12 July 2024

Free For All Friday - No. 818 by Anita

After writing my previous Free For All Friday about my top reasons for still using a Filofax, it occurred to me that I had left out something about how I find them enjoyable and tactile objects to use. I'm a frugal person by nature, so once upon a time I would've only purchased the cheapest ones available, but I had some birthday money saved up, so instead treated myself to a more expensive leather one when I bought my first one. I attended a Catholic school for a couple of years, which was mostly taught by the nuns there, so I think a Filofax also reminds me of a very much loved and used leather bible that my favourite teacher owned. 

I love the patina that a leather organiser can develop, and how it soften and improve with age. I think that Janet's vintage Van der Spek has aged so beautifully and has so much character.

Kensington - when first purchased (new to me) in 2014

Recent photo - a decade of regular use

Do you have a preference between organisers that have patina or ones that look like they were when purchased?

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

11 July 2024

Filofax Billingham - by Anita

Looking back at some photos in my phone, I realised the other day that I had forgotten to write about a wonderful vintage Filofax that I purchased! I admit that I'm very behind with writing posts here, so I actually bought this one back in 2022...

It was just a normal day, when I had that feeling that kinda feels like an itch or maybe a certain type of restlessness. Sometimes it might be just because I'm a bit bored or fed up, but I admit that sometimes it leads to me looking at second hand Filofaxes to buy. 

For some reason, this time I had an idea that I was looking for something a bit unusual, but I didn't have any particular criteria for what that might mean. I decided on my maximum budget and, as per usual, I first visited the Philofaxy Adspot page, but nothing caught my eye. 

I've never purchased from Facebook Marketplace, so thought that I'd have a little browse there and something caught my eye that I didn't recognise. The photos weren't great, but I downloaded the one showing the interior, zoomed in and was surprised to find what looked like a Winchester with the code 4BLCF 7/8! 

Thankfully the seller was happy to post it and within a couple of days this beauty arrived. I gave it a wipe over with a damp cloth, and the exterior trim leather buffed up to a beautiful shine with some Lord Sheraton leather balsam.



After some further investigation in the Philofaxy catalogues, I found it in one dating back to 1987.

Billingham - 'distinctive two-tone canvas and tan leather wallet. There is a window pocket, credit card and full-width flap pocket at the front and a full-width gusset flap pocket at the back. Has pen loop and fastener. The Billingham has been designed to complement the Billingham professional camera wear range. Ref. 4BLCF7/8. 7/8" khaki fawn canvas and mid brown kip leather'.
 



I don't know about you, but I'd never heard of the Billingham before, so I would say that this definitely meets my criteria of wanting to buy something a little different. 

When it arrived, it was carefully packaged and also came with some Keypoints Reminders from the Free-Form Time Management inserts. (If you're interested in these inserts, I'd recommend that you click on the link to Steve's post, as the photos are of better quality than mine)


 

When I let the seller know that the Filofax had arrived safely, I asked them if they knew anything about its history. She said that it had belonged to her Dad, but she was selling as he had had quite a collection of Filofaxes and leather wallets etc. They'd been in storage for quite a while, so she was delighted that they were finally going to new homes to be used and enjoyed. 

On that subject, you might think that I'm mad, but I never used this wonderful binder and it just sat on my bookshelf for about a year. I'd occasionally get it down to admire it, but I'd then just carry on using my faithful Kensington. My Kensington is my favourite, so I was delighted when the Billingham went to live with its lovely new owner last year, and hopefully you will see a guest post by them in the future.

10 July 2024

Video Web Finds - Wednesday 10 July 2024

I hope you have had a good weekend.

