05 August 2015

Filofax Catalogue 2004-5

Today we go 'back' to the 2004-2005 catalogue, this catalogue was loaned to us by one of our lovely readers in Canada, thank you Brenda, I collected it whilst I was in Toronto last month. 

This one catalogue is like slotting in the last piece of a jigsaw a lot of untied knots where tied by seeing the content of this catalogue. By this I mean knowing the start date of new models in that year and the end of others too. 

The content of this post is the intellectual property of Filofax Group Ltd. The scans are reproduced here with the full permission of Filofax Group Ltd.

As this is a picture heavy post, there is a break after the first image, please click 'read more' to see the whole post.

04 August 2015

Highlights of July 2015

So here are the highlights of the month of July.

Another busy month for me travelling in the USA and Canada, but plenty of great posts.

This month we discovered some new Filofax Models, heard all about a Philofaxy readers meet up in Yorkshire, England, Anita looked in to Thinking about pages sizes

The meet ups in Los AngelesChicago and Toronto all happened.

And the following readers went under the spotlight Mia, Dana,   We still need new people to come forward, please email Steve if you would like to appear on Reader Under The Spotlight.

Our experienced user feature continues to expand and in July we heard from: Ray BlakeDavid PopelySarah and Alice, thank you to everyone who has contributed so far. If you would like to share the details of how you use your organiser, please contact Steve and he will send you the details.

Joanny White shared her Filofax Journey as a guest post.

We held a Philofaxy Roundtable last Sunday, the next one is penciled in for Sunday 6th September look out for announcements.

Of course the Webfinds and Free For All TuesdaysFridays posts are always there each week, please join in the comments, everyone is welcome.

If you have a guest post idea, please contact steve at philofaxy dot com  or if there is a topic you would like to see us cover or revisit also please contact Steve.

I hope you find this post useful, please let us know in the comments and we will do our best to do a highlights post each month.

Free For All Tuesday No. 235

03 August 2015

My Mulberry Agenda history and repairs by Anita

As mentioned in my previous post, I am very fortunate as my Mum-in-law's neighbour gave me a Mulberry Agenda. The phone conversation went a bit like this:
  • "My neighbour has given me an old Filofax for you and she doesn't want anything for it" - woo hoo! 
  • "It was a bit dirty, so I gave it a wash and tried to give it a bit of a clean with furniture polish. Umm, it's changed colour" - uh oh...   
The exterior colour had been the same as the interior, but I think the leather was so dry that it just sucked up all the polish. It still felt very dry and was looking a bit unloved. 

Looking under the secretarial pocket, you can see what the wonderful leather was originally like.

The original owner had purchased it from the Mulberry factory shop in 1990 and had used it for many years. I wonder if it had been banished to a shed as it smelled faintly of woodsmoke, and had some furniture tacks in the pocket (large safety pin in photo for size reference).

I contacted Mulberry to ask if they have any information about this particular model and this was their response:
'Regrettably, our photographic archive does not stretch back that far but I can see that there were textured leathers used around that time in the production of agendas which were labelled as Reed Leather, Cane Leather and Bamboo Leather. This may be one of those leathers but as there are no photographs available, it is impossible to ascertain'.

Due to the A6 paper size, I just couldn't see myself using it and gave it to the lovely Jane. She kindly sent me updates as she had taken it to a boot repair shop to see if they could do anything to help. The outside has been dyed a lovely chocolate brown, has been cleaned properly and conditioned to within an inch of its life.

After realising that A6 paper size might be better for me, I couldn't wait to dive in and start using it once it arrived back in the UK. However, probably due to old age and two lots of international shipping, it had developed a tear in the leather at the spine and was definitely getting worse with use .

After previously getting my A5 Ascot repaired, I thought it was worth a try so popped into town with it. Unfortunately the shop I used before has closed down, and the other two immediately said that they couldn't help. I offered to remove the ring mechanism, but the more traditional shop of the two said that the metal inside the spine would prevent them from putting it on their machine.

I came to the conclusion that I would start to use it anyway, but was disappointed. And then I wondered about if there were other places that might offer leather repairs. I came across an equestrian shop ('saddlers and riding outfitters' as they describe themselves) that I had visited when I was a kid as I used to ride quite a bit and my sister had a pony. The initial response was very different from the shoe repair places as he confidently said, "Oh yes, I'm sure that we can do something with that".

