15 October 2018

Guest Post: Filofax Scanda Brown Personal - by Jürgen Henk

Thank you Jürgen for this guest post about his Filofax Scanda


"For the style-savvy male, Scanda's vintage leather and cool closure make it a must. Subtly distressed cracked leather with a belt-like closure, contrast stitching and luxury cream  stationary.“ (US Filofax catalogue 2011)
If you are a guitar player you might have come across a recent trend of artificially aged and distressed electric guitars. Master builders use their expertise to decorate new guitars with scratches, abrasions, dents, rusty screws, sun-tanned varnish, etc. to make a new guitar appear like an old one.

It seems that Filofax followed this trend, but only for a short period. According to filowiki, the Filofax Scanda was introduced in 2011 in two flavours: black with white contrast stitching and brown with blue contrast stitching, available only in Personal. It was apparently offered for only one year and, thus, seems to be quite rare.

I have owned the brown Scanda for a few weeks, which my wife ebayed me as a birthday gift. It came in the original box with cotton cream inserts and dividers as well as a brown page marker. The price tag on the box is EUR 149 (the US catalogue states 120 US-Dollars), which is expensive for a binder in Personal size — maybe that is one reason why the Scanda was so rapidly removed from sale. My Scanda hibernated for seven years; so I have an unused "new old stock" binder with a subtle beautiful smell of leather.

The Scanda feels soft because of the padded front and back, it is a real pleasure to hold. Its distressed look suggests a heavy and robust binder; however, it is surprisingly lightweight. This maybe attributed to the leather that seems to be quite thin, thinner than that of the heavy-weight champions Hamilton or Kendal. Time will tell how robust the Scanda actually is.

Blue contrast stitching on the spine.

The blue contrast stitching is unique and looks in my opinion "gorgeous" (to quote Jamie Oliver). I like it better than the white stichting of a black Hamilton or the tone on tone of a brown Kendal.

Front with belt-like closure strap. The leather is nicely cracked.

Instead of a popper closure the Scanda comes with a belt-like closure. The useless holes suggest that the strap was actually made from a narrow belt. The strap itself is rather stiff and keeps the binder closed without any problems.

Back
Left interior: pen loop with Derwent Precision 0.7 mm pencil, 3 x 2 credit card pockets plus one full-size pocket, glossy embossing. Note that the leather is not crackled on the inside.

The interior layout is rather conventional. On the left you find 3 x 2 horizontal credit card pockets and one full-size pocket. The pen loop is quite narrow, much narrower than that of a Hamilton, and it is gusseted. My Derwent Precision 0.7 mm pencil fits perfectly.

On the right you’ll find a single gusseted full-size pocket and another pen loop. Front and back pen loops are of identical width, which in my opinion is ill thought through — one wide and one narrow loop would be more practical.

"Flat" Scanda. Ball pen: Tornado "Albert" by Retro 1951, with equations from Einstein’s theory of special relativity, the perfect pen for the theoretical physicist.

The back and front of the binder are rather stiff, no comparison with the floppiness of a Malden. It lays almost flat out of the box, so no need for 'training'.

Inner layout. The ring mechanism is covered with leather. Gusseted full-size pocket on the right.

The rings are 23 mm wide and riveted, as usual for newer binders (e.g. Maldens, in contrast to older Hamiltons or Kendals). Another unique feature of the Scanda is that the ring mechanism is covered with leather.

Quite a number of Filofax binders got their names from places in the UK, Balmoral or Kendal to name at least two. But Scanda? Does anyone know the origin of this name?

In sum, the Scanda is both conventional (layout) and unconventional (distressed leather, strap closure, high price). I like it very, very much and it is now my constant companion. I am fond of used things. Thus, I never protect my binders. Scratches, dents, and bleachings tell a story, exhibit transience and imperfection (confer the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi).

Brown Scanda, a revelation of beauty.


