The Pocket Plus Experiment

Featuring the Moterm Pocket Luxe 2.0 in Full Grain Veg Tanned Leather

Moterm Pocket Luxe 2.0 in Chestnut

With the new Moterm veg tanned leather being released in more and more sizes, my enthusiasm for it got the better of me and in my excitement to ‘try all the colors’, I ordered a Pocket Luxe in Chestnut. 

To be honest, my motive was that I wanted to see the Chestnut leather in person so that I’d be ready for the next Personal Luxe restock, not because I in any way use, know how to use, or have any need to use a pocket size planner. 

Not that I’ve ever let the fact that I don’t use a particular size planner stop me from buying one. Or, you know, four.

If you’ve been following my posts about the delicious full grain veg tanned leather that Moterm has come out with, you’ll know that I missed out on Chestnut in both the Personal Luxe 2.0 and the Original Weeks Cover release, so I was eagerly anticipating the arrival of this Pocket Luxe.

Promo picture from the Moterm Store on Ali Express
All of the veg tanned colors available in the Pocket Luxe 2.0. Promo pic from the Moterm Store on Ali Express
Like every other Moterm purchase, the presentation of the Pocket Luxe 2.0 is top notch

As always, the planner and inserts you are about to see were purchased using my own funds and this post is an honest review consisting of nothing more than my own personal opinion and experience.

My initial response when this Moterm came was another squeal of glee. That happens a lot when opening Moterm boxes. I had seen a few posts on social media of the Chestnut color, but it was hard to get an idea of the undertone of the shade because everyone’s lighting is different, and from some of the photos I was afraid it was going to be too burgundy for me, so I passed on it when other sizes that I do use were released.

Spoiler alert: it isn’t.

Chestnut is a beautiful milk chocolate color with a lot of depth to it. I like it so much that I went back and ordered a B6 + cover in Chestnut while it was still available, and will definitely put it on my wish list for the next Personal Luxe and Weeks Cover restocks. While it is a bit of a chameleon depending on the lighting, to my eye it is definitely a brown and not a burgundy.

Chestnut in natural light
And in the sunlight

For a small planner, the Moterm Pocket Luxe has a lot going for it: 

  • On the inside cover it has a gusted zipper pocket with a leather tab to cover the zipper pull so it won’t dent your inserts, 3 vertical card slots, a larger bottom pocket (that perfectly fits a small pad of sticky notes), and a handy secretarial pocket
  • It has the large back wallet pocket
  • On the inside back cover, you have 3 more vertical card slots, another larger bottom pocket, another secretarial pocket, a slip pocket and a partially elasticized outward facing pen loop (even on a small planner, my Dr Grip multi pen fit in the loop with no issues, though I am using a more pocket appropriate sized Pilot G2 Mini for everyday)
  • It has a double snap closure for when you load this thing and its 30mm rings up
  • You also get a flyleaf with a slanted slip pocket and another partially elasticized pen loop
Here is the inside layout, but see what I mean about how different this color looks in varying light?!

The Moterm Pocket Luxe is a larger version of your average, every day pocket binder. The Pocket Luxe measures 10.6” x 5.6” laying open and features huge (IMO for a pocket planner) 30mm rings. This little planner is a chonker! It is meant to be used with Pocket Plus inserts, which are sort of newish in the evolution of planner insert sizes. Or maybe they aren’t – as I’ve said, pocket size hasn’t really been a part of my planner life until now, so someone please correct me if I’m wrong and Pocket Plus has been around forever and I’m just clueless.

Pocket Luxe 2.0 comes with 30mm rings. Here it is with pocket plus inserts

Pocket Plus inserts are 3.5” x 5” (vs. regular Pocket size inserts which measure 3.19”x4.72”) so you get a larger page and therefore more writing space. I liked this phat little guy so much that I decided to order up some inserts to give it a real test drive, not just drool over the color of the leather. I was curious to try the size because it is pretty close to Field Notes size (3.5” x 5.5”), and I have used and loved FN notebooks for many years. 

The inserts I decide on are from eaststreetpaperco out of Boston, MA on Etsy. I chose this seller because she offers printed inserts as well as printable (I have zero DIY skills and those of you who know me, know I’m not even reliably capable of punching pages correctly let alone print and cut them) and also I like to support local businesses. I live in the middle of nowhere in the New Hampshire, so Boston is my nearest metro area. I’m counting it as local.

Because I don’t technically use this size planner, I kept it simple and sampled only the basics; dated monthlies, dated daily pages and I threw in an attractive dashboard and motivational planner card for fun. 

The quality these inserts is really nice, the paper feels pleasant to the touch and perfectly substantial without being too thick at 32lb weight. It is smooth and bright white. What attracted me to her inserts (other than the fact that I didn’t have to fiddle with printing them myself and deal with the ultimate failure that would ensue) were the clean lines and simplicity. I like fonts that are easy to see/read and I find her whole aesthetic to be very minimal and modern.

