A5 Filofax Saffiano Setup

About a month into using my Filofax Original in personal I realised it was just too small for work. 

I therefore set about finding an A5 for work and as luck would have it, Colemans had a sale! As I bought my Original from them and had such good service I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. I settled on the A5 Saffiano in aquamarine.


It’s so pretty! It feels lovely and sturdy and lays almost flat immediately out of the sleeve.

It came with the usual set up – a set of dividers (although of a higher quality than those in the Original), some note pages and a vertical week on two pages.


I love the pockets that come in the Saffiano – much better than the Original set up.


This vertical pages are perfect for work – lots of space for todo lists!


A nice size notebook in the back but I’ve found it does cause the back pages in my planner to bend slightly because they can’t lay flat when the planner is closed.

I then set about setting it up for work, starting with some new dividers.

my blue a5 dividers

I love the spots and stripes paper pack!


This is how I had my front set up. I like the mint green of the clips and the HEMA post its. The rainbow coloured stick markers are handy for my training programme at work. I attached the Martha Stewart stick notes using some removable adhesive onto the plastic dashboard that came with the planner. I love the set up of this as it means I don’t need to carry a separate pencil case for post its and clips.


This is how I’ve labelled my dividers – My Mind’s Eye words and alphas again.


I covered the back notepad with a paper from the Happy Days paper pack and fixed it with gold washi. I love how it looks but it’s forever wonky due to the washi not holding it perfectly (which offends my OCD).

So there’s my new work set up! I’ve been in it for a couple of weeks and it’s working well for me so far although I have covered up the times of the day with thin washi. It does now mean I don’t have a use for my personal Original at the moment but I’m sure I’ll think of something.

What do you think?

Em x

My Little Box March Review

I’ve been after a new subscription box for a while. I wasn’t too fussed about the subject matter of it – beauty or crafty – but I was missing the joy of a new present each month.

I researched the American crafty ones last month thanks to a brilliant post by The Ink Road but the shipping was ridiculous – the cheapest was $19 and that didn’t include customs fees. As pretty as they were, none of them were worth $50+ a month.

I didn’t want to go back to Birchbox or Glossybox as I didn’t want something that was totally beauty. It was then that I stumbled upon a brilliant blog post by Charlie (that I now can’t seem to find, not sure if her blog is broken) showing the My Little Box subscription box. It was a fab little mix of beauty and lifestyle and after snooping around the website I decided to sign up.

It’s £14 a month (it’s a £1 cheaper as I get it delivered to my work address) and like all good boxes it comes beautifully packaged.


This month’s box theme was superhero themed and so it provided my staff some amusement when I received a package addressed to ‘Super Emma Lethbridge’.


So in the box came the stickers which you’ve seen, three beauty products, a little magazine and a t shirt… that actually fit me!


These were the beauty products.

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream

Why does every single beauty box have to come with a hand cream? I have oodles of the stuff now! Thankfully, this is probably the best hand cream I’ve ever used. It makes my hands feel lovely and soft, without leaving them greasy and the feeling lasts and lasts.

Kerastase Cristalliste Conditioner

Keratase is a brand I love every time I use one of their products but never seem to actually buy them. This conditioner is no different – it left my hair feeling lovely without weighing it down.

My Little Beauty Lips and Cheeks stick

Sadly this was the product that let the box down. Although the colour was nice enough the consistency wasn’t great for use on the lips as it was just too dry and made my lips look pretty awful. I didn’t use it on my cheeks as anything other than a powder on my cheeks causes me to break out.


This was the magazine, stickers and the cute little bag that the beauty products came in.

Finally, the top. It was a lovely grey tee with the slogan ‘I Believe I can Fly’ to fit in with the superhero theme. It fit me really nicely and the quality of it was fab.

topApologies for the really bad selfie!

Overall, I really liked this box. I loved the variety and quality of the products inside. When I was pondering the box Ed seemed to sum it up perfectly: “It made you happy – that’s the main thing” and he was right.

What do you think of the box?

Em x


My Weeks 10&11

This past fortnight I finally had some holiday!

It meant I could spend some time catching up on ‘life’ stuff, as well as lots of shopping and seeing family. I’ve probably done a bit too much shopping and am going to try my first no spend month of the year. I don’t need to from a money point of view, but I’ve just had to upgrade the craft room storage again and frankly, I’m running out of room for any more storage to go! I’d also like the challenge and to see if I can actually do it. I tried it last year and didn’t do all that well.


I was itching to get using my washi again as I haven’t really used it much in this planner (plus I’ve also just bought some lovely new rolls) so my week 11 is a little busier looking than normal but I like it. I prefer my pages to look a bit messy with lots on, rather than bare and unloved.

I’ve been doing a bit of Etsy shopping lately and stumbled upon a lovely shop, pikwahchan. I was so impressed with the items, the service and the free gift that I re-ordered from them the same day I received my first order. The second order arrived (from Hong Kong) SIX days after I placed it!


The washi is lovely and such fantastic quality. I love how the flower washi is very Orla Kiely style. The envelopes are to go in my Filos but I haven’t got them in there yet. My second order was for more washi and some stickers but I didn’t get chance to photograph them before I wrote this – but it will be on Instagram this week.

My next Etsy purchase was from mieryaw. The washi is beautiful and I know the stickers will go perfectly in my Livework planner.


I finally realised this week that I’m addicted to die cuts. Whenever I go craft shopping I pick up a pack, especially if they’re on offer. For most of the die cuts I have I don’t have the paper packs in the range and thus struggle to find papers in my stash that they’ll coordinate with. I realised this after I nipped in to Hobbycraft to spend the last of my gift card and came out with…


Neither of which were full price! Hopefully I can find some uses for these. Oops.

How have your weeks been?

Em x