21 April 2014

No more A5 Maldens for me

I was using my new ochre A5 Malden the other week and noticed that some of the stitching was starting to come undone. Sadly as time went on it just seemed to be getting worse, so I returned it for a refund. However, I was quite interested to find that I actually felt more relieved than disappointed once it was gone! I suppose that I assumed that I would adore the A5 and want to rush out and find another one. It's a bit weird really as I love Maldens and the ochre leather is yummy, but I don't know as something wasn't quite right...

I still haven't gotten round to selling my A5 Mulberry or Amazona, so maybe I felt it would make more sense to use what I already had, rather than having something else new? I have moved the Malden's contents back into the Mulberry and will definitely find a new home for the Amazona.

On consideration, maybe I haven't been feeling the A5 Malden love as much as I thought because I'm so content with my personal size one?

I'm going to hang onto my Mulberry for the time being for when I want more space and for planning projects, but I think I'll set a time to review how it's going.

Have you finally got your hands on a binder you'd assume you would adore, but just didn't bond with it?

20 April 2014

Reader Under The Spotlight - Anne-Marie

Hi everyone! My name is Ann-Marie and I blog at addicted to stationery. I'm a 23-year-old Nursery Nurse who is looking at training to be a Primary School Teacher in the future! I spend most of my time at work, but I also enjoy running and baking.

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

My first organiser was a Paperchase own-brand organiser, which I bought at some time in September 2012. It was Pocket-sized, which was fine for me at the time - but once I upgraded to Personal I've never been able to downsize again!

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

I've only really looked at either Paperchase's own binders, or real Filofax ones. Other ones are a bit out of my price range. I was once gifted a Ferrari organiser, which doesn't have any branding on it but is red - as you'd expect!

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

My beautiful, beloved Personal Springboard is by far my favourite.

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

I o3. Out of the organisers you own which is your current favourite (Style and Size)?
wn 8 in total - that's including Flexes. 4 Filofax organisers, and 4 other organisers.

5. What is the oldest organiser in your collection?

My Pocket Paperchase organiser, which I've had since 2012.

6. What do you use your organisers for?

I carry my Personal Springboard and A5 Flex with me all the time, as I am mid-way through the process of seeing which one works better for me! I use them as a diary and for taking notes on the go. I have a Pocket Metropol which I use as a financial tracker for noting down all my spends. I'm using one of my Paperchase binders as an address book, and my other binders are used as storage binders - I seem to have accumulated an awful lot of spare inserts!

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

It has to be the fact you can just add or take away any paper from it to make it what you want to be, which just isn't possible in a bound planner. Even though the Flex doesn't have rings, you can add or take books and notepads from it to completely change its purpose!

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

Larger rings! You can never have enough ring capacity! Although if they produced an A5 Flex in Springboard colours, that would also be amazing...

9. How do you carry your Filofax?

I carry my main Filofax in my bag, without a protective cover. The Springboard cover seems to be able to handle whatever abuse I throw at it! My A5 Flex also currently resides in my bag. My other Filofaxes stay at home.

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

I like the look of the new Floral Burst Cover Story, and I'm hankering after a purple Songbird, both in Personal size. I think my partner would go mad if I bought any more Filofaxes though!

11. What is the most you have ever spent on a Filofax? Which model?

I'm a bit of a cheapskate. The most I've spent is £28 on my Springboard, which was originally £35 but then had a 20% discount applied!

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

I don't really know of many hacks, to be honest... the only one that springs to mind is chopping down and punching an A5 Flex pen holder to use as an extra pen holder in a Filofax. I thought I was really clever for coming up with it, but then I went online and found loads of other people had already had the same idea!

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

I love the fact that there's such a huge international community here, with such different people who all have various planners, in various sizes, with various uses - and yet everyone bonds over their love of planning and organisation!

14. And what do you not like about Philofaxy?

Nothing! As cheesy as that sounds, I can't really think of any negative aspects of Philofaxy.

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

I just bought the Teenage Dirtbags compilation CD, and it's pretty awesome!

16. George Clooney or Brad Pitt?

Neither really - I'm not a fan! I can't actually think of any celebrity crush at the moment.

Thank you Ann-Marie for going under our spotlight.

