Saturday, October 26, 2013

Personal Holborn Zip! Zip, zip away!

*Quick Note* If you prefer a video, feel free to watch my video at the bottom of the post. Like a good long read? Continue on, dear friend!

I recently told you all about how I used my personal size Filofax Malden as a wallet. I can say that I did successfully use my Malden as a wallet and quite enjoyed it! I had to make a few little changes in order for it to work like putting 2 credit card sheets in the front to hold my extra cards (since the Malden only has 4 built in slots), keeping the back pocket empty so I could load my receipts in it, etc., but those changes were only minor and didn't bother me at all. I could still be using the Malden quite happily, but something happened....

The Holborn Zip went on sale on the Filofax USA website! I've eyed the non-zip personal Holborn in the past and even contemplated purchasing it as my first Filofax, but the price was way too high for my first purchase. I've just been eyeing it....and eyeing it. I never even contemplated the zip model of the Holborn because it just came across to me as something someone quite older would carry, nor did I ever consider it could be utilized as a wallet. Back then I never even thought about having a planner be my wallet; such a thought was not even on my radar!

Here I was in front of my screen researching the personal Holborn Zip on Philofaxy and Youtube to see if it was a planner I would like to get. It's 50% off after all! I was sold after I saw the inside! 7 card slots (8 if you include the small bottom pocket)?! Vertical pocket behind that for cash?! Vertical pocket on the back for more cash...or receipts...or stickers with a zippered pocket behind that?! Yes, please! I purchased it right away.

Four days later, my beautiful personal Holborn Zip in Wine arrived and it was love at first sight! I know I used to roll my eyes when I would read about people on the Philofaxy Facebook page being "in love" with their organizer, or referring to their Filofax as their "dream Filofax" but really, I get it! I instantly moved all my things out of my Malden and into my Holborn and I have yet to move out! Sometimes I get a little smidgen of guilt that I didn't stay in my Malden long and get the urge to move back into it for a while, but then I pick up my Holborn and I just can't. I can't quit you, Holborn!!

When I posted about my dear Holborn on the Facebook page, many people had questions about the features, color, layout, etc. I decided to try my hand at making a video (my first one, please be kind). If you would like to know more about the "guts" of the Holborn, or are thinking of taking advantage of the 50% off (better hurry) then you might want to take a peek at the video.

All in all, I guess you could say, I'm completely enamored with my Holborn Zip. I even contemplated giving it a name (yes, I know), but haven't brought myself to that just yet. Will I go out on a limb and say this is my favorite Filofax to date? Yes! Will I go even further to say it may even be my "dream Filofax?" The thought has crossed my mind several times, but there are so many models out there that I have yet to set hands on so I will leave that up in the air just now.

I did love it so much that I had to have its "Mommy" while she was still on sale.

Don't they make a beautiful little family?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

How I use a Personal Malden as a Wallet

So sorry it took a while to get this post up. We spent last week in Florida which gave me a great trial run of using a Filofax as a wallet. Unfortunately, while I was there my son got sick so we had to cut our trip short by two days and come home a little early. Oh well, you have to do what you have to do. I'm sure every parent understands that!

Two weeks have gone by since I've received my Malden and I must say I'm very happy with it. The color just pops, and the leather is so darn touchable! Like I mentioned in my previous post, I got the idea from a couple other Filofax users to utilize my Malden not just as a planner but also as my wallet. The thought took some getting used to, and I must say it felt a little funny the first day or so to be without an actual "real" wallet. Things worked out great though and I never really hit any snags with the set up. Using it in this way was actually a bit of a pleasure. Whipping my beautiful leather planner out in public gave me a hint of joy....okay...a lot of joy!

This is how I have everything set up. I put all my coins in the zipper pocket, bills in the slot behind the zipper and my 4 most used cards in the 4 card slots on the side. Since the Malden only has 4 actual card slots, I used 2 credit card sheets in the rings of the binder to hold extra insurance cards, loyalty cards, etc. In the large vertical pocket that's behind the card slots I just kept stickers, post-it notes and other odd things.

Just like in a regular planner, I have my diary/calendar plus all the extra dividers for specific sections. I've had a lot of people ask me if I actually keep a REAL planner in here since I'm using it as a wallet. Yes, I do. I have a Month on Two Pages AND a Week on Two Pages. I couldn't function without these.

The first divider I have in my wallet/planner is the "Expense" tab. Under this section I have finance pages from Filofax and also lined paper. As you can see in the picture above, I used a finance sheet to keep up with all our spending while on our vacation last week. We used tons of gas and ate LOTS of good food! I use the lined paper to keep track of credit card spending and have one sheet with all my bills listed and their due dates.

If you decided you want to try using a Filofax as a wallet, I would suggest buying a pack of these finance sheets. They're set up in the same style as a checkbook register, but unlike a checkbook register, these have quite a bit of room to write. I love them!

Some people like to add a top loading envelope to their rings and keep receipts in that. I, on the other hand, found that the back pocket of the Malden was perfect for me to slip my receipts into. The leather in the Malden allows for the pockets to open nice and wide so I had no trouble reaching in there to fetch them all out when it was time to balance my checkbook. For a brief moment I contemplated keeping my checkbook in that back pocket. I even slipped in in there and was able to snap the clasp but it was a tight fit and I just didn't feel right expecting all that of my poor Malden... ;)

These two, my checkbook and Malden, were my dream team while vacationing in Florida and gave me no problems what so ever. Don't you just love how my Vera Bradley checkbook cover matches my Malden? It's as if they were meant to be!

I would like to say that this dream team is still with me and going strong, but I'm a fickle Filofaxer and wanted to try something I thought might fit my needs even better (I'm not expecting too much, right?)!

I'll update you all on my newest acquisition and "wallet/planner" in my next post.

 Do you have a Filofax that you are using as a wallet? If so, how is it working for you? What tips/suggestions would you give for those thinking of going this route?