I collected it today and don't think that I could be any more delighted with their repair.

restitching inside

The patch matches the colour and smells wonderful!

I know that the patch might not be for some of you that like your binders in perfect condition, but I love that this all just adds to its history and character.

02 August 2015

Reader Under The Spotlight - Rachel

Today I would like to introduce you to Rachel. 

Hello, I'm Rachel and I live in Washington State with my family. I love animals and I also love to scrapbook and sew. I also play lacrosse.

I use a few different organizers to keep the different areas of my life organized. I love using paper planners because it makes me feel more organized and I remember things much better when I have written them down. A paper planner also gives me a sort of creative outlet to decorate and change the inside to fit my needs.

I have a blog as well as my own shop which you can find here!

Q1. When did you buy your first organiser and what was it?

I purchased my first planner in January of 2015. My first planner was a Large Time Planner in Lilac and Gold from Kikki-K.

Q2. What other brands have you used or considered using?

I have used Filofax, Day Timer, Kikki-K and MAMBI. I have considered using the Marion Smith Designs planner or Kate Spade planners as well.

Q3. Out of the organisers you own which is your current favourite (Style and Size)?

My current favorite is my Filofax Original Personal in Patent Fuchsia. This is my on the go planner that I use to keep track of anything that I have to go and do, or when school starts again I will be bringing this planner with me to school to keep track of assignments and due dates.

Q4. How many Filofax or other brands of organisers do you own?

I own one Filofax Original Personal, a MAMBI Happy Planner, and a DIY Faudori.

Q5. What is the oldest organiser in your collection?

The oldest organizer that I own is currently my Happy Planner.

Q6. What do you use your organisers for?

I use my Happy Planner as a stay at home on my desk type of planner. This is where I write down any to-do lists, events, or anything else. This planner is my more in detail schedule for each day. My Filofax Original is my on the go planner. The schedule in here is much less detailed, and I use this planner to keep track of where I may need to go a certain day, and to keep track of school assignments and due dates. I also use my personal planer for any note taking that I may need to do while I am out. I also have a Faudori  that I made myself that I use for keeping notes when I am at church.

Q7. How many sections do you have in your organiser and what is each section used for?

In my Filofax Original my first section is where I keep some Target Dollar Spot Notepads that have been trimmed down to fit inside my planner. I use these for any note taking, or if I just need to write something down. My next section is my "memory keeping" section which I use when I need to have a brain dump, or just feel like writing down something cool that's happened. The next section is the lists section where I keep all of my wish lists, to do lists if I need to bring one with me, and any other lists that I may need to have with me. The next section that I have is my "stay inspired" section where I keep some motivational quotes, and other inspirational things. The last section in my Filofax is of course my Calender section where I keep all of my monthly and weekly pages.

Q8. What was the feature about Filofax you like most?

I liked the simplicity of the design. It didn't have too much going on but still had beautiful colors that you could choose from.

Q9. If you could design your own Filofax what would it feature?

It would look just like the Filofax Original but with some more pockets to keep things in.

Q10. How do you carry your Filofax?

I carry my Filofax in one of my "Planner Pockets" which I sell in my shop. This keeps my planner from getting any scratches while inside my purse or backpack.

Q11. Which Filofax in the current range do you like the most? Are you going to buy it?

The Filofax which I like the most is the Filofax Original Personal in Patent Nude. I am considering buying it very soon!

Q12. What is the most you have ever spent on a Filofax or other brand of organiser? Which model?

The most I have every spent on an organizer was about $60, which I spent on my Lilac and Gold Kikki-K.

Q13. What's your favourite Filofax tip or hack?

My favorite Filofax tip is making your own dividers and inserts so that you can always switch things up in your planner!

Q14. Turning to Philofaxy, what do you like the most?

My favorite part of Philofaxy is always the Reader Under the Spotlight or the Experienced User posts. I love reading how others use their planners.

Q15. And what do you not like about Philofaxy?

I don't dislike anything!

Q16. What was the last music track you downloaded or bought?

