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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 thoughtย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

XOXO

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2013 in filofax

 

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Filofax swinging

Hi guys! ๐Ÿ™‚

So, I think all of us have been through a certain fase when it comes to Filofax. I’m talking about the first few months of the addiction in which you’re looking for the perfect binder – and trying heaps of models before deciding! I am in this state at the moment, and I’ve still not found out what my ideal binder is. To be honest – I’m not even sure about the size!

I started with Personal sized planners because they are most popular for people on the go. They’re small enough to take with you (in your purse or bag) and they’re not so small that writing in them is impossible. And sure, I really like the personal size! I just really wanted to try an A5 as well, just to see how I can use that, as some people take their A5 planners with them! I wanted to see how heavy they actually are, how bulky they are, and how easy it is to print my own stuff for it.

My boyfriend made a very clever remark about that – he said that A5 might be better to print my own stuff for than a Personal binder, as A5 is a standard paper size. I hope it really is easier than the weird measurements of the Personal paper, cause God knows I’ve been trying to print inserts for Personals and failed horribly every time!

Also, I think I’m not the kind of person that takes their planner everywhere they go. Having an on-the-go planner is great, but it’s a bit too much hassle for me… Plus, they make my bag really heavy. (Off topic: my bagย always seems like it’s too heavy to carry, even without my planner with me. How does that happen?!)

So what I did was, I swapped my Personal Finsbury in pink for an A5 Calipso, which should be on the way to me at this moment! Honestly, the Finsbury is a model that people seem to either love or hate, and it wasn’t the one for me. It doesn’t lay flat and the leather is a little too flimsy for me. Plus, my boyfriend enabled me into buying a Newme binder by Success – my first non-Filo binder!

I really don’t know how I like it. I mean, I don’t love it, but it’s doing fine so far. Plus, the inserts are 1000 times better than the Filo ones! I took all of the inserts out except for the diary, and put a mini-notebook in the back pocket so I save space and weight. Best idea ever!! ๐Ÿ™‚ It works very well. So I’ve been taking that with me on-the-go, and I never decorate the pages. I’m just waiting for my Calipso to arrive and I’ll goย full out on that! I’ll make my own deviders and washi tape the pages and use stickers andย everything.ย It’ll be a stay-at-home binder anyway because of the size!

I can’t wait for it to be here, and I’ll update you guys when it arrives! Another round of setting up a new planner is ahead! xxx

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2013 in filofax, life

 

Organised Mum inserts – a Filofax update

Hi all ๐Ÿ™‚

So when I first got into Filofax and its community, I was very excited about it all. However, soon after I started using my Metropol (who now has a new owner) I got really upset about the Filofax paper. I was using Stabilo pens and they just ruined the pages, bleeding and showing through, I hated it! I decided to start looking for better pens, and stumbled upon the Pilot FriXion pens, which are erasable!

I’ve been using those for a while and they look very good on the paper, especially if you mix the right colours together. They come in normal colours like black and blue I think but I have the coloured markers which are erasable as I just mentioned. Admittedly, the erasing isn’t really perfect. You should only erase them if you’re going to write over the same bit again, otherwise it looks really weird.They are temperature sensitive, and that’s how they’re also erasable, but it kind of messes up the paper (especially thin Filofax paper.)

I really recommend them, even if they’re not cheap. I bought a pack of 12 for about $25, I think, off eBay. At least they shipped very quickly! ๐Ÿ™‚

But then I saw someone else using inserts from Organised Mum, and I decided to take a look at those. At first I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to use them, until I saw that they were only 5 pounds (shipping included) and I thought, why not?ย They can’t be worse that the original inserts anyway.

They came in the mail a few days ago, whilst I was on my vacation, so I opened them up today and had a look! First of all, the paper actually feels a lot more sturdy and thicker than Filofax paper, which is good! It kind of reminds me of regular printer paper, but perhaps a little thinner? I’m not sure though, that’s just how it feels touching it. I’m going to use them for the entire month of July and then I’ll see which ones I want to use in 2014! I will keep you posted ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for reading! Until next time ๐Ÿ™‚

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2013 in filofax

 

Birthday update!

