I created some inserts, just in time for Valentine’s Day. ♥ You can use them to make a note of your date ideas, gift ideas and dinner ideas, and there’s a little to do list with heart-shaped tickboxes. The remaining space can be used to write down your memories of the day (afterwards). I added a few empty hearts that you can decorate with photos, stickers or maybe just a cute quote or doodle.
The Valentine’s Day 2014 inserts in my patent fuchsia The Original Filofax.
The inserts are meant to be used in a Personal-sized Filofax and can be printed on A4 paper or Filofax Computer Paper (Personal size). Please make sure you print on both sides of the paper you use. (^_^)
My fuchsia-coloured patent Filofax The Original A5 arrived today! It goes really nicely with the Personal-sized Original I already had. I will use the Personal when I’m out and about and the A5 will be be used to keep my home and family organised.
I noticed that this A5’s strap is a bit longer than the one on the brown A5 I reviewed a week ago. I measured both straps and the difference seems to be 0.3 inches (0.8 cm). Not that much of a difference, but I imagine that it could make a real difference in terms of how many things it can hold.
As a 7-year-old, I owned a Personal-sized Filofax clone that I used to store my first few written poems and stories in. It had an unattractive orangey colour and was made out of cheap plastic, but did get a lot of use from me, so I look back at it with fond memories. ♥ One of the reasons I liked it so much was that it was a lot more forgiving than a regular notebook as I didn’t have to tear out a page whenever I’d made a spelling mistake or wasn’t happy with what I’d written, and it enabled me to sort and refile the pages whenever I felt like it. Nowadays smartphones, tablets and laptops have replaced paper planners for many people, but there certainly is something to say for the charm and advantages of the original planners that were once so widely used.
I’ve really enjoyed using my Personal-sized Filofaxes in the past decade, so I was absolutely thrilled to be given the opportunity to try out a Filofax in a different size. Thank you Filofax UK and The Ideas Network for providing me with this beautiful The Original A5 in ‘Retro Brown’ to review. Please notice that I wasn’t paid to review this Filofax, so my opinion about it is 100% my own.
The Filofax The Original range was released in 2013 and its products are the first in many years to be made in the UK. The organisers’ designs are nice and simple, based on that of the first Filofax organisers but with a modern touch. The Original A5 is available the following range of colours: brown, fluoro orange, fluoro pink, green, yellow, patent black, patent fuchsia and patent purple.
The Filofax comes with the following contents:
week on 2 pages diary – (in 5 languages)
ruler/page marker – transparent
to do pages
pink ruled paper
beige ruled paper
yellow ruled paper
blue ruled paper
lavender ruled paper
name address and numbers pages
Unlike the Filofaxes that I’ve bought in the past, which all came in boxes, Filofax decided to present the Original in a protective transparent plastic sleeve. The sleeve proudly shows that this Filofax was made in the UK (like Filofaxes used to be), which I think is pretty awesome. The company responsible for the production of (the leather of) this Filofax is The Leather Satchel Co., based near Liverpool.
The Original, unwrapped
That sounds a bit like a name for a movie, doesn’t it? (^_−)☆ Anyway, after removing the protective sleeve you can fully appreciate the classy brown colour of this particular Filofax and the smooth and supple feel of the high quality leather that it’s made of.
Inside of the Original
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the Original lays perfectly flat when you first open it, no “training” required! A definitive plus in my opinion.
The A5 Original versus the Personal Cuban
I took out one of my Personal Cuban Filofaxes to show you how the A5 Original in retro brown compares in both size and colour. To give you an idea of the A5 size, it’s roughly the same as that of a regular-sized iPad.
My first impression of the A5 Original is very positive. I love its simple and classy design, its size, the quality of the leather and the fact that you don’t need to do anything to make it lay flat. I really hope Filofax will be adding more organisers that are made in England to their range of products.
Please keep an eye on this blog, as I will be adding additional review posts and videos about this Filofax once I’ve set it up and started to use it. If you have any questions or remarks regarding the A5 Original, please don’t hesitate to comment below.
April 5th, 2006. I was 21 years old, excited about starting a work placement in Sheffield (UK) and full of ideas for this new domain that I had just registered. It wasn’t my first…
My very first website went live in May 1996 at the age of 12 and I bought my first domain name in 1999. My first few (very crappy looking) websites were all hosted on GeoCities. Some of you reading this might remember that part of the process of signing up for a free website there involved finding a “vacant home”. You had to select a neighbourhood that best matched your website’s content first, pick a subarea next and then choose one of the available unoccupied homes to move into. It might sound crazy, but I secretly loved it and could spend hours inspecting the websites of my potential “neighbours” and looking for a house number that I liked.
The topics of the websites I created ranged anywhere from Japanese anime and manga series Pretty Soldier Sailormoon to specific video games from the late 80s and early 90s, from virtual pets to bands and solo musicians, and from amateur voice acting to ROM translations. I will spare you the details, but let it suffice to say that looking back at those websites today, thanks to the amazing powers of the Wayback Machine, I’d say some of them weren’t too shabby considering my age at the time whereas others were… downright cringeworthy.
Anyway, let’s fast-forward to today, January 18, 2014. It’s been 8 years since I registered solitarystar.com and the domain has only really been used to provide me with a nice-looking e-mail address. The plans I initially had for this domain never came to fruition, as I didn’t know where or when to start. Now that I find myself lying in bed most of the day due to a high-risk pregnancy and sleepless at night because of a certain little life form that loves to use my belly as a human boxing bag throughout the night, I think it’s time to finally put solitarystar.com to good use.
What can you expect to see here?
– Reviews of all sorts of things including music, games and films.
– Galleries containing snapshots I’ve taken with my Canon 600D.
– “Music” I manage to create. (You’d better brace yourselves!)
– Blog posts about news that caught my attention, life in general, funny stuff, adorable fuzzy animals, my experiences as a first-time mum and whatever else I feel like sharing.
So why won’t you join me on this journey called life from wherever in the world you may be?