Friday, September 27, 2013

My New Aqua Personal Malden




I know what you're thinking. You're thinking "That crazy girl Ashley just bought a Filofax!" Well yes, I did and I love it, I really do. I'm really happy with it, but I have been spending way too much time on the Philofaxy Facebook page...and well...people get to bragging about Maldens and next thing you know  I've pulled up a website and am ordering it myself. I don't even remember keying in my card info, I must have been possessed by some uncontrollable force of nature at the time! Okay, I'm just being silly now, and you probably want to hear about this gorgeous piece of work. Not me, the Malden, of course! You can tell I've had way too much coffee this morning...

I ordered this lovely from Pens and Leather originally on 9/15 and received it super quick on 9/19. I was very disappointed when I received it because as you can tell in the picture below, the rings were gapped so badly that the pages got stuck with every turn. This was something I couldn't accept, especially since this was a brand new filo. 

I immediately sent an email to Pens and Leather and got a response in a matter of minutes. They apologized and said I could ship it back and they would have a new one with perfect rings out to me ASAP. I voiced my concern about them  selling out before they received my return, but Richard assured me that he would ask the warehouse guys to set aside the perfect Filofax for me before they sell out. I must say I was so impressed with their customer service. Kudos to you, Pens and Leather!

I received my replacement on 9/25 and opened it with much hesitation. I'm always scared when I return things that the replacement will be as bad as, or worse than, the first one. Much to my surprise, she was perfect! Perfect leather (no creases) and the rings were close enough to perfection for me! Lovely!



First thing I noticed beside the gorgeous color (which is more green than it's showing in the pics), is the quality of the leather and how squishy it is! That is my absolute favorite thing about it! There's no "breaking it in." The leather is so soft that it lays flat straight out of the box.


I decided to do like some other Malden users, and turn my Malden into my wallet and planner in one! I actually got the idea after reading Jordan's experience with her Malden as a Wallet. (You can read her blog at http://thecrazylifeofj.blogspot.com) I'm in love with the idea, but scared about how well I will execute it. I will be using it a lot this upcoming week so I will do a follow-up post on how well I get on with it.

  

The back pocket is so pliable and you can fit so much in there! I'm thinking about sticking my checks in here, but have all my stickers and such in there for now. The pen loop is wonderful and fits my Vera Bradley pen, no problems!


Here is the back, just as perfect as the front. I had another Filofax come in the mail today (I have a problem, I know), but I'm just not as excited about it as I was before I recieved the Malden. The Malden just feels right. 

 So there ya have it! If you're curious about my other addition, I will be posting about it very soon so keep an eye out for that. 

If you have a Malden or a post about yours, tell me about it in the comments below! I'd love to see yours!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Filofax Goodies- My Mini Haul!

Ever since I've gotten my Filofax Finsbury I've been a bit consumed with anything and everything it takes to make my Filofax just as gorgeous as those I see in all the Filofax videos on YouTube. I've raided office supply stores, Wal-Mart dollar bins, and desk drawers for tabs, sticky notes, beautiful papers, paper clips, flags and the list goes on and on!

I'm also a little guilty of combing the internet for some special things I can't find here at home. A lot of what I've gotten arrived in the mail last Friday. Wanna peek at what I got? Well, if you insist...




Leuchtturm 1917 Pen Loop




The first thing I needed to find a fix for was that small leather pen loop. To save my life I could not find a pen that would fit in that tiny thing! I watched a few YouTube videos and saw that some people bought the Leuchtturm1917 pen loop to solve this problem. It is completely self adhesive on one side and it's supposed to stick to the back of your planner, journal, notebook, etc. to provide you with an extra pen loop. As suggested by other bloggers/you tubers,  I stuck this to my transparent fly leaf so I wouldn't damage my Filofax. A funny thing happened though, a day after I ordered this pen loop, I happened upon a video that teaches you how to stretch your leather pen loop to fit whatever pen you have. Kent of Oz made this video and you can find it here. Now that my leather pen loop has stretched out to accommodate my Vera Bradley Pen in Dogwood, the Leuchtturm provides me with an extra pen loop!
 
 
 
 
 
 
These are some masking stickers I got from Amazon which you can get here. I got the "basic" set and they come in all kinds of cute designs! There are also different sets by this brand so you can find the one that goes with your color scheme, if you should have one. I don't have a specific color scheme in my Filofax other than fun colors. Teals, purples, yellows, greens....just a mix. I like to open my Filofax and be visually stimulated!



 
I was getting low on my Stickopotamus stars I use for color coding so I bought another package. I also picked up a pack of the small flowers for decoration. Both of these are at Walmart for $1.00 per package. If you wanted some of these, you might want to try there first.
 
