Preference Collection 2014 Diary Refills

27 December 2013

As far as my diary pages go, I've been quite content using the Personal Week On Two Pages Cotton Cream from Filofax. The weekly layout works well with my organizational needs, I like that the days are spread out evenly, and the paper quality is pretty good. Well, as far as Filofax paper goes, at least. But, I'm always on the lookout for something better. So, when I saw these diary inserts at a local stationery store, I was curious to try them out.

May Your Holidays Be

25 December 2013

Whatever it is you celebrate this time of year, may it be Merry & Bright! From our family to yours, Happy Holidays!

January Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge + Instagram Giveaway [CLOSED]

20 December 2013

Hello, hello! It's that time again! About a year ago, I was putting together the very first Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge. I'm thrilled at how everyone has taken to it and am glad to present you with another to kick start 2014! As a way to celebrate the new year and the Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge 1 year mark, I wanted to do a mini (and my first ever) giveaway!

Though the photo-a-day challenge is open to all Filofax/Planner lovers, the giveaway is for my Instagram users ONLY. I do apologize for this if you're not on Instagram, but it's not too late to join, and it's FREE!. And, if it's any consolation, there will be other kinds of giveaways to participate in in the future, so definitely look out for those!

If you are on Instagram, participating in January's Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge, and would like to enter the giveaway, here's what you'll need to know.

How to Enter


Simply post your photo onto Instagram as you normally would for January's first prompt, "Hello, 2014!" Remember, it's a Filofax/Planner related photo challenge. I'm looking for those yummy planners and, for giveaway purposes, some extra creativity! As always, don't forget to include the hashtag #fflovephotoaday so I know you're participating in this months challenge. You MUST also include the hashtag #yayforfrigiveaway on the first prompts photo as this is the only way I'll know which pictures to pull and pick a winner from. That's it. Easy peasy!

Some General Rules


  • Open to all Instagram users in the US.
  • Follow Yay, for Fridays! on Instagram (@yayforfridays).
  • Must participate in January's Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge.

Here's What You'll Win


The winner will receive a brand new Open Top Craft Tote by Mackinac Moon. It's great for storing all your crafting supplies or Filofax/Planning tools or BOTH. I have one of these and absolutely love it! I have all my planning necessities (clips, post-its, pens, highlighters, tapes, stickers, etc.) all in one easy to carry tote. My Filofax even fits nicely in the middle compartment so I can take my "office" with me wherever I go.



I'll be picking the top 10 photos for January's "Hello, 2014!" prompt and, from that 10, will pick the winner using Random.org. The top 10 photos and winner will be announced on Friday, January 31st, on Instagram and here on the blog. Got questions? Don't hesitate to ask. Good luck, have fun, and happy snapping!

Filofax Fridays: Oh, Filofax, How I've Missed You!

13 December 2013

Last we talked "planners", I had sold most of my Filofaxes and other ring-bound binders and was down to only two--my beloved Ochre Malden and a Compagna by Gillio. Well, I eventually sold those for reasons that are my own, and was quite content working out of a Midori Travelers Notebook for a moment.

I had originally purchased the Midori for journaling which (surprise, surprise) I never got around to doing and so I thought I'd put it to use as my main organizer/planner. For awhile, the system I had set up worked out well. I had everything in terms of my planning needs--monthly/weekly calendar, paper for note taking, list making, and to-do's, and plenty pockets for storage--all in a beautifully made compact system that fit nicely into my bag. It was just like having a Filofax. Well, not really...

Like with most binded notebooks and planners, I began to miss the flexibility of a ring-bound organizer and the ability to move around, add to, and take away information. Without rings, this was something the Midori was lacking. So, I eventually sold that, too, and began working on my Filofax come back.

I don't know why I even left, but I'm happy to be back. And with two of the most beautiful Filofaxes no less! The Ochre Malden has made a comeback for its third time around, and I was beyond thrilled to have found this brand new lipstick red Piccadilly on eBay. If you remember, I had found a pre-loved one before in a jolly green color which you can read more about here.

Now the fun begins--the setup. But, which one to use first? Hmmm...

It's so good to be back!

October Filofax Photo-a-Day Edit

30 September 2013

A quick FYI! I noticed that the prompt for October 23 reads "happy Monday! (or not)" when it's supposed to read "happy hump day" as it is a Wednesday and is the middle of the week (you know, just to clarify what the word "hump" refers to). I've included the updated version of Octobers Filofax Photo-a-Day below. Sorry for the mess up. We should be error-free now. Of course, if you notice something else, do kindly let me know. Can't wait to see all the delightful planner photos! ♥

October Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge

29 September 2013

Hi, lovies! It's time for another Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge! I did say I'd be back with one, didn't I? :) And, in response to the many kind e-mails I've gotten from readers regarding my pregnancy, I'm happy to report that all is well with both me and the baby. My face-in-the-toilet days are behind me (let's hope they stay there!) and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it'll be smooth sailing from here on out.

Anyway, without further ado, here's Octobers challenge!

As I still get the occasional question or two regarding how to participate in the Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge, I have now added an information page which you can access via the tab on the blog menu above. There you'll find all the information you need regarding the challenge like how to play, and where to share your photos. You can also post any questions, and/or comments you might have regarding the game or even share ideas for prompts that you'd like to see in future Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenges. It's a great read for those who have never done a Photo-a-Day Challenge before, particularly one that's made specifically for the Filofax and planner community.

I've also been aware of the several other Filofax/Planner related photo challenges that are now out there. To these, I say, "AWESOME!" When I first started this challenge, I didn't realize how quickly it would catch on. So, yes, I'm thrilled that people have enjoyed the Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge and that there are now other planner related photo challenges out there for those who want to participate regularly. More photo ops means even more yummy planner photos. And, there really is no such thing as having too many drool-worthy planner photos out there, right? I think not!

So, mark your calendars--er, planners--and pass the information on by sharing it via the social media outlet of your choice. Remember, this challenge is for all planner users of all brands, shapes, and sizes. Tuesday is the day to play! Come and join in on the fun and, as always, happy snapping!

Blogging and Stuff, Planners, and a Baby Bump

13 September 2013

Let's start with the latter, shall we?

Baby Bump

I am happy to finally announce (via blog) that we are expecting baby number 2! Yes, I am preggo! I am with child! I have a bun in the oven! I'm...well, you get it. July has been a very hectic month if you can imagine. Doctors visits, tests, gradually letting family and friends in on the baby news, morning sickness. All this while keeping a very active toddler active and trying desperately not to pass out from exhaustion. It seems as though I'm tired almost all the time. I don't remember growing a baby to be this tiring the first time around! My first pregnancy was definitely a much more smoother ride. But, I guess that's what they mean about all pregnancies being different. Anyway, this explains why I've not been blogging for quite some time now. Sorry. But, we'll get to that later...

