02 October 2012

Free For All Tuesday No. 87

Tuesdays are your chance to ask any Filofax related questions you might have.

So fire away and we will collectively try to answer your questions or offer opinions.

49 comments:

  1. Good morning everyone, I have asked this on Facebook, but will try here also. I am after a Personal sized Organiser (does NOT have to be Filofax) which has 30mm rings. I know the Cuban Zip has them and I already own this one, but I don't ever see it lying flat to use on a daily basis. If anyone knows of any large ring organisers, please could you let me know. I have looked a Collins organisers on the net, but they don't let you know the ring sizes, if anyone has one, could you please tell me!

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    1. Franklin Covey makes binders with 1 inch, 1.125 inch and even 1.5 inch rings. Their binders are excellent quality too.

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    2. Hi Gail. Can you send me your email address ref the 30 mil binder? Thanks.

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    3. I am looking for the same thing. FC ones that are nice are have to be shipped from the US. I like the look of the 'Veronica' after Zeitgeist of Zoe's post.

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    4. I would like a Franklin Covey 'Compact' size binder, but sadly they don't see to have any on their UK website - in fact there are not that many on the US website either - if anyone knows of a good source, please do let me know!

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    5. Alison they do have them on the UK website but you have to choose the binder then find the pull-down size selector and choose Compact. At least they had some last week when I was looking around!

      Same on the US site, you have to select Compact. There's a much larger selection on the US site but still the majority of their binders are Classic size.

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    6. Hiya Paul, my e-mail addy is gail1972@msn.com

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    7. I would say FC as well.

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    8. Gail, I have sent you an email.

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    9. I have a FC Compact with 1.125 rings or maybe it's 1.25. The binder came with 1" but I had them replace them at the store with the larger rings. I think my binder is Her Point of View. But that doesn't help. There are definitely larger rings available on the website.

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  2. Steve, thanks for the story about feathering Filofax paper at the meeting. I am quite sure, quite reasonably, that such recognition would be almost like getting an Oscar.

    Also, interesting that both sides used paper based products as that sums up nicely what I experience at meetings; which is that when note taking quickly, or drawing boxes/lines/circles within such notes, people set aside their toys and write on paper.

    Will look forward to hearing more, which I assume will be interesting as a certain party had clearly picked up on the interest in, and success of, personal organisers and this site.

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  4. What is the status of the deal with the French? Any news?

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    1. Not heard any more... but you can be assured... as soon as I hear you will know about it!

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  5. Checked the Scotsman. Nothing there. The French press, perhaps?

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    1. Any news would have to be first released through the stock exchange.

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    2. Surely not Scoot! LFG is wholly owned by Phoenix (venture capitalists) and certain members of the management team. It's not a publically listed company on the stock exchange.

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    3. Ah, I assumed that Phoenix were listed.

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  6. I'm searching for ideas on dividers. I like the idea of tabbing my sections, but hate the idea of adding bulk. (I just ordered a pocket Finsbury used--I refuse to buy anything new directly from Filofax, which is pretty sad--and I'm so excited I can hardly stand it!) The easiest would be post it notes or taking a highlighter and coloring a strip of color down the outside of the pages.
    Going to try this man's idea about using Molkeskine paper to get the largest sheet of paper possible in my pocket: http://filofaxfilosophy.blogspot.com/2012/05/paying-attention-to-my-to-do-list.html
    However, the tabs would clearly stick out.
    Other than coloring the edges of the paper, anyone have any other ideas?
    PM

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    1. When I put pocket Moleskine paper in a pocket filo, I used top tabs instead! The best way not to add bulk would be to use something like Avery tabs, or as you said, Post-it notes!

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    2. Yep, I second the Avery tab idea! You can get them at Staples, and I'm sure a ton of other places. I use them as "sub tabs" within my tabs- just stick them onto a regular sheet of notepaper! Then you can still use that sheet for notes, but you have a durable section in place :)

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    3. I use sticky tabs instead of the month dividers. Cut down on quite a bit of bulk!

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    4. I use the Martha Stewart tabs from the Avery line at Staples. They are lovely :)

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  7. Hi all,

    I was wondering what Filofax pocket have a pouch or a zip pocket on the outside?

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    1. Pocket Urban and Pocket Siena have the zipped pockets on the outside. Siena's is a small one in front but the Urban has a decent full length (height) one on the back cover. There are lots of others with zipped pockets inside but you are looking for external pockets, eh? As for pouch, are you including the full width wallet style pocket? If yes, most have them (too many to list here) --- I know Siena does NOT have it though.
      Some of the older Pocket models have a full length slip pocket on the back cover: Pocket Kendal, Pocket Hamilton. Personal Sketch has one but I don't know if pocket Sketch has it.

      Pocket Urban has the most practical layout for me -- both with the full width wallet and the external zippered pocket.

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    2. OOPS -- "As for pouch, are you including the full width wallet style pocket? If yes, most have them (too many to list here) --- I know Siena does NOT have it though."
      Getting my models mixed up. Siena does have the wallet pocket, it's the Kendal that doesn't have one. I was testing those 2 out recently and got them confused there.

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    3. Thanks for your reply, it's really helpful. You sure do know your Filofax. :) I didn't mean the full wallet style pocket, I was only wondering about outside pockets/pouches, because I saw a photo of a pocket Filofax somewhere with a pocket on the outside and I could't find it. But thanks to your info, I found out it's the zipped pocket Hamilton.

