Filofax Swap 5 – A Classy Attempt!

*Filofax

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Aaaand we are BACK!

The Search for the Perfect Filofax Continues!⭐️

In case you missed it, the latest ‘episode’ on this series can be found here.

Soooo picking up where I left, I now present you….

✨Filofax Swap 5 – A Classy Attempt starring Almond Slimline Amazona✨

 

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Very classy isn’t it? 🤩💁🏻‍♀️

I admit it –  I pet it, opened/closed, and played with it a lot! I mean way too much. And at work! 😁

One of the days I literally had to “put it away” like an addicting candy box just so I could stop poking it and concentrate on getting stuff done. 😏

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Although I had a great time touching and sniffing at it….

I managed to get even further into my planner fail while we were hanging together! 😳

So, let’s talk about it!
{when a relationship doesn’t work, you need to talk about it, ya? 😃}

As you can see, for a slimline it was holding quite a lot:

 

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But it didn’t really hold what I needed.
I could fit tabs for blog, notes and possibility – as you can see below:

 

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Then in the next row I managed to add 5 more tabs.

First one for journaling ✍{the smiley face} for when I am not home and don’t have my gorgeous Baroque with me. Second one  ✅{the check mark} for to-do lists, third one 🌀{circle} for health stuff…

 

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🎥📚🎶 Fourth for movies, books and music {again when I am away from my Baroque – so I usually transfer the pages or the notes when I get home} and fifth for shopping lists. 🛒

 

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When I was using Chamomile it was a pain in the butt to be transferring over the weekly sheets as I run out of them so quickly.

Obviously the slimeline made it worse. The whole process became more frequent and more annoying by the minute. {Obviously. Such tiny rings! 🤨} Adding to the fact that I wasn’t even liking my layout AND my never ending need of COLOR around me, I ended up with this:

 

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Writing by hand on the top of the page the current week and writing to-dos!

Not practical to plan ahead at all. Although I liked the color paper and kept on that “system” till…well a short while.

For daily thoughts and more detailed to-dos I would do exactly the same, a blank colored page.

And to find them I used a tab with an arrow:

 

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Pretty much telling myself “RIGHT HERE! RIGHT HERE!” 😆

 

and for the month a grid:

 

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Now, besides the fact that I can’t put a month’s worth of weekly pages inside the organizer, there are three more draw backs to it:

✨1. A Pocket Sleeve!

The left pocket is one of those loose ones {not sure how it is called}, so every time I opened/closed it, the sticky notes from the flyleaf would rub on that pocket and bend the corners.

Really annoying!

Here is the pocket:

 

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To solve that I had to flip the front flyleaf backwards so the sticky notes wouldn’t get damaged.

Like this:

 

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It is not handy, I tell ya.

✨2. The leather!

The leather scratches very easily. 😑

There is a scratch from the zipped plastic envelope on the leather! I guess this leather is just too delicate.

I carry the plastic envelope in the back of it all as I use the stuff in there just once in a while {receipts, stamps, etc}. But, it made some marks on that sensitive Amazona leather:

 

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The pic is not showing it well, but it is very noticeable in person! Really! Not that I am picky or anything…. 😀

 

So once I realized this was happening I folded and tucked in a paper in the back pocket so it would sit in between the zipper and the leather like this:

 

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Not pretty, huh?

Well, moving on.

✨3. The Filofax curse: Pen Loop!

When I got this organizer, the pen loop was just like new, super flat against the cover.
I almost never put pens in the pen loops because I know they don’t fit but for some reason I decided to experiment on that one. I SO REGRET DOING IT! 🤦🏻‍♀️

First, as you can see just like Chamomile, once the pen is placed, it falls right on top of the tabs:

 

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So to close it, I need to pull it to the side and then release the elastic:

 

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It works, and somehow the pen finds its way around the tabs:

 

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I used like that for a while but it got old as every single time I opened the organizer, the pen was stuck in a few tabs and I had to pull it out again.

I then decided to go back to no-pen in the pen loop and what happens?

The darn thing stretched out and now the organizer won’t close all the way even without the pen! 😫

 

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I hate that I did that to my planner! 😩

 

How annoying is that?

Oh! And that reminded me of another thing.

✨4. Having “Closure”

Ya know, I never really like the way clasp closures look. And by that I mean all Filofax clasp closures.
So  I have been always obviously drawn to Slimlines and Dominos as they look like simple notebooks.

Shocking news is that now I SO MISSED a clasp closure on this one!
I now have a total respect for that little leathered-button thingy.

Without it EVERYTHING got INSIDE my Filofax!

Really, everything!
I always put the organizers with the “open” side facing up as random papers that are not stored on pockets or the plastic envelope may fall off if I put it the opening facing down. In this case because there was nothing holding the whole organizer together EVERYTHING I carelessly tossed inside my purse  would fall inside of it! 😑Pens, coins, other random papers and the worse ….. keys! I almost flipped when I saw my keys bending all my pages INSIDE my Filofax. 😖

I now love clasp closure! 😃

On a side note, just so I don’t offend my Slimline feelings, I need to say that this organizer is totally ✨GORGEOUS!✨ the color, the texture… I really struggled taking my hands off it!
Only for keeping my life together, that beauty wasn’t of much help! 🤷🏻‍♀️

Well, sweets….are you still there? Thank you for reading it all the way!

Keep your fingers crossed that my next update will be a much more organized one! Because that’s what this is all about, right? 🤩

✨✨✨✨Keep tuned for Filofax Swap 6 – Never giving up! ✨✨✨✨

Smooches to you all! ❤

 

 

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Hey love! 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.

Cheers to this delicious truth! 🥂✨

4 Comments

  1. Christine

    Hi there,
    What is this “Baroque” you mentioned? Is it some sort of journal?
    Thanks

    Reply
  2. Kal Buckles

    NOT trying to be an enabler or anything but as a Filofax and ‘Dori lover of all kinds I have a new lust. Have you heard of Van der Spek? I think that in VDS I shall find planner perfection!
    https://www.vdsshop.com/

    That said I am in a perpetual state of searching and planner failure and I am engrossed in the GTD take off I read about here!

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    • LimeTree

      Hi Kal! I SO hear you! The search never ends. 🙂

      That VDS one is new to me. Thanks for sharing the link. I can already tell I’ll be going back there often. 😀

      Reply

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