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23 November 2014

Reader Under the Spotlight - Aubrey

So today I would like to introduce you all to Aubrey

Hi I'm Aubrey based in the United States. I am a Special Needs teacher that is obsessed with Simple Living and using my planner to help me accomplish it! I have a degree in Youth Ministry and Behavioral Sciences, but am going back to school to get my official teaching license. I just bought a 528 square foot house and am in the process of downsizing all of my belongings to accomodate it! I have a blog detailing my journey! Feel free to drop by!

http://528squarefeet.blogspot.com/

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

My first organizer was an A5 Finsbury in Antique Rose. I received it as a graduation present from my hubby, after I graduated from college. I had my eye out for one for so long, that I begged and begged for it once I saw it! We ordered it off of Ebay and I even have them ship it to me at the hotel I was staying at on vacation! (I'm not the most patient girl!)

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

Recently the Erin Condren brand has been really appealing. I really like her set up and designs. Her planner's have inspired me to keep motivational and/or positive quotes in my filofax so that I always have encouragement when I open it up!

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

My favorite organizer is my personal Finsbury in Antique Rose. After having my A5 for so long, I decided to see if I loved the personal just as much as I had loved the A5! Turns out I love it so much more! The portability of it is fantastic, and the color and texture of it is so beautiful.

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

I currently only own two Filofax planners and they are the only planners I have. While my heart does desire to have a big beautiful collection, I know that most will go unused. I like that I can still switch them out if I am in need of a change, but for now, two planners give me planner peace.

5. What is the oldest organiser in your collection?

Seeing as my collection is limited to two organizers, the oldest one I have is my Antique Rose finsbury. My other planner is an Ochre Malden and is still being sold today.

6. What do you use your organisers for?

I only use one planner at a time. As an advocate for simple living, I know that having more planners with different uses will clutter up my tiny house, and also my mind! After all, all those planners need planner supplies - pens, pencils, stickers, washi tape, etc! I am currently set up in my Personal Antique Rose and use it as a Daily planner and wallet. In it I keep a month at a glance, a months worth of daily pages, a check registry, and lined paper for to-do lists.

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

My favorite feature about the Filofax is the ability to customize it to your personality and individual style. Not only do the vast range of leather textures and colors help to fit a vast amount of people's tastes, but the rings and all of the sizes help to further condense everything you need and like into one organizer. I also love the community of people and how we bounce information and inspiration back and forth. Everyone finds a way to make it there own, no two Filofaxes are the same, and that's what I love about it.

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

If I could design my own Filofax I would create one very similar to the Original. The only thing I would change is the gloss finish to matte. I ordered an Fuchsia Original and loved the color but I was to OCD about fingerprints, smudges, and whatever seemed to show up on the outside. I was also way to concerned about scratching and indentations! Oh, and I'd add more pockets too!

9. How do you carry your Filofax?

I carry my Filofax like you would a wallet. Sometimes I just carry it by hand and put it on the dashboard of my car. Other times I will tote it along in my purse or work bag. It doesn't matter where I'm headed - my Filo is coming with me!

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

I really like the original Filofaxes right now. I have decided not to buy it because I know that I truly love the planners I have now and cannot justify splurging on another one. Adding another one to the mix will just complicated my system, and I have a feeling there will always be a "third wheel".

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

I just spend $100 on a personal Malden in Ochre. That is the most I've ever spent on a Filofax. My A5 Antique Rose was also just $100. I know that is a little overpriced for the planner, but it came with goodies, and that's how I justify it.

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

My favorite Filofax tip is to not get too carried away. I know that seems crazy seeing how I just stated I loved the personalization Filofax offers, but that's the lesson I'm coming to learn. There are always going to be people out there with planners more organized, better decorated, and more creative than mine, and if I'm always striving to compete I ruin the ability to sit back and enjoy my planner. Yes, make it your own! Make it work for you, and realize that sometimes what works for you may not seem as glamorous or creative. But its working! Love your planner because it's yours and it works for you - not because it has the potential to look like someone else's!

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

I love Philofaxy because it's a great resource to see how other people are using their planners! It's a great way to "steal" ideas and use them for your own life, and it's also got quality printables with a wonderful selection! I also love it because it addresses issues and problems that all Filofaxers face. It's current and knowledgeable - a perfect combination.

