14 May 2021

Free For All Friday - No. 653 by Steve

I've been keeping a journal for quite a few years, I use a bound day per page planner, it is easy to file them away at the end of the year. I don't look back at them very often, but it is good for remembering events. 

When I first started using a Filofax back in 1986, I was using it more as a journal than as a planner, I still have the diary inserts stored in my Winchester and it makes amusing reading! 

When it comes to doing Free For All Friday, I often look back through our archives to see what we were posting about 5 or 10 years ago in that week... 10 years ago today was the first New York Meet Up.. Nan will I'm sure have happy memories of the event. 

Do you keep a journal, a record of what you have been doing each day either in your Filofax or in another planner/book? 

Of course it is Friday, so please feel free to discuss anything organiser related. Have a good weekend. 

13 May 2021

Blank Pages Template

Prompted by Nan's FFAF (Free For All Friday) last week. I thought I would put together a template Word file for blank pages. 


You can download the file and add your own text easily or a map or anything and then print it out and you have your own page. 

Theoretically, it is possible to fit 3 personal pages in to an A4 sheet, but the left and right margins are quite thin, on some printers, the page will not print, hence I decided to leave it to just two pages per sheet!

Here are the files:

Ray created a template for printing on to Filofax Personal size paper here









12 May 2021

Video Web Finds - Wednesday 12 May 2021

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. Make your own Filofax. - Flatability
  2. New Releases in April 2021 | GanchiPlans Printables - GanchiPlans
  3. A5 Filofax Malden - Anxiety Ring Binder: Part 2 - Monique Smith
  4. Filofax Pocket Malden - Wallet Setup - Navy - Planner Setup - Minimal Planning FlipThru - UKPA - Sort Stuff Out
  5. CUSTOM VDS UNBOXING | Velvet Sand Van Der Spek Junior Planner - amanda leigh
  6. A6 Planner V. Pocket Planner | Which Portable Planner Size Is Right For You? | Plan With Bee - Plan With Bee
  7. A6 VDS Planner Review & Setup - Rags To Paper
  8. Livestream - Planer Set Up KW 19| A5 DIYfish Discs | Deutsch - Lorelei Lee
  9. New inserts, new dividers - Spring Update! Van der Spek Touch Me Personal Ring Planner - Poussiere - Sort Stuff Out
  10. A5 Rings Recollections Initial Setup - Anxiety/Mental Health - Monique Smith
  11. Planning for a New Baby and the Postpartum Period | Tips and Planning Pages I Use - PlansMeetPaper
  12. La question des intercalaires | SPRINTPAPER by Emmashell - Emmashell1
  13. Gillio Firenze & Franklin Covey Compact planner hack! - Plan to Create
  14. Plan with Me! May 10-16th in my Franklin Covey/Teresa Collins Blush Binder - BuySellPlan
  15. Gillio A6 Rings Flip Through | Goals Planner | Inserts from Michaels and Cloth & Paper - StacysSerenity
  16. Rose Colored Daze & Filofax Haul May 2021 - Arie Bea
  17. Filofax Mini - Finsbury, Chameleon, Malden und Baroque im Vergleich (deutsch) - Working Mum
  18. Filofax Unboxing 2021 | New Filofax Garden Collection | Stationery Haul - Living Letter Plans
  19. FILOFAX DOMINOS | LUXE & PINK PATENT HAUL | Pocket & Personal Planners - Joy2Plan
  20. May Plan With Me | Lv Desk Agenda | Functional Planning - 4EVA LANDA
  21. Functional Planning Tips | Plan With Me - The Organized Money
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11 May 2021

Free For All Tuesday - No. 536

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 with any questions and comments.


10 May 2021

Making your own organiser?

Have you ever considered making your own organiser? 

You might think that you be quite difficult to do, but if you stick to a simple design it is really quite straight forward.

I was watching this video on Friday and I started looking at this idea in more detail. 

Yes you might need some specialist tools, but you might have some of them already. 

There are lots of leather suppliers around that supply leather some already dyed and cut to convenient sizes. In the past I used 'Leather 4 Craft' in UK to obtain a piece of leather to make a Travellers Notebook cover. In the USA I've seen Target Leathers mentioned a few times, but there are plenty of other suppliers. 

