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.