The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2014-01-19

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Crazy talk!

Here is a follow up to  the first post about  Raymay Davinci inserts, I got the other two types I ordered.  And PS Jetpens... you are rockin' some blazing shipping lately.  Does Scotty work for you and is he beaming me my orders?

raymay weekly


Free weekly undated schedule A, 30 sheets for $3.70.  I talked a little about these in my last post and wanted to try them even though I'm primarily in an A5.  They are undated inserts (which has positives and negatives) with Monday starting the week (Days are printed in), even space per day, and a 'Memo' box at the end.

These inserts are VERY clean looking (and restful), there's no extra print (ie no multi-language information). There's nothing to white out, no holidays, no week number, no calendars, no phases of the moon, no nothing but the day of the week, a line to write the date, and space, blissful open space.  

The color looks more ivory then white, the font is very clean, and the translucence of the paper makes these really lovely.  The print color looks dark grey on the bolder areas and grey on the thin lines between each day.

I know undated pages aren't everyone's cup o' Filofax, and some people really dislike them, but if you switch around a lot you will probably save money with undated inserts instead of always having half a year left. With these  you jump in where ever you are. 

They are unlined, which can also be an issue (huge one for me) but these are so lightweight you can easily see a guide page behind.  Like piece of cake easy.
raymay lined

Bible/Personal 6.5 mm Rule lined paper, 100 sheets for $4.20 (also available in 5.0 mm rule).  I'm especially excited about these because of the line spacing.  One of my biggest insert pet peeves is the pages seem sized down and not made for smaller binders.   As the insert size get smaller the line spacing gets smaller until it's unusable (for me). I've always felt that inserts should be reformatted, (i.e. less lines per page with spacing consistent with the larger sizes) for each size binder.  I think more people could make pocket and mini size work if the inserts reflected the way people write instead of just shrinking the larger size template.

The color is ivory and the lines are grey which I love.  I find black lines on white paper jarring and always (100% of the time) prefer something with less contrast.  


All the inserts are very thin, amazingly thin.  My last post covered some inks I tried and that this so thin paper can stand up to ink is outstanding, but there is another benefit.   Take a look at the (Filofax paper) page capacity listed per ring size in the Philofaxy FAQ section:

From the Philofaxy FAQ page, click image to visit page. 

This is a picture of my Portland personal Filofax rings (23mm) with 230 Raymay  pages.

230 raymay insert pages


Not even close to capacity and just as an eyeball guess, it looks like I could get another 100 pages in there.   That ups the capacity to that of 30mm rings.  Crazy talk! I know...

I added to those 230 insert pages; a full 6 card credit card insert, 4 flyleafs (one covered with stacks of sticky notes) 6 cash envelopes with money, a top opening pocket with pictures and an empty one,  a zippered pouch with money and an empty one, and a dayrunner pocket with an attached pen loop.    The back cover has four credit cards and the pocket has money (technically this doesn't add to the rings but it does add overall bulk).

raymay inserts

Now it's full  but it's not at the stuffed point; the cover doesn't have to bend over to close and the strap isn't pulling.   The paper is edging up to, but not over, the mid-line of the rings which is pretty amazing.

I did a blog post but also plan to do a video (either today or tomorrow).  Some topics do better with a blog post, others seem to need a video... This one would be served best by both I think.   I'm going to try and do it today, being snowed in and all.   I think I'd rather stay home and play with my planners then brave the foot and a half snow and -13 Degree F windchill fa la la...  

...That's -25 Degree C for all my Continental friends. So send some warm thoughts my way...

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Full- frontal binder

I've run my life using primarily an A5 sized planner for well over a year.  Things change from time to time but the core  remains consistent (although I'm always trying to improve).

I watch (and re-watch) Filofax/Planner videos, lot's of them. Every day.  I even watch people who are using entirely different systems (i.e. Erin Condren), hoping to glean some bit of organizing magic that never occurred to me.

But I watch for pure enjoyment too.  Planner minutia appeals to me.  If you listen to my family, it's a strange appeal, but whatever. I refuse to feel like a weirdo; the heart wants, what the heart wants.

A new perfect thing happened last week;  I moved my contact / in case of emergency information to a tabbed card in the front pocket.

ICE filofax card

A single page gets buried in an A5 binder with 30 mm rings and even though my junk needs to be easily accessible I don't want it to be all full-frontal binder.   

This way it's hidden, easy to find AND impossible to miss, the contact info trifecta.

My family found my revelation  a big snore (per usual) but when I work out a nagging planner problem it feels like the heavens open up and angels sing...



You make me feel like dancing...

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