20 November 2009

Free For All Friday No. 53

There was some recent discussion in some of the comments about zipped organisers. Have you got a zipped organiser. I and I'm sure other readers will be interested to hear of your experiences of living with a zipped Filofax. Does the zip get in the way?

And finally a request from the Philofaxy Fan Page... which are your least favourite Filofax Organisers? Which colours would you not buy. What puts you off buying a particular Filofax?



  1. Before I bought my first real Filofax I used a Cambridge version that used the same page size as the personal Filofax page. My Cambridge was zipped, and I really liked it all the time because I was traveling a lot and the zip kept all of my little scraps of paper and things secure while the book rattled around in my bag. I always liked the sound of the zipper going along each of the 3 sides as I zipped or unzipped it: Zip! Zip! Zip!

    And yet, I've never purchased a zipped Filo. I like to be able to open my book with one hand.

    What Filos do I hate? Hmm. None really. There are, as with anything, some that are not my style, but none that I despise.

  2. http://typecast2000.blogspot.com/2009/10/my-filofax.html

    I know I keep banging on about my Filofax blog post but it seems to be a one-size-fits-all post at the moment!!

    I do like the zip, and it does stop all the scraps of paper that I shove in from falling out, however, the A5 size does seem to make the Filo a bit "80's Yuppie" style (think Del Boy from Only Fools and Horses) and whilst this style currently suits me, I do want a more girlie one.

    I've been looking a the Personal sized ones but I still eye up the zipped ones (I love the look of the Cuban Zip...).

  3. The only reason that stopped me from buying a pocket Eton or deciding for sure on a Christmas A5zipped Guildford is that I really don't want black. I need color - camel, deep green, cherry - mustard! For xmas my bf wants to give me an A5 and I just cannot decide between a Finchley, zipped Guildford because of this and because I drag a lot of paper w/ me when I work from home about 2 days a week. The Sienna is lovely, but seems a bit young and sporty to me. If I get a zip I want it to lie flat. The Cuban Zip is nice but from photos seems stiffer than the Guildford. Help!!!! By the way, have any of you heard of the Japanese "Bindex" line? My bf is in Tokyo today and ran across it - he said the inserts are pretty cool looking and wanted to know paper size of my filo.

  4. I've never had a zipped Filo, and have never considered getting one, I like them with the clasp closure :)

    And the Filos I really don't like are the Fresco, the Indie and the Siena, in that particular order.
    I always thought that it would change by looking at them in real life, but no. Something about the motifs used in the canvas, look a bit cheap to me, like, they don't belong to Filofax. And the Siena I just find the zipper in the front makes it too bulky.
    I also dislike the english rose print on the Classic.

  5. I use the a5 Guildford zip organiser and I love it, The zip does not get in the way, and it is very handy to stop things falling out when travelling. I am considering switching to the a5 zip cuban, my only objection is how stiff it is, but i have ben assured that after a little time it will lie flat. the only filofax i do not like is the classic camel with the rose print.

  6. shepcraig, does the Guildford Zip lie flat open? Sounds from your comment it does!

  7. I've recently started reading this blog and this is my first time posting here. I recently bought a Guildford Zip Personal and I have to say that I absolutely love it. It was pretty stiff out of the box but trained it to lay flat on the same day after I have put in all my pages. And by the way, the rings hold a lot more than most if not all of the clasp types.

    I carefully selected this model because I also use some Franklin Covey inserts, which, as we all know are wider than Filofaxes' pages and these pages don't become unsightly in zipped binders. This Guildford has lots of pockets and surprisingly the exterior pocket is equipped with button-size magnet closure which adds more security.

    Along with the 5 tabs that it came with originally, I have already added 10 more tabs like "Travel", "Health", "Español", etc. and I still have some room to spare.

    I think I need to see a shrink. I've been all over this Filofax since day one! And oh, by the way, I also got a Guildford Personal Slimline that I use as a "dispenser" whenever I go to places where I don't need the whole book but a few pages. Great complement to the Zip!

  8. I have the Finsbury A5 Zipped in red. It's my main Filo, my portable office. I love it to bits. I don't find the zip a problem. It's only zipped when it's travelling.

    I still use a Palm for contacts, shopping list, financial stuff (splash money is brill)and I use the calendar for workouts and WOE stuff. Actually, even the Palm goes inside the Finsbury lol.

  9. I have a zipped Filofax Pak, and I found it to be great since it kept all my papers in one place.

    Hmm. I don't think there are any Filos I hate, but I'd probably never buy a light colored Filo since it would show dirt and marks very well.

  10. Nickie, your Metropol A5 is the dogs bollocks of Filofaxes even if it didn't lay flat! ;-)

  11. Yeah the a5 zip guildford lies flat

  12. I don't like zipped organizers because they're so much bigger than the open ones. But I've never had a zipped Filo, and it sounds like they have some advantages over other brands (they lie flat, etc.) On the other hand, I wouldn't hesitate to use a zipped organizer if I carried loose pieces of paper or other things that might fall out.

    I also dislike puffy or too-thick covers, because they give me less room to fill it up with my own stuff!


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