23 May 2019

Van der Spek - Custom A5 Manager

I weakened... again! Yes I ordered another Van der Spek Custom A5 Manager organiser.

I spent several weeks deciding on the design of this one and Petra Van der Spek was very patient answering my questions about what was possible and what leather was available etc.

So here it is. The details of the leather colours etc are as follows:

Leather Dark Brown JL 101Yellow JL 106
Stitching Ivory Dark Brown

The Dark Brown JL (Janet Leather) is a reserve list leather. It is a gorgeous vegetable tanned leather. I saw it on another custom order late last year and although I had to wait for Petra to get it back in stock again, it was worth the wait.  I have a similar combination of dark brown and yellow in another leather planner from another brand and I really like the combination.

As you can see from the table above I went for contrast stitching on both the outside and the inside.

On the outside, this Van der Spek looks like any other, there are no alterations or hidden pockets.

The organiser arrived in this very smart black box with their logo in the centre.

And here is the inside of the A5 organiser. I've removed the flyleaf to show you the details.

I once again opted for 35mm Krause rings. Despite pruning the contents of my A5 to the bone, it I put all of the sections in one organiser, it is a little more than a 25 mm ring mechanism can cope with.

The first obvious change is the inside front cover, I opted for the Van der Spek '454' layout, I have this same layout in another A5 organiser and I really like it.

The photo below shows the comparison between the layout I chose compared to the regular one. I don't need that many card slots, I find three slots more than enough.

Looking in detail at the inside front layout, it has as I have just mentioned three vertical card slots. One slip pocket behind those. A slightly deeper horizontal slip pocket above that as well. There are two full height vertical slip pockets as well.

Overall there is an excellent amount of storage in the front cover alone to store maps, brochures, tickets, documents etc. And based on previous experience of this layout I make full use of it.

Additionally there is an elasticated pen loop on the front cover.

The addition of the embossed logo is a nice touch, this was added at my request, but I don't believe it will appear on all custom orders. It is due to appear on the limited edition planners announced at PlannerCon EU.

Whilst in close up, note that all pocket edges are stitched, rather than just cut.

The A5 flyleaf is in the same leathers. One colour on one side.

And the other colour on the other side.

The rear inside layout includes a gusseted zip pocket with a full height slip pocket behind that. There is also the second elasticated pen loop.

I use both loops, one with a mechanical pencil the other for a pen.

I also requested the addition of the full width back pocket. This is useful for full size A4 sheets, such as print outs of travel confirmations for hotels or trains etc. This pocket is very nicely lined too.

The gusset of the zip pocket is at the top and it gives this pocket quite a large capacity as well as making it easy to get things in and out of it. 

The zip has a small leather flap to cushion it and stop it denting your inserts when the organiser is closed. When open it doesn't interfere at all. 

Another requested option was an extended clasp. To make sure it didn't look 'untidy' when the organiser was not so full, I requested an additional popper on the clasp. This seems to work quite well. 

I've seen similar arrangements on other brands, sometimes with two poppers on the cover rather than the clasp 

Thank you to Petra and the team for making this organiser for me.

Further Information.

Web Site: http://www.vdsshop.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/VanderSpekLederwaren
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vanderspekorganiserfans/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vdsshop/

