Off topic … [filofaxing – essentials]

And once again good evening lovelies.

Today I have another post for you which is kinda off topic from all this nail related stuff.
I was never really the type of person who used a pocket calender or organized and used the calender in my phone / tablet. I tried a few times, but never really stuck with it.
But since I always liked decorating and using different colors and folders and such in school I kinda got intrigued by the whole filofaxing. Recently Tchibo sold set’s of Washi Tape and Calender Inserts and Dividers. So what did I do? I bought them even though I didn’t even have a personal planner to use them with.

I went on the lookout to find the perfect planner for me and also checked the internet. Honestly, I didn’t really like all thos one toned or two toned planners. They felt so boring….but then I found Willow.
She immediately called out my name, so I had to buy her.


I love her pattern to death, it is just so pretty and she was only 35 euro which is pretty cheap for an original Filofax!Willow open




On the inside Willow is a pastel pink, usually not my kind of color, but in this case I like the girly color. It just matches perfectly with the outside.

Willow is in the size personal, which is measured as seen on the picture.

FILOFAX size guide



Since I want to use this Filofax for a while I decided to get this super cute protection bag which is handmade (not by me).
I bought it second hand from Janina which I got to know in the Germany Filofax Group [Filomaniac] on Facebook.
Go check them out if you speak German :)

I am really in love with this cover because elephants are my all-time favorite animals.


Filofax bag 1


It is even reversible.

Filofax bag 2


Currently I am using a Vivienne Westwood wallet which holds all my important belongings and money. Since these are a bit on the pricey side I thought IKAT would be a cheaper option to maybe switch to. Also I loved the idea of always having a shopping list with you.

IKAT closed

Looking at it, it would have worked well I thought, BUT there is not enough space to hold all my plastic cards (insurance and bank cards).  I was bummed. I really like the design and would have liked to use it as my wallet.

IKAT open

IKAT wallet

IKAT calender

IKAT calender in

Still I won’t re-sell it. I will probably use it when I am on holiday and don’t need as many plastic cards.
It will be good to hold my money, passport and work well as a diary I think.

pencil map

Now what do I use to actually take notes in my planner?

  • LAMY al-star in dark violett with the B nib
  • Mitsubishi PROMARK j-value ball-point pen and highlighter line marker in pink
  • Farber Castell  pencil strength 2B
  • retractable pencil
  • Schneider Slider Edge XB in 6 colors (orange, pink, violet, light green, blue, black)
  • Stabilo pens 68 neon also in 6 colors (yellow, orange, coral, pink, green, blue)
  • Stabilo fineliner point88 fine 0,4 in black

For now I use the calender inserts from Tchibo, because I really don’t like the original ones from Filofax. But I am already working on some myself. For now only the things I really need, like Blog planning inserts and other. I am not sure if I will create my own calender inserts because that is A LOT of work.

For punching my own inserts and dividers I got the Rapesco 6 Hole Diary 66-P Adjustable Punch and I love it so far.
It is also used, I got it together with a few washi tapes and sticky note from Miriam which I also got to know in the Filomaniac Facebook group :)

punch and washi's

You see, that group is great for used things, but at the same time very dangerous haha
Let me warn you that you might loos a lot of money there. ;)

Now for the fun part, the decoration.

I store my washi tape collection in a wooden box I got from Nanu Nana here in Berlin.

Washi storage 0

Washi storage 1


On the left I put the more TESA paltic feeling tapes. Don’t like them as much, because they are a bit stiff and you can’t really write on them.

On the right I store my thin washi tapes in several different colors.

Washi storage 2

As you can see, the second row is full of quality tapes in a lot of different patterns.
Many are from the set I bought from Tchibo 2 weeks ago.

Washi storage 3


The last row hold the thick tapes which so far I am not sure when or how to use^^

Moving on to the stickers and sticky notes Miriam also sent with the tapes and punch.

Sticker and Stickies


I LOVE the little colorful caterpillars and Japanese girls in Kimono.

Japan Stickies

Together with the tape from Tchibo I also bought those sticky notes.

Tchibo Stickies

Tchibo Stickies open


From the ony euro shop and Woolworthd I bought some basic neon sticky notes.


Stickies normal

Sticky frog

And at TIGER I bought these cute stickers.

Stickers Tiger

At REAL I bought this notepad. I thought the colors were really fun.


and again from TIGER I bought this super cute elephant tape holder. Might not use this for filofaxing though^^

Tape holder

Now I would like to know if this is something you are interested or not. I will definitely use my planner to get more organized with my blog (even though I already are).

Let me know what you think.



4 thoughts on “Off topic … [filofaxing – essentials]

  1. Hi Mara!
    Hab gesehen dass du eine Mitsubishi Promark J-value Stift hast:) darf man fragen wo du den her hast? Meinen hab ich von nem japanischen Doktoranden. Nur leider ist der fast leer 😔

    Lg Nadja

    • liebe Nadja, ich musste gerade kurz überlegen ob ich den damals aus Japan mitgebracht hatte oder von einem Aussteller auf der Jugendmesse in Berlin in 2013. Ich hab gerade geschaut, plus Japan bietet auf Amazon einiges an Büromaterial an. Leider hab ich den promark nicht gefunden. Versuch doch mal die lieben Mitarbeiter zu kontaktieren und zu fragen ob sie den mit importieren könnten bei der nächsten Lieferung. LG Mara

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