29 August 2014

Free For All Friday No. 302

This week I was pushed in to action with regards to ring fencing some dates in 2015. I thought it is about time I got my inserts printed for next year. I have the paper, Filofax Cotton Cream for my personal size inserts and some Clairefontaine 80gsm A5 paper for my main A5 desk planner.

This year though I will be looking to update my other A5 inserts, and reprint my address book section too, it is looking a bit untidy with numerous changes in it.

So have you decided what formats you are using yet in 2015?

But as it is Friday, please feel free to discuss anything Filofax or ring bound organiser related. Have a great weekend.

28 August 2014

Keeping Lists by Nan

[This post was inspired by a conversation in our Philofaxy Roundtable chat in August, 2014, as those who were there may remember!]

December 25, 2013...My husband and I leaving for vacation at 4:00 the following morning. I'm all packed, and more importantly, my 2014 diary is all set up in my Personal-size Filofax, ready to bring on my trip. But my head is spinning with things to do...ask for a credit from the company that failed to ship a gift we ordered, work tasks that I need to remember when I get back to the office on January 2nd, friends I want to contact, things I want to do on vacation, plans for our town's New Year's Eve event on which I'm working when we get back on the 30th.

So I grabbed a bunch of Pocket-size To-Do pages. They're punched so as to fit across the middle 4 rings of a Personal Filofax as well as a Pocket. I put them in the middle of my week-on-2-pages spread so I'd have ready access to all these reminders alongside my schedule.

This was a perfect solution...for a while. Nothing slipped through the cracks. I had a place to list anything I needed to remember where it would never get lost and where I could easily see it. When I filled up the first little Pocket page, I added a new one. And another... and another...

Fast forward to summer, 2014. I now have 5 pocket pages that I need to move forward (by opening the rings) every time my 2DPP spread changes. Quick phone calls are mixed in with bucket list items and random ideas, creating a mish-mosh that I barely want to look at at all. 

Some days I get the urge to reboot it all, copying each item onto a more appropriate location, like the Ideas section in my Projects book. But those lists really aren't working for me either. Hidden in the middle of a book, they're in a place where they don't inspire me to act upon them. In fact, I'm feeling the urge to recopy all my lists, which is something I do every 2-3 years. Each time I rewrite a listed item, I'm forced to reconsider it. It's like a mini life review. 

Meanwhile, I keep reminding myself that it's not necessary to rewrite anything. My lists may not be perfect, but they're adequate. No information is getting lost. No need to panic. As always, the problem is not inside my Filofax; it's inside me. The time is better spent doing something on my list than redoing the list. 

I'm getting better about looking at my lists more often, even though they're not making me happy right now. And I will do a list purge, but later this year, not now. For now, I need to practice a new way of list cleansing: getting items off my doing them!  

27 August 2014

Guest Post - FiloWiki - Robert

A wiki, yes it should be a wiki for Filofax-models. It was in November 2013 that I started a thread in the German Filomaniac-Forum asking for a webpage which could help a newbie like me in researching information about Filofax-models.

Models listed on eBay with sometimes really bad pictures, no names and no further information at all where hard to identify and I was hoping for pages assisting me in the research on those models. It did not take long to realize that there are no webpages like that and this sparked an idea. Since the community has so many Filofax-models, could we start a page like that? Could we get them all together? I thought we could at least start to collect as much as we know ... so I set up a wiki.

After tossing around many ideas and working out the details I published the first pages in February 2014 listing mostly my own Filofaxes and 14 weeks later on the 9th of June I added the 100th model. 

A collection of photos and information about every Filofax-model ever made, that is the mission of the filowiki.

Gathering data about each model to the best of my knowledge, I also got requests on listing rather subjective information. Getting away from a pure data reference to include things that really matter, like how is this binder in real life? How will the material age? What is so special about this model?

This is the reason I started adding sections like 'experience' to every article to include how people might use a certain binder and how they think about it's features. Like the Sandhurst which has proven itself to be quite hard-wearing in daily use.

Another section I'd like to expand on is 'ageing' to show how the material on models might age. Where it might be easily damaged or if it will develop a patina. Like the following example, the Hamilton. A binder made of oiled leather, quite rugged and ageing with dignity.

