16 July 2018

Buying an A6 ring organiser

"Where can I get an A6 size organiser?" is a frequent question that pops up on some of the Facebook groups or in one of my emails.

Today I want to try to help all those prospective A6 users find a suitable A6 organiser. Naturally personal tastes vary and budgets vary, so I'm not going to recommend one particular brand or model.

As well as buying direct from the companies there are also the Facebook groups too, see the end of this post for links to all of them.

So in no particular order...

Gillio

Gillio currently sell two A6 size organisers, their A6 Compagna, and the A6 Mia Cara. Both are made in a variety of leather colours and finishes. Both models come with 23mm A6 rings

We reviewed the Gillio A6 Compagna when it was released.

Gillio batch produce all of their products, this can mean that they might be out of stock of a particular size, colour, model for longer than everyone would like. It is not possible to pre-order items.

However they do have an alert service on their website, which you can register your email address on.

This does two things. Firstly it informs them of the level of interest in a particular model/size and colour, this will then help them decide their production schedule. This schedule is not made public.

Secondly if you have registered an interest, you will receive an email when that particular model/size and colour is back in stock and about to be released for sale again.

Production numbers of any one colour vary depending on the perceived demand for a particular colour/finish in a particular model/size.

So if they are out of stock register an interest straight away...

See the Gillio Website for more details.


Van der Spek.

Van der Spek produce several A6 models in their 'Senior' size.

However be aware they they do two sizes in Senior. Un-widened for the original Senior size inserts (150x95mm) and Widened for A6 size inserts (148x105mm)

Un-widened will take A6 size inserts but you will have to use 'top-tabs' on dividers for the best results.

This past post will help explain the difference in more details.

Within the Van der Spek model range there are basically two models.

The 'Touch Me' range in Senior size this is a 'ready to ship' model and is available with either 20mm or 25mm Krause rings. The Touch Me range are made externally to Van der Spek using leather from a French tannery in a choice of 5 colours. If a colour is out of stock it will not show up on the website.

All of the current Touch Me models are made in widened size and can take A6 with 25mm rings. They have an expansive range of pockets etc, including a full width back pocket and two pen loops all as standard.

The Touch Me range is here on the Van der Spek website.

There is also the Custom range, these are all made to order, you get to pick the leather colours inside and out, the thread colours, all the various options etc. The number of possible permutations is huge therefore virtually no two are the same!

In the Custom Senior range you can specify 13mm, 20mm or 25mm size rings

Production time is approximately 4 weeks from order to shipping. Naturally the price is higher for this level of customisation, but a lot of people go this route because they can specify exactly what they want.

All of the Custom range are made in Van der Spek's own workshop in the Netherlands under the watchful eyes of Petra Van der Spek. Petra will help you decide the final design of your Custom Organiser if you want to go outside of the normal options available.

For full details of the Van der Spek Custom range see their website here.


Succes
Succes have a large number of different 'Senior' models available these are all designed for slightly narrower inserts than A6 at 95mm x 150mm, they can also supply inserts in this size as well.

See their website for full details.


Mulberry
Mullberry offer a small range of leather Mulberry Agendas which are A6 size and available in leather in a number of colours.

They also sell inserts and dividers for their Agendas too.

See their website for full details.


There are also a small number or new smaller makers that I found out about.

Pedori Vienna

See their Etsy Shop for full details

They also have a Facebook page.


Mystic Little Gifts

See their website for full details.

They also have a Facebook page.




When it comes to Facebook Groups this list isn't exhaustive, but it is certainly the main ones to be aware of if you are seeking out an A6 ring bound organiser or information about them.


Be careful when buying from Ebay, Etsy, AliExpress etc. People often describe Personal size organisers as being A6 and they aren't, wrong page size and different ring spacing.

I'm sure over time the number of outlets for A6 ringed organisers will increase, the size is becoming more popular.

15 July 2018

Silent Sunday

Gillio Amica in Dark Brown and Gold Epoca Leather

Retro fitted with 30mm Krause rings

14 July 2018

Web Finds - 14 July 2018

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 comfortable for our weekly round-up.

