16 October 2012

Free For All Tuesday No 89

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.

46 comments:

  1. a rant more than a question: Filofax do not sell the A4 notepad that is at the back of the A4 binder when you buy it new. How annoying. grrr. PS -= yes I bought an A4 recently for work purposes. (watch this space to see how its going)

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    1. I don't think they sell them because you can pick up an A4 refill pad in just about any shop with the standard 4 hole spacing already punched in it. This naturally assumes you are in Europe? In the US it might be different, but try Amazon.

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    2. I'm very A4 curious, but they are very pricey. The colour and design range is very limited too. I guess as it's mostly business users, there isn't the demand.

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  2. I'm curious as to when any A5 Maldens or Holborns may come out in new colours or if there are any binders similar to these in the pipeline, thanks in advance :)

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    1. I know some of the European Filofax sites are selling the grey Holborn. I was hoping for brighter colours.

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    2. Unlikely to hear any snippets on new products/colours until after Christmas.... but as always if anything comes my way that I'm allowed to make public....then you will read about it here!

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    3. Don't fancy a grey Holborn :(

      Thanks Steve, i'll have to be patient then lol :)

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  3. When making your own dividers, what is the clear material I need to get to put around the actual tabs to stop them wearing? I think it is some sort of self adhesive tape, but not sure which is best!

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    1. Ohhh great question Alison; I've been wondering the same and thanks for the link Ray!

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  4. Can anyone suggest other supplies of diary inserts that are really nice quality, fit a personal, and are available in the UK. I can think of Aspinal, Mont Blanc but are there any others?

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    1. Staples may have something (and haven't they just started carrying a new range of Martha Stewart stuff if you're into that sort of thing?). Also maybe Paperchase......

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    2. Hi David - no the Martha Stewart range doesn't include this type of refill (was in there yesterday actually). Not sure of the paper quality of Paperchase (does anyone know?) The Staples I visited had a very poor showing of Filofax inserts - most of the slots were empty!

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    3. WH Smith are *very* poor as well these days (so poor that I forgot to mention them in my previous, although they do do their own inserts). One thing WHS *is* good for are budget backs of plain white personal pre-punched paper if you like printing stuff onto single sheets. Of course, if you're a Cotton Cream user you're out of luck.....

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    4. What about Smythson, expensive though. I quite like the Organized Mum inserts as well.

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    5. I`m on the same hunt. Mont Blanc was great few year ago, but they started to us rubish paper, so I wouldn`t recommend them anymore. I saw LV inserts in my friend's agenda and it's really good quality paper, but really expensive. But still cheaper than Smythson.

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    6. The Paperchase inserts are very good quality, highly recommend them x

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    7. I use Quo Vadis inserts - which I buy online- because I absolutely love the paper and the layout.

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  5. I ordered this Metropol pocket in red from Amazon for the sum of £5.75, great value. http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000SHOXQM/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i02

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  6. Not strictly Filofax, but they are my favourite pens to use in my Filofax, so...
    Does anyone know if there are pen cartridges/refills available in the UK to refill my Pilot Hi-tec-C Coletos? I LOVE these pens so much- but I have run out of black ink and am soon going to run out of other colours! The individual colour refills aren't easily available, and although I have seen sets on ebay, I don't want to spend much money. I have been through my pen box to see if any biro refills will fit, including Bic 4-colour refills, but nope! Does anyone know any pens available in the UK where refills will work in the Pilot Coletos? Thanks!!

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    1. I'm sure I've seen these over here in France. I will have to look again next time I'm in the shops. I will let you know.

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    2. Thanks! I think they are Japanese, they seem to be readily available on ebay from Asia, and of course from Jetpens for US people, but not available here!!

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    3. Try here: http://www.stationeryart.com/pilot-m-10.html

      or here: http://www.cultpens.com/acatalog/Pilot_Refills.html

      or here: http://www.tigerpens.co.uk/acatalog/Pilot_Refill_Centre_.html

      I'm a bit tempted by these pens myself - do they write nicely?

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    4. Hi Alison! Thanks, I'll check those out! They write brilliantly! A very fine point, which I like, and they don't bleed through Filofax paper!! I really like them, especially as I can have a pencil insert in it with all my inks!

