Filofax, Handmade refills, Japan Corer

Handmade CUTE monthly calendar refills for 2013 :)

Ta-Daa!  The box arrived!

Sorry, it’s not a new Filofax lol!  I ordered some Japanese food from Japan Centre in London.

These are the essentials 🙂

I really wish there was an oriental supermarket around here, but the only place I can buy some Japanese food is at a nearby Sainsbury’s.   Recently they made a small section for some Japanese ingredients and stuff to make sushi, so things are actually slightly better as I used to have to order everything from London!

By the way, I’ve been designing monthly calendar refills for 2013, but it’s been taking a while as I’ve been a bit busy lately.  I really want to complete it and put it up in my shop, but I still have to design the pages for October, November and December!!

Anyway, this is what the first page looks like.

And these are some of the completed pages. *The colours look a bit funny in these photos 😦

These refills are for the Pocket size Filofax, and I’m thinking of making them for the Personal size as well 🙂  Hopefully I can finish them all and put some photos up here soon!

Thanks for reading!



What I write and keep in my Filofax :)

Today I’d like to show you what I write & keep in my Filofax.  I guess mine isn’t special compared to other people’s organisers, but it’s always nice to peek into someone else’s organiser, isn’t it!?

Here is my pocked sized Malden, and this is the only organiser I use.  I used to write things on different places like a wall calendar, notebooks, a spare organiser, etc., but it never really worked for me as I need everything in ONE place.  So here is my organiser, and it contains everything I need!

These are my tabs- there are 19 of them!

Most of the letters on the tabs are written in Japanese, so here is the translation.

There are many sections for my online business and freelance translation.  It’s boring to go through those sections so I’d like to show you other sections.  Oh, and I wrote about my registration number cover HERE in the past.

Let’s start with the section for passwords.  I wasn’t sure if I should write all my passwords on my Filofax for security reasons, but I often need these passwords when I’m away from home, so I decided to write them in a coded way so no one can understand them 😉 Then I printed a website logo alongside each password so I can find a password quickly.

I flick through these pages very often, so I laminated them.

And here is a section for sticky notes.  I wrote about it HERE so I skip this section for now.

And here is the monthly calendar for this month.  I usually write all my plans and to-do’s on week-on-two-pages, and I write things which are already finished on the monthly calendar for the future reference as it’s easier to look over the entire month.

I use stickers and my beloved multi8 to make the pages colourful 🙂 (I wrote about this sticker file HERE, and my multi8 review is HERE)

I write all the addresses on my Filofax as I never really liked the digital address book on any of my mobile phones and my current smart phone.

And this is a section for all the gifts sent & received.  I refer to these pages before buying gifts as I often forget what I gave and what was given!

This is a section for the opening times of the shops in my neighbourhood.

And this is a section for my wishlist.

By the way, this stamp I made has been really useful.

You can see more about my stamps HERE.

And I have a railway map in the section “Other”.

I used to have a British map and a Japanese railway map in this section, but I took them out recently as I don’t look at them much.

I only keep these in the pockets as I don’t like my organiser to be bulging.

Phew!  That was a long post!!  Thank you very much for reading and I hope you enjoyed it 😉


Dividers, Filofax, My Paintings

New divider I made for my Filofax

This is a quick painting I did over the weekend.  Maybe her body is a bit too small for the size of her head, but it still looks like Charlie to me!

 She is my Syrian Hamster Charlie I got from Pets at Home.  The staff there told me that Charlie was a boy, so I believed that for a few months.  Then one day I suddenly realized that Charlie didn’t have.. um… the balls!  Charlie was already a few months old then (which means she was an adult), but I still believed that I would find them somewhere hidden in her body…lol!!

So I put her in a clear jar and looked really carefully, but I couldn’t see any signs of them! Then I finally accepted that Charlie was a girl!Well, it actually didn’t really matter whether Charlie was a boy or girl.  The good thing was her name was Charlie so we didn’t have to change her name!

OK, enough of the silly talk!!  I’d like to show you the new divider I made yesterday. It’s printed on glossy photo paper and laminated.

This is when it’s set in my Filofax.  I like the colourful tabs, so I might re-make all the dividers when I have some time.

Ta-daa!  Yes, it’s a divider for sticky notes!

I use the large sticky notes for my shopping lists.  (*You can read more about my eraser stamps you see in this photo HERE)  I write down whenever I remember things I need to buy.

Then when I go shopping I stick it to my phone because it’s more convenient than opening my Filofax at a store.  I used to type shopping lists on my phone, but I later found out that I prefer it on actual paper.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed my post!



Eraser stamps, Filofax, Japan Corer

New Stamps and New Japanese Sushi Gift Set

It’s already October!  I’m just amazed how quickly the time passes!

First of all I’d like to introduce my new gift set using my own original characters called Sushi Boy & Sushi Girl 🙂

Like my other gift sets this one is also a personalised gift set with your name in Japanese & English.

I made two versions: Sushi Boy version and Sushi Girl version.  The difference is in the design and colour of the key ring and badge.  Both gift sets come with:

★1x personalised badge – diameter: 3cm
★1x personalised key ring – 4cm x 3cm
★11x personalised stickers
★4x writing sheets (2 patterns) – 18.5cm x 13cm
★2x matching envelopes (2 patterns) – 14.5cm x 10.5cm

It’s available at my Etsy shop and eBay shop- it would make a wonderful Christmas gift for sure!

 And here is a photo of my new eraser stamps.  I’m putting handles on them soon- but I have to get the wood cut first!

I’ve noticed that it’s easier to curve certain erasers.  I haven’t tried many kinds yet, but I liked the ones I used this time.

This is a photo of my week on two pages for this week.  I used my handmade calendar stickers and stamps- maybe it looks a bit too busy?  I hope to get some new ink pads soon because I only have red, brown and black at the moment.



