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19 April 2015

Reader Under The Spotlight - Carol

Today I would like to introduce you to Carol

Hello, I’m Carol and I live in the North East of England, UK. I’ve always lived here apart from the beginning of my teens when my parents emigrated the family to New Zealand – and back again four years later, sadly.

I’m an administrator/receptionist in local government working with children and families. When my job changed about 1½ years ago I came back to using a planner after a hiatus of several years. A work diary was no longer versatile enough.

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

It was around 1988 when I bought my first organiser, a Winchester with 7/8” rings in burgundy.

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

I have some unbranded ones including a personal black vinyl, an A5 which was quite cheap but is sturdy and works well, an old unbranded red hand-made personal binder from Italy with a portrait of Galileo embossed on the front.

A personal from Next which looks and feels like a Portland with an internal layout exactly like a Kensington.

I’ve thought of a Gillio or Van de Spek but they’d have to wait, maybe forever.

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

Oh that’s so difficult. I’ll have to settle on two, probably because I use them the most. Personal Saffiano which I use every weekday at work. Pocket Malden which I currently use as my everyday when I’m not at work.

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

22! I’m shocked, I hadn’t really counted until now!

  • Personal – burgundy Winchester, tan bridle Buckingham, brown Buckingham, blue Tejus, black Portland, black slim vinyl, tan Sherwood, teal Line Burst, aqua Saffiano, zipped wine Holborn. Black unbranded vinyl, red unbranded leather. Black (leather I think) from Next.
  • A5 – black vinyl unbranded, aqua Malden.
  • Pocket - yellow Piazza, aqua Malden, ochre Malden, green Windsor.
  • Mini - ochre Malden.
  • Deskfax - black Professional and an A4 black zipped Metropol.

As well as organisers I have aqua Malden iphone and ereader holders.

5. What is the oldest organiser in your collection?

I think it’s my Winchester. It doesn’t have the ‘f’ on the spine or on the rings. I’d actually ordered a green Gloucester but received the Winchester in burgundy instead. When I phoned to explain I was told there had been a mix up in their ordering and they didn’t have a gloucester in any colour to send me. Would I care to keep the (more expensive) winchester instead at no extra cost? I said yes especially as I’d (regrettably) asked to have my initials embossed on and didn’t want to wait weeks for a replacement.

6. What do you use your organisers for?

I have lots of uses! My everyday is non-work diary, address book and to-do/shopping list. I use a personal for work, I really need to be organised there.
I use others for:

  • Home information – financial, insurance, appliances, gas/electricity, water, telephone etc.
  • Hobbies - family history, stained glass hobby work, local history, ancient monuments & buildings, astronomy, countryside walking and wildlife. I did a basic computer technician course by Cisco at my local college and keep my handwritten notes in the unbranded A5.
  • Health/fitness. I was given a Filofax binder from the 2012 Olympics. I need to brush up on it though. I’m on adding info like doctor and dentist, prescriptions, appointments and outcomes to remind me. I have some vintage health info sheets to put in it – e-additives and calorie counter/diet sheets from Slimming World/Filofax.
  • I’ve made a resolution to make more time for my inner and spiritual self. I have the 2015 Canterbury churchbook & desk diary in which I make occasional notes/thoughts/inspiration. Also Gwydion’s Moon diary with dates & festivals of many religions and countries. This is A5 size which was easily punched.
  • I’m on making an astronomy almanac. Moon phases, eclipses, comets and meteor showers. I can get information from the internet (and I do) but I’d like a paper version I can quickly refer to. I recently found pages of constellations & descriptions to adapt to personal organiser size.


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

That they’re portable little ring binders (not so much A5 and up) in rather nice covers, many with handy pockets and slots for cards and papers. Diary, notepaper, anything we like can go in them. It was my ‘epiphany’ moment when I first saw one and spotted the rings.

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

A supple top grain leather with either ring protectors or leather strips down either side of the rings. One inch gold-tone removable rings. Full width back pocket, pockets as in a personal Holborn on a secretarial pocket inside front, gusseted zip pocket back or front. Optional matching zipped pouch to go on the rings. In fern or bottle green, or tan.

