Franklin Covey lime green leather planner review

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I just got another planner couple days ago. I’ve been expecting it for a very long while (about 2 weeks and a half to be exact). Since the lime green is the only color that I didn’t have, I was kind of having pretty high hopes for it.

I was pretty excited with my new desk that I just bought from Ikea yesterday. I didn’t even think about the new planner until my hubby came into the room and told me that the maid was picking up my package and handed it to my hubby. (Yes, we have a maid! LOL).

I was in awe. Many excitements came hitting me like a pang in my heart. It’s like an unboxing presents after Christmas in July!

I opened the box hurriedly and it revealed such a nice lime green binder. I wouldn’t say the color is exact bright lime green but it closed enough.

My desired lime green binder has to be very bright and light lime green. Anyway, this one serves a purpose of having a binder in light green color.


The look of my new lime green Franklin Covey on my new polka dot desk fabric tablecloth.. It looks just like X’Mas, don’t you think?



Open it



The clasp. Like I told you in previous blog that I’m a sucker when it comes to buckle. This one just grab my heart the minute I found her.
With the adjustable buckle, I can add as many inserts and stuffs as I desire to. Lovely!




The back side of the closure.

A sneak peak of what look like inside.


The front cover has 3 horizontal card pockets, a full-length zip compartment, and a full length pocket. Very many pockets just the way I love my binder to be.


The leather flap to protect the rings from making marks on the inside leather. Very clever I must say.

I even reminded me of the famous Gillio Campagna that has a leather patch on the front.


The massive rings measured about 30 mm from inside rings.


The back has the Full Grain Leather 32552.116 embossed. This one is made in China.


You may think this binder is just a normal one, nothing special. Now I give you more thing to rethink about.

Look! The whole rings can be taken out apart from the binder. This is the first time I see the binder with such a unique feature. I can change the binder by just sliding out of this one and insert into another binder. How easy is that?

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The ring mechanisms are just perfect. I don’t have any problems with misalignment! Thanks goodness for another find that doesn’t break my heart.

You can notice the size of the rings up close.


Now another reason why I told you this one was so different and very special.

It has a deep pocket running from front to back of the binder. It doesn’t have any cardboard or anything inside.
This binder is so flexible in a good way. It also reminds me of my new found love, Mr. Gillio (I’m calling it Mr. G from now on). The campagna in medium size has a full length pocket running around the binder similar to this one.

I don’t know who copied who, all I care is I like this feature.


There are two loops!!! Yay!!! This planner answers everything I ever asked for.

The pen loops are elasticized. One in the front and the other one is in the back.

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Franklin Covey Flower Charm (Japan) review

As I mentioned in previous blog post about my next binder. I just ordered two binders and one has arrived. Out of my excitement, I drove to my post office to pick it up after the postman dropped off a notice at my home. My very first japan package and a custom form! I gotta pay custom tax again!!! It cost me about $30 for a tax again. Sigh!!! Franklin Covey flower charm

Unwrapped the package to find a beautiful blue box with Franklin Covey logo on it.FC.2

Another layer of fabric wrap


Now it reveals my new binder. I placed an order for a pink one but how on earth it turned out to be a brown binder! I wasn’t sure why so I looked up my email and I stated the pink color in English. However, I copied the Japanese model of this binder and somehow it had the brown in the Japanese which I don’t have a clue what it meant. I’m so upset with this. I therefore sent an email to the customer service to let them know the issue. I did also ask if there was any ways they could do to amend this.


The binder has a smooth and plastic-y feel to it. It stated on the website that it was made of , polyurethane binder material.

Anyway, I love the flower charm on the clasp. The brown is not all that ugly but it’s just not my fav color. Black and brown will be the last colors on my list for binders…

I have to admit the reasons I bought this binder are the color and the flower on the clasp.


It has a snap closure.




There are 4 credit card pockets and 1 clear pocket and 1 large pocket in the back of the CC pockets. I usually put my book bank in my binder so this long deep pocket will be useful.


The back side has one and a deep pocket.


It comes with black sheet protectors with embossed FC logo.



I always have problems with rings. Most of my binders have ring issues!!! This one included.

All 6 rings are misaligned. They are slight gaps in some of the rings as well.

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Look closely! My heart sunk again. I had quite a high hope for this binder but I don’t know whether to recommend this binder or not.


The back of the binder doesn’t have any pocket.



– It’s 7980 yen plus 1100 yen for shipping
– I was charged a custom tax for another $30.
– It’s quite expensive for a non leather binder if you ask me.

– It’s made of polyurethane binder material as stated in the website.
– It’s smooth to touch but quite sticky against plastic.
– It’s easy to wipe clean
– It can probably easily get scratches or dents.

– The FC Japan has probably the fastest and friendliest customer service.
– I can process the order within less than a week.
– The shipping is super fast.
– I did send them some emails with pictures attached to acknowledge the problems that I have with the color and the rings. I hope they help me do something. Otherwise, I would be totally disappointed and would never buy anything from FC Japan again.
– HINT* A pink replacement would be highly appreciated.

