24 May 2011

Free For All Tuesday No. 16

Well last weeks FFAT had a huge number of comments/replies.

I wonder what questions you will have for us this week?


  1. OK - I didn't think I'd ever be a commentor that raves about a new Filofax but the new Crimson personal Malden I purchased in New York is a beautiful binder. I'm really enjoying using it.

    Now, though, I feel like I need to clean up some of my pages - like they are "too messy" for such a regal binder.

    Also, out of curiosity, is there a Memorial Day type holiday celebrated in Europe?

  2. Hi Karensa
    I know what you mean about what can go in to such a treasured binder!

    A good place to discover national holidays in different countries is on the Filofax website. You will need to log in to your account and I know on the UK site there is an International Holiday page:


    You select the country and it displays all the holidays on that page.

    In UK there is Spring Bank Holiday on the 31 May.

    But its 'cause' is a little different to that of Memorial Day


    In UK and in France the 11 November or the Sunday closest to the 11 November tends to be remembrance day it started to remember the soliders killed during WW I 11-11-1918 It's not a holiday in UK but it is in France.



  3. + idea: filofax swap* where two people switch models for 7 days and blog about it. good idea? bad idea? *needs a better name

    + are any of you in los angeles?

    + seriously where do i find those blank index dividers in the US? preferably in nyc but i would be okay with ordering online. thecrazylifeofj had them in her malden at the nyc meetup. m_ng did as well. they were clear plastic tabs like you would find on hanging folders for a filing cabinet

  4. @karensa so happy to hear you love your new malden. i am still cleaning up my filo and trying the ideas i saw others using at the meet-up

  5. @karensa, I received my Crimson Malden yesterday and even with a major migraine, I couldn't stop smiling when I saw it. It's gorgeous.

    I have also switched my system, to a page per day. So far, I'm liking it, I have so much more space per day! The only thing I miss is the week view.

  6. I love my crimson Malden! It is wonderful! But I have gone and done something naughty. It isn't a filofax exactly but hmmmmm.......

  7. Oh CP... what is it darling??? And does DH know (yet)?

    Just been to the filofax UK site and there is 3 for 2 on paper and essentials. Ends 31/5

  8. @justenoughsalt - You can buy small dividers like that at Staples or Office Max. They're Avery I believe. The ones I have are clear, though they may make color tabs.


    And they do make colors, according to the website.

  9. @Karensa: In Holland we have Memorial Day on the 4th of May, when we remember all casualties of all wars past and present. At 8.00 pm the whole country (or at least that's the idea) inserts 2 minutes of silence. If you are in a train, it will stop for those 2 minutes, many people driving pull over into a parking lane for those 2 minutes. It is quite impressive actually ...

    Did you know that we have an American Cemetery a few miles from where I live? The American soldiers are remembered each May on the US Memorial Day. Should you be interested, here is the link to the Cemetery website:
    It is nice to know that the 8,301 American soldiers that gave their lives for our freedom, are not being forgotten!

  10. @Amanda you shall have to wait and see ;-) hehe!

  11. @Steve We also celebrate Nov 11th in the US, Memorial Day is a separate holiday for veterans. I don't know that anybody else celebrates it, however most places have some kind of labor/labour day on May 1st, while we don't have ours until September.

    Really looking forward to new binders in the US this summer, but not sure I would be able to bring myself to exit my Kate Spade binder. The rings are a hair smaller than I'd prefer, but it's just so compact it's a real treat to use.
    Have any of you ever found the perfect balance of slimness and capacity? If there was a pocket Malden with slightly smaller rings I think I'd never change binders. (Except to change colors, of course!)

  12. @justenoughsalt- you must have missed my Tweet! I found the exact tabs I have while in NYC! They are at Montgomery Stationery on the LES for $4- I grabbed a backup pack but I know there were at least two more. The address is 330 Grand St.
    New York, NY 10002.

  13. I've decided that I must acquire an A5 from the UK site since the Aqua Chameleon is a no-go in the US. Are there any special instructions or do I just have to live without? Thanks in advance.

  14. If you are ordering from abroad from Filofax UK please read the following post, you might be able to save some money on delivery which is quite expensive from the UK site.

    Ordering from Neal Street can work out considerably cheaper on high value orders.


  15. Thank you. I'm in the US. Got the Personal in spring green yesterday but that A5 is begging to come to the US. How can I say no? That would be inhumane! :-D Thanks again!

  16. Hi everyone,

    long time reader, first time poster. :) I do have a problem I could really need your assistance with: I want to buy a Filofax as a present and the seller does not ship outside of the UK :(. That's it in a nutshell, there are some other complicating factors, but I just wanted to ask if any of you readers from the UK would be willing to help me out and "forward" an item for me. Immediate payment with PayPal is no problem, and I'll pay for any costs that will incur and of course for the shipping (it's within europe) and I'll even add something on top for your time!! :(

    If anyone would be willing to help me out with this, please, if possible, let me know until about 9pm UK time (about 4 hours from now on), I would very much appreciate it.

    I'm not sure if you can send private messages or something like this here ... so I guess just reply here please or let me know how to contact you. Thanks! :)


  17. Can someone measure the length of the closing strap on a Kendel A5? Mine is 4" or 103mm. Same exact length as on my personal Kendal - I want to see if my A5 has the wrong strap. Thanks!


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