Mar 292016

I’ve had some Tim Holtz Metal File Tabs for ages but not found anywhere to use them….until now.

My VDS has been the same for ages, except for new diary inserts, so I decided it was time for a change.  They’re not perfectly straight and they have dents where I had to hammer them closed, but I think that adds to their charm 🙂

tim holtz file tabs


Mar 062015

I was contacted by one of my readers yesterday asking all about my lovely VdS Standard, and how it had fared since I bought it.  Well, in all honesty, if anything, the leather has IMPROVED, taking on a slight patina now from everyday use.  There are no visible scuffs or scratches on the outer leather, and for the record, I’ve never used any conditioner on it.  The rings are as tight as when they were new.

So here are my 9 months on photos taken in daylight and they give an accurate as photographs can, vision of the condition of the leather 🙂


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Jan 262015

This is what I love about Franklin Covey – huge rings and roomy binders to accommodate a vast amount of paper.  I have 3 month’s worth of 1PPD Blooms inserts plus all the other stuff I keep in my Veronica Classic binder.  There is still MORE space to add more if I needed it and even the fastener isn’t bursting to pop open yet 🙂

Franklin Covey Veronica Classic

I don’t need to tell you which one – do I?

Franklin Covey Veronica Classic

Jan 222015

A tall, slim cupboard had become redundant, so I laid claim to it!  It just squeezes in the gap between my desk and the window.

Before, I had lots of boxes stacked rather precariously, but now, it’s (for the moment) neat and tidy and everything that I use most is easy to get to.  I’ve also been able to move things off my desk and I can’t believe how much space is on there now.

Stationery Cupboard

Dec 092014

People often comment on how different the Malden leathers can be and mine are no exception.

My Pocket size is very grainy compared to the relative smoothness of the Personal one.   I don’t really have a preference either – I love them both 😀

Filofax Malden Personal


Filofax Malden Pocket

The grain of this leather is much more defined

Filofax Malden Ochre

Side by side comparison