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Filofax swinging

Hi guys! 🙂

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 bag 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!! 🙂 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 go full out on that! I’ll make my own deviders and washi tape the pages and use stickers and everything. 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


Posted by on July 15, 2013 in filofax, life


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! 🙂

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 of 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! 😉 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.

Image 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 🙂 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 and 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 🙂 (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! 🙂


Posted by on June 10, 2013 in filofax, life


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