June is over, and I wish it had lasted a bit longer.
Because June is when the lime trees scent the evenings. June is when peonies on the marketplace remind me of my grandma's house and my childhood. June is when my heartbeat slows down and melts with the beat of the lazy city preparing for the hot long summer.
June is when I can spend my free mornings with my little girl in the sandbox and afternoons in the shade of the ancient old trees, watching her sitting proudly on a swing all on her own in the soft afternoon light.
And since June is also time for my faded jeans and new flip-flops... well, then June surely is time for a new Filofax, too!
I love leather binders, not only because they are so very tactile but because they seem so reliable, too, in keeping all my records. But, see, since everything seems to be moving into a lighter version these days - my binder did, too.
I'm talking about Personal Filofax Urban in Slate; it's an old (and again a discontinued - such a pattern here!) model I heard much praise about, and on flickr there are some good shots of it, while Nancy re-designed hers geniously.
And so having read all these quite a while ago, one day, trying to choose my "summer filo", the idea of the Urban came to my mind. It just seemed a perfect binder to accompany a holdall filled not only with my urban paraphernalia but mostly with my daughter's toys, bottles, biscuits and growing collection of pointy stones. Definitely not a place for the Amazona in Almond that I intended to use in the summer when still deep back in the cold winter!
I must say that I'm more than pleased with it: it is lightweight, has the same internal layout as the Amazona has plus a handy zip pocket on the back outside, and the canvas is lovely made; I wasn't too keen on the colour first when I saw it online, but it is a nice light shade of grey, much more feminine than I expected (and prepared myself for it to be).
So let the pictures do the rest of the talking! Here's my Urban in action:
As my setup usually stays the same not matter which binder is currently active, the only thing I did change
were my dividers; given the binder's name, colour and materials I went
for something urban and cheery and tore some ads out of the magazines and just glued them on the original Filofax dividers.
As I already mentioned above, there's a handy zippered outside pocket on the back of the binder. It is a gusseted one, too, so you could use it for coins if you used this one as a wallet, too; I just keep my driving licence in there (and please remind me where it is if I happen to forget I put it in here, haha)!
(please forgive the bananas and pears, I meant to capture the Urban in action only! :-) )
Apart from my Compact experiment that is still to be run, I'm also still trying to figure the Pocket size in my spare time.
So if I promised plans B and C last time - I think the alphabet is only getting longer from post to post, haha!
(But since these funny little things named Filofax make my day... what the heck , right?)