The good news is is that everything seems okay and we are all just very excited to welcome in another little blessing into our family.

Planners

As this blog has mostly been about my crazy planner addiction, I thought it only fair that I update you on said addiction. The last time I posted, I had mentioned I was down to two planners--my beloved Filofax Malden and my Gillio Compagna. Since then, I've actually gone down to--wait for it--one (ONE!) planner. Yup. My Malden has now gone to a new home and I am left with Gigi the Gillio. I figured being "the one" planner deserves a proper name, right? Anyway, I find that the Gillio is more than enough to meet my planning needs and, although I do have the occasional wants when I see other Filofaxes, I know that I only need one. Will there ever be more planners in the future? Uh, of course! But, for now, Gigi is it and we are quite the happy pair.

Blogging and Stuff

And, finally, my blog. I admit, I have not been the best blogger in the past month or so. Any good blogger will tell you that consistency is key to a successful blog. This, and a few other blog related stuff. But, to be honest, I have decided to put my blogging on the back burner. Forever. Well, temporarily. Er, for now. Actually, how long I'll be away hasn't really been decided yet. So, in the mean time, we'll go with...temporarily. Yes. Or a big "we'll see". The status of this blog was something I spent a good time thinking about. Do I try to continue or do I simply let it go? In the end, I decided that, at the moment, other important things in my life need my attention. This pregnancy, for instance, and ensuring that the baby and I are healthy. And, of course, spending quality time with my family. It dawned on me just the other day that my Milk Monster will be the only child for only so long. These moments with him, these "just the two of us" moments, are priceless, and I want to treasure every second of it before he goes from being "the baby" of the family to "kuya" ("big brother").

So, now that a semi-temporary-who-knows-how-long hiatus has been decided for this blog, what happens to the Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge? Well, I've thought of that, too, and I'm happy to say that will continue. And, despite my lack of participation in July's challenge as I spent the better (worse?) half of it with my face in the toilet (morning sickness, UGH!), I assure you there will be more photos on my part in future challenges. The Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge will continue to be posted every 3 months. Despite the many requests I get to do a monthly challenge (and I've thought a lot about this, too), I've always felt that doing it every month will take away the excitement and newness of doing a Filofax/Planner related photo challenge. I mean, yes, we all love taking photos of our planners, but, seriously, how many planner related photos/prompts can one come up with before it starts becoming repetitive and boring? Totally my opinion, of course, but this is why I stick to the 3 months. :)

However, there has been an August challenge created by a lovely individual who was kind enough to give me the heads up. So, if you're feenin' to play and can't wait, definitely check out this months prompts on her Instagram (@pacificocean74). Don't forget to include her new hash tag #filoaugust. I will still be posting future Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenges here on my blog or via Instagram (@yayforfridays), so definitely keep a look out for those. You can also view photos from past challenges by typing in the hash tag #fflovephotoaday or heading over to the Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge Flickr group.

Anyway, for those who have been following and reading this little blog of mine, I thank you with all my heart. I really do appreciate your kind comments and e-mails. And, though I might be on a semi-temporary-who-knows-how-long hiatus, I'll still be around. You can find me (and Gigi!) on Instagram (@yayforfridays) or you can log onto YouTube, subscribe to my channel, and watch my uploaded Filofax/Planner videos. You can also contact me by e-mailing me at yayforfridays@gmail.com. I love getting mail, so don't hesitate to say "hi" or "hello".

Until next time, my dears, take care and here's hoping you have a very happy Friday! ♥

And Then There Were Two

05 July 2013

In my recent de-cluttering spree in which I've either trashed, donated, or sold various items around the house that were no longer being used, I managed to downsize my planner collection considerably. You might remember a post I did a while ago featuring my (then) Filofax collection. I've actually sold most of those already (not an easy thing to do, mind you!) and several other ring-bound planners in the past month or so. I am now down to--get this--a whopping two. Yep. You read right. TWO!

1. Filofax Malden in Ochre. It's really no surprise that a Malden make it to my collection. I've said it before, and I'll say it again--I think it's the best among the current ranges available. The Ochre has always been a favorite of mine and so, when it came down to deciding which of my three Maldens to keep (Purple and Crimson were the other two), it was easy-peasy. There's something special about the leather of the Ochre Malden. In my opinion, compared to the others, the sheen and texture make it the closest to "vintage looking" which is what I love most about this range of Filofaxes. I like how the scratches and dings it has acquired over the past year add to its overall charm and character.

2. Gillio Compagna in Dark Blue. This little darling is a special one. I am quite impressed with the Gillio brand. The quality of the leather is nothing like I've ever seen in any planner. I can see this one lasting for many, many years. It's "luxurious beauty" meets "every day functionality". I love its simple exterior and the amazing amount of pockets it has on the insides. Despite its hefty price tag (worth every penny!), I'm actually quite rough with it and, like my Malden, look forward to seeing it age over time.

For fun, here's a quick side-by-side comparison of some of the features I like in both planners.

Gillio Compagna Filofax Malden
Leather Italian leather. Pebbly. Uber soft, and flexible. Not too thin or too thick. Scratches can be easily erased using the "rubbing method" (finger + natural oils = no more scratches). "Vintage looking" buffalo leather. Smooth. Thicker than the Gillio, but also very flexible. Picks up scratches easily, but most can also be taken care of with the "rubbing method".
Rings 25 mm golden rings. Snap button is also gold. 23 mm. Not gold.
Exterior Very simple. Snap closure. Wide strap which I wish was a tad bit longer. Overall, considerably wider than the Malden due to the added full-length pocket that runs along the whole back of the planner (more leather), but is by no means bulky even when the planner is stuffed. Takes to the "stuffed look" quite well. Contrast stitching throughout. Snap closure with "Filofax" button on fairly long strap. Has magical expanding capabilities which allows for lots of stuffing.
Interior Tons of storage, plus an awesome full-length pocket in the back of the planner. No full-length pocket, but I find the storage options quite satisfactory.

I should also mention that both are personal size planners, so I can use inserts interchangeably. At the moment, I am using the Gillio as my main planner. I'll do a more updated set-up post soon as we are now in the middle of the year and a lot of the initial set-up has changed. For now, here's a little peek.

Anyway, letting go of material things is harder said than done so, I'm pretty darn proud of myself! Though, I can't say that there will never be anymore planners in the future, at the moment, I'm quite happy with what I have and look forward to actually putting them into good use.

How many planners do you currently have? Do you have more than one? More than two? If so, do you rotate between them all or does each one have a particular use? Leave your comments bellow and, as always, thanks for reading. Happy Friday!

July Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge

21 June 2013

Get your Filofaxes and planners camera ready, everyone, because it's that time again! Here is July's Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge.

This time around, I tried my best to make each days prompt not so brand specific. I've received a lot of messages from readers during the previous challenges, all mentioning how fun it all looked had they only had a Filofax to participate with. Yes, there's "Filofax" in the title but, believe me when I say that I made this challenge with no intention to leave anyone in the planner world feeling left out. There are a lot of people out there who are still saving up for their dream Filo's and, in the meantime, are making do with something else. Then, there are those who are quite happy with whatever brand they've got. I am by no means a brand snob when it comes to planners. Therefore, I welcome everyone who has one to participate. The Day-Timers, the Franklin Coveys, the Day Runners, the Designer agendas, and, yes, even the Wal-Mart-o-Faxers...I'm talking to all of you. Ring-bound, wire-bound, journals, and notebooks. Whatever you use--come out and play!

In case you've forgotten or it's your first time, here are the rules. For each day:

  • Read the days prompt
  • Take a photo based on said prompt. Remember, it's a Filofax/planner related photo challenge. Be creative and have fun with it!
  • Upload your photo onto your favorite social network like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. You can also post on the Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge group on Flickr.
  • Share your photo with others and let them know you're playing by including the hashtag #fflovephotoaday into your post

And that's that. Pretty simple, eh? Now mark your calendars, and spread the word. As always, I am looking forward to seeing all your yummy planner photos. Happy snapping! ♥

Yay, for Awesome Dads!

16 June 2013

The first thing I see when I open my planner is a small Instagram photo of my husband and son taken one Summer day by the pool. It's a candid shot, so you can't really see either of their faces. It is also very old--taken when my son was about 10 months old, and he's now just months away from his 2nd birthday! But, I probably won't be updating this photo to a more recent one anytime soon. Why? Because, one, I tend to procrastinate on these things and, two, well, this photo just makes me smile.

Every now and then, while my husband is playing with my son and doing what fathers and sons do best (mostly rough housing, throwing things, and making weird bodily noises), I stop whatever it is I'm doing, and just watch. Most of the time they're unaware that I'm watching or are just too engrossed in each other that they don't even notice me. And for a few seconds, I get to see this beautiful relationship unfold before me. It's these stolen moments of the two of them that I cherish the most. These are the moments that pull at my heart strings and also make me fall in love with my husband all over again.

When we were dating, I knew that, one day, he'd make a good father. And, ever since the day Milk Monster entered our lives, he has done nothing but prove that I was (and am always :D) right. I am truly blessed and thankful to have him by my side not just as my husband, but also a partner in this wonderful/hectic/special/crazy/beautiful world of parenting. And, my son will one day learn just how blessed he is to have such an awesome dad.

To awesome dads all over the world, Happy Fathers Day

The Compagna by Gillio Firenze

14 June 2013

I have been bitten by the Gillio bug thanks to the many beautiful photos and videos on their leather organizers that have been popping up on the planner-sphere. It all started with this video by the lovely Mella who introduced us all to her gorgeous medium Compagna, which left me daydreaming about buttery soft planners for days. According to the Gillio Firenze website, the leather they use in all their products are the most natural, and are of "unparalleled quality". You can read more about them here. After considerable thought, research, and obsessive photo/video viewings, I finally caved. The question at hand was no longer whether or not I should get one, but rather which one do I get?

The Perfect Filofax? Well, Almost.

07 June 2013

I recently won this personal Cavendish on eBay. She's used but is in great condition. She's also not purple or teal or any other fun color. She's burgundy. The boring brown side of the burgundy spectrum at that. No fancy brushed metal or gold hardware on this one, either. Nor is there any fancy croc print of any kind on her leather. So, why was I so thrilled to have won her?

Well, first off, she has 30 mm rings! An inch and then some if you want to do all the converting. Much bigger than the standard 23 mm's you get in most Filofaxes. Rings of this size in a personal size Filofax are few and far between. Sure, there are the Portland Grands and some of the Winchesters, but they are very hard to come by. Trust me, I've looked! And then there are the few zipped binders that also boast larger rings. In fact, I was almost tempted to purchase a Cuban zip at one point, and I don't even like zip binders! Here's a few side-by-side comparisons with my used and abused, yet still beautiful Ochre Malden so you could see just how uh-mazing the Cavendish's rings are.

Filofax Purple Saffiano

31 May 2013

I couldn't help myself. With all those lovely photos and videos of the Saffiano on several of my news feeds, I just had to see what all the hype was about. It's purple, considerably priced (I've spent far more on other planners before), and shipping was free. All justifiable reasons for putting it into my virtual shopping cart and placing the order, right? Right?

It arrived in due time wrapped, as expected, in a book cover type plastic. No fancy black box this time. Simple, clean, and straight to the point. I really hope Filofax hasn't completely done away with the famous black boxes because I quite like them. I'm a sucker for pretty packaging and the best part of the whole getting a Filofax experience is opening the box and seeing your brand new planner peeking out at you behind tissue paper. Like opening a present every time you go and take it out of its box.

Anyway, the color is a very vivid shade of purple. The Filofax website describes it as "Bright Purple" and it is definitely so. A very cheerful, pick-me-up kind of hue. I had a difficult time trying to capture its true color on my camera. The following two images probably best depict the shade of purple.

This Filofax is made of like leather material and, much like real Italian Saffiano leather, has a scratchy, cross grain effect all over. The interior is lined with polyester fabric. The set-up is simple. On the left there is a secretarial pocket with three card slots.

And on the right, a sleeve-like notepad pocket.

The lack of interior pockets/compartments in the Saffiano may not make this an ideal Filofax for those who like using their planner as a wallet. There aren't many options for storing those random loose notes, knick-knacks, and small treasures, either. I'm not one to use my planner as a wallet so I find the number of pockets acceptable. But, I also like having the option of extra compartments. I don't really use a notepad either, so the open pocket in the back is somewhat useless. There is only one pen loop (surprise, surprise) located on the left hand side of the planner. It is made of elastic material, and stretches out enough to accommodate my Frixion ball knock gel pen and Bic Multi-pen quite easily. My fattest pen, a Frixion multi-pen, would probably fit, but I didn't really try for fear of stretching out the pen loop too much.

