The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2012-09-02

Friday, September 7, 2012

What's on your Filofax Holiday Wish list?

My family asked me to make my annual Holiday wishlist recently.   I thought back over the last few years and realized my wish lists always have a common thread.  A few years ago I wanted mostly yarn, the next year paints and art supplies.  Last year I wanted gel pens and make-up.  

As I made this years list  it's  all about my Filofax.  I know....surprise, surprise.  

My wishlist starts at a store called Poketo  where there are great things to decorate and augment my organizing life.   

I love the simplicity of their design and the size ( 5.7″x 8.3″ (145X210 mm) seems perfect for disassembling and hole punching.  

And the graph... ish paper calls to me.  It graph but kickier.  It's called the Poketo draw your mind journal.    The only reason I didn't buy it on sight is the price, $28. 

I'm going to scavenge around and see how much money I can dig up.  Don't laugh, I once found $800 in a wallet I wasn't currently using.  Buried treasure is an odd benefit to being totally disorganized. 

Now this ...

Is a schooch bigger then an A5 at  7 x 9.5 x 0.5” (17.8 x 24 x 1 cm).

But the inside (decked out)  is amazingly adorable but very functional looking. It's called a Notefolio

The Eco A5 Notebook  is another one I'm dreaming of punching is A5 size: 5.8×8.3″ (148 x 210 mm)

 I love the cover design, they are screaming dividers.
The pages are blank on one side and lined or graphed on the other which is pretty much brilliant.  I had a notebook once configured like that and it was really useful.

These stickers are calling my name!

They are called Graphic Stickers and come in three different styles each with three sheets with six stickers each. 3x 4.5" (76 x114 mm).  I'm sure I need them all.

The Pie Graph Sticky Notes are another design WOW!  The pie-shaped sections allow for organized sticky notes.   Why hasn't anyone thought of this before??  I love the muted color too, to many stickies are all kinds of florescent day-glo awful.

Moving on to my obsession with all things postal...

Love these envelopes I found them on Etsy (here).  Besides using them as envelopes I tape things like this to Filofax dividers so I can contain small things like paper clips, business cards, photographs, etc.

Continuing the mail theme...

My Filofax is itching for these memo pads. 

I love the graphics on these travel stickers.  They make me feel like a seasoned traveler despite my little agoraphobia quirk.

And look at these adorable bags!  I have a few similar bags in my Filofax to hold things like receipts and shopping lists.  But really I love the sound they make when they crunch.  The noise relaxes me, what can I say?  

I think it has something to do with ASMR .  All I know is  listening to bags crunch rings my bell...

And some of this stuff  too because a day without washi tape is like a day without sunshine!

Have you ever seen the Yard O' Led Pens on Filofax?  I'm going to show a few pictures because this list is about wishes, not necessarily about reality.

That last one has a topaz in the crown!  

My Filofax is stuffed to busting; the only thing missing is a crown.

I'd love to see what's on everyone else's Filofax related wish list.  If you haven't made one there's only 108 days until Christmas and if you want one of those pens give your loved ones  some time get a part-time job!


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Filofax (and -ish) enabling

Because I can't help myself here's another Filofax enabling post.  The -ish part comes later....

This lovely Pocket Waverley Filofax is made of  'Deluxe smooth, fine lambskin leather' and it's really does look like it from the pictures.   It pretty beautiful and I've never seen this model before.  The shipping is pretty expensive (although it's worldwide).  I think the clasp is very classy looking.

Listed as A5 Bridle Leather Filofax, no name given but there are lots of images - Maybe someone will know what it is.  The seller states," had to get the A5 size from France as only had the smaller sizes in this leather in the UK."  

 I love the well loved condition but I know some people don't.  You can see it has the newer rings, what a shame.

This is another great older Filofax labeled 'Filofax made in England, real calf leather, 4CLF 7/8'    but  the leather is embossed.  Embossed leather isn't anything I wanted in the past but with everyone's Baroque pictures I've had a change of heart.   I'm loving the embossed thing a lot lately.

Here come the -ish...

Listed as 'Louis Vuitton  Filofax'  located in the UK but shipping is World Wide.   Really low starting price; it's only at about $14 now.  

Another Louis Vuitton and I love this pattern.  I'd never considered these before but I'll bet the quality is spot on.

And speaking of quality...

Heavy sigh. 

Expensive to buy, expensive to ship but...  Chanel.  Heavy sigh all over again.

