Monday, June 17, 2013

Calipso Compact Review

I fell in love with my A5 Calipso and figured I needed a smaller one to lug around in my handbag. I loved the Calipso so much that I figured I'd get the compact one in teal. I ordered it from and it arrived safely and quickly.

As it's older sister it arrived in a plastic cover, inside a white cotton/paper bag and packaged gently inside a white box. This was put inside a normal bubble envelope.

The first thing that I noticed was the color, not quite as bright as I had imagined. Not that I don't like it because i do. It just isn't quite as "happy" as the blue A5.
Also it has a "line" down the front cover from something lying on it perhaps. But I'm letting this smoothe itself out by a little wear.

Now to the actual facts. It's slim and pretty, but as tall and wide as a normal personal. After a few weeks of use I find it to be a bit to slim for me. But it fits well inside my overstuffed diaper bag when I go out with my son. If they ever decide to make a personal Calipso I'll be first in line.

It has 15mm rings. Measurements are 135mm wide, 200mm high and 30mm deep. That makes it the same width as the Saffiano personal, taller and just 5mm less in depth.

 Inside front cover there are 4 card slots, one full depth pocket and  one vertical pocket.

 The front cover and dividers it came with. Same as the A5.
 Came with week on two pages. Roomy and nice. Perfect!

As you can see this isn't even close to lying flat on it's own. But as this is a compact and always on the go, that isn't too much of a problem for me. The leather is very soft though so after a little use it might soften up a little and start lying flat.

Inside the back there is a full length vertical, zipped pocket. I'd personally prefer the notepad or a full length pocket behind the zippered one, but that's a matter of perspective. For me this pocket won't be much used.

And the back of the planner. Love that the stitching is the same color as the leather.

 On the left my Filofax Calipso pen in Teal (not the same teal as the planner which is a sad thing since they have the same name and i bought it in the hope it would be the exact same color). On the right my huge Swarovski pen. They both fit nicely thanks to the elastic pen loop. Sadly the big pen is a bit of a strech, but it is too big of a pen to fit with the inserts and everything I want to put in the planner anyway.

 Croc effect clasp. A nice detail that I was a bit unsure of, but i hardly notice it really.

 In this you can see the line on the front.

 This one is taken with flash making the teal color pop a bit more.

 Please excuse my cluttered living room in the back.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Calipso A5 Review

My pretty new Calipso A5 filofax in Bright Blue.

I ordered it from and it arrived within a few days, love the quick delivery!
Now it came in a white box with a white cotton/paper bag wrapped around it. The binder itself was wrapped in plastic like the ones you'd see in the store.
I was so excited i ripped the packaging apart and therefor cannot show you a picture of it.
This is how my new beauty looks like (no flash on the left and flash on the right).

What the back looks like.

 Inside looks like this (I've put in a new front page, the one shown is not the one it comes with).

 This is the front page and dividers that came with the binder.

Supplied with a week on two pages columns.  
It says supplied with a 2013 diary, but i was surprised to find you get the 2014 diary too. 

On the right side there is a zipped pocket on the inside. I'm not so sure if I like this or not, I think I'd rather have the notepad to jot down important stuff. But i still love the Calipso.

 Here you can see the difference between a big pen and a filofax pen. 
The elastic pen loop fits them both, although the bigger pen as quite thick and is a bit of a hassle to get in and out easily.

 As you can see it lies pretty flat. Flat enough for me anyway.

Closed with the big pen in the pen loop.

And then a picture of my A5 Calipso with her little sister the Compact Calipso in Teal.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Playing with some washi tape and my new filofaxes.

I haven't gotten a lot of stash together for decorating my pages yet, but I'm pleased with how it's turned out so far. This is how some of the coming weeks looks like.

New dividers for my A5 Calipso

I start with the paper i want to use, a pencil and a divider in the correct size (in this case one of the original ones from my Calipso Filofax).

Trace around the divider and inside the punched holes.

Notice in the above picture where the original tab was.

I'm making top dividers for these ones so i'll just continue the cut line all the way.

Now for the next step. Making the divider tabs. You'll need the pencil, the divider you're working on and a tab (I use the dividers from the pocket to make the tabs since i want my tabs a little bit smaller than the original A5 tabs).

Place the tab where you'd like it and trace it with the pencil.

Now you'll need a paper cutter and/or scissors. 
Cut around the tabs cutlines and along the sides til you get your divider.

One almost finished divider with top tab.

Punch holes.

And Voila!