13 July 2012

Free For All Friday No. 191


I was quite surprised by the negative attitude some people get when they are seen to own more than one Filofax personal organiser, remember the old saying though 'Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me'  Yes something my late mother taught me when I was being bullied at school.

Personally I think it's envy, we are being different by using paper rather than going along with the herd of only using electronic gadgets. Not that we don't use electronic gadgets ourselves, but we have found what works best for us. People might pock fun, but just ignore them, don't let them persuade you to change. 

I've found more people that look at it in a positive way myself. Sure I get a few people joke about it, but they are quickly silenced when I tell them about Philofaxy and how popular it is!

So let us not dwell on that topic, after all it's Friday and you are free to discuss anything Filofax related.

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  1. On that topic of people carping about Filofax/shoe/whatever collections, maybe because I'm older and thick-skinned, I find telling people "Oh yes, I'm dead selfish, terrible but it's just who I am!" shuts anyone up, so I always make sure to own up to it whenever I sense a conversation is about to turn judgemental...

    If people try to shame you by implying something, and you just throw it in their face, they usually haven't got anywhere to go from there!

    Trying to please and justify ("Look how good I am, I never buy X, Y and Z") only feeds the problem and perpetuates the critics' happy little notion that they get to sit in judgement on you - don't feed the monster!!

    And remember, Haters gotta hate - as I believe the kids say..

    JMO. ;o)

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  2. "I don't believe it affects you, but if it does, tell me how and we'll discuss it. Otherwise, it makes me happy, so get over it and leave me alone." If they've been really unpleasant you can add, "Find someone else to bully." and watch their face.

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  3. Different topic! Have you ever given someone a Filofax as a gift, may be someone who uses a non-Filofax organiser or may be a normal paper planner.

    I'm thinking of donating one of mine to someone but I'm not sure yet what their reaction will be yet...

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    1. I gave one to my best friend. She loves the colour green and I found a lovely.... and unusual personal green Metropol in TK Maxx a couple of Christmases ago. I was wary that I may be sending the message "Get organized!!!" which of course I wasn't.... and I certainly didn't want to cause offence as she is one of my best pals and one of life's super organized even without a diary people!!! But I needn't have worried.... she loved it, because she had never owned a Filofax before, and because she knows all about my Philofaxy hobby, understood why I had given her that gift in particular. I only wish I had made her some home made inserts and wrapped those separately too. Hope that helps you decide.

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    2. I gave two Filofax gifts - a personal Kendal from my own collection to a friend who wants to be organized but never seems to have the time to get there. I can almost guarantee nothing happened to it - it's probably sitting around somewhere unloved. Should have passed it along to a real filo lover. Then I bought an a5 domino for another friend - she got it all set up the way she wanted it. I don't know if it gets used beyond that or not. I'm going to think positively that it does...

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    3. I just some Filofax off of ebay with gifting in mind. Really! A pocket Cham for a friend and a pocket Malden for another friend.

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    4. I gave my old personal Domino to my mom when I upgraded to a Malden. She isn't much of a planner person but for almost a month, she was habitually saying "Oh I know, I can put this in my Filofax!" or "I forgot where I put that piece of mail, but then I remembered I put it in my Filofax!" It was sort of nice to see I had passed the obsession along, but now, I believe it's sitting in a basket in our living room. I just feel too guilty to ask for it back.

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    5. Steve, I gave my Dad a burgundy Winchester. I knew he already loved stationery, but I still wasn't 100% sure either what his reaction would be. I did ask him a couple of times if he was really sure he loved it :)

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    6. I have given my mother, my sister and my best friend each one and they loved them. They don't all use it for the same things, but I think that is the best part. I even managed to hook my mom in to the point that she bought one for her friend lol.

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    7. I recently purchased a pocket Metropol as a Christmas gift to my sister. She has complained that the FC binder that she is using is too heavy and thick. I can't wait to introduce her to the "wonderfulness" of FF! I say, "Go For It, Steve!"

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    8. I recently gave a work colleague three of my filos (different sizes)as she has admired mine in the past and she is now a very happy bod and loving having filos to keep all her routines and organisational stuff in. I think she may need another A5 shortly for work :o) Do it!!! :o)

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  4. Question: after my recent switchover, I ended up with a spare personal binder (Active zip) that I plan to keep computer data in, eg coded passwords, simple repair procedures, license keys, things like that.

