The last few weeks have made me really sick of the calender programs on my iPhone. I miss pen and paper, for like 8 years I used my trusty black leather Filofax for everything and it was with me every single day. Then I got my phone and I got caught up in all the applications so the filofax started gathering dust. After a few years without it I missed the poor old thing! I drafted my very first comic book in it so it’s very nostalgic! ^_^
Unfortunately the whole black leather thing doesn’t really go with my look anymore and with no cash to spend it was time for a re-think! There’s no point it just sitting there doing nothing, Filofaxes are there to be uuuused!
Digging into my fabric scraps box I found a couple of pieces for inspiration :D I think this post is more of a guide than a tutorial because I’ll just give you the general idea and you can take it and run with it how you like rather than making exact versions.
I decided on a light pink satin cover and ironed it flat. I then used hot glue around the edges of the diary to attach it:
Flattening the whole thing out I trimmed the extra fabric off.
And glued down the edges. I was careful not to glue any of the inside pockets shut in the process.
That was a bit plain for me so I decided to add a band of colourful floral fabric that was a scrap from a dress I made ages ago. I ironed it out and folded the edges over.
Very carefully I glued it around the middle.
Cuter already right?
I carefully covered the clasp thingy too and then cut a small hole so it could still click closed. This is it pre-hole:
And post hole showing how it closes:
I was so caught up I kind of forgot to take photos of the next bit sorry! Basically I used the floral fabric to completely cover the inside including all of the pockets. I’m sure you can use your imagination ^_^ I then added lace around the outsides to hide all of the glued areas. So it ended up like this:
I realised I needed some cute paper to write on too! Luckily I had a bunch of supplies left over from a Cristina Re gift bag I was given when we had out tea party earlier in the year so I set to work.
I used an old page of diary to find the right size to fit my diary.
Then I carefully cut it all out.
Hole punch at the ready…
Taadaaa cute paper!
I needed new dividers as well so I used one to get the shape and cut them out of thing cardboard.
Lastly I added some black and white flocked paper and stickers as decoration.
I used the flocked paper on the back too.
And there you have it! Super cute new diary/planner/Filofax thingy all finished and ready to be used!
I’m really happy with the way it came out and it suits my personality perfectly.
I’ve been using it for a good few weeks now and it’s made life much easier :D
I actually enjoy writing on such pretty paper too :D
Do you guys use a paper planner or are you all iPhone/Blackberry junkies?