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  7. If you didn't already know, Filofax recently released the name of the winner of the Filofax design competition: http://www.filofax.co.uk/aboutus/news.asp?newsId=157
    Hopefully we will get some good designs of filos now!

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  8. I bought a used pocket Kensington a few weeks back. The owner said it was from 1999.
    It's worn very well, but I noticed the rings aren't centered. The top ring clamp sticks out maybe 1/16 of an inch with the top of the wallet, but the bottom part is a good 1/4 in above the bottom of the wallet.
    Is this common?

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  9. Does anyone know of a way to fix rings with gaps?

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    1. If it's still fairly new? Then return it to Filofax or the retailer.

      From our FAQ page:

      Would you please send the organiser back to the FREEPOST (free of charge) address shown on the despatch note that would have been included with your order.

      Filofax UK Returns
      c/o Charles Letts & Co Ltd
      FREEPOST RSXH-CCAY-HBAL
      Dalkeith
      EH22 2NE

      Please remove all personal papers and belongings and also include a daytime delivery address and telephone number. If you would like to contact them direct the number is 08705 143 702

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    2. No, it's a second hand Ranger I bought a few months ago from ebay.

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    3. OK are the rings other than the gap in alignment? Up and down, side to side? IE if you just squeeze them together do the meet without and step in the join?

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    4. It's the fourth and fifth rings from the top, the fourth is ever so slightly out of allignment, but mainly meets.

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    5. Is this one of the things about buying a vintage or second hand Filofax?
      We all use the levers to open the rings but perhaps a previous owner might not have been so careful/gentle with it.
      I have three second hand ones and I just accept that they won't be perfect, but I suppose it depends how bad it is.

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    6. I'm annoyed as I don't think I could sell it on without disclosing the issue. I think I'll use it for something for now, I'm not as in love with the model as I thought I was going to be anyway, and if I can't find a way to fix it it'll have to go into the carboot sale pile.

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  10. Does anybody journal in their filofax? I was using a 2dpp and using the right hand page. I want to get back to week on 2 page though. Not sure if a separate journal section would work.

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    1. I journal in my FC 2ppd. I have for years. If I have to get a separate book, I won't do it.

      I've been playing around with FF 2ppd and am journaling on that, too.

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    2. I use my A5 for Journaling, don't bother using a diary just have a separate Journal section and write on whatever paper I fancy at the time :)

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  11. Does anyone know of any retailers in DC or Maryland that carry a variety of Filofax binders? I'm interested in the compact size but would love to see it in person first.

    thanks!

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    1. You can try Fahrney's Pens in DC, or Paradise Pen store, in most malls.

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  12. Does anyone know of any page protectors that would fit an A5 with the correct ring hole configuration? I'm not referring to those thick plastic ones Filofax sells. I'm just looking for the standard thinner clear page protectors. I have 8.5 x 11 size and also 5.5 x 8 size that are standard here in the US but of course they don't have the correct hole spacing and trying to punch new holes in plastic with any kind of hole punch can be a nightmare! I can use my heavy duty single hole punch but that would take too long as I'm looking for a bundle of page protectors not just a few. Any ideas who might have these online? thank you!

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    1. I did find one online source $48 for a box of 100; wow-didn't need that many but I may invest, at least I'll have them. But if anyone else knows of a source. Probably a lot of 25-50 would last me forever.

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  13. Does anyone use a separate non Filofax diary (Quo Vadis, Moleskine, etc) and a Filofax for everything else, like project planning, goals, etc.? it seems redundant I like the Quo Vadis planners much better.

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    1. I use a google calendar, as I have to share info with my semi-long-distance bf. The diary in my Filofax is used as a food/spending/gym diary, plus GTD/planning stuff.

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    2. I do, Kelly. I have a pocket moleskine diary for my planning needs. Then I use a slimline brown holborn as a wallet, travel guide, receipt holder and a phone directory. The diary part was bulking the slimline too much, now everything fits in my bag well. I've been happy with this arrangement since my diary needs are small.

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    3. I do. I use a Planner Pad for everyday planning. I use my filofaxes as notebooks, to store information.

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