Or should I say ANOTHER pretty new box 🙂
I love using my mini Chameleon as a wallet but find that the 3 card slots provided are not enough. I was thinking of ways of adding extra slots and came up with the idea of using the replacement innards you can buy for card holders.
This sits at the back of the rings. The back flap that would slot into the space in a regular cc holder has been punched so it’s held in securely. Just flip it all the way over and they’re easily accessible. When closed they are fully secure. I notice that my dog has donated one of her hairs for this photo. A brand new plastic wallet and it has her fur on it already 😉
To get it to sit right, I’ve made a double fold in the flap.
A strange title for a post I know, but the reason for it is, last week I was snooping on Ebay (as you do) and I spotted a sale of a Finsbury A5 but the photo looked wrong so I clicked through to see the details. It was on at a very low price too I might add. Well, the seller must have been completely unknowlegable about Filofaxes as the photographs showed a Finsbury box, but the organiser itself was a Holborn. One of the photos even showed a close up shot of the inside cover with “Holborn” embossed into the leather quite clearly visible.
It was on “Buy it now” or “Best offer”. The seller mentioned that there was a slight fault in that the popper stud was broken, even though the item was brand new. The current price of an A5 Holborn from Filofax UK is £99.00 and this was up for £16.75 with free postage. I wasn’t too worried about the closure being faulty so I put in an offer of £15 which was accepted almost immediately.
It arrived today and I love it regardless of it’s little fault. I surprised myself actually as it’s black and I don’t normally like black organisers. I always regarded black ones as a serious colour – something the MD would have on his desk. Though I thought I didn’t like red ones but I love that little pocket number I found a few weeks ago 😉 The leather is beautifully soft and supple, and it’s rather unstructured, similar to the Maldens, which I also adore. Plenty of card slots and pockets, hidden pockets and zipped pocket. Nice big rings that are holding currently, diary inserts that go right through to the end of 2016 (obviously, these aren’t 1PPD). The seller really did not look at the box or contents properly. The box, as in the photograph, stated Finsbury and it indicated the colour as pink. The barcode sticker also said “Finsbury | A5 | PINK”.
I’m really loving this new Holborn (yes, it was brand new as described), and because it’s black, I’m feeling a little more grown up, veering away from my pretty colours and decorated organisers that I usually use. Though, at my age, I don’t really need to feel any more grown up than I already am!!!
As for the closure, I can’t replace the stud without wrecking the leather or lining. I was thinking of using self adhesive velcro but changed my mind on that. I shall either leave it hangin’ loose or punch a hole in the strap and add a long leather lace to wrap around and keep it secure 🙂
Yesterday ended my FC Blooms diary so today, I started using the free Jul 14 – Dec 15 inserts that came with a Paperchase organiser I bought earlier this year.
On the first day, today, I opened my planner and almost had a panic attack – NO MONTH TO VIEW!! I hadn’t realised just how much I’d come to rely on being able to see the whole month at a glance, in addition to the more detailed information I was writing on the rest of the DO2P diary. I can live without the DO2P space but seriously not my month to view.
However, this was easily remedied by taking the free printable MO2P diary from phILOFAXY blog and overlaying them onto a pretty background I made, changing the hue of the background image for each month. I shall be making more of these for the remaining 15 months that my Paperchase calendar has to run, using different background images and colours to suit the seasons.