Rough Guide To How I Recycled My Filofax

Aug 23, 2010 by

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! ^_^

Filofax Tutorial

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.

Filofax Tutorial

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  • http://merrinette.blogspot.com/ Merrinette

    this is just too awesome!

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      :D Thanks Merrinette!

  • http://www.nessbow.webs.com nessbow

    I usually use a paper diary, but this year I thought that I would be a bit more technologically-savvy and use Outlook on my computer to house my calendar. It’s been pretty good, because you can set an alarm to remind you of important dates. However, I am missing having a diary to carry around with me, and i find that if I don’t write something down right away I forget to do it. Next year, I will be going the paper diary again.

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      I do love the idea of setting alarms as I’m so forgetful! I like having the diary to carry around though so I can write down ideas and things too. Haha I can’t find the right solution half way between paper and computer!

  • http://bonjour-glow.blogspot.com Glo-w

    I use neither >_<" no wonder i'm so disorganized! Perhaps If I had a cute one like that I'll use it more often ^^ but is it heavy? i tend to put a lot of things in my bag -_-"

    P/S: got your name card and thanks for the lovely message <3 I have a present for you but not ready yet^^

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Haha I would lose my head if I didn’t have a diary! It’s a bit heavy but I always carry so much junk I don’t really notice it. I’m so glad that my card arrived safely :D

  • http://www.project-kathryn.com KATHRYN

    I’ve had my filofax for nearly 20 years! When I bought it, ti was a huge investment but I guess it’s proved it’s worth. I actually haven’t been using it this year because I wanted something smaller so have been using a small moleskin diary. I always have a paper diary because only remember things if I hand write them.

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Woo Filofax buddies! Mine was an investment from my Dad to make me like school better XD I’m always eyeing off the Moleskine diaries too… mmm maybe I need both! You’re enabling my diary addition damn it :P

      • http://kimittykim.blogspot.com Kim

        Oooh, you like Moleskines, do you? I live in Brisbane (I know you moved) so the only place I could find them was at Kiki.K in Queensplaza on Queen Street. The one I bought was $30 – that’s the A5 size – but it was a wonderful investment. It’s now a treasure. :3

        • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

          Oh! In Brisbane you can get Molskines from Borders, they have a big-ish display of them :D I absolutely love them but I’ve never had enough cash to buy one. One day though!!

  • http://shmuberry.blogspot.com/ Shmuberry

    Hmmm I have old benders that I haven’t usend since I graduated from high school because at the time, it was cool to draw stuff on in with a sharpie. I think you just inspired me to revamp them and re-use them for this semester !!

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Yay! You totally should :D

  • http://haynepark.blogspot.com Hayne

    I still use a planner, but your entry makes me so nostalgic for my diary! I didn’t know they were called Filofaxes… in Korea we call them diary/daily.

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      They are called diary/planners here too but the particular brand is Filofax and they are quite famous. When I was cleaning it out I was very nostalgic for my school days too ^_^

  • http://www.mariesu.net Marie

    I do have a planner, but I find it ugly. But it’s only for one year use, so I can’t re-use it. I also use the calendar on my MacBook, but not so much anymore. This is a great tutorial!

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Thanks Marie! Oh that’s a pity that yours is only 1 year, though I would probably decorate it anyway XD

  • http://candy-coated-life.blogspot.com Becky

    I am currently addicted to my iPhone. I think if anything were to happen to it I would have no idea what I was doing from one day to the next! It’s certainly taken the place of so many other things that I used to carry around with me so though I love hand-written notes and calendars, I don’t think I’ll be going back anytime soon!

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      I was exactly the same being addicted to my iphone! It really cleared out my handbag XD

  • http://www.berrytravels.com Celeste @ Berrytravels

    I adore your filofax and it makes me wish I had one too!!!

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Aww thanks Celeste!