Hi all!

It has come to my attention that I was featured on the Philofaxy website! Thanks for that guys, and thanks for reading, it makes me very happy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now, I had my birthday last Friday and I turned 18. First of all: No, it doesn’t feel any different! (Everyone asks me that!) Although I will admit that turning 18 was quite scary with the insurance and banking stuff and all. There were so many things that I had to take care of before and right after my birthday (banking, taxes etc) and that made it really overwhelming. However, now I’ve taken care ofย all most things, it’s not too bad. And this is only the start, right? This is what I’ll have to do for the rest of my life!

My birthday itself was quite normal to be honest, as I had to work all afternoon. I did feel special! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Lots of my colleagues had remembered my birthday and they congratulated me, it was so nice. I didn’t have any relatives over that day, most of them called on Saturday. I really liked that, because that’s always the most awkward part of a birthday, right? Especially because my relatives are all German and even though my German is okay, it still makes me nervous speaking it. It was great though, I had these pastry things that I don’t know the English name of.

Imageย I basically made it a tradition to eat these on my birthday.

Apparently they’re very Dutch, because even my German grandmother didn’t know them (and she actually baked my birthday cake!) They’re very tasty though, especially the pink icing on it ๐Ÿ™‚ Nobody is really sure how to eat them properly, but the easiest way is to eat the whipped cream in the middle first, and then take the pastry in your hand and eat those.

Yesterday (Sunday) my grandparents from Germany came over with the birthday cake I mentioned, which was a strawberry cake andย very delicious! It was very nice to have them here as we hadn’t seen them for a couple of months.

All in all, I had a nice birthday. Meanwhile I’m still waiting for my Sketch to arrive this week and I simply cannot wait! I have stickers and sticky notes to use in it that I haven’t even unwrapped yet cause I only want to use them in the new Filo… Dilemma! It’s okay though, it’ll be here soon ๐Ÿ™‚ (Thanks Steve!) As soon as it arrives, I will make a picture heavy post featuring a review in the Sketch and a look at the new goodies I bought for it.

Stay tuned for that and thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2013 in filofax, life

 

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Filofax on its way!

Hi everyone! It’s my first post and I already have great news! I bought a Filofax Sketch in Personal size from a really nice guy in the UK. I’ve only had my Metropol for a month, I know, but it was priced ridiculously well so I went ahead and thought: “Why not?!”

I did check whether it was legit, of course. The seller said it was new, never used and came with all the inserts so I wondered why he’d sell it for this price, but then again, the Sketch is a non-leather binder so it’s cheaper than the regular ones. I suppose he couldn’t sell it for retail price, as he’d already bought it. Still, I asked him for pictures of the interior and exterior to check for marks or faulty rings. It looked perfect!

I’m very excited for this because I initially wanted the Sketch, but it wasn’t available anywhere near me so I bought the Metropol instead. Now I’m still getting the Sketch and in the chocolate colour I wanted! I think I’ll swap the Metropol for stationary with someone from the Philofaxy Facebook group, cause those people are really trustworthy.

I’m not sure when the seller is shipping the parcel, and even then I have no idea how long it would take to get here. I’m very anxious to get it, cause I finally have a system that works for me so I can just take my current interior and put it in the Sketch. (Seriously, I need a name for my Filofaxes. Any ideas? I think Metropol is a girl and Sketch is a boy.) I’ve also ordered Pilot FriXion erasable gel pens and I’mย very happy I did, cause I saw a review of them the other day and they seem perfect for my needs! There will be other stuff coming in over the next few weeks that I ordered from eBay, but that’s probably gonna take a little longer.

Thanks for reading, see you at my next update xxx

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2013 in filofax