I may have found it...
At the time, I couldn't believe that anyone could have just One filofax that they loved and used almost exclusively.
I can now.
I have tried the pocket Pennybridge as a purse; the A5 fantastic but oh-so-in-your-face- Bette Davis chameleon as my planner; I have a zipped Holborn as my teacher planner which works for me for now, but I keep coming back to my baby. Crimson. Lovely. Large enough but small enough.
My Malden keeps coming back to hand, finding space in all my bags. I cannot live without my Malden. I need him in my life. This is my OTF. OMG, I need to drop LPS a line and let her know. I have a true love, my handsome hunk of a file.
Some of the photos show my set up a month ago; organised by alphabetical black tabs that came with a filofax, using cotton cream paper and Swedish-Danish diary. Everything was filed behind the appropriate letter; Christmas under C, Holidays under H.
I have slimmed him down for the summer. I am currently divider free, until I sit and make some later today. Probably just Diary, Next Actions, Life and Reference, top tabbed, with red-pink-cream paper. I'm happy with the cream diary week to 2 pages for 2012 and a pull out year planner for 2013.
Credit card holders handle all my cards; the bank cards sit nicely in the 4 front pockets while loyalty and library cards sit further in. Cash and coins are kept in a zipped top pocket next to a budget sheet that is the easiest thing to fill in I have ever tried. Somehow when the filofax is your purse, just keeping it open and filling in the amount after spending serious cash seems a less noticeable action than replacing a purse and getting out a filofax/notebook.
The dashboard hold Cath Kidston post its and Me To You teddy tabs that don't take much writing but do point out pages of note. I have to work hard to keep them away from my daughter....
My pen ( a parker with a good grip) doesn't fit in the loop without effort, so I slide it into a bulldog clip from Staples. I may see about using another one at the other end to hold a pencil or frixion, but at the moment one pen, one life is my philosophy.
Yes, I still use my other filofaxes. The Pennybridge will be useful around France where I need to keep euros and sterling apart. Bette is next to my bed and in the process of being kitted out as my Life Journal, post to follow. But for the foreseeable I think Matt Malden is the one for me. Good looking in a rugged sort of way, clever but not conceited, and with a sense of humour. Elysium, in a word.