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14 June 2011

Free For All Tuesday No. 19

We get some great questions posed in this now regular feature on the blog. Don't stop asking the questions, I think we all learn from them.

So what questions do you have for us this week.....

35 comments:

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  2. OK, I don't know what I just did but I'm re-posting.
    Hello everyone. I have a question and can't seem to find the answer on the Filofax websites. I love the gold rings in my Siena cannelle filofaxes (I have an A5 and pocket). I'm wondering if there are any other binders with gold rings. Thanks in advance.

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  3. Hello,
    I have just recently discovered the Filofax and am getting my first one this week. I have read many posts on this and other sites and have seen a lot of reviews, however, I have yet to see something about the Cuban, which is the one I've chosen (Personal, in chestnut). Does anyone out there have one that would care to share their thoughts?

    I was really amazed to find this entire Filofax community out there. I am totally hooked, obsessed and possessed!

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  4. http://www.filofax.fr/store/organiserdetails.asp?sizeId=3&rangeId=113&dsizeId=3

    The Panama which is available from France has gold rings.

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  5. @kpreddie - a regular reader, Rori, has a zip Cuban and did a post on it here

    http://www.rorirants.com/2011/04/my-filofax-my-love.html

    Rori also did some great videos too.

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  6. @usexpat - I have an Ivory Panama which comes with gold coloured fittings. I'm not using at the moment, but am loath to part with it as I really love the gold fittings also! I wish we could choose when ordering! Some filofaxes really lend themselves to the silver coloured fittings (like the deco) but others would, I think, look great with either.

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  7. I can't believe this but I am still playing around with filofax binders and sizes. I'd really like to have just one binder for work and home (which the A5 is perfect for), but it really is too large to carry around when not working (fine for a briefcase but I think too large for handbag). What do others do? Do you have separate binders for work and home, and what about the size issue? Should I just buy bigger bags?

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  8. @Alison - I also have the Pearl Panama (amazing effect isn't it?) such a lovely binder it is my stay at home 'master copy'. Wouldn't it have looked nice if they carried the pearl through into the inner part of the binder? Perhaps not practical though.

    I have a work only binder because when I am not working I don't want to have constant reminders of work tasks. When I zip it up my days work is done and I won't refer back to it until work starts again. I work from home so think it is important to define/separate work and home life.

    I am never going to be a one life one binder kind of girl.

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  9. @Alison Reeves. I have an A5 and find it is the best Filofax for me. I have recently purchased a briefcase which looks like an oversized handbag, and takes the A5and big enough for school marking and paperwork. Perfect solution for me. I have a philofaxy question..... my graphics have worn very badly on the top of the spine and leather strted to tear. Have now invested in A5 Finsbury. Does the Finsbury wear well????

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  10. I hate to say that I'm teetering on the brink of Planner FAIL, but it's close. My personal Malden is awesome for, well, personal stuff, but it's not giving me enough room per day for my work items. I had thought that I could combine the two, but the past week or so has shown that it's not working out.

    I had the daily pages and they weren't big enough for all my work crap. I've since swapped them out for the WO2P that came with my Malden and have been using a separate notebook for work info. I don't know if I'll get a separate FF for work. I don't need to have tabbed sections, more like I need a chronological log book set up.

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  11. Thanks Saffy, I'm not sure how I missed that one.

    I agree Alison, it's a small detail but for me, I love to open up my binder and see the gold - it's a warm color.

    Lisa

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  12. I keep a work A5 for my work (teacher) as I don't want to lug those around with me everywhere. I take it home occasionally, but not daily.

    My personal crimson Malden is my appt keeper, personal to dos, personal goals, etc. I keep my work goals and plans in that A5 as combining these worlds is too much for me. I tried that but quickly realized I did not need to tote home to do lists that can only be completed at school. Likewise why brainstorm a shopping list over my lunch and keep in my work binder--list needs to travel with me easily.

    My latest plan is to use:
    --pocket Malden as wallet/shopping lists/personal appointments
    --personal Malden as Everything personal/family to dos
    --bronze snake A5 Domino for work

    I have more Filos with different purposes. Guess I need to get blogging!

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  13. Which would be good matching momma-daughter organizers? Deco in ruby or Osterley in plum (when it comes out)?

    My momma's going back to finish her Ed.M--something she didn't finish because I was born--and I want to give her something special. Since we're both going to be grad students, perhaps having matching organizers would be a nice way to say that I'm so proud and happy we're doing this journey together.

    What do y'all think? Any suggestions?

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  14. How lovely, matching organisers for College!! Love that idea!

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  15. Kpreddie - I have a Cuban in Chilli Red, A5 Zipped, the feel of the leather is SO soft and lovely to touch, but it can scratch as its very soft leather :-) Beautiful tho and lovely to use!

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  16. @Saffy - Yes the pearl effect has to be seen - I doubt it photographs well. I rather like the way they have matched the inside - its a sort of toffee/caramel colour leather - looks really fab with the gold! Another plus is that the pen loop has a tiny bit of elastic at the back making it easier to use your choice of pen. The only thing I'm not keen on is the fastener and the fact that a second pen loop would be useful. If anything I sort of prefer this to the Ivory Deco (my Ivory Deco is still boxed so I think I may sell that one).

    I work from home also and it is an interesting comment you made about keeping work and home separate - this is something I have a problem with so will ponder that one!

    @Ocs - I tend to carry a handbag and a briefcase or laptop bag with me when I am out on business, which is not that often so I have not problem carrying it then, it's really when on personal business it seems too large to carry.

