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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!

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


Filofax Swap!

I have been constantly complaining about my unsettled set-up. My past post was about how overwhelmed I am feeling by my enthusiasm; I have so many ideas and potential uses for my Filofaxes but can’t seem to finish or use at least one to its full potential.

Ok, backing up a bit.  There is one, ONE of them that has been performing better than the rest. So here I am today to talk about it. That one is my lovely Pocket Finsbury Antique Rose:

Pretty handsome, huh? 🙂

Interestlying enough this one was not like my other ones that were avidly researched and adored thru online pictures and reviews for weeks. No, that one was an impulse purchase.

He popped into my life right after I scored a bargain on Ebay!

Did you notice the “right after”? Expedite shipping? I wish!
After a few days of my Ebay purchase I painfully realized that I was about to start 2012 without that juicy Filofax bargain. My two small but crucial points to get to that conclusion were:

1- I got the bargain from Ebay (where else?)…… but Ebay from UK! (I’m in US)
2- I got it two weeks before Christmas.

Could have I had picked a worse time to wait around for a Filofax? oh! Torture!

Anyways, continuing with my justification explanation of that handsome impulse purchase.

My Domino was supposed to be the main organizer but I needed something on-the-go. And that HAD to have a money slot across, remember? Me and my silly reasoning on getting a Filofax with a cash slot.
(I admitted learned pretty quickly that I don’t use cash at all, never have any with me and my debit card is the man to go for the tough job!)

So it was a non-planned affair. I “needed” to start the year with a wallet/ calendar that I could stuff all the humongous amount of dollar bills I carry around everyday. I then decided to go to one of the few stores that sell Filofaxes where I live and get me one right there on the spot. Fearlessly just like that! And here we are unexpectedly working well together all those months.

After two months of Filofax drulling-ordering-reselling-and-keeping-some, my handsome Fins has been hanging in there with me through all the process; watching carefully and helping me keep the Filo team together by choosing the ones we had affinity with and letting go of the ones we didn’t bond well. So, Fins has been a great companion and quietly settled down and developed its own way of living. Nothing could be more fair than to present the set-up that we both feel comfortable using.
It is far from complete, I warn you! (And there are a lot of pics on this post, I should warn you about that too!)

Doesn’t he look cute in that corner all pensive?

It is a real “on-the-go” planner. Very easy to carry around.

The BEST part of it is a very unexpected one. See him inside my purse? So, my debit card is right there on the top slot. I NEVER have to take the whole binder out to get the card. It just slides in-and-out with no fuss.

How convenient is that?

Ok, now the set-up which is pretty straight forward:

Can’t get any simpler than that, really!
ID, Debit Card and Starbucks card. All the important stuff up front! 🙂

Under the “To-Do” tab I also have a shopping list separated by the stores I visit more frequently. Those are usually not urgent tasks so if I happen to be around those stores I check to see if that is something still pending.

Yeah, barely see the tabs. Somehow I manage to guess the right page. 

Than comes appointments & reminders

Appointments and Reminders in a two week per view

Then, the daily stuff.
Left side I try to break down activities for the day. On the right side on top, general to-dos, at the bottom left, school to-dos and bottom right emails and such. In the middle I keep my food log and respective points.

Daily stuff.

BTW if you noticed I had trimmed down a month worth of Flavia Day-Timer personal size inserts to fit Fins. Very annoying task, but I didn’t want to NOT use them. If you see in the second picture at the beginning, the transparent pocket has the bottom part of the Flavia inserts that I trimmed down. Those are cute scrap papers.

Did you notice all that under the “to-do” tab? Well, not really, I just use the ruler to find the day I am in. I didn’t see a need to have a “calendar” tab with the rulers.

After that comes the “notes” tab which i just realized now that I don’t have a picture of the pages. Nothing surprising thou, just colored paper and random thoughts written down.

Next section is “WW” which stands for WeightWatchers.
I used to track my food intake using jot pads sheets but didn’t work that well. The wholes are very big and the pages kept moving around a lot. It looked and felt very messy.

Previous log food system

Then, still under “WW” tab there is the month view. I track the total daily points, weekly weight in (no, it won’t go public yet!) and exercise for the week. I use color-coded circles to identify what exercise I did for day; Cardio, Yoga or PT.

Than comes the tab “Class”. So, am I  that great of student, huh? One single tab with a few pocket size sheets is all I need for my classes! hehe certainly not. I use the Circa Levenger system for all my classes which I am hoping to write a post about it at some point. That single tab there is exactly for those moments when I don’t have my circa notebooks with me and remember something pertinent to school. There you go. Questions and random thoughts about class subjects:

The last part of it are the card slots and the back pocket. Can you see my coins in there? That’s all the cash I usually carry. Just to make it more “walletish”.

Oh, and there you go! The so-crucial bills slot. Full of receipts from my debit card swipes!

Not bad, huh? Not too bulky.


All is well, right?    Nah.
It’s working after all, right?   Nah.

I can’t settle with an “ok” layout (big news!) so I need to experiment again.
Considering this is the best set-up I had so far and that I may want to come back to it later, just in case, I decided to use this post as a way to keep a record with pictures and (ahem) a “few” words. 
It is a very straight forward set-up as you saw but I still needed to “save” it somehow.

In the upcoming weeks I will be pulling apart the set-up to try to find my path in some other way……
Fins is going to relax some and a different Filofax will come in place……

—————–> Keep tuned to Filofax Swap 2 – The Attempt! ————–>

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” 🙂