And here is a photo of my Month On Two Pages for September- I tried to make it colourful last month. The space is so tiny for pocket size, though!

I hope you enjoyed my post and have a great weekend 😉

Eraser stamps, Filofax, Stickers

Trying to make the week on two pages attractive…!

It’s been a while since I last updated my blog!  I ran  a shodo (Japanese calligraphy) workshop for about 20 people last week, and I’m so glad it was a success!  I was worried about how it would go, so I’m so relieved!

I had never run a workshop so I was really nervous and didn’t take any photos during the workshop.  I wore a yukata which is similar to a kimono, but there’s no picture of me wearing it either 😦  Oh, well…

I bought them in Japan↓

First, we all practiced the basic strokes like tome, hane, harai, and then practised writing  his/her name in Japanese.  Then we created the final piece with decorations using washi (origami) paper to take home.  It’s just so bad that I have NO photos of them!  Anyway, everyone seemed to enjoy it so I was very happy even though I felt exhausted after the workshop.

Ok, so here is my Filofax. It’s becoming a bit too bulky for me!

I prefer to keep it thin with only necessary refills, so I sorted out which refills I can throw away over the weekend…

and for the refills I might want to keep for future reference, well, I’ll store them in a box.

Thinner now!

But actually this is NOT how I want to store the old refills!   I’ve been looking for 6 ring mini binders to organize/store these old refills, but I can’t find any in the UK!!  I wish I had a few of them so I could sort out the old refills according to the year.

I’m looking for something like this one↓,  you can buy it for about 350 yen (about 3 British Pounds) in Japan.  I really should have bought some of them when I was there in July..!  Maybe I could even even bought them at 100 yen shops!

By the way, do you ever re-read your old refills?  I keep all of my used Week-On-Two-Pages just in case, but I rarely read them again unless I’m really trying to remember something particular.

When I was using Hobo Nichi Techo planners I used to look through the old pages and enjoyed reading them.  It’s interesting to see what I was thinking a year ago, two years ago, and three year ago, and so on.

(Sorry, I’ve already used this image in my old post..!)

Well, the reason why I rarely read my old Week-On-Two-Pages is because they are just a bunch of boring To-Do lists.  I sometimes write a short diary in a small space, but the pages look really messy and unattractive to read again.  Then why am I storing them in a box!?  Well, in the past, there have been many times that I really had to remember something and my old planners helped me a lot.  So I’m keeping them just in case.

By the way, I have so many stickers, but I’ve realized that I don’t really use them anymore because it feels like it’s a waste to use cute stickers on messy pages which I rarely look at in the future!

So, I’ve decided to write the pages more carefully and as neatly as possible!

I made this To-do list eraser stamp first.

If I write the letters neatly there is still plenty of space,  so I think I can write a short diary each day too.

So, my weekly resolution is:

Keep the Week On Two Pages neat and attractive 😉

Filofax, Japanese Calligraphy (Shodo)

Smart phone, paper punch, Japanese calligraphy..

I’m not a gadget person at all, and in fact I was using an old ipod nano which I bought …6 or 7 year ago…?

Well, it finally broke down recently and it wouldn’t turn on any more.   So instead of buying another portable music player I decided to buy a new mobile phone because my phone, just like my ipod nano, was very old.

After getting my very first smart phone I installed MoreLocale2 and OpenWnn Plus straight away, so now I can type Japanese on my phone, yippee!

Pink pink pink

By the way, while I was in Japan I bought something that I’ve always wanted to get.

6 hole punch 🙂

I didn’t have to buy it in Japan as I saw a very similar one on for about the same price, and I kind of regretted that I bought it there because it’s so heavy.  My suitcase ended up weighing over 23kg and I had to take some stuff out right before leaving home to go to Narita Airport on my last day in Japan!  I almost cried when I had to give up taking the miso paste, my favourite umeboshi and tonkatsu sauce with me to England…!!  Anyway, now I’m glad that I didn’t give up this 6 hole punch because it’s been very useful.

I also brought back a lot of materials for my Japanese calligraphy workshop which I’m running this month.  I’ve never run a workshop so I’m quite nervous about it, but I hope it’ll go well..!

This is what I did for my customer- nothing to do with the workshop.

Thanks for reading!


I’m still in Japan :)

I haven’t been able to update my blog for a long time!!  I’m still in Japan and going back to England very soon.  This is my first time to stay away from my husband for such a long time (just 3 weeks, though!) since we got married, and it’s like going back to 2009 when we were having a long-distant relationship.

It has been super hot and humid in Japan, and I’ve been struggling with it as I’m no longer used to this kind of weather after living in England for 2 and a half years.  But the temperature suddenly dropped to around 22 degrees yesterday and I was sooo happy that I didn’t sweat at all!  (It’s still around 22 degrees today, hurray!)  I missed the heat when I was in England, but I don’t really like the Japanese summer because of the high humidity.  When I arrived in Japan at the beginning of July it was in the middle of the rainy season and the weather was absolutely disgusting with high temperatures & super high humidity!

Our cat Kojiro melting in the heat↓

I went to Asakusa, Tokyo to take pictures to get some ideas for my paintings↓
Painted a few pictures after coming back from Asakusa↓
I LOVE Japanese 100 yen shops by the way!!!  This is just a part of what I’ve been buying at 100 yen shops↓

Of couse my Filofax is with me in Japan!

Bought some stickers at LOFT↓

Tako (octopus) to make some delicious takoyaki↓
Takoyaki is soooo tasty!!

It’s been great here besides the weather, but I really miss my husband now so I’m looking forward to going back to England in a few days 🙂  (Japan Corner will be open from the 27th.)

Thanks for reading!