    I'd also like to keep a few pages torn from computing magazines, which have various procedures that are too long to memorise or write out, can anyone suggest a reasonably tidy way of doing this?

    They don't needs to be laid out so I can read them, they'll probably only be accessed every few months, and I could just shove them into a clear envelope or custom version, but thought I'd ask if any of you Filofax whizzes have any better ideas first!

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    1. I have some magazine articles stashed away in a Filo or two myself. I cut them down to the smallest size possible while still keeping all the text. Then I folded it over probably 3 a 5 times, leaving enough space at the edge to punch. And that's it! I do have a separate section for these articles, at the back of the filo since they tend to be a little bit larger than the regular personal size paper.

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  5. I have just bought a fold out vertical year planner, the one with long thin rectangular boxes, which pulls out like an accordion, ie is tri- fold. WH Smith had the 2012 ones on sale for 99p!!! Being one for a bargain, I bought it, thinking how useful!! Now I don't know what to use it for and wonder if others find this useful and therefore synch more than one diary, ie daily, monthly, yearly, etc in their filos??? Or are folks just one diary people?? Any novel and interesting ideas for using my pully outy diary bargain????

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    1. I've found the best way to use these is graphically rather than trying to squeeze words into the boxes. Using highlighter pens, you can use this in the way people use a wallchart, blocking out holidays or other significant periods, marking key project deadlines or other important dates.

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    2. I always just enter a single word, usualy where I'm physically going to be on a certain day (e.g. 'London', 'Bristol' etc) - that's usually enough to remind me of the 'whole story'....

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    3. Ahhh.... thanks Ray and David!! Colour coding and/or single words are the way to go then. I wondered how people use this insert, as the boxes are pretty small.I already use the square boxy horizontal one to block out holidays, sick leave, training days, etc etc in colour coding.Thanks folks. xx

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    4. @Butanben: I use the 'single word' too and use it for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, key dates (ie: MOT), when I'm on call, school holidays and my band's concert dates. It just gives me a quick overview and I can use it to plan a date that goes beyond the amount of diary I have in my Filo at the time. I colour code the entries too but using coloured pens rather than highlighters.

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    5. My next blog post will include how I use my different diary inserts... hm... a somewhat rambling answer (it's very late, so I am sorry for any grammar inconsistencies):

      In my personal filofax I have a year-fold-out (what are they called anyway?) where you only have a tiny line to write stuff on. That's only good for seeing where in the month/year I am. But it gives a really good overview of six months. :) I also use the month on two pages (boxes) to track deadlines and count down to exams etc. (or "Flight XX to YY"). I use the week on two pages for detailing the month on two pages (boxes) and when it lacks space, I use the "detailed projects" part of the note-taking section of my filofax.

      So... basically it "zooms in". This is my desperate attempt to be able to use a personal instead of an A5 on a daily basis. My back will love me if this works during the fall semester as well. Otherwise, I'll have to get another "book-box" in the university library... -_-;

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    6. Um. Forgot to write that I jot down key events in the "6 month view". :)

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    7. Thanks Lucy and Yu- appreciate your help. xx

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    8. I have these for 2012 & 2013. As someone above said, I use them color-coded with highlighters, one colour for when we are all on holiday, another colour for when the children are off school (& we therefore need child care!)
      A third colour for family & friend's birthdays.

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  6. Hi,

    Does anyone know if its possible to get scratches and scuffs out of a ochre Malden?

    Thanks in advance x

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    1. I like my ochre Malden a bit scratched up....looks like I may occasionally use it (which I do!)

      However, the scratches on the screen of my BlackBerry (keys and phone, same pocket, big mistake, don't go there) don't enhance it at all.

      Another win for paper based systems over electronic - result!

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    2. Screen scratches may polish out - a TINY bit of metal polish and a very soft cloth. Any coating will be lost, but the scratches already did that!

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    3. I want to emphasis I'm talking about screen scratches. Don't be rubbing Brasso into your Filofax.

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    4. I dont mind it either, it looks like it has a bit of character! But i've downsized to a pocket so im trying to sell it and i think the pictures with scuffs on are putting buyers off.

