If you checked out my Filofax unboxing post, or are the proud owner of a brand new Filofax, I’m sure you noticed the inserts it comes with are bland and boring. Here are a few ways you can customize your Filofax in order to make it into something you love, and functional for you.
First Things First
Before making my planner pretty, I knew I needed to have a good idea of all the things I wanted to keep inside of it. I digitally made a table of contents, made changes and rearranged it until I was happy, then later hand-wrote it on graph paper. This table of contents told me everything I needed to know: how many dividers I’d need, how many section dividers, and what topics I found important enough to keep with me all day.
Next I chose a color theme. I knew I didn’t want a bunch of super bright colors. That’s just not my style. I settled on a fairly mono-chromatic black, white, grey, gold, and hot-pink. This color scheme steered my every move with personalizing. This dictated paper colors, and marker, and pen colors whenever it was possible to choose the color.
Using grey card stock, I made my dividers. I made them 6 3/4in by 4in. on the side that was 4in, I marked where I wanted my tab to be. Every were else, I cut the width to 3 3/4in.
After I had my dividers cut out I labeled them all with black sharpie. I added a touch of gold with a drawing and a quote in hot pink.
Create Your Own Pages
I cut up graph paper to use in my Filofax. To do this, I measured out 6 3/4in by 3 3/4in. Then, I used a paper punch to round the corners.
Add Some Decoration
To add more pizzazz, I printed images off Google to tape on the back of my dividers. I wanted something fun to look at in each section that was inspirational to me. Then, to add more of the gold sharpie, I went over parts of the images. This added an element of interest to the flat images I’d printed, and tied them into my color theme. It was such a fun touch to add!
Additionally, I picked up some gold Kate Spade paperclips. This further emphasized my color scheme and added a little sophisticated humor.
A couple weeks ago I’d ordered a photo album to house memories from our travels. Unfortunately, the album was so cheaply made the seams on the plastic photo-slots would separate…only on the top slot. It was junk. So junky, in fact, I could break the embellishment on the front off with my fingers. I did, and saved it. I attached it to my travel wish list for some fun!
My calendar needed a key for Trevor to interpret our schedule, so I created this cute little “carpe diem” flag. Un-obstructive, it hangs out on the current week saying “CARPE DIEM” on one side, as the other side houses the color-coded key to my calendar.
There are dozens of free printables online you can use to add some flair to your organizer, or you can use them as inspiration. I scoured Pinterest in order to find pins about printables, then used them as inspiration for my own pages.
Using a word processor I made this image, based off a printable I’d found on Pinterest. Then, I outlined and filled using my trusty gold sharpie. Cute, huh?