Filofax Swap 2 – The attempt!

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Aaaaand the search for the PERFECT Filofax continues!

When I wrapped up writing this post I had a plan and a specific Filofax in mind as my next experiment. I even envisioned how that post would look like!

Huge mistake. I had no idea. #Naiveness 😁

Lemme be blunt thou and put it out there: Personal Chameleon in Red.

THAT was the plan for my next personal-life planner support!

Then I spotted a video of a unique Filofax out there.Β  The video is not up anymore so you I can’t send you links to it but here is a pic of the gorgeousness I found online:


The Search of Perfect Filofax | Part 2 | LimeTreeFruits | Filofax Swap #2 ::


I was in awe!Β  I had never seen a Filofax like that!

Could barely stop drooling on the screen! 😍

The thing is thou…… such a gorgeousness distracted me from the main point.

I had a plan, I was supposed to stick with it….

And I didn’t 😁

Let me rewind a bit to state the obvious.

As you might have guessed by now *ahem* that juicy binder pictured above is here with me. πŸ’“

When I saw it, it was love at first sight {from across the screen} so I quickly changed my original plans…. I convinced myself that if I was going to get a bigger planner size other than a pocket Filofax to organize my personal life, THIS SO DARN UNIQUE Personal size had to be it! ✨✨✨✨

One detail thou….. I don’t think I mentioned.

That planner, at that moment of our instant-love, was living across the pond……. in the UK πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

Yup…. we were oceans apart!

Still everything was arranged for the cross-world relocation, however…..

while this gorgeousness was flying from UK to USA something happened….

My WORK Filofax arrived.

Yup, yup, I have been talking on my posts about personal organization binders only but I’ve been secretly plotting to find the perfect Β “sorting-my-work-life” Filofax as well.

Of course, right? All about that personal/work balance 😁

πŸ’žAnd so the gorgeous A5 Acqua Chameleon was ordered previously and had now arrived.πŸ’ž

What’s a girl to do with a brand new binder in hand? 🀩

Put it to good use, of course!

So off to work we both went!


in action – at work!


Then, while nibbling around, playing with it and smiling {a lot} at it at work, I realized that most of my note-taking for personal things happens… AT WORK. 😳

As in….. I’d need to have brought yetΒ anotherΒ binder with me for personal life note-taking.

Hmmmmm, yea, no….. that wasn’t happening. My new personal one was still making its way across the pond….. So sneakingly and without truly noticing I started taking notes here and there and in a blink of an eye I was full-on using the said “work-binder” for both :: personal things and work related stuff.

did.not.see.that.coming! 🀯

May I just give a minute to acknowledge the guilt already building up for so many binders AND the crossing of purposes on each?

I need to categorize everything, even if just in my head, and my planners own flow and natural development of purposes was messing up with my binder-categories πŸ˜„

But….. not that I’d let their string personalities ruin the fun in any way! In the contrary – the possibilities and flexibility truly became obvious!

Sooooo let’s take a peek atΒ how nice and neat this one turned out to be:




The Set-Up:

I put two sets of tabs. The top set for personal and the bottom set for work.

And all straight forward as can be:

  • Notes :: self-explanatory. Anything random that I can’t forget goes there. Later on I sort out those notes and put them on the right category.
  • Health :: doc app, food log, exercise log, WW points track, etc.
  • “Funzies” :: that means hobbies, thoughts, ideas, and the like. Even more random than “notes” but as the made-up name implies, notes that are fun, thoughts that make me happy, and broken down tasks on how to accomplish my nourishing goals.
  • Classes :: class notes, schedule, timeline, degree plan, etc.
  • Shopping :: all the lists separated by stores that I go more frequently.
  • House :: barely a cleaning schedule (’cause who likes cleaning and thinking about it? πŸ˜‘), a timeline for home repairs and projects and broken down steps and tasks for moving out.


The other tabs are work related so we will skip that {privacy and stuff}.

I was ok using that Filofax for personal planning combined with work for a long time but I quickly realized that although I LOVE how much room I have to write, my weekends couldn’t handle it. It was way too heavy to carry around. Just to have coffee with friends it was too much weight for me on a Saturday.

{No, I do not leave the house without my planner. Not even on a Saturday 😈}

But most importantly and the real breaking point:

I really need to have visual fun with my Filofaxes.

Well, the one for personal stuff at least.

Of course all the organizing possibilities of a Filofax are crucial and the main point of it but I need fun colors, fun stickers and fun tabs.

Because it was a work organizer I was restraining myself from all that.

I didn’t want to open that gorgeous and classy Acqua Chameleon during a meeting and have all the fun stickers, tabs and Bic-color-fashion-coding popping out. Specially in an environment where NO ONE uses a paper planner. I am the only one. πŸ™„

So, yeah, toning down the ‘fun’ and focusing on ‘functionality’ really helps me at work, but oh gosh! on my weekends? I really want to feel happy when I open my Filofax, I don’t need to feel so professional.

Soooo the search continues!!!! Filofax Swap 3 has been slowly tested and developed! 🀩

Will it be the absurdly sexy Snake Domino from overseas?
Will it be the very first idea of a Red Chameleon?

Hang on tight! Updates are coming! βœ¨πŸŽ‰

And to end this post let’s do it with a loving family pic. πŸ’ž Here they are all cuddly:

The Search of Perfect Filofax | Part 2 | LimeTreeFruits | Filofax Swap #2 ::

With a Container Store receipt! Of course, where else to have fun? πŸ˜€


And the most alert guardian of all, fearlessly protecting my treasure with his life:

The Search of Perfect Filofax | Part 2 | LimeTreeFruits | Filofax Swap #2 ::


✨✨Keep tuned to Filofax Swap 3 – The Chamomile Attempt! ✨✨


Many Smooches,

Raine Signature



The Search of Perfect Filofax | Part 2 | LimeTreeFruits | Filofax Swap #2 ::

The Search of Perfect Filofax | Part 2 | LimeTreeFruits | Filofax Swap #2 ::

The Search of Perfect Filofax | Part 2 | LimeTreeFruits | Filofax Swap #2 ::


Hey, love! I'm Raine.πŸ‘‹πŸΌ

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.

Cheers to this delicious truth! πŸ₯‚βœ¨


    • Lime Tree

      isn’t he? I can’t stop taking pics of him! With a Filofax on the background, even better! hehe

    • SSA

      Adorable cat!!!

  1. Sandra

    Great post! Looking forward to what’s next in Filofaxland for you! xx

    • Lime Tree

      Thanks! I am pretty sure you already know which one is next πŸ˜‰

  2. doris98

    Like Lucy said, that is One.Cute.Cat! What breed is it? Love the aqua Chameleon too (:

    • Lime Tree

      I don’t really know his breed. We got him from a shelter. We picked the fluffier one on that room πŸ˜€

  3. kanalt

    look at those kitty cheeks! I just want to pinch them. πŸ˜‰ Great post!

    • Lime Tree

      I know!!! Me too! He already learned how to recognize my “you-come-here-you-squezzable-thing” look and hide quickly! hehe

  4. Angel Jem

    Can’t wait…. Chameleon Red is just so sexy as a binder, all 30’s glamour and decadence! And it takes decoration well…. but which set up will you do? Oh the anticip

    • Lime Tree

      hehehe I love a little mystery! πŸ˜€

  5. Anita

    Glad to hear you’re still loving the Snake! And I agree, what gorgeous kitty cheeks πŸ™‚

    • Lime Tree

      oh, I love it Anita! I am being good to it, no worries πŸ˜‰

  6. Pam

    Your posts always make me smile! Keep up the positive attitude!

    • LimeTree

      HA! Thank you so much Pam. Smiles are what I am here for. πŸ˜‰

  7. Rachel

    You kitty looks just like mine!!! I love the snake filofaxes but I have trouble with ring bound planners. The rings always become too loose for me or have gaps or are crooked. I just can’t make the jump from my arc to a ring bound. Is there any particular reason you’re so in love with the rings? Maybe there is something I’m over looking! Thanks!

  8. Lisa

    Love the post. I use my A5 for both personal & work too. What tabs do you use for work? I love having everything in one place.

  9. Nina Cuellar-Barry

    I love all of your Filofaxes!!! Oh, the sizes! When I use a personal size I have too much to write, and when I move to an A5 I have lots of days with nothing to write. But I love them all, and fortunately I am in a profession (teaching preschoolers) where no one looks twice at stickers, colored pens, and drawings! Or beautiful Limetreefruits pages πŸ˜‰


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