Here are some Philofaxy posts you might have missed this week:
  1. Web Finds - 7 July 2018
  2. Readers Favourite Organiser ~ Amanda-Jane
  3. Philofaxy Needs You
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 388
  5. Web Finds - 11 July 2018
  6. Design Study - Improving on an existing design?
  7. Free for All Friday No. 504 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. Summer Planner Setup | One Book July 2018 - Dispatches From The Frat House
  2. My Filofax Baroque and Traveler’s Notebook are travelling to Africa today - This Bug's Life
  3. Brain Dumps in Filofax - Empress Bat's Journal
  4. Episode #42: Getting Things Done for Teens - Getting Things Done
  5. [31 Days #10} Download: Monthly Tracker - Planner Fun
  6. My Personal Reference Library (July 2018) - William Hannah Limited - The Library
  7. Time Management Tip: Keep ONE To-do List Only - Time Management Ninja
  8. [31 Days #11] Adhesive Pockets, Ya'll! - Planner Fun
  9. Planner Tips for a More Organized Life - Plan. Adventure. Live.
  10. Free 2018-2019 Annual Overview - Wendaful Planning
  11. [31 Days #12] Planner Walk Through: Dashboard - Planner Fun
  12. Introducing Our All-New Today & To-Do! - Day Designer
  13. Time management Monday: Penny’s combination of digital and paper planning - Quo Vadis Blog
  14. Under heavy sunshine and no filters. My EDC, everyday carry—a... - Olga plans!
  15. [31 Days #13] Planner Walk Through: Daily Divider - Planner Fun
  16. Web Finds – 11 July 2018 - Travellers Notebook Times
  • We monitor over 400 blogs and sites, your Filofax/Organiser blog posts could appear in this list, just contact philofaxy at gmail dot com to be added to our monitoring list. 
  • We can not guarantee people will read your posts, but we know there is a higher chance of people reading your posts and returning to read other posts if you make them interesting with pictures and good hints and tips. Do not forget to give your posts a title... 
  • Your Filofax/Organiser posts could appear in this list, just contact philofaxy at gmail dot com to be added to our monitoring list. 
  • For some general tips on Filofax Blogging, please see this post
  • Consider joining our Facebook group - Filofax for Philofaxy fans
And have you tried reading one of my Flipboard magazines yet? It works great on a tablet or smart phone, but you can view them on a desktop machine as well. Be sure to Follow the ones you like and you will get notifications when I update them.

View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine.

View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine.

Enjoy




13 July 2018

Free for All Friday No. 504 by Nan

For many of us, it's time for summer vacation!

Are you planning a road trip?
Juggling multiple kids' camp and sports schedules?
Getting ready for some major travel?
Or already looking forward to fall, getting your plans in line?

Either way, an organizer is essential. Do you use yours differently during break time than during the rest of the year? Or do you have a special summer organizer?

But as it is a Friday please feel free to discuss anything ring bound planner related!

12 July 2018

Design Study - Improving on an existing design?

It is nearly four years since I reviewed the Gillio Mia Cara in medium size, you can read the full review/description here from 2014.



There is nothing basically wrong with the design of the medium size Mia Cara as supplied. It holds the pages on 25mm rings just fine. There are no serious issues with using the organiser section on its own either.

However, I wanted to take a closer look at it from the point of view of what improvements could be made to the design if any. Some people might not like these suggestions, that's fine, read no further!.

The outer jacket I think should remain as it is now. It has a huge number of pockets, slots and full width back pocket. It does however add to the weight and bulk of the organiser you are carrying.

So my attention then turned to the organiser section and how you would use that on its own a lot more.

The front inside cover of the organiser section only has three card slots and a larger slip pocket at the foot of the cover. This is the area that I think could be improved on most.


As well as a slightly different pocket layout I would add a pen loop to the front cover so that when used on its own, the organiser section has a way of carrying a pen or multi-pen easily.

As standard the medium Mia Cara comes with just 25 mm rings. It is fine with those, it is the correct size too... (Shock!) but I've fitted 30mm Krause rings to mine. With those fitted the tabs do stick out beyond the edge of the organiser section. So the organiser section would need to be increased in size (width only) if you wanted 30mm rings.

The extra width can be accommodated by not using the pen slot, this gives at least 10mm of additional width that can be accommodated in the outer jacket section without any issues.

I've done a very rough and ready hand-drawn sketch for a hand-made revised design of the organiser section.