– Like I mentioned above, it has ring issues.
– All 6 rings are misaligned. They caught my papers when flipping through pages.

– I dreamed of getting this binder for months, so I was a little taken aback. Not sure how I feel now. it may need to sink with some minor grief before moving on.

My June doodles

My june drawings


Green tea


work day


Kokeshi doll




I like to doodle. It helps me relax. Instead of writing a journal, I just draw them on my page. It’s easier to just draw them on my page.

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My next binder… will it be Filofax, FC, or Gillio

I’m thinking of getting new binders. I recently purchased a lime green Franklin Covey planner of ebay. I considered it a dream comes true. Since, I just dream to have the lime green planner for months and finally found it on ebay. I bought it the minutes I saw and scrutinized the functionality of the binder, ring size, and the design. Of course, I snagged it right away. I was pretty pleased with myself.

Franklin Covey

You may think this is such a normal planner, nothing fancy. I have to agree. But I have a soft spot for the buckle and this one has a buckle!!. On the top, it has a full length pocket (like a wallet). It’s just perfect. I can use it as a binder/wallet/extra note pages holder.

I’m eyeing my next purchase which is also a Franklin Covey. This one is about 6900 yen. This new binder will be from Japan site which I cannot understand any words in it. DARN!!! I just love the color, flower charm, the design and everything about it.

Now it’s all about trying to figure out how to order it when I have no way to understand anything listed on the website. Yikes!!!

Franklin Covey Flower Charm

Franklin Covey Flower Charm

My next binder that I have in mind is FILOFAX (yay!) Malden in Aqua. I’m going to order from Since they have a special promotion (FREE SHIPPING), I can’t resist. I personally love the FF malden because of it’s leather, design and it can hold the wider pages of FC…. LOVE!!!

I love my purple malden so much that the decision to get the aqua is so easy. I was debating between an aqua malden and an orange osterley. The aqua malden won hands down.


Besides the above three binders, I’m also drooling over Gillio and other Filofax and other Franklin Covey.

What do I usually think when I decide on my new binder>>>

  • They must be in personal sized Filofax. I tried the A5, compact, and pocket. None of them work out for me. A5 is too big and too heavy! Pocket size and mini are way too small. I can’t turn pages because the rings are too tiny.
  • I consider the colors before all things LOL. I set the colors first so I can only buy certain designs. This way I can save myself from buying multiple ones in the same colors. (I did own 7 red binders and 3 pink binders! This must stop!!)
  • As much as I love pink and red, I must stop myself from getting more in the same shades.
  • My next colors that I like to get are orange and blue.
  • The rings must be big enough to fulfill my needs of putting thick chunk of inserts. FC passes all the way. FF can’t win this battle.
  •  I love quality leathers but at the same time I allow myself to buy non leather binders too.
  • I also look carefully at the innards too. They must have pockets, 2 pen loops are preferable.
  • Laying flat is quite important too since most of the time my experiences with Finsbury annoy me.
  • Price is also one huge issue. As much as I love to have a Gillio but the price is way out of my league especially when I converted the price to my currency. Oh GOSH!!! I have to stop myself from even thinking about it.

Well, I’ll line up what I’ll be getting in the next few months in a particular order.

  1. Franklin Covey lime green (coming soon to mama)
  2. Filofax Aston in gray (not my fav color but it’s the only color available!)
  3. Franklin Covey Flower (As soon as I can figure out how to order in Japanese)
  4. Filofax Aqua Malden (As soon as it comes out)
  5. Filofax Blue Finsbury (hesitate yet interested)
  6. Gillio (if I can win a lottery, this will be my baby someday)

Any other suggestions are welcome. Just please do not introduce me to any other expensive binders would be really awesome. I can’t afford any expensive ones at the moment but who knows I might be able to get it sooner than I think.

My FC at work

I’m using my franklin covey for work and for personal use. On weekdays, my binder will be stapled on my desk and i flipped through my planner all day to check my appointments, schedules, and to do list.

I planned my to do list and appointment in advance. By the day ends, i draw/doodle instead of writing a journal. This way when I look at the doodles, i can recall the moment and feelings I had right away.


I carry two planners. The main one is Franklin Covey planner because it has a bigger ring size and wider than the Filofax. I can stuff 2 months of day on 2-pages and a whole year of month on 2 pages.

The other one is my Filofax for work-related.


Filofax and FC by the sea

As most of the people do, we tend to carry our filofax everywhere and so do I. I brought them to the sea and be my models at the shore.

The colors are just to die for!


They are my great travel companion and i considered setting a travel-o-fax but i still think about what to put since I don’t usually plan any travel, hotel, transportation, etc.

By the way, I love the red Adelphi. I named her Ms. Coco because if her pattern that remind me of Coco Chanel signature design!

Stationary haul for my filofax

I love stationary and enjoy shopping for new post it notes, pens, stickers and cute charms.

Here is the haul i got recently.


I also add stamps, washi tapes, and deco tapes to decorate my pages too. It’s so much fun and a stress reliever working on the pages. As you could see from the picture down below.


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The Filifax in the photos are personal sizes. 🙂 and thanks for your comment