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    5. Isn't it the case that anything which has real class will look better as it ages, whereas anything which has no class will just look worn? :)

      Filofax 1 BlackBerry 0, je pense.......:)

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    6. I bought a used Ochre Malden and it had a few scuffs on it. As a bit of an experiment I suppose I managed to reduce their visual impact by using a little bit of brown wax shoe polish on a soft cloth and rubbing it in to the areas and then the surrounding areas. It bought up the shine to the damaged areas without making them so obvious.

      It also keeps the leather supple.

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    7. This stuff is fantastic on leather and improves the look of scuffed surfaces significantly.

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    8. Steve, on a more general 'maintenance' level, I would think neutral leather shoe cream would make an excellent way of maintaining the suppleness of the leather

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    9. I'd have thought the Ochre Malden would look better with a few scratches, adds to the vintage effect!! Personally i've given over bothering about scratches on any of my Filofax(es), at the end of the day their there to be used.

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    10. Yes David, I've used some AutoGlyn Leather Care cream for a while now, I had it already for the leather seats in the car!

      But any neutral leather care cream will certainly do the trick.

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  7. Good tip with the Brasso Ray - I'll try that.

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  8. I bid for a Filofax and won it. Exterlunt!! Then I gets a message from Ebay telling me that the seller won't post to Australia and that the transaction has been cancelled. And that was for an old Hamilton Zip. Wasn't very impressed.

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    1. Would it be possible to get them to ship it to a friendly Philofaxy reader in UK (assuming it is in UK) and then get them to post it on to you at cost?

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    2. John - to be fair to the seller, the advert did say "Postage £2.50 United Kingdom" and he/she had excluded all other countries in the postage/ shipping section. I've found that it always pays to ask a question before the end of bidding in these sort of situations. I guess that with a single winning bid for the Filofax of £4.99, he/she isn't minded to be flexible!

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    3. If you are prepared to pay the extra postage to me via paypal and can get the vendor to reinstate the sale and post to me in the UK I can help you out there. email me on studioconway (at) gmail (dot) com when you have contacted the vendor

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  9. I gave a Filofax as a gift about two years ago and I rather suspect that despite all the lovely words, it was probably chucked in a drawer somewhere and promptly forgotten about it. That was a Pink Metropole - personal.

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  10. Don't know Steve, just got very cheesed off when the transaction was cancelled and yes it was in the UK. I couldn't believe it - I won and got the "Congratulations" emails followed by a request to cancel the transaction because the seller won't post it to Australia. Oh well, back to Pens and Leather :o)

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    1. If in the listing they'd said they would post worldwide, then you can pursue them through eBay's complaints process. If, on the other hand, they'd restricted the locations they'd post to, there's nothing you can do except shrug and resolve to check the listing for this next time.

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  11. I just bought a compact osterley. I have been going back and forth on that for the past few weeks, but I just decided to go for it. I'm excited and can't wait until she arrives!

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    1. Yay for you! I have thought often about one but haven't pulled that Filofax trigger yet. :)

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    2. Oooh! Exciting! :D I just put two, a personal and an a5, grey (possibly brown) Osterlys on my birthday wishlist. XD;

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    3. As of this morning, she has shipped! She should be here by this time next week. I already have BIG plans for her (and some surprises for all of you). Woo hoo!

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    4. So exciting! Can't wait!!

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  13. I have an unexpected gift card from Amazon, and I'm thinking of buying a personal Malden. I saw one in person, and GASP! It is awesome. I currently have a personal Chameleon, and wonder if there is any difference in size and weight? I currently have a great bag set up, and the Chameleon fits perfectly in the front pocket.

    Was also debating the Holborn vs. Malden, but I'm off to research that question. Love Philofaxy, but my wallet has suffered ;)

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  14. Does anybody know where I can find a Brown Compact Chameleon? I have it in red and find it is the perfect wallet/purse for me, its just I would prefer a brown. I have searched the European filofax sites but nothing there though I did see an A5 Domino in Snake which I had to buy as reduced to £25!

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  15. We have lots of posts about how many filofaxes people own but I am curious - what is the highest number of filofaxes someone has in actual use all at the same time and what do you use them for? iam off to the gym now (toting my health Filo containing workout logs etc) but will be back to confess my total later once I (hopefully) have some caomaprion comments!

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    1. sorry... comparison comments that should have been!

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    2. Two. A personal for running my life and an A5 for running occasional work projects.

