23 August 2017

Gillio A6 Mia Cara/William Hannah A6 Notebook/planner

After completing the review of the new William Hannah A6 leather disc-bound notebook/planner last week I had a sudden idea spring in to my head that I had to try out...

Yes you guessed it, instead of the ring bound organiser of the Mia Cara, would the disc-bound William Hannah A6 notebook fit the outer jacket of the Mia Cara... in short yes!

And the colour match is quite good too.

It fits in perfectly. 

The William Hannah leather A6 notebook doesn't have any pockets so using it with the Mia Cara outer jacket is a way of solving that should you want pockets.

The disc-bound system is a lot more compact compared to the 23mm ring mechanism, this results in about a 15mm reduction in width compared to the Gillio organiser section, so the pen slot in the spine of the Gillio Mia Cara organiser section is still very useable with even more space than normal.

Thank you to Gillio Firenze for supplying the A6 Mia Cara, and to William Hannah Leather Notebooks for the A6 Notebook. 


22 August 2017

Web Finds - 22 August 2017

So I hope you have had a good weekend.

So now it is time to enjoy a great collection of blog posts and videos from around the internet.

Meanwhile here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Filofax: mon carnet de lecture - Fr - Aude B.
  2. Patent Pink, Coral and Turquoise Original Filofax organizers
  3. Filofax A5 Walkthrough - Brandi Bradley
  4. Bullet Journal Style Plan with Me in A5 Filofax - MichelkinDesigns
  5. FILOFAX DEKO KW 28 | washi stickers | timelapse  - Валерия Ковалёва
  6. Filofax Wochendekoration KW 33 - filofee_
  7. Filofax DIY Ideen | Register selber machen mit Washi Tape & Pappe | Planner selber gestalten - DIY Inspiration - kreative Ideen zum Selbermachen
  8. Filofax update August 2017| JZ - JZ
  9. Plan with Me | Filofax A5 | Carpe Diem Inserts | Aug 14th - Aug 20th | Simply Honeybee - Simply Honeybee
  10. Filofax The Original Personal Turquoise | Unboxing - LoveForPaper85
  11. Filofax Wochendeko KW 33 | 2017 | New Set Up | planningcat_ - planningcat_
  12. Filofax Pocket Metropol - Plan With Me - Planeje Comigo - coffeeMeToo por Simone Gambôa
  13. Filofax Wochendeko KW 32 | 2017 | Maaxty4 - Maaxty4
  14. FILOFAX DEKO KW 29 | casual travelling | deutsch - dekoRIAt
  15. Filofax Wochendeko KW 32 - Timelapse - starflower_plans
  16. Filofax Wochendeko KW 32 - starflower_plans
  17. FILOFAX Wochendeko KW 31 | Federn - Olja
  18. [GER] Filofax Wochendeko // KW 33 - DaniHaPunkt
  19. filoFax EniTab 360 Unboxing - TechTalk
  20. [Filofax-Timelapse] KW 34/17: My Journey To England - YasminLowe
  21. Filofax Wochendekoration KW 34 - filofee_
  22. Functional Plan With Me Personal Filofax 8/21/2017 - 8/27/2017 - PlansMeetPaper
  23. Filofax Setup with Printable Inserts - Irene_PlansMe
  24. Mein Filofax | Filofax-Woche #1 - DIYqueen
  25. FILOFAX Wochendeko KW 32 | BLAUBEEREN - Olja
  26. Filofax Wochendeko 34 | 2017 | Maaxty4 - Maaxty4
  27. +++ Filofax meets Bulletjournal ++ Filofax Malden A5 ++ KW 35 +++ - Do what you Love
  28. Filofax Wochendeko KW 33 - starflower_plans
  29. Filofax Wochendeko KW 33 - Timelapse - starflower_plans
  30. Bullet Journal Style Plan with Me in A5 Filofax August 21 to 27 - MichelkinDesigns
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  2. Plan With Me: 14th – 20th August  - The Stationery Geekette
  3. My week #279 - Paper Lovestory
  4. Plan with me || Little Mermaid - Karens Obsessions
  5. Plan With Me 21st – 27th August. - The Stationery Geekette

Free For All Tuesday - No. 342

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21 August 2017

Guest Post - Filofax Winchester Price History by gmax

I created these graphs of price vs. time using old price lists I’ve seen and the Bank of England inflation calculator. The exact Filofax models are indicated here in the captions – I believe they are all equivalent, except that the 1937 model used has 1” rings instead of the 7/8” rings on all the rest.

On this data, the price of a Winchester in real terms remained pretty much the same for half a century. Then, a couple of years after buying the company, David Collischon took a decision that would spark a huge boom, but would also plant the seed for an equally huge bust. He decided to virtually double the prices across the range, and position the product as something exclusive, which you could use to organise your life. You can see the massive price increase on our graph reflected in the 1983 data.

