28 February 2014

Free For All Friday No. 276

I know it's bad for my Filofax rings to fill them too full, but there are so many pages I want/ need in my binder! I like having everything I need in one binder, because if it's somewhere in a separate binder I'll never look at it.

My pages don't go completely all the way around the rings, but they do go around at the edges. I know it would be better for my binder to have fewer pages, but I already feel like I'm at the minimum I can have and still use my binder the way I need to. One answer would be larger rings, but I have to draw the line somewhere! I'm sure I would overstuff larger rings too.

Do you stuff your rings full? Or do you leave space on the rings?

And as always on Fridays, feel free to discuss anything Filofax-related!

29 comments:

  1. I also suffer from Fat Filofax Syndrome. I have three calendar formats (monthly, weekly and daily) that I use to keep track of my life as well as extra inserts for things to do, financial, ruled and lined pages - an assortment of postage stamps, stickers, post-its, address pages, and business cards of people I constantly deal with. And that is just my Personal work Filofax. My A5 home binder is full of receipts, coupons, and catalog pages of things I want to purchase, or articles I want to keep and read when I get time.

    For my 60th birthday two weeks ago I bought a Black Malden (personal size) and am still smiling and drooling on it. I am using it as my fat Filofax for work. I have retired my Fusion to be a storage binder. I also bought an A5 Finsbury which I will use for my writing projects. These two new Filofax join a pocket Chameleon (my wallet) and a pocket Piazza (my diet and exercise tracker.)

    I will definitely be adding more Maldens if I can find Black or Red in an A5 and a pocket size.

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    1. I don't believe the A5 Malden has ever been made in black or crimson, although you can definitely find those colours in Pocket size.

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    2. And still I keep dreaming about a black A5 Malden.....:)

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    3. The first year the Malden was released it only came in Pocket and Presonal when the A5 and Mini where added to the line up they phased out black and crimson but added grey and vintage pink to the available colours Ochre has been there since day one

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  2. I hate my Filofax being too stuffed, it's one of the reasons I can't do personal size for my main planner. I have gone back to my A5 which stays at home and I have now a mini that I use for writing my work shifts in. It's working ok but the pages go from Monday to Sunday not Sunday to Saturday which is what I need for my job as our week runs Sunday to Saturday! There is only so much tip-ex and rewriting the day/date I can be bothered with!

    On that subject, if anyone knows where I can find some mini sized Sunday to Saturday week on one page (heck, even week on 2 pages will be better than nothing if they run Sunday to Saturday and are mini sized!) then PLEASE let me know... I guess if there are even pocket sized pages that fit that description I could always upsize a little, just can't do personal size. TIA - keeping my fingers crossed!!!

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  3. Despite every night I checked the binder, putting inside only the sheets that are strictly necessary, my filofax was always too fat. So, because of the fear of breaking the rings, I opted to keep around with me two planners (pocket size), one with the yearly, monthly and weekly calendar, and some other sheets for free notes, and another one with all the other pages and the various stuff that I need.
    it isn't certainly the most comfortable solution, I'd like to have everything in only one filofax, but now I can't fear the breakup of the rings

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  4. Speaking of rings .... I want a 6 ring hole punch, but I don't want to pay FiloFax prices! I have both an A5 and a personal. Any suggestions?

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    1. Erin this is pricey but it's what I bought and I love it:
      http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008ZAYA9Y/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1

      You adjust the placement of the individual punches, so you can have any configuration you want. You could even take some out if you only wanted e.g. 4 punch, but I wouldn't recommend it as I discovered they're Really Difficult to get back in again.

      Anyway I've used a tipex pen on the back to mark the placements of Personal and A5 Filofax holes - dotted for one set, solid lines for the other. Now it's quick and easy to switch between the two (although I always do a test punch on a scrap piece of paper and compare with the flyleaf before starting, just to make sure!).

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    2. Take a read of this post there are options for which ever side of the Atlantic you are on!

      http://philofaxy.blogspot.com/2013/01/filofax-punches.html

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  5. I carry 2 personal size because there is too much for one. I use a holborn as a wallet, my project pages and A-Z filing there. My Malden just holds my DIYFish, my monthlies and then the current month of weekly and dailies. Towards the last half of the year I should be able to put these in the Holborn. I prefer one binder, but I don't want to invest in a new binder every year. But then again I didn't like any of the FF last year. Maybe they will have one this year that I won't be able to live without. :) If I bought a cheaper model, I probably would load that baby up and see how long it could live being happily fluffy.

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  6. It's a perpetual fight to keep some space in my personals, whether using the Malden or the Chameleon. That's why the weekly reviews help me so much. I have mimicked Josh's 2014 system from monthly to weekly to daily, and it is working successfully for me as long as I do the weekly reviews. (Josh I must have viewed your video a gazillion times.)