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  8. I have a question. I own a personal size Cuban which I really enjoy. The one thing that really bugs me about it though is that it does not lay flat. Does that tend to be true of all personal size FF?

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    1. Oh no! Not true on all personal. My Malden laid flat as did my Ostrich.

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    2. My Metropol laid perfectly flat right outside the box :)

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    3. And the Domino does a very good impression of a pancake too :o)

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  9. Hi Bryan. The Cuban seems particularly stubborn. Its not typical of ALL personal size FFs. Some are very soft and lie flat without even so much as a hint of having to say "lie!". I think its the leather of the Cuban that is much more rigid than other models.

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    1. That's good to know. Thanks DEM and Paul for the info.

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    2. Sure thing! Hmmm, I wonder how often people ask about "flatablility" of binders. Maybe a guide on which ones lay flat would be useful??? Just an idea.

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  10. Ooops I did it again...I couldn't resist the A5 grey Malden on adspot. I already have the pocket in grey and I had planned to get the Personal size in grey this month. But, I couldn't resist the A5. So the Personal will have to wait a bit. Though I'm not particularly fond of grey (or hadn't been)there is just something about that shade of grey Malden that I particular like, plus its buttery smooth finish. I hope I won't be sorry that I didn't get that ochre one, but once I had the grey pocket in hand I knew that was the one. I might consider the crimson Personal if that ever surfaced somewhere but that one is pretty elusive I think. I already had the black Personal and sent it back; I just didn't care for the texture on the one I received. After I complete my Malden collection I really must stop for awhile. (Unless of course, that Holden goes back at 50% off). Oh, dear. :-o

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    1. Cheryl I'm not much help but when you get the chance get the Ochre. I bought the personal size when it was 50% off on the Filofax US site. I LOVE it!

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  11. This isn't so much a filofax question as a philofaxy question...

    is it only possible to comment with a google account or am I being really dim?

    andthensheread.com

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    1. Hi Terri
      Yes that is the way the blog is set up at present, but by limiting it to Google accounts, we have been able to turn off the verification word check which is disliked by most people.

      You have always had to have some form of login to comment on Philofaxy in the last few years.

      The other thing you need to do is to ensure your browser accepts 3rd party cookies, without that you also will not be able to comment on the blog, this is a function of Blogspot and not something we can control.

      If you have any additional questions/concerns please email me using the address on our About page.

      Thanks, Regards ------ Steve

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  12. So how many use an A5 and carry it with them everywhere? I really want to use the larger size because I have a lot to keep track of but I'm wondering if I can do it. I'm wondering if it's worth having the extra space or if I should just stick to my smaller size and make it work.

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    1. Until a couple of months ago I had been using one for the last 3 years. I guess it depends on your job. I was managing a program overseas and needed to print and carry a lot of printed stuff including charts, spreadsheets etc. I carried it everywhere. Sure, it was a pain sometimes but worth it to be able to print A4 and put it straight in. Eventually, I weighed it and it came in at 2.2 kg and I decided I needed to change. Moved into personal a couple of months ago. Love the portability (and the beauty of smooth, patina'd leather that only comes with ages), but I'm already finding a quite considerable overhead in how much more time I am spending, to print and cut my printed matter, especially my twice weekly updated spreadsheet. Just bought a vintage A5 again and look at it every day,a wondering when to make the move back.

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    2. I think you should try it to find out. I have a personal Holborn and an A5 Malden and I can't make up my mind. I use the Holborn for everything including a wallet. It's so convenient. But every evening I start writing notes in the Malden just to try the paper size and it does make a difference. If I had lots of money I'd try a 20mm A5, preferably the brown Regency.

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  13. Does anyone know of a product (insert, maybe?) that you can use to keep a pen in in the FF. I don't like the quiver, and don't want something that goes over the outside. I'm looking for something that might clip into the FF with a loop at the end, sort of where the tabs would be on dividers. I want to start carrying my fountain pen but the loop on mine is leather and is too tight. My binder has a leather flap covering the long edge so I have plenty space. Not sure if it exists but figure if it does, someone here will know. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Paul
      How about adapting a Flex pen loop, punch some holes in it and clip it in to the rings.

      Or The Ryman Pen clips on our Suppliers page in the Amazon adverts.

      Steve

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    2. PaulB- This was on Filofax for pHilofaxy Fans on Facebook. Brilliant idea! Please let me know if the link doesn't come through-I will attempt to re-post.

      http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=479966808700368&set=p.479966808700368&type=1&theater

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  14. Thanks Steve. I haven't seen the Flex loop, i'Ll check that first on the suppliers' page.

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    1. As in this Flex loop

      http://www.filofax.co.uk/flex/products.asp?tn=1&control=processrequest&flextype=10&flexsize=0

      It's a plastic sheet with an elasticated loop fixed to it.

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    2. I think that's exactly what I had in mind. Thanks Steve. Incidentally, the links on the Suppliers page, to The Paper Shop and The Personal Organiser are coming up as "account suspended".

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  15. Has anyone used the Filofax storage binder? http://www.filofaxusa.com/store/paperessentialsdetails.asp?productId=513
    Just found this on the site today and wondering. No one has ever mentioned it.

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