17 May 2011

Free For All Tuesday No. 15

So what questions do you have this week?

52 comments:

  1. When will my Malden and inserts arrive? That's my burning question for this week!

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  2. terriknits: I have the same question! After Laurie pointed out the sale at City Organiser, and the crimson Malden almost 50% off, I couldn't help myself. I have failed my goal for this month (not to use my creditcard!), but it's a Malden! Can't wait for it to arrive.

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  3. To be fair, I heard about the sale from Sharon and just passed the information along. Enable It Forward. ;D

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  4. Femke, your creditcard will forgive you once you hold your precious Malden in your hands!

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  5. Oh, so thanks Sharon as well :D

    And Jotje, haha, I think so, too.

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  6. I have a question. Apart from the incredibly popular Malden that everyone is raving about, what is your favourite Filofax and why? Is it the colour, pocket placement, leather texture? Just curious?

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  7. @Saffy: I do love my Mini Malden, as well, but my all time favourite is my Personal Hamilton!

    I still love the brown colour, the oiled leather texture, and the - for me - perfect pocket placement. Plus: it's an all leather binder, which the successor Kendal isn't anymore :(

    I hope it will still last a long time :)

    All the best wishes and kind regards,
    Thomas

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  8. I have just finished my post on my blog about the love of my Filofax and I mention my very first Filofax that I ever owned. However, I cannot for the life of me remember it's name. I have searched on the net but it's obviously really hard without a name! So I am hoping that someone here could shed some light! It was a tan personal Filofax that was leather down the spine and suede on the front and back. The popper fastener was leather too. It had a zip pocket at the back and credit card slots in the front. That's it! Can anyone help because it is bugging me!! Thanks! x

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  9. @tommes-s-net: I can understand why it is your favourite, it really is lovely and looks so classic like it will go on forever and just get better with age. In fact, after seeing your Hamilton I bought the Kendal (I know a lesser product) for my brother. I can’t wait for him to see it. He was very impressed by the pics on the Filofax web site. And your mini Malden is just too cute. I think of all the Malden colours I prefer the Ochre.

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  10. I love my special edition pocket - it's black patent with crystals and silver accents. I got a black and silver index from Maudie over at Etsy and have just had her make me a plain black 12 set so I can write the months on in silver. This is my diary of choice that I carry around with me everywhere now. I'd have preferred a larger one on some ways, but knew it would never fit in my handbags.

    I have loads of others (even an Ivory personal that has never been used!) but I just want to use my pocket!

    I have a black Amazona in A5 which I also love, and I plan to use this on my desk for planning and lists etc. Has anyone found a way to increase the shine on the black amazona?

    I've always been a colour girl, but I seem to have gone all black recently!

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  11. I am new to using a filofax, I recently started using my personal domino. Thanks to all the wonderful people at philofaxy I learned how to use a filofax and am absolutely loving it.
    I would like to know which of personal filofax lie flat. My domino lies perfectly flat. It would be great if someone could tell me if chameleon/finchley/adelphi lie that flat.
    Thanks in advance.

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  12. @Alison: The SE Sounds lovely, would you be able to post photos? I too have a few yet to be used, perhaps I will change over with the seasons. I understand the 'fit into handbag' problem which is why I have a few slimlines. I love that I have a full personal sized page but not the weight issue.

    @littlethatlittlethis@ I believe that all three you mentioned lay flat.

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  13. My question is really lame, but here goes:

    Why are the holes slotted in the refills for the pocket Filofaxes ? The inserts that come in the Filo are the regular round holes.

    What gives?

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  14. I am just the opposite to Alison - I used to be all 'any colour so long as it's black' but now I crave colour - especially blues and greens and most especially turquoise.