 
I didn't go into Walmart for Hello Kitty stickers, nor do I particularly like Hello Kitty a whole lot, but look at these stickers!! Aren't they just the cutest things?! I got a basic pink set, but also lucked up on the Hello Kitty dressed up in different animal costumes PLUS these SUPER DUPER cute Hello Kitty Halloween stickers! The Halloween stickers just make me smile. :) Ms. Kitty is definitely going to be on my October month calendar. LOVE IT!
 
So there ya have it! My small little mini haul! Have you gotten any fun goodies lately? Please feel free to tell me about them in the comments below!
 
OH.....and one more thing....I have a little big surprise coming in the mail tomorrow! Can't wait to share it with you all!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

My Filofax Finsbury-My latest Obesession!!

*Warning* This is a picture heavy post! Enjoy!

Anyone that has known me for, well, any length of time will know that I have a small unhealthy obsession with office supplies. They may also know that I keep a very detailed planner and write down just about every to-do, birthday, major/minor life events, etc. in said planner. They could go on to say I may be a little....weird...about it, but hey, we're all a little weird, right?

My newest obsession takes two of the things that I LOVE (planners & office goodies) and combines them. This new obsession is a FILOFAX! If you don't know what a Filofax is and you're not clued into the frenzy, just head over to Pinterest, YouTube, or Instagram and do a little searching. Just beware! If you're like me, you will soon find you've spent hours searching through other people's setups, decorations, videos, and blogs and will quickly find yourself pining for one yourself.

After having a Day-Timer Family Plus for a few months, I decided I needed something a bit smaller. The Family Plus was a bit cumbersome to lug around every day with it's 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 size and found with all my decorating, dividers, and notes, it was soon the weight of a brick. While scouring Youtube one day for "Planner Decorating" I came across my first introduction to Filofax. Ahhh....then I fell in love! One week of heavy researching later, I ordered a Personal sized Finsbury in the color Raspberry! *Drumroll* Annnnddd.. here is my lovely beauty...

Isn't she pretty?!
 
This is what my Finsbury looks like when you open it. Many people use the 6 cards slots on the left cover to put business cards or even use it as a wallet, but I just stick all my cute sticky notes in there. ;)


My Color Key.
 
I've just started in the last month using color coding. I tried at first with different colored pen ink and I just didn't like the look of it and found it hard for my eyes to read. I changed things up a bit and now use my Sharpie Pen to write everything in, then I go back with the appropriate color and highlight it.


 
My card slots all neat and tidy. 
 
 
In total disarray.
Week on 2 Pages
 
For right now I'm using the Week on 2 Pages. The planner didn't come with a Month on 2 Pages like I'm used to seeing in my old planners, so I ordered some from the Filofax website. As you can tell, I've jumped on the "Washi Tape Bandwagon" (is there a blog with this name? If not, someone please make one! lol). I have lots of fun getting out my washi tapes, stickers, tabs, etc to decorate my pages every week. It keeps me coming back to my Filofax (not like I'm having any problem with that...I LOVE IT) and also makes it fun to stay organized. Who knew that was possible, right?

Tiiiiny Pen Loop

 
One thing I find a bit disappointing is the pen loop. It is entirely made of leather and has no give what-so-ever. I watched a few videos on the Finsbury where people said that it was a generous leather pen loop, but I'm not finding this so. Even my skinny sharpie pen isn't fitting. In this pic, I have my Vera Bradley pen. It has a VERY strong clip so I put the clip in the loop and this holds my pen. I just ordered a self-adhesive pen loop from Amazon so we will see how that goes.
 
My handmade dividers
 
The Finsbury came with boring beige dividers that I knew right away had to go! I took the Filofax dividers and traced them onto photo scrapbooking paper which I then glued together to give it some weight. I really think they turned out pretty good. I might eventually make some printed labels for them. I was also supplied lined paper in each of these colors (minus the green) and put that color under its coordinating divider.
 
 
Back Zipper Pocket
 
The Finsbury also comes with a full length zipper pocket on the back that I use to store my stickers and tabs in. I've played around with the idea of using this as a wallet and if I do, this would be where I would store my cash and coins.
 
 
So there you have it! My new Filofax Personal Finsbury! I've only had it for 3 days now so I'm still "moving in" and figuring out how I want everything placed, but that's the most fantastic thing about Filofax! It can be totally personalized to fit your needs! No two are exactly the same. I can't wait to make this one totally unique and well...totally me!
 
Do you have a Filofax...or two....or three? If so, what was your first Filofax?
 
Don't have a Filofax? How do you keep organized?