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    3. Three always in use. An A5 for my whole life and diary, an A4 for this week at work- immediate stuff and a slimline personal Amazona in the handbag for cards, an address book and this month's finances.
      I also have an aqua Finsbuy for my dreams and hopes and planned purchases, pictures and articles etc and an A5 raspberry Finsbury, which I am currently turning into a travel puzzle book, with a Countdown puzzle pad. By my bed I have a pocket red Adelphi, which I adore and that is my nightime dream diary and prayer card holder.... actually it is very interesting to record your dreams and see what your sub- conscious is whispering in your ear.

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    4. Currently in use - 4.
      My Vintage Pink Personal Malden has diary, address, projects, cards etc. Nearly everything.
      My Red A5 Domino is my Household/ Kitchen binder, with Flylady routines, budgetting, recipes, grocery lists and a Dodo pad for meal planning.
      My Black A5 Chameleon currently houses a Page Per Day diary in which I'm logging things like when my daughter wakes up (all night!!), what we do, if we took our vitamins etc.
      I bought a Pocket Metropol for the colour - Amber, just gorgeous! I've filled it with Lavender notepaper and am using it for taking notes on Tarot, when I have time.

      I have an unused Pennybridge and Ranger, as I've decided to just carry the Malden. They will either be ebayed or gifted eventually and an Olympics Personal that I may use for planning Olympic viewing and school hols activities. I'll give that to my little boy afterwards I think.

      Butanben - I like the idea of using a Filofax for a dream diary. Noting meditations/affirmations that one does before bed, or straight after waking might combine well with that. Hmmm....

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    5. I have 6 in use right now. I find I often us a Filofax where I might have used a notebook in the past. I like being able to move the pages around.

      I have one Filofax containing all NYC contents, and one with all Paris contents. I visit these two cities often, so as I find a place I want to visit or some other information, I stick it in the appropriate binder. Then when I travel I just put a few planner pages in the front and I am ready to go. They are both personal Cubans (I really like mesh zipper pockets.)

      Then I have a personal set up as my personal address book. It's really a backup, I also have all the info in Outlook, and on my iphone.

      I have a Chameleon compact I always have with me with a week on two pages, my medical info, loccal addresses, things I use for everyday.

      Then I have 2 additional personals I use as notebooks. One is for work (burgundy) and has a tab for each project I am working on. The other is for personal use (red) and has a tab for each personal project (travel, finance, writing, photography). These are both Winchesters. I really prefer the older binders. Simple in design, beautiful leather.

      As soon as I can get a slim A5, I think that will work better as a work filo for me.

      When I got my first Filo, more than 20 years ago - it was one life, one filo. I have yet to figure out how to do that in my present position. I'm not at planner fail, I'm at planner still not yet the right fit. But reading this blog has given me so many great ideas on how to get better organized.

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    6. Hmmm. I am beginning to wonder if I should have started this thread! i currently use:
      personal aston mushroom : diaries ( monthly weekly and daily) and to do lists
      Personal Aston Orchid : by my bed as a gratitude journal and a list of dream things to do in the future
      personal olympic line burst : health filo with workout diary, yoga class lists, training info etc
      A5 classic pink : used at work for legal notes
      A4 classic black : used at work for note taking, to dos, proforma sheets etc
      A5 classic cherry : my studio journal cor current art projects and business, calls for entry etc
      A5 jade Finchley : long term life planning notes and home filo with sections for garden landscaping, planned garage conversion, food and finance,travel plans
      A5 mustard Finchley : binder for notes on contemporary african art / galleries
      A5 saddle brown cuban : sketchbook holding notes and sketches for currently worked on or immediately forthcoming art quilt projects
      A5 cuban chilli : I am using this as a ' transit' binder. Having so many a5 folders I found that I wanted A5 papers when I was out and about and at work so as I park on the premises at work and have no concerns about carting both this and my personal aston I use this as a note taker binder but also have next step lists for ecah of the relevant sections in my other filos so I can do small bits of work on them whenever I get a few mins wherever I am. Its a sort of hub and spoke system.
      Then finally a5 chocolate classic - not really set up yet but as the cherry is full with current project information this is to be my Prepared for Success folder where I store material for future projects and make notes on skills and information I will need as I get more established as an artist.
      So, I make that 11 in current use.

