  The cash envelope system would certainly keep me accountable.  I’m also thinking that utilizing my Filofax for such a system would be functional and fun.  I know they sell little plastic envelopes, but I’m going to test out the system first using just paper envelopes we have here at home (no more extra spending!).


I’ll try to keep you updated on a) how the system works for me, and b) how my Filofax looks with the redesigning I have in mind!  Any tips you have on using a cash envelope system would be most welcome!

An Eden Farms Baby

Last Wednesday, I shared about how Nibbles came to be a part of our family.  Today, I want to share how we got Junie!


After two months of learning about rabbits and bonding with Nibbles, I thought, “This little bunny needs a bunny friend.”  I had read how most bunnies like having a companion, since they live in groups in the wild.  After another ruthless campaign to convince Matt that this was indeed a good idea, we went to look at bunnies near Richmond, Virginia.  There’s a beautiful property on the outskirts of town called Eden Farms.  It’s set back in the woods where a dear family cares for many rabbits.  Dutch, Netherland Dwarfs, Holland Lops, Lionheads, and several other small rabbit varieties.

We drove down on New Year’s Eve 2011 to find a friend for our Nibbles.  We held several bunnies, but one dark chocolate brown girl with bug-eyes seemed like the perfect one.  She was so tiny she fit into my two hands.  We were told she was 7 weeks old exactly and that she had been weened and was ready to go.  Unlike Nibbles who was terrified of everything, this sweet girl stretched out in the carrier on the way home and seemed very content.  When we got home and got her into her new cage, I took some pictures:


Peeking out to say ‘hello!’

Junie 2View from above.

She was so friendly!  By the second day at home, she was jumping into our laps to take naps:

I’m excited!

She’s too busy nowadays to take naps on our laps (sad face) and she doesn’t hold still very long to get pets.  But she does love running around and playing with you!  She has so much energy and is quite the mischief maker!  She and Nibbles eventually got to be buddies, but that’s a story for another time.  Next week, you’ll get to know Crispin’s story!

Week in the Life: Update

Last week I started working on part two of the Week in the Life project.  It took several days to edit the photos I wanted to print, then I used my Selphy to print them all.  In hindsight, it would probably have been better to send the pictures to a photo printing site like Shutterfly, but using the Selphy is so easy…I just didn’t even think about it until I was half way done!  Once my photos were printed, I deliberated over what type of album to put them in.  I had both horizontal and vertical photos I wanted to include and I didn’t have page protectors that would easily accommodate that.  I wanted to spend as little money as possible on the project and use supplies I already had (at least for the most part), so divided page protectors were out.  I also didn’t want a huge 12×12 album.  So what size did I end up with?  10 1/2×11.  Yes, you read that right.  Let me explain…


Once I had figured out that I didn’t want page protectors and a large album, I thought maybe I could buy some chipboard, punch holes and use ring clips to make an album.  I went to Michael’s and found the perfect thing:  a kit with 10 already-hole-punched chipboard pages plus rings!  It was $5 and I had a 50% off coupon.  $2.50 for my “album?”  Yes, please!  They were large pieces and I assumed they were 12×12.  I thought that since they were less bulky than an actual 3-ringed album, it would be okay at that size.  Got them home and looked at them again next to my 12×12 paper.  They were just smaller.  I measured.  10 1/2″ x 11″.  How handy…


That meant I had to trim my paper to be exactly that size.  When I put my photos against the patterned paper I had picked out, they sort of blended into the background too much.  They didn’t pop.  “I know!” thought my ingenious little self, “I’ll cut white cardstock paper to mat them!”  I cut a few rectangles to frame my 3×4 photos and put them on the paper.  It looked great!  Amazing!  Stupendous!


Then I started putting the album together.


I printed a TON of pictures, so I needed a TON of little white cardstock mats.  I also needed a TON of background pages and everything needed a TON of adhesive since it wasn’t going into a page protector.  I ran out of adhesive at one point and had to go to Michael’s for more.  Got home with my 3 pack of Tombow roller adhesive and discovered that I had actually bought a pack of refills, not individual rollers.  I was determined not to go back to Michael’s again, so I used the refills (with much difficulty, I might add) to finish the last several pages.




I still love this project, but I have A LOT of ideas for how to make it better and easier next time!!




