13 November 2012

Free For All Tuesday No. 93

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.

40 comments:

  1. I want to selling my stuff to people who actually have room for it. A lot of people around here seem to be ebay buffs, and I was wondering if anyone has a template for their filos to help them track items and buyers etc. Thanks :)

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    1. paperlovestory has made one for Personal filofaxes.....http://coldshoulder.pink-pistol.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/ebay_large.pdf

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    2. Perfect! Thanks very much :)

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  2. I was wondering about the Flex. I really liked how Tim hacked his Flex into becoming a ring binder :-)
    What are the dimension of the Flex A5 planner inserts?
    Would a Moleskine soft notebook large fit into the slots in an A5 Flex?

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    1. Hi Ms Bob - "Hacker Tim" here! I like to think what I did to the A5 Flex (see posts on 11th and 12th July 2012) was "carefully sculpted" rather than hacked!

      I succumbed and purchased a new leather A5 tan Flex a few weeks ago (yes, City Organiser). I carried out the same conversion with the same success. The only difference is that the leather used by Filofax is so awfully thin that you can feel (and almost see) the ring mechanism through the leather - rather like a rib cage on a very thin person! It works fine though and is great if (like me) you do most stuff on a smart phone and/or tablet these days.

      The four main A5 Flex pockets each take A5 (210mm x 148mm) paper, booklets and inserts. Thickness is the thing to watch - especially if you've done a conversion like I did.

      I've not actually inserted a Moleskine but can't forsee a problem. The large is 210mm x 130mm so should work fine as long as it's not too thick.

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    2. I love the your description "carefully sculpted" :-) Hope I did not offend you in any way, as it was meant as a creative compliment. Not always easy as english is not my first language.
      I would really like to try the same thing as I only need small rings, and I like the solution with the slots. However, I am afraid I will ruin the fine leather...

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    3. Bob - If English is not your first language, then I'm amazed, as you write it very fluently!

      The Flex A5 binder is perfect for adding a ring and creating a compact A5. So go for it! At least a couple of other people have tried it, following my post! I understand the 11mm slimline mechanism works particularly well. Just remember not to try a ring size bigger than 15mm and that Filofax Slimline and A5 forms have different hole configurations. If you're punching your own or using Time Manager forms, then this is not a problem.

      You can sculpt with confidence as you don't have to cut the leather. That's because there is no leather on the inside of the Flex spine - just thin mesh fabric (money saving again!). By the way, "fine leather" could be better described as "thin leather"! It does at least keep the weight down.

      Good luck! Tim

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    4. I now ordered an A5 Flex Lizard print in black currant. Looking forward to experimenting.

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  3. Could you find any stockist of Hema (The Netherlands) or far East - they have amaizing staff?

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    1. Hi What do you mean by that?

      Would you like some Hema agenda for pocket or personal size for 2013?

      I can ship you one if you like one!

      Gr. Rianne

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    2. Also the Hallmark has lovely inserts as well.

      If you want pictures let me know.
      I shal do a blogpost of them on my blog if youre interested in that.

      Gr. Rianne

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    3. O, thanks a lot! Hema has great range of stickers and inserts in the liddy section and I will have a look into Hallmark now! I would be very greatfull for any fun inserts you can suggest! Thank you again!

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  4. I need a punch for a A5 size . I've searched Amazon and can't seem to locate one,other then the one that fits inside the binder. Anyone know a good place to purchase?

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    1. I've found one on the Amazon UK site: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B002DPLI24/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?creative=22206&creativeASIN=B002DPLI24&linkCode=asn&ref_=asc_df_B002DPLI2410558767&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&tag=googlecouk06-21

      ...and ebay: http://item.mobileweb.ebay.co.uk/viewitem?itemId=281019424927&siteId=3&isClassified=false

      But they're both on the bad side of expensive :/ Hope this helps though

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    2. Try this one:

      http://www.ebay.de/itm/Bind-6-Fach-Locher-A5-A6-A7-Terminplaner-Timer-Organizer-Systemplaner-Lochung-/230762302596?pt=Locher_Hefter#ht_1871wt_1156

      I've had it for nearly a year now, it also punches personal pages and I think it's made of good quality and reasonably prized!

