I thought I would do a quick review of the new planner pages that I’m using in my Filofax.
Franklin Covey “Simplicity” Planner Pages
About a week ago I began searching for 2013 planner pages. I wrote a little bit about it here [hyperlink to: http://www.thoughtsandexploration.com/2012/09/new-planner-pages-for-my-filofax.html]. I’ve decided to move away from my Filofax week-on-two-pages format in cotton cream to Franklin Covey (FC) week-on-two pages. I use a personal size Ostrich Filofax binder so I chose the Compact size refills from FC. Here are the Simplicity Series planner pages that I chose:
I read about using FC refills in a Filofax on J’s blog – The Crazy Life of J
I moved into the new pages as soon as I got them in the mail. Here is what I found.
As many have said, the FC pages are a bit wider than the Filofax pages. The ring hole spacing is exactly the same between FF Personal and FC Compact. Knowing that the pages were going to be wider, I immediately moved my Diary section to the back. I also moved my pen from the pen loop (on the right) and put it into a Flex pen loop on the left side of my binder. I have a second smaller pen clipped to the credit card slots. I crossed my fingers hoping that the page overhang was going to be minimal, took a deep breath and closed my binder…no such luck.
Yup…not going to work! Hmmmm, what to do now?
Okay, these pages aren’t going to defeat me! I was determined to make them work so out came my scissors and snip, snip – off went the right-most margin (only the colorful piece). This worked wonderfully and didn’t take away any precious writing real estate!
Now the pages fit just fine. They do go right up to the edge of the FF when closed but I feel like they are still protected. Very happy!
So now that they fit, lets compare the actual pages: FF vs FC.
The most obvious differences, FC has:
- A larger top margin with larger (and prettier) font showing the date
- A Monday start instead of FF’s Sunday start
- The “Notes” box is at the end of the week instead of at the beginning
- The day and date on the right page is printed on the left of the page and not the right like FF’s pages
- Color, color, color!
The months in the FC refill are separated by a lined page on each side. So, for example at the end of September you’ll find a lined page (on the backside) and another lined page at the beginning of the following month. Picture each month “sandwiched” between lined pages. Nice!
The “day boxes”, for lack of a better term, are taller on the Filofax pages than on the Franklin Covey ones. So, yes, those with need for the FF sized day boxes may feel the FC ones to be a little tight. Width-wise, though, they are both about the same in this format.
I bet you’re wondering about the paper quality. Both seem to be comparable, well…kind of. I use ballpoint, rollerball, pencil and fountain on my diary pages. I did a test page of both. The left shows the Filofax paper and the right shows the Franklin Covey paper.
The one huge difference on the front is the increased feathering of the fountain pen ink on the Filofax paper. Actually, all the lines of the different pens/inks on the Franklin Covey paper are sharper than on the FF paper. The feathering of the fountain pen looks really bad on the FF paper! My camera is failing to clearly show this but trust me the writing looks better on the FC page.
And now the back.
There is minimal ghosting on the FC paper as well as the FF paper EXCEPT for the fountain pen on the FF paper. There is horrible bleed-through there. The Filofax paper falls short with fountain pens. Franklin Covey wins on that point with a sharper line and minimal ghosting. I have no reservations with using my fountain pens on the FC paper.
I think I’m a convert. I’m really going to like using these Franklin Covey pages in my Filofax. After cutting them down a teeny bit they’re perfect. Now I get my daily fill of color and design in my diary pages. And here’s a surprise, I’m discovering that I like having the diary pages at the back of my planner. I think it’s just because it’s a change. It’s nice to change every once in a while, isn’t it??
Thanks again, Steve, for letting me review my new planner pages for this site!
Thank you Deborah for a great review, it is always interesting to see alternative diary formats in a Filofax