02 May 2012

What's In My Filofax - Kristin

I've attended enough Philofaxy meet ups to know what joy can be observed when two people who have never 'met' before in real life, get to sit next to each other and share their Filofax contents with each other. It is a real joy to see the smiles and joy on their faces as each page or section is turned.  So when we get a 'What's in my Filofax post offer.... we always say 'yes please' And thank you to Kristin for sending in her contribution this time. 

Hello everyone!

I feel so honored to be able to write a 'What's in my Filofax' post!

As I'm sure you can all guess, I'm obsessed with all things Filofax. My obsession started out with general office supplies, notebooks, and pens. Then I moved onto planners. In the past year I have used a Staples planner, an Erin Condren Life Planner, a Franklin Covey zip around binder with a Jean Chatzky insert, a Filofax Personal Finsbury, a Filofax Pocket Finchley, a Fillofax A5 Finsbury, a Filofax Personal Finchley, and a Filofax Personal Chameleon. I have finally settled into the Chameleon and absolutely love it (although it's only been two weeks, so who knows what can happen).

I found this website while searching for planners on-line and on You Tube. Imy from Imysworld came up on You Tube and I started watching her videos. They led me to Kate, The Perpetual Student's blog and her videos, and then my Filofax obsession grew. I must go through Filofax blog posts and videos at least a hundred times in one week. I can't explain why, really, because I've seen them all a thousand times already! I guess I just love seeing how others use their Filofaxes and I love copying their ideas on organization.

I should mention that it's taken me a very long time to settle into my current Filofax. Living in the US, it's not easy to go out and pick up a Filofax. I don't like ordering on-line because I'm so picky, and I need to see and feel the item before buying it. I have returned four or five Filofaxes in the past month.

With that said, here are some photos of my Chameleon in Raspberry.



I love this Vera Bradley pen, and how it matches the Chameleon so well.



Inside I keep my bank cards, my license, and some post-it notes in the pockets. I love the set up of the inside cover, and I love the full length pocket. Holding my daughter's picture on the inside is a Tartan Oli Magnetic Paper Clip from The Container Store. I have two of these and love them! They hold things together for me and don't bulk up my Filofax. Under the fly leaf (with Mickey stickers from our recent trip to Walt Disney World) are the Filofax sticky labels and post-its. I keep the fly leaf over them because they were starting to stick up and bend a bit.


I use lots of tabs and move them around all the time. I'm currently planning my daughter's first communion so I have a lot of labels under that category. This helps me find what I'm looking for very quickly, like when I'm on the phone with the caterers and need to open up to the 'food' section.



Next is the month on two pages, which I love because I need to see the month at a glance. I couldn't do without this, ever!


Here's the week on two pages in cotton cream. I wish they made the monthly calendar in cotton cream- I love it so much more than the white paper. At first, I did not like that the week starts off with the 'this week' box. I was very confused and would start writing things in that spot thinking it was the 'Monday' box. Now that I'm used to it being there, I love it. I love jotting things down at the top of the page so when I need to make a quick reference of the week I can see my important events at the very top. I use little stickers for special dates and events, also purchased from The Container Store. No one around me sells the Filofax stickers!




I have the map that came with the Filofax, as well as a zippered sleeve, a top opening envelope, and a credit card sleeve. I use all three of these constantly. They're great for receipts, coupons, photos, and keepsake items.



Here are some of my pens- I have quite the collection. I love my Bic 4 Colors Fashion pen, and my Pilot pens. We don't have any stores that sell the famous Pilot Coleto multi-colored pen that I see almost all of you using. I wish I could get my hands on one of those! I would also love to purchase some of the pretty dividers that I often see in these posts. They look beautiful.



And lastly, here is my beautiful Filofax standing up. I love it! Thank you so much for reading! Also, I'd love some tips on organization or some blog links on how to better organize your Filo. I feel that mine is a bit sloppy and I'm always looking to tidy it up a bit!

Thank you Kristin for your excellent post, love the photos and I'm sure fellow Philofaxy readers will love it too.

26 comments:

  1. Kristin, the Coleto isn't available in Germany either, but I ordered some from an excellent seller on eBay. If you want me to give you their username, let me know. I have ordered three times there and I've always found them very helpful.

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    1. Hi Anke, I would love to get the username as well, pls.

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    2. That would be great! Thank you!

