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Fab Friday Finds: Where to buy a Filofax (when you’re in the southern hemisphere!)

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It is so wonderful living this side of the equator at times! Australia and New Zealand are breath taking countries with sweeping vistas and a generally great life quality (remember, it is really up to you – MAKE LIFE WHAT YOU WANT IT TO BE!).

One disadvantage is our access to Filofaxes. And Filofaxes at reasonable prices…(Do you feel me A&NZ-ers?!)

Officeworks, FIlofax.com.au, David Jones, Dymocks and Myer all carry ranges which are good to browse, but with an A5 Classic going for AUD$399.95 or an A5 Finsbury available at AUD$199.95, it is a little….hmmm…killer on the wallet!

When I bought my gorgeous A5 Chameleon in Raspberry last year, I trawled all the sites I could find. I knew I would pay a bit as I believe in investing in beautiful tools that inspire me to craft a life I love. Having gorgeous stationery and planner pages make me truly want to use them and I see them as an investment in my productivity, accomplishment and action taking towards my magnificent goals.

I came across several sites who’s prices, even with international shipping, I was happy to pay so I could have a beautiful Filofax to craft my life in.

  • I would always start with Philofaxy’s Adspot to see if there is a folder there that is of interest. Some are well taken-care-of ‘pre-loved’ Filos and others are pretty much new organisers. You can also place ‘Wanted’ Ads for particular harder to find styles and sizes. Plus, you do good in the world by donating to a great cause – Chimwemwe
  • Ebay is of course another site where you can see what is available
  • I bought my lovely Filofax from Montgomery Pens based in the US. Great prices and decent shipping
  • I’ve not personally bought from Pens and Leather, but have heard great things from FIlofax users about it
  • Fishpond.com.au have a decent range, prices and free shipping

Do you have other recommendations? Where do you buy your FIlos from? Leave a comment below and spread the Filofax love!

Life is crafted. Craft yours.
Arienne

Fab Friday Finds: Coloured Markers

Coloured Markers

Okay, so these coloured markers may not be the newest finds, but they are awesome Kings of Planning.

Why? Well, colours lift me up and excite me to plan and do. If I had two sheets of paper and wrote exactly the same thing on each of them, but with one I used a black or blue pen and the other one had multiple colours, I pay waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more attention and get waaaaaaaaaay more excited by the colourful one.

They are not great for writing in my planner on normal paper as they do bleed through. I use them for brainstorming on large pieces of paper, writing headings on lists and creating little notes for myself. I’ve been using both Sharpies
and Bic Mark-It

Use them for things like:

  • Art Journalling
  • Notes to yourself
  • Bright Post-It Note Reminders
  • Paper Planning
  • Blog post planning
  • Brainstorming
  • Writing over magazine pages
  • Pretty Doodles
  • Labels
  • Addressing envelopes

What markers do you use? What do you use them for?

Life is crafted. Craft yours,

Arienne

Friday Fab Finds – The Pomodoro Technique

Welcome to a new feature on the blog!

Each Friday I’ll be sharing with you fabulous finds I’ve come across that help me with life in general. It will probably cover tools, techniques, books, stationery and anything else that just tickles my life crafting fancy!

First up we have the Pomodoro Technique that help you with PRODUCTIVITY and getting things done.

It truly is a simple technique (see the steps below!).

It is a great tool when there is something I have to do and am finding it hard to get started (we all have those times right?!) or really just need to focus on something for a while.  I just use the timer on my iPhone or this app on the computer.

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Share with me – have you used this technique? Do you use something else?

Life is crafted. Craft yours,

Arienne