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20 April 2012

Free For All Friday No. 179

Looking at a few posts and items on line this week there used to be quite an industry making and selling Filofax Add-Ons. Not just paper ones either.

What would you like as an add on for your Filofax if you could get it made these days?

But as it is Friday you are of course free to discuss anything Filofax related.

46 comments:

  1. An appropriate topic this Friday for my question :)

    Has anyone ever tried/had any luck with using a filofax as a photo album?

    I've been looking for dry-mount albums recently and they're practically non existent outside of wedding albums. It occured to me I could try using an A5 with black card or some such arrangement. The personal size would be far nicer, but the majority of my photos are 6x4 and wouldn't fit.
    Anyone else had similar thoughts?

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    1. My initial thoughts are that you wouldn't be able to fit very many photos in each filo due to the thickness of the paper / card plus the photograph. I'd also worry about colour transfer from the card to the photograph over time. A quick google throws up Boots.com as having a couple which are plain black covers with a slot for your own picture in the front. Not weddingy IMO.

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    2. I bought some photo corners so I could do just that. I haven't got round to actually doing anything about it yet though...

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    3. Photos are really cheap if you wait until you have quite a few to print out. For instance, 200 or more uploaded to the Tesco website will only cost 5p each and are delivered free to the branch of your choice. So, why not print two of each pic, one for carefully storing away, and one for your filofax. If you do this, then you don't have to worry too much about the longevity of the pics in your filofax, and so you can just hole punch them. Hole punched 6x4 pics work really well in a personal sized fax, and it's quite a funky approach to displaying pics.

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    4. Thanks for your ideas everyone :) Much appreciated.

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  2. I would like some better stickers. I am guessing the ones from FF were supposed to help easily spot deadlines, appointments, etc? I don't think the ones FF make are really easily recognizable when glancing at the calendar (besides the red dots for docks app). They are very small as well. Not pretty, not clear to understand, not very helpful. It would be great to have something like these, but a little smaller: http://www.containerstore.com/shop/office/notebooks?productId=10032263

    The other add-on would be "today" page markers in different lengths. That way if you use more than one - like I do - they don't get all pilled up one behind the other making it harder to find the right page. I use these on my circa notebooks and really like it: http://www.levenger.com/Pagetemplates/Product/MorePhotos.asp

    Thats it for now :)

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    1. That last link was wrong, I meant this:
      http://www.levenger.com/PAGETEMPLATES/PRODUCT/Product.asp?Params=Category=326-329|Level=2-3|pageid=6798

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    2. If you are in the UK paperchase have some amazing stickers set up for filofaxes, have a look at my blog I have done a recent post with them in.

      Louise

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    3. Louise, how do we find your blog? Can't find a link in your profile ... :(

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    4. Sorry guys will have to look at that I'm

      Www.vintagegiraffe.blogspot.com
      I was on the Saturday reads a couple of weeks ago with it

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  3. Oooh now you've got me thinking! I'm sure I'll come up with some add-ons later. But for now your question reminds me of this: http://www.drawpilgrim.com/2010/12/to-diy-for-filofax-hacks-the-pen-case-pattern/ A pen case for fitting in you filofax! I'm sure it would be quite easy to make yourself!

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  4. It's about time Filofax made their own top tabs. Would be so much easier, and would give us an option of top or side, should we want to choose.

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  5. My favourite accessory is..........a pewter filofax personal hip flask :) I've never seen them sold since, but I definitely like it. More TODAY-style markers, such as a TO DO one. Top tabs for sure. Why do they insist on making us buy them from the web from other stores? Incredibly bad sales and marketing, Filofax. Could do much better.

    And as its free for all friday, I have a question that has been perplexing me for ages. What is the purpose of the 13-column matrix that comes in the Time Management pack? Its bugging me that I can't even find an explanation of it from a search engine. And if its included, I just *have* to find a use for it.......
    Answers on an electronic postcrd?

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    1. 13 columns, think of it as 12 months plus a total column, Like a manual spread sheet.

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  6. Ooh, how about an electronic timer that fits into the filofax for Flylady style task management?

    A question - What do you put in credit card slots if you don't keep credit cards in them?

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    1. Loving the electronic timer for Flylady idea :o)

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    2. I keep a pack of post-it flags in the credit card slots. I also keep business cards there until I have time to transfer the info into the address book.

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    3. Little photos, vouchers, stamps anything small enough really.

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    4. I have 3 USB sticks given to me by a company that are credit-card sized and the USB bit flips out. They stay put in my Credit Card holder insert and are always available. 24GB of storage, in my A5 filofax.