14 October 2018

Silent Sunday

Claspless A5's - Filofax Heritage A5 Compact and Van der Spek Custom A5

13 October 2018

Web Finds - 13 October 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 - 6 October 2018
  2. Silent Sunday
  3. London Meet Up - September 2018
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 401
  5. Web Finds - 10 October 2018
  6. Filofax 1984 Price List
  7. Free For All Friday - No. 517 by Steve
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  1. Getting to inbox zero - Getting Things Done
  2. How To Set Up Your Planner To Make Sure You Actually Use It - Wendaful Planning
  3. Time management Monday: Planners for busy people - Quo Vadis Blog
  4. Planner Quote: October 8, 2018 - FranklinPlanner Talk
  5. Autumn Planner Setup - The Scrapbook Girl
  6. My new-to-me, second-hand, Compact size - Olga plans!
  7. Pocket Compagna restock & new releases - Blog | Gillio
  8. Plan With Me || Spook Time - Krafting with Karen
  9. What diary to use in 2019? - Paper Pens Ink
  10. London Stationery Stores: A Planner Girl’s Paradise. - Plan. Adventure. Live.
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12 October 2018

Free For All Friday - No. 517 by Steve

Something unexpected happened to me as I was travelling home from the London Meet Up last week.

I got recognised whilst waiting for an underground train. The exchange was very short and sweet.

It's not every day people say to me 'Are you Steve from Philofaxy?' Or 'I recognise your voice from the podcast.'

I love it when people do that sort of thing. It took me by surprise.... a pleasant one though.

Have you had a similar encounter because you had your Filofax organiser on view or similar?

As it is Friday, of course you are free to discuss anything ring bound organiser related.


11 October 2018

Filofax 1984 Price List

Today we go back to 1984 to view the price list for the 1984 catalogue.

Many thanks to Max for sharing this.

There is a link at the end to the Flickr scans in higher resolution.





And there are higher resolution versions of all the pages on Flickr.

As always the pictorial content of this post is the intellectual property of Filofax Group Ltd. The scans are reproduced here with the full permission of Filofax Group Ltd. for educational and non-commercial usage.

10 October 2018

Web Finds - 10 October 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. Fall Setups 2018 - Rita Weaver
  2. Altered (Thrifted) Franklin Covey Planner - Sun -n- Moon Arts
  3. Faux Gillio Aliexpress Personal Rings Planner Unboxing - Joanna Kingsman
  4. Free Personal Size Monthly Printables for 2019 - Brandy Michelle Plans
  5. October Personal Wide planner setup - Frida's Plan
  6. October Planner Update and Plan With Me | Kendra Bork - Kendra Bork
  7. Gillio Flip Through! - Julie's Plans
  8. Planner Update Gillio Compagna Setup/Flip - October 2018 // Pink Planner Girl - Nicola PinkPlannerGirl
  9. Planner Flip Through: August & September 2018 - Brandy Michelle Plans
  10. Current Personal Planner Setup - Team Filofax
  11. Filofax Pocket Ring Planner Flip Through | My setup in my pocket Fawn Croc rings! - Kelsie.Plans
  12. October Planner Set Up | Filofax Malden A5 - Elyssa Nalani
  13. VLOG: My planner’s bag! New! Filofax Finsbury cherry A5. - Lisenok Li
  14. Current Planning Systems - Simply Belinda
  15. Pocket Rings Set Up - Filofax Black Finsbury - CraftyPlannerGirl
  16. Pink Filofax Fluoro Personal Size | Planner Tour & SETUP - The Love U Give
  17. Pocket Finsbury Filofax Flip Through. Minimalist & Functional Planning | Krystal's Couture - Krystal's Couture
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09 October 2018

Free For All Tuesday - No. 401

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.

08 October 2018

London Meet Up - September 2018

I had lost count of the number of meet ups that we have hosted in London since the first on in November 2010.

I went back through my photo album archive and the most recent one last weekend was the 18th meet up in London. Although I think I've been to as many again in other cities in Europe and the USA/Canada.

Each one is special in its own way. You would think with eighteen of them in London, they would be the same, but I don't find that. They are different because there are different people there each time, the different mix of people brings together a new flavour to the recipe!

This was the most recent one last weekend. I found it very enjoyable chatting and sharing thoughts and ideas with the people in attendance, lots of laughter too!

As you will see from the photos below, people had brought along quite a variety of planners and organisers to the meet up.

The meet ups generally finish at about 5-6pm, well we were still in the restaurant at 5pm, so this one went on a bit longer than most. We did venture out eventually to look around John Lewis and a few other stores before finishing off at the Kiki K store in Covent Garden before that closed at 8pm. We eventually said our good byes around about then!

Thank you to everyone who came along to the meet up, it was a brilliant long weekend for me in London.

L-R Ian, Jenny, Maud, Ana, Claudie, Elaine, Steve, Emma


Max, Karina, Julian and Claudie


Amy explaining her set up to Maud

Ian looks on bemused as Emma hugs her planner!