    @terriknits - I have always had what I call a 'day book' This is an A4 notebook (I make sure it's one I really like) and I put all my notes, meeting notes, phone messages etc in there for work. I only use the one so it's easier to find something I am looking for. Sometimes I have been known to colour code - I met someone who told me that they alternated about three coloured pens and mentally when they were looking for a note they had made, they could usually remember what colour pen it was written in which made it easier to find!

    @Sandra - I like your plan - I have a pocket I use for an everyday/personal diary to carry around, but I guess that and a shopping list is probably all I need when out and about and I could use a personal for my personal lists.

    @Uncheckedother - what a fab idea! Your Mom would treasure that. I am a big fan of the Amazona which have been on offer here in the UK - lovely binders at a good price. I haven't seen the Osterly yet, but I gather it is very like the Amazona - this would probably be my choice. I like the Deco to look at but the large rear pocket annoys me as it takes up too much space in the binder and I don't have much of a use for the pocket so it remains empty!

    Hope I haven't missed anyone out - thanks for all your comments.

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  17. @AlisonReeves: From the looks of things, I believe my mom would like the Amazona over both the Deco and Osterley. I just e-mailed her pics of both, and she said she preferred the Osterley design...even more so if it came in red! So alas, the matching thing is not to be, since I've got my heart set on the Deco ;o)

    @Butanben: My late da gave my momma a Filofax and a fountain pen when she graduated from uni, so it's just fair to continue the Filofax lovin' in our family!

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  18. @usexpat
    If you're not totally married to the Filofax brand, Kate Spade binders have 14k-plated gold hardware. They come in sizes that are equivalent to Filofax Personal and Pocket sizes. You obviously don't get the Filofax cachet with KS, nor do you get the wide selection of styles, but it's something to look at if you're seeking more golden varieties. :)

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  19. @Uncheckedother I am sorry to hear of your loss. I think matching Filos is so sweet. The Malden style is my fav and comes in a lovely shade of red (crimson). I love that plum Osterley's color--the purple Finchley is also a lovely color and the leather is very, very nice. :)

    @alisonreeves I struggle with carrying too much info in duplicate and/or right information, wrong place. I hope this system will meet my needs, and maybe yours! I separate work, home, and dissertation work physically and mentally to maintain some semblance of sanity. ;)

    Nice to see all of you on the blog today! Off to enjoy this ridiculously beautiful weather.

    Take care.

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  20. Useexpat,

    Aspinals have gold rings in some of their binders, depends upon colour. Executive size uses a5 paper and the holes match filofax's.

    Diarpell, under "create your own", sell gold ring mechanisms.

    http://www.diarpell.it/hobby-e-cartonaggio_en.asp?h=1

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  21. @Sandra: I've actually joined the Cult o' Malden ;o) The leather is so buttery soft and the smell is so intoxicating. Who knew buffalo could be so luxe and tender? The Malden's like The One Ring to my Gollum! It began as my personal organizer, but since I'm teaching this summer, it has slowly morphed into the teaching organizer.

    @AlisonReeves: Theoretically the personal is the ideal size, but in application...dude. My Malden has an overstuffed burrito aesthetic and easily weighs as much as my A5 Domino (the stay at home Filo), so sometimes I take it instead.

    I'm vertically-challenged, so messenger and cross-body bags tend to have awkward lengths no matter the adjustment. I normally carry hobos and a structured tote. Both have thick straps that don't dig into my shoulder painfully.

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  22. I need to make sure that work and home Filofaxes don't clash, ie that I don't double book. So find one filo the best solution. It's so hard to find THE BEST solution isn't it??

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  23. @Alison that is exactly the question that I have been trying to answer for myself. I have a Personal Domino which is now too heavy for me to carry around as I have some issues with my hands and arms. So I bought a Pocket and a Mini to check out which one will work best. So far I am using the Finsbury Mini as a wallet. Still working on the others.

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  24. I'm still dabbling with getting a filofax, but everyday I'm on this site makes me want one more and more. Also did you see this (blog planner printables on My Girl Thursday from Draw Pilgrim ---> http://www.mygirlthursday.com/2011/06/getting-blog-organized-with-printables.html

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  25. I have the A5 Cuban in chestnut. It is beautiful!! I love it.

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  26. As a lover of all things Union Jack, I MUST own the new Union Jack London 2012 Filofax. Does anyone know whether/when they'll be for sale on the Filofax UK website?

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  27. Thank you Stirwise and Scoot, I'm going to look into these.

    Lisa

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  28. *pokes head up from out of hole in ground*

    WHAT?!?! Union Jack Filofax???? I MUST HAVE ONE!!!

    Where would one procure such a thing??

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  29. Laurie,

    I don't think they have been released yet. They are shown in the paper catalogue, I will scan in the pages and email them to you.

    Steve

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  30. OH my gosh. Thank you Steve!

    I'm gonna be elbowing people out of the way to get my hands on one of these!!

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  31. Aargh!!! Seen 4 more that I may no be able to live without and now they're doing a Union Jack one- must...have...it... Woohoo!!!

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  32. @Steve - Can you give us a peek at those new models in the paper catalog that are making people gasp?

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  33. Hi all, good to see the excitement for the new Union Jack filofax about to be released. I am a filofax fan from way back and have a 2005 Limited Edition United Kingdom organiser sporting the Union Jack on its cover. It was presented to me as I used to run a store dedicated to selling Filofax here in Australia. Its absolutely stunning. They only made 250 of them and this is number 102. Pretty swish and very exclusive. It has never been used sadly as I am aware of it's rarity. I was wondering if anyone has seen these before or anywhere else? Will do my best to get some images together to show it off. Cheers from downunder.

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  34. Have added a pic of the United Kingdom model as my profile pic. Hope this doesn't make too many of you envious. Go the Union Jack.

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  35. Now that is exactly what I had in mind!

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