06 November 2012

Free For All Tuesday No. 92

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.

43 comments:

  1. I just spent about a week obsessing over what kind of planner to get. I finally decided on a compact finsbury filofax, which was the closest to my pay range. Now, I need to obsess over what kind of inserts to get! I can already tell that I'm going to throw out the week on two pages diary. I want a week on one page, a month on two pages, and COPIOUS business card/credit card and extra plastic holder inserts (I plan to use my filofax as a wallet and life extension).

    The question is I pretty much blew most of my paycheck on the filofax. I thought Franklin covey inserts might be cheaper. But what size inserts will fit my compact filofax? I've read a few blog posts who mourn how inserts that would fit the Personal filofax don't fit the compact. Do you have any thoughts? (I wish Filofax sold a "starter kit" like Franklin Covey does!)

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    1. How about trying different formats by downloading the templates philofaxy provides? I wasn´t sure either when I planned the setup of my filo, and now i am quite happy with a week on two pages calendar I downloaded from the "files" section. I can´t find it right now, but there is much stuff to play around with.

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    2. I will probably take your suggestion and download templates, but I also wondered about size comparison because i would like to buy the business card and other extra plastic and tabbed inserts that aren't printable from FC.

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    3. FC will not fit in a compact personal Filofax because the pages are too wide. You could try Day Timer refills which have the same dimensions as Filofax as well as Day Runner. Filofax is the only company I know of that has a week per page refill. They also have two page per month tabbed and untabbed. I think you'll have a really hard time finding a week per page any where else. Even if the FC starter pack in compact size did fit in your binder width wise, all the tabs and papers probably would be too fat to fit in a compact with wee 5/8" rings, especially if you were using it with card inserts and plastic pockets. If you are interested in tab sections Filofax, Day Runner, Day Timer and many other paper planning manufacturers sell them in the right size. I think you would probably be better of if you bought everything you need from Filofax with the needs you expressed.

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    4. Concur with above. I have some FC inserts and they stick out of a regular Personal size Filofax which is wider than a Compact size. Definitely stick with Filofax inserts or the Day Runner and Day Timer; those will fit. And depending where you live, if you need them quickly you can get Day Runner and Day Timer inserts at your local Staples, Office Max or Office Depot where as you will most likely have to order the Filofax inserts online.

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    5. Ok thanks for the info. I'll bite the expensive bullet and order the plastic inserts from Filofax. Better safe than sorry!

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  2. I am new to the Filofax. I use to have another organizer (Succes). For a while I have used the Moleskine week on one page. But I love the Filofax. I have now the Malden Personal and just love it. But I like the Moleskine paper more than the Filofax paper. So I want to integrate my Moleskine in the Filofax. The large size is too large and the pocket is too small. Any thoughts or idea??

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  3. Filofax paper might not be the best of range but many of us myself included print our own pages. There is plethora of printables here on Filofaxy and if it is M- paper you hanker after, perhaps either by using guillotine or crafting knife just make the larger pages smaller to fit your needs? I found my paper of choice by simply trying out different papers and then sliced them half ( I use A5 size )but I found these fabulous binded books I intend to destroy for my diary uses for 2013. Chinese books with silk covers, rounded edges on pages and page " sides " are golden ( BLING!!! )so I simply must use them this coming year, you see. The golden nugget with Filofax is that they so are open to customization and simply, the options are all open.

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  4. I found an interesting video about using a filofax as an art journal-on -the-go, I've never seen anything like it on philofaxy, and I want to share it .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu_g4QgP1yo&feature=share&list=PL93F1B25E60CD04BB
    Clara

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    1. I love all of these videos, thank you for linking them!

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    2. Thanks I've added this one to webfinds coming up later today

      Steve

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    3. Thanks for this link. Not only did it brighten up a borning lunchtime at work but it has renewed thoughts about art journalling for me. By co-incidence I had mentioned it at the end of my last post on www.teaandtalkfortwo.blogspot.com last night and had been bemoaning to myself the complete pain of having to somehow carry art stuff around and how I hate to use bound sketchbooks as once I do one pathetic drawing I have 'spoiled the book'. I had also been thinking previously about how I like to look at altered books but don't see the point of the end product. Suddenly all kinds of creative thoughts are coming togther.. and just as a Grey Malden is on its way to me too...(thanks to Adspot- thanks Steve!...which practically has a pencil case built into it and has huge rings for wallets and um, stuff..hmmm... is it time to go home and play yet?

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    4. I'm sure it is time to go and play by now Helen! I've just been reviewing and changing what I use and have just discovered that one way or another I have 9 filos or notebooks that are in constant use. I have finally managed to break the back of the "mustn't spoil it" feeling but I know exactly whant you mean. Have a good play :)

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    5. Oh yes I've seen this before...and forgot about it. Her videos are so creative!

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  5. Question for Laurie (and others).