The last music track I downloaded was "Can't Feel My Face" by the Weeknd.

Q17. Have you ever attended a Philofaxy meet-up? if not do you intend to one day?

I have not attended a Philofaxy meet-up. I would love to attend one soon.

Q18. What was the last movie you watched?

The last movie I watched was The Bride He Bought Online.

Q19. What was the last book you read?

The last book that I read was Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

Thank you Rachel.

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.

01 August 2015

Web Finds - 1 August 2015

So I hope you have had a good week.

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

So here are the latest Filofax blog posts from around the Internet:
  1. Happy Friday #51 : Planner Nerds Unite! Filofax... What? - Julia's Bento
  2. The Secret to Creating a Practical and Pretty Planner - Giftie Etcetera
  3. 20 Motivation Starters - Homemakers Daily
  4. Fold Out Month at a Glance - August 2015 - Planner Fun
  5. How I plan using monthly inserts - a washi and decoration free post - She's Eclectic
  6. Quick Bite: FiloFAX Domino Patent Progression! - Bites and Brunches
  7. The Ultimate Guide to Using a Planner to Manage a Medical Crisis - Giftie Etcetera
  8. I should just bite the bullet, right? - Paper Pens Ink
  9. Blog Goes Business - Hey, it's Ratchel
  10. About the new Filofax Personal Inserts - My Last Eureka
  11. Maintaining Daily Focus - Renew Your Space
  12. Using the Limited Space on a Monthly Planner Spread Efficiently - Giftie Etcetera
  13. Paradigmenwechsel - Filomaniac
  14. The Secret to Getting Your To-Do List Done! - Homemakers Daily
  15. August Dashboard Free Planner Printable - Strange & Charmed
  16. Disney Freebie Webfinds - Stationery Starlet
  17. The 3 Shopping Lists Essential for Your Planner  - Giftie Etcetera
  18. Black is my happy colour - Filomaniac
  19. How to plan your month efficiently with the backward planning. - My Last Eureka
  20. How to Decorate: Mambi Style - I'm British, So Filofax
  21. The Clock is Always Ticking on Your Dreams - Time Management Ninja
  22. Immer am Ersten - Filomaniac
  23. How to Take Control of Your Time With a Monthly Planner  - Giftie Etcetera
  24. An Interview with Charlie from Sea Salt and Paper! - Live Love Planners
  • 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.

And here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Filofax vs Kikki K vs Websters Pages Vergleich I Filofax Alternative Deutsch German - Damn Charming Lifestyle
  2. A5 & Personal Size Turquoise Domino Patent Filofax Planner Unboxing - Love4creativity
  3. Filofax Metropol Personal Size Setup - Tawny Ruby
  4. FILOFAX SETUP - Bellas Kanal
  5. Filofax Update - Julia Beautz
  6. Planer Basics ♥ Mein Weg zum Filofax | X17 | ARC | Discbound - MissPurplemint
  7. Planner Update! A5 Filofax Saffiano in Pear {July 2015} | Organize My Life - rmfickfack
  8. Filofax Setup und Zubehör - Beautydream love
  9. My Filofax/Planner Setup - Thorkiful
  10. Filofax Malden VS Calipso - Magile Accro à l'organisation
  11. Filofax Finsbury Setup - A'Dreana Quevedo
  12. filofax domino+set-up - any rossi
  13. Finsbury Pocket Filofax Set up As Wallet and Financial Tracker - Pam22 Pam
  14. Filofax set up 2015 - Bethany Aitken
  15. My filofax - Awsomeliv44
  16. My Tintamarre Bag For My Gillio Aqua Mia Cara - Nati Zou
  • For tips on how to improve your videos, please see this post.  Also this video too Webfinds 
  • Your Filofax/Organiser Videos could appear in this list, just contact philofaxy at gmail dot com to be added to our monitoring list. 
My Week Posts
  1. My Week #30 (2015) - Joanny White
  2. Weekly Post #107 - Miss Mai's Adventures
  3. My week #171 - Paper Lovestory
  4. My week #30 - She's Eclectic
  5. A flamingo kind of week! - Mrs Brimbles
  6. Weekly Post #108 - Miss Mai's Adventures
  7. Month At A Glance : July 2015 - La Fin Du Globe
Here are some Philofaxy posts you might have missed this week:
  1. A Date For Your Diary - Sunday 2nd August 2015
  2. Thinking about pages sizes - by Anita
  3. Free For All Tuesday No. 234
  4. Guest Post - My Filofax Journey - Joanny White
  5. Experienced User: Alice
  6. Free For All Friday - No. 350 by Steve

31 July 2015

Free For All Friday - No. 350 by Steve

Packed and ready to return home!
So we got back home on Monday after our 7 week epic tour of North America and Canada. This week has been about catching up on things as you always do when you return home from a trip away.