9. How do you carry your Filofax?

Most of mine normally stay at home. Those I carry about go in my handbag or backpack.

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

Holborn: I like the layout and all the pockets and the leather is so nice. I already have a zipped wine personal. I just wish it had changeable rings, not the riveted ones.

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

The most I’ve spent was £76 for my A5 aqua Malden.

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

I don’t have my own yet but I have two favourites:
Making dividers and Today rulers with pockets.
Tips from Steve on fixing misaligned rings, which have helped so many people.

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

The sense of community, all the more so for folk being located all over the world. And some of us managing to meet up! The shared enthusiasm and wonderful ideas.

14. And what do you not like about Philofaxy?

You jest!

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

I last bought and downloaded the Awesome Mix vol 1 album from Guardians of the Galaxy.

16. Have you ever attended a Philofaxy meetup? if not do you intend to one day?

Not yet but I would like to someday. They look like so much fun.

17. What was the last movie you watched?

Em … I went with a pal to see Shaun the Sheep: The Movie. Made by the folk who did ‘The Chicken Run’ and Wallace & Gromit. Two middle-aged women and no children with us. We weren’t the only ones and we didn’t care - plenty of laugh-out-loud moments which is what was needed!

18. What was the last book you read?

The Crystal Singer by Anne McCaffrey. A re-read as it’s an old favourite. I’ve always loved science-fiction.

19. George Clooney or Brad Pitt?

Neither. Gary Oldman with a side order of Tom Hiddleston, please and thank you.

Thank you Carol, you certainly have a great collection of organisers.

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.

18 April 2015

Web Finds - 18 April 2015

Write At Home So I hope you have had a good week.

Before we get started..... we are pleased to announce a special promotion deal with Write at Home. Click on the logo at the right and go to their site and use the promotion code philofaxy before the end of April 2015 and you will get 10% discount on your order.

So now it is time to enjoy a small collection of blog posts and videos from around the internet.

So here are the latest Filofax blog posts from around the Internet:
  1. My new A5 puncher – review - AVxo
  2. M is for… Makeup - Planning with Printed Portal
  3. My Collection of Planners /Binders Part 1  - The Paradox of an Organised Scientist
  4. Van der Spek A5 – oh, the rings!!! - Love All Planners
  5. Follow-up Video | Filofax Original Personal Gripes & Solutions - Filofancy
  6. The FluffyFax - Set up tour of my pet health care tracking planner - Mrs Brimbles
  7. N is for… Name Change - Planning with Printed Portal
  8.  How to Track Your Time in Your Planner - Homemaker's Daily 
  9. What to Track in a Planner - Giftie Etcetera
  10. My 3 custom Longchamp/Louis Vuitton leather binders in production – the process - This Bug's Life
  11. Rainy Day Personal Size To Do List [printable] - Planner Fun
  12. Planner Friday - April - She's Eclectic
  13. O is for… Order of Service - Planning with Printed Portal
  14. Freebie Friday: Printable Notes & To Do Lists - Blackeyedthoughts
  15. Friday Feature: An Interview with Giftie Etcetera - Planner Bug
  16. It’s Filo Friday. Here’s my Pocket Retro Bloom set up. - Embellish Everything
  17. New Facebook group for Quo Vadis users! - Quo Vadis Blog
  18. Pineider - Love All Planners
  19. Filofax Set up | The Original (personal, patent fuchsia) - Filofancy
  20. Flash Back Friday [printable] - Planner Fun
  21. Making Lists In My Planner - Joanny White
  • 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... 
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Here are some Philofaxy posts you might have missed this week:
  1. Reader Under The Spotlight - Chamberlyn
  2. Filofax Catalogue 1993/94
  3. Free For All Tuesday No. 219
  4. Web Finds - 14 April 2015
  5. Back in A5 again
  6. Fitting bigger rings to a Gillio A5 Mia Cara
  7. Free For All Friday No 335 by Steve
And here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Filofax - Set up, organization & customization Dividers  - Sara D
  2. Planner Supplies Favorites+ Sticker Organization! - Haley Cairo
  3. Filofax Original Personal Gripes & Solutions - Zara M
  4. Stamping in the DIYFish Inserts - One Fantastic Find
  5. Filofax - Meine Organisation - Mel Ob
  6. Filofax Set up | The Original (personal, patent fuchsia) - Zara M
  7. Main Planner Set Up | Filofax | Love.Doki | - LifeThroughAPlanner
  8. Filofax - Set up & my new refill - Sara D
  9. Custom inserts - A5 Filofax FranklinCovey hybrid - Simply Particular
  • For tips on how to improve your videos, please see this post.  Also this video too Webfinds 
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Enjoy

