18 December 2012

Free For All Tuesday No. 98

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.

34 comments:

  1. Can anyone recommend a very thin pen? I mean VERY thin. Thinner than a triplus liner even. I have acquired a non Filofax brand binder which is amazing (video on webfinds tomorrow- thanks Steve) but the pen loop will not fit anything I own. I have ordered a Leuchtturm penloop as a possible solution and it works with the pens clipped to an inside flap, but I'd prefer to find a new pen line :)

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    1. I use a Cross century. It is elegant, a smooth writer and very thin. It comes in several color selections too. I've also seen some thin ballpoints on jetpens.com. Ohto was the brand I believe.

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    2. A Tombow Zoom 727 should fit.

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  2. Second question. Is anyone using a Filo for Family Ancestry research and if so how have you organised it? Do you have any homemade inserts?

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    1. Take a look at our files page there are some forms there that I created a while ago... I hope they are useful

      Steve

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    2. So glad you asked this Helen! I didn't realize those files were there and they are just what I've been needing!

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  3. I don't know how big a triplus liner is, but a Cross Century will fit in the pen loop of a vintage Filo. And it's a classic in its own right, as well. Good luck to you-

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    1. Great recommendation. When I read your comment I remembered my husband had a gold thin Cross pen. I have just pried it out of his protesting hands and it fits! Yeah! In the interests of actually getting my Chrsitmas gifts I have given it back but will be ordering my own later today. Got to love FFAFs!

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    2. Whilst online shopping for the above reccommended pen I made a discovery. Cross do a multifunction pen which includes in one barrel which includes a black and red ballpoint a pencil lead and an eraser. They do a Cross Tech 3 or 4 version. Not cheap at £52 or £74 but they look useful. Anyone got one and can comment?
      Also, the Websters penshop online shop specifies the width of the pens for anyone like me with a small pen loop to contend with. very useful.

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    3. I actually do have the Cross Tech 3 in Icy Pink; I wanted a Cross multi-function, and it had good reviews on Amazon from pilots and nurses, among others of course. Apparently those professions use different pen colors in the course of their work- I never knew that. Anyway, it works well in my Malden but is a *very* tight fit in the classic filo's small pen loop. Maybe I could work with it to get it to fit better, but I keep it for my pocket Malden. I got the Tech 3 from Amazon for about $28, if I recall correctly. Then I racked the bill up by getting about 6 extra pen refills in different colors; I'm currently using brown and purple, with the .5 mm pencil. Hope that helps-

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  4. Can anyone tell me a good Filofax store in the Netherlands? I live in Veldhoven and always go to Bijenkorf in Eindhoven to look at Filofax. But... the assortiment is very limited and they do not even have Malden! I may be looking for a Holborn, Osterley or Regency. But I cannot find them here in Eindhoven and also the paper assirtiment is poor. So who can help me???

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  5. Dear philofaxy
    I am in a quandary and I need your assistance please.
    I have recently moved my cash/card/on the go organiser functions to a "finsbury mini".
    The paper side is being modified and is work in progress (it will work in tandem with my A5 Holborn) the wallet side is easing itself in (must remember to spend more coin that purse pocket is a bit mean).
    What though to do with my cards - loyalty, bank, driving licence, membership, blood donor etc etc (17 at the last cull). The three slots in the mini FInsbury just don't cut it.
    I'm also looking into loyalty card apps for my iPhone but they are not the ideal answer yet.
    I've tried less cards (hence the cull) and a pocket size Filofax can obviously accommodate more but it's too big for my pockets, I don't need a man bag (I have more bags than a small sized bag store).
    Thank you

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    1. In my pocket which I use as a purse, I Put extra card holders on the rings.

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    2. Filofax don't make card holders for the Mini, only for Pocket upwards, that's the problem I think.

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    3. Fegrig - I'm using a Filofax M2 (I've got a video on YouTube). It has 3 slots on the left, a pocket underneath the 3 slots which could accommodate another 3 cards, and the zipped pocket on the right is just the right size for a further 4 or 5 cards.

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    4. Hi Fegrig- I have a slimline personal for my cards and have put my coffee shop and restaurant loyalty cards in a plastic wallet, with multi card slots, holds about 10,non Filofax brand, and my other shop loyalty cards in another platic wallet. Would slip into the slots of a mini. If you e. mail me at je.mccourt@virgin.net with your home address, I can post you one to try out and see if it would be useful for you too??!!