My overall opinion? I'm not too keen on the non-leather binders, but if I had to choose among the "like leather" options that Filofax has to offer, I'd go with the Saffiano. It's a very practical binder. I like the simplicity of it and I love the color. Even the one in Teal looks fun, and I recently discovered that there's one in Raspberry, too. Had the Saffiano been my very first Filofax, I would be very happy with it. However, it will not be joining my collection. The crazy obsessed planner hoarding monster that lives in my head wants to keep it. It's so pretty, it says. But, I know I don't need another Filofax that I'm just not 100% crazy about. I'm afraid the Saffiano will be going back to Filofax this week. With the amount of unused planners I've sold in the past month or so, it's just the right thing to do. Take that, crazy obsessed planner hoarding monster! Ha!

Smart and sensible Carla: 1. Crazy obsessed planner hoarding monster: 0.

Fever 0, Mom 1

24 May 2013


Fevers suck. 

Sorry for the lack of posts. I have been a bit busy nursing a sick baby. A fever that we thought we had overcome the previous week came back this week in full force. Thankfully, we've found the source of this fever at a recent doctors visit and are now getting it under control.

Anyway, things should be back to normal soon and that goes the same with this blog. Stay tuned, and here's to a happy (and sick free!) Friday!  

Supermoms Assemble!

12 May 2013

Nearly 2 years ago, I was inducted into the League of Supermoms. I still remember the day. It was filled with so much excitement and, I'll admit, a little apprehension. Most of all, it was (and still is) an honor. An honor to be among such a powerful group of women. Technically, I'm still a supermom-in-training, working on earning my cape and special powers. But, I hope to one day be just as great as the many supermoms in my life--my mom, mother-in-law, grandma, and so many more others.

Happy Mothers Day to all the Supermoms of the world. Today, and always, you are loved and honored. ♥

*The above comic is NOT my own, obviously, but rather something I found online and just had to share.

Kate Spade Wellesley Agenda

10 May 2013

This Kate Spade Wellesley agenda arrived in the mail a few days ago from a seller on eBay. I had been keeping an eye out for this style agenda in this particular color for quite some time. Having recently sold my original Kate Spade Wellesley Zip agenda in Emerald green (gorgeous color, but those darn zip binders and I just don't mesh well), I wanted to try the open binder instead. This time, in the Geranium color, which is a very vibrant red. I am happy to have won it and at a fairly good price, too.

The quality of the leather is superb. It's smooth yet grainy, not too stiff or too soft. It doesn't quite lie flat brand new, but if it's anything like my previous Wellesley agenda, it will start to lie flat after some use. There is white contrast stitching all around the edges of the planner and along the strap which is adorned with a Kate Spade New York Logo in gold colored print. Despite all the photos I've looked at online and despite already having owned a Welllesley agenda, I was still pretty surprised at how beautiful this planner is in person.

Its interior boasts a combination of leather and cream fabric lining with gold polka-dots. There are plenty of pockets and hidden compartments for storing cards, papers, and random treasures. I'm not too crazy about the pen loop which is too small to hold anything fatter than my pencil. But, then again, I'm used to disappointing pen loops, so this doesn't faze me a bit. Besides, its golden rings more than make up for it. And they measure 30 mm, so there's definitely that extra space.

The agenda came with brand new 2013 inserts which include both a month on two pages, and a week on two pages calendar, five subject tabs (Notes, To Do, Birthdays, Restaurants, and Addresses), A-Z tabs, a ruler, and several other forms that correspond to each of the sections (address sheets, to do lists, birthdays list, etc.). Like many past Kate Spade inserts, each month begins with some kind of pretty design. In celebration of Kate Spade's 20th anniversary, the theme of this years agenda pays tribute to her favorite things. Here's a look at this months view.

And an overview of the year.

The paper quality is very nice, but I'm just not a very big fan of the overall style and look of the inserts. Though the design is very pretty, it's almost too pretty for me if that makes any sense. I very much prefer plainer inserts and like the idea of adding my own style to the pages of my planner. I also don't care much for the tabbed sections (I don't keep a running list of restaurants I frequent. A quick Google search does that for me) though I'm sure these can be covered up if you wanted to, and relabeled to fit your needs. The forms don't necessarily need to be used for their intended purpose, either. The "Birthdays" lists, for example, would make great note paper and the "Restaurants" inserts could easily be used for listing personal contacts as well.

Overall, it's a very lovely agenda. A true girly-girl planner, if you will, and definitely deserves to be treated like so. It's one I'd probably use sparingly because I'm afraid to damage the leather. Especially the interior which looks like it easily attracts dirt (that cream fabric lining, for example) and is sensitive to scuffs and dings. Still, I am very happy to have the Wellesley on rotation and look forward to putting her to use. With all the new Filofax ranges coming out in the next couple of months, I wonder what new style of agendas Kate Spade has in store next?

Paperchase at Target

08 May 2013

Target has got to be, by far, one of my favorite one-stop-shops for all our household needs. I can shop for new bedsheets, an entire outfit, and ingredients for tonight's dinner, all in one place! I can never leave without a cart full of things I didn't have on my shopping list. What makes Target even more appealing is that they've recently teamed up with Paperchase, a UK based retailer of fine gifts and paper goods. For stationery addicts/impulse buyers such as myself, this means more unnecessary items in my shopping cart which makes me question if having Paperchase merchandise at my local Target is good news or bad. Or maybe both? Anyway, this cute pencil case was purchased on my recent shopping trip. Mind you, I was only there for hand sanitizer...

Sadly, you won't find a whole shopping aisle of Paperchase goodies at your local Target. Instead, you'll find a small display, usually at the end of an aisle. Regardless, when I first stumbled upon the cute merchandise set up under the ever familiar purple Paperchase logo, I'll admit I did a bit of a happy dance. I had only heard about and seen Paperchase merchandise online via their website or read about them on other peoples blog which boast their shopping trips and stationery hauls. Here in the United States, Paperchase goodies vary depending on which Target you visit. But, for the most part, you'll find a mix of things like notebooks, stickers, post-its, binders and a few other incredibly cute gifts. The designs also change from time to time, introducing new characters and themes.

Take, for example, these quirky cute owl stikers. Who-whooo could resist?

Or these pretty post-it notes?

Although I could head over to the Paperchase website, fill my virtual shopping cart with all sorts of goodies, and pay the hefty shipping fee to have it delivered to me, it's good to know I can get my stationery fix--however limited--locally. I hope they're here to stay.

A Heartbreakingly Close Look at The Baroque

03 May 2013

I have been searching for the Baroque for quite some time, and now that I finally have it in my possession, I figured it deserved a proper review. Besides, I did promise that I'd share more photos and my overall opinion about this particular Filofax once I gave her a go.

It's been over a week since I received her in the mail. It took me awhile to fully move in because I spent the most part of a day both petting and stroking its smooth, soft leather, and contemplating her overall color. I am so not a pink kind of girl, and although this shade of pink is tolerable in that it's not too bright and over the top, at the end of the day, it's still pink. However, once I opened her up and traced my fingers across the intricate design of her insides, I broke down, ditched my purple Malden, and immediately started moving things in.

