a return to the blogging…

6 months have now passed and I have decided that it is time to return to blogging Full Force (or as full force as I can manage with my busy schedule). This means I will be attempting to bring all my blogs back at the same time:

I have been pleasantly surprised at how active they have been in my absence over the last 6 months. Now that I finally have a computer again I hope that there will be an increase once again in blog posts.

Giving up the blogging?

I am sure everyone has moments when they are like “argh, I don’t want to write” and feel slightly overwhelmed. I have been feeling like that at the moment. So much is going on with major changes at home, changes at work and lots of commitments taking up my time. I like to try and keep everyone happy. It is usually me to ends up not as happy.

Last week, or maybe the week before I was like – I am not blogging any more. That put me in a bad mood and since then I have not been relaxed enough to write anything. I am hoping that in a few weeks my life will be calmer and I will be able to relax and write again. However, looking at my schedule for the next three months…. I am not so sure.

Until calmer times…

This is getting ridiculous…

I now have so many counsel notebooks. Both all over my desk, and all over the house at home.

Today, I have decided to start labelling them and putting them in the filing cabinet:


These are just the ones that are full.

The active ones are still dotted around the place…. Is there a better solution to using counsel notebooks in the workplace? I only use them because work provides them – I spend enough on notebooks both at home and in the workplace for my own personal enjoyment as it is.

Stickers on the cover of your Filofax?

Yes or no?

I complained last year when my mother “defaced” my Filofax by sticking a big apple sticker on the front of it (to match the iPad). 8 months later I have gotten used to it and couldn’t be without that “little bit of personalisation” on my Filofax.

My new Malden however – is NOT for customisation. I wouldn’t dream about defacing such a beautiful product (not that my metropol is not beautiful in its own right).

Do you customise your cover? Or just the interior?


What do you find is the best way to store magazines?

The number of magazines lying on and around my desk is building up and quite frankly it is a mess. Some organisation is required. I usually store magazines in magazine holders at work (and the good old magazine rack at home).

However, when I was younger I used to have binding strips to put my magazine collections in binders/lever arch folders – that way I had one per magazine collection (organised chronologically of course).

I have not seen any of these in a while and was wondering of people still used them? I will have to hunt some down and report back properly.

Any alternative suggestions for how to store and organise magazines would be appreciated?

Why are board games boring? Write in them instead!!

On my #dailycommute this morning I was listening to the radio as usual and they were debating whether board games were boring and why we kept insisting on playing them – monopoly in particular. Personally I am not a huge fan of monopoly, but it is the classic board game, the one everyone has, and the one that seems to keep reinventing itself? Monopoly City anyone?


The discussion reminded me of some great monopoly notebooks I had come across a while back. A particular favourite is the “bright ideas” one (pictured – picture credit). Something to add to the wish list I think as it reminds me of my childhood days.

And for those of you who make their own notebooks – if you have not already tried it, why not up-cycle/re-cycle a board game for a hard back cover.

Photography meet notebook, notebook photography

I love printed photography – when I was younger I used to have collages of photos over every gap on my wall. Creating memories, being artistic – whatever took my fancy -usually with a disposable camera. Now my older house/room sharing self fills photo albums and scrapbook instead (although as always I have a few trips to catch up on).


The photo journal pj128 by magma books caught my eye, as it is a notebook and scrapbook in one. I saw it while browsing the Tate Gallery shop moments before closing time.

A neater/tidier idea than a scrapbook but with space for photos, dates, comments and memories, has the potential to become a very treasured notebook.

What is you book of choice when it comes to photographs: album, scrapbook, notebook, other? Or with the majority of cameras being digital do you stick to online albums such as Facebook or Flickr?

More Union Jack Notebooks (from pukka pads)


pukka pads newsletter:

“Introducing the limited edition Union Jack notepads from Pukka Pads (6170-UJF, 6171-UJF). This new design really portrays the unique and wonderful ‘mash-up’ of British cultures within our small island home – represented by a modern, artistic take on the Union Jack flag.

The Union Jack range is available in Jotta Notepad A4/A5 formats, and will proudly feature high quality 80gsm.”

K is for… Killer Apps #atozchallenge

Fellow readers – we clearly all love our notebooks, the feel of a pen, the texture of paper under the nib, but whether you are a fellow blogger or simply a reader we have one further thing in common – a love for the Internet (otherwise you wouldn’t be here). Today I thought I would take this post “online”.

Consider for a moment: online notebooks. There are plenty out there one note and circus ponies to name a couple of software favourites, but today I want to consider the apps.

I frequently blog using a pen and one of my monthly notebooks, before migrating to either my iPad or laptop. I feel very much like I am still a n00b when it comes to the iPad app collection, i still prefer the feel of pen and paper and so have only collected the most basic of iPad apps. E.g. WordPress

So the questions I put to you today dear readers are:
– which killer apps do you use?
– Should I be using them or stick to the paper?