In which I cave in and show off a Filofax.

. . . Well, a Paperchase branded one anyway.

Hello folks.

So, I’ve been meaning to do this for a little while, actually. I think some people expected me to show off the inside of my personal Filofax, but that thing has so many pockets I don’t quite know how to show them off on photos (and I don’t have a) the courage or b) the equipment to do a video). So I’ll work on that.
Instead, I’m going to show you the inside of the binder I use to horde all my bits of paper related to my writing.

So. Here it is.

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This is an A5 Paperchase de-bossed binder in teal. I think the photo makes it look a little lighter than it is. If you look at the darker bit on the birds, that’s about a true to life colour. I think. It’d been sitting in its box for a little while until about two weeks ago. I thought the ring mechanism was a bit… Wobbly? so I didn’t use it. But a couple of weeks ago I filled it up and turns out it’s not quite so wobbly. So I got over myself and started using it.

Now, I’ll show you the inside covers then the actually inside guts.

Here’s the inside front cover:

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You can see a zip section that goes the width of the card slots, of which there are five and an ID slot, then there’s one full height pocket behind it.

The back has a “notepad slot” (sort of), a back pocket and a pen loop. (And yes, that is a Pilot G2 you can see there. That’s in the peacock green/blue colour I love so much. And yes, it goes very well.)

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I should say that these pockets, and the pen loop; they are quite tight. I think there might be cardboard in-between the two layers of the PU like material, which doesn’t help with the pockets. And actually, the pen loop isn’t too bad. It’ll fit a pen without a grip. So I need to find a pen that will take my G2 refill that doesn’t have a grip, which is a shame ’cause I like the standard G2 body. I might just have to buy another G2 and take off the grip to see what that’s like.

So! That’s that. Let’s look at the actual guts now.

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That plastic thing you can see above the tabs is a zip wallet. You can get them in a pack of 5 from Paperchase for £3, which I think it fantastic. You do have to re-punch them ’cause they’re made to fit the Paperchase A5 three ring binder systems, but eh, that’s not a big deal. I use it to store a bunch of pictures that inspire me, and random scraps of paper.

Anyway. I have seven tabs (I’ll show you a photo of one in a minute). They’re labelled as follows:
~ Ink – for me to test out fountain pen inks on paper. More to record them for records sake than to use in the binder.
~ Notebooks – I record the notebook number, what I’ve written in it; the number of pieces, the number of pages and the number of words. For each piece I note down a brief breakdown like the subject, the date, the number of pages and the number of words. It saves me digging around to look through my notebooks. I can just look at this section instead.
~ Charts – What it says on the tin. Word count charts for example, like ones for NaNoWriMo and the YoCW.
~ Ideas – where I note down the basic, basic bones of any ideas I have.
~ Plotting – where I flesh out those ideas. I don’t have a photo of it, because that would show you the pages of planning I’ve done and I’m not comfortable doing that, but to separate the plotting pages of each different story, I use these adorable little clips, staggered along the top. I love those, they’re adorable. (And I need to get some more, actually.)
~ Other – this one is currently empty, save from a few sheets of paper.
~ Blank – this has a bunch of paper behind it too, and no label.

The paper in this thing is Clairefontaine. I purchased about four of these exercise books with grid paper, took the staples out, cut the sheets at the fold and then trimmed them by hand. (I wish I’d purchased a paper cutter for that.) All my pages have rounded corners with I kinda like.

My dividers look like this:

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And those sticky notes from The Works are what I used, along with some sellotape. (Excuse the elastic band, it just keeps the yellow ones from falling out.) The plastic I used for the actual dividers came from a ten subject, spiral bound A4 notebook (with like, 400 pages) from WHSmiths – I made dividers from dividers, so to speak. I’m pretty sure it was just like, a WHSmiths branded one, not a Pukka Pads one or anything (I found the dividers in those a bit… Flimsy.) I even made a few rulers/page markers out of some of the leftover bits.

So yes! That’s my writing binder in a nut shell. I suppose it’s more of a “storage” binder than anything else.

And hey, next time I do something like this, I might even show off my Holborn. We’ll see.

In other news, it’s my wonderful, tolerant boyfriend’s birthday today. Happy birthday to him 🙂

Until next time folks!

Danni

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3 responses to “In which I cave in and show off a Filofax.

  1. Wow, that’s a lot of content in a file, and very organised too. I pray you never lose it! I ordered a notebook recently, but I’m going to use it as a quite ideas outlet, and some planning before my daily writing sessions. All the best with everything!

    • kenounirenashin

      It’s filled with paper but it’s not all covered in writing XD There’s a good… Half inch, at least of plain paper in there. But I like to keep it all together. Gives me less headaches. It stays at home too, so I don’t think I’m going to lose it. I scribe things in a notepad or on my phone if I have ideas and I’m out. I then transfer them over when I get home. I just wish the rest of my life was as organised!
      Thank you for the comment and the like! 🙂

  2. Pingback: Talkin’ about my notebooks – what I have in use. | Four Words, Four Worlds

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