    On a separate note, I am using a self made daily page, on regular old cheap copy paper. Does anyone have a suggestion for a heavier weight paper to try? I know nothing of how to choose one, but would like something better than basic cheap copy paper, and maybe even colored, and maybe even, dare I say it? one that I could use my beloved fountain pens on?

    Well, two out of three would not be bad. Oh, and I'm in the US.

    Thanks.

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    1. Can you tell me what video you are talking about? I would love to watch it!!!

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    2. Regular copy paper is probably 20 pound. If you can find 60 pound, it's a little heavier. Cardstock is 90 pound; the 60 falls between the two -- it feels more like the 20 but is a bit more durable. It should tell you on the top or bottom of the package what the weight is.

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    3. Dani - It's "My 2014 Filofax setup in the Winchester" by Joshua LaPorte. It's on You Tube.

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    4. kanalt - Thank-you, that will definitely help me!

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  7. I love having my planner and wallet in one (personal Malden) but it's becoming too stuffed. Trying to find a solution, but I think I may have to revert to a (shudder) normal wallet. The question then becomes, do I keep my passport and residency papers in my wallet or planner?

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    1. I use a pocket Chameleon as my wallet and I have my passport tucked in the left hand side. I carry seven credit card holders (each hods four cards) for all my credit cards, id cards, discount cards, etc. I keep receipts in the back with my dollar bills until I can log them in my financial software. It is a very elegant looking Filofax wallet and wears extremely well. I have had mine for about a year and it still looks brand new.

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    1. R.L. I use a pocket Chameleon as my wallet, I love it! But I guess you'd need something longer if you need it to carry your passport? I have you tried any of the compacts - a Malden zip or Pennybridge or something?

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    2. The passport fits perfectly in the back notepad pocket of the Malden. The residency papers and my daughters identity card fit in the full length pocket behind that. I always struggled keeping them in a wallet, but I know my wallet goes with me everywhere. Argh!

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  9. SF, if you're looking for decent paper then I would try e.g. Rhodia or Clairfontaine. I use Rhodia paper in my filo (which is A5) more or less exclusively, it's not excessively thick but 80gsm and fabulous with fountain pen ink (no feathering, no bleedthrough, very limited showthrough).

    Rhodia comes in a variety of sizes, colours and formats - but is generally excellent quality. Clairefontaine and Rhodia are both part of the same company and for generally available stuff (at least in Europe) they are the first two names many people think of for good paper.

    I've also just obtained some Tomoe River paper which is very very thin but fantastic with fountain pens - but quite expensive and can be difficult to find as it's made in Japan. If you're using personal size pages you could google Raymay DaVinci - they do personal pages in Tomoe River paper.

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    1. Paul thanks for the assist! I will definitely take a look at all of them, especially the Tomoe River if they are in personal size.

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    2. Raymay DaVinci refills are at www.jetpens.com for US folks

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    3. Funnily enough even though I'm in the UK, I got my Tomoe River paper from jetpens. There doesn't seem to be a stockist in the UK or Europe - I got a pack of 100 sheets of white A4. Amazingly, the pack is only about a quarter of an inch thick - the paper is strong but very thin and lightweight... so in a filofax context, you can pack more pages in! Yay!

      Another source for plain Tomoe River paper (as opposed to premade filofax inserts) is http://www.paperforfountainpens.com/ (also in the US) who do a variety of notebooks and loose paper, and have good feedback on the fountain pen network.

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  10. I've been stuffing my Daytimer Desk Size (A5) and decided to get a Pocket FF and a Personal FF to separate my expenses and snail mailing respectively. My DT has 2-inch rings. No matter how much paper I put, it seems to have more space available. However, It's a zip binder so whenever I zip it close, the whole binder's leather seemed bent. I'm worried that I would rip the cloth holding the zipper. Yikes. So, I put it on a diet, and had two extras. I think it's healthier not to make it overweight. :-)

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  11. I cannot stand having my planner stuffed, especially when I need to open the rings. So I've divided my life among several planners. I have a pocket kikki k which serves as my devotional notebook, a pocket malden which holds my calendar and financial information/accounts/passwords/addresses, etc, an A5 original as my homeschooling binder, and I plan to get a personal original for an ultimate "brain dump" planner, since I make lists ALL. THE. TIME. :-) I like being able to use every planner every day, and the only one that ever leaves the house is my malden.

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  12. Another endorsement from me for the Tomoe River paper. It is available in pocket (not exactly = to FF pocket but close enough for me) and personal (they call it Bible size, exactly = to FF personal size) size. Received some in personal size today (from Jetpens). Even using a fairly wet nib/ink combination (Parker Duofold M nib/Waterman blue ink) there is zero feathering or bleed through and minimal showthrough, you could certainly use the second side with no readability problems.

    Have a great weekend.

    Dave.

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  13. Another stuffer here. I'm constantly reviewing my filo to take things out I don't need.

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  14. My Filofax is actually getting a little stuffed, and I very rarely have it like that! It needs a sort through :3

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