Jenny and Ana in Kiki K

Jenny and Ana in Kiki K
Thank you to everyone who came to this meet up and all the previous ones... I'm looking forward to the next one in 2019!

06 October 2018

Web Finds - 6 October 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 - 29 September 2018
  2. A date for your diary - 7 October 2018
  3. Hightlights for September 2018
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 400
  5. Web Finds - 3 October 2018
  6. Guest Post – Keyword Dual Ring Binder by gmax
  7. Free for All Friday No. 516 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. Vanilla folders blog - vanilla folders
  2. The Franklin Five: October 2018 - FranklinPlanner Talk
  3. New Super Cute Planner Dividers Added to My Shop! - Filofax Love
  4. A Planner is Born! - Strange & Charmed
  5. Free October Calendar - I Love It All
  6. My First Month Using A Paper Planner After A Decade Drowning In Apps - Fast Company
  7. Accessories to Help You Setup Your Planner - Wendaful Planning
  8. Time management Monday: Planner size and carrying your planner with you - Quo Vadis Blog
  9. Prices go up in January 2019 - Blog | Gillio
  10. Planner Meet Nerves? - Sam Alderson
  11. Organized October - FranklinPlanner Talk
  12. 2018 Christmas Planner Kit is available now! - Filofax Love
  13. Web Finds – 3 October 2018 - Travellers Notebook Times
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05 October 2018

Free for All Friday No. 516 by Nan

Here in the U.S., a potential Supreme Court judge presented his calendars as evidence that he was not at a particular party on a particular day. He explained that his father saved all his calendars so he could refer to them as he told stories to his grandchildren. Do you save your calendars for this reason?

04 October 2018

Guest Post – Keyword Dual Ring Binder by gmax

Thank you to Max for this guest post. I have a certain fascination for duplex binders!

This is something Steve put me on to last year – a modern take on the duplex from Japan.


The way it works is the same as the Lefax Charterhouse that I’ve previously written about.

It’s effectively two binders, joined down the long edge, with a retaining flap that folds over to fasten.

There are magnets inside to hold it in the closed position.

Of course, when I saw this I had to give it a try. The process I used for ordering was via an intermediary site buyee.jp, where I needed to give continued PayPal authority to fund both the initial order to their depot and the subsequent international delivery. It did require a bit of faith that it was all going to work, but everything went very smoothly.

I got one in personal size with 8mm rings. If I’m reading the current web site correctly, it seems they also offer pocket size and (interestingly) personal size with 11mm rings on the left and 15mm on the right, which sounds like a good arrangement.





The material seems to be woven nylon – I’ve not used mine much yet, but I think it should be quite durable. And the 8mm rings make it fairly compact. If you want to carry it flat in a bag then you can half unfold it to make it flatter.


All in all, I think this is a very nice modern take on a classic format that’s practically disappeared nowadays.

03 October 2018

Web Finds - 3 October 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. Paige's Pocket Filofax Setup - Malden - eat.run.plan.repeat
  2. My Favorite Planner Items! - Tonya Plans
  3. 2 in 1| Pocket Gillio Mia Cara first impressions and fall setup - Shavonne Smith
  4. Plan With Me October | Minimalist - eat.run.plan.repeat
  5. NEW Planner Update! MADYPLANS - MadyPlans
  6. My Gillio A6 compagna and VDS senior comparison - tnsandplannerfun
  7. Update: 2018 Planner System + Tips to Create Your System + My 2019 Plan! - Sierra Poulson
  8. October Personal Wide planner setup - Frida's Plan
  9. PLANNERS | Filofax A5 Malden Flip Through | Mini Review Cocoa Paper Planner - LiveItLikeLisa
  10. Filofax Saffiano personal set up - Mary’s Scrap
  11. What's Inside Mrs. Cog's Filofax Wallet? - Mrs Cog
  12. Gillio Pocket Mia Cara Oops Edition | Unboxing Epoca Gold Leather - MyLifeMits
  13. My Pregnancy Planner and Journal | Filofax Finsbury - PlansMeetPaper
  14. Filofax Croc Ebony - Minimalist Planner Set-Up ( Functional ) - iLove. Ice
  15. Minimal Pocket Planner Set Up // Filofax Pocket Planner // 2018 - Let's Make It Sparkle
  16. Haul - Refills Filofax per pianificazione agende lavoro 2019 - christine.diary
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