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Welcoming the Gorgeous Gillio Mia Cara

This year has been a good planner year for me. My collection has grown, and shrunk and grown again, and I have expanded my taste from being solely a ‘filofax gal’ to being a bit of a planner connoisseur.. at least that’s how it felt this morning when this beautiful Mia Cara landed on my doorstep!

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Those of you who follow the blog will know that I splurged on a Van Der Spek earlier this year, and while the VDS has become a permanent part of my collection (Velda is my time management planner), when the chance to buy this (third hand!) Gillio came up I simply couldn’t say no.

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I got a great deal on her, even though she is barely a month old, because Kate (her 2nd owner) felt bad about not loving her enough – this is how I know that planner people are my people, they are as sentimental about these bits of leather and metal as I am!

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She is going to be my ‘love binder’ where I’m going to collect all those little things that make me happy. AKA my thanksgiving, motivation and inspiration binder. Which is especially perfect since I bought her on thanksgiving day.

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Isn’t she gorgeous?

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to petting her.

Starting Fresh

It’s been quiet around here the last little while – on the blog I mean, not in real life – in real life there’s been a lot going on, but the reason for the blog silence is that I fell into planner limbo.

It all started with DIYfish..

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I LOVE the DIYfish inserts, I love how flexible they are and I think that the fold-out-able weekly and month view is pure genius. I loved using them, but I don’t have a lot of free time. I have a business to run and an autistic 3 year old to chase after, so the DIYfish ended up being too high maintenance for me.

Of course, by the time I had realised that DIYfish was too high maintenance for me, I had already RAK’d all my other inserts!

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So I was left with a system that wasn’t working for me and no back-up, and because it’s the end of the year, everything on the market right now is for 2015, not 2014.

Needless to say, panic ensued.

My first idea was to team up with a designer. Which was a great idea until we actually had to try and communicate (ha!). That didn’t work out – awkward!

But then, in a flash of inspiration I decided to create my own instead. I’m not really a DIY kind of gal so this was a big undertaking for me.

I can’t take full responsibility for the end result because the background design came from another free planner printable that I found on Pinterest a year ago and saved to my computer. I just worked over the top of it to personalise it to my needs.

Of course I can’t for the life of me find where the printable came from (I’ve been scouring Pinterest all morning!) so if they are yours, or you know where they came from, let me know so I can give credit where credit is due!

Here is what I came up with:

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I am not clever enough to figure out how to have the date appear on the pages, so I have to write them in myself, but I did the rest of the year last night and it only took 30 minutes so that’s not too bad:

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Here is a run-down of what each section is for:

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And here’s what it looks like in my planner:

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Overall I’m pretty happy and at least now I’m set for the rest of 2014.

I’ve got some Life is Crafted W02P pre-ordered for 2015 so they only have to get me through until then!

Budgeting in my Planner – Envelope Style

In the age of online shopping, the only sure-fire way for me to save money is to squirrel away cash. Otherwise my savings get frittered away, one late night Etsy purchase at a time, until there’s nothing left in my accounts (but my desk drawers are full of pretty stickers for my Van Der Spek!).

I’m sure you can relate.

Paypal has a lot to answer for.

Anyway… to make sure there’s always cash around for when we need it, I have an envelope budgeting system set up in my lovely binder.

I took some photos for you to see.

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My bills and rent are paid automatically out of the bank account so they aren’t included in the envelope system. Instead I have these categories:

* Rainy Day Fund – for unexpected expenses like broken appliances or lost phones.

* Home School Fund – for fun excursions or school supplies.

* Savings – for big purchases or holidays.

* Snip Fund – the big V 🙂

* Car Money – these are usually yearly costs like registration, insurance or servicing.

* Family Fun – a nice meal out, a day trip to the zoo – that kind of thing.

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I got the envelopes from this seller on Etsy, and punched them with my filofax holepunch.

Then added the super cute mason jar stickers, which were a group buy on facebook.

The speech bubbles came from Joey Design on Etsy.

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Each time I add some money to the envelope, I put a little star or heart on the outside.

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I work from home, so my filofax doesn’t really venture outside. If you take your filofax with you everywhere this might not be a good system for you.. as if losing your filofax wouldn’t be heartbreaking enough, losing your life savings as well would really put a wrinkle in your day!

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