This is far from being a final version of course. Looking at the interior layout it would have:
  • Leather and Elasticated pen loop on the front inside cover
  • Three or may be 4 card slots
  • Two other business card type slots. 
  • An outer edge full height slip pocket (Like the Filofax Holborn)
  • An inner edge full height slip pocket (Like the Filofax Holborn)
Like the existing Mia Cara the inside back cover would not have a clasp or any pockets on it. I've shown my prototype drawing with 30mm rings but 25mm rings would fit just as well.

Would you change the design?




11 July 2018

Web Finds - 11 July 2018

So I hope you have had a good week.

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

Here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Filofax Pocket Rings Unboxing - Plumb Worn Out
  2. Personal Filofax SetUp - ohmyheart
  3. UNBOXING Filofax! - Erika dream art
  4. Filofax review||Erste Seite einfach gestalten☆Sahras Kreativwelt☆ - Sahras Kreativwelt
  5. KW 27 // Filofax Personal // Wochendekoration // Timelapse - Kalenderli
  6. Filofax Flipthrough - Januar bis Juni 2018 - starflower_plans
  7. Passion Planner Filofax Set Up - Brandi Bradley
  8. Unboxing | Filofax Clipbook & Croc Ebony - Planning Cerise
  9. Plan With Me | Hello Summer Leftovers | Personal Filofax | Planning Like A Pro - Planning Like A Pro
  10. A gillio pocket and A6 Appunto comparison - Planner Mumsy
  11. Summer 2018 Planner Setup - One Book July 2018 - Carie Harling
  12. Filofax Wochendekos Jan - Juni 2018 Flipthrough - planenaufpapier
  13. Filofax Pocket Rings| Ebony Croc Print| Planner Flip| Updates - Bri Rowe
  14. DIYFish inserts Classic with horizontal day on 1 page layout - One Fantastic Find!
  15. Tutorial: Functional + Color coded Planning in a Filofax Planner Setup - Deerest Dahling
  16. #OneBookJuly 2018 Week 1 Update - Amy Graham
  17. Filofax Domino Soft - Unboxing - eat.run.plan.repeat
  18. Filofax Malden pocket flip thru (in finnish) - Katrimerita plans
  19. Odette's first video| Functional planning July Planner Flip| Filofax Malden Stone | Skippyskittle - Nadia Jack
  20. Web Finds - 11 July 2018 - Travellers Notebook Times
  • For tips on how to improve your videos, please see this post.  Also this video too Webfinds 
  • Your Filofax/Organiser Videos could appear in this list, just contact philofaxy at gmail dot com to be added to our monitoring list. 
You might also be interested in Planner Spread Love on Facebook. 

Enjoy




10 July 2018

Free For All Tuesday - No. 388

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.

09 July 2018

Philofaxy Needs You

I am sure we all enjoy seeing how other readers used their organisers.

On Philofaxy we have had several different series of posts to help readers share their own experiences of how they use their organisers and which is their favourite one.

We constantly need new people to come along to be able to continue with these series of posts.

So how can you help contribute? We have three different 'reader' series which are very easy to fill in and respond to they are:
  • Reader Under The Spotlight - This is based on 10 simple questions (it used to be 19 questions) as well as the questions we ask you to supply a photo of yourself or your organiser. Previous posts in this series can be found here.
  • Readers Favourite Organiser - This is 5 questions plus a few photographs of your favourite organiser. Previous posts in this series can be found here.
  • Experienced User - This is based on 7 questions, mainly aimed at people who have been an organiser used for more than a year or two, but the questions are fairly generalised. Previous posts in this series can be found here.
We also welcome Guest Posts and Reader Reviews of organisers and related products. We also have Readers Tips too. There is no fixed format for these. It is best to contact Steve before you commence writing any of these.  

Guest posts/reviews must be organiser related, Philofaxy will not publish non-organiser related posts... we often receive offers of very non-specific posts, one for example about body weight loss, when I published a post on weight loss in relation to removing pages from your organiser!  Clearly they hadn't read our post at all or our guidelines!  In all posts we are happy to include a link or links to your own blog or your You Tube Channel or Instagram feed.

So if you would like to contribute with any of the posts above please contact Steve by email philofaxy at gmail dot com  Please indicate which post you are interested in taking part in and he will send you the questions/instructions.

If you responded to my request just after Christmas I would very much welcome your responses still so we can get these series flowing again.

Thank you.

08 July 2018

Readers Favourite Organiser ~ Amanda-Jane

Once again thank you to Amanda-Jane for her contribution to this series. 