17 April 2015

Free For All Friday No 335 by Steve

'Electronic Calendars will make your life easier'

Ha ha... tell me that one again. I've just spent 2 hours (that I will never get back) struggling with Google Calendar trying to get it to show what I want it to show for a colleague in UK. They don't use Apple iCloud so I had to relearn how to use Google Calendar something I've not used for over 5 years.

Now I know why I love using paper. Simple and straight forward!!

Of course it's a Friday so let's not discuss electronic calendars.... let us discuss what we love most... paper, and ring bound organisers.

Have a great weekend.

16 April 2015

Fitting bigger rings to a Gillio A5 Mia Cara

The Gillio Mia Cara in Medium (Personal) and A5 size come as standard with just 25 mm size rings. Now most people might be ok about that. However, considering the size of the organiser and it's outer jacket the rings on the A5 do look a little small. This of course might be due to me using Filofax A5's with 30mm rings or my Van der Spek with 35mm rings.

So is it possible to increase the size of the rings and what are the downsides to the larger rings. The simple answer is yes and the downsides are as follows:
  • Heavier overall weight with the increased number of pages. 
  • The tabs do stick out a bit more, but you will see that there is a way around that on the Mia Cara.  
So here is a standard A5 Mia Cara with 25mm rings with a standard set of inserts. The tabs are just flush with the edge of the organiser part, but well inside the edge when installed in the outer jacket. 




You will see from this photo looking down that with 25mm rings how much spare capacity there is, although the rings are more or less at their capacity in terms of holding the full set of inserts.

15 April 2015

Back in A5 again

I have a confession.
After writing this post about going back to owning just the one personal Filofax, I purchased another A5 about two weeks later.

I am in the process of clearing out and taming my paperwork, and it occurred to me that the larger A5 size would actually be quite handy for the project. As per my previous post's disclaimer, I did start looking at a Clipbook again, but I realised that a Filofax would be better suited due to larger rings, more storage and a notepad pocket. For not much more than the cost of a new Clipbook, I won an auction for a black Hamilton with great rings, but it has a couple of marks and dents which kept the bids lower. The added bonus is that the seller turned out to be someone that I had met at the last Philofaxy meet up, the lovely Jacqui!

I finally had a small epiphany about me and the A5 size. My needs will change depending on what's going on in my life, and also based on my perception of my ability to cope with this. I won't always need an A5, but there will be times when the additional space and storage will be helpful. I have no regrets about selling my Ascot and Mulberry, as somehow I feel happier about spending less money on something that I won't be using all the time.

I really like the oiled leather with contrast stitching.


I forgot to photograph it, but there is a pocket on the back exterior which is quite handy for tucking paperwork into and can be seen on the Filowiki.


On the left hand side, there is 6 credit card pockets, two smaller pockets, a full length pocket behind and a very generously sized pen loop. On the right hand side, there is a notepad pocket with a slimmer pen loop. The 30mm rings are great for holding all that paperwork!


The internal layout is great, but I do miss the secretarial pocket that I had in the Ascot and Mulberry. I was very pleased with the repair that our local cobbler's shop did, so I will be taking the Hamilton along to see if they could make the full length pocket on the left into a secretarial one. I was initially tempted to just cut it myself, but would prefer the shop to have a look so that it doesn't end up tearing over time.

Whilst I still love the Maldens, over time I have found that I prefer binders with a slimmer profile and the Hamilton hugs quite nicely around the rings. Despite the 30mm rings, I find it just means that it doesn't feel quite so big.


At the moment, the Hamilton is just a bit of a dumping ground for old notes to process, things I have cut out of magazines and project information.





