30 November 2015

Readers Favourite Organiser

The 'Reader Under The Spotlight' and 'Experienced User' features on Philofaxy having been running for a while now, the former has been running for over 5 years, but it's getting harder and hard to find new people willing to volunteer. We will keep those two open for people to volunteer for in future.

Today I would like to announce a new series 'Readers Favourite Organiser' I've come up with five simple questions, so it shouldn't take you very long to go through them and answer them by hitting reply on the email. Then adding a couple of photos. You can even do it on your phone.. and do the photos too... How hard can it be?

It doesn't matter if your favourite organiser is a no-name organiser that you found in a thrift store.... or one costing a gazillion pounds/dollars/euros. It can be any brand.... Filofax, Van der Spek, Gillio, Kate Spade, etc etc etc. Or one you made yourself... 

We want to know which is your own personal favourite and why.... we won't ask you how much you paid for it... that is non-essential information... Or how many others you own... 

Steve... we said only one favourite!

Want to take part? I hope so.... email and put 'Favourite' in to the subject of your email. 

Date for your diary - 6 December 2015

We are going to run another conference round-table voice/video/text chat using Skype.

So...When, Where, What, Who and How?

When? - Sunday 6 December from  London 10am, Paris 11am, Brisbane 8pm time.

Additionally we will be on line at Los Angeles 8am, Dallas 10:00am, New York 11:00am, London 4:00pm Paris 5:00pm etc.  See the World Clock to make sure you have the right time.

The timing of these two sessions have been chosen to hopefully allow as many people to join in compared to previous round-tables.

Do not worry if you aren't available at the start of one of our sessions each one lasts 2-3 hours so pop up when you are available and say hello.

Where? - an on-line chat using Skype. with voice and video (if you wish)

What do I need? - just a micro-phone and some head phones(in ear phones work fine) and a free Skype account. Using headphones or earphone reduces 'echo' on the call. Video is optional, but a few of us will be on video as well.

Who - All of you... connect up with Philofaxy and we will attempt to get as many of us linked in to the audio conference as possible. Come and listen if you don't want to chat.  What do we talk about? Filofax stuff... but anything else as well. It's like long lost friends meeting up for coffee and a catch up.. but don't worry if you have never joined in before... you are an old friend too!

If you have any questions you want to ask then please let us know in the group or before we start.

How -
  1. Connect to Philofaxy by firstly searching for Philofaxy in Skype, I will then add you as a contact.
  2. Then  'Send Contact Request',  I will then add you in to the chat room. 
  3. Then if you request it, I can add you to the audio conference as well. But if you just want to chat via keyboard that's fine. That way it's slightly less hectic for me! 
Come and join in the fun, even if you only pop in to say hello... but don't be afraid to join in the discussion.

As with previous round-tables there will also be a parallel text chat room going at the same time as the voice conference, so you can listen to the voice chat and type if you wish, just mute your microphone in Skype

If you need any assistance setting up Skype, please pop a comment in this post and I will try and help you get one line. Skype is free for computer to computer calls....

Here is my post on how to improve your Skype audio with headphones or a headset.

Hope to be chatting with you on Sunday 6 December 2015 and as this is the last one before Christmas.... don't forget your Santa hat!

29 November 2015

Reader Under The Spotlight - Anarischia

Today I would like to introduce you to Anarischia.

Hi everyone,
I’m Anarischia. I am a 23 yo college student from Belgium and I’m a new to the Filofax world or at least I still think that I am new.  I found my way into this community through youtube and it seemed like the best solution to my planner/ planning problems.

Do to health issues and a learning disorder I have a really irregular life so keeping track of things is very difficult for me. I am also very picky in sizes and looks and since you can do pretty much anything with the inserts in a Filofax it got my interest fairly easy.

My whole family (apart from my sister) uses an organiser for something. My grandparents and my uncle as an agenda and my mom as a contacts book. Nobody has a Filofax brand organiser except for me.

Recently I stared a youtube channel which is mostly about planners. You can find it if you search Anarischia on YouTube. That is also my username on Instagram.

So that was a little bit about me and how I got started with (Filofax) organizers. Now lets get to the questions.