22 May 2019

Video Web Finds - Wednesday 22 May 2019

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. Plannercon Europe 2019 Jour 2 + Mon Avis - De jolies choses
  2. Plannercon Europe 2019 - Fée Bricoleuse
  3. My thoughts about PCE 2019, and consequences - From Chaos to Order
  4. PlannerCon EU 2019 - Découverte des goodies bag et Haul/achats sur place - Lydille
  5. PlannerCon Europe 2019 - Haul | Deutsch - Lorelei Lee
  6. Plannercon Europe 2019 Haul ( Part 1) - JennyLane Creates
  7. PlannerCon Europe 2019 Experience!! - Planner holics
  8. PlannerCon Europe 2019 - Vlog and Goodie Bag | ms.paperlover - ms.paperlover
  9. PlannerCon Europe 2019 junk journal - Ju La
  10. PlannerCon 2019 | PCE 2019 Brüssel | Brüssel - Drehzahl2014
  11. Goodies Bag Et Haul Plannercon Eu 2019 + Concours - De jolies choses
  12. Plannercon Europe 2019 Haul ( Part 2) - JennyLane Creates
  13. PlannerCon Europe 2019 - Swaps and Shops Haul | ms.paperlover - ms.paperlover
  14. Van Der Spek A6 Rings Flip Through - Spencer And Jude
  15. 2019 planning update - Reneesplannerplace
  16. Updated Cash Envelope System | Filofax Saffiano & Mama's Gotta Budget - Stephanie Anne
  17. Filofax Bujo Flipthrough May 2019 - Ganchi_mH
  18. My Updated 2019 Planner Stack - Elyssa Nalani
  19. Unboxing Filofax Pocket Stone Malden Planner - Robin Plans
  20. Filofax Malden Mini Setup - deskofbexxi92
  21. Do Filofax Inserts Fit into a Patricia Nash Chieti Agenda? Tooled White Copper A21307 - Confessions of a Scorpio
  22. Modelo Personalizavel Da Filofax - Apresentado na Go Wild - Bala Mental
  23. Planner situation in 2019 spring - From Chaos to Order
  24. Filofax Wochendeko KW 19 - starflower_plans
  25. My Ink Journal: Filofax Domino - gadgetstop321
  26. Updated 2019 Planner Flip Through | Filofax Pocket Finsbury - Janice
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21 May 2019

Free For All Tuesday - No. 433

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.

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20 May 2019

News from Filofax

At PlannerCon Europe in Brussels last weekend, we were fortunate to have a talk by Julia from FLB Group to give us some indications about future products. We should start to see these in the next year or so.

Coming soon is the Original model in Pocket size. Since its introduction in 2013 it has only been available in Personal and A5 size. I'm sure this additional size will be well received. 

Other existing models haven't been forgotten about. The Holborn will be coming out in a new colour a dark purple. 

The Malden continues to be popular and it will be coming out in 'Iris' a pleasant purple colour. 

With Filofax being established in 1921, they are starting to plan to celebrate their 100th anniversary. As part of this 'celebration' they have recreated the boxes that items were sold in back then. 

The Classic Cross will be returning, but in a slightly textured leather, but with the same stitching detail on the cover. The samples on the stand were presented in soft pastel colours. 

At PlannerCon in 2017 we were shown the 'Chester Collection' of leather organisers and other products. This was going to be exclusively available in the Japanese market only.

However this collection will be available later this year in the rest of the world, it includes organisers, folios, and travel wallets. No detail on prices but these looked very desirable organisers to own. 

The Clipbook range will be expanding with an A4 model, it will have the standard 4 ring spacing mechanism as existing A4 Filofax organisers (80 - 80 - 80mm spacing) 

A Clipbook Zip model in A4 and A5 will also be released. Even though this is a zip model it will still be able to be folded back on itself. 

The Filofax Notebooks were also featured in the talk, unlike normal bound notebooks the Filofax ones (originally based on the Miracle Bind system) allow you to insert and move pages around. The spacing is the same across the range of different size notebooks meaning that you can move pages between them. 

Letts of London has been existence for nearly 225 years and the company is credited with creating the very first diaries. The product range has recently been updated and brought up to date with modern cover colours, but retaining excellent quality paper. Our goodie bags included some samples too. 

Filofax have been taking part in PlannerCon in San Francisco earlier this year as well as events in Japan. 

Look out for announcements on all these new products in the coming months. 

19 May 2019

What’s in my Filofax - Sally

Thank you to Sally for sending in this post about her Filofax Malden Pocket. 

Here is the setup of my Filofax pocket Malden in black.

This is a short run through of my simple Filofax setup. It is the only planner I am currently using and is easily adequate for my needs.

I have been using this planner for 2 or 3 years, it was purchased in TK Maxx for half price. This was at a time when TK Maxx in my area had a large selection of leather Filofax organisers such as the Cuban, Regency and even an Enigma! For the past few years they have only had a small selection of the cheaper ranges.

Let’s get started...

In the zip pocket I keep my contact details. The other front pockets just hold sticky notes. At the front of the rings I have two clear acetate dashboards for attaching sticky notes that I need to see when opening my planner. Behind these are my only concessions to decoration...a journal card and a vinyl dashboard.

After many trials with laminated dividers I have returned to using the cream Filofax 1-6 dividers.