      Should I stop?! There are a couple of other models I have my greedy eye on!

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    7. Helen, wow, lot of A5s! Great to hear all the uses.

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    8. Helen, I suspect you buy a new binder because you like the binder, then feel obligated to find a use for it. Does the thought of an empty binder disturb you?

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    9. I wouldn't say it disturbs me but it does seem a waste of money not to use them. I could live with changing the Colour now and again to match clothing... Except like my clothes my binders all seem to be green and brown anyway!

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    10. The most I've ever used together is two filos - a personal & an A4. I'm now back down to one personal Malden & love having everything in one place.
      @ Ray: yes, the thought of an empty binder does disturb me! :)

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    11. i think my life is too big for a one life one filo system!

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    12. I am embarrassed to say I have 9 Personals, 3 pockets & an A5. I love them all.
      But it's WAY too many---and I can't make a decision which to use, which to give away - or sell.
      I want to use my Ruby Deco, but is it too fancy to carry & use as an "everyday" planner?

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  16. This is my first post here so Hi all :-)

    I ordered 5 Filofaxes since last night lol. They is a good reason for each one though. I had a Blue Personal Graduate a long time ago and have finally decided to buy a new one so I've ordered the Finsbury in Raspberry from Office Allsorts. My other half has decided to try one too so we've ordered an A5 Chameleon in Brown from Filofax (sale price). I bought a pink breast cancer Filofax a few months ago from e-bay but though it said personal it turned out to be Pocket and I never got round to returning it. So that's going to my youngest daughter now and thus I've ordered the black Petal for my other daughter. However the pink one will need a new diary and when looking for a cheap 2012 diary for her for now (no point getting an 18 month now, she might not use it often) I stumbled across the Olimpics organisers on Staples for just over £6 for the Pocket and £8 for the Personal (the black ones, the bright coloured ones are only a little more too). So I bought both of those just for the contents of each and we can use the folders themselves for spare inserts.

    So there's 5 Filofaxes on their way here now :-) oh and a pack of 900 multi-coloured metallic star stickers too (just because).

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    1. Hi to you too and welcome. Five is just a start! I bought the olympic filofax too for the inserts and love them. I will miss them next year.

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  17. Question for the Malden "parents": is there a difference between the leather of the pocket & personal size?

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    1. Hi Romina! I think the differences in the leather is between the colors, not the sizes. My personal and mini ochres are made of 'thinner' leather while my pocket vintage pink seems made of thicker leather. My sister's crimson pocket is the same as my pocket. I think it has something to do with the dye used in the colored ones, while the ochre has a more 'natural' finish.

      Hope that helps you.

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    2. I agree with Doris. I'd think it's between the colors. I have an A5, Personal, and Pocket Malden all in grey, and there isn't any noticeable difference between the three.

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    3. Thanks to both for your input! It was very helpful :)

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  18. I am one of those who adhere to the adage one life, one Filofax. However, I have been considering purchasing a Personal Ochre Malden to use as a Bible Study Filofax. So far, I have decided to have the following sections: creeds, prayers, and prayer list. Can you help e generate other sections for my Bible Study Filofax?

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    1. Do you keep notes of sermons you hear at chutch or a Bible week? You couldput those in there and also use a journal for your own reflections on your days reading.

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    2. Will you take this to church with you? Maybe a section for sermon notes would be helpful. I find the Personal size is too small for sermon notes though, and use an A5 notebook.

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    3. I use the little pocket in my Adelphi pocket for prayer cards- those business sized prayer cards you get in SPCK shops or cathedrals. Some are my favourite verses which I like to meditate over from time to time. I particularly love the Julian of Norwich card with the all shall be well passage. Her writings are so very wise and calming. I keep a few cards by with beautiful passages from the bible and prayers, which may help friends in times of celebration, illness or bereavemnet. So easy to pop them into a card and post!! I have a couple of prayer cards in the A5 business card holder too in my A5 Filofax. xx

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  19. I just woke up (about an hour ago) from a dream where my emerald finsbury rings were suddenly misaligned. I was distraught! So much so I woke up... I'm not sure what that means in a 'dream meaning' sense... I guess I love them so much I overly worry about their well-being... Weird, I know but it is free for all friday and I don't know anyone else who might understand.

    Tracy

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    1. Did you check them as soon as you woe up?