1. What is your favourite organiser (Make/model/size)?

I have used a diary/organiser since I was about five years old (and that was very very...very... long ago) and have experimented with different layouts and binders, coils and bound journals over the years. I also have different organisers and notebooks for different things, separate work and home organisers as well as bullet journals for volunteer work, study and hobbies, art journals, creative writing journals and, I use a Filofax Topaz mini as a wallet.

My favourite of all the organisers I use, however, is my trusty personal sized Filofax Malden which is a gorgeous smooth purple shiny leather, has large strong rings, and useful pockets. I call it Little Purple and it is the shiniest gem in my Filofax collection.




2. How long have you owned it?

I have owned this gorgeous organiser since 2012, I bought it second hand for a teeny $50 (AUD) - for some obscure reason its previous owner did not want it! Their loss is my gain and Little Purple has been given a very loving home with me.

Prior to buying Little Purple I was using a purple Filofax Domino, in personal size, which was very basic and has now been relegated to being an address book and also holds postage stamps.

3. What is it that you like about it so much?

Where do I start! I feel like I should be writing a sonnet about how much I like this Filofax! Little Purple why do I like thee? Let me count the ways. It is aesthetically pleasing, compact and sturdy.

There are pockets to stash business cards and notes as well as a handy zipped pocket where I put some emergency fivers when I really need a coffee and have left my wallet at home! It is small enough to carry with me everywhere and yet large enough to carry all the information I need.

It feels really solid and as I tend to throw it on desks and carry it around in laptop bags where it has to share space with USB sticks, cables, RAM, screwdrivers, keys, portable hard drives and a writeblocker, it has proven to be very well made. The waxed leather finish gets better with age, and I do not have to worry that it will get scratched or have accidental coffee spillage on it, and this happens more than I would like to admit, as all the rough and tumble makes the finish even better. Little Purple has character.

4. Do you use it all the time?

I use this organiser all the time, but not always as a planner/diary. I print my own inserts using diary printables from Philofaxy as well as other page types that I have created myself. I print the inserts on Tomoe River paper so I can fit lots of page of information in.

When Little Purple is not being used as my primary organiser, it holds my lists, information, quotes and historical references, sketches and, brain dumps.  I have wish-lists, blog lists, information about the volunteer work I do, a list of N64 console games we own or want, lists of reference books I would like to read, snippets of information from books or magazines, vet and pet information, and lots of notes.

It has a large section in it as a ‘Commonplace’ book as well. I also have paper in it that I test different pens on and some Arches watercolour paper where I sketch or paint with a travel tin of watercolours. I have some music manuscript for when I want to write down some music, and I have crossword puzzles torn out of newspapers stashed in the pocket at the back for when my train is delayed and I need something to do.

Little Purple is my trusty sidekick and is carted with me every day.

5. Do you think the design could be improved in any way? How?

The only improvement I would make on the Filofax Malden is make the rings even bigger! Let me stash even more things in it! Little Purple is a fat file of facts!

Thank you Amanda-Jane. You can find out more detail about Amanda-Jane's favourite organiser in a recent blog post over on her blog

As you know we are always looking for new people to appear in our 'Readers Favourite Organiser' feature, you don't have to be 'well known' or a long term user to be considered to appear in this 'spot'. 

So please contact Steve philofaxy at gmail dot com today.

07 July 2018

Web Finds - 7 July 2018

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 comfortable for our weekly round-up.

