How To Use Your Filofax & Moleskine Together
Would I be cheating on Filofax if I admitted to preferring a bound notebook like the Moleskine when it comes to my main diary? I feel bad, but I think it's true. So I have found a way to merge the two together for ultimate productivity and satisfaction.
I know that this is meant to be a Filofax blog, but I kind of have a soft spot for bound notebooks, and so I gave in today and went completely overboard spending the better part of twenty quid on a beautiful Moleskine Diary for my Filofax. (I also bought a Writing Magazine which was what brought the price up to twenty, so that makes me feel marginally better.)
When I arrived home, very excited, I watched eagerly as my four-year-old niece ate her dinner, and then I took her to bed and speedily read her two short stories before making myself a nice cup of tea and settling down to unwrap my new Moleskine.
To my utter disappointment, I discovered that the diary doesn't actually start until the beginning of July - That is two whole months away! What am I supposed to do for two whole months? Carry on using my current A5 Filofax diary inserts I suppose. I am most put out. Today is National Stationery Day and the one piece of stationery I bought is of no use to me for two months. Grrrr.
Why I Love A Bound Notebook
I do love how it fits so perfectly into my A5 Chameleon Filofax though. There's something quite satisfying about filling up a bound leather diary, in my opinion it doesn't compare to loose Filofax insert sheets.
I like to see the pages get all marled, and I like to fold corners and rough it up until it looks and feels thoroughly used. Bound books seem to have this effect on me. It's the same with novels, I love to break the spines and fold down page corners and see the pages warp from the steam of a hot bath.
My Filofax Is For The Perfectionist In Me
For some reason, I almost feel afraid to touch my new Filofax inserts. I want everything in my Filofax to be used perfectly because it is an organiser and I have to keep it organised!
It might have something to do with the fact that the inserts are so expensive too. My A5 Filofax feels like the 'final draft' of a diary, so basically I have been using an A5 refill pad to jot down all of my notes every day, and then I copy down the most useful notes neatly and in the right place into my Filofax. It's all a bit weird, isn't it?
Moleskine Passion Journals
I love the fact that Moleskine also do a selection of 'Passions Journals'. I bought one recently for my sister because we are about to embark on an online cooking project and blog together. I think I have decided that I may need to purchase one for myself too.
And because they fit so perfectly into the A5 sized Filofaxes I may also have to think about which A5 Filofax I want next, to organise my cooking project of course! Any excuse to expand my Filofax collection.
I think I have decided not to feel guilty about loving them both. You know, it's almost as if Moleskine and Filofax were made to fit together anyway - like a complimentary marriage of two luxury stationery brands. Beautiful.
What are your thoughts on loose sheet planners and bound notebook diaries? Let me know in the comments below.
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