14. And what do you not like about Philofaxy?

The only thing that I do not like about Philofaxy is the layout. This is strictly a personal opinion but the overall template of the blog is a bit bland for me. I like color and quality images. But that's probably because I'm a millennial. I think it says so much about a blog if the only dislike I can think of is that I don't like the colors. Keep it up Philofaxy!

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

The last music track I downloaded was "Where Have You Been?" by Rihanna. I'm a runner and that song has such a great beat to step too!

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

I have not ever attended a Philofaxy meet-up! I think it would be a blast to meet some of the people I've interacted with both on the blog and on the Facebook group! I hope that one day I am able to!

17. What was the last movie you watched?

The last movie I watched was Dracula with my husband. It was his birthday, so he got to pick. My feelings on it? Eh. It wasn't awful, but it wasn't awesome.

18. What was the last book you read?

The last book I read was II Kings in the Bible. I'm not that big of a reader. When I'm reading, it's usually the Bible.

19. George Clooney or Brad Pitt? 

That's a tough one. I'd have to say Clooney, because I've never really thought Pitt to be all that attractive.

Thank you Aubrey. As you know we are always looking for new people to appear in our 'Reader Under Spotlight feature, please contact Steve philofaxy at gmail dot com

22 November 2014

Web Finds - 22 November 2014

I hope you had a good week?

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. The Van Der Spek eagle has landed! - This Bug's Life
  2. 2014 Gillio Tour - Part 3 - Imysworld
  3. My Filofax - Filofax Blog
  4. Free Filo Friday- Let’s go to the… - Embellish Everything
  5. A5 Brown Van Der Spek Touch Me - This Bug's Life
  6. Das Duell (1): Holborn vs. Malden - Filomaniac
  7. Winter Themed (Undated) Daily Pages - Planner Fun
  8. New Item! Printable Paris Dividers for Personal size Filofax :) - Filofax Love
  9. Personal/Standard Black Van Der Spek Touch Me - This Bug's Life
  10. Goodbye Mini Malden - It's Bluetiger
  11. Mehr Meet ups! - Filomaniac
  12. Boost Your Blog // My Blogging Kit 2.0 - Five sixteenths blog
  13. Setup of undyed leather binder - This Bug's Life
  14. Planner Marks: Dots and Dashes - Giftie Etcetera
  15. Winter Themed (Undated) Daily Pages - Planner Fun
  16. Undyed leather test binder - This Bug's Life 
  17.  Keep track of your finances with you Filofax- Lucy Wonderland
  18. I have some super exciting things to share...Filofax Friday - Mrs Brimbles
  19. Personal sized Janet Leather (#104) Van Der Spek Organiser - This Bug's Life
  20. How To Use A Planner for Newbies - Giftie Etcetera
  21. Vintage Franklin Quest Two Tone Planner! - Sparkle Frogs
  22. A5 Van Der Spek Binder in Janet Leather (#104) - This Bug's Life
  23. Creative Organising - It's Bluetiger
  24. New Planner Filofax Mini! - The Last Eureka
  25. Van Der Spek Stiffener Options  - This Bug's Life
  26. Planning for Special Days - Homemakers Daily
  27. Exatime 17 Filofax-compatible inserts - Quo Vadis Blog
  28. Personal sized Janet Leather (#104) Van Der Spek Organiser - This Bug's Life
  29. #Filofax Friday: Christmas Card List - Planning with Printed Portal
  • 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... 
  • For some general tips on Filofax Blogging, please see this post
Here are some Philofaxy posts you might have missed this week:
  1. Reader Under the Spotlight - KerrieLynn
  2. Filofax Catalogue 1984
  3. Web Finds - 18 November 2014
  4. Van der Spek Leather Flyleaves - How they are made...
  5. Guest Posting on Philofaxy
And here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Decorating my Filofax week on 2 pages - Mits T
  2. How to GTD with a Filofax and 43 Folders - Alexis
  3. Setting up a pocket FILOFAX Malden (part 1)- Technical Side - My Summer Touch
  4. Personal-Planner Decoration Tutorial - PaperedLove
  5. Pocket Planner Insert Comparison Pocket Filofax & Louis Vuitton Pm Small Agenda - Love4Creativity
  6. FILOFAX Lockwood Review and Comparison to MALDENS! - My Summer Touch
  7. Planning Video | Steps | Getting Things Done! - Miss Vicky Bee
  8. Filofax Planner Tour // My Everyday Planning & Blog Planner - Moe Howard
  9. Tomoe Filofax Hack - scrapjoy
  10. I have some super exciting things to share...Filofax Friday - Anna Brim
  • 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. 
Enjoy

21 November 2014

Free For All Friday No. 314

It's Casual Friday at Philofaxy! Do you dress down on Friday?

