31 August 2021

Free For All Tuesday - No. 552

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.

30 August 2021

A date for your diary - Sunday 5 September 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 5 September at the following time:
  • Los Angeles 8:00 am, 
  • Denver 9:00 am
  • Dallas 10:00 am, 
  • New York 11:00am, 
  • Moncton 12:00 noon,
  • 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 5 September 2021.

29 August 2021

28 August 2021

Web Finds - Saturday 28 August 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 21 August 2021
  2. Silent Sunday
  3. The forgotten book...
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 551
  5. Video Web Finds - Wednesday 25 August 2021
  6. When is a good time to buy a new Filofax?
  7. Free for All Friday No. 668 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. Back to Busy – How to Continue Sharpening the Saw - FranklinPlanner Talk
  2. Digital Declutter Checklist (Free printable) to organize your computer files, inbox, photos, backups and workspace -  All About Planners
  3. Episode #120: GTD® and the Phenomenon of List Managers - Getting Things Done
  4. Autumn planning - This Bug's Life
  5. How to Easily Budget Using Envelopes - Wendaful Planning
  6. The Franklin Five: September 2021 - FranklinPlanner Talk
  7. Bullet Journal Reflections: Retrospective Template - Rediscover Analog
  8. Link Love: SF Pen Love - The Well-Appointed Desk
  9. Web Finds – 25 August 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
  • 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. 
  • 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

Enjoy




27 August 2021

Free for All Friday No. 668 by Nan

 Most people who read this blog use an organizer to be more efficient and effective at work or school. 

But how about using your organizer for fun? Do you use to organize craft projects? Store knit or crochet patterns? Track your birding adventures? Plan your garden? 

Me, I often have Pokemon Go notes in my Filofax. 

As always on Friday, feel free to ask or discuss anything ring binder organizer related!

26 August 2021

When is a good time to buy a new Filofax?

Is there a better time in the year to buy a new Filofax from a retail store or on-line? 

I was once told that retailers are not allowed to change the dated diary inserts in a Filofax organiser, so they have to sell them with the current year still inside or supply the following year at their own cost. Or reduce the price of the organiser with the current year still in it. 

I decided to put this 'theory' to the test whilst in London. Visiting John Lewis in Oxford Street, their range of Filofax organisers and inserts is much smaller these days than it was 5-10 years ago. 

However, the sales assistant spotted me looking at the organisers that were all locked in a glass cabinet. She unlocked it and left me to look through what they had in stock. 

I spotted a Heritage Personal and a Heritage Compact. The Personal had been marked down from £86.00 to £62.20. The Compact was still priced up at £85.00 and it wasn't in the correct box, the Personal was. 

I took both to the sales assistant and asked them to check the price on both items.  The Personal came up at £43.00 (half price) and the Compact was still showing up at £85.00! I bought the Personal one!!

Why the price difference? The Personal had a week on two pages dated insert in it. The Compact had an undated white paper with blue and black ink insert in it... so that confirmed the theory!

I had been tipped off by one of the people that attended the meet up a few days before, so I thought it was worth a visit to John Lewis to see what they had in stock and at what prices. 

It pays to shop around and if you see something at the right price don't hesitate! 


25 August 2021

Video Web Finds - Wednesday 25 August 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. Plan With Me | Week of August 23-29 | Personal Rings - Tiffany’s Plans
  2. Filofax Unboxing of the Centennial Pocket Agenda! - Kitten
  3. Filofax Finsbury | Flipthrough | August 2021 - Createyou86
  4. Пополнение в семье Filofax - Holborn pocket - Ksenia Brigness
  5. Filofax Blush A5 Planner / Unboxing - Eat Pray Plan
  6. Planea conmigo | Libro Botanicals | The Happy Planner | A5 Planner | Filofax | Amazon - Plan With Lara
  7. MOTERM A6 Croc Black: распаковка и обзор | Мой новый планер на кольцах с Aliexpress | Ежедневник - Ironi4no
  8. Unboxing The Luxe Wallet | Luxe Wallet Vs Filofax | Leslie Ann - Leslie Ann
  9. Update of my beloved messy planner! - Kristen Valladares
  10. Agendas 2022 | ¿Qué agenda comprar? | mr wonderful, universitaria estresada, filofax - MARIA AUGA
  11. Franklin Covey: Tyler vs Aurora no one panic - Samantha Root -MompreneurLiving
  12. How I use my planners and what does not work | August 2021 - Planner mother of 3
  13. August 2021 Planner Flipthrough || Ganchi Plans Pocket Filofax - GanchiPlans
  14. Gillio Pocket Mia Cara setup (functional & planner/wallet) - My.Stationery. Love
  15. Worship & Writing - No Talking - Filofax Two Days on One Page - Monique Smith
  16. Plan with Me | Personal Rings | August 23-29, 2021 (feat. Moore Avenue) #moterm #personalrings - Michelle Miller
  17. August 2021: Filofax Pocket + Personal Flip Through! + mini Plan with my in Personal Planner! - Valentina Maria Mancera
  18. Planner Flip Thru | A5 Moterm Rings | August 2021 - My24Plan
  19. Planner Set Up (Updated) | Personal Ring Planner Flip Through | Louis Vuitton Agenda - Rana Plans
  20. September 2021 Planner Setup | Flip Through | Personal Ring Filofax CrocSylvia With A Plan
  21. Немножко новостей, листаем планеры // Filofax - Ksenia Brigness
  • Please leave a comment on any of the videos you enjoyed and mention you saw a link on Philofaxy. 
  • 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. 
Enjoy