The holiday was brilliant, but it was nice to get home and to get my organiser out of my bag and put it back on my desk and have it open and ready to start work again.

My list of things to get done has been growing as the week has progressed. And the pile of things to be put away has been slowly diminishing!

I have several posts planned for the coming weeks.

As always as this is a Friday please feel free to be able to discuss anything Filofax or similar ring bound planner related.

Have a good weekend... oh and don't forget we have a Philofaxy Skype Roundtable on Sunday on Skype.

30 July 2015

Experienced User: Alice

​Alice de Sturler is a Dutch non-practicing lawyer/human rights defender. She works on unsolved homicides, wrongful convictions, and assists other human rights defenders and attorneys were requested. She has two blog:

On Defrosting Cold Cases, she posts unsolved homicides and wrongful conviction cases.

On Your Blog Coach, she writes about blogging and posts crime fiction.

If she is not writing, you can find her in coffee shops or on park benches observing people. If she’s not there either, she just might be off practicing archery.

You can follow her on Twitter: @Vidocq_CC, you can follow her cold case blog on FB, or connect with her on LinkedIn.

1. When did you start using an organiser?

I started using an organizer in the 80s. In the beginning of my law studies at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, I was swamped with schedules, dates, notes, and more. The small free agenda that we as students received could not hold it all. In that time, the magazine “Mademoiselle” was still around. There was an article called “Happiness is a worn Filofax.”

In it, several women described how they used theirs and what went in their planners. I thought it was THE solution to keep several schedules in one place without losing the overview. My then-boyfriend, now husband of several decades, gave me a personal size brown leather Winchester.

For years, this Filofax served as my planner. I did every now and then look at other systems but always kept coming back to it. And yes, I also tried digital calendars but got frustrated quickly. Paper just works best for me.

2. How has your use of an organiser changed over the years?

When it was just the university, sports, and our social life, the personal Winchester was enough. However, when I started working I needed more space to write. The use of keywords in the calendar wasn’t enough anymore so I started experimenting with the A5. My favourite is from the company Succes. It is a marigold A5 planner from the Dolce Vita line.

As you can see, the inserts are from Filofax. The latest calendar inserts that I bought from Filofax do not have the issues that made me look elsewhere for a while. I write with fountain pens and feathering/bleeding ink were a huge issue. The last two years, the quality has improved and I again write bleed-free with a broad fountain pen.

3. Which diary format works best for you and why?

I use the day-per-page and the week-on-two-pages with vertical columns. I have experimented with other formats. However, I need the week-at-a-glance overview. The columns allow me to see weekly returning responsibilities and give me a realistic overview of my time since they have an hourly schedule.

From the weekly inserts, I keep the whole year in my binder. From the daily inserts, I keep 3-4 months. If a month has passed, I scan it for missed items, schedule those, take that month out, and add a new one. Old pages go in Ziploc bags. I write the year on the plastic bag with a sharpie and store them in shoe boxes.

4. What other information do you keep and maintain in your organiser.

NEVER: passwords, user names, codes, pins, or anything else like that!

I have in the Dolce Vita: to-do lists (work, home, blogs, and private), an overview of meetings that I regularly attend (dates, times, places, etc.), sports, and projects.

5. Do you use a 'system' of organisation, and how does it work in your Filofax?

If you open my Dolce Vita you will first see the ABC tabs that I use as a notebook. To-do lists are under “T” etc. After that come the daily pages and last the weekly calendar. Since I write most on the daily pages, they are positioned such that the rings do not bother me. In the very back, I have plastic file folders with handouts, coupons, etc.