Another fabulous Chanel, another heavy sigh...  The pictures show the rings and it's hard to tell much about them but they look remarkably  similar to Filofaxes 'old' rings which pretty much rocked.

And yes I know,  these are couture branded planners are  expensive but consider this; they are cheaper - by about half - then the Temperley which are selling on the US site for around $600.  The Temperly makes the Chanel and LV planners look like flipping bargain.

And one more -ish thing...

I love old ads and think this would be fabulous framed!


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

September #4 365/30 Lists: Philofaxers!

September's List #4:  Reasons to start ______ (fill in your own reasons to start whatever you want!)

I picked crafting for all the reasons listed!

I tried the 30 day list thing once and it was a ginormous bust, didn't even get as far as #4.   I think this works for me because it has to do with my Filofax directly.  Something about that motivates me!    Addictions tend to be specific, I suppose.

  Label something  Filofax  and I start salivating; Filofax addiction is a cruel mistress but I kind of love her anyway.

 If you haven't checked out the  365/30 Lists: Philofaxers Facebook group(30 days of lists/blog posts for people in the Philofaxy world!) give it a look-see!  



I'm getting closer to printing inserts correctly and wanted to post the settings just in case any one else is having similar issues.

I couldn't for the life of me figure out what was going on but I narrowed the main issue down to image resolution (600 dpi).  My first thought was a printer setting  needed changing;  all the inserts were scaled down to about 70%.

I  thought if I could find the elusive setting and re-scaled the image (back to 100%) it would all work out.   But no matter what I tried the HP 8500 A910 seemed stuck printing a sized down  image. 

 I'm going to spare you most of the printer horror show except to say  I started at 100 sheets of Clairefontaine DCM paper and now have about 30 left with a ton of misprinted stuff and have taken to referring to my printer as 'That giant doody-face"

I'm not the only person with this issue, there are plenty of peeved-off folks with this same printer who are pulling their hair out on forums.  

Somehow in my frantic setting changes I realized altering the image resolution changed that 70% scaled down size; higher resolution scaled it down more, lower scaled it up.   The verdict is, a 300 dpi gives me a full size print.

So, at the moment I can get 4 prints per page (2 front/2 back) but mysteriously - Only if I print using Picassa.  I make the inserts on Photoshop Elements but can only print them from Picassa (a free Google image editor).  Why,  who knows?  I got four A5 sized inserts printed on one sheet of A4 paper, twice, so I don't give a flap-doodle  why.

Every printer is different but if you have a similar issue with a different printer changing the image resolution take care of it so I thought it was worth posting about.

There are a few other settings that make it work;  here are the print screens of the dialog boxes. 

 I haven't cut the inserts apart so I don't know for total, absolute sure I've found the   solution, I've had so much trouble with the whole printing shebang, I'm shell-shocked from failure. 

But this is a big step in the right direction even if it's not quite the last step.


Monday, September 3, 2012

September #3 365/30 Lists: Philofaxers!

Today's question for the 365/30 Lists: Philofaxers! Facebook group is Where do I want to be in the world?

Those are the main places I pine over regularly but being I hate leaving my house and the thought of flying gives me the creeping heebie-jeebies I foresee this list remaining in tack for quite some time, if not ever.

If you haven't checked out the  365/30 Lists: Philofaxers Facebook group(30 days of lists/blog posts for people in the Philofaxy world!) give it a look-see!  

If you want to try out the inserts I made for my lists, click the images to  open another window to get them full size.  If you want the files email me.


Sunday, September 2, 2012

365/30 day Lists - Funner things to do with your Filofax

If you haven't checked out the  365/30 Lists: Philofaxers Facebook group (30 days of lists/blog posts for people in the Philofaxy world!) give it a look-see!   I'm always on the lookout for something  unique and FUN! to do with my Filofaxes

Lists are very  appealing to me because they give my life (the semblance of) order.  I make lists everyday but my lists are all over the place; scattered, random.  I love the idea that each list focuses on a topic.

The first list of each month is the same, goals for that month.



This is something I need to do.  This kind of thing focuses me and reminds me that to accomplish something I need to make it a concrete thing.  For me making something concrete involves writing it.


Day 2 - 30 depends on who wrote the list.

That the rest of the topics vary day to day and month to month is brilliant and makes the entire list process funner; it's like unwrapping a gift every single day.

Plus I had  an excuse to make another DIY Filofax inserts.  Love the insert but my vehement disgust with my printer (and printing in general) grows exponentially each time I print one of these.   


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