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  6. Have been pondering over whether I could use a personal sized Filofax as I have 3 already and quite fancy a Holborn and Malden(yes I don't really need another Filofax at all but the Holborn and Malden's are so pretty)!!!

    Anyway, my question is: Can you buy blank, loose leaf paper that is the correct size to print straight on to??? Other than the Filofax paper really as they only do white and cream blank loose pages from what I can see...

    I know I can just use A4 and cut down but, I guess I am just being lazy and a bit picky as my trimmer is a pain and scissors make wonky edges! I don't like using white paper as I am Dyslexic and find it easier to see/read on coloured paper (preferably light blue) with a specific font and layout - and seeing as I am not quite as creative yet with all the Washi tape etc. it adds a bit of interest! :)

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    1. If you find some, let me know. I'd love to be able to buy ready punched unlined paper in pastel colours. At the moment, I make my own.

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  7. I have made an accidental discovery.
    I asked a few days ago about why Philofaxy seemed to be slow to load, and this morning I have somehow logged on to a different version of the site with no sidebars, just the first couple of lines of each post.
    I think it may be the mobile version of the site, but the difference is phenomenal and suggests that it may well be the sidebar information and widgets which are slowing things down.
    Try
    http://philofaxy.com/?m=1

    I have only tried it on iPad but would be interested to see if it's better on the MacBook too.

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    1. ETA It does work!
      Not as pretty but so much faster to load, it think this may be my default setting now.

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    2. Yes the mobile version has been loading on my iPad, I find it quite annoying! I will be bookmarking the web version a bit later.

      I also noticed yesterday that Safari on my Mac loads pages a lot faster than Firefox. I'm going to take a look at what extras I have added on to Firefox to see if any are slowing things down!!

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    3. I have noticed the blogger mobile version too, and while it is quicker, I find that the text is teeny tiny with no way or enlarging to without having to move the page from side to side (when enlarging it on the iPad). I find that part of it quite annoying myself.

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    4. Hmm. The mobile version that comes up on my blackberry is terrific. I can read the posts and comments quickly in Google Reader, even on my aging phone. It's one of my favorite things about the site. So few other websites come up properly on mobile versions. Kudos to the design team because it makes such a difference.

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  8. In view of the many discussions over paper, I'm just wondering whether Philofaxy might wish to feature a post on guillotines and paper trimming.

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    1. Good idea Neil, but I suspect we each only own one or two at most.

      But how about this for an idea... if each person wrote a review of their own paper trimmer/guillotine including the model name and a link to it on the net somewhere and then emailed their review to philofaxy at gmail dot com

      I will then bring all the reviews together in to one post with acknowledgements to all the contributors of course.

      Steve

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    2. I can do that on mine - it's not great and that would be helpful. Maybe someone would pass on buying it.... I always like to know what doesn't work great.

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  9. I was having a look on the FF UK site earlier... where's the mash-up gone? Was it limited edition?

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  10. I am considering buying a pocket size filofax to use as a wallet. I am considering the Malden and the
    Chameleon. Is the ring sizes different? If so which one has the largest?
    thanks

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    1. Hi Karen
      The Malden has the bigger rings of the two. 19mm compared to 15mm, but the Chameleon has more card slots...

      I did a review which included both of these here:
      http://philofaxy.blogspot.com/2011/10/filofax-pocket-review.html

      This was written in 2011 so colours etc might have changed etc.

      Regards
      Steve

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    2. Thanks, Steve that was very helpful.
      Karen

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    3. I use the Chameleon as a wallet, and find the multitudinous card slots very useful - I then have a couple of the card holder inserts for the other cards.

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  11. Hi! Philofaxy newbie here. I've recently converted to using a personal sized Finchley from the pocket model, but to save ring space in the personal I've been considering turing my now empty pocket into a Filofax which stores information about web design projects (both paid for & personal). I was thinking what kind of inserts I should buy for this, I have decided I would like to keep track of how many hours I work on each website a day, back up schedules and paper as a 'receipt' of payments/tracking payment records. I think a WO2P on Cotton Cream would be okay, as well as a couple of credit card holders and a transparent envelope to keep small notes in, business cards and the like. Any ideas would be wonderful :) Thanks, Annabelle x

    PS. I don't use this linked livejournal anymore, unfortunately the Name/URL option is disabled so I've had to use this one :)

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  12. Just wondering if anyone thinks (or knows) if the Flex's will be discontinued? There doesn't seem to be much love for them, they are reduced in price on the Filofax site and TK Maxx have had shed loads of them. I got one today for the notebook and jotter aspect to be used separately from my Filofax.

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