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Baroquesque Updates!

Summer Break! Finally! Besides some beautiful sunny days out now it is time to get back on track on my blog!
I left a few updates hanging in there. First, without any specific order – just because – let’s go back to the lovely curvy Teal Baroque Personal Filofax:

Can you recognize it? 🙂 Sometimes I try to recognize Filofaxes before reading the reviews/ posts.  Geeking out a bit here.

So it was meant to be my “Happiness Project” binder based on Gretchen Rubin’s book. I ended up not finishing her book. Too many showed up at the same time and I got distracted. heehee

It then became a “me” binder, which I looooove. I took a gazillion of pics of that beauty (as I usually do) but I will try to overload less this time!

Below is the very first tab. It makes me smile every time I see that beautiful “watercolor-like” flower and the sentence on it. That is the main section of the whole binder. I don’t have any calendar on that Filofax but this is the juicy part of it that I always go back to – the journaling pages! They are all pink although maybe I should had gone with the fashion green one:

Well, anyway, already got a bunch of pink sheets.

My plan is to decorate each tab, but I hadn’t find any quotes that I like to fill in all of them. So just the first two ones are personalized so far.
Moving on, next tab is called “notes”(I forgot to take a pic – there is a pretty flower as well) and is very related to the journaling part; highlights of the “big findings about life/ me”. Also in pink pages.

All the other Filofax tabs are not really in use. One of them will be for sure a fold out “vision board” that I am hoping to get around over the summer.

The next fun part are the top tabs.

You may guess that I pulled out the inspiration from GalaDarling’s Filofax post 🙂 There goes from left to right:

  • Note-to-self: like “don’t use turtle neck shirts ever; it makes you feel suffocated and puts you in a bad mood.”
  • Ideas & random thoughts: pretty straight-forward, huh?
  • Movies: yeah, that circle thingy is my attempt to draw those old fashion movie tapes 
  • Music: Another straight forward one. I write down my faves or some suggestions to not miss. BTW, have you heard Coralie Clement’s La Mer Opale? It is sooooo cute! First time I heard it I was in a stationary vintage shop digging in some old (from ’96!) Filofax inserts. I had to ask who was the singer and write down on my Filofax for future reference! ;D
  • Books: loooong list to go over
  • Quotes: as they are everywhere when you least expect!
  • Websites: mostly blogs to go back to and dig some more. I honestly don’t use that tab much as I usually just email myself the link. (I don’t bookmark stuff either. I always forget where they are.)
Now, the very extremely fun part!

Before I discovered Filofaxes I had three separate boxes with cut-out magazine inspirations:

  • Outfits 
  • House deco
  • Gardening tips 

Sooooo as you may imagine, I now have all them combined on my lovely ‘Me-Baroque’ binder. There are the tabs:

Here it goes and it is very straight forward:

My “tan-shoe” quest
Some “to-die-for” deco that I will implement at some point. The socks are easy! ;D
Not good at gardening. I need all the tips I can find. Really. 
Last section is mostly left overs from other Personal set-ups that I just didn’t have the courage to toss out.

Those pages were my “very first” Filofax planning when I got the pink Domino so I kind of feel attached to them. There are a few tabs I made myself, with some planning even for the planners! I wrote  half a sheet for each organizer I was planning on getting so I knew (at least I thought I knew) how to set them up. Most of the ideas I tried back-and-forth. A few of them didn’t work and a few of them are still in use. The blog section moved to another personal.

At the very back I added an old Franklin Covey plastic envelop for things I don’t know where to put; like those coffee shop reward cards that I may or may not use again.

My last pic – I promise – is just “because”. That curly part of is so beautiful!

Overall I must say I LOVE this ‘Me-Baroque’ binder. It is very soft, absurdly flexible and gorgeous on the inside.

The draw back – for those of you determined to get one – is that all it’s beauty, makes it feel sooo delicate to use.
I took it out of the house ONCE and almost didn’t survive! (Hence I almost didn’t survive, the Filofax was totally fine and having fun actually!) I was so nervous that it would scratch, mark, or anything that at the end it went right back on my desk at home and *** it has been living happily there since then. **** 


Filofax Overload

I have been very, VERY, indecisive about my Filofaxes set-up. I first had decided that the personal size would be best for me so I bought my first Filofax in a personal size. Than I felt it wasn’t big enough to carry all the notes, thoughts, personal paperwork, family planning and school stuff that I wanted. Plus that would require a huge amount of scanning-shrinking-trimming-and-punching that I wasn’t willing to put up with.

