As the title suggests, I miss using a Filofax everyday! Don't get me wrong, I love my Midori Traveler's Notebook. I love the leather, I love that I can stuff it, I love the amount of room on the pages, I love that there are no rings to get in the way of my writing.
However . . .
I miss the flexibility of a Filofax. I love being able to change things around on a whim. I love how I can take out pages I don't need anymore. I love how I can fit a lot of pens in it.
So, just to keep my longing staved for a little bit, I pimped the pink personal Finchley and now use it as my home binder.
I was in my Fino leather (faux)filo for a bit, here, when I moved into the Midori. I'm currently in a Midori/Filofax combo system where my Midori is my everyday planner/organizer, the personal Filofax is the home binder, and the Slimline is the wallet.
I'm still in the Slimline, but the Finchley is now the Personal Filofax Home Binder.
To decorate the front page, I used sticky notes to make it colorful and festive. A flyleaf protects the sticky notes.
(I'm trying to find other ways to use these decorative sticky notes. I'll post a review soon on other uses I've found for them.)
What I use this Filofax for is as a reference and record keeper: financial records/accounts, inventories of important things, travel/packing lists, etc., etc.
It's composed of two main sections:
The first section is divided into side tabs (Lists, Financial, Home and Calendar). All of the tabs are made of plastic folder material to make them more durable. I used washi tape to label the tabs which are stick-on index labels. The Calendar section is made up of 3 tabs; Year (just birthdays, anniversaries, special events), Monthly (bills) and Weekly (chores, TV shows).
What I use it most for though, almost everyday, is as a reference for menus and recipes.
I refer to this when I 'try' to plan a weekly menu, or just everyday for ideas on what dishes to prepare. A today ruler takes me instantly to this section.
To pretty up the ruler, I attached a Hello Kitty binder clip up top. This also creates a 'handle' or tab that I can grab and open up to the Food tab. This idea was inspired by Adam of Adamsfilo on Youtube.
Jot pads are recipes to dishes I need to refer to.
In the second section is actual data I need to keep. I used the A-Z tabs to alphabetize the entries, with a Legend in front to help me find what I'm looking for.
I made a plastic marker/bookmark for this section. I made it longer than usual and stuck some washi tape at the bottom to find it easily.
At the very back, a Daytimer (or is it Day Runner?) plastic envelope (which I love) to hold loose bits of paper, mostly delivery menus and the like. The jot pads come in handy for other random notes.
This gel pen in blue-black fits perfectly on the rings. (No need for a multi-pen in this Filofax, at least for now.) The pen comes from this pack of 10 that I found on ebay. And they write in 10 different colored inks! For $3!
Now that the Home Binder is pretty and pink, I look forward to using it more. And with the Midori, I think I have the best of both worlds.
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