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

Whoops, it’s been a while

This is going to be a few posts in one because I’m awful and never got around to it.

Cherry Finsbury in A5

I¬†had been trying to find a red a5 planner with card slots and a zipped compartment with the intention of using it as a purse too. I¬†saw the Chameleon and thought it would be perfect, unfortunately I¬†couldn’t afford it. Then I realised that the Finsbury came in a red. I order it and tried desperately to love it. I think it left the house twice.

I think I might have to sell my would-be unicorn because it just wasn’t what I hoped for. Why didn’t I like it? It was very ridged and felt huge. I had been using the A5 planner portion out of my Pennybridge which was brilliant, very slim with 20mm rings and the cover only being marginally larger than the pages. This sports 30mm rings and is much larger than the paper –¬†it’s pretty much the size of my Pennybridge both in height and thickness.

Back into my Pennybridge.

I moved back into my Pennybridge planner section for a while but the pockets I had created for it make it bulky and difficult to write on as all of the poppers line up. I found it a bit too floppy and was worried about getting it bent out of shape in a bag. Plus there is no ability to use it as a purse too. I do still plan to make covers for it and will potentially move back into it at some point because the A5 size is just so wonderful for so many things.

Moved into my college.

As you can tell, trying to settle on a planner wasn’t really working for me and I really wanted to put my purse into my planner still. I like the horizontal¬†card slots of my college so tried that again. Downside being – nowhere to put actual money. I’d been looking on various selling platforms and was looking to try something else. So where did I do from there?

Meet the brown Holborn personal.

Personal seemed the size for a purse, brown seemed like it would go with the biggest selection of what I wear and use now without being a harsh black. The model had the horizontal card slots and lots of pockets.

Is this my unicorn? Maybe. I’m not using the (stunning) cotton cream inserts that came with it. I’m considering buying them for next year as there is no way I’m going to be printing a lot of personal inserts (more on that later). I’m using a set of white wo1p inserts that were included in my purple domino that had been in my college. Speaking of the domino, my mum needed an all-in-one datebook ¬†/ notepad and as I wasn’t keen on the style, I gave it to her. But, back to the Holborn. I now have quite a few sheets¬†of the other filofax inserts which is a good thing as my printed inserts having been coming out too well as my printer seemed to have an issue aligning the two sides. All I really wanted was to make a custom set of dividers following a similar theme to my A5 ones but the few mm that it was out on either side made a huge difference as it cut off lots of text and generally didn’t look good.

Dividers I did conquer! The fronts show various recent pictures of my dog and then the reverse all sport various dog related quotes (my dog if my life if you can’t tell!). I only really need four sections in my planner as pretty much everything falls into one of them. Obviously there’s my¬†calendar which is pretty self explanatory and on the first page has a year to a page planner from pengems, then¬†notes cover everything from my to do list to random things I need to remember.¬†Information will eventually contain personal information and likely some brief dog information for in case of emergencies. It will also contain my yearly goals which I have yet to copy from my A5 layout. Finally I have a¬†resources tab which is similar to notes but is more structured and things I might need to just refer to occasionally. So far it has dog food prices (explanation – I raw feed and if you look at the bottom let picture carefully you can see the price of some of the products I buy from a supplier, this list if mostly for reference on if something I spot when out and about is expensive) and has numbers for local rescue centres as people do tend to ask me this.

I love the Holborn because it has¬†so many pockets honestly, there are two in the front and three in the back. Currently I don’t really use the one at the front with the opening by the rings but the other one sometimes holds my phone and/or a shopping bag. The one at the back that you can see holds leaflets for Rawfeeding Rebels¬†as I do try and interest people and some of them want a leaflet as opposed to just a chat. Then there are two remaining pockets, protected by the pen. One open and one zip. The zip pockets holds my coin cash and the open one my paper cash. This is definitely my favourite planner.

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.