26 January 2011

Filofax Matchmaking?

My question a few days ago about is your Filofax a He or She? got some interesting responses. But it was one of the comments from Petra that sparked another thought/idea.

If you are buying another Filofax to your 'collection' do you consciously think about how this new Filofax will match or complement your current ones?


18 comments:

  1. I haven't got matching ones.. but to be honest, never even thought about that!

    How do people organise themselves though? I'm getting brain mush by trying to keep two diaries.. I have an A5 which I've had for a few years, and I love it, but because it's hard to carry about with its size, I have also got a personal (?) size.

    Do you keep the same apointments in both, or do they have different purposes?

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  2. I hadn't even really thought about matching them/co-ordinating them. They have such different functions for me, it doesn't really metter. I haven't (so far) bought identical ones though as that might be too confusing for my tiny brain!

    @Jo: I have 2 A5 - one home and one work. Although the two halves of my life are pretty distinct, I do have all my appointments in both, although it doesn't hugely matter - I know which are 'home days' (I work part time) and which are 'work' days and only book appointments for work in when I'm at work and home ones in when I'm at home/out and about with the home one in my bag. Sadly, I also have to run an electronic diary for work (but that does allow me to update my home filofax more easily, by accessing my work diary online).
    It'll be interesting to see what people say though.

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  3. I wouldn't say I 'match' my Filofaxes but they are colour tonal e.g.: cream/beige/white and pink/purple and red for work. I guess I am just drawn to similar colours. I do think about what I have at home cos I don’t really want to have two the same but it hasn’t worked very well, I have a few the same but in different sizes. What was I thinking? Does anyone else do this?

    Jo, I use an A5 just for work (part time) and before Xmas the family organiser (A5) for well the family to keep track of when, where people are supposed to be. Appointments, pet de-fleaing etc, reminders of school due dates, inset days etc for my daughter, but not much detail. Need to get that up and running again it fell down over the holidays but was working really well. I actually felt I was on top of things for a while. It is also a reference for the family as to my whereabouts.

    I also use a slimline in by handbag for personal stuff. The family filo (when functional) and my personal often have the same thing though more detail in the personal/slimline.

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  4. Yes. All my favorites in my collection are black, various textures and materials but all black.

    EXCEPT for the two I use every day: a saddle brown Personal Cuban and a Mini Ascot that is a rather hideous reddish brown. I love this Mini, but am seriously thinking of applying some shoe polish to darken the color.

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  5. I do think about matching up my binders. My first filofax was a purple Personal Domino, but the material I found wasn't up to the challenge of being in my handbag every day of the week and became all dented, scratched and a bit unsighlty.

    My next was a Cherry Personal Cross which I fell in love with upon sight. I haven't used the domino at all since getting my cross and don't find it at all as satisfying to look at.

    When I decided I wanted another organiser, I knew I wanted another cross, but I wanted an a5. It had to be a cross because I've just completely fallen for the design and it had to match up. I ended up getting a lovely dark blue a5 cross (again off ebay) and he perfectly compliments my little cherry personal cross. I think they match wonderfully and I wouldn't have it any other way.

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  6. I have only black ones, but it wasn`t a purpose. Material and interior is usually more important for me than matching.

    @Jo: I use A5 at work and personal at home. I only duplicate really important meetings. But I use same color coding for both.

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  7. I don't match mine - I just fall in love with a particular design which is probably why I have more than I need! Then I have to thnk what I can use it for!

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  8. Jo there's a post on the Quo Vadis blog right now asking people if they use more than one planner at a time.

    http://quovadisblog.com/2011/01/25/how-many-planners-do-you-use/#comments

    I'm very curious to read people's answers because I've never been successful using more than one planner at once! At best I can have a wall calendar and planner, but as far as my main planner it has to be just one book.

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  9. i tend to get all black (except for the latest orange!) but i also look primarily at function. i don't like a lot of bulk so some of the really nice ones (like the deco) i don't think i ever could use (plus it doesn't come in black oh yeah, and the expense) i wish i could use colours, but for some reason, it's a distraction for me to have my todos and appointments and notes to have a coloured frame around it. i noticed that for the first time after i'd used the domino for about 9 months and then went back to the slimline for portability. the khaki inside of the domino really stood out to me then and kinda bothered me. (i thought of shoe polishing the insides, but then i just got the malden). and now with this nice beautiful obnoxious orange, i love it for it's orangeness and the pocket finsbury really is a great practical one to carry around but with using the malden at home and switching to looking at the orange, well, i need black in the background. orange might not be the best example as it really is a difficult colour in the first place, but if a neutral like khaki bothers me as well, well then duly noted, i suppose. and yeah, it's hard to use more than 1. a pocket is great for your purse but i too wonder whether i should rewrite events and the like. i had just rewritten stuff i needed for the day,,, but then, i've grown so attached to the malden - i'm thinking i could either just carry around the malden with me (which i'll probably do for a bit just to see) or i will use the slimfin again and just take out the pages from the malden that i'd need for the day. that way i won't have to rewrite anything. i'm really hoping they'll be coming out with malden slims...

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  10. I do not match them at all. Since I use only one planner at a time, the whole point of having different binders is to have variety. So I would never buy a brown finsbury for example, since I already have a brown classic.

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  11. I wish I had to deal with whether or not to match, but since I only have one (for now) it isn't a concern :(

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  12. I use a Black A5 for Uni/Work, which looks serious and professional. And for personal use (i.e. everything else) I use a Red Finsbury Personal...the fact that it looks more 'fun' reminds me that my life isn't all just work!

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  13. I also don't intentionally match, but my current selection does mirror my colour preferences. Which is why I have red, purple, pink and brown filofaxes.

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  14. I like to fill in with things I don't have. For example, I have a red personal Belgravia, then wanted a blue pocket Belgravia because I like the style but wanted a different color and size. I do try to put filos on my shelf in colors that look great together, and sometimes rearrange the order so that the colors play even better off each other! Pic coming soon...

    That said, I have a more-than-necessary number of red planners, many of them moc-croc.

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  15. Oh, and I do buy paper/stationery/notepads that match a particular filo, to make blank page inserts out of. What goes in the filo has to coordinate with the outside color :-)

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  16. Jotje, I like similar colours to you so I have lots of pink, lavender, purple and raspberry shades. I also buy based on the cuteness factor (like the minis)and whether there is an interesting print (for non leather filos).

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  17. I don't do colors at all, but then my interest is a bit different. I have a collection of the early "Winchester" type models from the late 70"s and 80's, and the colors I have are black, tan, red, burgundy, gray, and brown. I really don't care what color it is, so long as it is the right vintage, and is a good example of Filofax in its glory years. Most are new, and I don't use them.

    One exception is a 5clf 1/2. It has become my favorite and I use it daily. I find the 1/2 ring size to be ideal, holds everything I need on a daily basis. The thing that is so neat about it is the quality of leather is so good, just from the pressure of writing in it, the leather "squeaks". For those of you who haven't spent hours in a saddle on a good horse, you will think I am completely crackers, but this is a bit of heaven for me every time I use it each day. The best money I have ever spent.

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  18. I only have one Filofax, the Personal Domino in blue. Like Petra, I do tend to match pens, paper and any future wallets or purses to this blue because I really like the color. I could not deal with more than one Filo as I am still re-organizing this one every so often and still have not gotten to the perfect way I want it. If I had more, I would get more confused than organized. I need to have everything in one place.

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