The strategy worked very well at the start, with Filofax becoming a premium product. Annual sales revenue increased by a factor of 120 between 1981 and 1987. But, from 1988, cheaper competitor products and falling sales sent the company ever deeper into crisis, and the “golden age” of Filofax drew to a close.

Thank you Max for another informative post. I had forgotten what I paid for my Winchester back in 1986!

20 August 2017

PlannerCon Europe 2017

PlannerCon Europe is taking place on the weekend of 28/29 October 2017. That is just 10 weeks away. 

Have you got your tickets yet?

Full details at PlannerCon.eu

19 August 2017

Web Finds - 19 August 2017

So I hope you have had a good week

So now it is time to enjoy a few blog posts from around the internet, so grab a drink and make yourself for our weekly round-up.

Here are some Philofaxy posts you might have missed this week:
  1. Web Finds - 12 August 2017
  2. My Daily/Weekly Planning Tools
  3. Guest Post – Double, Treble, Quadruple by gmax
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 341
  5. Web Finds - 15 August 2017
  6. William Hannah A6 Notebook/Planner - New Product Review
  7. Pocket size organisers
  8. Free for All Friday No. 457 by Nan
So here are the latest Filofax and other brand blog posts from around the Internet. Don't forget to leave a comment on the posts you enjoyed reading, all bloggers enjoy getting comments.
  1. Speakers' Corner Saturday - 396 - Filomaniac
  2. Erin Condren is our keynote speaker! - PlannerCon Europe
  3. Sign Up For The Challenge: 30 Days To Your Best You! - Day Designer
  4. Quo Vadis US History - Quo Vadis Blog
  5. Dream Planners - Plannergirl, Rose Gold obsessed, lover of all things vintage
  6. Design made my day - Filomaniac
  7. TMN TIP: Small Steps are Better Than Standing Still - Time Management Ninja
  8. How to Better Manage Your Time Through Batching and Time Blocking - Wendaful
  9. Wait I have a blog?! - A random English life
  10. 5 Signs You’re Getting Better at GTD - Getting Things Done
  11. MegzPlan Feature - Karens Obsessions
  12. Jennifer's Planner Pages - Mrs Brimbles
  13. Planner girls collective: Dream Planners - a ska loving geek
  14. All blue filofax personal... Or are they - The filofax
  15. Why I Love Planning. - Mademoiselle Women
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18 August 2017

Free for All Friday No. 457 by Nan

Cross-pollination... Some of us who use a Filofax have used a different kind of planner either in the past or at the same time. Perhaps a bullet journal, a Franklin Covey system, a bunch of small Travelers-style notebooks, or even a stack of index cards.

Have you ever adapted something you learned from a different system and used it in your Filofax? For example, do you do bullet journaling, but keep the pages in your Filofax? Did you read Stephen Covey's book and then use his ideas in your Filofax instead of buying a Covey planner? Do you use your Filofax as a commonplace book? Do you use a pocket-size Filofax for "index cards"? (I do!)

And as always on Fridays, feel free to discuss anything ring-binder related. Have a great weekend!

17 August 2017

Pocket size organisers

Pocket size organisers are still very popular. For a lot of people they are a very convenient size of organiser.

The paper size is 120mm by 81mm which falls somewhere between A7 and A6. The organisers all have 6 rings each spaced 19mm apart. I'm not aware of any other configuration in this size apart from the older 4 ring pockets, see this post for those.

The rings sizes vary considerably with the range of sizes between 11mm and 20mm, we will cover who sells what size in a moment.

I think pocket size is a compromise between the super small Mini and the regular Personal size, it still gives you a usable page size in a size of organiser that will easily fit a small bag or normal size coat pocket.

Naturally the internal layouts vary quite a lot on Pocket size organisers. Some for instance have the full width back pocket, some don't. This can be very useful if you are using the organiser as a wallet as well as your planner. [Video link]

The Filofax Malden Pocket does have the full width back pocket as well as 19mm rings.

Internally it also has a useful zip pocket which can be used for coins. The Pocket size is taller than the width of a normal credit card, so you might be happier to use a Credit Card insert to hold your cards more securely.

The Filofax Holborn has the full width back pocket and 15mm rings

Internally it has an excellent layout with correct size vertical card slots. The zip pocket is tucked away in the back cover which isn't so easy to access in a hurry!

The Filofax Chameleon is unusual in that the pen loop is on the inside front cover. But this means it is out of the way of the zip pocket in the rear cover.

It also has a reasonable number of vertical card slots and 15mm rings.

The Eton Pocket is one of my favourites just for its luxury in them cramming in as many features as possible! The leather on this model is super soft and delicate!