Also a look on ETSY for craft suppliers for leather and for leather fasteners as well. 

Ring mechanisms are also available on ETSY and AliExpress

I got these rings from Moterm, they include the screw fastening rivets. They aren't the highest quality, but they are more than acceptable for every day use. 


I also came across this blog post and video about making an organiser. 

I realise that these do not contain interior pockets, but it means you don't have to sew any leather together. You can use pockets that mount on the rings instead. 


Would you ever making your own organiser?

08 May 2021

Silent Sunday

 


Web Finds - Saturday 8 May 2021

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 1 May 2021
  2. A Date For Your Diary - Sunday 9 May 2021
  3. Highlights for April 2021
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 535
  5. Video Web Finds - Wednesday 5 May 2021
  6. Is A6 the same as Personal size?
  7. Free for All Friday No. 652 by Nan
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. A5 Filofax update – 135 days later - Pam Alison Knits
  2. Planner Quote: May 3, 2021 - FranklinPlanner Talk
  3. Filofax - Mini Malden in navy - Empress Bat's Journal
  4. Link Love: Happy Inko de Mayo! - The Well-Appointed Desk
  5. Morning Routines + Habits To Live Your Best Life - Day Designer
  6. Celebrating Moms & More - FranklinPlanner Talk
  7. Episode #104: The Do Lectures - Getting Things Done
  8. DIY bullet journal alphabet stencil (that costs practically nothing) - All About Planners
  9. Web Finds – 5 May 2021 - Travellers Notebook Times
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07 May 2021

Free for All Friday No. 652 by Nan

Sometimes, when I have to come up with an idea for a Free for All Friday, I draw a blank. 

Literally! 

Sure, there are calendars, formatted diary pages, to-do lists, and all kinds of forms you can buy or print yourself

But lately I've been in love with blank pages! I usually use lined paper, but you can also get it with a dot matrix or just plain. 

You can make lists, create mind maps, write journal entries, draw images or graphs... 

What do you use blank pages in your organizer for? 

Of course, since it's Friday, all discussion of ring-bound organizers is welcome!

06 May 2021

Is A6 the same as Personal size?

At least once a week I'm sure I've seen that question 

"Is A6 the same as Personal size?"

It would be very mean to just say NO, LOOK IT UP!!! but we aren't that cruel? 😊

This picture might help start the explanation:


The page sizes of the ones shown are as follows: 
  • Personal size - 171 x 95mm (h x w) = 16,245 sq mm
  • A6 size - 148 x 105mm (h x w) = 15,540 sq mm
  • Pocket size - 120 x 81mm (h x w) = 9,720 sq mm
In terms of page square area, A6 and Personal size are very similar, although their size proportions are different. A6 being wider but shorter than Personal size. 

All three of the sizes shown share the same number of ring spaced holes, six in total, split this in to two groups of three with the three rings spaced at a common 19mm spacing. The 'central spacing between the two groups of three is different:
  • Personal = 50.8mm (2 inches)
  • A6 = 38mm (1.5 inches)
  • Pocket = 19mm (¾ inches) 
One side effect of these hole spacing is that Pocket size can fit on to the rings of an A6 organiser 


Mini fits on to A6 too


And finally M2 also fits 


M2 will also fit on to Personal rings in a similar fashion. But M2 is 64 x 103mm (h x w) so there is some overhang when you put M2 in to Personal size. 

The closeness in page area between Personal size and A6 is possibly a reason why Filofax have never produced an A6 organiser sticking to Pocket and Personal sizes.

A6 size is an ISO216 paper size therefore the height and width proportions are fixed 1:1.4142 

Even though Filofax doesn't sell A6 size there are plenty of companies that do. I will not attempt to list them all. 

Sadly you will often see sellers advertising organisers and inserts as being A6 when they are in fact Personal size, the clue is in the page size. 

See our guide to popular paper sizes for more information. 