    It was because of its vivid turquoise colour that I bought my Personal Finsbury in Aqua a couple of months ago. I had never owned a Finsbury before - I actually avoided them because I didn't think I would like the feel of the leather, but, much to my surprise, it is now my all-time favourite filo! I love the firmness of the leather, the neatness of its profile, the feeling that it is tough enough to stand up to daily use - my previous filo was the Finchley in Teal, but I never felt so comfortable with it as I do with the Finsbury. The Finchley has a slightly puffy texture and yet feels a bit flimsy too - sorry to any Finchley lovers - I expect some people really like its design, but after two years of on/off use, I just couldn't take to it. I haunted ebay, buying other filos - there's a whole boxful of them in my spare room right now! But as soon as I got the Finsbury I knew it was the right one for me.

    This has really made a difference to the way I use my filo, too. With the Finchley, I entered some information, but it never became 'the everything book' that I wanted it to be - I just didn't like using it enough to do that. But, in a much shorter time, the Finsbury already has much more of my life in it than the Finchley ever had. Before, the idea of using a filofax to organise myself was just that - an idea. Now, because I have the right filofax, it's become a reality.

    So to anyone who is still searching for the right filofax and wondering if the search itself is a waste of time, I would say, keep looking, it will make a difference to your life.

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  15. T, it's so they fit onto the personal rings if you ever need to put them in a personal filo! Try it yourself if you have a personal!

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  16. juliet your story is so inspiring!!

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  17. @T: I think it is so that they fit the old 4 ring pocket binders.

    @Juliet: I love your story too. It is exactly why I asked the question in the first place. I feel I am on a perpetual quest to find 'my' perfect filo.

    About 5 years ago I gave my brother a navy Finsbury which he used irregularly up until the past year, he now loves it. I was not too impressed with it because it didn’t lay flat, however, after use it does now. I want it back, he, he. I have now bought him the Kendal and no, I wouldn’t dream of taking the Finsbury off him.

    I love that you have found your perfect filo.

    Perhaps as someone suggested a couple of days ago from the NYC meet up, the Malden in cream, lush!

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  18. @PTS and Saffy:

    Thanks for the information!

    I was wondering because I usually order my paper refills in volume at a printer's, instead of buying the Filofax refills.

    I just got a pocket Guildford and was wondering if I needed to give special instructions to the printer for the holes. It seemed that the regular holes worked just fine, but I thought I might be missing something.

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  19. @ Saffy

    I'll try and do some photos when I get it set up properly with the new inserts.

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  20. WOW! I have just seen the post about 50% off at City Organiser!! I hot footed it over to their site & just placed my order for a crimson personal sized one. This is the third organiser I have bought this month! Earlier I bought a grey Pesonal Malden and yesterday bought a Personal Chameleon from WH Smith in Exeter at £32! But the Malden I think is my fav. So I'll sell the Chameleon now !!

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  21. I want to sell my Finsbury Mini which is in a light emerald/ grass green colour. Does anyone know what this colour was called as it seems to be discontinued? I will put it on ebay shortly once I have done the photo and sorted the colour name.h

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  22. HELP!
    I saw a beautiful Kendall Personal at WH Smith for a lovely price. Unfortunatly they don't accept orders from out of the UK.
    Now what? My parents go for a holiday to the UK, can they obtain it? Is there an alternative? Is there anyone in the UK who would like to help me and be the PO Box (which I would sincerally appreciate).
    And WH Smith should take orders from abroad off caurse.
    Thanks anyway

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  23. @Alison: the official color is Emerald!
    @Saffy: my personal Deco, because the leather it is so incredibly lush ...!
    On laying flat: we've had several posts about it, I believe Steve included it in the files section? If not: those Personal binders lay flat: Domino, Deco, Malden, Finchley, Chameleon, Kendal, Songbird and the other Fabric covered ones. And lots of the "old" ones (like Piccadilly, Winchester, Kensington etc.)
    @Jay Kay: I will start a quest soon to help you find the name. I love challenges like that!!!

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  24. @Alison; Thanks, I can't wait to see the photos. I think the green was called Emerald at least that is what it looks like from the French website and I think Laurie has the A5? I love green and would dearly love a filo in that colour but the mini's just don't work for me otherwise I would have bought it from you.

    @Edwin61: what country do you live in?

