Hacking Chamomile

On my last post about sweet  Chamomile, I mentioned my struggle with vertical card slots.
I am happy to say I found my way around it! Yay!

So that’s what I will go over on this post.

First, a little history on why I dislike vertical card slots.

See, I was very lucky to really love an impulse purchase I did back in the days.
Sometimes I still want to bang my head on the wall because “it was working, it was working! Why did I have to go out and  *experiment*? Darn, darn, darn”

Anyway, as I am already out and about trying new styles I know will keep experimenting, but I believe one of these days Mr. Fins will have to pop out of the shelf again.

So one of the “BESTEST”features of Mr. Fins was this:

He would sit pretty – not laying down – inside my purse and I would have access to my debit card WITHOUT taking him out of the bag. The card would slide in and out just like that (snap fingers here).

From an outsider point-of-view it would seem like I was carelessly tossing the card inside my purse rather then placing it securely into the card slot.

After I left Mr. Fins I could never get that practicality again.
Not even with a mini. The organizer is so small that the it doesn’t “sit” inside my purse. It doesn’t even lay. It does a lap inside my purse.

Well, there I am loving, caring and sighting at the pretty little hearts of Chamomile thinking “if it would only have horizontal card slots” .

**Then an a-ha moment!**

I had my idea, went after it and got this:

See that gray stripe? So, it’s my debit card.

Pretty close, huh? I got so excited with the end result that I did a little dance with Chamomile in hands. Haha.

So, how did I get the card to stick up like that?

A very sophisticated solution I must say.

Here it is:

Ta-daaaaaaa ***drum rolls***

Get it? Get it?
I added pocket size card holders!

pretty good, huh? *leaning back to proudly enjoy*

If you decide to do this at home, I must admit you need to have nerves! Nerves to be ruthless to the point of doing this:


That is because obviously, the ring gets in the way.

If this is too brutal for you – which I totally understand – you could also place the the entire card holder one whole down. That will prevent any cutting off but the debit card will not be easily accessible. You would still have to open the organizer to pull it out.

Going back to the first solution, you really can’t be too careless when sliding the card in and out. As it is secured by only three wholes instead of all six, it gets very wobbly:

If you read Chamomile’s review, we now have one more “con” to add to her list: resistance to hacking adapting.
The result is good but just kind-of-sorta.

But, you know….. it is Chamomile….. all her flaws are irrelevant considering her amazingly practical rings, right?

I already moved out of her! :-/
My darn, darn, darn “experimenting bug”, bit me again!

I am in serious planner fail!

I wasn’t kidding when I said that “A Solid Attempt!” with Filofax Swap 4 is on its way! 
Keep tuned dear readers, keep tuned!

* * * * * *

And THIS SATURDAY ——————————–> Mini Filofax MeetUp in NY! Yay! See you there! 🙂


9 responses

  1. Hi Lime Tree, I love your Chamomile series, don't say they're about to end soon???? 🙂
    Like you already know, I, too, am nihilistic about those vertical card slots!
    Which takes me to our beloved Baroque! 🙂 thank you for your reminder on my blog, it made me smile! I was already up to doing a LimeTree-dedicatedBaroquepost, but still didn't get around to make decent pictures – I either have the time or the light, never both on the same time!!!
    (By the way, I love your pics here, and the view of the bag with your Fins inside is so realistic I'd just grab it and run! 🙂 )
    But given that my holiday is approaching, I'll do it soon, promise!
    Looking forward to your next post, and have fun on the meet-up, wish I didn't live on the other side of the world! 🙂

  2. This made me laugh. Good idea, too! BTW, maybe you could increase the stability by extending the spine with washi tape (don't know, never used any, never held any in my hands) or even duct tape (now they spell is 'duck' tape everywhere I go! They have super-cute colors and designs at Target, even Hello Kitty!!)and then punching holes in the tape. Probably would work best is you attached the whole thing to something else, like a page lifter or a stiff pocket (like the clear plastic ones or heavy colored paper ones sold by DayTimer).

  3. I love the convenience of pulling out and pushing in the debit card very easily.

  4. Ooo, brave girl, cutting up the insert. ;-). Great idea though. I don't use my filo as a wallet but if I did, I'd probably do something like this to make for easy access. I can't wait to hear what your next plan is.

    See you tomorrow!!!

  5. A “LimeTree-dedicatedBaroquepost” ???? I feel so honored! PLease, bring it on! *giggles*

    And the MeetUp was awesome! So much fun! Where do you live btw?

  6. Nancy, I just LOVE your idea, I need to try it! Thank You!

  7. Greeeeat MeetUp! Thanks for putting it all together! I am hoping to write about it soon! 🙂

  8. I've cut up the card holders to fit in a pocket. It works so well! Sorry about the fail part – SO FRUSTRATING!!


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