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  2. Beautiful filo! Thanks for letting us have a nosey!

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  3. Beeeeaitiful Filofax!
    I just got the container store stickers last week, it is so cool to see someone else using it! Good to know it goes well on a personal size too as I am planning on moving back to it over the summer (I'm currently using an A5).
    And I totally hear you on te online ordering thing. I returned a personal chameleon twice because of my pickiness. I was very tempted to return a third time by thought maybe I should just deal with it. And It is not easy I must say! LOL I look at the faded spot (for me seems faded, DH says its not) every day and it bugs me! Oh well!
    Great post! Beautiful Filofax!

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  4. Hi Kristin! Thanks for your post, and lovely filo! Like you, I'm outside the UK, and there are even less resources (actually, ZERO) in Manila for me to get my filo "fix". Thank goodness for the internet.

    Stationeryart.com is another good source for all kinds of pens. I've ordered from them before and shipping was very reasonable. Prices are better than Jetpens, too (sorry Jetpens!) although there will be no free shipping on their site.

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  5. Hi Kristin, I love your Filofax all the lovely colours make it look very pretty! Where did you get your top tabs from? I have been looking for some for ages now. I totally relate to the whole blog and video watching I'm obsessed with all things Filofax and no matter how many times i watch them I just can't get enough!

    Thank you for sharing your Filofax with us!

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    1. Hello! Thank you! The top tabs are from Staples and they're the post-it brand. They come in the orange-pink-green, and then a red-blue-purple pack. I love them. I pull them off and re-stick them over and over again and they hold up really well. I'm sure they have them on Amazon, too!

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    2. Found them thank you - the Malden is a beautiful Filofax I love mine! il look forward to seeing how you make it your own

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  6. Hi Kristin & thanks for sharing your colourful filo!
    I hope you fall in love with the Malden that I'll be sending you soon :)

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    1. I can't wait for the Malden! I'm sure I'll be asking to send in another post after I get it all set up. I'm soooo excited!!!

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    2. Anita, that is so great, you found a home for your Malden too!
      Snake Domino is doing well BTW. It is so pretty! Still debating if I want to put it to hard everyday labor or just home-sitting with a few records to keep. :)

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  7. Beautiful Filofax!!!! I am so getting those stickers this weekend!

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    1. Thank you! I would love to try the Filofax stickers. Hoping to get my hands on some soon.

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  8. Yay! I've been waiting for this post since our Twitter chat! Love your set up- very personal and family oriented. And totally hear you on not being able to see binders before buying in the states. Luckily, I saw Sandra's Malden before buying, although then I was hooked! I'm sure you'll love yours!

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  9. Love this post. Such a beautiful filo and such pretty bits and bobs in it :o)

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  10. Lovely Filo Kristin! Must ... not ... order ... raspberry ... chameleon ... immediately ...

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  11. Thanks for a wonderful and detailed post! I too love to look at the same pictures/videos over again because I like to see how people organize.

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  12. Thank you for the tour of your Filofax!! I know you said you don't like to order online. But I just saw the Pilot Coleto pens and refills on www.jetpens.com yesterday. They have free shipping on orders over $25, and great service!!

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  13. Thanks everyone! Thanks for your suggestions as well!

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  14. Wonderful post and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have a Cuban, but I am quickly learning that there is a Cult of Malden...perhaps I need an A5 Malden!

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  15. Wow kristin thats probably the best filofax ive seen i really luv that cute lil stickies sticking out and its like so cute and that vera bradley pen just so matches, by the way does anyone know where to get vera bradley stuff in the UK?

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  16. Hi Kristin!

    I LOVE your post, and i really like that you obviously used Instagram for the pictures! (I'm an Instagram addicted!)

    I'm so jealous because in Germany we can't get these Magnetic Clips and the Stickers. :(
    I've got the Organised Mum stickers but they are so.. uuum.. ja. ;)

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  18. I currently order my pens + refills from Stationery Art, perhaps they ship to where you are?

    I'm currently using the Uni Style Fit, which has a wide range of refill colours as well

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  19. Your Filofax is wonderful! It’s amazing how it can hold so much stuff inside without looking bulky and huge. Can the credit card sleeve be detached and reattach? If you find yourself having a lot of bank cards, it would be good if it can have additional bank card sleeves for you to use. That way, all your bank cards are just in one place and easily within your reach. 



    @Harriett Faulks

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