East Street Paper Co Month on 2 pages. You can choose Sunday or Monday start
East Street Paper Co Day on One Page. Clean, simple and functional…I l love them
Pretty dashboard from East Street Paper Co! And the planner card is adorbs. She offers several designs, so go check her out!
Here are the inserts in use. The back of each daily page is a note page. Diclsiamer: I am a purely functional planner and don’t decorate at all. Ever.

While I’m not entirely sure this planner size will be one that I use in the long run, I am psyched to have it as a beautiful addition to my Moterm Veg Tanned collection. Hopefully this helps anyone on the fence about Chestnut like I was at first. If you like brown, give it a try…you won’t be disappointed!

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Bring Your Own Sunshine

What is the quote? “Wherever you go, no matter the weather, always bring your own sunshine”.

Not always an easy task, especially here in the Northeast where there are not a mere 4 but 12 seasons, most of which are not particularly sunny (we’ve got winter, fool’s spring, second winter, spring of deception, third winter, “the pollening”, actual spring – which lasts approximately 15 minutes, summer, hell’s front porch, false fall, second fall, actual fall and then right back to winter).

Today we are reveling in the oh so glorious New England summer. And thus my review of the Filofax Finsbury in the new color for 2022. They called it Mustard, but to me it looks like Sunshine.

The color is literally like warm summer sunshine

The Finsbury is a classically styled Filofax organizer beautifully crafted out of a unique, soft “rambler leather”, and features a rich two-tone finish as well as matching stitching. 

The Finsbury binder has been around since the early 2000s, with Filofax releasing new colors from year to year. For 2022 they came out with this lovely Mustard, and I just had to have it. Yes, me…she who loves neutrals…had to have an actual color. Who am I and what have I done with myself?

Nothing like brining your own sunshine to work with you every day!

Although the Finsbury is not completely leather (there are some textiles used in the manufacture and in fact the interior is a durable canvas material), it is a great entry level leather Filofax with a reasonable price and a lot of great features to keep you organized:

  • The rings are 23mm
  • The interior front has 6 card slots on top of a vertical slip pocket
  • The interior back has a zipped pocket and one leather pen loop
  • The binder itself measures 7.5” high x 5.7” wide and it fits Personal size inserts (3.75” x 6.75”)
Finsbury Interior
Iconic af

Truth be told, I am a huge Finsbury fan from way back. I love the Finsbury for its no-nonsense, classic design and for its structure. I do a lot of note taking on the go and it is so nice to be able to pull out my Filofax and write on my lap or in the car without issue. It also feels sleek and streamlined in the hand.

I like carrying it as a clutch when running errands or at appointments so I have the chance to whip it out instead of my phone and say, “Hang on, let me check my…Filofax“.

I know. I’m a rebel.

Finsbury Mustard seen here with the Lamy Safari Fountain Pen in Mango

I have been Filofaxing since, are you sitting down, 1985. Yes, I’m old. That was the year I fell in love with a gorgeous Ostrich Filofax in Personal size and I wish every day that I still had that thing. Unfortunately I was 20 years old, married to a musician, moved around a lot (partied a lot), and I have no idea what became of it. I do know it lasted longer than my marriage. But that’s a story for another day.

That Ostrich Filofax was the first of *cough* many, and I have not been without a day planner since purchasing it.

Over the years I have owned a few the many Finsbury colors released (all sold by now, much to my regret). Turquoise, which debuted in 2010-2011 I think, Raspberry circa I have no idea but it has been around a while and is still available to this day, and of course I had a Yellow Compact Finsbury back in 2012 which was the subject of this now infamous drunken review.

I set up a YouTube channel just to post that relic so you guys could get a good laugh. You’re welcome.

The release of the new Mustard Finsbury threw me into a fit of nostalgia and not only did I order that one from Filofax USA, but also the 2022 version of Turquoise now called Aqua, and the amazing Coral.

I have no idea when the Coral was released or how it managed to slip under my radar for so long because it just screams “umbrella drink on a beach in the Caribbean” and I am a huge fan of umbrella drinks, beaches, and all things Caribbean.

The true color of Coral is difficult to capture, but it is a true coral; not too pink and not too orange
I am obsessed with this color too. I suspect I will be moving in and out of all 3 colors every couple of days
The Finsbury’s two tone finish is most pronounced on the Coral

Lest we forget the Aqua

Another color that is hard to capture and that varies depending on the lighting
So cheery right?!

If you are in a summery mood or just appreciate a great binder, a Filofax Finsbury might be for you. Of course they also come in more low key colors such as Black, a mellow but lovely Vista Blue, the aforementioned Raspberry, and a very distinguished Slate Grey (that I may or may not pick up as my winter Finsbury).

In the meantime, nobody tell all my tan planners how much I am loving these colors!