09 October 2015

Free For All Friday No 360 by Laurie

Last week I was seriously considering moving up to an A4 Filofax. I've been using my A5 Boston with 20mm rings very successfully. I print out custom-made pages and pop them directly into my binder. It's very liberating. But my life has been getting busier and busier, and I toyed with the idea of upsizing my planner pages.

As nice as it would be to have all that writing space, I realized 1) an A4 binder would be massive, and 2) the A4 version of my printed pages wouldn't have any more lines than my current pages do, the lines would just be larger. Technically I could add more lines on the larger page, but I don't need more lines. I can fit just as much into my A5 pages by writing small.

So I talked myself down and decided to stick with A5 size. For now...

Have you ever used an A4 Filofax?

(Side note: I discovered the A4 size binders are no longer offered on, although A4 diary inserts are still offered. I wonder if they have stopped making A4 size binders?)

And as always on Fridays, feel free to discuss anything ring-binder related.

08 October 2015

A6 in summary

I have written quite a few posts in the last 6 months or so about A6 size organisers, or to be correct A6 paper size organisers. I thought this post should bring all that knowledge together so you have a hub to start from with links off to other posts to fill in any gaps in your knowledge. However there is some extra information in this post so do read on.

A6 the paper size. 
So what is so magical about A6 paper size and why has the planner world suddenly woken up to it? Until recently there were not many makes of organisers that fitted true A6 size paper, there now is, so people with a little hint from ourselves have started to look in to it a bit more.

A6 size is 148 mm by 105 mm, it is half the size of A5 paper. A lot of people already use A5 organisers, so the A6 is a smaller version. The same page height and width proportions so it feels quite natural to switch between the two sizes.

Alan did us an excellent paper size post some time ago on this very topic so it makes sense to mention it again.
So as you can see printing for A6 is relatively straight forward. 

Pre-printed A6 Inserts. 

If you don't like the idea of printing your own inserts there are a number of businesses on Etsy that offer inserts in A6 size. I can't offer any opinions on them, but ask on the various Facebook groups and I'm sure you will get some recommendations.
Diary Inserts
If you are buying a Gillio A6 then you will receive a set of inserts with that. So Philofaxy have also made available a range of inserts for A6 size paper. 
Printing A6 size inserts
You will of course need to know how to print your own inserts and I did a tutorial on how to do that in another post. 
Creating Inserts
You might also want to create your own pages too. 
So creating inserts for A6 is relatively straight forward, you do have to make some adjustments if you are going from an A5 insert down to an A6 one because everything is 70% the size of the original. So I generally still design in A5 but make the fonts bigger by a couple of  points and reduce the number of lines on a page by 30%, that then gives you the same line height as you have on A5.

You will be needing some paper, after a bit of research I found a friendly supplier of A6 paper who can supply it in different quantities and colours.

Check out The Stationery Emporium they also do A5 paper.

Punching inserts for A6 organisers
The ring spacing or hole spacing for A6 organisers is different to that of Personal size, but the Rapesco punch has a middle setting which is the correct spacing for A6 size organisers. The Rapesco also does Pocket and Personal size by moving the punch blocks together or apart.

If you own one already you might not have realised there is a middle setting. Take the bottom cover off and then move the punch blocks slowly to the middle on both sides and you will feel the middle detent for A6 size. 

Organisers for A6 size paper. 

We have recently reviewed the new Gillio A6 organiser and the redesigned Van der Spek Senior size Touch Me organisers. Both come with 25 mm internal diameter rings.
The Gillio A6 is currently available in 5 colours from €298 (€246 outside of EU).

The Van der Spek Senior Touch Me comes in four colours the price is €102.85 (€85 outside of the EU).

Van der Spek can also make you a custom leather Senior model the number of colour combinations runs in to the hundreds, prices start at €147.62 (€122 outside of EU) for a 20mm ring model, but there are options for 25mm rings plus addition things like:
  • Full width back pocket
  • Ring protectors
  • 2nd pen loop
  • Secretarial flaps
  • And anything else you consider extra... just email Petra!
Mulberry Agenda size is also a true A6 paper size organiser.

My own conversion from Personal size to A6 also deserves a mention because I'm sure a lot of others are going through this thought process at the moment as well. 
Finding more information.

Apart from Philofaxy, where if you can't find the information then just ask Steve (philofaxy at gmail dot com) or take a look at one of the Facebook groups:
Let us know if you have any questions in the comments. 

07 October 2015

Philofaxy Meet Up - London - 21 November 2015

I have been able to sneak in a trip to London before the end of the year.

London - Saturday 21st November 2015

So this is a 'calling notice' for people who would like to attend the Philofaxy Meet Up in London

Please read all of the post before you apply for a place on the meet up.

When and Where

We will meet initially at 12 noon at Vapiano in Great Portland Street. This is not far from Oxford Circus underground station.

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We have visited this venue before.  They have a great ordering system which uses a smart card to record the items you order from the bar or food counter. When you pay the bill you will only be paying for the items you ordered and there's no additional service charge. Because of the flexibility on their ordering and payment system, you will be able to easily pay with cash or card. If you are slightly late it won't be quite so critical.

You can read all about the restaurant on their website here

During the meal there will be plenty of time for chatting and sharing Filofax organisers...

Our meet up will finish at about 5:30pm

How to book a place on the meet up

To get a place on the meet up you need to email: steve[at]philofaxy[dot]com and mark your email 'November 2015 London Meetup', you can book a place straight away.

As places are allocated you will receive an email back again confirming your place on the meet up.

Please do not book travel tickets etc until you have a confirmed place. I will attempt to confirm places within 2-3 hours of receiving your email.

Additional Information

If you aren't familiar with London or how to get to Vapiano from the station you are arriving at then use the Transport for London Journey Planner, it's generally quite good. 

Once we have our full list of people, we will exchange email addresses and if you aren't familiar with London you might be able to get someone to meet you at the station you are arriving at.

Your safety on the day and your enjoyment on the day is of paramount importance to me, so don't be afraid to ask any questions by email, I want everyone who attends to get the most from the day.

Thank you... any questions?

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