Here are some Philofaxy posts you might have missed this week:
  1. Web Finds - 30 June 2018
  2. A date for your diary - Sunday 8th July
  3. Hightlights for June 2018
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 387
  5. Web Finds - 4 July 2018
  6. Reader Under The Spotlight ~ Amanda-Jane
  7. Free For All Friday No. 503 by Laurie
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. [31 Days #2] How to Make Your Own Inserts - Planner Fun
  2. VDS Custom Planners Unboxing - Blog Vdsshop
  3. Little Filofax meetup with designer Amanda Bigrell - This Bug's Life
  4. Mini Filofax planner swap for July - and why :) - vanilla folders
  5. [31 Days #3] How to Keep Up with Small but Important Pieces of Information - Planner Fun
  6. Time management Monday: We’re halfway through the year! How have you spent your time? - Quo Vadis Blog
  7. Intentional Planning: If You Don’t Put It On The Calendar, It Won’t Happen! - Day Designer
  8. [31 Days #5] The Double Punch Hack - Planner Fun
  9. I am now using a Filofax personal sized Baroque in black - This Bug's Life
  10. Taking notes in your planner - Sam Alderson
  11. HAPPY JULY! Named her Honey and will be my ‘One Book July’... - Olga plans!
  12. [31 Days #6] Daily Page or Weekly Spread? - Planner Fun
  13. Time Management Tip: Do You Control Your Phone or Does It Control You? - Time Management Ninja
  14. CHEER OUR RED DEVILS ON AND GET 10% DISCOUNT - Blog | Gillio
  15. Navy or Nothing: A Peek Into Her Planner! - Day Designer
  16. 5 Planning Habits to Get More Done [VIDEO] - Wendaful Planning
  17.  William Hannah England Notebook Review - My Pen Needs Ink
  18. Web Finds – 4 July 2018 - Travellers Notebook Times
  19. Blogger/Blogspot emails - Steve Morton
  • We monitor over 400 blogs and sites, your Filofax/Organiser blog posts could appear in this list, just contact philofaxy at gmail dot com to be added to our monitoring list. 
  • We can not guarantee people will read your posts, but we know there is a higher chance of people reading your posts and returning to read other posts if you make them interesting with pictures and good hints and tips. Do not forget to give your posts a title... 
  • Your Filofax/Organiser posts could appear in this list, just contact philofaxy at gmail dot com to be added to our monitoring list. 
  • For some general tips on Filofax Blogging, please see this post
  • Consider joining our Facebook group - Filofax for Philofaxy fans
And have you tried reading one of my Flipboard magazines yet? It works great on a tablet or smart phone, but you can view them on a desktop machine as well. Be sure to Follow the ones you like and you will get notifications when I update them.

View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine.

View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine.

Enjoy




06 July 2018

Free For All Friday No. 503 by Laurie

Recently I decided my weekly pages were too full and I needed to take some things off the page. So I moved my blog post planning to a separate section instead of planning my posts on my weekly pages.

I'm using the Philofaxy free printable month per page horizontal pages for blog post planning.  I write the post for each day on that day's line. This is a great way to see the overview of what I'm publishing each month and when.

The inserts are designed to be printed back to back, but I print them single sided so I can use the blank facing page to write that month's blog goals: if there are specific products to promote or new products to announce; which series I will be running that month; any giveaways or campaigns, etc. Having these topics visible next to the month's blog post schedule reminds me what I need to write about, and the schedule shows me when to write about it.

Having these pages all together in their own section makes it easier for me to plan ahead for posts, series and campaigns throughout the year too.

Have you recently moved anything off your diary pages into its own section?

And as always on Fridays, feel free to ask and/ or discuss anything ring binder organizer related!

05 July 2018

Reader Under The Spotlight ~ Amanda-Jane

Today I would like to introduce you to Amanda-Jane

I live in Queensland Australia with my husband and a lot of pets, work full-time, study  for fun and participate in volunteer work, I also drink a lot of coffee.

I believe that as a society we all need to do something every day to contribute to a better tomorrow.

My most recent university qualification, for example, is a Bachelor of Dementia Care, which I did out of interest (as it does not relate to my actual job), as dementia is something faced by so many in the world and the more that is known about it the better we can look after those who are living with dementia, find ways to mitigate or slow down the trajectory of the many dementia types, and hopefully one day cure or prevent it.

I studied via distance education/online from the University of Tasmania which I believe is currently the only tertiary institution in Australia offering this degree. I like computers, computer games, music, art, animals and learning. I also like stationery, which is just as well as I enjoy painting and creative writing and, with my many interests, need to keep track of everything I do so I also have multiple organisers, compendiums and notebooks.

My twitter handle is @empressbat and I am happy to promote other people’s blogs as long as they are a positive contribution, or provide some fun, inspiration or education, to the community at large.


Q1. When did you buy your first organiser and what was it?

I bought my first organiser in 1999 from a Morning Glory store that used to be in Brisbane, Australia. The organiser was made of vinyl and featured Blue Bear, a Morning Glory character regular.

I loved that organiser, and used it all the time, it was around a B6 size, had cardboard dividers and Blue Bear themed pages. Unfortunately it was made from cheap materials and did not last long given I was taking it everywhere, using it for work and home and referring to it frequently. I think it was made for fun rather than function. Why couldn’t it have been both … why?!?

