23 August 2011

Free For All Tuesday No. 29

So are we really solving your Filofax problems? Is there something more we could do to help you out?

Don't be afraid to ask via email and we can pose your question or problem for you, without saying who is asking.

30 comments:

  1. I am just really curious about the pocket is there nayone out there who has like done a transition blog between a personal and a pocket? x

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  2. Has anyone tried the Frixion highlighter pens?? They are supposed to rub out like the Frixions, but mine just seem to have made a smudgy mess, and I've had to replace diary pages. Wondered if anyone else has the same problem with them?? I find Thomas's idea of highlighter pencils much better to use, as they have a sharp point for neatness and can rub out.Highlighter pencils are now available on Amazon UK too I've discovered.

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  3. @Imy - try Loulou's blog here.

    http://louloudorsetsmusings.blogspot.com/

    She wrote about the downsizing challenge back in Jan and has had a few updates since.

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  4. Imy... shhhhh something special coming on the blog tomorrow... but don't tell anyone will you....

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  5. I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all the Malden enablers out there, or anyone who has done a post on their Malden....I just got my personal size Malden and I am in love!! It really is as good as everyone says. :)

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  6. has anyone seen the regency up close and personal? i'm quite intrigued by this piece - it seems to have outer pockets that would work with the flex system as well as a "notepad pocket" that seems too small for a regular filo notepad and seems more suitablly sized for flex integration. the holborn also seems to have this outer pocket feature...but of course there is no writeup on these sorts of integrations...on the next london meet-up if someone could please take pics (especially of the regency) i'd be most greatful for the eye candy!

    imy - i have done a personal to pocket transition blogpost somewhere...in april i think. every 2 months i seem to be jonesing for something new although i'm digging the compact the most so far. just want a new binder - imagine that hence regency curiosity (ro and her ostrich really left an impression heh heh)

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  7. @Butanben - thanks for the tip for highlighter pencils. I've been looking for some!

    I took delivery of Filo #5 last night. A beautiful A5 Raspberry Finsbury which I'm planning on using for my recipe collection and general cookery bits. Of course I'm now already planning Filo #6 :-D

    Philofaxy should come with a warning about being bad for your health and your wallet!!

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  8. No they are good for your health! Unless you find the obsession unhealthy. Definitely bad for your wallet though! ;D

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  9. @butanben - I have the FriXion highlighter pens. I haven't had any smudging problems, but I haven't used them a lot. I'll use them today and get back to you with a report.

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  10. @ imy (and others interested). I recently went back to pocket after a 10 month Personal trial. I am SO happy to be back with pocket because for me I love the square chubby shape. I do however think that the pocket size is not for everyone. I use WO2P (1 years worth). I also have 2 address sheets (no A-Z tabs), a few finance sheets and to-do and then note paper divided into tabs. My rings are pretty much full. This means that people who carry more or like the DPP or 2DPP may find that they cannot get much else in the filo or they cant put in a whole year.

    I am happy with the swap back and I am not wondering what on earth made me move to personal in the first place. (I think it was the larger selection of inserts and a bit of I want what everyone else has)
    However, I was finding that apart from the WO2P and the to-do lists I was only using 30% of a note page and then would always start a new page, so I was carrying alot of extra paper and wasting alot of paper too. This is mainly what made me realise that I did not need personal size.

    On that note, I ONLY use my Filo for myself, not work/family/kids etc. I also use the WO2P cotton cream (or Professional in German range) with the this week box above monday to a) give each day equal space and b) give me space to write to-dos on the week.

    I dont have my own blog and my writing is not brilliant but I would be happy to make a post on someones blog with more details and pics etc.

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  11. I'd also be interested in the Regency compact: leather quality, feel, build quality and overall appearance.

    It's unfortunate that you have to spend this kind of money to acquire a small leather planner with the kind of quality leather the Regency appears to have. I haven't seen anything in the Filofax range for a very long time that might compete, although there has been alot of prettier ones. It doesn't seem right.

    I find if I use a slip in telephone book or notebook the thinner Filofaxes are much more flexible and have a higher capacity in minimal space.