I thought we'd have casual Friday today and leave the discussion completely open!

20 November 2014

Guest Posting on Philofaxy

We love receiving Guest Posts, but they have to be about Filofax or any other brand of ring organiser obviously... we do get guest posts sent in that are only looking to advertise some unrelated service on our blog... naturally these don't get on to the site, nor do we bother to reply to the emails these days.

However, don't let us put you off writing for Philofaxy it really is very easy. All you need to do is put the text of your post in to an email, you don't even need to use Word.

If you have some photos to go with your post, attach them separately to the email and put an indicator in to the text where you would like the photos to appear [photo1 or IMG2342]  and we will do the rest.

Your post doesn't need to be long with lots of words, pictures can save a lot of words. Short posts in my experience are often just as popular as the long ones that take a while to research and write.

Please send your guest posts to philofaxy [at] gmail [dot] com

Since originally publishing a similar post to this in 2013 we have had several budding writers contact us but only a few of them have offered posts about Filofax.... hence this update. Let's be clear.

Philofaxy will only publish guest posts about Filofax Organisers or other brands of ring bound organisers

Please do not contact us if your post is about life assurance, education and any other non-Filofax related topic.

19 November 2014

Van der Spek Leather Flyleaves - How they are made

It's funny what you find in your Dropbox when you are looking for something else.. I found these photos from Petra which I had either forgotten about or I wasn't aware they were there!

Anyway thank you Petra Van der Spek for sending me the photos... even if me Mr Forgetfulness didn't use them until now!

When you request a leather flyleaf from Van der Spek for your Custom Planner this is how it is made.. The photos taken by Petra are of the flyleaf in my A5 Manager Custom organiser.  There are a few photos also of the Standard size flyleaf too, that was made at the same time.

As this a rather picture heavy post I have added a break part way down, please click on the read more link to see the rest of the post.

Selecting the leather before cutting it to size

Cutting out the leather using a template

Cutting out the reverse side leather. 

Checking the leather 

Splitting the leather (it shaves of wafer thin slices of the the back)

Checking the split leather for thickness

18 November 2014

Web Finds - 18 November 2014

I hope you had a good weekend? 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. 2015 Plannerisms planners available mid-December - Plannerisms
  2. My two new Van Der Spek Touch Mes - This Bug's Life
  3. Big Gold Girl - A5 Mia Cara Gold - Filo-manie
  4. My Custom Van Der Spek! - Hello, I'm a Paper Addict
  5. Filofax Pocket Wine Holborn Review! - Letters in November
  6. Money, Money, Money- Reflections by Cruz
  7. What uses for a mini Malden? - It's Bluetiger
  8. Lesser-known Filofaxes - the Henley - Filowiki
  9. One Page Minimalist Christmas Planner - Planner Fun
  10. Piccadilly - Filomaniac
  11. A Day of Rest - Giftie Etcetera
  12. New Item! Printable Tokyo Dividers - Filofax Love 
  13. Time Management Monday: Weekly reviews - Quo Vadis Blog
  14. Themed Filofax Monday - Nightmare Before Christmas Filofax - The Paradox of an Organised Scientist
  15. Personal & Professional: The All in One Planner! - The OATTblog
  16. Introducing Zeitgeber Planners: DIY Printables to Help You Optimize Your Day - Paper Goodness
  17. 10 Ways to Personalize Your Planner - Strange & Charmed
  18. How To Guide - Filofax Blog
  19. Planner Trick: Quick and Dirty Tasks - Giftie Etcetera
  20. Project Planning 1 – The Framework - Carie Harling
  21. Blog Planner v.2 - Planner Fun
  22. Planner guilt - It's Bluetiger
  23. How I Plan Unavoidable House Cleaning Chores - Planner Bug
  24. Kikki K Gold Personal Planner Review! - Letters in November
  25. Now Available: 2015 Edition of Career Development Notebook - Planning with Printed Portal
  26. Weekly Layout in VDS - It's Bluetiger
  27. Filofax: The Clipbook - Life of Kitty
  28. Current Love - Franklin Covey Boston! - Sparkle Frogs
  • 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... 
  • 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. A5 Van Der Spek binder first look!! - KateBTPS
  2. Filofax Set Up with Franklin Covey System - My Summer Touch
  3. Van Der Spek Touch Me Standard 30mm rings - One Fantastic Find
  4. Filofax & Midori Travelers Notebook Setup: November 2014 - Rachel Dunaway
  5. Planning For 2015 and My Filofax Challenge - Erin Joy
  6. Filofax DIY | How to Repurpose Sugar Paper Tabs - Alexis
  7. Filofax Decoration Week #47 - Palestblue
  8. 2015 Planner tryouts continue: My hobonichi and Filofax pink pocket Rio - Tracy Reinhardt 
  9. 10 Ways to Personalize your Planner - Alexis
  10. Filofax Finsbury as a wallet. - Morgan Lane
  11. Red Collection Brelio & Malden & Gillio Compgna Comparison - Ye Browning
  • 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. 
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.

