Filofax First Moments!

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It’s the last day of the year and here I am finally putting together my very first post on my new blog. 🙂 

Excellent 2011 wrap up!

So this first post will be an homage to a bright insight regarding my new organizational tool.

Better saying an homage to the awareness of how I love paper & pen. I’ve forgot about it! I’ve always loved it but just recently realized I have that special bond with paper & pen.

I have been using only my iCal to organize live thru the past two years and I honestly don’t know how I survived.

I just finished my first semester in grad school, and oh boy, how chaotic that was! I am glad it was like that thou so I could finally see how I need to update myself in organizational methods.


And by update I mean going back to paper and pen! HA! :D


Also this Christmas was the first one we had out-of-town family coming over. I also started a new job in the midst of it. Lots of little projects to be done and things to get ready for.


If I had been just a little more *organized* throughout the year, we would had gone thru the Holidays much merrier and joyful.


What a mess the last few months!


Enough with the complaining, I got THE solution:


(drum-rolls) taaa-daaaaaaaaaa:


Exits iPhone enters Filofax!


Oh boy, I am so excited! I am so excited! I ordered my first one! But I’m getting ahead of myself, let me back up some…


First of all, right at the beginning of my research for the perfect system to get me on “top of things” I landed on this a lovely site {that doesn’t exist anymore :-/ } filled with planner and paper + pen ideas.


My stomach went upside down! How could I have ever given up paper? Look at all that fun!
I continued thru the past few weeks avidly discovering and reading blogs on the subject as well as doing some experiments of my own.


I ended up purchasing two Franklin Covey from Ebay, one classic size and one pocket size. I played around with them and found pros and cons.


There were many cons that came to mind – ugliness, bulkiness, etcetc. All them showed up AFTER digging in deeper into Filofax’s blogs!  All about perspective! 😀
In special, the expert folks from Philofaxy and the inspiring ladies at Caribbean Princess and Gala Darling! Oh, how could I dare not try one out?


Yes, I have NEVER used a Filofax!


I dearly remember my mom caring it around everywhere she went thou! Good memories. 🙂 Mom can’t be wrong, right?


And so I went in the quest of my first Filo!


Ebay didn’t cut it. I wanted the feeling of getting my first one from the real store. In my case “real store” means because there is no actual Filofax store in my city.
After days of browsing, searching, reading, searching some more, checking blogs, pictures of wonderfully organized Filofax I purchase my very first one!


A personal pink Domino

I am so excited it hurts! 😀  It was a long week waiting for that FedEx…….
I ended up choosing that one for two good reasons:


1- Very affordable, hence SALE;
2- According to my blog research this one has good size rings that can handle tons of fun sheets and inserts.


Well,well, the long torturous week passed by and finally it arrived! I must say I got spoiled looking at pictures of Filofaxes online and the lovely black box they come in.

Mine didn’t! :-/

Argh! Disappointment!

Certainly, SALE and AFFORDABLE means less fancy so no black cute box to open. Straight out of the shipping box:

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Moving on, here is the full view of my first Filofax beauty:


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So pretty! Now other angles & views:


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I have tons of idea on how to use my new cutie to help me get organized with classes, house and work but hadn’t settled in one format yet. I did however purchased a few supplies for it:


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How fun is that? 😀 EXCITED!

Look at that “bandage memo” post-it thingy! And all the pen colors from that german brand that I just found! Oh, boy!

Now one thing I must mentioned that disappointed me, and I gave to it more importance than the lack of a black box: When totally opened, the back of the cover forms some “bubbles”.

It doesn’t maintain the cover smooth when opened flat. Sure, if the binder is opened I will be writing or reading it and won’t look at the back…but even thou, I didn’t like it, seemed not well crafted or something.  Here is a pic of that “bubbled” back part, but it is not showing them very well:

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Oh well! Moving on! 🙂 I can’t help but feel extremely excited and happy with my Filofax overall and here goes some more pics, just because:


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Ok, enough with the silliness.

As I mentioned earlier I have been researching some organization systems and tools and ended up purchasing two Frankley Covey binders. I didn’t like the binders but loved some of the inserts. One of them, shown below, is a ongoing to-do list that can move around with the Filofax ruler:


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At that moment – as I tried to figure out how to organize my tabs – I had no problem setting up the stickers and jot pad handy in the plastic sheet and pocket respectively. Here it is how it was looking like that day:


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And my very first entry! 😀


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So since the 17th I have been changing things, moving around some others, and having tons of fun! I will post another update of it once I settle down on a layout!


