Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge

29 December 2012

I absolutely enjoy participating in these photo-a-day challenges that float around the many social networks. They've become so popular that there have been different versions made. So, for fun, I thought I'd create my own. Since there are so many drool-worthy Filofax/planner photos out there already, I figured, why not make a photo challenge that focuses on my current obsession--Filofax! Of course, this challenge isn't only for Filofax users but is open to all planner lovers of all brands. Whether you're ring-bounding, wire-bounding, or...disc-bounding (?) it, you're more than welcome to join in on the fun. Starting January 1st, I'll be posting photos on my new Flickr group. If you're interested, come play along.

If you're not familiar with photo-a-day challenges, here's how to play: on each day, take a photo by following the prompts listed above, and then share it on a social network of your choice (Flickr and Instagram are both good places to start). It's as simple as that! Be creative and have fun with it. Just don't forget to include the hashtag (#fflovephotoaday) so that other players can see. You can also join the new Flickr group and share your photos there. Happy snapping!

Olivia, The Osterley

28 December 2012

Happy Friday! Hope everyone's holidays was merry and bright!

My friend, who is an over-the-top-borderline-obsessive-planner-junkie like myself (if not more) gave me--gave me!--this lovely grey personal Osterley. Eeek! I just love how that rolls across my tongue. Osterley. OST-erley. Ossssterrrrley....

She mentioned something about having way too many planners and needing a planner-detoxification-or-other (which almost sounds absurd to me now that I think about it). I forget the rest of her explanation because at that point, my mind went completely blank out of sheer shock over the fact that I was being given an Osterley. There are no words to describe my extreme gratitude and excitement!

To say this Filofax is lovely would be an understatement. She is utterly stunning! In a classy, refined, and demure kind of way. This Filofax oozes exquisiteness. She's like that one friend who wears only high-end designer clothes, name drops during conversations, has access to all the notorious hot spots, takes you out for dinner at fancy pants restaurants, and says stuff like "oh, dah-ling!" and "ta-ta, for now".

This Filofax is all prim and proper, from her Croc print Italian leather and contrast stitching, down to the little bronze button on her clasp. It'd be nice if her rings matched the brushed metal of her exterior though. In fact, nothing in her insides match at all what with the contrasting leathers. But, I kind of like that about her.

The grey is on the lighter end and appears almost purplish under certain lighting. Or maybe that's all in my head as purple is my favorite color. Regardless, I like the grey. It's a nice change from all the reds/browns of my recent Filofax. And with the Piccadilly now a part of my collection, my search for the perfect green planner is over, making way for my recently developed grey/black planner phase. This Osterley is the perfect start to that as it has a mix of both.

I don't normally name inanimate objects that I own but, I christened her Olivia nonetheless because, well, I can and I like the name. It's got a fancy ring to it, Olivia. And fancy is definitely what this Filofax is. I don't plan on moving into the Osterley just yet (still quite comfortable in my Crimson Malden) but she definitely has a spot in the Filofax rotation. I'll keep you all posted!

Happy Holidays!

25 December 2012

Whatever holiday it is you and your family are celebrating this season, may it be filled with tons of love and merriment. From my family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone!

Bigger is (Not Always) Better

22 December 2012

Franklin Covey Compact Binder.

I won this wonderful Franklin Covey binder off of ebay during my recent search for a green planner fix. Unfortunately, I don't know the exact style and I had no luck getting a response from its previous owner. But, it was listed at a fairly decent price that I couldn't resist so, I decided to take the plunge. Plus, the binder is a lovely shade of olive green, its leather is soft and unstructured (which means it'll hug all its innards like a glove), it has a plethora of pockets, two pen loops and it has some of the biggest, BADDEST rings I have ever seen in a planner.

This planner is a compact size binder (a personal in Filofax speak), and has a ring size of 1.75"! Even though I was well aware of its ring size when I bought the planner, I was still pretty shocked at its enormousness upon receiving it in the mail. Overall, the planner was in good condition considering it was listed as Used. I love its many compartments. On the inside you have a total of six card holders, pen loop, a secretarial pocket, and a full-length slip pocket behind that. On the back there is a second pen loop, another secretarial pocket and a small zip compartment. You'll also find a nice hidden pocket on the back of the planner.

Lovely details AND a hidden pocket in the back!

I love the little details of this binder. Take for instance the little leather strap that snaps close over the card pockets to help keep cards in place. This I've never seen before in any planner I've ever owned (and I've owned several FC binders in the past). Though I'm not much of a fan for planners with big buckles (which are adjustable), I have to say that the double pen loops make for a pretty darn good compromise. Other than that, it's a fairly decent binder. Here's a few more photos of the Jolly Green Giant next to my lovely Crimson Malden.

FC rings VS. Maldens rings.

FC binders are slightly wider than the Filofax.

Looking awfully empty compared to my stuffed Malden.

