Filofax Collection: non-A5s

I prefer the A5 size Filofax but I do have a few  organisers that aren’t A5-size.

Starting off with some Filos that have been in my collection for a while.

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I have the mini Belgravia, Deskfax Kent and A4 Hampshire. I used the A4 for work and it’s certainly seen better days, but I absolutely plan to use it again when I return to work.

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For personal-size Filofax organisers I have a purple Saffiano, black Knightsbridge, 2012 organiser, ruby Deco, ochre Malden, brown Kendal and brown Original.

Finally I have my non-Filofax brand organisers

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starting with my oldest organiser which is from the London Organiser Company. I then have a zipped Kate Spade, Gillio Compagnas in grey and aqua and a Gillio Mia Cara in Brown.

To be honest I’m not using a personal-sized organiser at all at the moment so I need to think about rehoming some of these. But planning needs change so there’s always a chance I could use them in the future, right?

 

Planner Review – First Look at Limelife Planners

THIS IS A COPY OF A POST WHICH WAS FIRST PUBLISHED ON STATIONERYBYDEFAULT.COM

I love my Erin Condren planners but at the same time I’m on the look out for a cheaper alternative, of the same quality.

I heard a lot about Plum Paper Planners since they are cheaper, much more customisable and purported to have better customer service. They don’t usually ship to the UK, but a custom sale is possible although shipping is ridiculous ($43 for 1 planner & $78 for 2-7). To be honest, having seen photos and YouTube videos about them, they strike me as more muted and the laminated sheet over the cover makes it feel less impressive. I don’t know, perhaps if I lived in the US I’d give them a try but I can’t see that they’re worth the $70 I’d have to pay. [EDIT – shipping to the UK is now £12.96 which makes it much more affordable – perhaps I’ll put it back on my list of potential planners to trial]

I then heard of Limelife planners, available here,

 

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which seemed quite similar to Erin Condren with some of the customisability of Plum Paper Planners. At the time the shipping to UK was $18 flat rate but I think that’s changed now. The basic calendar which has a monthly lay out is $35 and then you can pay for add-ons like weekly layouts, notes pages and menu plans. There wasn’t much information on the interwebs about these planners but I thought it was worth giving it a shot. I really liked the idea of the monthly layout with additional notes pages as a present for my sister. They also come in an unbound version

Limelife plannersAt the moment, they don’t have a huge number of cover options.

Inside LimelifeInside the planner is a year at a glance and important dates (for US folk) followed by a perpetual calendar. Each month has a tabbed divider which is nice but it does mean the last week of the month is under the following month’s tab. There are notes pages on the back of the monthly spread and the last page of the weekly spread, so plenty of writing space. At the back of the planner are some more note pages. I also bought a folder add-on but had to rip it out because the buttons made writing uncomfortable.

Weekly LimelifeBoth the monthly layout and weekly layout start on Sunday, which is hard for me to get used to. This alone would prevent buying a weekly layout add-on in the future. Also, although each daily section has a good amount of writing estate I do think the Wednesday is thinner because of the way the holes are punched. You can also see this on the year at a glance page.

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Unfortunately I chose the floral cover for the planner with extra notes pages and, as you can see, the pattern covers alot of the writing space. I didn’t feel I could give this as the gift I’d planned.

Taking shipping out of the equation, to get the Erin Condren-esque weekly set up in the Limelife Planner comes in at $47. Erin Condren is $50, has better paper quality, feels more substantial and looks better quality. Overall, I’d prefer to pay the additional money for the Erin Condren, even with the higher shipping rate.

The basic Limelife Planner comes on sale at various times in the year. I think they’re due to be back on sale in October.

 

First Look at Limelife Planners

I love my Erin Condren planners but at the same time I’m on the look out for a cheaper alternative, of the same quality.

I heard a lot about Plum Paper Planners since they are cheaper, much more customisable and purported to have better customer service. They don’t usually ship to the UK, but a custom sale is possible although shipping is ridiculous ($43 for 1 planner & $78 for 2-7). To be honest, having seen photos and YouTube videos about them, they strike me as more muted and the laminated sheet over the cover makes it feel less impressive. I don’t know, perhaps if I lived in the US I’d give them a try but I can’t see that they’re worth the $70 I’d have to pay. [EDIT – shipping to the UK is now £12.96 which makes it much more affordable – perhaps I’ll put it back on my list of potential planners to trial]

I then heard of Limelife planners, available here,

 

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which seemed quite similar to Erin Condren with some of the customisability of Plum Paper Planners. At the time the shipping to UK was $18 flat rate but I think that’s changed now. The basic calendar which has a monthly lay out is $35 and then you can pay for add-ons like weekly layouts, notes pages and menu plans. There wasn’t much information on the interwebs about these planners but I thought it was worth giving it a shot. I really liked the idea of the monthly layout with additional notes pages as a present for my sister. They also come in an unbound version

Limelife plannersAt the moment, they don’t have a huge number of cover options.

Inside LimelifeInside the planner is a year at a glance and important dates (for US folk) followed by a perpetual calendar. Each month has a tabbed divider which is nice but it does mean the last week of the month is under the following month’s tab. There are notes pages on the back of the monthly spread and the last page of the weekly spread, so plenty of writing space. At the back of the planner are some more note pages. I also bought a folder add-on but had to rip it out because the buttons made writing uncomfortable.

Weekly LimelifeBoth the monthly layout and weekly layout start on Sunday, which is hard for me to get used to. This alone would prevent buying a weekly layout add-on in the future. Also, although each daily section has a good amount of writing estate I do think the Wednesday is thinner because of the way the holes are punched. You can also see this on the year at a glance page.

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Unfortunately I chose the floral cover for the planner with extra notes pages and, as you can see, the pattern covers alot of the writing space. I didn’t feel I could give this as the gift I’d planned.

Taking shipping out of the equation, to get the Erin Condren-esque weekly set up in the Limelife Planner comes in at $47. Erin Condren is $50, has better paper quality, feels more substantial and looks better quality. Overall, I’d prefer to pay the additional money for the Erin Condren, even with the higher shipping rate.

The basic Limelife Planner comes on sale at various times in the year. I think they’re due to be back on sale in October.

 

Stationery Subscription Box – Linky’s

I’m a sucker for subscription boxes. I may be over 40 but I still love getting surprises, it’s like having a birthday each month. And that’s definitely the case for the stationery subscription box from Linky’s Dream.

For a start it comes wrapped like this

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Inside there is more pretty packaging.

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And once you peel back the paper it seems even more like a birthday with individually wrapped parcels.

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Each box will contain 5 new stationery items and a handmade item as well as some cute extras thrown in for free.

Apparently no two boxes are the same but this is what I got in my September box.

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Inside the parcels

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My children took the sweets and pencil/adhesive box. Because I’m such a stationery addict I already have a few of the items so I’ll just send those out as RAKs. This month there are more notepads than I would ideally like but I’m sure if I leave a note for Linky she won’t send as many in my next package, from what I’ve seen so far her customer service is excellent.

Although it’s a subscription box you do have to order each box separately, there’s no rolling subscription, which is a shame. The stationery box is £15 plus £3 P&P in the UK. She does ship internationally. But there are only a limited number of boxes per month – which is understandable since she hand preps each one. I’ve already ordered through to March.

I’ll share my October box soon!