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    5. I'm going to see if I can get a very slim timer and hack myself a timer insert. :-D

      I've got a little filo collection going now, so stamps etc. are in my main A5 planner, cards etc. in my handbag filo, but I'm developing a sort of 'happiness/gratitude' type binder and feel sorry for the empty card slots. :-D

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    6. There are credit card sized knives and multi-tools. I've been thinking of sliding one of those into a card slot. Always good to have some utility tools handy on the go.

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    7. I keep my post-its, loose notes that need filing, and business cards in my Personal's card slots. I previously kept the bare basics of my bank-cards and ID in there, but ever since I bought the Malden small purse I've not looked back (it is the cutest little thing ever!).
      I also keep one of the Swiss Army's credit-card sized tools, as mentioned by indigogarden....the tiny scissors are a must for making my note paper 'slip on/slip off' the rings (my new favourite way to organise the less vital notes) when on the go.

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  7. I would like something i can attach onto a personal size filo to hold my iphone, or a binder that has something like this as part of the binder. One part of my job involves running very large conferences and trade shows. I am running around with both the filo with all my notes and my iphone in my hand. I have been trying to figure out a hack to make one for myself, but haven't had a really good idea so far.

    Also, sometimes i just need one or two sections from my personal size filo with me. There are small, simple personal filo size binders in stationary stores and on Amazon that are perfect for this. But they only come in vinyl. I like their simplicity. I wish i could find the exact item in leather. Or at least a more leather like vinyl.

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    1. What about some kind of hack using an iPhone armband for exercising attached round the front cover (or back cover!) of the binder do you can still open and close the binder. Should be quite easy to make something similar with fabric and Velcro or something similar to ensure a tight fit.

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    2. That is an excellent suggestion - thank you! I will be at an apple store later today and I will check out possibilities.

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    3. The filos with a full zip pocket on the right hand side fit an iphone

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    4. My A5 Finsbury holds my iPhone minus case, in the inside left pocket, which has a full length zip. I use it all the time for meetings, on vibrate.

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  8. I've been looking for better home-management inserts. I use a larger binder (A4 size) to keep pages where I can check off daily to-do's like wash dishes, fold clothes, etc and weekly to-do's like vacuum bedroom, mop kitchen, etc. I also use these pages to write out menus and shopping lists. I'd love to move this system to my smaller Filofax. I found a perfect set of (purple!!) inserts on DIY Planner, but they are A5 size and my Filofax is a personal size... I may upgrade just so I can use the inserts!!

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  9. Is there advice anywhere on how to fix the dreaded snagging ring problem, where they kind of dip in the centres and catch the pages? The vintage 'Fax I was given a few weeks ago has this problem, possibly due to misuse (it's at least 10 years old) and I only keep it half full as a result. I'm quite handy, though I don't have soldering gear - any tips?

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    1. Pliers to gently bend them back into shape. Cushion with a piece of material to avoid scratching rings.

      A little wax polished onto rings can improve paper movement quite substantially.

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  10. I am now the owner of a pocket Filofax Flex in the raspberry/pink color. It was calling to me yesterday from it's perch at Sam Flax in Atlanta and I couldn't resist. It was just so...well...cute. Now it's looking all smart and cute in my purse, resting alongside my purple pocket Finchley. But what shall I use it for? For now, it just has the notepad and jotpad inserts but I could always pimp it out. Any suggestions?

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    1. Shopping lists? Meal planning? If you always have your Finchley with you, carrying an extra Flex might be a little abundant...?

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    2. It is a bit much. But it was just so cute....

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  11. Hi everyone! Does anybody know if the Holborn is going to be released in any other colours? The current range includes black and brown.

    Thank you

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    1. have they discontinued the wine colour?

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    2. Hi Terriknits, I couldn't find the wine on the UK website or city organiser... I will search further, thanks for the tip.

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  12. This is what I would like for my A5 filofax:

    http://www.quiverglobal.com/

    I might get one for my birthday - the two pen one looks ideal - with two pen loops in my filofax that would give me room for 4 pens (all in different colours of course!)

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    1. Quivers are very handy. Beautifully made too.

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  13. Go for it Alison!! I adore my Quivers and 4 pens is a huge bonus for colour coding the Filofax diary. Handy.

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  14. I have just ordered the quiver for my A5, takes up to 4 weeks to get here thought it says (UK).

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  15. I've got a couple of these. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Leuchtturm1917-Pen-Pencil-Loop/dp/B0050GTWM6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334946130&sr=8-1

    Not stuck them on yet, lots of possibilities.

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  16. I love these. Have one in my Malden, always amazes me how they never come un stuck.

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  17. Lurker and admirer here. I was wondering how similar this year's blue Finsbury is to the old Aqua one. Any comparison photos would be appreciated, or even a description of how they differ. Thanks!

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  18. Would love to see some inserts specifically catered to bloggers. A blogpost planner and ideas pages to go with my month to an opening in my Raspberry Metropol would be fantastic .

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