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  20. I think I've managed to convert my cousin to use a filofax... it started out with the "why paper?" question and kind of snowballed from there. We're going to CO next week as it's closed during the weekend. She has pretty much said that she thought that the ring mechanism idea is very interesting and that she had planner envy whenever she watched me jot down stuff in my lovely Miss Adrienne (my Baroque). ^_^

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  21. I just got a personal Classic in cherry right before the new year... however the leather is cracking already & some of the plastic protective covering stuff bubbled and then came off. I contacted Filofax and they sent me info on sending it to them so they can determine if a replacement should be issued. I'm not sure if I can go without it for that long though! Makes me sad :( I've had my eyes on a Malden but then I found a personal size Aston in Orchid on sale (30% off) & cannot decide between the two! Anyone have a comparison or recommendation for me? It will only be my 2nd Filofax :) I've used other ringed planners previously, but finally got my hands on a Filofax at the end of last year! I'm in love ;)

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    1. A a big fan of classics as I like the firm feel and so far I do not have any problems withcracking. I do not have a Malden because when I tried them in the shop they were too floppy for me... i like that sort of executive no messing support that a Classic gives. But I do also use a personal Aston and Although it is softer than the Classic it is firm enough that it is a nice everyday binder. Have the mushroom and Orchid and the latter is a lovley soft purple. More restful than the Finchley purple. Hope that helps some.

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  22. Also I am currently a preschool teacher and working on finishing my bachelor & considering going into early childhood education - I was thinking of getting a larger size to use for lesson plans etc. since I currently use a personal... anyone have experience using an A5 or some other larger size for this?

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  23. For lesson plans, schemes of work,policy documents etc I am afraid you will need a large A4 non filofax clip file, at the very least, to largely keep at work, as the paper work, certainly in the UK, is enormous!!!! Bigger than a Filofax can reasonably hold. Having said that, I have an A4 binder which I use just for this week's focus at work, with just the immediate stuff.... diary of duties etc, timetable,class lists, mark book and extra curricular registers and just this week's plans. Also today's to be photocopied bits and a work contact list of phone nos, addresses and e. mails- just 1 page of A4.I decant the odd bit of paper from the huge file, as required, and decant things back again out of my this week file when I progress on to next week. It is an A4 Strata which I have.

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    1. Well as of right now I'm about to go back to classes (after taking a 3 year hiatus from college - oops) so I just have a regular 3 ring binder for work with lesson plans etc, because it was a cheap & easy solution for now. I will hold off on getting anything else (for work purposes) until after I've finished school & found another job. Just getting ideas for now :) I think I will stick with my personal for everything else though! I recently started using it as my wallet too, it's much easier that way. Now I can just throw it in my purse or work bag and head out the door instead of having to grab a wallet also! I do keep work to-do lists in it just so I can jot down things I need as I think of them. Thanks for your input though, greatly appreciate it!

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  24. PS- Think it is called a Strata...... but now I am not quite sure!!!!! It is quite thin and light weight for an A4.

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  25. I just read Tim's comment and he's probably right, I wasn't too careful when I looked at it. It was a Filofax I had never seen before and I just got carried away. I might see if I can contact the seller and see if he/she is willing to post it to an address in the UK and I can get it posted on. Lesson - don't rush into things and look carefully before you bid. Thank you...

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  26. I have just ordered a Personal Osterley in Wine! Can't wait! Did I read on here that some one wanted the family pack? I found a site online that has them in A5. Not sure about other sizes. If anyone is interested I can post the link.

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    1. There seems to be a lot of osterley love lately. I'm waiting on my compact to arrive.

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    2. Right now I think the Osterley would be the only one that could possibly tempt me. Would love to hear some reviews of it.

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    3. I will definitely do a review once she arrives! There have been a few reviews of it in the past couple of weeks - you can probably find them via the web finds. Maybe search for the osterley in the search bar at the side.

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    4. Did just that! Thanks, kanalt! Lucky duck...one of those beauties on its way to you!!!

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  27. My first delivery has come today, it's from official losers. However my Personal Finsbury in Raspberry has magicked itself into an A5 Cuban in Chestnut. It's gorgous but it's too big for me and it's not what I wanted so even though it's worth twice as much, it's still going back. Got a further wait for my Finabury :-(

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