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  25. @Ms Jay Kay: Is it the Chester? Filofax UK have screenshots of some vintage catalogs on their page. Here is a shot of the Chester: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=396061503356&set=a.396060408356.173324.97875648356&type=1&theater#!/photo.php?fbid=404776288356&set=a.396060408356.173324.97875648356&type=1&theater&pid=4176775&id=97875648356

    Apparently it was made in two colour combinations.

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  26. Hey Edwin61 - what WH Smith branch did you see the Kendall in or was it on the website?
    Where about in the UK will your parents be & when?

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  27. @timmo55: this is where I bought the kendal for my brother from at 50% off.
    http://www.whsmith.co.uk/CatalogAndSearch/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductID=32784602

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  28. @Saffy I live in the Netherlands (pretty close to the Belgium border)

    @Timmo55 My parents will visit my uncle in Bournemouth by the end of May.

    It's all about the Kendall Personal Brown (I already have a A5 but I want to downsize and an Personal Black but I prefer brown) Think for an Ebay sale. Unlike many others I don't want to have a large collection of binders. Just one that suits me and is my walking memory ;-)

    I saw it all on http://www.whsmith.co.uk/CatalogAndSearch/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductID=32784602

    I'll see my folks in a couple of days. Anyway, help is welcome. So pitty that WH doesn't accept orders from outside the UK :-(

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  29. @edwin61: can you have it posted c/- to your uncles address in Bournemouth?

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  30. How about this one:
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Filofax-Kendal-Organiser-Personal-/280647474892?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item4157e49ecc

    £20!

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  31. WOW!!! That wasn't available when I bought mine.

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  32. @juliet.lima1022 Thank you for sharing your story! So glad you foudn the right Filo for you. It seems to always come down to one's individual preferences--as well it should!

    @Femke You will love your Malden. Worth every penny.

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  33. Can someone tell me the best shops to find Filofax steals in London? Pls add addresses so I can make a list. Planning on coming to London this summer for a short stay!

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  34. @Edwin61 - could your uncle place the order for you? Then your parents would bring it back with them when they return?

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  35. @Saffy -- my wife and I both have Classic A5 (mine in chocolate, hers in pink) and love them. A5 is too big for some but they work great for us as "everything" books. I don't have another Filofax as I don't like to split things up and worry about which planner something is in.

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  36. @ Jotje You are a star! Challenge completed! Just take a bow! Looked at the pix and I was transported to the day I bought that Filofax.... ahh magic! I posted a reply on my brand new blog! Thanks again x

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  37. @Saffy, I own about 10 Filofaxes but my all time favourite must be my pocket zipped Hamilton. I did the same as @juliet.lima1022, I hunted and bought from that wonderful site eBay until I came across the Hamilton. It is all leather and the smell is wonderful. I am trying to find a small slimline fountain pen to fit the pen loop, anyone any ideas?

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  38. @Femke - I ordered through Filofax USA site (very economical shipping to Canada vs UK and vs. Pens & Leather), but they take a loooong time.

    I have ordered the crimson. I usually default to black, black, black for bags, accessories, etc. but I loved the look of the crimson. Can't wait to see it "in real life".

    This is my first Filofax brand binder, but not my first ringed planned. I feel a monster in the making ... already I've been eyeing up pocket/minis to throw in my smaller handbag.

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  39. @Alison : I would be quite interested in the Mini Finsbury, except I don't do eBay. Is there another way for me to acquire it? Please email me with the details.
    Thanks!!

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  40. Here's a link to a photo of my green Finsbury A5:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/plannerisms/3783634767/in/set-72157623430927643

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  41. Edwin, I live just 20 mins from Bournemouth, in Poole. There is a big WH Smith at Castlepoint, Bournemouth,an out of town shopping complex, but very close to Bournemouth, which has a very good selection of Filofaxes.Worth ringing them to see if they've got it in stock, as will probably be close to your uncle's home. Also Beales in Bournemouth, John Lewis at Branksome, between Bournemouth and Poole, both have an excellent selection of Filofaxes.Any good???

