The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2013-10-27

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Not everyone's cup of Filofax

This year, new a5 Filofax planners came with vertical week on two page inserts much of the time.

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And if the order was placed after July there was a year and a half of them.  I quite like them  but I know they aren't every ones cup of Filofax.

 Quite a few remain unused due to flitting between planners. I can only imagine how many left overs the people who got a year and a half  have...

I was looking at them this morning thinking, 'Those puppies remind me of something' and Aha!  I've got it....

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    The Muji lists and stamps...

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Cut the Filofax Vertical WO2P into sections and you have something remarkably similar.

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Nothing wrong with the Muji stuff, it's not even expensive, but all the bits and bobs under $10 start to add up over a year.

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They could give the Daytimer hot lists a run for their money too...


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The left hand row is punched and if you cut off the top, no dates.


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If the printed text get's your OCD in a lather,  a white gel pen will cover it all up.  I just got one from Jetpens by Uni-ball that worked like a charm.   

If you have a paper cutter it's a breeze but even if you don't...being the same color as Filofax paper, because it is, after all, Filofax paper, a wonky cut won't matter.   And it's so nice to find a use for things I have already; it saves me from buying new and keeps perfectly useful things out of land fills.

Finding solutions and using up stuff feels great; that it's free makes it  a bigger geeky high then spying a new sticky note in the Target Dollar Bin...  Now, don't dance around your family waving your home made hot lists, they won't get it.

Don't ask me how I know that, just believe me when I tell you - They won't get it.

At all.




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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica Gel Ink Pen review

I learned a lot from last months rampant declutter.  Grouping things and splaying them before me made it easy to see what I had too much of (Seriously, how many Tiffany blue nail polishes does one person need?) and  showed what I didn't have enough of (I was seriously lacking in quality paper and had more then a few pens needing replacement.)


 Over the course of a month I placed three orders with jetpens and was a sent a few items for review.   To keep the posts on the short(ish) side I'm going to do them as a series.  

Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica Gel Ink Pen

I can't find fault with Pilot Hi-Tec-C Gel ink.  There is a large selection of colors, it's fast drying, and when I tested it a while back on challenging writing surfaces (washi tape, transparent sticky notes) it preformed better then any ink I tried.  Other inks had  extended drying times and   most slid right off when I ran a finger across the surface, even much later. 

I used a Coleto Hi-Tec C multi-pen daily until my son deemed it, "Perfect!" and took it with him to college.  Smooth ink and a great paper helps considerably with writing fatigue by reducing the drag of moving pen across paper.   I've been buying him pens, pencils and notebooks from jenpens.com since high school.  Yes, you can get ten notebooks for a dollar at the local discount store, but for my son, they make note taking more difficult.  

Some people learn by seeing, some by hearing, but my son is a kinesthetic learner; he learns best by doing.  While most people study by reading or watching, my son learns best by doing something physical.  He rewrites his notes (or whole sections of text books) to plant them firmly in his memory.   He also has an issue with a tight grip and writing fatigue, add in that he rewrites to learn and you have a difficult situation made worse by cheap paper and sub-par pens.


Being that I've been Hi-Tec-C-less for a while I was happy to try the new Maica pens.  Oh! Smooth, non-feathering ink, how I've missed you! 

The pen body is jewel-like, has a subtle metallic gleam and the top is decked out with what they call a multi-faceted top. 


I just call it bling and what can I say, sparkly is crazy appealing to me. Probably not something my son's going to want so yay!  More for me! 


The pens I tried were the 0.4 tips and they write beautifully. No skipping. No scratching.  The tips are very narrow and work perfectly in drawing templates; something I use frequently.  


The sparkle topped cap has a loop for attaching charms.  The only thing better then bling is more bling I always say...



You can buy Hi-Tec-C maica pens individually or in sets with 0.3 or 0.4 widths.  The colors are mostly in the jeweled-tone category but there are some softer colors available.  

Another plus is they are refillable and the refills look much larger then the multi-pens (Gigantic plus!).  I love the multi-pens but wow, they needed to be refilled pretty often. 


The ink does well on the papers I tried.  It didn't bleed through Filofax paper but there is shadow.  How much depends on how hard I press and how much I rewrite over the same text... an odd quirk of mine.  With anything thicker then Filofax paper there was minimal shadowing, at most.  

These write so well, a joy really.  If you love the Colecto Hi-Tec-C multi-pens but wish the ink would last longer and aren't opposed to a bit of sparkle, you would enjoy a Maica... or twelve.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

cream, creamier and jaundiced...

Last week I placed an order for the Meeting Planner pages as a substitute for the Day Planner pages I've been using in personal size.    The formats are similar with blocked out areas,  the delineation helps make sense of my tasks.  

While I was  on the Filofax website I looked around (as always) and spied lined pages I never noticed before.

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I thought, Oh cool!  A5 Cotton cream pages!  So I ordered them as well...

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Yesterday I opened up my package and checked them out.  I think the meeting planner pages will work as well, if not better, then the Day Planner pages.

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Where I think they will help is in managing larger, multi-part projects, as opposed to using them as daily pages.

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I think this format will work very well for that.


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The back sides are set up perfectly for to-do lists...


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I like the idea of a projected due date and a place to write in who is to do it.  Although it might surprise my family, 'who' isn't always me....

But as I looked at my order I noticed something...

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I've had cotton cream before and it didn't look jaundiced.  My other posted pictures make the paper  look creamy but the color in person is closer to the one above.


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It's also sheerer then I recall cotton cream being.

I went to Filofax website (both US and UK) and noticed something Steve pointed out on Twitter; there are no A5 lined pages on the UK site called cotton cream.   This paper is, however, there.

After going back and forth between sites for the last hour I realized I misunderstood something. The pages are called  'A5 Ruled Notepaper - Cream' which I assumed  meant cotton cream.  The website images certainly look identical. There are things about pricing and description within and between the US and UK websites that make this seem like cotton cream paper (particularly on the UK site).

 I was going to write them all out but the papery minutia was giving me a headache and no one would be interested in a rant about the use of the words 'ruled notepaper in luxury cream'  for one  and 'ruled notepaper in luxurious cotton cream' for the other... Or how both show up in a site search for cotton cream and only one for "cotton cream".


 I didn't quite receive what I was expecting but that's my fault... 

 Maybe.  

The descriptions and pricing information  are confusing and the website pictures don't clear things up; these pages lean very yellow which isn't reflected in the images. I know there are color variations in photography, there certainly were between my pictures, but the site pictures of cream vs. cotton cream look  interchangeable.

As to how I feel about this,  I'll just say I like the Meeting Planner pages a lot.... and leave it at that.




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