Following the demise of my much loved Blue Bear organiser, I again frequented Morning Glory, I think it was just before they closed their Brisbane store, and bought a Pink Bear PVC organiser. I did not like it as much as the Blue Bear one, the PVC cover kept clinging to other plastics and I ended up giving it away.

Q2. Out of the organisers you own which is your current favourite (Style and Size)?

My current favourite organiser is my purple Filofax Malden in personal size. I call it Little Purple and it is a daily constant and has been for the last six years.

Q3. How many Filofax or other brands of organisers do you own?

Well that is a very good question. I have a lot, and they are all used. My husband has a Filofax Metropol Compendium which he uses daily, and I have a lot of different ones I use.


I find organisers are better than notebooks as everything related to a topic can be easily kept in one place. I have: two A5 Filofax Metropols, one in red and one in black, a purple Filofax Domino in personal, a purple Filofax Pennybridge iPad cover and planner combo, Filofax ‘Back to School’’ organisers one in pink and one in green, a Gold A5 Kikki K, a lilac with metallic diamonds A5 Kikki K, an A5 and a medium fabric covered Kikki K that have watermelon pictures on a green background, a lilac A5 zipper Kikki K and an A5 Kikki K that is white with cats and dogs and inkwells from the Cute range on it.

Then there is the A5 purple Filofax Malden and a mini Filofax Topaz in Burgundy. I also have a pocket sized lilac Metropol. I have several Midori and Fauxdori organisers and  I also have two generic ring binders in clear PVC one in personal size and one A5 I use for paper storage. I think I actually may have more but those are the ones I use and .. well know about!

I used to have a green A5 Kikki K but I gave that away to someone who wanted an organiser and could not afford one, given how many I have I think that was a good choice!

Q4. What do you use your organisers for?

Malden personal size Filofax, “ Little Purple”, is my every day organiser with information that I may need to refer to in a day and I sometimes use it as my planner /diary but other times I use a Hobonichi or a Day Designer for Bluesky as a planner and put the planner into a notebook holder.

A5 Metropols – hobby information (red)  and the other one (black) is  information on volunteer work (I am a volunteer at the Australian Information Security Association and the Australian Women in Security Network as well as a Justice of the Peace, keeping track of volunteer work is as important as keeping track of my paid employment)

  • Pennybridge – houses my iPad and some note pages
  • “Back to School’- paper storage in one, a herbal glossary in the other
  • Gold Kikki K – blog planner
  • Lilac with metallic diamonds Kikki K – has sheet music in it
  • The two fabric coloured Kikki K – garden information and sticker storage
  • A5 Malden – work planner
  • Lilac A5 zipper Kikki K – course notes (when I do courses for work)
  • The Cute Kikki K A5 – pet and vet information
  • Pocket Metropol – computer information (serial numbers, software product keys)
  • PVC (Clear) generics – paper storage
  • Purple Filofax domino - addresses
  • Mini Topaz - my wallet


Q5. How many sections do you have in your organiser and what is each section used for?

Little Purple has many sections, identified by tabs either at the top of the page or on the side. Sections: calendar, maps, lists, Commonplace Book, projects, Nintendo 64 games, pets, indices (for other planners I use so I know what is in where), information such as, how to reference in APA style and weights and measures conversions, contacts, online orders, brain dump, and notes.

Q6. If you could design your own Filofax what would it feature?

I would like a Filofax that is slightly wider than the personal sized with bigger rings. A5 is too big to cart around and the personal sized is not always ideal to use as a daily planner. I think a Goldilocks version of just right, would be a personal sized Filofax made in the Malden style, with extra card slots, bigger rings and slightly wider (only 2 centimetres more!) to accommodate larger paper.

Q7. What's your favourite Filofax tip or hack?

Use Tomoe River paper and make your own inserts. Phiofaxy has a heap of diary and other page inserts to download and print or make your own. The paper from Tome River is thin but strong and is fountain pen friendly. As the paper is thin you can fit more pages in and it is strong enough to not rip even when regularly used.

If you do not have tabs to section off areas in the organiser use Washi tape, I buy heaps of washi tape from a local supplier, Chiyogami Designs, they have so many tape styles I think I may have far more than I will ever use, but the stuff has so many uses I am sure I will need to buy more soon …

Q8. Have you ever attended a Philofaxy meet-up? if not do you intend to one day?