This Week Posts
  1. My week #45 - She's Eclectic
  2. Weekly Post #75 - Miss Mae's Adventures
  3. My Week- November 10-16, 2014 - Incarnations of Organisation
  4. Month in Review - October 2014 - My Purpley Life
  5. My week #135 - Paper Lovestory
  6. My Week #46 - Life of Kitty
  7. My Week #46 - Joanny White
  8. This weeks Filofax decorated pages- Mrs Brimbles
  9. Filofax Planner Pages Nov 16-22 - Ink'd paper by mae
  10. My week 46/52 - Twenty5seven
  11. week planner 78# e 79# - Lucy Wonderland
  12. Weekly Post #74 - Miss Mae's Adventures
  13. My week #46 - She's Eclectic
Enjoy

Free For All Tuesday No 198

17 November 2014

Filofax Catalogue 1984

Today we go back to September 1984 with the help of one of our readers David.















And you can see slightly higher resolution versions of these pages on Flickr.

16 November 2014

Reader Under the Spotlight - KerrieLynn

Today I would like to introduce you to KerrieLynn. 

Where do I start? 
The “Family” Me:  I have been married twice (the first was just a “practice” husband and we had one son together) the second husband is my “real” husband, we have been together for 21 years and we have two girls together. My son is 27 and my youngest is 11, which is quite an age span, but we will have the tax deduction almost until we retire, LOL!  I have been both a Cub Scout Leader and a Campfire Leader.  I can create a pretty awesome kid’s birthday bash (at least the kids thinks so anyway) and our family is usually hosting all the family birthdays, holidays and events, because you guessed it – I like to organize and be in charge!

The “Professional” Me:  I started out working in restaurants, quickly moved into management, but decided that restaurant work was not something I wanted to do my whole life so I went back to college at age 28.  I graduated with a degree in Paralegal Studies, but only ever did my internship in that field.  I currently work at a Sign & Theming company and have been with them for almost 18 years, starting out as an office assistant and now I manage the office, paperwork, permits, etc.  I also volunteer as our Homeowner’s Association as both the Secretary and Treasurer, but can’t stand it so I will be stepping down soon.  I have also done volunteer work with our local dog rescue group.

The “Personal” Me: I just recently celebrated my half century mark, but I only feel a half century old on some days (usually Monday through Friday).  I am a paper, stationary, organizing and crafting nerd and somewhat of a cheapskate.  I have had a few direct sales businesses over the years, but more as a hobby (I think it was the organizer in me that liked having a business).  I tend to be a leader rather than a follower and my big mouth sometimes doesn’t know when to be quiet, but I am working on it (ok, I work on it sometimes).  I run about five or six Facebook Groups (three of them are Planner related) and I have  had a few blogs over the years, but only have one left that is active – it is only about a year or so old and is primarily geared toward planning.  You can find it at http://www.Sparklefrogs.com if you would like to take a peek.  I also have a Facebook Page for the same and a YouTube Channel, but I only have one video on it, I hope to change that and add more videos in the near future.  I like to dabble in amateur blog designs (just for me), create custom planner inserts for myself (I put them up for free on my blog), craft and crochet.  I also love to read and my favorite vacation is to go camping with the family and yes we still go tent camping.  I think the “organizer” in me likes creating camping lists, packing and setting up the camping space almost as much as the actual vacation.  I am the “MacGyver” in our family…..everything always has two purposes, doesn’t it?  The purpose that it was originally designed for and the re-purpose that I can do with it.  Hmm, I am guessing that this is probably more than you ever wanted to know about me, so let’s move onto the questions.