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  12. I have been operating well with a pocket but have on occasion considered a personal would give me a bit more breathing space. I can get a great deal on a personal Kendal right now and am wondering whether it would be good to get this while I can (if I had a dream personal it would be the Kendal) or am I just setting myself up for a pocket-fail?

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  13. mstraat- I need to have another larger binder to keep extraneous notes and information. I've chosen a Classic(A5) for this purpose. I only use my pocket for planning and reference essentials, it keeps me more focused. I do not think the personal would be incompatible with your pocket if you use it for a different purpose.

    I really like the Kendal too. I think my pocket Kendal is my favourite binder, it's so pleasing to use and special- hard to explain. I don't know if the personal would have the same appeal, I don't have one.

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  14. Hello! I would like to use one of my Filofaxes as a travel guide, has this been discussed? I'd appreciate some links and ideas. Many thanks.

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  15. Hi A! I use a personal Domino as my Scotland guidebook with tabbed sections for each region and each city, a section for maps and the A-Z tabs for contacts, business reference etc.

    I posted a little bit about it here: http://philofaxy.blogspot.com/2009/07/alternative-filofax-uses.html

    and you can see some photos in my Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/plannerisms/sets/72157622035170176/with/3819555805/

    The last few photos in that set are the most useful to see how I've set up my tabs, and some examples of information I write in the pages.

    Let me know if you want any more info on setting up a Travel Filo!

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  16. Why can't the Filofax website in the US have a review of product like they do in the UK?

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  17. Has anyone alse tried the Collins Debden organiser lined notepaper? I found some 'Personal size' stock for sale in a job-lot, and sacrificed two to test for fountain pen bleed. PR2020 (2001) no bleed at all, even with a broad nib, but with PR2007 (2007) there is faint bleed through but not too bad. May be worth a try for fountain pen users?

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  18. Hi Laurie, what a wonderful post (and pictures!). Thanks very much for linking it, I really enjoyed reading it.

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  19. I have a ring question. Is there a difference in the binders from the US Filofax site to the UK filo site? i.e. Looking at the A5 Kendal on the US site, it says the rings are 1". On the UK site, it says the rings are 30 mm (which is 1.25"). Is it just sloppy metric conversion by the US site, or are the rings actually smaller?

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  20. Terri-The A5 Kendal has the larger rings (1.25) in the USA.

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  21. Thanks, Savannah. I actually ended up going with an A5 Cuban (non-zip) because the price was just too good to pass up.

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  22. me again - Free for All Thursday? LOL! I want to get some papers ready for when my new A5 arrives, but I can't find anything that says what the hole spacing is on the A5 pages. Are they the same as the personal - if I put a personal size page over an A5, would the holes line up and the spacing be the same, just that the A5 would be longer and wider than the personal??

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  23. @butanben, I did a little write up on the FriXion highlighters here http://filofaxfixation.wordpress.com/2011/08/25/frixion-highlighter-and-2012-filofax-refills-and-an-a5/

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  24. @Terriknits
    If you want to work out the spacing of the A5, it is almost the same as the personal (except, as you say, wider and longer). Personal pages will fit in an A5 if you snip the bottom corner off.
    On the A5 paper in front of me, starting from the top and measuring to the centres of each hole...
    the 1st hole is at 32 mm
    the 2nd hole is at 51 mm
    the 3rd hole is at 70 mm
    the 4th hole is at 140 mm
    the 5th hole is at 159 mm
    the 6th hole is at 177 mm

    As you can tell, they have the same 19mm apart spacing as the holes in the personal, but with a bigger gap in the middle!

    Does that help with what you wanted to know??

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  25. @Terriknits
    Check out Steve's post here:
    http://philofaxy.blogspot.com/2010/09/can-i-fit-a5-page-in-to-my-personal.html

    As they say, pictures are worth 1000 words - especially when trying to describe this!

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  26. @amanda - oh THANK YOU so much!! This is exactly what I was trying to determine. My google-fu became google-fail last night. (It's been a hard week.) And thanks for the pointer to Steve's post. Yay! This is why I LURVE Philofaxy!

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  27. @terriknits. Thanks for the Frixion highlighter post. xxx

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