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Ok, And I am waaaaay ahead of myself here. Let me back up.
My previous plan didn’t work out well because the A5 Filofax is not as portable (obviously, huh?).
Plus I wanted to separate work life from personal life.
The latter was easily fixable, right? Just get a different Filofax for personal stuff. Great! Cross that out as “problem solved”.
The first condition thou was harder.
I have three other personal sized Filofaxes and although very portable, I knew that wasn’t what I wanted. The rings! Always on my way! I am totally fine writing on the right page, but on the left one, I can barely pass the middle of the page and my handwriting gets awful as the pen gets out of control because my hand is sitting on top of the rings. Yeah, silly, but I really struggle to write on that left side. I knew that if I stuffed up with sheets, it would get more “leveled” and the rings wouldn’t be so prominent, but the WEIGHT! oh boy.
So off I went to browse some options.
Reading posts here and there l I found this jewel —-> Insight!
After drooling over her series about the Compact Chameleon I quickly went to check colors available on Filofaxusa.com.
And there it was! Pink! Red!
“That’s it!” I thought. I rushed over to Pens&Leather and the deal was closed! Not only one, but two! (I got the red one as well, HA!)
Yep, yep, if you have been following Filofax world you will know that very recently that was what I called the “cham-craze”. All Chams half-price on the UK website and shortly there after it reached US!
Oh, pain! I have to say that again: OH, PAIN!
If I only knew that a month later I could had gotten both of them for the price of one and maybe a pocket size as well! hehehe 🙂
Let’s get started with that review, shall we?
First a comparison of thickness with a Personal size:
Rolling to the inside, I will make a list of pros and cons of this gorgeous Compact Chameleon.
So, the very first con – you can clearly see, it doesn’t lie flat out of the box.
I believe with training it will. I don’t think it is it’s nature thou. Like a Domino that may come out of the box not totally flat but easily adaptable to it.
Then, comes the second big con – that insanely crazy pen loop!
Look at that!
It falls right on top of everything! It doesn’t “naturally” stay on the side of it – “out-of-the-way” per say.
That pen loop can’t possibly hold a pen without squeezing everything else.
Nope. If you just close the organizer without thinking, the pen sits on top of the tabs.
I used a Bic 4 colors for this pic but got the same result using a single color, skinnier regular Bic:
So to be able to close the organizer without fighting the pen, I just hang it like this:
It makes easier to move out of the way when needed but it is not very secure and moves around a lot.
Anyways, moving on.
Since I got my Baroque (that I love with all my sweet heart regardless) I knew that those vertical card slots wouldn’t work for me.
Note that my excitement with Snarlings’ video AND the fact that for a brief moment I owned a Chameleon Personal (ended up returning because it was defective) made me not even bother thinking about the card slots.
The personal Chameleon has horizontal card slots.
The A5 Chameleon has horizontal slots.
Why would a compact of the same style have them vertical?
(Because it is compact, duh!)
Yep, yep, as a Compact “first-time buyer” it didn’t even cross my mind!
(or my eyes! Note that part one of Snarlings’ video there is a VERY clear shot of the vertical slots! Geeez.)
Now, can you follow all the excuses my brain is finding for new Filofax purchases? Or better saying the reasons to NOT buy any more Filofaxes that my brain keeps ignoring?
Although the vertical slots ARE a big deal for me (more about it here), I deliberately denied seeing those vertical slots.
Ok, ok, so far what do we have?
1- Doesn’t lie flat out of the box= CON
2- Nonsense penloop= CON
3-Vertical card slots= CON
Do I still have her? YES!
**Why on earth, you ask, did I stick with her and did not return her right away if I found so many cons?**
Because of this, my dear readers, THIS: