12 August 2022

Free For All Friday - No. 718 by Anita

I have a confession... I haven't been using a Filofax for the past 2 months!
Life has been fairly full-on for the last number of years, so I've realised more recently that I just don't have much spare energy outside of working and spending time with family. Therefore I decided that potentially this could be a useful time to have a break from using an organiser, whilst I'm focussing more on resting in general and also recovering from COVID. 

I've been using an A4 hardback notebook for work and a pocket Moleskine (in my Raydori) for anything else that I'd like to keep track of. However, on purpose right now I'm not writing much in the Moleskine, but I'm glad that it's there to get things out of my head and for when I am thinking more about what I'd like to do in maybe a couple of months. It's been a good hiatus from planning and I think that I'm now ready to start thinking about getting back to using my Filofaxes for maybe the beginning of September. 

Have you recently taken a break from using a ring-bound organiser and if so, did you find it useful?

And as always on Fridays, please feel free to discuss anything organiser related. I hope that you have a great weekend. 

11 August 2022

Carrying Stamps in your Filofax

Do you remember writing letters? Taking a pen and writing on a piece of writing paper, then folding it and putting it an envelope (that symbol you see to send an email!) 

On the outside of the envelope you write the name and address of the person you are sending the letter to. You then put a stamp in the top right hand corner of the envelope on the side you have written the address and post it in a mail box. 

Stamps are like the currency of letter writing, you pay the post office a certain amount to send a letter of a certain size and weight. Once they receive your letter it travels through their system and within a few days it will be delivered to the person you sent it to. 

In the world of ever increasing electronic communications, where we can send a message in seconds without using stamps and envelopes, our children and grand children would read the above description of 'sending a letter' and roll their eyes at the thought of how slow the process was!

In years gone by, we were all letter writers in some form or another. We might have kept a stock of stamps of different values to cover the cost of postage to different countries or for different sizes of letters. 

Some Filofax organisers had stamp pockets in their covers in the same way they have business card pockets now. At some point they also made an insert to hold stamps in your Filofax. 

My wife Alison has one of these inserts. 

It is made out of card in Personal size with six rows of semi transparent paper that you tuck the stamps behind. 

Unfortunately there's no branding or date shown on the insert. The closest thing I can find mentioned in the 1937 catalogue is a 'Stamp Approval Card' but there's no illustration of it, so that is just a best guess really. 

In discussion with Neil, we also believe that this type of insert might have been used by stamp collectors (philatelist) to carry stamps they had bought for their collection or ones they were about to sell. 

These days you could use such an insert for your decoration stickers? 

Do you carry postage stamps? 


Christopher, one of our UK readers sent me a photo of his solution to carrying stamps in his Finsbury Mini. 

Thank you Christopher.

10 August 2022

Video Web Finds - Wednesday 10 August 2022

So I hope you have had a good weekend.

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

Here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. My planning process - Planner Mumsy
  2. Here we go again - New daily time blocks - The Unplanned Life
  3. August 2022 Personal Rings Flip - Laura Loves Paper
  4. Planner Update and Flip: August 2022 - dr_alvaplans
  5. Unboxing of new Van Der Spek planners and a new Moterm planner - Tilted Tierra with Melissa Reeves
  6. August Planner Setup | VDS | Personal Wide Inserts - Tuck Shops Tavern
  7. Plan With Me | Week of August 8 - 14, 2022 | Personal Rings | Birthday Week #planwithme - Tiffany’s Plans
  8. *NEW!* Moterm Luxe 2.0 Pocket (Full Grain Veg Tan Leather) - Seaweed Kisses
  9. 36 gsm paper on the discbound? An experiment - The Unplanned Life
  10. Chatty Plan With Me | VDS | August 2022 - Tuck Shops Tavern
  11. Franklin Classic Alivia || Weekly Plan With Me || August 8th - 15th, 2022 - Sandra Dahl
  12. Study with the Moonlight Collection and @Mariane Cresp​ - Filofax
  13. Filofax Mail Time #20 - Flatability
  14. July Recap & August Set Up! - BuySellPlan
  15. This week’s planner layout - Samantha Gibson- Choose_Your_Planning
  16. August 8-14: Chatty Weekly Plan With Me| Kendra Bork - Kendra Bork
  17. New Van Der Spek A6 set up - Tilted Tierra with Melissa Reeves
  18. *⋆⸜ Flip through ⸝⋆* 久しぶりなシステム手帳です/fILOFAX/マルデンmini6 - kuma-noteʕ•ᴥ•ʔ
  19. Portemonnaie für die Umschlagmethode - Filofax Mini Malden ❤ #geldbörse #filofax #budgetplanung - Zielschmiede
  20. Распаковка посылки! Море стикеров, наклеек, бланки Filofax mini и Filofax Personal - Миллион Блокнотов
  21. Pocket Planner Setup (with rings) | Filofax | July 2022 - Stoked for school
  22. Planner Flip Through August 2022 (Filofax Personal Rings) - gorl with no name
  23. My Knitting Planner | Knitting & other hobbies | Filofax ft. PuffinPagesCo. & HeyPlannerGirl Inserts - Andrea Plans and Knits
  24. Unboxing NEW Planner | Downsizing Planner Sizes |Moterm PW Planner - Christie Nicole
  25. Moterm Full Grain Leather Personal Rings in Apricot and 7Felicity A5 Ostrich Green Folio - Managing Marlys
  26. New Moterm Veg Tan Leather Personal Luxe | Review & Comparison | Apricot and Midnight - Crafty Loretta
  27. Black Moterm Personal Size Rings - Flip Thru - August w/ Dailies - Christine Louise on Paper
  28. Setting up Moterm A7 Cash Envelope Wallet Pocket Planner - D budgets
  29. Moterm Personal Versa | Burnt Orange | Rose Gold Ring Swap - lovewifey
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09 August 2022

Free For All Tuesday - No. 601

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.

We are here to answer your questions.

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

It is Tuesday after all so fire away with any questions and comments.

08 August 2022

Celebrities/Famous People that use a Filofax?

Photo linked from Daily Mail
We often see an actor/actress using a Filofax or another brand of organiser in a film or TV show, but they are often a prop or similar. They might not be a Filofax user themselves. Janet has been 

However, there are exceptions, occasionally we will spot a famous person carrying a Filofax or we might read a news story that mentions a 'famous' person uses a Filofax. 

Recently, Coleen Rooney (wife of English football player Wayne Rooney) was seen in court referring to her notes in her Filofax. I won't go in to the details of the court case, you can find it easily enough with the help of Mr Google

Back in 2010 Mrs Rooney was photographed on holiday with her Filofax, the photograph featured in the Daily Mail. The comments at the time on social media ranged from details about her swimsuit, but planner people were more interested in the model of planner and what does she carry in it!! 

A New York Times article from 1987 mentioned several other 'famous' users including Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. Diane Keaton is known to have invented/requested that Filofax made a removable insert for cash and cards. This is also mentioned in an LA Times article from 1988.

I've seen passing reference to Madonna (Singer) and Naomi Campbell (Model) also being Filofax users. 

Some of these news reports are getting some what dated now, are they still Filofax users? 

06 August 2022

Web Finds - Saturday 6 August 2022

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

Here are some Philofaxy posts you might have missed this week:
  1. Web Finds - Saturday 30 July 2022
  2. Silent Sunday
  3. A date for your diary - Sunday 7 August 2022
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 600
  5. Video Web Finds - Wednesday 3 August 2022
  6. Highlights for July 2022
  7. Free For All Friday - No. 717 by Steve
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. Finding YOUR Planner - FranklinPlanner Talk
  2. Weekly grid layout - LAURA JANE
  3. Bring Your Own Sunshine - the zeitgeist of zoe
  4. Stationery Joys - Julie Goucher ~ Anglers Rest
  5. I’m Dead, Now What? - This Bug's Life
  6. PLOTTER coming to 2022 Pen Shows in DC and San Francisco - PLOTTER USA
  7. Quote Journal Card - theorganizedmiss
  8. Episode #166: GTD Live – pt 15 - Getting Things Done
  9. Using Daily & Weekly pages together - LAURA JANE
  10. Blue Themed weekly spread in the Plum Paper Quad Lined layout - All About Planners
  11. Link Love: Pelikan Hubs are Back! - The Well-Appointed Desk
  12. Web Finds – 3 August 2022 - Travellers Notebook Times
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This week I've again included some old posts from sites we continue to monitor. Go and wake up their blogs and leave them a comment to encourage them to post something new! Mention finding them via Philofaxy. [Group 8]
  1. Setup Walkthrough Medium Kikki.K Mint & Gold Planner - chicpapergeek
  2. Musings.... - The Little Things....
  3. Remembering all the little things. - Crafty Thingamabobs
  4. The 2 Things Helping Me To Really Use My Filofax - Aimless Allee
  5. filofax & mtn wrap up - week 19 - Team Filofax
  6. Filofax saga - benvenuta Flex! - fuocolandia
  7. A Return to Old Fashioned Blogging - Cupcakes and Cadenzas
  8. Favorite Things- Filofax Hunting - Incarnations of Organization
  9. Welcome to FiloCrafts! - FiloCraft!
  10. Oh Gillio... you are lovely. - Brain Unfettered
  11. Testing out a new setup... - Filo Fabulosity!
  12. 365/30 Lists: 2014 | Week 29 - A Crafty Island Girl
  13. Top Planner Tools for 2017 - The Peaceful Parent
  14. Still alive - a ska loving geek
  15. Design your life: A creative way to success + free printable! - Designs from the Black Forest
  16. My current planner set up - Organise your Life & Mind
  17. 10 fun ways to personalize your planner - Itsaplannerthing
  18. making booklets from old planner pages - Sharondippity
  19. A glimpse of my Filofax Topaz mini as a wallet - Empress Bat's Journal
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