1. When did you buy your first organiser and what was it?

I got my first true organiser last year in march if i’m correct. I was looking into planning and the planner community and decided that a filofax was something that i could try to help with my planning since its not a bound planner. I was planning on buying a filofax in the lower price range just to try it out but I went to the shop with my mom and she insisted that if I’m going to buy one that I should buy one I liked and maybe also one from the higher price range. I ended up with a A5 filofax original in patent Fuchsia. I absolutely love my original.

2. What other brands have you used or considered using?

I have a kikki-k and a dokibook and I also have a midori and some midori style planners. I have been looking at Van der Spek and Gillio. I am also always on the look out for great A5 organizers that are not that extremely expensive

3. Out of the organisers you own which is your current favourite (Style and Size)?

I know that A5 is my size and I think that my filofax original wins here. I really love my kikki-k too but I love my filofax just that bit more.

4. How many Filofax or other brands of organisers do you own?

I have 4 organizers:

  • my large kikki-k in black cherry
  • my A5 filofax original in patent fuchsia
  • my A5 mint dokibook
  • my pocket Filofax finsbury in brown
I also own some other planners

  • a brown an a special edition blue midori travelers notebook
  • a ZLYC flower embossed travellers notebook
  • a japanese spiralbound planner that I got second hand from my mom because she did not use it

5. What is the oldest organiser in your collection?

The oldest organiser that I have is my A5 filofax original in patent fuchsia

6. What do you use your organisers for?

I use my dokibook as my college planning. I have a calendar in there that i use exclusively for planning college.

My kikki-k is currently being used as a memory keeper. I have some basic week on two pages from philofaxy in there that I use to review my day every evening. I decorate it and just put in the memorable things. I also have some general information in that planner.

I’m not using my A5 Filofax at the moment because I wanted to give it a break after being carried around so much but I’m planning on making it into my hobby organiser.

My pocket Filofax holds some of my cards but is also getting a break from being my day today planner. I am thinking about starting to use it again.

7. How many sections do you have in your organiser and what is each section used for?

I have 6 sections in my kikki-k

  • calendar (memory keeper)
  • Japan
  • contacts
  • hobby’s -> that section is going to my Filofax Original
  • miscellaneous
  • expenses 

I have 6 sections in my dikobook

  • planning
  • class: bachelorproef
  • class: Verkenning
  • class: Gezondheid en maatschappij
  • class: ethiek
  • important information for/from college

8. What was the feature about Filofax you like most?

A Filofax is very customisable. You can put in and take out the things you want and do not want. I can change my mind very often so having a filofax makes things easier. I hate that about bound planners. If you do something wrong with the pages then you are stuck with it. I am a lot more at ease with a Filofax and as a result I use it better.

9. If you could design your own Filofax what would it feature?


  • Unlimited rings but it stays light no matter what you put into it. 
  • it changes color when you want it too
  • foldable so its fits in every pocket but you still have an A5 to write on


  • big rings
  • available in nice colours
  • nice material, soft but scratch resistant 
  • not to expensive
  • pen loop that fits a wide variety of pens

10. How do you carry your Filofax?

My A5 Filofaxes stay home now but i did take my original to school every day in the beginning. I carried it in a cloth bag to protect it. Now I also carry my original in a cloth bag if I take it somewhere and it sits in a Reisenthel basket with my other A5 planner if I want to take all of them with me (sometimes also in a random large bag).

My pocket Filofax just gets dropped into my bag without protection and is just lugged around. My travelers notebook are also being carried around in a cloth bag

11. Which Filofax in the current range do you like the most? Are you going to buy it?

I am really in love with the electric blue A5 finsbury. I am thinking about buying it but I’m holding off with christmas being so near.

12. What is the most you have ever spent on a Filofax or other brand of organiser? Which model?

The original was the most expensive Filofax that I have but it was a gift from my mom so I did not actually pay for it. I did pay around €50 for my limited edition blue Midori travelers notebook.

13. What's your favourite Filofax tip or hack?

I once saw a post on a Filofax swing pad from Ray Blake that seems very handy but I still have to try it out.

