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My Filofaxes and Friends

I have been playing with my Filofax collection since I received my A5 Ochre Malden yesterday afternoon.

I figured now would be a good time to share my entire assortment of Filos, along with a few paper friends.

My A5s: Raspberry Finsbury, Purple Malden, Chocolate Aston, Wine Holborn Zip, Ochre Malden. My Personals: Dark Green Panama and Orchid Aston. Friends: Two large Moleskine Cahier notebooks with leather covers by Renaissance Art Leather, small Moleskine, Mead monthly calendar, and pens.

My A5s: Raspberry Finsbury, Purple Malden, Chocolate Aston, Wine Holborn Zip, Ochre Malden. My Personals: Dark Green Panama and Orchid Aston. Friends: Two large Moleskine Cahier notebooks with leather covers by Renaissance Art Leather, small Moleskine, Mead monthly calendar, and pens.

My first two Filofaxes were the Panama (discovered on clearance in a stationary store in SoCal while traveling) and the Finsbury. I decided that the Finsbury didn’t have the feel and wear pleasurable enough for use as my main Filo, and while the Panama had great paper, it was too small to track my family and work schedules.

Since then, I actually moved to a cheap monthly calendar that I can carry either alone or with my Filo. The calendar square size was much more conducive to tracking events (at least with my handwriting). After reading other Filofax/paper planner blogs, I decided that my Filofax could serve more as a reference than the calendar I haul to all my appointments. I still carry my A5 most places, because I have several gargantuan tote bags that make it easy, but I’m able to leave it behind if I’m just having lunch with a friend.

I used the Orchid Aston (also purchased on sale) as a wallet for about 6 months. This was a great solution for me because I have a billion cards – library, loyalty, gift cards, university ID, you name it – and I prefer to have them on hand in case I make an unplanned stop. I’m now going to experiment with it for a week or two.

The Maldens are recent purchases, influenced by my desire to be able to carry my iPad mini with me. I started with the purple and decided to splurge on the Ochre because I think it may look better as it wears. For instance, I’ll carry my Malden and iPad with me to meetings tomorrow and Thursday. I also purchased the Holborn zip on sale a few weeks ago because the ability to have my pages enclosed was intriguing; many others described their satisfaction with the feel of the leather. It can also hold my iPad, though not in the pocket of the rear cover.

I opted to show you two other paper and leather treasures: My large Moleskine Cahier covers. One holds my daily journal, and the gorgeous blue one I use for notes at university and conference presentations. It feels luxurious and yet it’s not too expensive to fill with replacement notebooks. I purchased both online from Renaissance Art about 7-8 months ago, and I love them!

I included the small Moleskine because I’m contemplating using it for a GTD inbox. I’ll post about that experiment in the next few weeks. I also shared my (gasp) non-Filo calendar. You can see in the post below that it helps me track all my family and work events, and I love the larger calendar squares. The lack of spiral binding makes it perfect for tossing in my bag without fretting that something will be knocked out of alignment. My life doesn’t allow me to be too precious about things like calendars. It – by sheer happenstance – looks lovely with one of my pen bags. I appreciate pen bags because I change purses or carry a tote bag, transferring a large number of pens in seconds. This is especially helpful because I use color coding in my Mead planner.

Most of the time I use just one A5 and the calendar for my planning needs, but I just transferred all the pages related to my son’s health and our new gluten/dairy-free life into a separate A5. I’m not sure if this will be a permanent arrangement. I’m also experimenting with the personal for about two weeks to see if it works in combination with my Mead calendar, thus allowing me to savor the cotton cream.

There you have it. My Filos and friends. I never thought I’d be one to amass a “collection,” but I’m happy with what I have right now. My only wish is for Filofax to create A5 inserts in Cotton Cream!

A5 Collection

One Last Attempt with the Personal Filofax – Updated

As I like to say, “I’m an A5 girl all the way.” I tried the Personal size twice. The first Filofax I purchased was a Panama on clearance at a stationary store in SoCal. I love the cotton cream, but the Panama was too precious to carry around. The size is too restrictive when I use my calendar to track my family’s schedule. In fact, I have been using a separate monthly calendar for a while now. Even the A5 gets crowded when I track my family’s activities and appointments along with my work. The separate calendar works nicely in conjunction with my A5 because when I don’t feel like hauling my A5 to a particular event, I can just bring the monthly calendar…and if I want to bring both, it doesn’t make it too bulky.

However, I have been tempted by the cotton cream lately. Since my A5 is a reference binder in many ways, I could use it more as a desk planner if I wanted. I decided to give the Personal size one more try. Maybe if I use a piece of notepaper in between the first and second half of my week on 2 pages, I could fit in “to-dos” that I like to see.

Here was my attempt:

My monthly calendar and Panama Personal

My monthly calendar and Panama Personal. I color code my family calendar: Purple for me, blue for my daughter, green for my son, and pink for family as a whole. I also use orange if I need to note anything special about my husband’s schedule, but I only do this if it impacts our plans as a family (e.g., an out-of-town conference or evening school board meeting).

I added only events and time-specific to-dos on the weekly pages, while other to-dos went on the notepaper. I used my monthly calendar to pull events, but I only included kids’ events if they affected my schedule or were particularly noteworthy.

I’m not sure I am comfortable with this layout, but I’m going to try it for two weeks to see if it grows on me. The paper is definitely appealing. I still feel restricted by the box size, especially given writing near the rings. I will transfer it over to my other Personal Filofax, however, which is the more practical Orchid Aston. I can see the advantage of being able to carry the personal around, and I would continue with my separate monthly calendar.

We’ll see…