The Crazy Suburban Mom: Seeking Filofaxian Nirvana

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Seeking Filofaxian Nirvana

 I got a rainbow of Filofaxes the day before I started my epic declutter.  Guilty isn't a strong enough word for how I feel about my Filofax Feeding Frenzy because there isn't a single Filo in the donation pile.  Of all the things I have too many of, at the moment Filofaxes top the list.

I have to make some decisions about what to do them and I started with setting up the pink one as my wallet. This one was the least frivolous purchase because I've wanted to try a Filofax as a wallet for a while now.  

I thought it was a Chameleon first, then a Finsbury, then I didn't know.  The fabric inside threw me.

 It took me days to find a name on it; it's a pocket Rio.  The features are a vertical mesh pocket and a full length fabric pocket on the left, a full length pocket for bills across the top, and a full length zippered pocket on the right.  

The pen loop is leather (which I prefer) although my new pen  Jayne Mansfield is a little voluptuous for the loop.   Jayne, my pen, fits about as well as the real Jayne fit into this dress...

A tight squeeze, pretty much.

 It's Italian leather (and feels like it) with a fabric interior (not my favorite feature,  but I like the print).  The overall size is  4 1/2" x 5 3/4" with six 3/4" rings.

She holds a lot for a small Filofax. 

The clearance Filo's had a smattering of inserts;  some had dated pages as far back as 2006,  some just a few random sheets,  and some were naked.  

 Rio was stark naked,  not even a box to cover herself. Poor baby...

I used some things from the  London 2012 Line Burst Pocket Organizer  because  I didn't have anything else.    Pink and aqua is a golden match so it's all good. 

I'm using the week on two pages, and wow! Compared to Mr. Malden's A-Five-iosity, these inserts are delicate little flowers.   See how the birthday sticker spills over?  It's my son's birthday today!  Happy Birthday, Ben!

Not that he'll read that. No one in my family has ever made it through a Filofax post.

The to-do sheets hold a reasonable amount of information if you're not too wordy and a bit clever.  

And I love the little square on top for a date.

  If I couldn't use a lot of stickers it would be a deal breaker.  Who wants to read about how much laundry you have to do without some happy, brightly colored encouragement?

Still loving that Olympic-theme ruler... I hope this kind of graphic ruler design is a trend for Filofax.

Still got my new tabs too.  They can go along the side or the top if you whack off an edge.

The left side pockets are well, not leather.  I'm not a big fan of the mesh business but you can see my adorable new stickers through it, so that's a plus.  Bottom line is when I buy a Filofax I want it to scream QUALITY!  

Mesh screams fly swatter.

But like I said, I do like seeing my new stickers through the mesh.  Since I kinda love them a lot I'm not overly upset by the mesh beyond the principle of it.

 I was going to use the right side zipper pocket for change and I did try. It's full length but without  being gusseted it's not nearly as functional as it could be.  Digging out change in the grocery express line was a chore.  And the people behind me didn't much like it either.  

I decided to hole punch some small vinyl pouches because of the express line dirty looks and also because the Rio has no credit card slots.  

Look how cute my red riding hood credit card pouch is?  There is a zip along one side...

Plus two credit card slots on the back.

And I added another pouch for stamps.

I kept everything color-themed.  

As for a pen, I didn't want a small one. They are too hard to write with.  And I certainly didn't want to buy a new one because I didn't declutter pens either and the guilt was getting to me.

I'm using a JetPens grape-scented  Miffy pen.  The benefits are:  it writes  purple, the print is small (which you need on small paper), fits in the pen loop,  only costs $1.10 and it smells like a grape lollipop.  

What more could you want in a pen?

It spills over the edges a schoochy bit but I'd rather have it be a little big then try and use a pen the size of my thumb.  

Will this pocket Filofax work for me?

Yes,  I think so.  As a wallet it works exceptionally well because it combines two things I need to carry in a small footprint.  It won't replace my he-man Malden as a primary Filofax though.  

Having that much space is something I need, want, and desire.  Large sheets of paper afford me creative rambling space.  My A5 has room to hold what I'm currently working on; letters, projects,  posts, craft ideas, wish lists,  plus room for storing bills, extra paper, multiple pens, receipts, art pages, paperbacks... Everything.  

There is always a bit of give and take with a Filofax because needs are so individual.  Fortunately, there are scatey-eight million Filofaxian permutations.  Finding one with most of the features you need isn't that hard and rings take care of the rest by allowing  for maximum customizing in your search for planner nirvana.



HM 6/12/12, 1:22 PM  

Such a pretty Filo and a beautiful set-up! I'm sure you'll use it lots!

Tracy Reinhardt 6/12/12, 2:30 PM  

HM - So far, so (very) good! Glad I got it on sale, if I hadn't I'd still be mulling it over!


Vanjilla 6/12/12, 4:25 PM  

Such an excellent job on this pocket one, Tracy - and great photos, too! i love your uber-cute vinyl pouches!

icclewu 6/12/12, 5:02 PM  

omg i love this. everything about this. can you do a post on where u bought the tabs and pockets etc from pls?? xx

Lin 6/12/12, 10:31 PM  

I think I read that it was Ben's birthday in there somewhere....Hee! Hee! Happy Birthday, Ben!!

Unknown 6/13/12, 12:37 PM  

I <3 your pages :-) and you've motivated me to begin my summer (was really supposed to be SPRING) declutter fling --- this NYC apartment living with 2 kids, 1 cat, 1 husband & foster caring the kindergarten guinea pig for 3 weeks is a 'I'll too "COZY" for my comfort ;-P

LJ 6/16/12, 1:20 AM  

This is fabulous!!! Loving the vinyl purse inserts - so cute!!! Now I'm wishing I hadn't got that Pennybridge so I would have an excuse to play with more FF ideas :o)

Romina 6/16/12, 9:04 AM  

Tracy where did you get those adorable pouches and the lil red riding hood insert? Do share!

Anita 6/16/12, 4:33 PM  

Great post & you've managed to fit so much into it :) I love those pouches too!

Ms. C 6/17/12, 7:22 AM  

I love your creativity! You have been such an inspiration for me! After one of your posts I went directly to the etsy site you recommended and bought some beautiful washi tape! I have two questions-I, too, want to know where you got those adorable pouches, and I would also like to know what sort of hole punch you use! You seem to be able to put holes in everything!!!

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