01 May 2012

Free For All Tuesday No. 65

A misty Tuesday morning here in France, which makes a change from rain!

But I'm sure we will cut through the mist and be able to shine some light on your questions.... yes it's Free For All Tuesday so let's here all those Filofax related questions and answers.

29 comments:

  1. Just wanted to share my excitement. I have ordered an organiser from Glenroyal after reading Gerard's review back in December. Can't wait !

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    1. Look forward to hearing how you like it and how you set it up.

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  2. You might have noticed that the last couple of weeks or so, posts aren't always appearing on the blog when you might expect them to appear, yet they are still showing the time of 00:00 or similar.....

    This is due to an 'issue' with Blogger that it is not publishing scheduled posts at all. The issue is fairly wide spread across blogspot.com and it has been raised with Google, but so far no response from them or a fix for this issue.

    So although we still keep scheduling posts up to a week or two weeks in advance, it has to wait until one of us realises that the post for today hasn't been published and we go in and do it manually.

    Sorry for any disappointment that this causes.

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  3. sorry for the weather in France; send you some sunshine from Berlin/Potsdam as well as my appreciation about your work on adspots actuality! (lots of work, isn' it?)

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    1. A bit brighter here now... even a chance of cutting the lawn or should that me meadow by the end of today!

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  4. Pouring with rain here again in the West Midlands of the UK. Bit fed up with it now! Soggy dogs as well! Even they are objecting to going out in it!!

    Don't worry about the late posts Steve - we all appreciate your collective efforts to keep us all entertained with everything Philofaxy!

    Did anyone hear of the outcome of City Organisers meeting with filofax? They said they were planning to post an update but nothing has been forthcoming. Just interested on how the ideas went down!

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    1. West Midlands -that's me too! Constant rain combined with roadworks just outside the house - you'd think I'd be grumpy... but no.....I received my A5 Malden today. All is well with the world.

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  5. Good question Alison! I'd like to know too if you have any info Steve.

    I was just flipping through my old Filofax pages from awhile back and noticed the deadline for submitting designs for the Filofax design contest (which I never did enter). Has anyone heard anything about whether they did or will ever do anything with the winning designs? That contest had a lot of hype and then I never heard anything about it again.

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    1. I have a copy of the CO meeting notes, I will ask to see how much of it can be published.

      The US design contest, not heard a thing and I've asked a couple of times. I wonder it it got quashed by FF UK, not wanting to dilute the range even further?

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  6. Hello! I was wondering if anyone has used Uni-ball Jetstream ballpoint pens on Filofax paper and how that has held up? Thanks :)

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    1. After a few months, the Jetstream ballpoint show-through on the back side of the page has a slight greenish tint to it.

      The ink isn't waterproof either. My water bottle leaked on my bag and the ink (on foolscap paper, thankfully water didn't get into my Filofax) smeared.

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    2. Thanks Nicole. I saw a real nice Uni multipen at JetPens but i've never used their Jetstream ink.

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    3. I use the Jetstream RT Roller Ball as my main pen - I love it! - have been using it for a few years now. I have not had a problem with it and feel that it writes very nicely on the Filofax paper. If you're talking about the general ballpoint version though, I have not tried that one. I love the RT so much I emailed the company and requested different colors of this pen, but they still have only stuck with blue, black and red. If you want a ballpoint that writes like a gel, you might want to look into the RT.

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    4. The rollerball version is waterproof. It's odd - usually ballpoints (rather than rollerballs) are waterproof.

      I don't really rate it highly because here, I have other pens (at half the price) to compare it with. In Asia, Uni-ball is just one of the few hybrid (called oil gel or semi-gel) ballpoint pens out there that write smoothly with intense colour.
      http://www.faber-castell.com.my/products.php?sp=generalwritingandmarking&ssp=ballpointpens
      http://gsoftpen.com/index.php?view=prod&ref=14270&lang=en

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  7. I'm a one planner / one notebook person. If the planner doesn't work the way I want, I try to find a better planner next year.


    I would very much like to know what do you do with those refills and notebooks that are not quite right.

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    1. I keep them as "clutter" paper. I go through an amazing amount of clutter paper each month. Paper that generally is thrown in the trash, once I'm finished. It can be reminders like "call x" or quick little calculations. Things, simply, that I don't want to keep in a notebook/planner.