05 May 2021

Video Web Finds - Wednesday 5 May 2021

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 Review - M2 Belgravia Deluxe Leather. - Flatability
  2. Planner Flip Through: A6 Clear Rings - rledzn
  3. May 2021 Plan With Me | Pocket Rings and Printable Inserts - GanchiPlans
  4. Minimal Pocket Rings Flip Through - VDS Junior TM Perle - SparklyPeachCo
  5. Anna Leather Snap Binder in Onyx and a Comparison Of All My Black Franklin Planners - Tonya Plans
  6. Moterm Personal 30mm Rings - On the Go Planner - Monique Smith
  7. A5 LifePlanner Ring Agenda - Erin Condren - Planning Inspired
  8. Navy Filofax Pocket Malden Unboxing: How does it compare? Size, Feature and Quality Comparison - Sort Stuff Out
  9. Franklin Covey ‘the next big thing?’ Unboxing & setup - Plan to Create
  10. April 2021 recap and May set up in my Franklin Covey Sierra Sagebrush Binder! - BuySellPlan
  11. Gillio personal wide - Christina Lovesplanning
  12. Filofax Personal Planner Flip Through w/ Links + Discount Codes - Valentina Maria Mancera
  13. Cash envelope stuffing | Filofax Compact Saffiano | Aussie Budget | Sinking Funds - Ellen.plans
  14. Let's Talk Planners | 2021 Planner Line Up | Passion Planner, Moterm, Filofax - arlene rocha
  15. A5 Daily Planner Alternative to EC Agenda: Filofax Clipbook/Plum Paper Daily + Add ons - Heather Morrison
  16. Pocket filofax planner setup - Marwaplans
  17. Moterm personal & Filofax Saffiano Compact ZIP - Ksenia Brigness
  18. Мои помощники! Filofax и другие органайзеры - Планирую планировать
  19. Moterm personal wide health planner - Tilted Tierra with Melissa Reeves
  20. Распаковка Moterm A5 Blue Croc - My Dream
  21. Moterm Personal: This week’s wallet setup - Samantha Root -MompreneurLiving
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04 May 2021

Free For All Tuesday - No. 535

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 with any questions and comments.


03 May 2021

Highlights for April 2021


So here are the highlights for last month.

We published the following posts.

General Posts:
Web Finds Posts:



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 this May 2021.




02 May 2021

A Date For Your Diary - Sunday 9 May 2021

Given the success and the number of people that took part in the last  'Virtual Meet Up' we are going to run another one.

When? - Sunday 9 May at the following time:
  • 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.  
Do not worry if you aren't available at the start of one of our sessions each one lasts 1-2 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)

Join the chat here: https://join.skype.com/A85fEyS7HPUP

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... Join the chat here: https://join.skype.com/A85fEyS7HPUP  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.

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.

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 9 May 2021.

01 May 2021

Web Finds - Saturday 1 May 2021

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 24 April 2021
  2. Silent Sunday
  3. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 112
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 534
  5. Video Web Finds - Wednesday 28 April 2021
  6. News: Van der Spek updates
  7. My first A5 Van der Spek after 7 years of use
  8. Free For All Friday No 651 by Laurie
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. Journaling for Health and Success - FranklinPlanner Talk
  2. Planners spotted in the wild - This Bug's Life
  3. 12 Bullet Journal Monthly Calendar Spreads - All About Planners
  4. What Keeps You Going? 3 Ways To Design Your Day To That End - QuickBooost
  5. Writing the date - This Bug's Life
  6. 10 Reasons Clutter Makes You Less Productive - Time Management Ninja
  7. Episode #103: Dose of Leadership Interview - Getting Things Done
  8. Big day today! - This Bug's Life
  9. 3 Color weekly spread using the SHP Planner - All About Planners
  10. The Franklin Five: May 2021 - FranklinPlanner Talk
  11. TMN Tip: Don’t Let Your Phone Own You - Time Management Ninja
  12. Link Love: Come for the Pens, Stay for The (Bodega) Cats - The Well-Appointed Desk
  13. RESTOCK: medium Compagna real ostrich - Blog | Gillio
  14. Web Finds – 28 April 2021 - Travellers Notebook Times
  • Please leave a comment on any of the blogs you enjoyed reading and mention that you saw their post mentioned on Philofaxy. Thank you
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  • 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. 
  • Your Filofax/Organiser posts could appear in this list, just contact philofaxy at gmail dot com to be added to our monitoring list. 
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