There is no full width back pocket on this model, but it does have high quality 15mm rings. Ring protectors, two pen loops, five card slots which are a mixture of top and side entry ones in the front cover. A zip pocket in the back pocket, also large gusseted pockets in the front and back pockets. So you can hold a lot of things in this one.

A pocket I have shared with you before is of unknown make, but it has small 11mm rings

The Gillio Compagna Pocket comes with 15mm rings.

Internally it has a very usable pocket layout

Van der Spek Junior (Pocket) come with either 16 or 20mm Krause rings. Of course the Van der Spek Custom models can have all sorts of internal layouts. Including full back pockets, secretarial pockets, second pen loops etc etc the list is almost never ending.

Van der Spek also sell their Junior Touch Me organisers which is an 'off-the-shelf' model in a limited range of 5 colours, all of them come with 20 mm rings and a full width back pocket and a very good internal layout too.

Both the Gillio and Van der Spek use rings that are removable/replaceable. I'm often asked can the 15/16 mm rings be swapped for 20mm ones. Sadly the mounting points are different spacing, so the swap isn't very straight forward. The backing plate needs to be changed and that requires the leather of the organiser to be unstitched to replace it.

This is only an overview of what is available in Pocket size, there are of course a whole lot more models and makes out there.

Do you use pocket size on a regular basis or have you used it in the past?

16 August 2017

William Hannah A6 Notebook/Planner - New Product Review

Last weekend saw the on-line launch event of the William Hannah A6 leather notebook/planner on the Facebook group using a live video feed.

David kindly offered to send me a sample to review, which I gladly accepted and it arrived in the post this last week.

The William Hannah A6 leather notebook was delivered in exactly the same style of gift box as the A5 (previously reviewed), the A6 box is shown here with a Philofaxy business card for size.

It opens in the same way as the A5 gift box to reveal the wrapped A6 leather notebook.

I have to say that the packaging and 'opening experience' (if such a thing exists!) is comparable to opening any Apple product with the detail that has gone in to the packaging and the presentation of the product.

If you wanted to give one of these notebooks as a gift, the recipient would be very impressed opening their gift.

Inside was a Bordeaux and Petrol Blue William Hannah A6 leather notebook.

It is nice to break out of my usual comfort zone of colours! See the website for all the colour combinations available.

The A6 notebook uses the same size 20 mm stainless steel discs as the A5 with the same spacing as well. There are just 6 discs fitted on the A6 compared to the 8 fitted in the A5. So all existing paper punches will work.

The stainless steel discs are finished to a high standard and the pages turn very smoothly.

Here are the two sizes together for comparison.

The William Hannah A6 notebook cover is made out of high quality Italian leather and the stitching is done to a high standard too.

Of course if you already own an A5 William Hannah notebook you can pop A6 pages in to the A5 without any problems because the discs are spaced the same distance apart.

I have experimented with putting A5 in to the A6, but that is still a 'work in progress' project !

Another comparison with the William Hannah A6 I did was to compare it with two slightly different size Van der Spek A6 ring bound organisers. 

In the left hand column of the photograph below there is a Van der Spek Senior with 20 mm rings, this is the same size as the discs in the William Hannah, so as you can see they are very close in size. 

The Van der Spek is designed for paper 95mm x 140mm so slightly smaller than A6, A6 pages work in that Van der Spek if you use top tabs on dividers. Where as the William Hannah has a more compact arrangement with its disc system and normal A6 paper. 

The right hand column is another Van der Spek Senior, but this time fitted with 25mm size rings and it is the full size suitable for A6 size paper. As you can see it is noticeably wider than the William Hannah A6 notebook, and thicker too. 

The William Hannah A6 is quite a compact A6, if that makes sense! It measures 160mm high by 125mm wide. The 20mm Van der Spek Senior measures 176mm high by 145mm including the clasp. 

The discs are threaded on to a stainless steel rod which is sewn in to the back of the leather cover in the same way as the ones are in the A5 model.

This gives the notebook very good rigidity and stability which is normally an issue for disc system binders.

With sufficient overhang and the quality of the Italian leather cover, this will protect the paper very well and your pages will not come to any harm in normal daily use.

There are a full set of A6 inserts available for the new model. They include diary pages as well as a variety of lined, dot grid, grid, to-do lists etc.

The paper is of very high quality and takes fountain pen ink without any issues at all. See the website for full details for all the inserts available.

There are also a small selection of accessories available for the A6 including colourful dividers and a matching leather and elastic pen loop, the pen loop fits in the same way as it does on the A5 model. I have already ordered a pen loop and some dividers for the A6!.

The William Hannah A6 Notebook is available in ten colour combinations 'off-the-shelf' these have been chosen to appeal to the majority of peoples tastes.

