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

Oct 022014

I found a smooth grey A5 Filofax Flex going very cheap a while ago. I’ve used it a few times, just to scribble down notes, shopping list etc., but I’ve used them so long, I miss not having rings. I’d been thinking about a way of adding some but without messing up the cover, just in case it didn’t work or I didn’t like it. I’d seen a post a while ago by Robert Mayr so I decided to give it a go.

I used the rings from a cheap personal sized planner.  I pulled the mechanism out of the binder, not caring that I ripped the inner cover as I was binning it anyway.  The rivets were left in the mechanism.  I managed to get only part of them out but I wasn’t too worried as I already had my fixing plan, well, planned 🙂

VELCRO!  I remembered a post by Janet Carr a few months ago.  She’d found a stash of mechanisms that were held on with velcro.   I had some but it was too wide so I bought just a small length of narrow black velcro.   I stuck the hook side onto the back of the ring mechanism in the gap between the rivets, and the loop side was stuck to the centre of the inside of my Flex folder.

I chose personal sized rings for 3 reasons.

  1. I will probably only need a few smaller removable pages taken from my personal size everyday planner.  If I do want larger sheets, all I need to is use some A5 lined paper and punch corresponding personal size holes.
  2. A5 rings may have been too long for the Flex binder.  My Holborn mechanism is just over 22cm which is the same as the Flex binder cover so they stood a good chance of sticking out of the top and bottom.
  3. A5 rings may also have been too bulky.  The rings I’ve used are only 13mm.
  4. Yes, I know I said 3 reasons 😉 but I had these already so I didn’t have to spend any money on a new set.

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