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Filofax love – Essentials and Printables!

It’s Monday and I’m so ready for this week to begin! I’ve been on an organizing kick lately, and today I wanted to share all about something very near and dear to my heart these days – my Filofax.

***I now have even more awesome inserts available in the Filofax sizes and American sizes! Click here to see the Fall 2014 release AND a video tutorial on how to cut these printables out and prepare them for your Filofax. Check out a size comparison between Filofax and American sizes hereVisit the store here. ***

This is my planner, and it goes with me everywhere. I’m getting the hang of organizing, decorating and recording my weeks and am excited to see what else I can come up with for this little beauty. In fact, I’ve even designed my own inserts to go into my Filofax. Yay! Without further ado, here are my Filofax essentials.

10-07-13 Filofax Essentials by Britta Swiderski

  1. My Filofax Personal Metropol in black [FilofaxUSA] – I went with this one because it’s sensible (and a lower-budget model) and it works like a dream. Of course, now I’m googley-eyed over the Fluoro Pink Original in the personal size as well. It’s so bright and happy! Someday I will upgrade. :)
  2. A 12″ Steel Cork-backed ruler [Blick] – This is my go-to for any straight edges and cutting, and when making or printing your own inserts, this plus an exacto knife is the way to go.
  3. Stablio Fine Liner Marker Pens [Blick] – These are some of my very favorite colored pens, and they don’t really seep through paper. Awesome! I use these as a way to organize my days – pink for blog, purples for projects, orange for work, blue for medical and green for fun. I’m a pen NERD, though, so I’m sure I will have more recommendations for you on this front in the future. :)
  4. American Crafts Slick Writer [Simon Says] – This is perfect for writing on washi tape. It writes like a dream and comes in multiple tip sizes. This is an essential!
  5. Sharpie Pen Fine Point [Blick] [Amazon] – I can’t get enough of these pens. They’re my go-to pen on a daily basis, and that means that I always have one on hand when making notes or writing reminders into my Filofax.
  6. Olfa Snap-Off Art Craft Knife [Amazon] – I’m a big fan of the snap-off craft knife because it’s easy to keep the blade nice and sharp. This Olfa one has been with me since the first days of design school, and it’s still perfect with a steel ruler for straight, precise lines.
  7. Washi tape – do I need to encourage you on this one? I didn’t think so. ;) I will say that I’m loving the new Scotch washi tapes. They’re fun and have a great texture.
  8. A hole punch – A handheld one is fine if you’re doing one set of inserts (and also good for adding holes to index cards, notes, and anything else you want to stuff into your life binder), but I picked up this one pictured below and found it really great for testing out my printable inserts. It’s also adjustable! It punches holes in the Personal and Pocket size.

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So maybe I’m a little bit obsessed. That’s fine with me. :) What are your organizing must-haves? If you’re a fellow planner addict, I would love to hear about your favorite supplies!

Now introducing my printable planner pages. I started out just making these for myself, but I knew I had to share them when I was done. I just love the graph paper too much!

10-07-13 Filofax Printables by Britta Swiderski

Now up in the shop, I have a 2014 Week on Two Pages Personal set, and undated sets in A5, Personal and Pocket sizes: week on two pages, month on two pages and food diary week on two pages. Go check them out and let me know what you think about them!

I have a couple more in the works, but please do leave a comment if you have a request for another size or type. I’d love to see what you’d find helpful! They’re simple, straightforward and really let your organization and week be the point of focus on each page. I <3 them.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I’m having fun over here organizing away and hope you have a great start to your week! See you again soon with more lovely things.



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Happy Anniversary and World Cardmaking Day!

It’s world cardmaking day AND my two year anniversary with Jake, so I couldn’t resist sitting down and making a card for both occasions.

Before I share the card, I want to make sure to let you know that Ellen Hutson is having a sale today to celebrate WCMD – use the code WCMD2013 for 15% off your entire order today until midnight Pacific time. I already took advantage of the sale and can’t wait to share what I picked up. ;)

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On this card I played with a few new toys as well as a few old favorites. New things that I’m loving – the Tim Holtz Industrious sticker borders that are covered with a metallic surface and go great with the oh-so-fabulous Archival Inks by Wendy Vecchi. She’s the best and so are the colors I used on this border – Cornflower Blue and Watering Can. Fab!

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I finished up the card with some of my oldie-but-goodies: tiny star veneers adhered with matte multi medium, a piece of gold striped washi tape, and stitching with an Amy Tan template. Lots of layers mean lots of fun. :)

Click below to see where you can find the products used on this project. Click on “Simon” for the product at Simon Says Stamp and “Ellen” for the product atEllen Hutson. I only link to products and shops that I know and love. Thank you for your support!


Industrious Border Stickers – Tim Holtz for Advantus
Tiny Ink Spots S5637 Background Stamp – Hero Arts
Wet Cement Mid-Tone Shadow Ink – Hero Arts
Watering Can Grey Archival Ink – Wendy Vecchi for Ranger
Cornflower Blue Archival Ink – Wendy Vecchi for Ranger
Gold Shape N Tape Washi Sheets – Lifestyle Crafts
Mini Matte Multi Medium by Ranger
Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper – We R Memory Keepers

Thanks so much for stopping by today – I hope you’ve had a very happy holiday and take some time to relax this weekend. See you soon!