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  42. PS @Edwin. Beales Filofaxes are in The Pen Shop, same company which Philofaxy are meeting up with in Edinburgh!!!

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  43. Does anyone have both a personal and A5 Kendal that could answer a question for me? I first bought the A5 Kendal, loved it except for one problem, the leather snap closer seemed too short - it's very difficult to close it even though the A5 is not full. A couple of months ago I got a personal Kendal and its strap was plenty long enough. The other day I decided to compare the straps and found that both my binders use the exact same length of strap, but the A5 of course is thicker with the larger rings, plus the seam on the back where it is sown in is further back from the edge. I'm wondering if this is how it is supposed to be, or if perhaps a mistake was made with my A5 and they used the wrong strap when sowing it. Can anyone compare the lengths of their straps and let me know if the A5 and Personal Kendal should have different lengths? Thanks!

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  44. @juliet Brilliant! Totally inspiring (and kind of enabling..:D) Thank you!!

    @Laurie "Enable It Forward" LOL!! :P

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  45. @plaitude: intriguing! I don't have an A5 Kendal, but I do have a Personal and A5 Finsbury, so I measured them up: the A5 strap is 1 mm wider and 3 mm longer than the one in the Personal. However, the Pers. strap is sown at 24mm from the edge, whereas the A5 strap is sown at 21 mm. The popper of the personal is at 23 mm from the edge, on the A5 it's 28 mm. Minor difference. But still differences!

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  46. SQUEEEEEEE! The mailman just delivered my Crimson Malden. It's so gorgeous! I yanked everything out of my DayTimer binder and put it into the Malden, but I will have to go through and sort out all the tabs and sections. It's a horrible mishmash of DT refills, FF inserts and pocket size Moleskine paper that I ripped out of other books and hole-punched. It is, quite frankly, an ugly mess. Can't work on it right now, but will do so this evening!!

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  47. @terriknits: Congratulations! The Malden is one piece of understated beauty that lives up to its reputation...and more!

    I also have a Malden and out of all my organizers, it's my favourite. Unlike the Ostrich or the Deco that suggest (and ARE) "glam" and "luxe" or the Metropol that says "youthful," the Malden has an understated elegance that hints of more. It can't be stereotyped because it has the possibility of being anything and everything.
    So in that regard, you could make it more blinged out with cotton cream everything, fun with colourful tabs, or down-to-earth with pics of loved ones. Its beauty and appeal are timeless. Kind of like Audrey H. and Katherine H. as opposed to I dunno, the Jersey Shore girls?

    Ooops...That love letter went longer than intended. I guess my mom really wasn't joking when she said that the first time I saw a Malden in person, it reminded her of Gollum caressing The Ring and softly saying, "My Preciouuuuuussssss...."

    Cheers!

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  48. Bit late to the party as been away on business...

    I never got on with a personal size filofax until I bought the Baroque. Really pretty and excellent pockets (almost identical to the Malden), plus the gorgeous embossing.
    I blogged about it here:
    http://paperpensink.blogspot.com/2011/04/personal-baroque-part-3.html

    I have also got the baroque in blue and I think I prefer the colour but am trying to hold off using it for a bit.

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  49. Just had excellent service from Filofax UK. They agreed to replace a slightly cracked cherry personal Classic. Unfortunately when the replacement arrived, the spine had become detached in the post.

    Before they sent out another one, I asked if I could have a personal Malden instead... crimson one arrived today & it's gorgeous! I'm such a convert that I'm going to sell my other 2 filos :)

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  50. @Alison:

    I have just sent you an email, hopefully it didn't end up in your spam folder.
    I noticed that my profile is hidden and you weren't able to see my email address.

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  51. I am so glad I found this site. So much information. I just bought 7 filos. I know I know. I have several things I want to do with them. I gave one to my daughter too. I just got all of my preprinted stuff but I am very interested in printing some custom ones for myself. I would love any info on the program they offer to do this from home. Hooked!!!!

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