6. What routines and structures do you use?

In the week-on-two-pages, I only write an appointment by keyword such as “doctor” or “gym.” I block the time that I need to get to that appointment and back with a vertical arrow. Then I note on the daily page where to meet, why, what to bring, etc. I used to write it all in the calendar but it gets too cluttered. On the daily page I also draw the blocked time arrow so I have a realistic overview of what I can and cannot do on that day.

I prefer to have all appointments and meetings on a few days to keep the rest of the week free for uninterrupted work. For example, if I have a dentist appointment on Wednesday morning, I highlight that date in the calendar. If I need time for errands or meet friends for lunch, I try to use that same day as much as I can. I call those days “interrupted days” as opposed to uninterrupted days that are completely free of appointments and get blocked for projects.

7. Do you use one binder or several, and if several, how do you use them?

For my daily use, the Dolce Vita is best. The A5 format is perfect for notes and keywords. It holds several calendars with enough space for copies, cards, and scraps of paper in the side pockets. I still use the Winchester. It is now a notebook with blank paper that I use for notes and doodles. I do not carry the A5 with me unless I know that I will be somewhere where I will need to check my calendar. The Winchester is enough to jot down notes that get transferred later to the Dolce Vita, to doodle, and to jot down words or sentences that I can later use in either fiction or on my blogs.

Thank you Alice.

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29 July 2015

Guest Post - My Filofax Journey - Joanny White

Thank you to Joanny for this guest post. 

Hello lovely people,

My name is Joanny, I blog over at and today, I will be sharing with you my Filofax story.

Over a year ago, I had no idea what a Filofax was. I have always silently loved planners and stationery but I didn't think there were any others out there who understood this obsession of mine. I have always used planners in school and my college planner was one of my most valued possessions. 

I soon stumbled across a thread on a student forum called "The stationery and organisation thread" where I found like minded people like me who loved stationery too. That day, it felt like I had found my long lost family. 

Then a few weeks later, I noticed people talking about their Filofaxes and I had absolutely no idea what they were on about. One girl was in a dilemma as she got nail varnish on her Metropol and was asking for advice on how to get rid of it. Then I finally mustered up the courage to ask what a Filofax was and not only did they explain to me what this beautiful thing was, they also directed me to another thread called the "Filofax Appreciation Thread" and that's how everything started.

On this thread, I was able to see photos of other people's Filofaxes and one of the ones that spoke to me was a photo of decorated week on two pages in a Personal Classic. My mind could not fathom all the prettiness I was looking at. The coloured pens, sticky notes, stickers and washi tape? What on earth was washi tape? I didn't know what this was but I needed to get it somehow. From this thread, I started reading blog posts  about Filofax set ups and a quick search for "Filofax" on YouTube was the icing on the cake. I watched one video after the other and that was when I realised there were different types of Filofaxes too? How was I supposed to make a choice now?

In one day, I discovered all the different types I could possibly find but I really loved the Saffiano so after watching loads of Saffiano unboxings and set up videos, I got loads of ideas and made a plan of how my set up would be and then I finally got my first Filofax in June 2014 from Ryman. A personal Saffiano in aqua with a free pen.

My set up has changed twice since I bought it but it is still working for me now.

You can read about my very first set up here and my current set up here.

A few months into my Filofax journey, I started thinking about getting another one but the truth is I'm not a multiple Filofax girl. I can only use one at a time for now. But I stumbled across a mini Metropol for sale in Ryman and I didn't think twice before picking it up.
I now use it as my wallet.

You can read about my set up here.

So it's been over a year now and never ever have I regretted that decision. I find that writing things down helps me remember and I love the idea of having all my lists, planner, tasks, appointments all together in one book. Having a Filofax has also brought out the creativity in me. A part of me I never knew I had. I was also pleased to discover a whole community out here made of planner enthusiasts. It's amazing to connect with like minded people.

I am still enjoying using my two Filos but I will be off to uni soon and I am search of the perfect compact Filo because I think a pocket size would be too small for me and a personal size just a bit big. In other words, my Filofax journey still continues.

Hope you enjoyed reading a bit about my Filofax journey.

Thank you Joanny, if you have a similar guest post you would like to share with our readers, please contact philofaxy at gmail dot com
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