Just Wanted to Say...

01 May 2013

Really, you all are. :)

I hope you've all enjoyed playing and looking at all those delicious Filofax photos as much as I have. A few of you have already messaged me asking when the next Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge will be and I am happy to say that it will be returning. I figured since the first and second were three months apart, I'd schedule the next one for July. So, stay tuned! It'll be here before you know it.

A Happy Filofax Friday, Indeed!

26 April 2013

Call off the search, folks, for I have found my beloved Baroque! *happy, happy dance*

I won't even go into how much I have been wanting this particular Filofax and how long I've been searching for it. Or how often I've checked both eBay and the Philofaxy Adspot with no success at all. And let's not forget the whole "almost but not quite" incident with Filofax Italy that I briefly mentioned before.

No. I realized that waiting for the Baroque to fall onto my lap or miraculously appear in my hands was simply not going to work. So, I decided to try a different approach--a more proactive one, if you will. One day, I contacted several Filofax sites and kindly asked each one if they happened to have a Baroque for sale. In just a few days, I received a response from a kind sales agent all the way in Switzerland who informed me that they happened to have one Baroque left in the color pink. Ooh, so close! If you recall, I was looking for one in black and, though pink is a lovely color, I wasn't sure it was right for me. I had to make a choice and I had to make it quick. I figured that, if the color didn't work out, I could either sell it, trade it, or find a worthy recipient who likes the color. Mothers Day is around the corner, after all. So, seeing as how there was no going wrong with making the purchase, I decided to go for it.

And I am incredibly happy that I did! The pink is actually a lovely rose shade and not so Pepto-Bismol-Barbie-Threw-Up-All-Over pink (which is what I was afraid it might be). It's very pretty! I have yet to move in and instead have spent most of yesterday stroking its soft leather. Its details are simply gorgeous.

Anyway, I just wanted to quickly share the good news. I leave you now with yesterdays unboxing video. Happy (Filofax) Friday!

Organize It: Sticky/Post-it Notes Storage

24 April 2013

I don't know if I've told you this, but I have a crazy obsession with sticky/post-it notes. I can never have enough of these genius things. They're not only useful for jotting down quick notes and reminders but now they come in so many different colors and cute styles that I can't resist popping one into my shopping cart whenever I see them in stores. They're like eye candy to me. Or crack candy, in this case...

Anyway, I've accumulated so many kinds of sticky/post-it notes over the years that I've actually banned myself from buying anymore until I've used up the ones I already have. Problem is, a lot of them get unused as I forget that they're there in the first place. Many of them are stashed in piles, deep inside desk drawers or hidden away in stacked containers somewhere. I do keep a stash in my Filofax for daily use and add more as needed. But, still, many are neglected and there is no way for me to keep track of what I already have. So, I decided to completely reorganize my stash of sticky notes in a way that would encourage me to actually use them on a more regular basis.

Unfortunately, we don't have an entire room in our home designated for an office. Instead, I have office space in our bedroom (translate: desk, chair, and computer) and space around here is already limited. This meant that adding a completely separate storage unit for this purpose was out of the question. Plus, I wanted to avoid spending any money so I needed to get creative and try to work with what I already had. I looked at several of the obvious options that I had available to me (empty shoe boxes, binders, containers) but neither of them fit the requirements I was looking for. I needed to keep my sticky notes somewhere where I could actually see them. Then I remembered I had one of those hanging jewelry organizers somewhere in my closet. I dug it out, began slotting sticky/post-it notes into all the little plastic pockets, et voilĂ , instant sticky/post-it notes organization!

The plastic pockets are the perfect size for stickies and because they're clear, I can easily see them all. The entire thing hangs neatly near my desk where I can get to it and is also readily transferable (like from room to room) if need be. No more piles of forgotten sticky notes taking valuable storage space in desk drawers.

These jewelry organizers come in different sizes and the number of pockets in each varies. I purchased mine at a local Container Store (heaven for all of us neat freaks). It has 80 pockets total, front and back. If you don't have a Container Store in your area, you can purchase the very same jewelry organizer online. These can also be found at major stores like Walmart and Target (for those living in the US, of course).

I absolutely love how it all turned out. I think it adds a bit of fun to the overall space, too. Almost like a piece of hanging artwork. These jewelry organizers would be great for storing other small office supplies, too. Like paper clips, and decorative tape. The possibilities are endless!

Learning to Let Go

20 April 2013

I have done what I thought was impossible. I have sold most of the Filofaxes in my collection. *dramatic GASP* Now, everyone, stay calm. I said "most" and not "all". I allowed myself to keep my favorites. The rest I have kissed goodbye and sent off to good homes where (I hope) they're being loved and taken well care of.

I've never really shared exactly how many Filofaxes I've had altogether. Let's just say there were many. The following list are of Filofaxes that have come and gone. I would have kept them all if I could but, most of them were sitting in their boxes, unused. And an unused Filofax is just, well, sad, I think.

  • Personal Malden in Ochre. My very first Filofax. Sadly, I sold this when I received the Crimson Malden because, at the time, I couldn't justify having both. It's unfortunate because it was one of the really good ones. You know those Maldens. There are no two alike.
  • Personal Finsbury in Red
  • Personal Metropol in Kingfisher Blue. Gorgeous color but I'm all leather all the way. Gave this one to a younger relative who absolutely adores it.
  • Personal Holborn in Wine
  • Personal Holborn in Black
  • Personal Aston in Orchid. Twice I had this Filofax in my possession. Hoped I'd fall in love with it the second time around but, sadly, that wasn't the case.
  • Personal Chameleon in Raspberry
  • Personal Chameleon in Black
  • Compact Chameleon in Raspberry. Purchased this when I had switched to the A5 and was looking for a more portable planner to carry with me. Didn't work out.
  • Personal Regency in Black. Loved the pocket configuration (similar to the Holborn) but wasn't crazy about its overall appearance.
  • Personal York in Tan
  • Personal Hamilton in Black
  • Personal Finchley in Imperial Purple
  • Pocket Baroque in Teal. I so wished the pocket size worked for me just because of this particular binder. But, it just wasn't meant to be...
  • Pocket Malden in Purple
  • A5 Finsbury in Raspberry
  • A5 Chameleon in Aqua. An impulse buy.
  • A5 Malden in Ochre. I'll explain in a bit...

And this is what's left of the League of Super Filos. Not too shabby for a collection, eh?

