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My Filofaxes: Compact Patent Lemon

*I did mean to post photos with this although time and other commitments have prevented me from doing so currently*

I thought the lemon colour of this planner just looked so beautiful, it I got it for around £20 so I thought it was a reasonably cheap planner. However I just don’t like it all that much.

Firstly it’s a compact, which means it has smaller rings and whilst they maybe great for stopping planners getting too bulky, I just don’t really see the point. It’s the same size as a personal so in reality it’s not any less bulky, it just means that you fill it more quickly and then you have that annoying pages flying everywhere when open it.

Another thing that annoys me with this planner is that it does not remotely lie flat or want to attempt to do that. My personal original lies flat and it has done so from day one – it’s so nice to just lie in on a table open and see my task list. I can’t do that with this patent planner.

Next off I don’t really like the plastic-feel of the planner I suppose it’s personal taste.

However, the biggest problem I have with this planner was the dye transfer from of my other planners. So it now has brown stains on it. I tried somewhat successfully to get the colour off using nail varnish remover and whilst it lightened it, it did in one part take off the shiny feel to the planner in that spot. It’s not very noticeable in terms of looking at the planner, you mostly feel it (and see a little bit of the brown stain). I shouldn’t have really tried messing with it but I wanted to give it a go and I wasn’t overly worried about ruining it because it’s only going to sit on the shelf and store spare pages in it – of which I appear to have rather a lot of paper. So much so that I don’t think I’ll need to buy note paper for the next two/three years.


My Filofaxes: Mini Black Baroque

I’ve seen in a couple of places people going crazy about the Baroque, particularly the personal sized Baroque in the blue/aqua hue. It goes for stupid money on some sites. I did bid on one the other week and missed out on it. I did however find a mini Baroque for sale on ebay. Mini’s are not the most popular size out there so I was able to get it for a good price. I brought it mostly to see what all the fuss about them once. According to Steve Morton from Philofaxy, no one was particularly bothered with them until Filofax discontinued them, then all of a sudden everyone wanted them.

I really like the pocket configuration in this planner, much more so than the Malden. It has four pocket slots which allow the card to slot into the top, compared to the Malden’s two pockets which slide the card in from the side. In addition is also has the two pockets that the Malden has. Secondly – the thing I really love is that it has a massive in comparison to the malden zip pocket which allows you to put more coins in. In the back it has a full length secretarial pocket like the pocket Malden, but the mini Malden has the two slide pockets like in the front.

The thing that this Filofax is missing is the back full length slot on the Malden which is great for storing notes in.

I really like the Baroque feel on it. But I think this Filofax has too much leather in it. It doesn’t seem to lie as flat as the leather on my other Filofaxes and whilst I really like the inside. I really don’t like inside. Another feature I don’t like is the pen loop which sits outside of the planner, which means that when the Filofax is closed it has wrinkled.

I do really like the Baroque nature of the Filofax, but I think if I was to make this planner I would have removed some of the leather to give it that more taunt experience of the Malden , added in the note pocket and put the Baroque pattern on the front as well as the inside.

On the whole. I really like the zipped compartment and wish that the Malden had one as big. I am keeping my eyes out for a pocket version of it.

I got this ‘second hand’ off Ebay. It had been owned by someone else who had just kept it in the box. When I got it I was interested to see what a ‘second hand’ Filofax would be like. I was a bit nervous about ordering it. I opened it and my heart sank as it look like the rings had in-bedded in the leather and caused it to tear. I got out some polish and a cloth and gave it a clean to my relief I found it was just dust. So it arrived undamaged which was great. I would consider buying used again.

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My Filofaxes: Vintage Planner (Filofax alternative)

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This is a planner that just makes me smile. I think it is sooo beautiful. I got it off Amazon for about £38, which puts it at a little bit cheaper than the Malden I bought because I didn’t pay full price for it.

It feels amazing quality and it has received a couple of fine scratches to it since being with me for about nine months, but they are hardly notable and they give a lovely charm to it makes it feel more vintage and old.

The planner itself is a extremely floppy, it makes the malden look like the most structured thing imaginable. It’s a very simple layout, it’s just one piece of leather than folds around and is made up of thirds. The rings are riveted in so you can’t change them out, but they arrived in perfect condition. They are also compatible with filofax personal inserts and require no additional punching for the inserts. There are not pockets or anything in this planner. It’s very simple.

