Monthly Archives: August 2013

Midori Traveler’s Notebook VS. Filofax

Hello all!

I realise this is the third post I’m writing this evening, sorry! I just wanted to share with you my new interest which is the Midori Traveler’s Notebook (MTN). It seems like there’s more people who use them alongside their Filofax and I think this is a great idea!

First off, when I came across Filofax I was already into stationery, mostly doing SMASH* stuff and journaling. And when I saw the first video of Filofaxing I knew… I knew… I was in deep trouble. I knew I was going to fall in love with this! I was going to fall in love with it and spend far too much money on it! And the best part: My prediction was totally accurate.

I felt the same when I saw the MTN. It looked so… Rustic. Simple. Classic. Just my style! You know, (slightly off topic), I’ve always been in conflict with myself as I couldn’t find out what exactly my style was. Not only in stationery, but also in clothing, appearance, everything! I just didn’t know how to act! I have a cute type of face, yet I have tattoos. I felt contradicted, I don’t know who I am as a person!

When I entered the Filofax world, I wanted to do it exactly like all the others did with dividers, sections, washi tape and all that, and that was fine for quite a while. It helped me get my shit together when it comes to planning, and now I don’t think I could live without a planner! But as I talked about in my last post, it felt overwhelming. It wasn’t me. I didn’t really care for my sections, I care about keeping my planning up to date and journaling!

This feeling was triggered when I saw the MTN. I saw that rustic look, the simple design… I realised that I actually prefer a bound book over a ringed binder, and MTN combined the best of both worlds! It’s a bound book that’s refillable! I love the look of it. I mean, how simple can it get? It’s a piece of scrap leather that holds paper together with an elastic band. It reminds me of cowboys, travelers, the wild west. That’s my style.

Plus, I know my boyfriend would totally love this thing too. He’s been with me whilst I was juggling around different planners, so I know he’s interested in what I do! And no, I don’t think I will abandon Filofax for this. I just think I shouldn’t want to have everything. I don’t need lists and sections and all that shit. What I need is a calendar that I know I’ll use, the Filofax, and a journal that is totally my style, which is the MTN.

The best of both worlds. I mean, the MTN and washi tape don’t go together in my opinion. I think it would totally mess up the concept of the Traveler’s Notebook, which should be simple and easily accessible. A MTN is what you can whip out at a coffee place or at a park, and you start writing about the stuff that has occurred to you, things that you’ve seen or done. A Filofax makes sure you know what to do each day, so you can plan on going to that coffee place or park. And to spice that up, you decorate it a little, to help you stay in touch with your planner in order for you to keep planning the days ahead!

The Filofax and the MTN are two separate things, but they go hand in hand in my life. Well, not yet. I don’t have a MTN yet and I don’t think I’ll get one any time soon, as they’re far too pricey for a bit of scrap leather and an elastic! I’ll get myself a knock off. One that I’ll make totally awesome and completely my style, cowboy!

Happy planning! xxx

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Posted by on August 10, 2013 in Uncategorized


Organised Mum Inserts Review

Back in June or July I bought the inserts off the Organised Mum website to try and see if they were any better than the original Filofax inserts, which I thought sucked at the time. Well, after trying Organised Mum, I feel more love towards Filofax paper…

As you can tell, I didn’t really like them. The pages were too white, first off. You know how Moleskine paper is kind of yellow creamy coloured? I like that, as nothing feels worse than staring at a black, white page. I know regular FF paper is white too, but because it’s so thin, it lets light through which can give them some colour. I like that about them now. Plus, I like the feel of the thin paper, like flipping through a phone book 🙂 If I use my FriXions or a normal ball-point pen, there’s no bleed-through anyway!

What I also didn’t like were the boxes you could write in. I felt so… Confined! If I didn’t write inside the box, it looked weird. The boxes were too small to fit stuff in though, in my experience. It’s nice if you have to write in your work hours, for example! That fits perfectly and you can decorate the edges of the box! You could also make little drawings in the boxes! A sun for a sunny day, a cloud for a rainy day etc. That was nice about it, but you could also do that on FF pages.