No I have not attended a Philofaxy meet up, I live in Australia and I note there may have been interest in a meet up in Melbourne some years ago, but that is a long way for me to travel! I tend to go to computer conferences more than stationery meet ups anyway if I attend a group gathering!

Q9. What was the last movie you watched?

My husband and I went to "Star Wars the Last Jedi" last year which is the most recent movie I have seen.  I usually prefer to read than watch movies. Which is a neat segue into your final question!

Q10. What was the last book you read?

I read a lot, usually a novel every two days. However today I am reading the SANS Windows Forensics course books as I am doing a course for work.

On my bedside table I have a copy of Machiavelli’s “The Art of War”, (which is an interesting treatise and says as much about his pessimistic view of humanity as it does strategy) and a copy of the late Sir Terry Pratchett’s “Unseen Academicals”, a Discworld novel featuring wizards and football – a satirical treat!

Thank you Amanda-Jane check out her blog at: http://empressbat.blogspot.com

As you know we are always looking for new people to appear in our 'Reader Under Spotlight feature, you don't have to be 'well known' or a long term user to be considered to appear in this 'spot'. So please contact Steve philofaxy at gmail dot com today.

04 July 2018

Web Finds - 4 July 2018

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.

Here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Planning in the Midst of Chaos | Kendra Bork - Kendra Bork
  2. Plan With Me || 4th July - Krafting with Karen
  3. I’m back. Unboxing my Two Van Der Spek Custom planners - Artmingle
  4. PlannerCon Europe 2017: impressions (1) - PlannerCon Europe
  5. Custom Van Der Spek Senior/A6 | Planner Flip - Kamisha Lubin
  6. Van Der Spek A5 manager custom - Planner Mumsy
  7. Filofax Pocket Planner/Wallet Set-up - PlanWithMe ChristaMarie
  8. PlannerCon Europe 2017: impressions (2) - PlannerCon Europe
  9. Resenha do Filofax Pennybridge - As Loucas da Papelaria
  10. Franklin Planner 2018 Vintage Aurora Leather Strap Binder - Tonya Plans
  11. Filofax Malden Pocket: June 2018 Setup - seemownay
  12. PlannerCon Europe 2017: impressions (3) - PlannerCon Europe
  13. Filofax- Pocket Croc Flip Through - ExtravaGlam
  14. Filofax Divider/Register selber machen - Fancy Flamingo
  15. A Week in My Filofax Malden Personal Size - Budgeting Planner Girl
  16. Wochendeko KW 27 - Filofax Original Navy - Timelapse - Nixxes
  17. Come organizzo la mia agenda Filofax Croco Compact - D Mylasteureka
  18. PlannerCon Europe 2017: impressions (4) - PlannerCon Europe
  19. FILOFAX CROC POCKET RINGS: FLIP FEAT.. GYPSYCHAOSCO - Plan it with Amy
  20. *| FILOFAX POCKET FINSBURY |* - Planner Setup - LIVE LOVE PLAN
  21. Filofax Domino Pocket Rings Flip - Mo Kurls
  22. UNBOXING Filofax! - Erika dream art
  23. How To Use Stephen Covey's Time Matrix Quadrants To Prioritize Tasks (in 4K!) - Tonya Plans
  • For tips on how to improve your videos, please see this post.  Also this video too Webfinds 
  • Your Filofax/Organiser Videos could appear in this list, just contact philofaxy at gmail dot com to be added to our monitoring list. 
You might also be interested in Planner Spread Love on Facebook. 

Enjoy




03 July 2018

Free For All Tuesday - No. 387

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.

02 July 2018

Hightlights for June 2018

So here are the highlights of the month of June.

We published the following posts.
We still need more volunteers for Readers Favourite Organisers, or Reader Under The Spotlight, please contact steve at philofaxy dot com

Of course the Webfinds and Free For All TuesdaysFridays posts are always there each week, please join in the comments, everyone is welcome.

You can catch up on the Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse Podcasts here:



If you are on Facebook don't forget to join the Filofax for Philofaxy Fans group.

If you have a guest post idea, please contact steve at philofaxy dot com  or if there is a topic you would like to see us cover or revisit also please contact Steve.

I hope you find this post useful, please let us know in the comments and we will do our best to do a highlights post each month.

Wishing you all the best for April.