Anyway, it's been a few days now that this binders been in my possession and I still can't get over how ginormous its rings are! As you can see, my Malden's puny rings are no match. In fact, they're so big that they may be even too big for me. I know, insane, right? I mean, aren't bigger rings what most planner people love and what Filofax users only dream of? I don't know. Maybe it's been awhile since I've been with a planner with rings of this size. Maybe I've become so used to the rings on my Filofax that 1.75" is just way too big for me to handle.

Even when stuffed with the few FC inserts I managed to scrounge up in my desk (monthly tabs, week on two pages, several sheets of note paper, a set of dividers, and several plastic inserts), it still looks mighty anorexic next to my fatty-fat Malden. I hate to see a perfectly good planner unused but I haven't found any use for it yet. For now, the binder sits a top my desk looking lonely, forlorn, and starved with its big ol' rings. I can't imagine ever filling up rings so big or how heavy the whole thing would be if I ever did manage to stuff it to its full capacity. Besides, I've only just gotten my Crimson Malden and I am quite happy with it. With all that said, I'm unsure whether or not I want to keep the binder until I find some use for it or sell it altogether.

Hmmm. Decisions, decisions...

Random Bits

14 December 2012

Just a few random updates regarding random things:

  • I went ahead and moved into my new Crimson Malden which made me realize just how much I missed this particular style of Filofax. The lovely deep shade of cherry red was just what my Ochre Malden was missing. Regardless, I am happy to have them both in my collection.
  • I am also very much still enamored with Ms. Holborn who is, at the moment, taking a mini vacay. After all, even the most perfect pair needs a bit of breathing room sometimes.
  • The A5 Finchley I talked about winning on eBay unfortunately never arrived. Something about "Undeliverable to Address" or other. So, it's on its way back to its previous or, I suppose, current owner. The seller and I both agreed on a refund which is for the best because I don't know what on earth I would do with an A5.
  • The days are getting quite chilly here in sunny San Diego which means only one thing: time to bust out the scarves, coats, and boots! I love this time of year.
  • I can't believe how fast Christmas is approaching and, even more exciting, the new year! I love the idea of "fresh starts" and "new beginnings" that each new year promises. I look forward to what 2013 will bring for me and my family.
  • Hopefully in 2013 there will be more blogging! I am quite enjoying this particular blog and have many fun ideas for it. Also, I may have mentioned another project I'm very excited about that is also in the works. So, stay tuned!

Thanks for the visit however brief and, Happy Friday, everyone! ♥

2013 Planner Prep + New Inserts

07 December 2012

Since moving into my Holborn, I feel like I haven't quite fully "settled in". A midst planning, I have been taking things out, adding things in, and rearranging everything. With the coming of the new year, I've been in more of a frenzy to get everything planner perfect and ready for 2013.

I'm always on the lookout for new planner inserts and am prone to stuff anything I find planner related into my Filofax. Anything from random note papers/stickies I find whilst shopping, plastic inserts (you can never have enough of these), to diary/calendar pages with interesting layouts.

Davinci diary inserts for 2013

So, when I saw these diary inserts on several Flickr streams, I knew I had to get some to try out for myself. If you're not already familiar with these, they are the Davinci inserts and you can get them from here--an online market that sells all sorts of goodies from various shops in Japan. Apparently, Davinci sells a whole line of lovely planners and inserts which you can also purchase online. Just a bit of FYI on the ordering process though, you'll want the Bible size inserts which will fit into the personal size Filofax. Most e-mail confirmations I received were sent in Japanese. With the help of Google Translate I was able to read my e-mails with no problem and my order arrived in good time (about a week and some days).

Finally, a layout I like!

What drew me to these particular diary pages was its layout. As you can see, you have your whole week displayed to your left with the weekends at the bottom, a handy notes section on your right with an area for making lists (complete with tick boxes!), and a monthly view at the bottom for reference. The inserts are printed on cream colored paper, and run from December 2012 to March 2014. The only thing I didn't like about them was that the paper they're printed on runs pretty thin, much like Filofax's white diary inserts. Not a super big problem for me but, if you're particular about that, these inserts aren't for you. Also, the weekends are given a much smaller space for planning and, because these are from Japan, holidays are written in Japanese and may not include the standard U.S. holidays. Otherwise, I like them very much and I'm excited to put them to use once the new year begins.

I also purchased the Week on Two Pages format in case I change my mind later and want to move back. They're very much like Filofax's Week on Two Pages only the weekends are given their equal space on paper. Unfortunately, paper quality is also the same.

Plenty of room for planning out the weekend!

In a previous post, I raved about my current dividers which I found at a local Japanese Market called Marukai. They sell an assortment of things, most of which are also imported from Japan. I love this place and am grateful for this and a number of other Japanese markets in San Diego. I used to live in Japan (my dad being in the military, my family and I were stationed there for a good five years) and stepping into these stores always brings forth fond memories of my time there. Plus, it's nice to be able to purchase things like certain foods and stuff that you might not find in your local grocers/market. But, I digress. These dividers are great! They're made of thin plastic which I prefer over paper ones as they'll hold up longer. I liked these so much that I made sure to purchase several of them to keep for later. Unfortunately, I may have bought Marukai's complete inventory of dividers (there weren't that many to begin with) and they haven't replaced them since (I know because I check frequently). So, I'm excited to have found these dividers online (also purchased from here).

