I wrote the following post just before I went into hospital back in March and haven’t had a chance to post it until now. Sadly I have now broken the zip on the Ikat and have stopped using it – I’m really sad about that as it was working so perfectly in my changing bag as a purse/diary/clutch. I’m pretty sure the reason it broke was because I was putting the pen in the top and was stretching the zip around it. A word of warning to anyone else doing the same!…
Ikat Filofax Review
I mentioned in my last post that I’d bought a new Filofax to use when I become a yummy mummy in a couple of months’ time – a Temperley Ikat. I decided to move into it early to see how it would work for me and I have to say, I like it!!
Firstly I needed a diary, but since I was just testing, I used an old insert I had in the drawer and just crossed out the dates – a quick, simple and cost-effective hack! Next, I had to really think about what I’d need on a day-to-day basis and only copied across the info I felt I’d really need with me out and about. So far I haven’t come unstuck!
- Diary (week on one page) – I’m using a small 4-colour Bic, coding baby appointments in green, social events in red, birthdays and anniversaries in blue and to-dos in black
- Projects – here I store lists of the books I’m looking for in the charity shops, music I want to download when I’m feeling frivolous, National Trust places we’ve visited (we’ve recently joined and want to ensure we get our money’s worth!) and various lists for baby – hospital bag, clothes, nursery items we need to get, etc
- Addresses – this tab is actually housing general to-do lists!
- Birthdays – birthdays and anniversary pages, plus a log of presents we need to buy/have bought
- Notes – this section has plain white paper to scribble on when I need to make quick notes that won’t be kept in there for long
- Expenses – has a log of my current account, savings, extra card wallets and a couple of pockets for vouchers and work expense receipts
The binder has very small rings but holds this little lot easily and I like the fact that if I want to write in it lying flat, I can just remove the whole section and get it out on the table!
The left hand section is the purse/wallet and has ten card pockets as well as three sections for putting notes, vouchers, etc and a zipped section for coins. It works really nicely as a purse, or even an evening clutch, which I’ve done a couple of times by taking out the binder and popping in my phone and a lippy!
So that’s the good stuff – what about the bad and the ugly?
On the whole it’s working really well for me, but there are a couple of niggles. Firstly, the card pockets are too deep, causing the cards to slip down out of sight and reach – why??! I don’t know how that got through the prototype sign-off, but anyway, my solution has been to put the cards I use most often sideways in the back pockets so that I can grab them easily.
Secondly, if you put a pen in the pen loop, you can’t close the zip! Madness!! This is my biggest bug-bear, as I’ve had to resort to using a mini-pen and placing it sideways at the top, meaning that sometimes it drops out if I’m opening it up in a hurry.
One other thing that doesn’t bother me, but might bother you is that because the binder is removable, it does move about a bit inside, so it could be a bit askew when you unzip it.
In a nutshell?
I’m really enjoying using this Filofax, but I can see it wouldn’t work for everyone. Having bought it in the sale I’m very happy indeed, but if I’d paid £45 I might have been disappointed. I’d be interested to hear your views if you’ve used one – let me know in the comments!
Check out the Ikat on Amazon UK here - as I type it’s currently down to £20 in both colours