24 August 2021

Free For All Tuesday - No. 551

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.

23 August 2021

The forgotten book...

 Have you ever:

  • Ordered a book and forgotten about it; 
  • Ordered a book, had it delivered to a relatives address and forgotten about it;
  • Ordered a book and they forgot they had it still etc
Yes well this happened to me back in December 2019. I ordered an out of print book on Amazon UK, but the seller would only post it to a UK address. I therefore had it delivered to my son's office address in London... Hmm offices, do you remember those! 

Well this week my son handed me a mystery padded envelope that I had forgotten all about and he had forgotten it was still on his desk that he's not been to in over 18 months! I got to opened it this last week...


This book was published in 1968, note the old price on the cover. I don't remember what I paid for it! (£2.00 plus postage!

You must be wondering what is the connection between a book about Furniture Making and Filofax? 

The author David Collischon along with his wife Lesley would purchase the Norman and Hill company in 1980 which would then be renamed Filofax a few years later. 

You can read more about David Collischon in an earlier post

Fortunately I have had an interest in woodwork since my days at school! This book was mentioned in one of his obituaries.

21 August 2021

Web Finds - Saturday 21 August 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 14 August 2021
  2. Silent Sunday
  3. Lefax City slimline
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 550
  5. Video Web Finds - Wednesday 18 August 2021
  6. Philofaxy Meet Up - 14 August 2021
  7. Free For All Friday No 667 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. Happy 100 Year Anniversary Filofax! - Filofancy | Life On Paper | Zara M.
  2. Planning a Staycation - FranklinPlanner Talk
  3. Episode #119: The Power of Naming Things - Getting Things Done
  4. Filo-nanigans - Pam Alison Knits
  5. The Centennial Collection - The Official Filofax Blog
  6. Summer Sets with Free Gillio Planner - Blog | Gillio
  7. Another hello and a re-introduction - Paper Lovestory
  8. Weekly spread with small weekday section and a larger space for the weekend & projects - All About Planners
  9. A Review Of The Original Personal Organiser In Charcoal | Filofax Centennial Collection - Filofancy | Life On Paper | Zara M.
  10. Planner Quote: August 16, 2021 - FranklinPlanner Talk
  11. Web Finds – 18 August 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
  • 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. 
  • 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

Enjoy




20 August 2021

Free For All Friday No 667 by Laurie


Recently Filofax has come out with new Lifestyle Refills  designed to help you with Meal Planning, Wellness, Projects & Goals.

As any long-time Filofax user knows, there used to be a plethora of pages designed to be used in Filofax organisers. Even in relatively recent Filofax history (about 10 years ago) there were Lifestyle Packs with themes including Travel, Health, and Family and even a "City Dweller Pack." 

Sadly, those packs did not last long. Some of them were a little over-engineered, with pages that weren't really needed. But in the case of the Family Organiser pack, I would love to see those return. (For those who wish the same: Franklin Planner currently has something similar in their Simplicity For Moms inserts, and my beloved Boxclever Press (formerly Organised Mum) Family Life Book (which I've been using in the kitchen for the past 8 years now) has spiral bound pages so the pages are easy to remove, trim, and punch for an A5 binder which I and other users have done in the past.)

One of the reasons given for cutting back on their product lineup at the time was that stores had less shelf space for products, so they were cutting back to just the most popular items. (That was also a time in Filofax history where there were some ups and downs, which I'm sure was also a contributing factor to cutting back the product lineup.)

Now it seems that so many sales are online, they are able to expand their products more. 

The new versions of the Lifestyle pages are more stripped-back with what looks like fewer types of pages, but the pages they do have are more useful. 

I haven't personally used any of the new Lifestyle pages, but am very curious about them.

Have you used any of the new Filofax Lifestyle Refill pages? If so, what do you think of them?

As always on Fridays, feel free to ask and/or discuss anything ring binder organiser related!

