How I Use My Filofax Planner & My Moleskine Diary Together

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.

How I Use My Filofax Planner & My Moleskine Diary Together

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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Filofax Vlog: Showing off My New A5 Aqua Chameleon Filofax Setup

My First A5 Aqua Chameleon Filofax Setup Vlog

SO exciting!! I really enjoyed making My First Filofax Vlog (Check it out my Filofax Unboxing Video). I'm back now to show you my brand new Filofax setup (Link to the new video is further down...)

It's a bit weird being on camera like this. It's even more weird being on camera talking about a Filofax planner. But you guys have all shown me that this is a totally normal thing to do in the online planner community, especially if you're a blogger. So I am embracing the new experience, and loving every moment of it. Even if I do seem completely insane.

You'll have to WATCH THE VIDEO to find out why though... 


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