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The show stopper to this planner though is the clasp. It’s beautiful, I had a hard time deciding whether to go with the butterfly of the vintage vase. I decided to go with the vintage vase…but in my mind I can kind of see the vintage vase but because I normally has the planner portrait ones I don’t really associate the design as being a vase.  It gives it a wonderful 1910 feel to the planner.

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There are a couple of draw backs to this planner – I originally was using it as my main planner until I got my Original. I noticed it didn’t really like having a heavy duty dashboard in it from my personal vintage jack. It also doesn’t cope too well with tabbed dividers as it needs to fold over and there just is not enough space for the tabs.

The paper that comes with it is amazing quality. It’s a brown rustic feel that compliments the planner well. It cane with a choice of lined or plain. I went for lined but I should have picked the plain. I feel the lines on the lined paper are just too big.

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This planner currently holds my beauty recipes from my cuticle oil to my soap.

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Questions about this planner:

What ring size does it have? I measured within an inexact method of a ruler, I don’t have a fancy tool like Steve from Philofaxy. It’s 21mm inside about 24mm on the outside.


My Filofaxes: Pocket Vintage Jack

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As you can seen from my previous posts on the Vintage Jack and the Original Jack. I like Union Jacks on my Filofax…I’ve had my eye on a Pocket Vintage Jack in my WH Smith for quite a while – I’ve admired it and always put it back…it had been £13 for a long time and although I loved it, I just didn’t see a need for it nor much cause to get it. After all my inserts are mostly designed for a personal – I would have to make them especially for a pocket. I have a mini for the on the go jotter. I just don’t need a pocket. In addition, the Vintage Jack range…although I love it I dislike the lack of pen holder, which is a problem for the personal as well. I’m not a big pocket lover, but I would have liked at least a long flap I could maybe stuff receipts of something in…maybe the way round this is to get transparent pockets or the ones with the zip on them. It comes with the transparent dashboard that has the plastic pen loop on it (except mine comes with two?!).

Anyway…I walked into WH Smith the other day and it was £8.49 and for the first time ever I saw 2016 inserts with it…which I thought was a much better deal. Although I dislike filofax inserts it’s good to know that I can have inserts for 2016 ready if I did want to use it. I really bought this planner because I spent the weekend discussing the possibility of creating an etsy shop and looking into selling my inserts both in electronic and printed format. Whilst this is still just an idea…I thought it might be good to have the full range of Filofax sizes…so with this planner I can now say I have a mini, pocket, compact, personal and a5.

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At the moment it’s just going to sit on my shelf until I can find a use for it, it does have pride of place though so it is the only filofax I can see at the moment…but at least I can admire in my home rather than the WH Smith shop from now on.

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My Filofaxes: Personal Vintage Jack

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This was my main planner for a long time…at least a few years. I wasn’t a big planner when I used it. Sometimes it would go in my bag…other times it would be substituted for an electronic planner when I dabbled in them. I am happy to say me and electronic planners have officially broken up and I don’t see us rekindling a romance for a long time (if ever!).

I didn’t really ‘enjoy’ this planner, I liked the look and the feel of it, but I just didn’t like the cheap flimsy paper. That ripped quite easily. I had the standard Filofax week on two pages, used the note section. I didn’t have dividers or anything like that. I served me well…but it didn’t keep my organised.

Now I am getting into organisation and filofax a little more. I think I can give this a proper review.
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It looks beautiful. Lovely brown colour with with a red and a very grey/blue/brown colour to make up the Union Jack. Inside there are no pockets and no pen holder. It did come with a transparent dashboard that had a plastic pen loop on it (I banjaxed this with double sided sticky tape to stick flimsy not very sticky post it notes onto it. Once I’ve finished with them I will try to remove the sticky residue off it). There’s a couple things about this planner that I don’t like. One is that it is too stiff – I could not train it to lie flap like my Original does. I like that feature very much. Whilst I am not a particularly big pocket fan…some pockets are better than none at all…even it if was just to put a pack of sticky notes it the pocket. This can easily be resolved with transparent sleeves or zipped compartments. Currently Paperchase have sold out?! I’ve been stalking their website for at least a couple of weeks if not bordering on a month (and I’ve emailled them but they never bothered to reply) to see if they will come back in stock. They never have any in stock at my local WH Smith. I think I might go on a little shopping trip one day and try out different shops that aren’t in Birmingham city centre and see what I can find.