So, here's what I figured out:
  • I accept that my needs will change over time
  • If I'm not using my A5 right now, it doesn't mean that I need to sell it as I will find it useful fairly soon
  • I need to be careful not to mix up how I use the A5 and personal as I dislike needing to look in two places too often. 
I've discovered with experience that whilst I love black binders, I'd prefer not to have one as my main one, so having my oxblood Winchester with the Hamilton as back up is just perfect.

14 April 2015

Web Finds - 14 April 2015

Write At Home So I hope you have had a good weekend.

Before we get started..... we are pleased to announce a special promotion deal with Write at Home. Click on the logo at the right and go to their site and use the promotion code philofaxy before the end of April 2015 and you will get 10% discount on your order.

So now it is time to enjoy a great collection of blog posts and videos from around the internet.

So here are the latest Filofax blog posts from around the Internet:
  1. Personal sized Gucci organiser - This Bug's Life
  2. J is for… Journal - Planning with Printed Portal
  3. March action plan – a review - The Creative Canvass
  4. Do you want make your own Hexaplanner style page?  - MyLastEureka
  5. Some different organizer brands - This Bug's Life
  6. How I Stay Organised (using multiple planners!) - OATTblog
  7. Einen Fitsch gemacht* - Filomaniac
  8. Webster's Pages colour crush planner review - She's Eclectic 
  9. HEXAplanner Weekly View for Filofax Personal - MyLastEureka
  10. Van Der Spek Senior (A6) size organizer in brown leather with gold rings - This Bug's Life
  11. Week 2 in the pocket - Random Pastimes of a Restless Mind
  12. K is for… Key Contacts - Planning with Printed Portal
  13. Compact Cavendish versus compact Belgravia - Paper Pens and Ink
  14. Cappuccino: My First Van der Spek - Well Planned Life
  15. VDS Undyed Leather binder at almost 6 months - This Bug's Life
  16. What Do You Do All Day? - Planner Fun
  17. K is for… Kikki K - Notes in a Book
  18. How to Organize Your Filofax like a Productivity Genius! - Strange & Charmed
  19. Il Bisonte Vacchetta Insider organisers - This Bug's Life
  20. Personalizziamo l'agenda_ i divisori - Lucy Wonderland
  21. Proud - Kent from Oz
  22. Living My Dream with GTD - GTD
  23. Comparison between VDS undyed leather binder and IL Bisonte Vacchetta Insider - This Bug's Life
  24. iPad mini and Flex working well - It's Bluetiger
  25. Two Rules for Combining Paper and Electronic Planning - Giftie Etcetera
  26. L is for… Legalities - Planning with Printed Portal
  27. My Planners for 2015: Update - Letters in November
  28. Do I use more than 1 binder? Yes, I use 5!  - This Bug's Life
  29. Reclaming Back my Health : Revamping the Health and Fitness Planner :) - The Paradox of An Organized Scientist
  30. from “pfffft” to “fabulous” – my Filofax hack - Carrie Mac
  31. L is for… Letts - Notes in a Book
  • 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. Stamping in the DIYFish Inserts - One Fantastic Find!
  2. How I Stay Organised (with multiple planners!) - OATTblog
  3. Plan Like An Entrepreneur | Working Through Overwhelm - Alexis
  4. Filofax A5 Metropol - Planner Love
  5. Favourite Filofax Organisers (Finchley, Malden, Original, Finsbury) - Read, Write, Plan
  6. Inside My Filofax (with Erin Condren Life Planner inserts) - Read, Write, Plan
  7. Filofax Purple Domino A5 set up - Elle Wilson
  • 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. March Review and Flip Thru Video - Ink'd paper by Mae
  2. My week #156 - Paper Lovestory
  3. My Week #15 (2015) - Joanny White
  4. My week #14 - She's Eclectic
  5. This Weeks Decorated Pages // Week 16 - Hey Charlie
  6. This weeks pages - Clouds - Mrs Brimbles
  7. Weekly Post #77 - Miss Mai's Adventures
Enjoy

Free For All Tuesday No. 219

13 April 2015

Filofax Catalogue 1993/94

This week we go back to 1993 to look at the A5 format catalogue for 1993-94.

Thank you again to Jené for supplying the scans of this catalogue.

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.