If any of our other readers would like to appear in this feature then please contact steve at philofaxy dot com

19 April 2014

Web Finds - 19 April 2014

So here are the latest Filofax blog posts from around the Internet:
  1. Me and My Filofaxes - Just Eclectically
  2. M is for… Moving House - Planning with Printed Portal
  3. Milky Way - Filo-Manie
  4. Filofax: Personal Aqua Malden - What? that pink Filo!
  5. Mulberry warns of lower profits - BBC News
  6. My Filofax - The Filofax Blog
  7. Gillio Medium Mia Cara: April 2014 - OATTblog
  8. Home Management Planner in a5 Van der Spek - My Life Re-Organized 
  9. Use Your Planner: Tips for Making it Easier - Homemakers Daily
  10. N is for… Neighbours - Planning with Printed Portal
  11. Filofax Photo-A-Day Challenge 04/14 (2) - Filomaniac
  12. April Filofax photo-a-day challenge, week two - She's Eclectic
  13. A Project Unplanned - Giftie Etcetera
  14. Looking Back - Sweet and Calm
  15. How do I start using my Filofax? - What? that pink Filo!
  16. Moving into my Personal Swift - The Kentish Kitchen
  17. Filofax Photo-a-Day Catch Up - The Pit Bull Mama
  18. Blogger Challenge - The Filofax Blog
  19. Free For All Friday No. 31: What type(s) of planner could you not ever use? - Plannerisms
  20. Filofax Faces Blogger Challenge Winner is? - My Purpley Life
  21. O is for… Online Auction Sales - Planning with Printed Portal
  22. Slim - Gillio Compagna Black - Filo-Manie
  23. Gutes Timing - Filomaniac
  24. Travel & Filofax- Orla Kieley Orange Zip Pouch - Incarnations of Organization
  25. Quelle est votre marque préférée d'organizer? - Le monde de Mzelle
  26. My Current Set Up! Filofax Flex Slim - Magenta - Pretty Filo
  27. Gorjuss travel journal _review - Lucy Wonderland
  28. Filofax Dashboard - How to make & What with! - Filofax Friday - Week 15 - Mrs Brimbles
  29. Filofaxes and Handbags - This Bugs Life
  30. Filofax Friday - En Vogue Pogue
  31. Filofax Focus - Steve Morton
  • We monitor over 500 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... 
  • For some general tips on Filofax Blogging, please see this post
And here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Introduction to my filofax planners (re-upload) - Sophie Hurden
  2. Back into one planner, in my Van der Spek binder - Joshua LePorte
  3. Filofax: Keeping it light. Compact saffiano - SandraJohn27
  4. Decorating my Filofax: Week 16 [HD] mits t
  5. A closer look at my Bullet Journal/Chronodex daily planning - Sophie Hurden
  6. Gillio Compagna in Dark Brown and Gold - Ramblin' Mom
  7. Gillio Mia Cara April Update - OATTblog
  8. Kate Spade Agenda - Lola Karwowski
  9. Filofax decor week 3 - Stampingsongbird
  10. Arya - Ambient Diary
  11. Shoe addict design in personal and A5 - Maryannemoll
  12. Gillio set ups - Alice Photis
  • 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. 

18 April 2014

The Gillio Bellezza are cleared for take-off

The limited edition Gillio medium Compagna "Bellezza" organisers have been shipped.

Only 25 of these organisers have been made or 26 if you include the original one that was given to Mella as big thank you gift from the company back in November at the Gillio meet up in Brussels.

After the packages were loaded on to the special plane the Captain came on the PA system:
'Welcome on board Flight Bellezza 25 to all points of the globe. Our aircraft is under the command of Captain Ben Van Haelen. He has informed me that our flying time will be approximately 4-5 days.
While we are here to ensure that you do have a comfortable trip with us today, we are also concerned about your safety. With that in mind, we ask that you take the Safety Information Card out of the seat pocket in front of you and follow along as we perform our safety demonstration.
Cabin crew doors to automatic and cross check'
So 25 people will be looking at their tracking numbers on their phones at every waking hour watching for the progress of these very special organisers.

The Gillio group on Facebook is ready and prepared for 25 unboxing videos... and an album for the first pictures has been set up ready for the avalanche of photographs.

Thank you to Ben and the team at Gillio for keeping us on tender hooks waiting for these to be despatched, I know the buyers are all keen to receive them.

Free For All Friday No. 283

My brother-in-law recently got married, so I've had some time catching up with my husband's family which was very nice. With some of the relatives that don't know me quite so well, the conversation inevitably came round to, "So, where do you work?" I am employed and self-employed, and some time ago I started buying and selling Filofaxes as part of my business. It was quite interesting hearing people's opinions and overall they were very positive, with only one mention of it being considered geeky. I don't think that any of them will be rushing out to buy a binder any time soon, but I'm glad that I brought it up as it is something different to talk about.
Do you think that you would've talked about Filofaxes in a similar situation?

And as always on Fridays, please feel free to ask or discuss anything ring-bound organiser related.
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