19 August 2021

Philofaxy Meet Up - 14 August 2021

Claudie, Rose, Emma & Steve

We had an enjoyable but relaxed meet up on Saturday. Only four of us, but that didn't matter. Any number more than one is good! 

I didn't get to take any photographs on the day the images above are from previous events! We were too busy talking I guess! Oh and eating food and drinking!. 

The ordering system is a little different due to the restrictions. Instead of going to the counter to order your food, you use your phone to place and pay for your order and then the staff bring it to the table at the right time. We were able to secure a table upstairs in a quiet area which was good. 

Being that it is approaching nearly two years since the last meet up (October 2019) there was a lot to catch up on. Not only recent events, but how we have each been coping and the changes in our lives that have happened.

We had a leisurely long lunch before we decided to go and look in Muji and The Journal Shop, the later had a short term 'pop-up' shop in Shoreditch. We jumped on a number 8 bus in New Oxford Street and that took us directly there. The traffic was a bit snarled up though! 

I'm hoping that the next meet up will not be so far in to the future. Once the travel restrictions between France and UK settle down (They have even changed whilst we were in isolation) I hope to make it over for a long weekend. For a meet up and to see the family again. 

Our grandson is growing and developing at quite a pace, and whilst we get lots of updates in the form of videos and photos every few days, there's no substitute for seeing them all face to face. 

Thank you to everyone who supported us this weekend and in the past as well of course. In the mean time I will continue to do 'virtual meet ups' via Skype each month. 

Take care everyone. 

18 August 2021

Video Web Finds - Wednesday 18 August 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 Centennial Collection - Filofax
  2. Plan With Me | Week of August 16 - 22 | Personal Rings - Tiffany’s Plans
  3. Flip Through - April 2021 | A5 Discs | Deutsch - Lorelei Lee
  4. August 2021 planner flip-through featuring Van Der Spek (VDS) JL Brown - Planit_joe Joe
  5. Weekly Functional Work Planning Process and GTD setup Wk 33 | PlantheGrind - PlanTheGrind-SarahWheeler
  6. Filofax works along global non-profit Girl Rising - Filofax
  7. Plan with Me | Personal Rings | August 16-22, 2021 (feat. River Street Stickers) #personalrings - Michelle Miller
  8. February Planner Update | Kendra Bork - Kendra Bork
  9. Another Planner Update | Franklin Covey Compact Blooms for my work planner - Tiffany’s Plans
  10. Planning the Week Ahead || Ganchi Plans PWM - GanchiPlans
  11. Filofax Centennial Collection - Celebrating 100 years of organisation - Filofax
  12. Deringed Personal Ring Planners - Monique Smith
  13. My Current Favourite Stationery | Fountain Pens, Stamps, Washis, Stickers - Job's Journal
  14. Planner Setup: Franklin Covey in a Moterm Planner - eyes2jesus
  15. Gillio Compagna Personal setup || New - Kerri Pouliot
  16. Review planner Filofax 100 Aniversario - The Flower Journal
  17. Pen & Ink | Limited Edition Filofax 2022 Centennial Planner - Dromgoole's Pens
  18. Personal Planner/Wallet Flip Through | August 2021 | Filofax Malden - BestKeptPlans
  19. Filofax Holborn Personal - (altes) Setup 2021 (deutsch) - Working Mum
  20. Home, Sweet Home | KW 30 im Filofax A5 - dekoRIAt
  21. A6 Rings Set Up | My Everyday carry and planner list maven :) - krodesigns
  • Please leave a comment on any of the videos you enjoyed and mention you saw a link on Philofaxy. 
  • 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. 
Enjoy



17 August 2021

Free For All Tuesday - No. 550

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.

16 August 2021

Lefax City slimline

For quite some time now, I haven't had a look on eBay for Filofaxes, but for some reason fancied having a little nose around recently. I do think that in general the prices seem higher than they used to be, but there are still bargains to be had. When I bid, I just set my maximum amount and don't tend to watch the end of the auction, so that I'm not tempted to go above the budget that I have set myself. 

In the past, I've owned a number of slimlines, but sold them all when I decided to stick with just personal size for a number of years. However, I admit that I may have regretted slightly doing this as it can be quite a handy size for popping in your bag or a larger coat pocket. Due to COVID, our household is still mostly staying put, so I won't be travelling anywhere for some time to come, but I do think that a slimline can be very useful for simplifying or for planning a particular project. 

Therefore, I was interested when I came across a Lefax City in a wonderful condition and a colour that I haven't seen before. I put in one bid and was delighted when I got the message announcing that I'd won!


As you can see, apart from a couple of minor ink stains, it's in beautiful condition for its age. The seller said that they purchased it from the Lefax shop in Covent Garden, London, in the early 1980s. It's not very clear in my photo, but on the front cover it says 'LEFAX City, Made in England, CITY 10 SP/6', with the 10 referring to its 10mm rings.  


