Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Mr Philofaxy saved the day!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's  Mr Philofaxy and he has saved the day! You might remember that I asked for help removing a pen mark from my Original Filofax the other week, if not you can read the post here.  I called on Mr Philofaxy A.K.A Steve Morton and he came to my rescue!

This is the offending mark I found.  Right on
the front cover!

Steve suggested using a cotton bud dipped in alcohol to try first and to test it on a hidden part of the leather just in case it damaged it.  I have had a vodka miniature sat on the shelf for years and years so I decided to break the seal and use a little of that.  

I rubbed the vodka moistened cotton bud on the inside of the back cover and then left it for a little while to check nothing happened to the leather or finish.  It looked ok so I started to rub the pen mark gently and could see it getting lighter.  I did have to rub it a bit harder to get all of the ink off but this took off a little of the finish too.  I guess I hadn't rubbed the test area hard enough so if you are ever in the same situation I recommend really giving it some welly when you do your pre removal tests so you get a proper idea of how it will affect your Filofax.

The pen mark is gone! You can barely see 
where it was.

I much prefer a slightly lighter patch of leather on the front than the black pen mark and you can only really notice it in certain lights so overall I would say it was a success.  Lots of lovely people on Facebook suggested products I could try to restore the finish but to be honest I would rather leave it as it is than risk making it worse.

I have angled my filo for this photo so you
can see where it has taken the 
shine off the leather.

I did contact Filofax themselves first to ask if they had any ideas on removing the ink.  They got back to me quickly but said they couldn't recommend anything because of the Original's finish so I would like to say a great big thank you to Steve for his help and to everyone who commented on my post on Facebook and here on my blog.....

Thank you!!

Monday, 18 August 2014

My week #33

I love this week, it is one of my favourites so far!  I think it is the pink and mint combination and the hearts and clouds, lots of my favourite things all together making me happy.

My week in my Filofax #33

It is still the summer holidays here and I was running out of things to do to keep the children occupied so I decided to put our tent up in the garden.  Apparently if there is a tent in the garden all meals must be eaten within it including breakfast so I have been toting plates and bowls back and forth most of the week.  I'm looking forward to taking it down but so far it is still a novelty and I don't have the heart to.  Maybe next week?                        

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I just want to remind you that there is still just under a week left to enter my giveaway if you haven't already.  Here is the link again and the personal and A5 size prizes.

Personal size prize
A5 size prize

Have a great week!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

My week #32

I'm late, I'm late, I should have written this post yesterday but the day got away from me!  If you read my latest Planner Friday post you will have already seen my owl theme but here it is all completed.

My week in my Filofax #32

It was a bit of an odd week for me, my two eldest children were away at their grandparents house and then my husband went away for the weekend so it was just me and my youngest daughter for part of it.  The house was so quiet, it felt strange but now everyone is back home it's back to it's usually noisy self!

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I did manage to post my giveaway on Saturday so if you haven't entered yet you can do so here.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Celebratory giveaway!

I said last week that I was going to run a little giveaway to celebrate reaching 300 followers on Bloglovin' so here it is.  Mrs Brimbles has given me some of her lovely dashboards as prizes and I've added some bits and pieces to them too.

There are two prizes, one has a personal size elephant dashboard and the other has an A5 size dashboard so please let me know which size you want to win.

Personal size prize

A5 size prize

How to enter:
  • Leave me a comment below saying which size dashboard you would like to win.
  • Let me know if you follow me by email, Bloglovin' or Google Friend Connect and you will get an extra entry into the draw.

I will number all the personal size entries and use a random number generator to pick a winner and then do the same for the A5 size entries.  This giveaway is international and open to everyone.  

You have until 12pm here in the UK on the 23rd August to enter, any entries after this time wont be included in the draws.

Good luck!

Friday, 8 August 2014

Planner Friday - August

My design team post is now up over on Twine it up with Trendy Twine!....

It is August already, how did that happen?  Next month I will be starting my Christmas planning, now that is a scary thought!  So before I start to hyperventilate lets get on with Planner Friday.

My week so far 

I went with a fun owl theme this week, I like how bright and colourful it is.  I was inspired by some cute owl note cards but I will tell you more about them in a minute.  I find cheerful pages make me more likely to look in my planner and keep on top of what I need to do, if I had boring pages I would probably only open up my Filofax once a day and then I'd end up forgetting things.

Annie's Paper Boutique products pictured: 
Used but not pictured:

You can read the rest of my post here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 4 August 2014

My week #31

I went with a bit of a different look this week.  It's not very me, I think I might have been watching too much America's Next Top Model recently and I let my inner diva out to play!

My week in my Filofax #31

My eldest two children have gone to stay with their grandparents for a week, I am sure they are being spoiled even as I type this.  It will be weird not having them around but I am hoping to get lots of things done with just my little shadow following me.  Starting a free Netflix trial may have been a mistake though, I am hooked on catching up with White Collar and can't seem to tear myself away from the TV.  Maybe if I indulge in it today I can be really productive tomorrow? 

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I spent most of last week waiting to see if I would hit 300 followers on Bloglovin', I was so excited when it happened!  I am going to run a little giveaway to celebrate and say thank you so keep an eye out for that post later in the week.  I hope you will like the prizes I have lined up.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

S.O.S! MAYDAY, MAYDAY! Call Batman.... no call Mr Philofaxy!

I will admit I am being a little dramatic but I really do need help!  This morning I found a pen mark on the front cover of my lovely yellow Original Filofax.  I know in the grand scheme of things it's not the end of the world but I am upset about it.  So far I have tried the things I have at hand to remove it, spit on my finger (yeah that was wishful thinking!), a wet wipe and using a rubber/eraser on it but these haven't worked.

Black ballpoint pen mark

Does anyone know how I can get rid of this mark?  Being on the front cover I can't just ignore it.  I'm not the kind of person who would cover it with a sticker or decal, I need it to be gone.  If it had happened to my Malden I might have been able to put up with it eventually as part of its character but not on my happy, sunny Original. 

Any hints or tips would be very appreciated!