Since April I've been using a Van der Spek Standard and a Van der Spek Senior, both of them black 'Touch Me' models which I detailed in a previous post.
This last weekend I thought to myself 'Come on make a decision, stop flitting from one to the other'!!!
|Van der Spek Senior size Touch Me|
|Van der Spek Senior size Touch Me|
I love them both, the leather is very soft and supple and smells delightful. Plenty of pockets and slots. There are obvious differences between them.
My particular Senior has 20mm rings (they will be available with 25mm soon) Whilst this early model of Senior isn't officially the right size for A6 paper (slightly too narrow) I've not had any issues and I got around the width problem by using top tabs. Sorted!
The Standard (personal) on the other hand has big 30mm rings, and given the extra pages I've been lugging around on my North American trip this year it proved it self very well. But it is like lugging a brick around when full.
Now I could have just lightened the Standard by changing to a week on one page and slimming down the contents overall.
However, I love the A6 page size and proportions and to me they feel a much more natural height and width. A6 is shorter than personal (148mm v 171mm) but wider (105mm v 95mm). Given that A6 is half the size of A5 pages, it is extremely easy to create and print pages for A6, not that printing personal size pages is difficult.
Having been a Filofax personal size user for nearly 30 years, breaking rank and using a new size is not a decision that is an easy one!
So I sat down and went through the Standard size organiser page by page or section by section. And listed the information I actually needed to carry in the Senior that I didn't have at the moment, or the pages I would need to create to make the switch complete.
I ended up with a list of pages/sections that looks something like this:
- Personal Information .docx .pdf Preview
- Diary (Week on One Page plus Notes) from our selection of A6 inserts
- Year Planner also from our selection of A6 inserts
- To Do List .docx .pdf Preview
- Note paper (lined) .docx .pdf Preview
- Weekend Packing Lists .docx .pdf Preview
- London Tube Map - Pre-printed from TfL
- Paris Metro Map .docx
- T Mobile configuration page - for my mobile phone in UK
- LeClerc data configuration page - for my mobile phone in France
- Address Lists .docx .pdf Preview
- Internet account information .docx .pdf Preview
The remainder of the pages I would need to create for A6 although that wouldn't be too difficult and I'm going to share them with you as well.
I created the missing pages as A5 pages, because I already had some of them as A5, but with a few tweaks to allow for them being resized in the printing process they would be reduced by 70% so I reduced the number of entries and increased the font sizes on some.
And here are my stack of pages.
The London Tube Map was easy to do. You can pick up London Tube maps from underground stations in London free of charge. They are A6 height already, but they fold out. So I pinched a tip from Ray Blake and put some clear plastic on the back of the folded map and punched some holes in the plastic with my hole punch. They bring out new maps each year so that one will be easy to keep up to date.
I was also able to find a Paris Metro map on line in pdf format so that was easy to download and print on to A5 paper then 'Z fold' down to A6 so it is easy to ready and not too small or hard on the eyes.
Because I don't have any A-Z tabs for the address pages I came up with a simple and elegant solution of including the A-Z index in to the page itself. All I do is circle the letter in the list and that will be fine. I'm going to consider only having essential addresses anyway rather than the full list I have in my A5 at home as I also have the full list on my iPhone as well... (dangerous I know!)
I'm really pleased with the end result and as you can see there is quite a reduction in the bulk of the organiser I will be carrying around and using more and more I think.
You might like to consider joining a new Facebook group about 'Using A6 planners:Info and Resources'
The middle setting between 'Pocket' and 'Personal' on the Rapseco Punch is the setting for A6 organisers.