Ok, A5 it was then.

Later on came the idea of the much needed personal Happiness Project.  It is a huge project of its own. And the Domino was already in use, right?

Ok, another Personal size then.

My unwillingness to use, as a wallet, an organizer that doesn’t have the cash pocket across it made me disregard my Domino for this purpose as well. Very reasonable requirement, don’t you think? After all in today’s world, EVERY single transaction is made with cold, hard cash, right? Who pays bills on their iPhone or use debit card those days? Well, so that “cash-pocket” feature is extremely important!

Ok, Mini size with a cash slot then.

DH told me that he was jealous of my pretty Filofaxes. He really told me. He was unaware of it, but he told me.  I am good at interpreting his signals! Ha!  I “notice” that he wanted one for his birthday. *sight*

Ok, A5 for him then.

(How many more excuses can a person invent to justify madness Filofax purchases in a two month time-frame, you ask.  Possibilities are endless I admit!)

Anyhow, here they aaaarrrreee! Drum rolls again please!!!!
 ***** my current lovely Filofax collection**** – minus two of them that I didn’t bond and already sold on Ebay and DH’s that I purchased but it is not mine:

Don’t they look pretty all together like that? 🙂 hehe
Well, although all them are here and I have tons of ideas populating my mind that need to get down on paper, I just can’t find a set-up that works well for all of them (and for me of course, ha!).
I may just have to accept the fact that I went overboard and I am not going to use all them at the same time – and that hurts! :-/ Why? Well, they are so pretty and are not been used. Specially after reading at Philophaxy that the non-use of a Filofax almost ruined it! 
But I just can’t part with them. Can’t make myself sell any of them. 
The mini Finsbury is the only one REALLY not in use and that never was. It was supposed to be my wallet but took so long to arrive that I *aham* had to get some other small Filofax to start the year in an more organized fashion. My idea was to return the “provisory” one once the mini arrived but sure thing, that didn’t happened. 
The Classic one I started using as a work/career planning organizer but decided to move it to the A5 (once it gets here) as it fits the purpose of big picture planning. So right now it is just there, sitting pretty. 
The Belmont…oh, I love it so much! The leather is so soft and so smooth! So flat and feels so good to the touch! I scored it on Ebay for less than $20 and was using it as my work Filofax (taking it to work). Turned out too small. What was I thinking trying to squeeze in all the information overload that I daily receive as a new employee into a pocket size Filofax? Tsc,tsc. Didn’t work well. But I love it so much! Right now it is just hanging around at home with Ms. Baby-Fins and Mr. Pocket-Cross.
I have been checking all over the place other people’s blog to find ideas of uses for them but painfully I may just have to settle with the fact that having that many is NOT practical. Like Jotje on Philophaxy said on her amazingly insightful post: “ONE life, ONE planner” 🙂

New Filofax is here!

Happiness Project Binder is here! That means the Personal Baroque Turquoise arrived! Straight from France after ONLY SIX days of the shipping date! Unbelivable! Their time-frame was up to 25 days. I stuck with that so I wouldn’t be too anxious waiting around (yeah, right! Sure I didn’t! Who said I wasn’t refreshing the shipping tracking page everyday?). Well, it is finally here!

If you can recall I got spoiled checking pics of people getting their filofaxes in lovely black boxes. It is a small detail but what can I say? I got hooked on that! My first Filofax came from Filofax USA and I was all expectations about seeing that black box. It came straight out of a shipping box! Argh! Cheap and upsetting! So there I was excited to open the package from Filofax France. This time it couldn’t be straight out of a shipping box, right? After all, it wasn’t the cheapest Filofax they had available anyway (yeah, it was on sale, I admit!) Here is the appealing shipping box that I am sure you all came here to see 🙂

Then after opening the side of it, I see this:

ooowww, really? REALLY? I was so disappointed that I sat down and starred at it for a sec thinking “Why on earth do I keep getting organizers carelessly tossed into shipping boxes? Why not some thought when packing it? It could have scratched my lovely new Baroque if it was rubbing against that tough box! Why? Why?” I know it is not supposed to be a big deal but it bugs me to imagine a fancy Filofax organizer having the same packaging as a notebook ordered from Target. As I tried to get over my disappointment I carefully open the other side of the shipping box thinking that I would just see scratches all over and then I see this:

ooooowww such a relief!!! ok,ok, now makes sense! A Filofax box with a SIDE opening! Of course! I had seen some of those around! Why I didn’t think of it? Oh, man, I GLADLY didn’t see that coming! 😀
Here it is, a real Filofax box for me:

Now, enough with the box craziness and let’s get to the fun part! Shall we?

Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you WITHOUT the scratches painfully visualized, the organizer in its whole glory:

***** The Filofax Personal Baroque in Turquoise ****** ta-daaaaaaa:

and THAT is a smooth cover
Lovely zipped pocket. I just realized that it has the same layout as the Malden. 

The details are so beautiful!
A whole cover of curves
One of my favorites 
The pics are showing the leather very “plastic-like” for some reason. It really is not.

From side to side

 As I mentioned earlier this Filofax is intended to be my Happiness Project. I have been devouring Gretchen Rubin’s book and thought I needed to give it a try. Then to make things better I stumbled upon Leonie Dawnson’s website and her lovely downloadable year planning workbook/calendar for 2012 and there it is! Incorporated into my Happiness Binder. Has cute pictures too! All her own art:

Super cute cover but printed in the Filofax white blank pages didn’t cut it. Very thin and see-through.
I’ll need to invest in a better paper and reprint later on
Lists! I love lists!
Goals for the year divided by areas.

My Happiness Binder is far from been complete, it has barely a few tabs on it so I will be posting again to show the progress. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Oh! Dilemma…

I just can’t settle with a set-up or decide on an organizer. It’s driving me nuts. Seriously.
I am enjoying my Domino but turns out it has a life of its own! It just doesn’t want to be used for serious planning, just journaling, scribbles, thoughts, aspirations, ideas and such. My 2DPP Day-timer Flavia refills are not helping with that either. There is so much room to write! It forces me to put down just about any random thought! Don’t get me wrong, I am loving that connection we are having (Domino and I). I love to have a place to jot down ideas carelessly. I am just not getting myself organized rather distracted!
So I am back to the quest of a new organizer and a new dairy refill set-up.
Why a new organizer, you ask, if I already have one? Well, that bright pinkness of my Domino will manipulate me into its same purpose again, I am pretty sure! Can’t force its nature, it is destined for fun, journaling and doodling.

Anyway here are my thoughts that just get more confusing every minute:

  • 1st – I need an A5. I am not juggling well all 5 FF I have right now and am hoping to combine three of them in one. (not the Domino, of course!);
  • 2nd – I experimented over the holidays with a FC classic 2WP inserts – which fits an A5 I heard – and I really liked it overall but the fact that appointments are so roomy and tasks are not. My schedule doesn’t change much so I don’t need that much scheduling room rather tasks to be accomplished throughout my “set-in-stone” daily routine.
  • 3rd –  I want something nicer than Domino to be my main organizer
  • 4th –  Something smooth and sleek
  • 5th – The worse of it all: I feel soooo guilty of spending money on Filofaxes again! :-/ Most of my stuff I got on sale or on Ebay, but even thou doesn’t sit well to spend more. DH has been an enabler in this case actually. He says I keep trying to spend as minimum as possible and than I get “great deals stuff” which  are not exactly what I wanted and I end up getting frustrated. Well, he is right. The best of all is him enabling me even more by saying “Don’t try to find a deal and THEN find what you want within the deal. Just get exactly what you are looking for this time.” oooohhh, I love that he is right! 🙂

So here are my visual reproductions of my 2nd, 4th and 5th points:

2nd: I like the tasks at the bottom of the page. Gives me a feeling that I am supposed to work on them after work at the end of the day which is what actually happens anyway. Just wish the space distribution was the other way around – more tasks, less appointments (and weekends evenly spaced with weekdays):

Layout I tried out over the Holidays

4th: It would be sooooo perfect to find that gorgeous Panama in A5!

Can’t get smoother or sleeker than that!

5th: There goes the ultimate guiltiness pleasure (inspired by DH):

So beautiful!

and that one:

All the cool kids have it!
Seriously, all the Filofax experts fall in love with it. Should I dare?
Well, will see how everything unfolds. One thing is for sure, I need to get some system going and quick!