19 November 2013

Free For All Tuesday No. 146

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.

29 comments:

  1. I know this might not be allowed, because it's not ring-bound planners and all, but is there anyone out there who uses small notebooks like this?
    What are the pros? The cons?
    ***WARNING--OFFICE PR0N in the below photo***
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BWAc4NoIgAAI9CM.png:large

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    1. Ray Blake at the blog "my life all in one place" is our undoubted expert on Field Note books and homemade leather covers for them! A lot of readers on here also use notebooks such as these,

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    2. I am sure there are many of us that use Midori Traveler's Notebooks, Field Notes, Rhodia, Leuchturm, Clarefontaine, and other quality notebooks since most of us are stationery lovers and appreciate quality paper. For those of us that use fountain pens, a good high quality notebook is a must have. I would be surprised if the per cent age was not surprisingly high. I just posted a piece regarding GPC's Notebook Sampler Package on my blog that offers the opportunity to try some quality papers at a reasonable price to help the consumer find a good fit.

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    3. Our friends over at The Pen Addict have a dedicated page on their site for 'Field Notes' http://penaddict.com/field-notes/

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    4. Thank you all very much!
      ***I'm going to try to remove the first comment, as I see I published a duplicate.***

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  2. Just bought seven notebooks and sewed a leather "binder" for them today.

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  3. I've probably completely missed the dloadable file, but is there a free printable somewhere for a finance page that's very similar to the layout of the ones direct from Filofax themselves?

    I have checked and googled but quite often my 2yr old is trying out his typing skills while I'm searching.

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  4. I am contemplating starting a new blog where I could post such pictures and stories. Right now I´ve weeded the current one since there is something in my past that needs not encouraging further stalking. For now I´ve promised to make a guest-post to Plannerism of a Malden A5- modification (Yanked the rings out because they kept tearing paper) this year and I´ll be glad to do just so.
    So in some future, probably yes under a new username but at this point it looks like we are talking about December.

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    1. This was an answer to SF, actually. I seemed to just butcher the reply-part. My apologies!

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  5. Is there any way how to safe a drowned Filofax? My cousin's little daughter apparently got my Finsbury dirty and she decided to make it clean without telling me. So basically, she submerged it in sink.

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    1. Remove all the pages off of the rings, put some bath towels on a large table or a spare bed and lay out the pages on them and let them dry out naturally.. They might be a bit rippled when they are dry, but might still be readable.

      The organiser it self, I would suggest hanging by one of the rings to let the water drain out of the ring mechanism, Put say a clothes peg in to the pockets to keep them open to allow them to dry inside.

      This might take a few days. When it's dry, to prevent the internals of the ring mechanism from going rusty, get hubbies can of WD40 or 3in1 and put the long plastic tube in to the nozzle and squirt a little bit in to the gaps in the ring mech cover were the rings come out of. But not too much otherwise you will have a constant oily smell!

      Once the leather is dry some leather care balm should hopefully restore that.

      I hope that helps.

      Steve

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  6. ... and after leather balm, add some olive oil. Oil will seal any moisturizing ingredient in the leather. Lather the puppy up really well, drown it in the thing. Don´t worry if the leather will feel like hard paper or cardboard after drying out. Just moisturize the binder good and well, then after a few hours of careful soaking, start massaging the oil to the leather and start bending the binder CAREFULLY to make the oil penetrate further to the leather.
    Good luck!

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    1. Hmm... the reply-gods are not on gal´s side this evening.

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    2. Alternatively you could sell your cousin's daughter on Ebay and buy a replacement with the proceeds......

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    3. Thank you very much for the advice.
      To David Popely: I can't do that. She is a really sweet girl. The whole family would miss her. Besides, it's sort of my own fault since I left her unsupervised and in reach of my Filofax while changing her sister's nappy.

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    4. Awww I understand! Just thought it was a win-win solution :)

      Bill your cousin instead? :)

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    5. I won't. She offered to buy me a new one (nice of her), but it just wouldn't feel right since the Finsbury cost me peanuts on eBay and I still hope to be able to save it. Besides, it's not my main filo (not much info lost).
      And one part of what she told to her daughter was priceless: "Not all toys can be washed." :-)

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    6. I like that......good advice! Pity so many mobile phone users ignore it........!

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  7. I'm on the train back from London reading Filofax Facts, which Paul Burke has lent me. What a fantastic book!

    I suddenly want an available range of 200 pre-printed inserts....back to the 80s!

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    1. ...shoulder pads and pastel coloured suits as well? Laura Branigan losing her self- control on your Walkmans and the works?

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    2. Stereotyping is *never* becoming ;) Just to clarify, I was referring to pre-printed insert availability *only*! I had dinner with someone on Monday who had the most beautiful vintage Lefax wrap-around leather binder.Does anyone else remember the Lefax shop in Covent Garden?

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    3. Awwwwwww! I was kinda hoping the whole whoopla. JOKING!
      Seriously speaking, pre-printed availability would be just golden, especially as in my corners of the world one can find Filofax pages on one store readily and one store only. Not that I´m loosing a wink of my beauty sleep, since the paper quality leaves much to desire.

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    4. Reading Sinclair's book made me remember just how *many* different varieties of refill there used to be.....something for every situation, everyone, everywhere, every occupation, hobby seemed to be catered for. I could have seriously seen myself buying a lot of those - and if I'm honest, back in the 80s, I did. Although I've spent a lot of time and effort reducing my system to minimalist lined-and-plain-paper-only parameters, those refills took me back. Yes, I *know* the paper quality is rock-bottom now, but the designs sparked off so many ideas of what I *could* use my FF for......

      The Lefax store in Covent Garden was an absolute Aladdin's cave of inserts of every conceivable kind, and I remember spending an inordinate amount of time and money in there in the late 70s and early 80s....happy days

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    5. I'd be more than happy with shoulder pads and Laura Branigan accompanying my 1980s Filofax adventures!

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  8. Yes a wide range of printed papers was quite inspiring. And for a while you could buy what was called the large assortment, with one of each of the 100 or so most popular leaves. Amazing.

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    1. Here in Franklin Covey world, the same is true regarding variety of refills. When I go hunting for abandoned planners in thrift shops, I have time and again come across unused FC refills/forms that no longer exist. I grab these like they were gold! Wish FC would put some of them back in print.

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