P.S. Here’s a sneak peek of what I have planned for Monday. Filofax lovers, you’re going to love these!

10-05-13 Filofax inserts peek by Britta Swiderski-1

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October Favorite Things

I wanted to stop by today and celebrate the arrival of my very favorite month by sharing some of my current very favorite things. Life around here has been good but a little stressful. I’m working on figuring out which career path to take and am still knee-deep in projects for the apartment. I would really like to see the floor of my office again. Ha!

October Favorites by Britta Swiderski

  1. Filofax Metropol Personal [filofax] – I’ve been loving and obsessing over everything Filofax for about a month now, and I finally picked up my first one. It’s simple, black and personal sized – perfect for fitting in my purse. I bring it everywhere with me and even have started to design my own inserts for it. I have a post in the works sharing my favorite tools and will make the inserts I made available for you to download soon!
  2. Lush Lemony Flutter cuticle butter [Lush] – this cuticle cream is a little pricey but lasts for a really long time. (I’ve been using the same jar for about 6 months and still have about half a jar left.) You dab this baby on your cuticles and rub it in and BAM! No more hang nails or dry nail beds. It’s fabulous.
  3. Tarte LipSurgence matte tint in Hope [Sephora] – This whole line from Tarte feels magical on my lips – a lot like chapstick (my favorite is Burt’s Bees) with a bit of mint but has really fantastic color. This one matches my lip color perfectly and makes me look a little more awake each day. They have a holiday value pack out right now where you can try a whole bunch of fab colors if you’re interested.
  4. DIY ribbon hair ties – these are all the rage right now for creaseless ponytails and sell for up to $3 a piece, but they’re really easy to make. They also look good around your wrist if you want to have one just in case you need to pull your hair back on the fly. DIY video tutorial about these coming soon (filmed it yesterday).
  5. Elf Brow Kit in Medium [ELF] [Target] – I have naturally blonde hair and dye it dark (we can talk about that another day – ha!), so my eyebrows need to be tended to every day. Plus, brows are the frames for your eyes! All the makeup artists preach about the importance of a good brow. This $3 kit from ELF (available at Target or online) does a great job for me and has been compared to the one from Benefit as far as quality goes. I’m all for higher quality brands when it comes to make up, but this is a great place to save some cash without sacrificing your face.
  6. Ultra Repair Cream from First Aid Beauty [Sephora] [QVC] – I have naturally dehydrated and sensitive skin. This is hands-down the best moisturizer I’ve ever tried. It’s unscented, thick and WORKS. I rub it on all of my dry places (elbows, knees and hands) and use it as a face moisturizer in the colder months. If you’re looking for some serious moisturizer, this is worth every penny. If you’re new to First Aid Beauty (aka FAB), I recommend this holiday kit from them – it has some of my favorites in it for a value price.
  7. Amber Woodchuck Hard Cider – This has been my go-to beverage for leisure times for a while now, and I can’t get enough of it’s mild-but-crisp apple flavor. So yummy!
  8. They’re Real mascara by Benefit Cosmetics [Sephora] – I love this stuff. I pick it up in kits and as samples when I can, but it’s worth full price for the amazing look. The wand is so much fun, too, it has a special tip that allows you to “curl” your lashes up. Awesome! This holiday kit has some of my other Benefit favorites in it at a fantastic price.
  9. Benefit Sugarbomb blush [Sephora] – This totally embodies the reason why I switched to higher-end makeup products on my face. They last, they’re good for your skin and they smell good (this one smells faintly of peaches). Also, the packaging is awesome! I tried to go back to drugstore blush and immediately realized the Benefit blush was wayyy worth the money.
  10. Lights, Camera, Flashes Inner Rim Liner in black [QVC] – I recently picked up this Tarte kit from QVC, and this eyeliner was included. I expected it to work, but I didn’t expect to fall in LOVE. Well, I did. It goes on ridiculously smoothly and the color payoff is awesome. If you to line your inner rim with black, this is on par with the best out there.
  11. Clinique Superbalanced Makeup in Alabaster [Sephora] – I recently was matched at my local Sephora store using their Pantone Skin ID system. Not only was the technology awesome and nerdy, but this foundation is great as well. I had a variety of options with my color match (1R04), but they recommended this Clinique foundation based on my dry and sensitive skin. Bonus – it was only $23. It matches amazingly and is free of a lot of the things I’ve been trying to get away from (parabens, oil, fragrances, etc.). I highly recommend going in and getting matched using this really cool system!

10-01-13 October Favorite Things by Britta Swiderski

What are you loving right now? I’ve been on a makeup kick lately, and with all the holiday value packs making appearances now, my Sephora cart is quite happy with me at the moment. Oops! Can’t wait to share more with my Filofax + other DIYs that I’ve been working on. Thanks so much for stopping by today!


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