This post is literally a month late, but oh well! I received two very nice binders for Christmas, and now I’m suffering from Binder Indecision.

My Every Day Carry is my Day-Timer portable Rose Gold planner. It goes everywhere with me.

Other notebooks in use: my Mini Flex and a 3-3 format notebook from my MIL.

Newcomers to the picture: Day-Timer desk size Malibu in Teal/Aqua and my cousin-in-law’s vintage (20 year old) A5 Filofax Finsbury. The Binders I received are A5/Classic/Desk size. So I can use the same size paper in both binders.


Dilemma? Love the color of the Malibu, but the A5 Filo functions better.

  • Personal inserts fit the rings for the A5.
  • A5 and personal insert holes fit the rings of the Mini Flex.
  • A5 holes fit the holes of a standard 3-ring binder.


Now that I have the A5 in my hand, I have a better idea of what I’m dealing with.

12/26/2015-morning: Philip has given me the okay to return the Malibu. I’m looking into an Electric Blue A5 Finsbury on Amazon.

12/26/2015-afternoon: After a trip to Hobby Lobby, I believe the universe wanted me to keep the Malibu. I found packs of 100 sheet, 7 hole punched paper, for $3.99 each. So the Malibu will be used for my Spring class.



1/3/2016: During a trip to Walmart, I found more packs of 7-hole punched paper!!! Why have I know seen this before?

In conclusion, the A5 will be used for my writing notebook and the Malibu will be for class notes.

© Cori Large 12/25/2015-1/3/2016


39 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jihane
    Jan 25, 2016 @ 09:15:26

    I am a stationary addict but I’ve never had a binder like this. I usually go for “regular” planners. These are cute tho! might look into that


    • caendicott
      Jan 25, 2016 @ 09:29:17

      Oh that’s a whole other can of worms. Fancy planner binders (that can be expensive) vs. 3 ring binders. I’m too scared to go there.


  2. Angela Tolsma
    Jan 25, 2016 @ 12:26:32

    I love that you have neon colors. I usually find 3 ring binders so boring, I’d rather waste them money on an expensive predone one.


  3. Emily
    Jan 25, 2016 @ 13:42:18

    I’d be indecisive, too! They are both so cute and the colors compliment each other perfectly as well!


  4. Lucy
    Jan 25, 2016 @ 14:22:31

    I love that teal color! It’s so pretty so I can totally understand your dilemma. 🙂


  5. Dia@ All The Things I Do
    Jan 25, 2016 @ 16:16:34

    I love love love the blue color. I vote you just take the stuff out of the brown one and out it in the blue one lol


    • caendicott
      Jan 26, 2016 @ 09:16:44

      haha! Thanks for the input! I actually was able to buy an A5 ring set up that my husband is going to replace the 7 rings with in the teal one. Best of both worlds.


  6. Kim
    Jan 25, 2016 @ 17:09:28

    So many decisions!!! I know how you feel…I love binders and organizational products…often there is just too many to choose from


  7. Missy - Getting Fit to Find Myself
    Jan 25, 2016 @ 20:24:23

    I have tried to get a way from fancy planner binders because they are so expensive and I don’t use them like I should. I have started making my own planners and having them bound. I love a good planner!


  8. Amanda Butler
    Jan 25, 2016 @ 22:51:27

    I’m a planner addict too! Good to know I’m not the only one! I tend to stick with cheaper ones because I get bored and switch every couple of months… I used to have something like the A5 but it didn’t work for me. Thanks for sharing!


  9. Leslie Rossi
    Jan 25, 2016 @ 23:03:02

    indigo is a nice colour and the tan is a great neutral. nice to have variety.


  10. Ariel @ Keys to My Life
    Jan 25, 2016 @ 23:30:05

    That’s great that you came to a solution for both!


  11. Angie Scheie
    Jan 26, 2016 @ 01:09:05

    I love the color of the Malibu too! Way to make them both work for you!


  12. Becki S
    Jan 26, 2016 @ 08:14:49

    Ooo I didn’t know that Hobby Lobby had planner inserts, will have to check that out the next time I’m there!


    • caendicott
      Jan 26, 2016 @ 09:25:14

      They weren’t real inserts, just 8.5 x 5.5 lined paper with 7 holes. I don’t see this paper very often, although it’s been showing up to spite me now.


  13. Chrystie
    Jan 26, 2016 @ 13:25:02

    Love the malibu color too! I would have been just as torn as you were 🙂


  14. laci
    Jan 26, 2016 @ 13:25:25

    I am a planner freak I am always undecided lol


  15. Kristen from The Road to Domestication
    Jan 26, 2016 @ 15:26:26

    I’m glad you’re able to make use of both of them! They’re both beautiful!


  16. Alissia Haggard
    Jan 26, 2016 @ 23:55:28

    I could collect office supplies all day long! So hard to pick! 🙂


    • caendicott
      Jan 27, 2016 @ 08:21:51

      I used to be really bad, but I’m getting better. I’ve learned to avoid office supply stores to curtail my spending.


  17. Ana Fernandez
    Jan 27, 2016 @ 18:26:11

    They both look super cute, I think blue would be my choice


  18. Dena
    Jul 09, 2016 @ 12:38:17

    If you are ever interested in selling the Teal Malibu, I will be glad to take her off your hands!


  19. Carla
    Nov 15, 2016 @ 09:10:37

    Were you able to switch out the Malibu’s rings?


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