  • Personal Piccadilly in Green
  • Personal Finchley in Teal. Purchased this recently from a lovely seller on the Philofaxy Adspot. I thought I was done with the Finchley's altogether having just sold mine in Imperial Purple. I just couldn't resist. It's such a cheerful color and in excellent condition, too.
  • Personal Osterley in Grey
  • Personal Osterley in Plum
  • Personal Amazona in Almond
  • Personal Malden in Ochre
  • Personal Malden in Crimson
  • Personal Malden in Purple
I might part with both the Grey Osterley and the Amazona. I can't justify having two Osterley's (two Maldens, maybe. Three even. But, not two Osterley's :D), and the Amazona, well, it's a beautiful binder, but I'm not too crazy about it. The initial spark has somewhat faded away. I figured this reason alone is good enough a reason to part ways, yes? Hmmm, we'll see. I'm taking baby steps here, folks. Baby steps.

As for the whole A5 ordeal, if you recall, I had made the decision to upgrade to an A5 several months ago--an A5 Malden in Ochre to be exact. I was so stoked to make the move. To make a long story short, no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't get used to it. I loved and hated the size all at the same time. I went from using it as my main planner, to using it as a home binder along with my personal size Filofax, to finally throwing in the towel, packing it up and shipping it over to a lovely lady who promised she would give it the love and attention it deserved. Am I completely done with the A5? I can't really say. Who knows what'll happen next year. Heck, who knows what'll happen in the next coming months. But, in the meantime, I'll be doing my planning in a personal size Filofax as usual. I've just had to make a few minor tweaks to the set-up to make it work for me (lack of space was why I had decided on the move up in the first place). It's not perfect and there are days where I still long for more room (both ring wise and writing space). But, it'll do.

I'm currently using my newly acquired purple Malden which I stumbled upon at Warwick's, a stationery/book store located in beautiful La Jolla. Funny thing about this place, at one point, I thought their selection of Filofaxes was pretty sad and limited to a small stand in the middle of the store. Plenty of inserts to peruse but very few actual binders. Some Finsbury's, a handful of classics. Nothing to go crazy over. Until, on a recent visit, I happened to glance over at two glass shelves behind the counter that displayed even more binders! According to the sales clerk, the "nicer" Filofaxes were kept behind the counter, and the not so nice ones on the store floor. All those visits and I completely overlooked them! My jaw dropped when I spotted the Maldens. I couldn't believe it.

Anyway, I can't say there will be no more Filofaxes in the near future. Never that! I'm actually quite excited to see the leather ranges coming out this Summer. But, for now, I'm quite pleased with the ones I have and, except for the coveted Baroque (preferably in black *AHEM*), there aren't any out there that I'm currently pining for. How many Filofaxes are in your collection? I'm curious to see how many people actually own and use just the ONE Filofax or planner. If only there was such a thing as a personal size Malden with 30mm+ rings...

I Think I'm Turning Japanese. I Really Think So.

12 April 2013

I love shopping for Japanese goods. And, in case you're wondering, I am not Japanese. But, I have lived in Japan many years ago. My dad was in the Navy (he's now retired) and was stationed there. At the end of my 6th grade year, our family packed up all our belongings and moved overseas. We lived there for five years and it was a wonderful experience. One I will always treasure.

Here's another fact for you: My husband was born in the very same Naval base my family and I were stationed in. Growing up military brats (and Japan) are some of the things we have in common. In fact, I couldn't believe it when we first met (I actually thought making this story up was his way of trying to impress me). His dad, too, was in the Navy and he and his family were all stationed in Japan, many years before me and my family. Small world, eh? But, I degress.

Every time I visit a local Japanese shop in my area, I get a bit nostalgic, and I can never leave without buying something. I love being able to find things that one might not easily find at a big chain store. Particularly office supplies and stationery (go figure). Here are just a few of the things I can't get enough of, and where they can be purchased both online and locally. You know, if you're ever in the southern California area.

Stickers. I love stickers as much as the next stationery geek. It's a childhood obsession that has never gone away. I particularly like using transparent stickers in my Filofax. Although the cutesy character ones are fun to look at, if I had to choose my go-to, it would be the transparent shapes (dots, hearts, stars, arrows, etc.). These are great for pointing out or highlighting important dates/tasks on your calendar. If you're ever in San Diego, Marukai sells a few of these. Everything there sells for $1.98 unless otherwise noted (see why I can't stay away?). I have also bought transparent stickers online from eBay, Etsy, and Mochithings. To find the right ones, you want to try "agenda stickers" or "diary stickers" in the search field.

Sticky Notes & Page Flags. I know I can find these at my local office supply store like Staples and Office Depot or at even major shopping centers like Target and Walmart. But, I can't resist ones with cute characters on them like Rilakkuma and Hello Kitty which, you might not find locally. Hello Kitty seems to be all over the place now, so you can easily find her anywhere. Now, I know I'm a grown woman but I just can't help myself. Sometimes I wish I had a daughter to share my interest with but, that's not the case. I say, if grown men (like my husband, for example) can get excited over toy cars and action figures, then I can go all giggly, school girl over a cute teddy bear and a white cat wearing a bow. Just sayin'.

I recently discovered a small selection of Rilakkuma stationery goods at a local Japanese market called Mitsuwa. This place is mostly known for the Japanese groceries and foods they sell, but you can also find household goods and office supplies here. My brother, who was with me at the time, couldn't understand my squeals of excitement upon seeing the little display of pastel colored goodies. You can also find both Rilakkuma and Hello Kitty stationery goods on eBay, and Sanrio.

Pens & Paperclips. My all-time favorite pens are my Pilot FriXion pens. Since discovering them, I don't like using anything else. They're erasable and perfect for mistakes (I make a lot of these) and for cancelled plans on your calendar. What's great is that, if you're living in the US, you can find these at your local office supply store or super center (Walmart). But, for more of a selection, I go to Jet Pens. They have a ton of FriXion pens and other great writing tools that come in various colors, and tip sizes. I've also invested in a multi-pen which is great if you tend to use more than one colored ink when writing. They also sell other office supply/stationery goods like stickies and stuff. I am particularly fond of the paperclips. Who would have thought paperclips would be so darn cute? And who can deny paperclips with happy faces on them or ones shaped into little animals, flowers, bugs, and fruit? Not me, obviously.