In addition, like the A5 you can order an A6 notebook in a number of bespoke colour combinations of exterior leather, interior suede and the colour of the thread both inside and outside.

You can also have your notebook cover monogrammed as well.

For current prices and availability of both sizes of William Hannah Notebooks and accessories please see their website.

Overall I am very impressed with the William Hannah A6 notebook, it satisfies many points for me, being flexible and compact as well as high quality and able to tuck in to a small bag without taking up too much space. I have always liked the proportions of A6 page size so it will be great to use it again as a notebook.

Thank you to David Round at William Hannah Leather Notebooks for providing me with the review sample.

Further Information:

15 August 2017

Web Finds - 15 August 2017

So I hope you have had a good weekend.

So now it is time to enjoy a great collection of blog posts and videos from around the internet.

Meanwhile here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Bullet journal set up in filofax clipbook - captainkimmmm
  2. Planer Unboxing!Filofax original Pear - DIY Queen
  3. Filofax Flipthrough Pocket - Januar bis Juli 2017 - starflower_plans
  4. Agenda de anillas tipo filofax, bujo - Un poquito de todo - Artisa
  5. Plan with Me | Filofax A5 | Carpe Diem Inserts | Aug 7th - Aug 13th | Simply Honeybee - Simply Honeybee
  6. My Work Planner Set Up 2017 | Filofax Personal Malden - Simply Jemme
  7. распаковка Filofax Patent personal & A5 - Helen Feko
  8. Setup von meinem Filofax Willow ! - dickymint666
  9. Beginner's Guide to Filofax - Brandi Bradley
  10. FILOFAX Wochendeko KW 29 | Gerahmt - Olja
  11. Plan With Me No Sticker Kit // Personal Filofax August 14-20 // Sam Plans - Sam Plans
  12. +++ filofax meets Bulletjournal ++ Malden A5 KW 34 +++ - Do what you Love
  13. FILOFAX Wochendeko KW 30 | Rose Moped - Olja
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My Week Posts
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  2. Plan with me || Summer Vibes - Karens Obsessions

Free For All Tuesday - No. 341

So what questions or discussion points have you got for us today?

It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or a more experienced user of organisers, we want to hear your thoughts, questions, opinions etc.

Make today the one day you post a comment or a question.

It is Tuesday after all so fire away.

14 August 2017

Guest Post – Double, Treble, Quadruple by gmax

Back in the 1980s, the range of available Filofax leaves was much wider than today, and there were four sizes of personal leaves:

6¾” x 3¾”
171mm x 95mm
6¾” x 7⅛”
171mm x 181mm
6¾” x 10½”
171mm x 267mm
6¾” x 13¾”
or 6¾” x 13½”
171mm x 350mm
or 171mm x 343mm

The three wider sizes were all designed to fold down to single size, so they could be carried in a normal personal binder.

These leaves pre-dated metric measures, and the widths in inches would have reflected the true sizes, while the metric dimensions shown were converted and evidently rounded up to the nearest whole mm. (Quad width of 13¾” actually converts closer to 349mm.)

Two widths for quadruple seem to have existed, although only one was shown in any given catalogue. The duality of size is likely to have arisen from how the leaves were folded, as discussed below. (The catalogues I’ve seen showing the smaller of the quad widths also incorrectly state a metric equivalent of 330mm rather than 343mm.)

From mid-1986, the metric widths seem to have been given in the catalogues with further rounding to the nearest 5mm, making double width come out as 180mm and treble as 265mm. I have also seen earlier treble Lefax leaves of 265mm, so there are certainly some nuances to the sizing!

Double leaves:

Treble leaves:

Quadruple leaves:

Note the variation in the direction of folding. The left-hand variant would allow a slightly wider fourth segment, which I suspect is the reason why two different quad widths were quoted.

I have written previously about the original Deskfax format that used double width personal leaves. This was a convenient way to store and use the double size unfolded. Evidence from leaves bearing the associated “DF” marking suggests that this format was introduced in late 1984, rather than 1985/6 as I’d previously believed.

Looking further back in time, both Lefax and Filofax made simple (non-leather) binders that would hold each of the different sizes unfolded.

As an experiment I decided to recreate these, at least in spirit. I used the ring insert out of a modern Temperley Ikat Filofax and made front and rear covers in each of the sizes by trimming plastic sheets. Here are some photos of the end results.    

Components for treble-sized binder:

Double-sized binder:

Quadruple-sized binder: 

The full set of elements used in the experiment:

Today there are still some fold-out inserts for year planners and the like, but the wider range of plain, lined, quadrille, cash, graph etc. are long discontinued. It’s not too hard to make your own though.

Thank you Max, very useful for people wanting extra page space but not a bigger organiser! 
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