To include more information like this I do need more photos of well-aged models, so if you have such photos I'd be happy to add them!

I also like to highlight the most striking features of some binders like the Cavendish in the next picture is most searched for because of it's bigger than normal rings. 

Fortunately I also received some shots showing whole families of a Filofax-model in all their colours or sizes. This way I can show how the different colours or sizes of a model compare like the Finchley-family in the following example-pictures which I am very happy to show you.

Writing about so many different Filofax-models gets you thinking. There are the stars everyone knows and likes to have but there are also the lesser-known Filofax organisers and the downright rare models. So I thought about a showcase for the silent stars of the scene and started a series on "lesser-known" Filofax organisers with the Stratford

I will add to this series in the months coming especially interesting or just rare models maybe not known to everybody.

The wiki would not be where it is now without the community and the many submitted photographs and information for all those articles so I'd like to take this opportunity to thank again all the submitters and I hope there will be many more.

If you find any errors or have photos of models or colour-versions not already in the wiki do not hesitate to contact me via

26 August 2014

Web Finds 26 August 2014

I hope you had a good weekend? Time to enjoy a great collection of blog posts and videos from around the internet.

Please don't forget to bid in our Gold Original Charity Auction, it ends soon, less that 24 hours to go.

So here are the latest Filofax blog posts from around the Internet:
  1. Charity auction for Chimwemwe - Paper Pens Ink
  2. To Pocket or not to Pocket? - Letters in November
  3. Celebrating Dr Who :) A walk through my TARDIS Filofax - The Paradox of An Organised Scientist
  4. Filofax Calipso Organiser Review - Everyday Concepts
  5. One Second, Two Seconds, Three Seconds - Giftie Etcetera
  6. Filofax Review: Temperley Ikat - Cats Corner
  7. Travel Filo & Organization - Well Planned Life
  8. Cute Printable Kokeshi Doll To-Do List Refills & Owl Character Week On Two Pages!! - Filofax Love
  9. Filofax Tips #2: Planner Update! - My Last Eureka
  10. Things You Aren't Writing Down, But Should - Giftie Etcetera
  11. Turning My Erin Condren to a Discbound System! - Make'N All
  12. My inspiration Filofax - Brandon's Blog
  13. Late release for 2015 Plannerisms planners - Plannerisms
  14. Cover Story 2015 - Filomaniac
  15. My Travel Filofax - MacPsych
  16. On its way to me – Gigliodoro Brown Divino A5 with gold hardware - This Bug's Life
  17. My Kate Spade Planner Story - Organized Hobbit
  18. My very own kikki.K Lilac Personal Planner - Paper Cutterz
  19. A week has gone by update: Filofax, Journals and me - Mrs Brimbles
  20. My inspiration filofax with new video! - Brandon's Blog
  21. The Daily Page Deets - Giftie Etcetera
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And here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Filofax Tips Part 8 - Well Thats Nat
  2. Slim Down Your Filofax - LadyKat528
  3. The Minimalist Planner Trailer - LadyKat528
  4. Kikki K Lilac & Gold: Unboxing and Review - OATTblog
  5. Filofax Finsbury Unboxing - Samluvly
  6. DIY Fish Inserts with More Uses for Monthly Charts - Patty Gardner
  7. Decorating My Filofax - Back To School Theme Ver.4 - My Purpley Life
  8. Fold out photo pocket for your Filofax - Made With Love Crafter
  9. Filofax Week 32 Decoration Tutorial - Sugarpandax3
  10. Plan It Sunday - Episode 15 - ScrappinMariposa
  11. Planner Update: Vera Bradley Agenda, Midori Traveller's Notebook, Filofax, and a random notebook - Cape May
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This Week Posts
  1. Filofax Pretties: Week 34 Decoration - So Joey Creates
  2. Week planner 71# - Lucy Wonderland
  3. Week 34 in my A5 Malden - Paper Cutterz
  4. My week 86 - Sabina
  5. My week #123 - Paper Lovestory
  6. My Week #34 - Joanny White
  7. My Week #34 - Life of Kitty
  8. Week 34 Before & After Shots Comparison - Carie Harling
  9. My week #34 - She's Electic
  10. What the Week 34?! Daily Accountability - OATTblog

Free For All Tuesday No. 186

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