Planner Inserts. I'm always on the lookout for new inserts to use in my planners since discovering my dividers at Marukai (sadly, they've run out and haven't been restocked for awhile). These dividers are wonderful because they're made of a really thin plastic material which doesn't take a lot of ring space and, because they're plastic, I can re-label them when I need to switch things around. I've found and purchased several more inserts from the Rakuten Global Market. For a fee, you can get all sorts of Japanese merchandise shipped to the US. Even food and beverages! It takes a bit of clicking around when navigating their website and, although it is their US site, the translation from Japanese to English is awful and comes out a bit weird. If you're looking for inserts there, you want to locate "Home and Garden" from their main menu and from there, Household Supplies & Stationery > Organizers > Refill. You want inserts in Bible size if you're looking to use them in a personal size Filofax or similar planner. You can also find inserts in mini, pocket, and A5. Be aware, though, that their pocket size inserts are a fraction of an inch taller and slimmer (not as wide) than Filofax pocket inserts therefore, might look a bit off in your planner. Not too bad, but definitely not the same. The price for each item is fairly reasonable. However, depending on where you are from, shipping can get quite costly. You can also join their points club for free which you can use towards future purchases.

Washi Tape. This is a fairly new obsession of mine. I don't own a lot as I can't find use for them other than using them to decorate my planner. Still, I can't seem to not browse through this section when I'm at my local craft store. Although these can be found locally, I've also bought mine from several sellers on Etsy and Yozo Craft. There are other online shops as well that carry washi tape like wishywashi.com or cutetape.com but I can't vouch for these sites as I have never bought anything from them. Washi tape is not only addicting but can be quite expensive, too, depending on where you buy them. So, shop around and don't say I didn't warn you.

Anyway, these are just a few of the shops I frequent and where I've found some of the things I use on a daily basis in my Filofax. One day, I'd like to go back to Japan not only so that I could relive some of the good memories I have of my stay there and make new ones with my husband and son but, also, so I could do some heavy shopping!

What stationery goods do you have access to in your area? Also, if you know of any other online stores that sell great stationery supplies, do share! Domo arigato and happy Filofax Friday!

Tips for a Filofax/Planner Newbie

29 March 2013

I may have turned a friend of mine into a Filofax convert over coffee one day. As we discussed plans for a future camping trip, I sat with my Filofax open before me jotting down notes and making lists. During our talk, she picked up my planner and said (and I paraphrase), "this is beautiful. You have a lot of these. I think I want one!" Our conversation then went from national parks and potential camping sites to which Filofax was best for what (work, school, home, as a wallet, etc.) and what the difference was between a personal size Filofax and an A5. Of course, at this point, I was doing most of the talking, trying to instill in her the little Filofax knowledge I have, while she sat there, stroking my Filofax, fastening and unfastening its clasp. That sparkle of wonder in her eyes that we Filo fanatics know all too well. Here are just the main pointers I gave her, most of which derive from my own experiences throughout my planner life. Keep in mind that I am no planner guru or Filofax expert. These are just my own thoughts/ideas.

  • Is paper planning really for you? We all know that paper planning isn't for everyone. Particularly if you're not used to it. My friend relies mostly on apps in her tablet/smartphone to get things done with an exception of a mini spiral notebook she keeps in her purse to jot down random notes. For the most part, she's all digital. If you've found a system that works, why change it? It's definitely something you want to think about before investing the time and money into something you're not quite sure will actually work for you. Tip: If, for whatever reason, you still feel paper planning is something you would like to venture in (but have never done before), try starting with a more affordable planner as opposed to spending money on an expensive binder. I was first introduced to paper planning during my sophomore year in high school. My first real planner was a cheap, spiral bound agenda bought at a local shopping market. I used it to keep track of assignments as well as daily happenings. It wasn't until I got the hang of using it and figuring out what worked and what didn't did I upgrade to my first ring-bound organizer.
  • A few more questions to consider before purchasing your first Filofax/Planner. So, you've decided to go ahead and take the plunge, eh? How exciting! But, first, what exactly do you need organized? Are you looking to get just your finances under control? Have you started exercising and are looking for something to keep your fitness/wellness goals in check? Are you looking for something to help keep daily/monthly/yearly tasks organized? Also, what kind of planner are you? Are you planning for yourself or for a whole family? Are you a stay-at-home mom, student, manager of a fancy pants company, or all of the above? Do you like things structured or prefer a more flexible schedule? All these things are good to know as they'll help determine what kind of planner you'll need.
  • Do your homework! There's a plethora of planners out there to chose from that come in different formats, colors, sizes, and textures. The ring-bounds, the wire-bounds, the Moleskines and various notebooks. What's considered "compact" in one brand is really a personal size in another. An A5 Filofax is similar to a Classic size planner which is similar to a "Desktop" planner. But, the rings in each are completely different. It's totally understandable that you get a bit overwhelmed with it all. I definitely was! But, no worries. There's a whole community out there at your service who are willing to answer all your Filofax/planner questions via YouTube, blog post, or a simple "hi, hello!". Your first stop? Philofaxy! You can get most if not all your questions answered there or get connected to people who might be able to help. Plus, it's nice to know that there are others out there who share a similar interest that not a lot of people in this digital world quite understand.
  • Beware of the "perfect planner" myth. You'll run into this a lot once you begin your planner journey. Actually, this myth isn't a myth at all. The perfect planner really does exists. But, know that the idea of a perfect planner isn't an all encompassing theory but rather something that varies from person to person. Know that what works perfectly for me, might not work for you. Once you've really figured out what you need in a planning system (see bullet point 2) and stop comparing yours to others, you might just find that the "perfect planner" was right under your nose all along.
  • Use it. Just like any tool, it's useless when you don't use it. You can spend hours setting up your planner, buying all the numerous inserts for it, making it pretty with all the decorative paraphernalia you've purchased on your many office supply store hauls. But, all that is pointless if it's been sitting in the very same spot you left it on the desk months ago. How efficient your planner is is really all up to you.
  • Writing it down is only half of the process. Unfortunately, planners are made to aid you in getting things done. So, until Filofax comes out with a planner that actually washes the laundry, writes term papers, pays the bills, and remembers to stop at the toy store to pick out a present for Susie's 5th birthday party this weekend then, I'm afraid you're going to have to do all that yourself. You've written it down (yay!), now go and do it!

My friend is still in the beginning stages of her planner journey. Last I heard, there were several Filofaxes she was ogling online but has yet to commit to one. "Yet" being the key word there as she is determined to find "the perfect one". Sound familiar?

Anyway, if you're a first time Filofax user or overall planner newbie, I hope these tips have been somewhat helpful if not entertaining. Good luck and happy planning!

April Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge

22 March 2013

When I started the first Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge back in January, I wasn't sure whether or not others would actually participate and, if so, whether or not it was something I wanted to continue doing every month. Seeing as how successful it was the first time around, I figured we're due for another one.

