Filofax Slim

So I got the Filofax bug about 5 years ago thanks to good old TKMaxx. The first I bought myself was the Bond Personal. Now, it’s called the ‘Bond’ due to the fact it’s made from bonded leather. Unless you’re poor and are desperate for a Filofax, all I’ll say is stay away from bonded leather. That’s also good advice if you’re buying a belt. Bonded leather, is as its name suggests, a thin piece of leather which is then glued and/or stitched to another material, usually card or plastic. This means two things. Firstly, the leather will never age well. You’ll never get that worn in look, it will never soften properly. Secondly, at some point the bond will break, and you’ll end up with a split Filofax (or belt).

Now, real leather Filofaxes can be expensive, but a few months after buying the Bond, patience on eBay rewarded me with a used, brown Kendal. 100% leather. It was cheap, came with no inserts (didn’t need them, I just transferred pages from the Bond) but it had a slight gap between the rings. The gap was easily fixed on the Kendal, (there are no rivets holding the centre ring cover on, so carefully pull it off and you can see the workings, bend back and it’s sorted) so that became my main Filofax for a few years. Then I stopped using it as a diary last year, so I just used it as a hard copy backup for contact info.

 

 

I bought my Mum a Filofax a few years ago to replace her diary/falling-apart-address-book combo. Picked up before that Christmas from you-know-where I bought her a Cuban slim in a lovely reddy brown colour. Hmmm, slim, same page size as Personal, but much smaller rings. Nice and compact.

Fast forward to December last year, and I’m in that certain store and I see a Filofax Slim in black ‘Deluxe Leather.’ Came with 2018 week to a page diary, card holders, address pages (but no A-Z dividers) and a couple of other bits. It was £20. Hmmm, pick it up but walk around a while and decide. They had another that initially appeared the same but was boxed an £5 cheaper, but closer examination revealed it was bonded leather, so that went back on the shelf.

So yeh, I bought it. I’m currently making notes of stuff ‘to do’ and ‘have done’ in the diary, but I’m not filling it out with future appointments like I used to, let’s be honest, it’s much easier to do that with an iPhone, even though it is nice to browse through a diary.

Long term I’m not sure what to use it for. I’ve bought a set of a-z dividers and I’ll use those to record passwords, so I may just keep the slim as a password book, and use the Kendal as my address book. I never need to take a paper diary out with me, and for work we use Office 365.

As a form factor for carrying around the minimum, the slim Filofax is ideal. You can see from the photos how much thinner it is, but it holds much less pages. Insert a week to two pages diary and contact pages and it’s about full, so not ideal for a full on content organiser, but a really nice addition to the collection.

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Flexing that Filofax

So a few years ago the Filofax Flex came out. TKMaxx had them in towards Christmas. Three sizes were available, A5 being the biggest, then one about standard Filofax size, and one smaller still.

 

 

I’ve got the smallest one in the car for noting fuel costs and anything else I need to write down (so just fuel costs then), the other two are unused. Like the Midori, I’m not really in tune with covers that you then put a notebook in. I understand that it’s good way of keeping multiple notebooks together, so I guess I’ve just not really got the need.

 

But £1.49 in TKMaxx for a thick A5 plain refill? I’ll take it. It doesn’t even have to go into the Flex, it’s a notebook all on its own. And that’s the thing about the A5 flex, you can use *any* A5 thin cover notebook in it.

Any maybe one day, I’ll have an actual use for them.

Sellotape Commemorative Tin

This apparently is a Co-op exclusive. I spotted one before Christmas, and they were £3.50. Tempting, but a tad expensive for a roll of sticky tape in a tin.

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Fast forward to January, and they had a pile of them for 88 of your earth pence. Thank you shop keep, I shall take one.

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I’ve no idea why, for the sheer novelty value I guess. Perhaps in years to come it’ll be worth ten times as much! Imagine that!

GIANT Moleskine Drawing pad \(^-^)/

Bottom shelf, at the back. That looks like, but probably isn’t.. it is! A giant Moleskine!

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A3 in size, it is just a giant, plain paged Moleskine. An ideal Christmas present for the budding artist! Or you could pretend it’s a normal size book and that you’ve shrunk.

I’m not opening it, ‘cos it’s a definite present, and one I will give, not one I’ll keep. Also, it’s too big to hide in my cupboard.

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At just 15ukp, which is a tenner less than Amazon, I nearly bought the other one they had too, but I don’t like to be greedy, always leave some treats for other hunters I say.

Force Awakens Moleskine Books

It’s been a while, so how are you? Good, good, let’s crack on then!

So I realised I had a problem, and the pile of notebooks in the cupboard was only growing, so I stopped looking and therefore stopped buying. Some of my notebooks have been pilfered by small hands, others I’ve given as gifts. But still, my resolve remains strong. Until…

Today, I went into good old TKMaxx, which given it’s now the run up to Christmas, may have been a mistake. Honestly, I went in looking for an iPad case and trainers.

I’ll build suspense by not revealing what I bought in this post, I’ll reveal it over the next four posts. All I’ll say is ‘Filofax’ and ‘Moleskine’.

For this post, we must travel back in time, to early this year. I was in Leeds, travelling light, but visited the TKMaxx there anyway.

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So I found these Force Awakens edition Moleskine books, what you and I would call standard size. Not the cheapest at £9.99 each, but resist, I could not.

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They are probably really nice inside, but they are still shrink-wrapped. The blurb on the back states a ‘custom interior’ with ‘limited edition stickers’ and has. Mini preview, so I’ll have to pop one open soon I think.

I was going to give one as a gift, but decided not to, not just yet.

Sainsbury’s Mini Haul

Sainsbury’s often have a few bits of stationary on sale. They seem to bring a new range of notebooks out every few months, and then sell the old ones off cheap, even though they’re the same as the new ones just a different design or colour.

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So I picked up a three pack of A5 sized cardboardy covered thin notebooks for a pittance.The spine has contrasting coloured stitching to hold the pages in. Decent paper inside, not too thick so ideal for general notetaking etc.

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I also picked up a couple of mechanical pencils. Not something I use really but they were super cheap. Not being able to decide between the 0.7 or 0.5, I decided to get both.

So, as always, it’s worth keeping ’em peeled in such places!

Sticky Keys

The Imperial Good Companion Model T

Keys Stuck Up – The Problem

I’d not used the typewriter for a while. I wanted to type an address label. But some of the keys on the left side wouldn’t press when I tapped them. I had to give them a good thump with my finger. Once freed they moved OK, but when left for a short while to problem returned.

So I did the usual, oiled everything. It didn’t help so I left it alone to see if the oil would seep in. It didn’t. So I summised the typewriter was gunked up, so I got some meths and cleaned around the sticky hammers. This seemed to work initially, but then it became apparent it hadn’t really.

Keys stuck Up – The Resolution

Then I realised the problem. It was where the hammers rested. The strip of foam wrapped in a black cloth tape had become sticky. So the hammers were stuck down which explained why they freed off with use, but stuck again when left.

Luckily the strip is designed to be easily removed, it just sits in a curved channel so it lifted out. I removed the tape and re-covered it with some tape I already had. The camouflage tape matches the green of the typewriter nicely I think, although you never really notice it.

So it’s now fixed and back to full working order!