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    3. This is mine

      http://www.timesystem.us/Punch_for_A5_Brushed_Silver_p/a57321.htm

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    4. Thank you !! I will check them all out =0)

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    5. Hi Suzee Neal,

      I have the same holepuncher as Anke mention.
      It works like a dream. I have bought mine here in a local store for 11,00 Euro new Price. Just some info you mabey need.

      Gr. Rianne

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    6. Thank you Rianne, I'm in the States and maybe that is why I was finding it difficult to find a punch lol
      I found this today! http://allthingsstationery.blogspot.com/2012/11/perfect-punching-for-a5s.html Now I wont have to buy a new punch =)

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  5. On the hunt for a London underground map for a mini. The local stationer passed me off with a, "I don't think they make those anymore." But I'm unconvinced! Has anyone stumbled accross one on their adventures?

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    1. I found one on Amazon UK.
      http://www.amazon.co.uk/Filofax-Mini-London-Underground-Map/dp/B002C610FE

      hope this helps

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  6. After being very good lately, selling binders that I no longer use and being happy with my current Filo's i'm getting Filofax envy again and i'm feeling the need to purchase another binder. I must resist, I must resist !!! :-(

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    1. Think of it as a civic service rather than a vice. Its like the housing market.. adspot needs first time buyers to get us all moving!

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    2. Ha ha good way of thinking about it Helen :-)

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  7. For those of you who use Maldens...

    Does anyone else have issues with the front pockets? I find it difficult to write on the left side of the rings because the pockets don't provide a hard enough or flat enough surface to write on. Any way to combat this? I've tried a flyleaf but its definitely not firm enough.

    thanks!

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    1. I use one of the thick plastic fly leafs I had left over from an old Day-Timer in the front of my Malden. It is slightly larger than the filofax pages and provides a smooth surface to write on. I put one in the back too. I would also try a plastic zip back in the front, it would probably smooth out your writing surface as well.

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    2. I do the same...use the plastic fly leafs from old Daytimer's or Dayplanners. In fact I use them in all of my binders for stability and easy page turning. I could use a couple more; wish they sold them separately.

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    4. Try putting a notes section in first place in the binder (you can get away with only using the right-facing sheet), and then the diary behind it.

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  8. Maybey some hardcover plastic that will do the trick? The flyleaf of filofax isn't that sturdy.

    Gr. Rianne

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  9. Does anyone have a yellow finsbury? Is it a "yellow yellow" or an "orange yellow". I am hoping it is more of a dark mustard than a sunny yellow.

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    1. I don't have one but have seen one, it's definitely more of a sunny yellow!!

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    2. Thanks so much! I guess I'm choosing something different.

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  10. I'm in the market for a Compact Filofax (Personal size pages but 15 mm rings). I looked for a compact Malden but it seems like I missed the boat. I'm also considering a Holborn or Pennybridge. I love the colors of the Classic Botanics but am concerned about the top layer peeling off as I've heard other Classics do.

    Can anyone recommend a particular Compact, at a moderate price? Or, can you please warn me away from any particularly bad ones?

    Thanks everyone!

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    2. I've read favorable reviews on the Holborn compact but I don't have one myself. I just know from having a Personal Holborn that the leather is very soft and flexible with a little more structure than the Malden. I have a compact Chameleon and I like it; I've only had it for 2 months but so far it's fine and reasonably priced. I would also like to get the zipped compact Malden but they are not available right now except on the Filofax France and German website. Didn't want to go that route due to shipping and exchange rates. Heard from City Organizer; they expect them back in in March 2013 or sooner. Still haven't seen them on the US Filofax site. Good luck with your choice!

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    3. Laurie, this question is purely down to curiousity but exactly why do you need a a compact?

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    4. I've been using Moleskine Volant notebooks and an address booklet for my carry-around information, notes and lists but I'd like to combine those into one book with the flexibility of adding/ removing pages. I have plenty of Personal size Filofaxes but want something slimmer. I don't want to downsize to Pocket size though, because I want to be able to swap out pages with the Personals I already own.

      I'm wondering though if I should wait until Filofax resolves their production issues, because I keep hearing more and more about people having problems with rings not closing completely.

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  11. I have a brown Holborn compact and really like it; it is very sleek to carry around. No ring issues, but I don't open and close it very often and don't keep it that full. There is no zip pocket, if that makes a difference to you, or much color choice.

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    1. Thanks mstraat. Does it lie flat? And is the cover floppy?

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