Filofax Malden Setup and Updates

Filofax Update

From Top to Bottom: Mini Chameleon in Red, Pocket Finsbury in Yellow (more mustard than it appears here), Personal Malden in Vintage Pink, A5 Malden in Ochre

It’s been more than half a year since I got my first Filofax, and I have been very satisfied with my Personal Malden. I do not really use the A5 Malden or the Mini Chameleon. The latter has been used on a couple occasions as a wallet, and I would use it more as a wallet if Filofax made card holders for the mini size. I love the colour, but I am not sure what I will do with it in the long run. The A5 is just waiting to be my next personal journal.

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Fountain Pen Collection

IMG_2052For many years and up to a year ago, I only had one fountain pen. Now I have 5 usable and decent ones. I have always liked writing by long hand and with pens, but I have only recently had a collection of fountain pens which I use on a daily basis.

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Filofax Malden A5 Ochre

Filofax A5 Malden OchreIt’s finally here. This was a first for me in many ways. My first A5, my first unboxing post, and the most expensive thing I’ve ordered from the internet yet.

I’ve wanted to buy an A5 for awhile now and have been checking the Filofax USA website every few days for a good one. I’ve been happy with my Personal Malden so far even though I’m not completely in love with the colour. I wanted a Personal Ochre, Aqua, Purple or Crimson. I’ve been converted to the Malden cause. Most of the A5′s are not cheap. I just did not like the Original’s elastic pen loops so I thought I may as well go all out with something I knew.

Note: This is an image heavy post.
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Filofax Finsbury Pocket and Mighty Wallet

Finsbury Pocket in Yellow

When I first began looking for a Filofax as my planner, I discounted the Pocket for its size, but considered it and the Mini as a wallet replacement. When this came on sale, I couldn’t resist buying it.

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My First Filofax – Personal Malden

Filofax- Personal Malden in Vintage Pink

After many weeks of lusting, searching and obsessively reading Philofaxy and other FF blogs, I have finally bought my first Filofax: Personal Malden in Vintage Pink.

I have had a planner every year since I was 12 except in 2012. I realized when I did not have it, how much I missed one so I bought a 2013 Mead planner to hold me over. In the last couple of months, I’ve been thinking it’s time to invest in a serious planner.

This is the first post in my new Stationery category. I love pens, fountain pens, and stationary. I will be sharing my love of paper and pen in the blog from now on. I am traditionalist really and I actually think more people should at least have a good pen or two.

This was not my preferred colour. I would have preferred the Ochre, Purple or the Crimson. Of course, all of these are very popular and even looking for a Personal Malden took me through six New York stationary stores. Scroll down for my short review of the stockists.

In the beginning, I considered a Personal Finsbury, but the more I read about the Malden, the more I wanted one since it seems so well loved by the FF community. Some others have recently mentioned a hardness to their Maldens, but mine thankfully did not have this issue or any ring issues. When I opened it up and checked the rings at the store, it laid flat and snapped up well. Wonderful. I think my model was made in 2011 because it came with a 2012 diary, and the A. I. Friedman people had put in a 2013 one as well. I’ve started using the 2012 refill as scrap note paper.

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