Friday, 27 April 2012

Penloop hack for my A5 Finchley

This is a short video to show you a penloop hack I made for my A5 Finchley. Since I colour-code all my diary entries, I absolutely need to have 4 colours with me. But the Finchley (well, all A5 Filofaxes for that matter ...) only has 2 penloops.
I added two penloop-cards from a slim-sized Flex (one had to be cut a bit smaller) - et voila: I now have 4 penloops!

Unfortunately (and I didn't mention this in the video), I have meanwhile received my A5 Chameleon and the penloop hack is useless here because of the different pocket arrangement. Plus, the penloops in the Chameleon are soooo tight! I bought a second Slim Frixion (in matte black - very very chique!), and I just stuff the other two Frixions in the zipper. Okay for now, but will need to improve that for the future!

Without further ado, here's the link to the video!

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Puppy Love!! (or the irresistable Mini Malden)

I already mentioned it on Twitter: since I started this blog, a few new Filofax additions have found their way into my home. Just like I'm a sucker for cute homeless critters, I cannot walk away from homeless little Filofaxes ...
When I found this mini Malden on Ebay, I couldn't resist, because A) it was so cheap and B) I thought that it would complete my Malden Family (Wait! What about the A5? ...... Read on ...).

Here she is!
Oooooooooooohh - Awwwwwwwwwww!

My first reaction was the same as I usually display when seeing a cute little puppy! After I was done with the Ooochie Pooochie, I opened her upon further inspection:

Familiar zip pocket on the left, thought really super small and tiny in this Mini size. I would hold a few parking coins, but not many! Behind the zip pocket are two card slots. Unlike the Pocket size, the Mini doesn't allow for a horizontal insertion of cards (which would allow for 2 cards above each other), it's just too ..... TINY!

The Malden came with the regular WO2P inserts in 4 languages:

The bottom slot on the righthand side is little Notes-box. I said LITTLE!

 The righthand cover doesn't have a notepad pocket like all the other Malden sizes. Which was a bit of a disappointment: I mean, how terribly cute would such a teenyweeny notepad have been?! But okay, two more card slots is okay as well ....

Of course, the Mini also has the infamous full width wallet pocket. Which means you COULD use it as an actual wallet (I know Thomas S. does/did use his Ochre Mini Malden as a wallet).
Full width wallet pocket

One of the first things I noticed when I looked at this Malden, was the different texture from my Pink Vintage Pocket Malden. The Pocket is more smooth, whereas this Mini looks kind of creased. Except for the clasp, which is made from smoother leather.
The picture below gives you an impression of the leather differences. So, would a creased Purple Malden resemble the top one?
BTW: this picture finally captures the REAL colour of the Vintage Pink! So glad, we got that settled then ...

Top: Mini; Bottom: Pocket

Finally, a comparison of the Pocket and the Mini. Which again emphasizes the cuteness of this size! I have owned a Mini Finsbury before, but it didn't feel so tiny! Maybe it's because of the - in comparison - huge clasp?
My wallet has a baby sister!

To be honest, I don't know yet if I will actually put this Filo into proper use. I 'll have to think of something. I'm now so used to the Pocket size for my wallet with shopping lists, that I don't feel I could cope with a Mini. I'll think of something though, I promise!
If you have any great ideas, please share in your comments.

P.S. About that A5 .... I have an A5 Purple Malden on pre-order at City Organiser! I just have to wait until they replenished their stock of smooooooth purple leather Maldens again ... I do hope it won't take much longer, the suspense is killing me!
Stay tuned!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

I did it!

Yep, it finally has happened! I'm guilty of adding yet another blog to the frantic Filofax-loving world. I'll promise to write blogposts very very rarely so as to add as little as possible to your time-wasting and procrastination routines .... hehe.

In the past I wrote a few (well, only four actually) guest posts over at Philofaxy (a.k.a. the Mother Ship). For those who haven't read them, or who want to reread them, here are the links (hope you don't mind this, Steve?).

Published 8th December 2010, when I had just downsized from A5 to Personal:
Task and time management in my personal crimson Malden

And  from 7th August 2011, after my downsize from Personal to Pocket:
A pocket full of life - my pocket vintage pink Malden

Later followed a few months in Personal size, then a couple of months in the Women's Success Planner, after that back in my Personal Filofax and then in my Erin Condren Life Planner. Of course, I then missed the customisability of a Filofax, and at the same time I hit a workload Tornado. Which brought me back in square 1: in my A5 pink Finsbury Filofax (the one I orginally started in - how utterly and deeply ironic!).

My honest attempt to squeeze everything in a thinner A5 binder - my scarlet red Adelphi -  failed as I kept tweaking my system and thus adding stuff.

Should you be interested in a peek-a-boo in the A5-setup, here are my two short vlogs on it:

Luckily, thanks to the great Swedish Train Robbery (yeah, you may google that!), I was able to add an A5 Finchley in Imperial Purple to my collection. With its 25 mm rings, it's just inbetween the Finsbury (30 mm) and the Adelphi (20 mm).

In a crafty moment - induced by Filofax' ongoing refusal to give us tabbed monthly pages - I made my own, and wrote about it on 19th February 2012:
Do it yourself: Tabbed monthly pages

Oh, and since I'm always on the hunt for nice paper, I also wrote a guestpost on my latest find. This is from
22th March 2012 on the Oxford International A5 Notebook

So, how's that for a first blogpost!