    Is there a Filofax version of the Women's Success Planner?
    Or will they sell it without holes?

    I'm not sure I can cope with the idea of looking at it with a dozen holes punched up the side.

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    1. I saw someone online who had put tape over the original holes then re-punched and it looked very good. You can get some very pretty tapes these days with designs in all sorts of colour ways. Google Washi tape.

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    2. They don't sell any other sizes of the Women's Success Planner, and I don't know if they can get the pages without the holes punched, it depends on where their printing facility is maybe. You could email them and ask?

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    3. The ringbound Women's success planner will fit the filofax A5 without additional hole punching. Just cut away the wire and put it in. You will still have many holes, but at least they are evenly spaced.

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    4. I have a spare oct-dec version of the Women's success planner. I could send it to you if you'd like to try it out. Just click on my profile and mail me.

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    5. Thank you very much, I have emailed you (and offered an exchange you may enjoy).

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    6. This is good to know because I was interested in checking out the Women's Success Planner inserts but did not want to punch holes, use tape or have a bunch of misaligned holes in my paper. Gosh that drives me nuts. Gonna check out that quarterly supplement now...thanks for the tip.

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  6. What's your best tip for carrying folded A4 paper securely in your A5? Without punching holes in it, I mean.

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    1. I store it in the secretarial pocket on my a5 finsbury

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    2. I use transparent envelopes/plastic pockets. The ones with a side opening can carry loads.

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    3. Thank you! This is what I did today: http://ilovemystationery.blogspot.se/2012/11/a4-sheets-in-my-a5.html

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  7. Does anyone have a pocket 2013 diary they're willing to sell? I'd gladly pay for the diary and shipping!

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    1. Hi Clara
      Take a look in Adspot there are some inserts there I'm sure:

      http://philofaxy.blogspot.com/p/adspot.html

      Steve

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    2. If you haven't found one, I think my Mum will be selling hers because she's just moved up to personal size after buying her 2013 pocket diary for next year. Let me know if you're still interested.

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    3. I've checked and she has a 2013 week on 2 pages and a 2013 vertical year planner, both pocket-sized and unopened. Let me know x

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  8. Can anyone tell me the difference between the Pennybridge personal and the Malden zip personal? I know the Malden is leather and the Pennybridge is not. And because so few sites show pictures of the inside of any filofaxes.....

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    1. Apart from one being leather and the other not... they are more or less the same design...

      My review of the Malden is here:
      http://philofaxy.blogspot.com/2012/06/filofax-malden-compact-zipped-organiser.html

      And Judith did a review/set up of her Pennybridge here:
      http://notanotherfilofaxblog.blogspot.fr/2012/07/setup-of-my-travel-filofax.html

      Steve

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    2. I have to get my hands on that Malden zip personal. I forgot where they are available so am on a mission to find one; in purple I think if they have one. I can never find a walled that has enough credit card/store card pockets and this model is perfect with all those pockets, slots and spot for a planner. Why aren't these more popular/available?! Or am I one of the few that geeks out over it?!

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    3. Filofax Germany and France have them. UK will be getting them next year I am told. I feel like I have been a Beta tester of these since May this year!!

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    4. Oh thanks Steve! I just looked at your review again and fell in love, again! I've written Filofax USA but they have no info as to when or if they will ever have them. So I will check out Germany and France websites or be patient and hope to see them more readily available next year (which is almost here!).

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    5. Thanks for the info. I believe I saw both the pennybridge and the Malden Zip on the City Organiser website.

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  9. Hi,
    I have an A5 Identity which is ideal for my day to day use. I use week on two pages and day per page.
    My question is; how do you long term filo's block out chunks of time? I work in seven hour segments and have tried highlighting the slots, diagonal lines through the whole chunk, sickers to block it out... I just want a neat and effective, uniform way of doing this and its driving me mad!
    Any help appreciated!
    Elle

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  10. Has anyone tried Sevenk paper in their A5 Filofax? I have just come across this brand on Amazon and looks relatively cost-effective (£4.50 for 100 sheets or £8.99 for 3 x 100 sheets).

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  11. I recently purchased a slimline Holborn (love it!) I actually like that it doesn't have a clasp but there are times that I would like to keep it closed (in my purse for example) Any recommendations for larger elastic bands or some other mechanism to keep it closed?

    thanks!
    Lisa

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  12. Midori book D-bands will work but make the leather a bit dented on the edges. Find them at www.jetpens.com. A young girl's headband, the kind that looks crocheted, is wide but softer and won't mar the cover.

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  13. A little late in asking this on a late Tuesday night .. but I looked high and low on this site for the printable 2014 fold out yearly calendar. Is there one available? I did a search on the blog and just found this year's. thanks!

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    1. Lol i meant 2013 , wow im really getting ahead

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  14. Does anyone have the Filofax Classic Botanics compact in either Lilac or Sage? I wonder if these have the problem with the plastic layer that peels off like other Classic binders do?

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