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There are a couple of dents in mine which I don’t think will come out…but I am not that precious about them – after all I think it is character building and adds to the ‘vintage’ feel of the planner. The elastic has lasted really well and it is not overly stretched – in fact it still looks as brand new – it’s not slacked at all. This is because I do not overstuff my planners. I look in horror at some people who just cram so much into a planner. I really do not think it’s healthy to do it…and I do question whether all that stuff in there is truly needed?! Maybe it is but for me I prefer a much slimlined planner – even I find my planner a little heavy to carry sometimes…so I dread to think what the over-stuffed ones are like.

At the moment I have no plans to move back into this planner. That’s not to say that I never will…but I very much love my Original.

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My Filofaxes: Personal Jack Original

If you’ve not already guessed what this blog is going to be about from the title here’s a sneak peak…imageBut before we start, I have a confession to make…I’ve had this filofax for over a week but haven’t had the time to to take photos…so I’ve left it in the box (I didn’t even open it to have a peak!) since it arrived! Today I opened it up and pulled it out to take photographs.

This is the Filofax Original in Jack, it’s a limited edition from Filofax. I bought it from Speedy Hen and got 50% off – delivery and service were faultless and the price was awesome! It comes with 2016 inserts which is a bonus – but alas I won’t be using them. But let’s stop talking for a moment to have a look…

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Beautiful right? I am obsessed with maps and flags, the older the better. Someone posted a comment about asking people what would be your ideal planner (that doesn’t exist but you would like it to). I thought about it and realised that my perfect planner, or a unicorn as some like to call it would be an Original Union Jack. Which would probably explain why I bought it even though I really do not need it. I think the only other planner I would rush out to buy is if they do either a map or a German flag.

The leather on this one feels weird compared to my Dark Aqua original. I described the dark Aqua leather previously as being very smooth compared to the Malden. But the Jack is either smoother, the dark Aqua now feels like it has a texture to it. The Jack also feels like it has a bit of a shiny texture to it if that makes sense…it’s not patent or shiny at all…it just feels that way. Maybe it’s the coating process because the Jack has three colours on it. I don’t know. The Jack is definitely a matt finish as you can see. It comes with the traditional jot pad in the back. I really like the jot pad, I think they are so useful and one of the great selling points of an Original. It still has it’s trustee elastic which I also like.

I’m struggling to think what to do with this filofax, as I really do not need another one. I am thinking about turning it into a journal. Where I put in a day per page insert or something and then just do some writing. Just I am not sure if that will be enough when I get into the swing of it. I guess this will require a second post. To be continued…

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My Filofaxes: Personal Dark Aqua Original

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This is the third post in this series…if you can call it that. Up today is my most used filofax. As I’ve already explained I have three main filofaxes. My mini Malden I use as a wallet, my a5 original which I use as a work/research binder and finally today my main planner.

In terms of order of purchase this is my middle planner. I got the A5 first and the Mini Malden last. When I recieved my A5 I was impressed by the colour and the quality of the binder. I was really tempted to use it as an everyday planner. The problem is it is just too big and bulky. I began to toy with the idea of getting it in a personal size…but I thought at about £60 for a personal size I couldn’t really justify spending that…not after I had just bought the A5.

However that didn’t mean that I couldn’t window shop for the personal planner. After all, I did get my A5 at 50% off…if you thought that was a good deal you’ll love this deal even more. I got a massive 66% of it! I got it at Nigel O’Hara, and I don’t know if there was a fault with the system because almost immediately after buying it the price went up and the discount was something like 30% off. I told myself I was just going to window shop…but at that price I couldn’t resist it. I am very pleased I bought it at that price, it was certainly a treasured find…and probably the cheapest filofax I own (I can’t remember how much I paid for one of them but that’s for another blog).

