Filofax Holborn

Again it’s been a while! I’m really not great at this blogging thing! But, I have news on the Holborn.

I’m still using it! It might even be my unicorn after all!

The very front hasn’t changed all that much from its introduction in my previous post¬†but notably there’s a lack of cards. It bugged me keeping them all in the front there where I didn’t really use them often but my bank card gets the top slot at the front for it’s ease of use – it’s easy to remove without opening my planner which is handy.

Inside I’m still using the pengems year to a page, the highlighting indicates pay days because who doesn’t like to know when it’s payday? I added this stunning washi to the top from TK Maxx. I’m not really big on using washi in my planner but I love buying it so have quite a few already. (On a tangent, anyone seen the duckling tape?? Adorable!)

Then I’ve thrown in a quick example of a typical week for me, there’s nothing really personal so I don’t mind showing it, there is work which whilst I’m on regular hours usually I still write down in case I do other stuff too, then there’s my dog group commitments and the red notice stamps are used to indicate a show we’re competing in. This was my first time using the stamps I bought from facebook and they’re not straight, not all particularly clear and there’s some bleeding and transfer on my pages. It taught me I need to be more patient with my stamping but overall I’m not too bothered – it does that I wanted it to which is being immediately noticeable without the stickers I was using for dog events originally. I still want to go back to stickers for my training events at some point but I was perturbed when the yet unused stickers that I stored in my planner got dislodged off the backing and ended up stick everywhere.

Flipping to the back, I bought two business card holders from eBay to store the rest of my cards in. I picked the business card holder because of the top opening as opposed to the side opening and that if I do happen to want to store business cards in it then I can do that too. The only ones visible are my Booths loyalty card, my NHS prescription payment card (hence the quality of the photo when I then went to make the info blurry) and my donor card. The back slot still holds my Rebels leaflets and my cash. Part of me does wish that the zipped pocket weren’t at the same side as the pen loop as it can be fiddly to get coins out with the pen there but overall it feels safer that way and I don’t use that much cash for it to be a huge problem.

I’m going to close out this post with a picture and some quick thoughts

My gorgeous Laufey! Yes this is on my bed and that throw could do with a wash but he’s chilling with a picture of himself ūüėÄ

Quick thoughts

lovely leather; not too ridged or floppy
lots of pockets
tricky to get into zipped pocket quickly
pen loop perfect for my pilot
easily elegant in all situations
can even fit my phone in the front slot
slightly worried about scratching it

Swapping, forgetting and disappointment

Tomorrow is my second day at college and the first day I’ll be using my a4 identity! I plan to write about how that goes and the planned setup this weekend, but for now just a quick update. 

After my week off last week, I’ve only really been to regular appointments this week (agility practise and work) so didn’t really pick up my planner, this lead to effectively missing flyball because, even though my phone reminded me a couple hours before, I was just too tired to psych myself up for it as I usually would if I were tired. I don’t think my boy minded too much as he was sleeping off the afternoon’s activities but still, we only go once a fortnight and it’s a shame to miss it.

Not checking in made me decide to shake things up a bit so I’ve moved out of my a5 into my personal domino but here’s the disappointment, I don’t think I’ll be staying in it long. Not for now at least. I’m going to see how I get on with the paper size to actually use it but my god I’ve decided I have printing things for it. I wanted to make dividers similar to the ones in my a5 but I just cannot get them to line up on the front and back and maximise paper usage with 3 to a sheet. In the end, I gave up and went to attempt 2 per sheet but then my printer was running low on blue ink and I couldn’t be bothered to fart about changing that as my printer has a tendency to just complain for an hour when you try to change ink so I’ve just given up. 

Furthermore, it seems the page marker that came with my domino doesn’t seem to align nicely with the rings and gets snagged which just annoys me especially considering it was absolutely fine when I was using it in my college. 

I’m adding this picture too just to briefly mention the other bits in it. My lady bug purse was a Christmas gift that I love the look on but not too sure on the size, I’m testing it whilst trying to determine if I can keep my cards in my planner. The other two bits are leather items from Gusti Leder, along the bottom is a stunning pencil case and the other is a small purse/bag organiser type thing that I’m keeping a few bits in like my nail file. I got some brilliant bits from them and I jiggly show you everything at some point.