01 July 2018

A date for your diary - Sunday 8th July

We are going to run another conference round-table voice/video chat using Skype.

When? - Sunday 8 July at the following times:
  • Los Angeles 8:00 am, 
  • Denver 9:00 am
  • Dallas 10:00 am, 
  • New York 11:00am, 
  • London 4:00 pm 
  • Paris 5:00 pm etc.  
The timing of these two sessions have been chosen to hopefully allow as many people to join in compared to previous round-tables.

Do not worry if you aren't available at the start of one of our sessions each one lasts 2-3 hours so pop up when you are available and say hello.

Where? - an on-line chat using Skype. with voice and video (if you wish)

What do I need? - just a micro-phone and some head phones(in ear phones work fine) and a free Skype account. Using headphones or earphone reduces 'echo' on the call. Video is optional, but a few of us will be on video as well.

Who - All of you... connect up with Philofaxy and we will attempt to get as many of us linked in to the audio conference as possible. Come and listen if you don't want to chat.  What do we talk about? Filofax stuff... but anything else as well. It's like long lost friends meeting up for coffee and a catch up.. but don't worry if you have never joined in before... you are an old friend too!

If you have any questions you want to ask then please let us know in the group or before we start.

How -
  1. Connect to Philofaxy by firstly searching for Philofaxy in Skype, I will then add you as a contact.
  2. Then  'Send Contact Request',  I will then add you in to the chat room. 
  3. Then if you request it, I can add you to the audio conference as well. But if you just want to chat via keyboard that's fine. That way it's slightly less hectic for me!  
Come and join in the fun, even if you only pop in to say hello... but don't be afraid to join in the discussion.

As with previous round-tables there will also be a parallel text chat room going at the same time as the voice conference, so you can listen to the voice chat and type if you wish, just mute your microphone in Skype

If you need any assistance setting up Skype, please pop a comment in this post and I will try and help you get one line. Skype is free for computer to computer calls....

Here is my post on how to improve your Skype audio with headphones or a headset.

Hope to be chatting with you on Sunday 8 July 2018.

30 June 2018

Web Finds - 30 June 2018

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 comfortable for our weekly round-up.

Here are some Philofaxy posts you might have missed this week:
  1. Web Finds - 23 June 2018
  2. Silent Sunday
  3. Filofax Stockist
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 386
  5. Web Finds - 27 June 2018
  6. Philofaxy Meet Up - London - September 2018
  7. Free For All Friday - No. 502
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. Planner meetup in Stockholm, June 6 - This Bug's Life
  2. FAQs for your Ring-bound Binder - FranklinPlannerTalk
  3. Planner Friday - June - She's Eclectic
  4. The principles of GTD apply to everything - Getting Things Done
  5. Changed back to Filofax yesterday - This Bug's Life
  6. Free July Calendar Download - I Love It All
  7. How to Set Up the Perfect Academic Planner - Day Designer
  8. [31 Days #4] How to Add Color to Your Pages When You Are Not a Decorator (and you like simple pages) - Planner Fun
  9. 4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Summer - FranklinPlannerTalk
  10. Set up of Slimline Classic Filofax – including inserts from 1983! - - This Bug's Life
  11. Starting with where you are, not where you should be - Getting Things Done
  12. Time Management Tip: Your To-Do Should Be Your Best Friend - Time Management Ninja
  13. June Plan with me! - Mrs Brimbles
  14. Web Finds – 27 June 2018 - Travellers Notebook Times
  15. William Hannah Pocket Notebook Cover - Travellers Notebook Times
  • We monitor over 400 blogs and sites, your Filofax/Organiser blog posts could appear in this list, just contact philofaxy at gmail dot com to be added to our monitoring list. 
  • We can not guarantee people will read your posts, but we know there is a higher chance of people reading your posts and returning to read other posts if you make them interesting with pictures and good hints and tips. Do not forget to give your posts a title... 
  • Your Filofax/Organiser posts could appear in this list, just contact philofaxy at gmail dot com to be added to our monitoring list. 
  • For some general tips on Filofax Blogging, please see this post
  • Consider joining our Facebook group - Filofax for Philofaxy fans
And have you tried reading one of my Flipboard magazines yet? It works great on a tablet or smart phone, but you can view them on a desktop machine as well. Be sure to Follow the ones you like and you will get notifications when I update them.

View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine.

View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine.

Enjoy