I’ve got some (not that great) pictures of my progress.  There are still a few things I want to add and then next week, I’m planning to make a video walk through of the final project.  Here’s what I’ve got so far:

Blank Cover

This is the cover before I decorated it.  The chipboard is REALLY thick and the rings are quite strong.  I’m happy about that since I’m wanting this album/project to last a good long time!

Decorated Cover

The decorated cover!  I had a lot of fun putting this together last night and I’m pleased with how it turned out.

Inside Album 4

Each day has a 6×11″ sheet that is a write up from my daily note sheets.  I added the day and date to each one.  Monday was a full day!

Inside Album 5

On the back of the write up sheets, I have pictures followed by a full page with more pictures.  No captions necessary since it’s all explained in the half-page of journaling.

Inside Album 2

Thursday was a little different since there was NO room on the sheet for a day/date!  I ended up putting it on that white card which is attached to the side of the page underneath.  I had two extra pictures for the day that I didn’t want to put by themselves on the back of the full page.  So I added this small piece with washi tape.  That probably made no sense, but you’ll see it better in the video!

Inside Album 3

Here’s how I accommodated the vertical pictures with the horizontal pictures.

  Inside AlbumSunday was also a full day and I had just enough pictures to finish the last page!

Some finishing touches and I’ll be DONE!  Look for the final video of my Week in the Life next Tuesday!

Filofax Week 39 + More

I totally meant to get a Project Life post up on Friday.


And then I totally meant to post it on Saturday.


And…that didn’t happen.  I did my PL spread for the previous week…it’s just that the pictures and posting bit didn’t happen.  But it’s happening today along with your weekly dose of Filofax decoration goodness.  Here are my Filofax pages for the week:

FF WK 39.1

I wanted to go with a fall theme for the week since it’s the first official week of autumn.  I didn’t want to go all pumpkin spice latte on the page, though, so I added in a bit of brighter green to balance out the darker fall colors.  The yellow and orange washi on the top and bottom are really rich colors.

FF WK 39.2On the left side, I added some green stamps to note what blog entries I’m posting this week.  I also added the multicolored ‘fall’ stamp at the top left.  I just swirled it through yellow and orange ink to get the double colors.  My huge bunny clip makes a good bookmark 🙂

FF WK 39.3Close up of the right side.

Alright, so here is what I ended up with for my Project Life from the week I did Week in the Life.  I really like it!

WK 38.1

Sorry about the glare.  I had to take these at night, so I didn’t have much light to work with.  Anyway, I just did a half page with leftover pictures that didn’t end up in my WITL album.

WK 38.2

I typed up this card explaining why I had taken a week ‘off’ from PL and what exactly the point of WITL was/is.

WK 39.3

I used a 3×4 card with a camera as a backing for this photo.  I used an exact-o knife to cut the camera top out and then slipped the photo behind it.

Check back tomorrow!  I plan to share how my WITL album is coming along–it’s almost done!

Thoughts on Thursday: Taking Stock

I found this idea via Much Love, Illy who found it from several other people.  I thought I would play along for my Thoughts on Thursday post.  If you make a list like this, too, link it up in the comments!

Making…my Week in the Life mini book (or at least starting to).

Cooking…homemade pizza!  Delicious and oh-so-easy.

Drinking…milk.  Jealous?

Reading…blogs, Facebook groups, the news…not in the middle of any books at the moment.

Wanting…to think of new products for my Etsy shop!

Looking…out the window at the Harvest Moon that’s out tonight.

Playing…with the bunnies 🙂

Wasting…absolutely not one bite of my pizza!

Sewing…handmade embroidered tags for whoever orders them.

Wishing…the Staunton job had worked out for my hubby.

Enjoying…being in PJs with a cozy sweater.

Waiting…for a lot of things, but trying to be content in the present.

Liking…my new job.

Wondering…how long we’ll be living in this area and where we’ll be a year from now.

Loving…the cooler temps we’ve had this week!

Hoping…my raise will be fairly significant.

Marveling…at how many poops a bunny can make in just one day.

Needing…new pants.  Like whoa.


Wearing…PJs and that cozy sweater I mentioned earlier.

Following…along with online projects and challenges for the first time ever.  So fun!

Noticing…how much more energy I have on the weekends and in the evenings now.

Knowing…that everything will be okay.

Thinking…about how I should probably do some dishes tonight.

Feeling…my headache slowly going away.


Opening…new doors and windows lately.

Giggling…at the goofy stuff me and the hubs do in the evening.

Feeling…not stressed out.  Say whaa???