Participation is, of course, optional. I won't be hurt or come looking for you should you decide to opt out. If you don't know how to play, it's really quite simple. Like many photo-a-day challenges, each day you are given a prompt to follow. The real challenge isn't just to take a photo every day but rather how creative you can be with it. The prompts act as guides but it's really up to you where you want to take it. Just don't forget to incorporate your Filofax into the photo (it is a Filofax photo-a-day challenge, after all). Don't forget to share your creation on a social network of your choice (like here, for starters) and include the hash tag #fflovephotoaday so that others can see, too. Easy peasy.

So, without further ado, here's Aprils:

There's still about a week left in March but I know how we planners love to look ahead and prepare. I do hope that you'll play along. I'm looking forward to seeing some more yummy Filofax photos. Happy snapping!

A Beautiful Surprise

15 March 2013

I had seen many an Amazona on various blog posts and YouTube videos in the past and, at first, I thought they were definitely nothing to write home about. Until I saw this one in Almond--a color you don't get to see quite often. I purchased this off of a seller on eBay and completely forgot about it until a package with my name on it arrived yesterday. It wasn't until I opened said package and this beautiful Filofax sat inside, peeking out at me from under plastic and bubble wrap that I remembered (she didn't arrive in the infamous black box, unfortunately). It was love at first sight! Or rather love at first touch as I had never expected the Amazona to feel so nice.

I wasn't too fond of planners with animal print/textiles until I had received Olivia, the Osterley, from a good friend of mine. Even with that in mind, I still wasn't sure how I'd feel about the crocodile print of the Amazona. But, as soon as we touched, I couldn't help admire how its shiny, smooth leather felt in my hands. Unlike the Osterley, the crocodile print on the Amazona is more prominent and puffier in texture. It came with a few inserts, ones I'll most likely take out and toss into my ever growing stash. I swear I can fill a dozen Filofaxes with the extra inserts I've accumulated!

The Almond is a pretty, creamy, milk color and one I have never seen before in all the planners I've had. I also prefer the pocket layout of the Amazona over the Osterley's. Not that I'm comparing binders as both are lovely in their own right. This one's definitely a special one and I'm almost afraid to use her on a regular basis because she looks too pretty to scuff up and throw around. But, I'm happy to know she's now mine. Now if only the personal Baroque would magically appear into my hands, I would be one content lady.

Anyway, I have been taking a good long look at my League of Super Filos for a while now and I have decided (after days of deliberation) to let go of a few of them. *GASP* I know! I have a general idea of which ones I'd like to keep and which ones I'll be saying my goodbye's to, but I feel even this changes from day to day because I just can't bear to part with any of them. Each Filofax that manages to get onto the "sell" list, I've found a reason to keep. No, not the Finchley! It's PURPLE! But, sadly, the truth is a lot of them aren't being used and, quite frankly, I can't say if they'll ever be used. Because of this, I know finding good homes for them, where they'll be stuffed with all sorts of goodies, used on a regular basis, and loved, is the right thing to do. There will be more details on this venture once I finally set into stone which ones I can part with both physically and emotionally. In the mean time, wish me strength as I know I'll need it. Isn't it funny how attached we get to things? *sigh*

Day-Timer Malibu Planner: Thoughts & Quick Review

08 March 2013

I purchased this planner during my brief fickle phase when I was trying to figure out whether or not to make the move to an A5. My other option was to go elsewhere (as in another brand altogether) and the Malibu by Day-Timer happened to be on my list of "other possibilities".

I first read about this particular planner here. I remember looking at photos and thinking, I've seen several Day-Timers at local office supply stores many times before but never ones this beautiful. In fact, this particular model wasn't available at any of the local retailers in my area and so, one night, I took the plunge and logged onto the Day-Timer website and placed my order. Here are just a few of the things I liked and didn't like about the Malibu.

Filofax Fridays & Planner Updates

01 March 2013

It's been about four months since I've launched this blog and I have been enjoying it since. Lately, I've been brainstorming loads of ideas for future posts and really thinking about which direction I'd like for this blog to go. Figuring out my niche, per say. I started this blog with no real intention other than to share my favorite things, and current obsessions, with a few shared moments of my personal life. Sort of a lifestyle blog, if you will. In a sense, I've accomplished this with my many ramblings pertaining to Filofaxes and planners. In fact, it's all I've been talking about, really. Not that there's anything wrong with that. It's just that there's so much more to me and my life than my obsession with planners. Much more. So, I've made a plan to blog more often and keep all Filofax and planner related posts to Fridays. I hope I don't lose any readers because of this as I do enjoy engaging with you all on the subject of Filofaxes. There will still be talks about planners, no doubt, but I'd like to also expand my thoughts and creativity into other areas of interest. Which areas? Well, that we'll find out as they come along. With that said and done, and as promised, here is a quick update regarding the A5, and which planners I'm currently using. It is Friday, after all.

I had originally made the decision to move to an A5 because I felt I needed the extra space. My original intention was to use it as my main planner while using something more portable as my on-the-go. Temporarily, I had chosen my personal Osterley for this task. After a week or so with the A5, I started missing having everything in one nice portable planner (the A5's too heavy to carry around with me everywhere) and felt that transferring information I had accumulated throughout the day between the two planners was too much work. I found that I was slowly moving things back into the Osterley. Anyway, to make a long story short, I've decided to continue using a personal size planner as my main planning tool and, as you can see, it's not a Filofax.

I have actually moved into my compact Franklin Covey Aurora binder. This move was more accidental than intentional. In the middle of figuring out which personal Filofax I wanted to use on-the-go, I moved everything into the Aurora out of curiosity and immediately liked it. The Filofax inserts look a bit awkward in this wider binder. But, that extra space between the pen loops and where the inserts begin? Doesn't bother me at all. In fact, I think I can work with Filofax inserts in an FC binder than vise-versa. I know others have managed to work around it but FC inserts sticking out of a Filofax binder would drive me bananas. Plus, that extra space means the inserts aren't rubbing up against the two (two :D) pen loops when the binder's closed.

Gaps between the inserts and pen loops. 

Not too bad, right?

I do continue to use the A5 still. I use it mainly for household related projects and tasks. It helps to organize bills, bank statements, and other finance related duties. I also have been keeping all my blog related material in it and using the weekly diary as a journal. I figured these were things that I didn't care to have with me at all times and without these sections (finance and blog) it helps lessen the load in my personal--er, compact--planner. Not that the FC can't handle extra baggage what with its 1.25 inch golden rings. If I could magically turn all my Filofaxes rings to gold, I would.

Anyway, I can't say there won't be anymore changes but for the most part, I'm content. It's still a bit of an adjustment having to work out of two binders as opposed to having everything all in one place but until that perfect planner magically appears into my life, this is how it's going to be. I'd like to commit to this arrangement (the use of a personal/compact size planner as my main planner and an A5 as a home binder) till at least the end of the year or for as long as I can because I can't bear (let alone afford) another move.