  • http://www.bittenbefore.com/tokyolife yumeko

    looks gorgeous
    i only use the planner on my phone for work stuff
    for personal ie after work hours, i use my planner. it isnt a filofax like urs..just a book with the dates/squares [ie not refillable]

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Thanks Yumeko! Having separate for work/personal is a great idea though I bet my work one would be full and my personal one would never have anything in it LOL

  • http://typecast2000.blogspot.com Nickie@Typecast

    I love this idea – such a girlie touch too :)
    (I found you via the Philofaxy blog and a Twitter RT from Filofax UK)

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Thanks for visiting and comment Nickie! Lovely to meet you :D Haha pretty much everything I do has a very girlie touch!

  • http://www.cutexcoco.blogspot.com Tasja

    waaahhh <3 super cute again ^^
    I wouldn't dare to use it xD because everything in my bag becomes at some point dirty ~.~

    & btw paper planners are the best ;)

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Yay paper planers! Yeah my bag gets pretty dirty too but I’m sure I’ll have to work out how to clean it sometime haha XD

  • http://thewayitgoestoday.blogspot.com/ om

    I admit… I’m an iphone junkie and I love ical because I can set reminders for my life.

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Yes! I found that my reminders didn’t work for me because I keep my phone on silent a lot so I’d miss the reminders >_<

  • http://www.bemygoth.com Parnuuna

    I’ve tried to have so many diaries and planners, but I only use them for a week or two, and then I start to forget things. I haven’t actually managed to use one properly for a whole year.
    But perhaps if you ‘cutify’ one like yours, I might be able to hold on to it, and take it out of my bag at any occasion, just to show it off, and then get used to using it :)
    Usually, when I have many many things to do, I need to print out a ‘week-planner’ from a text program like Word, for the weeks that I’m busy – but then again, I forget them after some time…
    *sigh* I’m always confused with time…. :)

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      I’m sure if it was pretty you’d probably want to use it more XD Ah a weekly planner is a good idea though I think I would totally lose it!

  • http://xoxo-parisky.blogspot.com Helena (XOXO Parisky)

    This is so cute!

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Thanks Helena!

  • http://melissyjn.blogspot.com Melissy

    This actually looks so much cuter, prettier and girlier than the ones I see at the shops!! <3

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Yes! I bet you wouldn’t find one like this in store haha!

  • http://thegirlwithabow.com Diana

    This is just TOO CUTE! :D

    Love it.

    I use a mixture of electronic reminders/the back of my hand/bits of paper :P I’m hoping to start being a bit more organised next year and get myself something as cute as your Filofax!

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      :D Thanks Diana! Oh yes I totally use my hands too haha, good luck getting organised!

  • http://biggreendinosaur.blogspot.com BGDino

    Looks great! I used to use a paper diary too but I have to admit that I’ve switched to iPhone… it’s just that my phone fits in my pocket and my diary doesn’t…

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Thanks! Yes that’s the only thing I’ve found is that I don’t always like carrying it around >_< I think I need to reorganise my bag!

  • http://seisohime.blogspot.com/ Hana

    Omigosh!! This is such a cute idea!!!! *_____*

    I would like you to know that you are the ultimate crafts and recycled-goods MASTERMIND! ^^

    I recently bought a new planner for next year, but….this seems so much more tempting o.o

    Thank you so, so much for posting! ♥

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Thanks Hana! Aww you are just lovely for saying that! I’m sure you could totally pretty up your planner like this too!

  • http://cateaclysmic.blogspot.com Cate

    Awww it looks so pretty, I’ve been thinking about getting myself a filofax sometime xoxo

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      They are slightly addictive XD Thanks for commenting!

  • http://pollyfranceselizabeth.blogspot.com Polly

    Oooh this is a great idea! I have a mini Filofax somewhere, but it is really not my style-it’s brown and khaki, ewww! Now I know how to prettify it :)

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Brown and khaki? That sounds… interesting! You should totally give this a try!

  • http://cherrycolors.com Tamara

    OMG, it amazes me how great things you can make.. :o
    This one is just divine!!

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Aww! Thanks so much :D

  • Mina

    That is so amazing!! It looks so nice!

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Thanks Mina!

  • http://daydreamreece.blogspot.com/ reece

    This is a really great idea! I haven’t used my planner since high school. Maybe I’ll dig that out of storage and revamp it as well. I’ve become so dependent on my phone, but this looks too cute not to try.