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

My first organizer was probably purchased in the mid 1980s, when I was a direct sales representative for Tupperware.  I could not tell you what brand it was though.  Prior to that I just used spiral planners in high school and before that I used small diaries – as in “Dear Diary”.  I still have one of my first ones from 1978.

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

In addition to the Filofax brand, I have used Franklin, Franklin Quest, Franklin Covey, Daytimer, Wilson and Kirkland.  I have considered both Van der Spek and Gillio, but the price has held me back.

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

My favorite right now is the personal size Filofax Malden in Ochre.  I tend to gravitate toward this size as I carry my planner with me every day and it also functions as my wallet. I do use a couple of the larger planners at home for various things, but the only one that has an actual calendar/dairy of my daily stuff is my Malden, so I don’t have to worry about “syncing” calendars.

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

I believe that my current collection is between 35 to 40 planners.

5. What is the oldest organiser in your collection?

Right now my oldest ones would be my Franklin Quest Planners in compact size (same ring configuration as Filofax personal).  I have three of them and the date range on those would be about the early to mid 90s.  I also just purchased (but have not received it yet) a Mundex Red Leather personal sized organizer, which is supposed to be from 1989.

6. What do you use your organisers for?

My everyday carry is used for scheduling, lists, info on immediate family, finances, tasks, contacts and my wallet.  I have a Franklin Covey Classic which primarily stays at home and has info on my oldest daughter’s online class schedule and some home maintenance info.  I also have a two Daytimers in Desk Size that I use at home, one is a prayer binder and one is a spiritual study binder.  I had a blog planner, but got rid of it as I did not need a whole planner for blogging so now my everyday carry has a list of blog post ideas and my FC Classic has a more detailed section where I can track my blog and social media stats.  I like to swap out my binders fairly often – I find “planner peace” by playing around with my various organizers.

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

I like that so many people re-sell them!  I would rather buy from a specific person so that I can see actual images of the binder that I will be getting versus buying one on “faith” and hope that it shows up in good condition.

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

I really like the personal Malden – but if I could re-design it, I would make it just  little bit wider, give it another pen loop, make the pen loop larger (so I don’t have to stretch them), give it an exterior pocket and give it rings that can be swapped out like the Franklin Covey binders.  A few more (easy to find) colors would be nice.

9. How do you carry your Filofax?

I toss it in my purse/bag with no protective cover – I don’t baby any of my organizers as I consider them to be a tool that needs to work for me and not create more work for me.  About the most I do to protect it is not throw my car keys directly in with it.

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

None in the current range other than I would like to get another personal Malden in another color.

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

The most I ever spent was $100 and that was for my personal Ochre Malden – before that the most I spent was $80 for a personal Holborn.

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

I have many that I do – but the most recent was stretching the pen loop on my Malden, but I have also cut the zippers out of a couple of my Franklin Coveys (making them open binders), I have added a grommet to the back side of one of my leather Franklin Coveys so that I could add an elastic band closure and I have completely removed the rings from two different Daytimer Malibus and replaced them with Franklin Covey screw in rings.

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

I enjoy the wealth of information!

14. And what do you not like about Philofaxy?

Hmmm, nothing negative comes to mind.

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

None – I listen to talk radio or whatever is playing on the radio station.

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

I have never attended a meet-up, we do have a very small group for those of us in the Pacific Northwest, but we have not coordinated a meet-up yet.  I would love to go to a meet-up as it would be a Show-n-Tell for adults!

17. What was the last movie you watched?

I don’t watch very many movies, but it was probably something stupid that just happened to be on t.v. like Sharknado or something.

18. What was the last book you read?

I read the bible all the time, but I think the most recent was re-reading the Left Behind series and before that I re-read the Outlander series for the fourth time (yes, I know I am weird and I read a lot).

19. George Clooney or Brad Pitt?

Brad Pitt – even though my person preference runs towards darker hair, Brad Pitt just has more of the “Bad Boy” persona!

Thank you KerrieLynn. As you know we are always looking for new people to appear in our 'Reader Under Spotlight feature, please contact Steve philofaxy at gmail dot com
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