Throughout my last year of university I was using the Filofax Clipbook for my notes. I first wrote about it here but then never updated you guys on my thoughts after heavy usage, and I finished way back in June! I was asked how I found it, so here’s what I think after using it almost every day for a year at university…
With four different modules, my Clipbook was pretty heavy by the end of the year. That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing for me, but if you don’t have each subject every day, then you may think again about keeping all notes in one book. My lectures were mostly on different days, so I could have easily used single books per module and given myself something lighter to carry around, but I personally liked having everything in one place. If I had an idea for another module or needed to write down a note, I could easily do that and not have to transfer it into the correct book later on. I simply had a divider for each of my modules and a notes section right at the beginning.
The plastic cover held up really well. It didn’t get very scratched, and it always kept shape. You can see below that it wasn’t much thicker than when I originally set up, and that’s because I kept plenty of notepaper in there and didn’t actually use it all. There are more sheets that have been punched and filed in there though, so a few papers stick out of the sides.
This is roughly half way through the Clipbook and you can see that it is lying flat. I never had any trouble with writing on these pages: the sides always lay flat no matter where abouts I was in the book. I think that was an issue that some people had when the Clipbook first came out, but if you make sure the spine is flat against the table, you shouldn’t have any problems.
The rings. Oh, the rings. Okay so normally ringbinders will have tabs at either end of the rings to use when opening them. The Clipbook doesn’t. Here you have to just pull the rings apart. The best way to do it is to pull by the pages/cover, and not the rings themselves, but after a year of heavy use the rings are looking a little strained. They have little gaps or seem to have come out of alignment, but this never affected me turning the paper and it didn’t get stuck on the edges. To me, this just shows me how important those little tabs are!
As I said above, it is pretty heavy with all the paper in there and ultimately whilst I think the Clipbook is perfect for this kind of use, I’m not sure how well it would hold up through continued diary/planner use. I should say though, that I don’t baby my planners. The Clipbook came everywhere with me, including on photography day trips outdoors and the like. I like to use these things well!
Hope this was helpful for you if you’re studying or just looking for ways to keep your notes together. I’ve always liked those project style notebooks where you can have different sections, so the Filofax Clipbook was ideal; the rings make it completely customisable, and you can always use it for something different if you change your mind! Writing this actually makes me miss university a little – I miss having things to research and work on. Better get myself a new hobby I think. I do need to take all those notes out and figure out what I can use the Clipbook for now…