I have a recurring Planner Fantasy of using one Filofax binder for my whole life. It would be my constant companion throughout the years, and it would age alongside me.
In real life, I almost had this: my first real Filofax was a black Buckingham that I used for eight years almost continuously, through lots of big life changes (pregnancy, leaving work, having a baby, moving to a different country, having another baby, moving to another different country, etc.). That Filofax could have been my one-and-only lifetime Filo, but I wasn't a huge fan of the black color and wanted something more representative of my personality. About 30 binders later, I'm still searching for The One.
About this time last year I bought a vintage Sherwood Filofax thinking it would be my Binder For Life. I love the classic design and the soft calf leather. But it's so delicate I wouldn't feel good about subjecting it to the daily rigors of my hard-on-binders lifestyle. I think its previous owners must have felt the same way, because despite being more than 20 years old the Sherwood is still in pristine condition. I'm thrilled to have it as part of my collection, but my daily-use binder has to be more rugged.
I'm not sure why I have this idea to use one binder for life. I don't
think about using one wallet or carrying one bag for the rest of my
life. But a Filofax becomes my personal assistant and daily companion. I
am inspired by a story I read several years ago about an elderly
woman's Filofax that was stuffed and scuffed from decades of use. (You
can read that story about her Ostrich Filofax in one of the comments of this post, scroll down to the comment by Anonymous at 11:06.)
In reality, I don't think I could actually commit to a lifetime using
only one binder. I like planner variety, and switching out binder
colors, styles and sizes helps to satisfy my urge for newness. There are
so many beautiful binders out there, how could I ever commit to just
But if I did choose just one binder to use forever, I think I would choose a custom Van der Spek binder in the Undyed leather. Janet Carr's photos of her Undyed binder over a period of more than a year show how the leather darkens gradually with age, and shows marks. I would love to see how the binder progressively changes over time, and ages alongside me.
If you could ever choose just one, what would be your for-life binder?
And as always on Fridays, feel free to discuss and/ or ask anything ring-binder related!