The Crazy Suburban Mom: If a Filofax and a Moleskine and a Franklin Covey had a baby what would it look like?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

If a Filofax and a Moleskine and a Franklin Covey had a baby what would it look like?

Before I start this post, a message to Lin...  You're right and if you know of a Twelve-Step Planner Group - Shoot them my email.

I'm still smarting about the loss of my A5 Filofax especially since it was to be my last purchase before the spending diet.

I considered tossing the diet to the curb but that didn't set right with me so I decided to work with what I already had.

A while back I asked for an A5 leather Filofax on Freecycle.  No one answered with a Filo but someone offered a complete Franklin Covey (*See the aside that the bottom for my feelings about Franklin Covey overall) set.  It wasn't leather but it was the right size (classic), had this years pages, and had a lot of extras (zip envelopes, card holders, bookmarks, etc).  so I picked it up.

I hated the planner right off because it had a zipper, so I offered that back up on Freecycle.  The set also came with another 'storage' planner.  A plain vinyl, no-frills thing.  The closest one they have is this on line is  here.  Mine is the same color but has nothing  inside.

franklin covey

I also disliked the dated pages so I cannibalized a Moleskine dated planner I'd sewed buttons on when I first got it.  I ripped the thing apart, punched some holes and VoilĂ !


I also sewed buttons on the inside cover so you didn't see the back side of the sewing.  I like the inside  more the front.    I included the return to: page ....


And the months that were left in the year...


... And some lined paper...


... And the back pocket...


I have all the Franklin Covey accessories.  The retro looking thing is my address book.

address book

Another zip pocket has my Eames Chair Stamps.

planner space

One of the great things about the A5 size and the reason I thought it would work so well for me is that with a few hole punches so many things can be added, without drama.

This is my Kumihimo instruction book.

craft planner

This is my  Nutrisystem Meal Planner

meal planner

This is Ventura's Original Adoption Web page...

pet section

See what I mean?

A5 is half of a sheet of paper.  If you fold a regular sheet of paper in half, that's A5, and so many things are that size because the paper is pretty standard in the US.

I gave the old collage try to printing Filofax personal pages but for the life of me I couldn't get them to print right; it also involved a lot of cutting.  This is so much simpler.


Here's one of the three bookmarks with my tabs all ready to mark things up.  You can put Filo things in here but in requires extra punching - This books a melting pot.

And another book mark and a sort of half pocket/bookmark thing I put some other business cards in.  This is a big planner; heavy without the elegant bones of a Filofax but it should be serviceable.

It should also be helpful.   I will know once and for all if the size is perfect (or not).  It cost me nothing to make so I'm still good with the spending diet and it will give me some insight.

Will a Filofax this size work?  Is the whole shebang just too big?  Am I better off with the personal size or am I better off with multiple small notebooks for different jobs...

*The aside - I've been doing favorites for the last week or so, just so you know this isn't one.  I'm winging this to see if the size works.  Nothing negative against Franklin Covey but I can't  find anything from them that makes me sing...

They may have something that I could live with or might make me function better but throwing flowers on  planner pages and naming it Blooms doesn't make it fun.  Maybe I'm shallow but I want fun.  


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