As I am a pic freak, just for “funzies” here are some more:


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Have a fun, colorful and exciting New Year’s Eve everyone!

Thanks for reading!

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Hello! I'm Raine.👋🏼

Artist, designer and believer that ✨joy & fun✨ are a MUST in our lives. My hope is that my posts will bring you a giggle, a smile, and also remind you {when you happen to have forgotten} of the importance of your own happiness – to yourself and to those around you.

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  1. Lizzy

    I soooo love your photo’s in this post! It even makes me doubt whether or not to go for the pink personal Domino… I have a major crush on the personal classic pink, which is slightly more expensive and therefore I have to wait. But if I’d pick the Domino…Anyway, I absolutely like your posts so far. Definately following!Take care,Lizzy

    • Lime Tree

      Hi Lizzy!I am glad you like the pics! I am loving my Domino so far and am finalizing the layout soon *hopefully!*When are you planning on getting your classic pink?Thanks for following!

    • Lizzy

      Hi again!I guess it’s no surprise to hear you love your Domino. 🙂 My waiting for the classic pink is basically all about money; after all it’s not the cheapest one out there!

  2. Jessica

    Ahhh the Domino. I have one in black. I love it. It holds so much stuff…lots of stuff that it is almost bursting. It’s almost time for me to do a purge..

    • LimeTree

      Jessica, Dominos are SO reliable! It is easy to go around experimenting with styles but always go back to it. Love it, love it!

  3. Susan

    Thanks for sharing your journey. I am considering making the transition back to ‘paper’. Not sure I wanted to invest in a filofax (little pricey, when I’m not sure if/how it will work for me), but I have to admit all the goodies that are used are definitely enticing to me. Just need to convince myself further – lol.

  4. Sheila

    I’m reading this post in August 2015 after you did an e-mail about your first post. It’s good!!! You don’t give yourself enough credit.

    I also have a Filofax. I have the A5 (I can’t remember the name of it) in raspberry and love it. I keep an electronic calendar, too, on my iPhone, but I LOVE the paper one. It’s easier to use and I can see my whole day at a glance.

    Keep blogging! We love you!

    • LimeTree

      aaww Sheila, you are a cutie as always! 😀 Thank you!

      Yes, I now use both too. Digital and paper. 😉

  5. Nina Cuellar-Barry

    Raine, this is much better than you think! However, I know what you mean about it not reflecting where you are and who you are today. How could it?! Thank you for sharing it with us (I got the email, too). Right now I’m in a turquoise Kikki K A5 size. My main struggle with the planner itself is that I find the Personal size too small, but the A5 size so big and heavy that I often don’t carry it with me. I keep a small notebook with me to jot info in and a pocket raspberry Finsbury as a calendar/wallet. But then there are extra steps of transferring information from the wallet/notebook to the Kikki K. Sigh, you’re right, there is no perfect planner!

    • LimeTree

      Nina! You have a kikki K?! That one is my bucket list. 🙂

      Yes, perfect planner systems aren’t existent yet and never will. 😀 Juuust what we need at that moment and then change is in the air again.

      But I think you have a good one rolling thou. Small notebook to go from one to the other works for me too. Plus re-writing things always gets them into my head and I can skip looking at the list constantly.

  6. Lauren

    Great post, great pics!
    How did you get your sticky tabs to stick in the front section? Don’t they all snag and start getting wrinkled and fall off?

    • LimeTree

      hhhuummmm Lauren, no they actually stay there pretty tight. Never had a problem with it. 🙂

  7. Beachbum

    I switched to a filofax finsbury a few years ago, fell in love instantly! Can we say tight rings! Woooo! I stuff the devil out of it. My planner completes me 🙂
    An A5 works for me cause I use it 99.9% of the time at home. If I were out and about while using it the one you got would be perfection! Have fun!

    • Raine

      Hi BeachBum! {Love your nickname 😀 }

      I totally hear ya! A Finsbury was a *crucial* part of my Planner Quest. 💖Coming soon! Stay tuned 😉


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