These do the job perfectly well. This is to reduce bulk on the rings. I also find it easier to flick through the pages with card dividers.

Divider no.1 is my diary section. After trying many different diary formats I have finally settled on the Filofax WO1P with Notes. This provides all the space I need. I use highlighters to mark events eg. pink dot for birthdays, yellow dot for health etc. I don’t use stickers because I prefer a smooth writing surface and dislike the ‘bumpiness’ of stickers on previous pages.

Divider no.2 is for contacts. In this section I keep a few addresses and phone numbers. I also have a Filofax MO2P which I use for birthdays and anniversaries. This is not strictly necessary as I have this information in my main diary but I like being able to see the whole month at a glance.

Divider no.3 is my To Do section. This is more for long term tasks. For more immediate jobs I make a daily list and then discard it.

Divider no.4 is Christmas! A little early but this section is unused as yet. It just consists of some seasonal paper cut down from a list pad. Later in the year I will start a food list, jot down ideas for presents etc. Much nearer the time I will use a few pages to rough out the month of December and write down specific tasks on specific days.

Divider no.5 is for general notes. At present it consists of shopping lists, book lists etc. I also keep a world map in this section and a horizontal year planner which I intend to use for a decluttering project.

Divider no.6 is currently being used for spare notepaper.

I keep a top opening pocket at the back for business cards and photos.

The pockets in the back are used for postage stamps and general bits & pieces. I have occasionally put a notepad in the back pocket but this does make the planner too bulky for my liking.

The large pocket across the back is usually empty or sometimes holds random notes.

Finally, I use a mini Filofax pen.

I hope you have enjoyed this look inside my planner.

Thank you Sally for this excellent view in to your organiser. Let us see yours... please contact steve at philofaxy dot com 

18 May 2019

Web Finds - Saturday 18 May 2019

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 - Saturday 11 May 2019
  2. Silent Sunday
  3. Bullet Journaling in your Filofax
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 432
  5. Video Web Finds - Wednesday 15 May 2019
  6. Philofaxy Meet Up - London - 22 June 2019
  7. Free For All Friday No 548 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. Flashback: Sales in the ’90s - Salesforce
  2. Goodwood Revival – Letts/Filofax Shop - Spacial Installations
  3. GTD and Asana Setup Guide - Getting Things Done
  4. VDS 1st Limited Edition - Blog Vdsshop
  5. Using Your Planner Every Single Day - Sam Alderson
  6. Smythson of bond street duke's organiser (A5 size equivalent) - Paper Lovestory
  7. Daytime Routines + Habits To Live Your Best Life - Day Designer
  8. Our Top 5 Favorite Supplies for Teachers - FranklinPlanner Talk
  9. PCE2019 picture competition - Blog | Gillio
  10. Planning my Way to Woollinn 2019 - Eclectic Notebook
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17 May 2019

Free For All Friday No 548 by Laurie

I'm currently preparing for our trip this summer and putting together my travel Filofax! In the past when I've traveled I used a personal size Filofax. But this time I'm going with my A5 Heritage Filofax, with its stripped-down design and slim 16 mm rings (see Steve's review of the A5 Heritage here).

So far in my travel Filo I have my packing list and list of things to do before I go. I'm also bringing notes on things to see and do at our destination, contact information, and of course a map!

Before I go I'll add some blank pages for journaling, and a transparent envelope to keep tickets and small papers.

Do you take your Filofax with you when traveling? What do you put in your travel Filo?

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

16 May 2019

Philofaxy Meet Up - London - 22 June 2019

I am planning a visit to London in June 2019, my travel and hotel is booked.

This event is open to everyone, there are no qualifying requirements... if you enjoy good company and you like organisers of any brand then you will be very welcome and you will be amongst friends.

London - Saturday 22 June 2019

So this is a 'calling notice' for people who would like to attend the Philofaxy Meet Up in London

Please read all of the post before you apply for a place on the meet up.

When and Where

We will meet initially at 12 noon at Vapiano in Great Portland Street. This is not far from Oxford Circus underground station.

We have visited this venue many times before.  They have a great ordering system which uses a smart card to record the items you order from the bar or food counter. When you pay the bill you will only be paying for the items you ordered and there's no additional service charge. Because of the flexibility on their ordering and payment system, you will be able to easily pay with cash or card. If you are slightly late it won't be quite so critical.