FiloFax Identity

I accidentally bought yet another filofax. Honestly, I really didn’t mean to this time but I couldn’t pass up such a great bargain. I was actually out with the intention of finding a new desk but that seems to have fallen by the wayside.

Meet my A4 Identity. It was advertised as originally being ¬£50 in WHSmith but had a sticker on it saying it was ¬£30¬†and then another saying it was ¬£14.95. The other one they had only had the ¬£30 sticker – I don’t know if they actually were different prices but I wasn’t chancing it. The box was a bit beaten up but I don’t mind that.

Looking closely at the filo, there is a small scuff on the spine and a couple of tiny marks on the back but they’re not noticeable unless you’re really looking for them.

Inside, there’s the standard diary, ruler, to do, addresses, this notepaper that I might scan in so I can print copies and the notepad. The inside corners have this pinched design which I’m not overly keen on – it just doesn’t look as clean as other designs where this is sandwiched inside the binder. It’s also heavy. As in, weighs on a par with my Pennybridge¬†with my iPad in it.

Overall, I wouldn’t have paid ¬£50 for it. In fact, I likely wouldn’t have paid ¬£30 for it but at ¬£15 I think it was a bargain.

My other topic of interest for the day is the cover I was talking about for my Pennybridge. I still don’t yet have the material (hoping to find something later this week) but in the mean time I remembered a bag I have that I was hoping it would fit in.

IMG_2371¬†It fits perfectly. It’s a bag I got a couple of years ago from New Look and never really used but it fits very snug and is a perfect temporary home for my A5 filo. Whilst I was in town yesterday, I also got the ladybug watch key ring. I’m obsessed with lady bugs and just had to buy it. It makes a lovely filo charm but my filo won’t fit in the bag when it’s hanging off it, small price to pay for a temporary solution.

Plastic pockets!

When I first started trying to organise my planner, I knew that I would definitely 100% need a pocket. I like to keep leaflets for raw feeding on hand for if I talk to people and they express interest. Add to that my recent moving between planners and I need somewhere to store my different sized food diary pages.¬†I saw an excellent tutorial on AppleHead Threads¬†from 2012 but the pictures are no longer available. I’ve emailed the blog and she’s looking into it but I’m extremely impatient and decided to give it a go.

IMG_2353.JPG¬†This is the first one I made. I got a cheap set of plastic wallets from work in a multipack and we already had the duck tape.¬†If you look closely you can see the tape isn’t quite perfectly straight but it’s not overly noticeable and more distracting for me is that the tape is a slightly different length on the top and bottom. When making it, I cut the whole thing out and then taped which has left the front and back ever so slightly out of alignment as the sheets moved, it’s not enough to affect usage or affect how it looks but just a point to note.

IMG_2354.JPG¬†I then decided I’d do a second one too. This time, I cut the sides but not the bottom and taped them as I cut them so the alignment was¬†correct and then cut the bottom and taped that. Unfortunately, I taped from the back (not the front) and taped the sides up making it too small for A5 paper so had to pull those bits up slightly and make a slit in it. To perfect it, I need to tape the sides as I go but tape from the front so the tape is level with the front sheet and not the back one. I will perfect this by the time I’ve made them all.

As an interesting point, I bought this hole punch on eBay which is excellent. It punches A5, personal, pocket and mini. I am seriously impressed with it.

Next on the project list is a cover for the organiser of my A5 pennybridge. I’m hoping for a cover that I can leave on even when it’s in the outer folio and add a pen loop to it too. I need to find some material first but I’ll get there, wish me luck!

FiloFax Domino

Personal Purple

062.JPG¬†Confession time, I haven’t used this planner! I bought it at the same time I bought my Apex¬†but haven’t moved into it yet so can’t really say how I like it much. It’s currently being used to store the inserts from my College organiser so I’m just going to give it my first impression.




Quick thoughts
card slots - it has enough that I could carry my essential cards
doesn't have a nice pocket for my phone
elasticated which I'm worried about stretching
I think the fabric interior will collect dust and pet hair and be 
hard to get clean better size for writing than the pocket