12 April 2015

Reader Under The Spotlight - Chamberlyn

Today I would like to introduce you to Chamberlyn

Hi y’all! I’m a United Methodist minister/stay-at-home-mom to two boys, 1 & 4. We live in a small town just outside a big city in North Carolina. I’m also an amateur homesteader, with a garden, two goats, and nine chickens, and my favorite things to do when I have free time are read and journal.

I’ve loved paper, school supplies, and planning all of my life. I probably had a better pen collection in elementary school than I do now! I remember asking my mom to take me to a specialty stationary store in 4th grade because there was a pen I just HAD to have, and she looked at me like I was nuts!

I’ve used an organizer since grade school and actually still have all of them in a tub in the attic. I took a break from paper planning when my first kid was born in 2010 and just got back into it last year because electronic planning just wasn’t letting me record everything I wanted to remember. I will never go back!

I have my own You Tube Channel, which features Filofax and other planner related topics.

I’m so happy to have found such an awesome community through Philofaxy!

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

A1 My first Filofax was bought in June 2014, a personal ochre Malden.

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

A2 This go-round, I have used kikki.K binders and recently have fallen in love with the Traveler’s Notebook. I’ve thought about investing in a Gillio, but I can’t justify the funds just yet.

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

A3 This is a hard one! My favorite style and color is definitely the Ochre Maldens, but favorite size? Torn between the Personal and A5!

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

A4 I own 8 Filofaxes and 3 kikki.K binders

Q5. What is the oldest organiser in your collection?

A5 I have no idea! My guess is maybe the Filofax Personal Tropic?

Q6. What do you use your organisers for?

A6 Here’s the list:

  • A5 Domino - Home management
  • A5 Malden - Journal
  • kikki.K Large - Holds my ECLP for my monthly/weekly planning
  • Personal Tropic - A-Z filing cabinet for my lists
  • Personal Urban - Book journal
  • Personal Malden - Storage
  • kikki.K Small - Homesteading tracker
  • kikki.K Small - Expense tracker & online purchases
  • Pocket Malden - Scrapbook for my oldest kid
  • Mini Malden - Scrapbook for my youngest kid
  • Mini Malden - Activity/travel planner

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

A7 This is a hard question since I don’t use any of mine in very traditional senses at the moment. Back when I used a Personal as my main planner, though, I had 6 sections: Monthly, Weekly, To-Dos, Lists, Finance, and Notes.

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

A8 I love the feel of the leather. I’d never owned a leather planner before, and there’s just something so professional, sophisticated, and “grown-up” about it that sets it apart from all the planners I used as a student through the years.

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

A9 Leather and stuffability of the Malden, removable rings, front pocket layout of the Tropic with back pocket layout of the Malden and rear zip pocket of the Urban.

Q10. How do you carry your Filofax?

A10 I just toss my planner in my bag! I had trouble fitting my main planners in my diaper bags with all the other stuff, so I bought a Whipping Post Tote and a ChicSparrow Rustic Tote. The sacrifices we make for our planners!

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

A11 My favorite is still the Malden. I’m currently at peace with my ringed binder collection, so no more purchasing for now!

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

A12 The most expensive Filofax I own was my Personal Tropic. I paid $144 + tax new from a store.

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

A13 Laminating a daily docket insert to use as a dashboard and write the day’s schedule in dry erase marker. That was my first (and probably only) bit of original Filofax ingenuity, and it worked really well for me!

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

A14 The WebFinds! I love getting on YouTube and learning from other planner addicts!

Q15. And what do you not like about Philofaxy?

A15 It took me a while to figure out how to navigate it at first to find the information I wanted. But then again, I wasn’t entirely sure what information I wanted, so now that I’m a bit more in-the-know, I have no trouble at all!

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

A16 Hozier’s "Take Me To Church”

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

A17 Not yet, but I would love to if one comes nearby!

Q18. What was the last movie you watched?

A18 I don’t watch a lot of movies, but my guess is the last movie I was in the same room with as it played was Frozen as that gets a lot of play at our house during screen time!

Q19. What was the last book you read?

A19 I read constantly. I just finished Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates as a part of The Big Read at my local library this March. That was #37 of 2015!

Thank you Chamberlyn.

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.
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