More information, thanks to the Lefax catalogue kindly uploaded on Philofaxy (you can view the full catalogue here). On the right hand side, it says 'Lefax Event', but I'm not sure what the Event part signifies as a previous burgundy City that I owned also had this on the inside cover. 


As per the catalogue details above, the City was available in black, burgundy, navy, red, brown and grey, but this one certainly isn't one of those colours. As I don't know much about Lefax binders, I reached out to our hugely knowledgeable reader community and this was Brenda's reply - 'I haven’t seen this colour before in LeFax, either! It’s intriguing. This looks like an older luxe model, with the gold leaf logo, etc. It’s sort of a blush or white based beige dye'.
So, if anyone reading this post has come across this colour in a Lefax and may know what it's called, I'd be interested to know more. 

The French goatskin leather is very soft to the touch and has a beautiful sheen to it. 


Like many of the older slimlines, you don't get a pen loop, so I put my thinking cap on about what I could use around the house. At first, I considered removing an adhesive Leuchtturm pen loop from an old project book, but then wondered if I could instead use one of my magnetic Oli Clips.


I think that the colour of this Paper Mate nicely matches and the metal clip attaches quite securely to the clip. I'm not sure if the pen might get knocked off if you were carrying it in a bag, but it works quite well for use within the house. 


Here are some shots next to my personal Kensington, which shows just how svelte the Lefax is:



After doing One Book July in my Kensington, I have moved back into my A5 Original for work and I am considering using the Lefax as my main binder for a change. I will write another post when I've figured out my set up, but it will be as simple as possible, without the use of dividers as they will take up valuable ring space. 

14 August 2021

Web Finds - Saturday 14 August 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 7 August 2021
  2. Silent Sunday
  3. Moments in History
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 549
  5. Video Web Finds - Wednesday 11 August 2021
  6. Filofax Centennial Collection - Celebrating 100 Years of Organisation
  7. Free For All Friday No. 666 by Anita
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 Quote: August 9, 2021 - FranklinPlanner Talk
  2. Episode #118: Work Awesome Interviews David Allen - Getting Things Done
  3. RESTOCK: A6 Compagna part 2 - Blog | Gillio
  4. How To Plan Ahead For A Successful School Year - Day Designer
  5. Review of the Speedy Stencils by Sunny Streak (Plenty of weekly and monthly spread layout ideas) - All About Planners
  6. Preparing For Back to School - FranklinPlanner Talk
  7. Link Love: What the Heck is PKM? - The Well-Appointed Desk
  8. Web Finds – 11 August 2021 - Travellers Notebook Times
  9. Back to School Checklists - FranklinPlanner Talk
  • Please leave a comment on any of the blogs you enjoyed reading and mention that you saw their post mentioned on Philofaxy. Thank you
  • 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. 
  • 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

Enjoy




13 August 2021

Free For All Friday No. 666 by Anita

Left Handers Day is an international day observed annually on the 13th August to celebrate the uniqueness and differences of left handed individuals. 

Some links for you:
https://philofaxy.blogspot.com/2010/08/left-handed-use-of-filofax.html

https://philofaxy.blogspot.com/2013/01/left-handed-filofax.html

https://shazzastitching.wordpress.com/2010/08/13/left-handed-filofax/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gum8_z8bsRQ

https://www.ableaccessuk.com/international-left-handers-day/

https://hisforhomeblog.com/tag/left-hander/

https://www.anythinglefthanded.co.uk/acatalog/stationery.html

If you are left handed, have you made any changes to how you use an organiser to make it work better for you?

And as always on Fridays, please feel free to discuss anything organiser related. I hope that you have a great weekend.


(I don't believe that there is any connection between left handed folk and the number 666!) 

12 August 2021

Filofax Centennial Collection - Celebrating 100 Years of Organisation

 

Today Filofax officially launched their Centennial Collection.

The Centennial Collection features a special edition of the The Original organiser that includes a new dated diary fill in a minimal layout, golden rings, gold coloured stitching and a bespoke popper cap celebrating the 100 year anniversary of Filofax. 

The Original is 'crafted' in UK and is available in charcoal, blush and sky shades and are available in A5, Personal and Pocket sizes. 


The A5 and Personal size have slightly bigger rings than normal. 

Included in the collection are a range of 'Centennial Accessories' which include a roller ball pens, planning stickers and a miniature keyring organiser based on the Original design with a small paper pad inside. 

750 of each size of organiser have been made and will be sold across all of the different Filofax sites across the world including Filofax UK

Filofax kindly sent me a Pocket size in 'Sky' along with the accessories. 













 
Thank you to Filofax for supplying the samples shown in this post.