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Even if you don’t use it as a planner, it’s always great to have a spare cute notebook :D Let me know how it goes!

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  • http://depictthis.blogspot.com/ bonita

    I am definately a paper kind of girl ~ technology is cool, but you can not beat writing it down for me. >< I love what you have done with this! Now I just need to find my old organisor {spelling fail… F-} and give it a go. ^w^

    b. of Depict This!

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Yes I love my pen and paper :D Good luck!

  • http://lookingforsomethingbeautiful.blogspot.com/ Miz

    I miss writing too! Actual proper writing, not typing keys and copy and paste, I’ll admit it makes life simpler, but where’s the fun in that? Most of my treasure box is filled with little hand written notes to and from friends when I was younger, ripped from pages of school and personal diaries, and I’ve such a powerfully emotional attachment to them in a way e-mails and the like could never replicate :)

    So I’m “ripping” this idea from your book miss! Thank you for the inspo!


    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Your treasure box sounds lovely! You’re right about emails, even when the subject is personal there isn’t the emotional attachment. Yay I totally can’t wait to see how you do yours!

  • http://jeroxie.com/addiction penny aka jeroxie

    So pretty! Can you please make one for me…. well… I need placemats made by Violet! Possible?

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Haha placemats by Violet? I’m sure we can organise something, just drop me an email! :D

  • http://melludee.com Melody

    I use paper diaries but sometimes I forget to actually write in them xD and woahh~ I love what you did to yours!! It looks so awesomee *-* Too bad I don’t actually have a diary like that to play around with though xD

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Haha I’m finding it hard to remember to write in sometimes too XD I am too forgetful for my own good!

  • http://kimittykim.blogspot.com Kim

    This is wonderful! ^^ I have an obsession with stationary, especially cute and girly stationary, so this idea is definitely on my “to do” list. Maybe I’ll be inspired to organise my life a bit more often. :P

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Haha I have the same obsession too! I’m so glad you enjoyed the tutorial :D

  • http://mumblesfromthedark.blogspot.com Lolitadewdrop

    This is just too cute! I always make loads of calendars and notes to try and stay organized but then I land up losing them because they are not all together. i have never heard of a filofax before but now I am going to keep my eyes open for one!

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Oh you should totally have a look out for one, they are quite popular over here. They sell them at Borders and Office Works but not sure if you have those over there! I think you could totally use pretty much any other diary too though :D

  • Erica

    So cute! My friend got me a planner from Baby the Stars Shine Bright this last Christmas and I use it for school.

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      So lucky to have a BtSSB one! I bet it’s adorable :D

  • Jessica

    Wow! What a lovely tutorial/guide *-*. It came out very well *-* What kind of Filofax do you use, if you don’t mind my asking? I was planning to get a Filofax for my friend’s birthday, since she’s always so busy and somewhat disorganized X3
    Great tutorial/guide!!

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Thanks so much Jessica! I have the Personal size one (I think). I bought it around 8-9 years ago from Office Works. I would totally recommend them, it’s a great way to keep organised!

  • http://hearmumroar.com Hear Mum Roar

    This is awesome! It’s so funny, I’m sitting here tonight blogging with my grape coloured filofax next to me! I love the interior of mine already as it is, except for the elastic band thingy. So might steal your idea for the closure and also the dividers. It never occurred to me to tart those up, but how easy!

    I love what you did to the exterior of yours, too!

    I’ll pimp mine out soon and send you a pic:)

    • http://hearmumroar.com Hear Mum Roar

      Oops! Above, that should’ve said I love the exterior of mine

      • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet


    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Yay! I should start a “pimp my filofax” segment hahahaha! Can’t wait to see what you do!

  • http://littleburstsofjoy.blogspot.com Burst

    Wow, loving the filofax inspiration! Keeping info on a phone is definitely not for me, I find it too restricting. I love your pretty notepaper idea…think I might have to make a trip to Hobbycraft!

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Definitely give it a try! I’m glad to give you some inspiration :D

  • abaretruth

    I love what u did… Love the dividers, how did u add the tab?

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Thanks ^_^ I just cut them out of cardboard.