So all in all, I don’t like these inserts a lot, they’re not for me. For others, it could be ideal! Just not for me.


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Back from crazy! PLUS PLANNER FAIL

Hello everyone!

I haven’t updated my blog in a couple of weeks I think, and the reason of that is that I was planner-less for a few weeks. You know how I said that there was an A5 Pink Calipso on the way to me? Yeah. It got lost. …Yeah.

Well, it didn’t get entirely lost, it was only lost for 2 weeks or so. The lovely woman I had swapped my Finsbury with had provided me with a tracking number, which I thought was very handy!


At some point the tracking just didn’t update anymore, and by the time my Finsbury had safely arrived, I was starting to worry. The last update was July 15th, and it said it was in Chicago and now on the way to destination! And new info would be added periodically during the day!


A day went by… Another day went by… I started to worry. Another 2 days went by… A WEEK went by… Eventually after like 10 days I gave up on the thing, didn’t think it would ever arrive. I was also very stressed because I couldn’t deal being without a planner for this long. So I went ahead and bought a brand new Purple Malden in A5, thinking the Calipso was never going to show up anymore.

Now, bad luck struck me yet again! When the Malden arrived (two days later than the shop had assured me) I found out the clasp was broken as well. Yes. Just my luck. I had to take it to a shoemaker and they repaired it for me in just a day, which was nice!

At that point I hadn’t fallen in love with the binder, though, which was unfortunate. It was the colour that I didn’t like, the purple was a little too dark for me, like a witch kind of purple! I really loved the Malden itself though, so I went to an office supply shop where they could order the vintage pink A5 Malden for me (which is like my dream Filofax!). It should come in next week 🙂

Having that set up, I decided to put my purple Malden up for sale and swap. A lovely Dutch lady was interested, and I was over the moon because I then didn’t have to be scared that parcels would get lost or things like that, as we’re in the same country. She sent me a Malibu DayTimer in eggplant and a Franklin Covey binder which I don’t know the name of in dark blue! The best part is that she included the Blooms inserts for 2013 and 2014 as well, and those are compatible with Filofax personal size and vice versa!

But then. Yes, you guessed it! The Calipso actually showed up after being missing for 2 weeks! I was so happy about it! The Malden was now gone, so I was happy that I could set another binder up to my taste, even though I knew I had to see her go soon. I didn’t want to have 2 A5 binders, and the Malden is my dream Filo. If I had known she’d come around soon, I don’t think I would’ve bought the purple Malden.

So now what? You’d think I’d be happy with my collection by now? Nope, right at this moment (today) I ran into a common problem: the planner fail.

Everyone has experienced it, I think. My guess is that, when you come into the world of Filofax, you see their community and the way other people have set up their Filofax and you try to mirror them. Sections, to do lists, washi tape, decorations, lists, goals, health journals… What happened to the diary? It seemed to me that the setup of your binder was even more important than whether you actually used that system.

Sure, decorating pages works for some, as then they stay in touch with their planner. And people want to have everything in one binder, cause that’s how it works for them. But it doesn’t work for me! Having a Filofax has inspired me to plan more, to write things down more often so I wouldn’t forget them. It has helped me clear my head so I would remember the important things! But a notes section? Quotes? I hate quotes. I don’t even want them in my planner. Why am I doing all this shit that I don’t even need?! Health journal? Really? I eat Doritos for breakfast, I don’t care about my water intake. Don’t judge me, ladies! 😉 

Anyway, I started feeling like this after I saw the Midori Traveler’s Notebook, which I’ll make a separate post about. I just felt the need to tone everything down a bit, I wanted things to be more simple!

So what I did was, I took my personal Ochre Malden (which is Italian as I got it from Filofax Italy) and all I have in there is my calendar and my wallet. That is all! I must say, comparing to an A5 a Personal size doesn’t hold a lot! If I try to open the rings on my personal Malden all the pages come out!

I feel better now. I use a regular black pen for writing instead of my FriXions, I only use vintage looking washi tape and no more Hello Kitty. No sticky notes! No stickers! Just my rustic Ochre Malden.

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