Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Big decisions, help!

Okay, I have a couple of decisions to make, and I'm hoping all you Filofax-lovers out there can help me.

Dilemma #1-I'm hankering after a new Filofax-the A5 Metropol zip. I know, I know, I just got the A5 Domino, and I really do love it. But I've been reading some great blogs on Philofaxy (Don't you LOVE how you can just go to the "search" bar at Philofaxy, type in the particular Filofax you want to read about, and it just brings them up? ) Anyhoo, there were a bunch of posts there about how great the zipped Metropol zip is, and I've been wanting to get a zipped Filo for a while-here's why...

On the left is the big, regular page-sized binder I use for all my teaching stuff-my lesson plans, calendars, class lists, etc. are all there. It is big and shiny and has a zipper to keep everything in place. I just started putting everything in this binder during the past year and I love it. I'm going to do a short youtube video on these fairly soon. On the right is my nice little Domino...but I really want a zipped Filo to go with my big one! The big binder (momma) stays at school while the smaller Filofax (baby) goes home with me at night. In my world, everything has to match...

You can see the Domino (on the left) placed on top of the larger- they have matching dividers.

Just some more examples of my obsessive need to match stuff...

Now, I don't REALLY need the zip binder until fall...but...I'm in the process of getting READY for the fall term, you know, throwing stuff out, figuring out what I'll need, etc. and I feel like I want my fall binder here...now!
The "momma" binder is not real leather, but I was a bit apprehensive about getting the Metropol zip, which is not real leather, because I was afraid the exterior would be stiff, or the zipper/synthetic combo would feel cheap. But I recently read some glowing reviews, and now I just want to go for it! If I do, I think I'll just go ahead and buy the business page per day calendar along with it, because that's what I want to use in the fall.

What do you guys think? Am I being too greedy? Should I just wait for fall? Should I get the Metropol at all? If I do, I think I'll use the Domino for creative journaling and organisation this summer, which means I could make more dividers and have some more fun setting up another Filofax-actually two, because even though I'll be transferring everything over into the new "work" Metropol, I'll probably tweak it during the process...

Dilemma #2- I recently received a handsome little Personal sized zipped Finsbury as a gift for my fella'-it's his birthday on Friday. It's a lovely, grainy brown, and I've been working away on personalising it (I'll be doing a video on this in the next couple of days, too). I was really having a hard time deciding whether to replace all the dividers like I did with my personal Adelphi-I made a few, but then thought he might like it to be more plain. I also struggled with what to use for dividers, and I think I came up with an amazing option...or couple of options. Check them out below...

The two pictures above show dividers I made from really stiff calendar pages. It's a calendar with paintings of French cafes (my boyfriend is French) I could also go the traditional route and use the bright options below. He loves red. What do you think? I think the cafe ones are beautiful, but are they too feminine? They look really nice with the brown Finsbury finish. He is pretty open minded, so he probably would like either option...


  1. Honestly, I think the cafe pictures are too feminine for a man. I'd go with something more abstract. It is a great gift though! I'm sure he'll love it no matter what you choose since it is from you. :)

  2. Hi! Thanks for reading, and for your input! Interestingly enough, he LOVED the cafe dividers, and wants me to make a whole set of them, and label them with my label maker, like I did with the colourful dividers for my Adelphi. Yay! Another Filofax project! However, he may opt for the regular Filofax month on two pages calendar, rather than the Daytimer one. I have some extras, of course!I thought those coloured tabs were so nice, but I think he found the calendar pages themselves a little bit impractical...

    Generally, though, he really loved it! He's going to give me his address book so I can transfer all his info. into his beautiful new Filofax. I may be able to sneak a picture of his sad little book then, along with the new dividers. I'm going to try to finish them tomorrow.

  3. I LOVE how you have your dividers matching in your partner planners! I also love how nice and thick your Domino appears to be. :)

    I'm glad your guy liked the cafe dividers! They do go very well with the binder.

    1. Thanks for your input! I'm just about to do a post featuring all the dividers!