When I commented about getting this filofax on the Facebook group – I got a comment from someone saying I can’t believe someone is stupid enough to order from that website, they are terrible – or words to that effect. I don’t normally get negative feedback on the facebook group and I was a bit miffed by it. But Nigel O’Hara were fantastic, delivery was super fast (I think I ordered it on Friday and it was here by the Tuesday morning) and arrived in perfect condition. The additional inclusion of some a 2015 week on two pages Filofax inserts was funny, as it already came with 2015 Week on two page Filofax inserts. I’m not sure if they put them in by mistake meaning to have 2016, or whether they were just getting rid of old 2015 stock. Either way the additional laugh was welcomed. It doesn’t bother me that they didn’t give me 2016 inserts…but my hatred of filofax inserts would have prevented me from using them anyway. I would definitely recommend using Nigel O’Hara and don’t be put off about what people say. If you buy online you are protected by Paypal and your bank so it’s always worth a try. The UK has really good laws on buyer online and your rights as a consumer – I recommend you read up on those, because I have in the past had sellers try and catch me out, but I drew attention to my legal rights and they would also sought out the problem. I am super pleased with this Filofax. I think if I had to choose between my Filofaxes I’d really struggle between my Mini and this one.

But let’s get down to the actual planner itself…
I have still not finished setting it up. I would still like to add dividers and personalise it a little bit…but at the moment this is a low priority. I am still working out finding out what makes it work for me and until I have found that I am going to leave the blue/green Filofax dividers in place.

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Section one holds the usual suspects for a filofax. Mostly my contact details, my penpal addresses and a calendar.

Section two is my diary. My diary is split into two. I have the months for this year and next year printed on a two months per page. This are actually folded out. So it’s effectively a month on two pages (in terms of size) but on a z-fold pull out. My photo probably explains it way better than I found. I have two months on it, one each side. I quite like this set up. When I am on the even month…so February, April etc. That insert goes in front of my weekly pages. Which means impressively I can have say February open my weekly open and the March open as well, which I really like. I made these monthlies myself and I will eventually post a tutorial on how to make them…but for the moment I am super swamped with blog posts to write and do not always seem to have the time to write them. Hopefully this weekend I can bash a load out! These inserts are a bit bulky but I am not really someone who overstuffs my planner. My bag is a vintage Gladstone bag which has a metal frame. It is HEAVY. So I don’t want to carry around additional bulk. So streamlined planners are the future…and the present.

My other diary section is my week on two pages. It’s effectively a week on one page which I like to put on the right. I am left handed so I can take this page out, fill it in on the Sunday before, decorate it and then put it back in my planner. That way I am not constantly fighting with the rings and I shouldn’t have to worry too much because the important bits are written in. The left hand side is dedicated to a bullet journal style list thing. It acts as a brain dump and gives me the ability to keep a track of my open to dos. I’m not going to go too in depth about what I use my month and week pages for…i think that would make this post too long. So let’s keep ploughing through to…

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Section three which is my finance section. It houses a modern shopping list which mostly tracks what oils I would like to buy for soap making. It also has the name of a stationary company and a stamp company I like. That way if I don’t need to buy it immediately and someone wants to know what to get me for Christmas or Birthday I can just look at the list. I also have a spend tracker. This records everything I spend in a given month. Every penny is accounted for. I pick a different colour each month so it is easy to see different months and I just monitor my spending. It is broken down into the date I bought it, a description of what it is. Whether I am waiting on it to be delivered and a delivery date, the cost of the item and finally a tick column for when I’ve recieved it…if it was something that was being delivered.

Section 4 is notes. I have a blog idea one…which is mostly redundant because I actually just created a load of titled posts on my blog and saved them as a draft. This is useful though if I am on the go and I don’t have access to my blog…which is almost never as my blog is also on my phone…my phone is permanently glued to my hand. I have a list for things my history group have suggested we do. This one is more useful as I have ideas from many different platforms so I do need a central list. This is that central list. Next I have a 100 greatest books you should read. I started reading the first one in August and it is an awful book. I am refusing to be defeated by it…but I’m not winning either. So that list just sits there. Next I have my own books I would like to read list…followed closely by a films list. I have a freezer inventory – I did try meal planner and it worked well for a week but then I stopped doing it. I am going to go back to that next week and start to make my way through my freezer list. Then I just have notes from a meeting and a phone call.

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Section five is my last section and it houses blank paper. I then have at the back of my planner my little jotter pad which is useful for random notes when I don’t want to waste a sheet of paper. I also have a transparent pocket which houses some stamps, plasters and a memento old fashioned clocking in card from when I went to the Coffin works museum in Birmingham.

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That’s my main workhorse. It works quite well for me and I don’t really see myself changing anything too drastically. I don’t really need to add another section into it. I will just eventually upgrade the dividers and the contact section.