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    2. You'll find lots of ideas on this in a recent post at Plannerisms
      http://www.plannerisms.com/2012/04/what-do-you-do-with-half-empty.html

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  8. I would like to take this opportunity to add my thanks for the diary inserts.

    I have been using the 'Enhanced TM Week Per View' for my pocket Malden for a few weeks and it is just spot on. I don't really use it as intended but it suits me perfectly anyway.

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  9. Anyone familiar with the compact size? I am finding my slimline too slim and I think the personal size would be too bulky for my hand bag. Would love to find something in between but not sure if the compact would work or not, doesn't seem to be a very popular size.

    Thanks,
    Jennifer in Los Angeles

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    1. Hi Jennifer! I'm currently using a Luxe personal compact. It's still on its first week of "trial-run". But it's working fairly well so far. (My ideal Filofax would be something between personal size and A5 in paper size, though... ) but the compact size is ideal in that it isn't too bulky, yet still substantial. As a law student I really want to use the A5 size because it's a good size for university work/schedules. But it gets far too heavy. The personal size gets too bulky to fit in the book bag (or the law book's bag) and the slimline is far too puny. The personal compact size fits into my bags and doesn't weigh too much, although I have to carry around an additional notebook. I hope this was of some help and not just me rambling...

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    2. That does help Yu, thanks! I think I'm sold on a new Compact Filo.

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    3. I too use the compact (Regency). I have been using it since October. I love it! Like you, I was looking for something between the slimline and personal for just the reason you said - personal was too bulky and slimline not enough. If you want to see how much my compact holds, you can read about it here:
      http://wellplannedlife.blogspot.com/2012/01/2012-setup.html

      I also use a personal Malden for all of my extra information - it always stays home. You can read more about using the two here:
      http://wellplannedlife.blogspot.com/2012/02/at-home-with-malden.html

      Good luck!

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    4. Hi Jennifer!

      I use a compact Finsbury in raspberry and I love it. Here's a post of my setup:

      http://allthingsstationery.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/my-new-filofax-setup-with-diy-templates.html

      And this post contains a photograph of a comparison between the compact and personal in terms of size:

      http://allthingsstationery.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/my-new-gorgeous-filofax-but.html

      Hope this helps.

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    5. Thanks Lucy & Kanalt, great photos and set ups! I will be ordering my Compact Osterly in wine this afternoon, soooo excited!!

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    6. @kanalt: The idea of a Master/Satellite filo system is inspired! I've been toying with the same idea but couldn't quite put my finger on it. This cements it for me. I think the Filosophy videos talked about something like too. I'll work on doing the same thing.

      I'm still undecided between the Slimline and Compact. A Slimline I think may work now for a "satellite".

      @Lucylastic: I'm thinking I should have gotten the raspberry instead of the pink Fins. (:

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    7. @missjms - Oh, that binder is gorgeous! <3

      I would have loved a compact Finsbury (aqua) for the summer since it's such a bright and cheery color, but they probably never existed in the first place XD;

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  10. I am slightly going through a planner fail myself at the moment!!
    I am totally in love with my A5 but it is overstuffed, and is way too heavy to lug around. I still pick it up and fondle it with regret :((
    I borrowed my fathers old filofax personal that I bought for him in the 80's and have tried that for a month, but it is such a strange size, and the pages are so hard to design, with them being so narrow. I have now decided to try FC, and a friend in US has sent me an old one of hers that she no longer uses. I am really hoping that the extra little bit of paper width will help me to get along with a personal size. Will see how it goes!!! If not, it will be back to the A5, and put up with the shoulder aches lol

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  11. BTW I forgot to say, the leather on this binder is lovely, but it seems to have like hard card or plastic inside it, so it does not have any flexible quality about it, which is such a shame. It has a zip closure that I find nice to use, and useful arrangement of pockets, and VERY large pen loops. It does however only have the 23mm rings, and I am thinking I need bigger!!

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  12. Hi Laurie and Steve
    I wrote to Filofax about the design contest (because I entered it) and have never heard a word back. Don't know if they dropped it or just didn't reply but it would be nice to know. Is there a contact person? I would be willing to try.
    Erin

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