You can read all about the restaurant on their website here

During the meal there will be plenty of time for chatting and sharing Filofax organisers...

Our meet up will finish at about 6:30pm

How to book a place on the meet up

To get a place on the meet up you need to email: steve[at]philofaxy[dot]com and mark your email 'June 2019 London Meetup', you can book a place straight away.

As places are allocated you will receive an email back again confirming your place on the meet up.

Please do not book travel tickets etc until you have a confirmed place. I will attempt to confirm places within 2-3 hours of receiving your email.

Additional Information

If you aren't familiar with London or how to get to Vapiano from the station you are arriving at then use the Transport for London Journey Planner, it's generally quite good. 

Once we have our full list of people, we will exchange email addresses and if you aren't familiar with London you might be able to get someone to meet you at the station you are arriving at.

Your safety on the day and your enjoyment on the day is of paramount importance to me, so don't be afraid to ask any questions by email, I want everyone who attends to get the most from the day.

Thank you... any questions?

15 May 2019

Video Web Finds - Wednesday 15 May 2019

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. Filofax patterns a5 marble VS Kikki.k large sweet. - Karina Gley
  2. Planner Setup, Personal Filofax Malden (in Ochre) - eyes2jesus
  3. Omg! Two new Filofax ! - Sussi's
  4. Filofax Dekos | Flip Through durch die bisherigen Wochendekos in 2019 - dekoRIAt
  5. Sinking Funds & Cash Envelope Check-in | Filofax | Recollections Planner - Blackberry Hills Shop
  6. PCE19 Brüssel Vorbereitung/Swaps/ Filofax/Bullet Journal - Hedwig Gedönsrat
  7. Filofax Wochendeko KW 18 - starflower_plans
  8. FILOFAX BUJO Weekly Plan With Me! - Ganchi_mH
  9. Je découvre mon nouveau Filofax Malden Ochre avec vous - Mlle CBo
  10. Обзор органайзера Filofax Saffiano Personal Compact Zip - Dreamarium
  11. Оформление майской недели с 13 по 19/ filofax patterns a5 marble. - Karina Gley
  12. PlannerCon Europe 2019 - PlannerCon Europe
  13. Ryder Carroll on The Bullet Journal Method | EXCLUSIVE | PlannerCon Europe 2019 - PlannerCon Europe
  14. Planner Update | What's Working! - Carrots & Olives
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14 May 2019

Free For All Tuesday - No. 432

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.

13 May 2019

Bullet Journaling in your Filofax

This weekend at PlannerCon Europe a video interview of Ryder Carroll talking to Mella and Liselotte was shown. Doing the sub-titles for the video reminded me that a few years ago I created some Filofax pages for doing Bullet Journalling. So it seemed a good time to repeat that post here.

I'm not going to attempt to explain the principles behind this idea or method, he does it so much better than I could anyway!.

Take a look at his website or watch the video.

After seeing the video I thought about trying this idea out myself and I was tempted to go out and buy a notebook to give it a try. But I know what I'm like with bound notebooks, I hate to make a mistake in them!

So I thought why not try and take this idea and use it in a Filofax... I have got plenty of those haven't I!!

But what sort of inserts? I looked at the website and the video quite a few times before coming up with some simple personal size inserts which will print on to personal size paper. I've also scaled these up to A4 so you can booklet print them to A5 as well.

After discussing this with Ray, we came up with a few ideas to improve the concept. For instance the index that Ryder shows in the video didn't look that well organised, so Ray suggested his method of creating an index in a notebook.  I decided that instead of creating fixed divisions on the index pages I would leave that up to user as to how they would divide up their index pages depending on their needs.

I'm making the inserts available in A5 and Personal sizes for you to download and try out for yourself.
Index (Personal) Word file or PDF File
Index (A5) Word file or PDF File

Daily Calendar (Personal) Word file or PDF File
Daily Calendar (A5) Word file or PDF File

Monthly Events/Tasks (Personal) Word file or PDF File
Monthly Events/Tasks (A5) Word file or PDF File

Collections (Personal) Word file or PDF File
Collections (A5) Word file or PDF File

So if you fancy trying this out download the inserts and give it a try.

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