14. Turning to Philofaxy, what do you like the most?

You have a lot of inserts that you can try out for free. It helps a lot when you don’t know what works for you and you want to try things out without spending (a lot of) money. I also like the fact that you can customise it for what you need. You can also find a lot of interesting feats about filofax and other organisers

15. And what do you not like about Philofaxy?

What i do not like has nothing to do with Philofaxy but with the facts that it is a blog. I have a problem getting through blogs and I feel that I am missing a lot of information because it's a blog. It's difficult to explain but do to my learning disorder its very confusing to read through the blog.

16. What was the last music track you downloaded or bought?

Love Kaze from Nakajima Kento (He is a member of Sexy Zone - A japanese boy band that I like)

17. Have you ever attended a Philofaxy meet-up? if not do you intend to one day?

I have never attended a meet-up before. I don’t think that there were any meet-ups in Belgium or near to Belgium. I would love to attend one!

18. What was the last movie you watched?

Big Hero 6

19. What was the last book you read?

Bryte’s ascent by E. Rose Sabin Great book and great series (Arucadi series)

Thank you Anarischia.

As you know we are always looking for new people to appear in our 'Reader Under Spotlight feature, you don't have to be 'well known' or a long term user to be considered to appear in this 'spot'.

So please contact Steve philofaxy at gmail dot com today. Thank you.

28 November 2015

Web Finds - 28 November 2015

So I hope you have had a good week.

So now it is time to enjoy a great collection of blog posts from around the internet, so grab a drink and make yourself for our weekly round-up.

Here are some Philofaxy posts you might have missed this week:
  1. Reader Under The Spotlight - Jessica
  2. Philofaxy Meet Up - London - 21 November 2015
  3. Free For All Tuesday No. 251
  4. Web Finds - 24 November 2015
  5. Christmas gift ideas for the dedicated organiser user
  6. Pens?
  7. Free For All No. 367 by Anita
So here are the latest Filofax and other brand blog posts from around the Internet. Don't forget to leave a comment on the posts you enjoyed reading, all bloggers enjoy getting comments.
  1. Filofax Cross & filofax Classic personal organiser - The Filofax
  2. 365/30: My planner/organizer crushes are... - Filomaniac
  3. Happy 1st Birthday Undyed Van Der Spek Binder! - This Bug's Life
  4. A tool to help you focus on priorities - Lime Tree Fruits
  5. A tool or a task - Mo Tu We Thu
  6. ♩ ♬ I'm Dreaming of a Filo-Christmas♪ ♫ - Kent from Oz
  7. Filofax: Printing your own trifold inserts. - A random English Life
  8. 365/30: The best reasons you can think of... - Filomaniac
  9. My Filofax combo - Looking through a frosty window
  10. Planner -v- Diary for 2016 - It's Blue Tiger
  11. Secret Santa Gift for Fountain Pen Geeks! - Lil Divette
  12. How I changed my to-do lists - Mo Tu We Thu
  13. Filofax Spotted in the Wild today - This Bug's Life
  14. I Only Need 3 Things to Plan My Day..... - Sparkle Frogs
  15.  2016 Planners are here!! - Lime Tree Fruits
  16. New planner stickers! - Polka Dot Paridiso
  17. Review: Websters Pages Planner - Planner Glamour
  18. TMN Tip: Go On a Productivity Rampage - Time Management Ninja
  19. Das 10. M√ľnchner Meet up - Filomaniac
  20. Inside My Faith Filofax - Joanny White
  21. Christmas Note Paper [printable] - Planner Fun
  • We monitor over 400 blogs and sites, your Filofax/Organiser blog posts could appear in this list, just contact philofaxy at gmail dot com to be added to our monitoring list. 
  • We can not guarantee people will read your posts, but we know there is a higher chance of people reading your posts and returning to read other posts if you make them interesting with pictures and good hints and tips. Do not forget to give your posts a title... 
  • Your Filofax/Organiser posts could appear in this list, just contact philofaxy at gmail dot com to be added to our monitoring list. 
  • For some general tips on Filofax Blogging, please see this post
We are on the look out for more people to take part in Reader Under the Spotlight. If you would like to appear in this feature then please contact Steve : philofaxy at gmail dot com  Thank you.

The videos and 'My week' posts will appear in their own post on Tuesday.

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