Top Tabbed Dividers (Left) and 10-Tab Dividers (Right).

The first set are top tabbed dividers (bottom tabbed if flipped over) made of a very, very thin, see-through plastic. They are blank but come with pre-printed labels. The other set are regular 10 tab dividers made of really thick card stock. These are also blank but come with no labels. The 10 tab dividers will go straight to my treasure trove of planner inserts for future use but the top tabbed dividers will replace the ones I made to mark the sub-sections in my planner. Although the Avery-tabs-stuck-onto-plastic-flyleafs set-up I'm currently using for my sub-sections work just fine, I like the idea of having a more solid divider. Plus everything looks more neat, put together, and streamlined which I really like.

Sub-sections made with Avery tabs and plastic flyleafs. These will be replaced.

There might be a bit more rearranging to do and some purging of old inserts I don't care to bring into the new year but, so far, I'm pretty satisfied with Ms. Holborn's overall set-up. However, I can't promise that anymore changes won't be made because they most likely will. She's quite stuffed at the moment but, I think most of her plumpness is due to the fact that I'm using her as a wallet as well. I don't normally like to use my planner as a wallet but I'm currently in wallet limbo and on the lookout for a new one. If it weren't for my indecisiveness and my strict standards/requirements for a new wallet (more on that later), I would have found one already. Until then, Ms. Holborn will have to do. Thank goodness for her many pockets! Oh, how I love this Filofax. ♥

Anyway, have you started your planner prepping for the new year? If so, which inserts do you plan on using? Be sure to share in the comments below and, as always, thanks for stopping by.

Hey There, Lovely!

04 December 2012

Apparently, my hands have a mind of their own and may have bid on this here Filofax Piccadilly on eBay and won it. It must have been while I was deep into one of my television shows or favorite book or whatever. These sneaky hands! If it weren't for the fact that the Filofax was won at a fairly decent price, and if weren't for the fact that it's a lovely green Filofax, and I have always wanted a green planner, I may have been very, very disappointed.

Anyway, isn't she just lovely and all vintage-y? I was very happy to have received her in such good condition considering she was bought used. Save for a few "love marks" here and there--a minuscule scratch on her front cover (you'll barely notice it), some marks on one of her pen loops that look like it may have been ink, and a tear along the side of her rings--she looks great. In fact, I think she wears her scars well and they just add to her overall beauty. It just goes to show that her previous owner must have loved her tons and used her regularly.

I just adore the Piccadilly's color and, for once, I might have captured her true colors in my photos. I don't know why, but the green puts a smile to my face. It kind of reminds me of watermelon flavored lollipops and Jolly Rancher candies. Just yummy! It's vibrant, and it's fun.

She's got eight wonderful card slots down the inside cover, a full-length pocket behind that, and a zip pocket on the back. The leather is smooth yet grainy and is reminicent of Ruby, the red Finsbury. It's a shame this range of Filofax is no longer around. I wish I knew more about them such as what year they came out, their retail value, and what colors they came in.

As I am an "all-in-one-place" type of planner gal, and because I am very much still enamored with the beautiful, Ms. Holborn, I don't have any set plans yet for the lovely Piccadilly. Because of her cheery color, I had thought of saving her for the Spring/Summer seasons. Like my bags, I like the thought of switching up my planner every now and then. Plus, I tend to get bored (not the case with Ms. Holborn yet) so, switching things up is nice. Another good thing about having everything in one place? Switching planners is easy-peasy. But, the Spring/Summer seasons seem so far away and this Filofax is much too pretty to stow away for later. I did toy with the idea of putting together a Filofax made specifically for blogging purposes. You know, a place where I could store ideas, drafts, and tasks for this blog as well as another that's in the works (a blog I'm super excited about but, more on that when the time comes!). Seeing as I already have a perfectly organized blog section in my beloved Holborn, the idea of creating a separate Filofax went quickly out the window. Having to refer to several planners for different things seems too much work to me. I like all my stuff in one place, thankyouverymuch. For the meantime, the Piccadilly will have to stay perched atop my desk where I can gaze at her loveliness, and imagine her all plump and stuffed with information whilst running my fingers across her leather.

Oh, and while we're on the subject of "green planners", I might as well mention that my hands may have also bid on a jade green, A5 Finchley, and may have won it, too. In fact, it might be on it's way to me as we speak. I know, I know. Weren't we just talking about having everything all in one place? What on earth I'm going to do with an A5 is besides me. These hands, I tell you. *eye roll*

Anyway, are you a blissful owner of a Piccadilly or know more information on this range? If so, do share in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you! As always, thanks for reading and have a splendid rest of the week, everyone! See you on Friday.