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. Mystery Pocket Filofax - alma lauha
  2. Mail time 62 - vintage filofax - Flatability
  3. Gillio Compagna || July 2024 - Kerri Pouliot
  4. Design your own Filofax - Filofax
  5. 30 day planner challenge | send help, wishing for rings (02) - lindseyscribbles
  6. How I build my productivity systems to Organize Work Goals Part 3 of ? - PlanTheGrind-SarahWheeler
  7. How to Set Monthly Goals Effectively! #Goals - Planner Perfect
  8. Mail time 63 - another fabulous filofax discovery - Flatability
  9. Plan With Me | B6 PaperTess journal | Personal Rings - Nessie Plans
  10. Plan With Me! Week of July 8th in my Pink Vintage Aurora - BuySellPlan
  11. Flip through de mon VanDerSpek turquoise en version été | French | SPRINTPAPER by @emmashell1 - Emmashell1
  12. Van Der Spek review - short version for those in a hurry - Flatability
  13. Plan With Me || Franklin Classic || July 8 - 14, 2024 || Rainforest Green Anna Binder - Sandra Dahl
  14. 2024 VDS Stardust Planner update - Liz Q Studio
  15. June/July in my personal rings | Gillio Medium Compagna - plannercoven
  16. Planner update Gillio Undyed Amica | personal rings - crystalplans
  17. Self-Care/Faith & Personal Development Filofax Personal Rings - Monique Plans
  18. Van Der Spek review - long version - Flatability
  19. A Remarkable 2 Tablet And A Pocket Filofax | Space Art - Barry's Analog Insights
  20. Filofax haul ( meadow pocket ) - Nina D.
  21. July set up - filofax personal holborn - watchbeccaplan
  22. July Set up for Personal Filofax Planner | Sharing 4 weekly planning style & TN Passport is back! - minimalish.journal
  23. plan with me | filofax original | personal rings | minimal planner | Nicole Makes Plans - Nicole Makes Plans
  24. Pre plan the week of July 8-14/ Personal Rings/ Filofax - Vickies’ Plans
  25. Erster Wochenabschluss im Juli// Shopping Unboxing// mein neuer Filofax ist da - Ein_Nordlicht_spart
  26. 1 Month in a Filofax Rings Planner | How it’s Going - Tori on paper
  27. Unboxing 2 Filofax Pocket Rings Domino Planners! - Kayla Hightower
  28. Plan With Me & Lots of Planner Things | New Filofax Saffiano Personal Planner - Randi Sullivan
  29. Unboxing Personal Filofax - Barry's Analog Insights
  30. Weekly plan with me | filofax original | personal rings | minimal planner | Nicole Makes Plans - Nicole Makes Plans
  31. Filofax Personal - PRIVE Блог
  32. PLAN WITH ME | Mid year life planner update - A5 LifePlanner Ring Agenda Erin Condren - Library of Kate
  33. Setting up my personal rings planner for July | Travel Budget Chat - Helenistique
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09 July 2024

Free For All Tuesday - No. 701

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08 July 2024

AI no try FI

I teased you with a bit of Artificial Intelligence (AI) via Chat GPT in describing the benefits of using a Filofax in the modern age. 

However, I will not go any deeper in to using AI, there is a lot of scare stories and hype around the notion of machine learning and machines spying on us every day. AI being used to create perfect photographs and images. 

Instead, I will pose the idea of Filofax Intelligence or FI.... I'm sure you can come up with some alternatives for the meaning of FI.... but this is a family show, so we won't go any further with that one!

Jokes aside your Filofax is not connected to anyones AI network, they can't spy on what you write on your pages, it's just pen and paper. Unless you photograph your pages that is. 

You have full control over what is contained in your Filofax, there is only the ring size that limits the storage capacity, you can swap the contents any time you want. 

FI doesn't require to be have any software patches/upgrades, pages written over 100 years ago can be added to your Filofax, they are readable now just as well as they were 100 years ago, try that with any recent technology, 20 years might be your limit most probably much less in certain cases

Going forward in to the future long after you are not in this world people will still be able to access and read what you had planned every 4th Monday when there was an 'R' in the month, that is unless you wrote in some sort of code, in other words my own hand writing! 

Your Filofax puts less strain on your own memory and its capacity to remember a huge range of facts and information in addition to recording where you should be next Monday at 10:00. The facts that you need to have a few page turns away is totally in your control not some software developer who you have never met. 

Next time someone looks at you curiously when you pull out your Filofax to look up something, just tell them "This is FI" and if they look puzzled just say "Those that know about FI know the advantages of FI" with a casual rub of your index finger on your left hand on the left hand side of your nose.... it's the signal of those with 'the knowledge' 


07 July 2024

06 July 2024

Web Finds - Saturday 6 July 2024

It is time to enjoy a few blog posts from around the internet, 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 29 June 2024
  2. Silent Sunday
  3. Highlights for June 2024
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 700
  5. Video Web Finds - Wednesday 3 July 2024
  6. The Timeless Benefits of Using a Filofax
  7. Free For All Friday - No. 817 by Steve
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. Emergency sourcing of a light pink, leather pocket filofax - Filofax
  2. Summer Traditions - FranklinPlanner Talk
  3. Bic pens - This Bug's Life
  4. QR Codes on Inserts - Filofax
  5. Episode #265: Skills Lab – Areas of Focus - Getting Things Done
  6. Round-up June 2024 - Sam Alderson
  7. Where can I purchase Filofax in Canada? Filofax
  8. Creative Refills S1E6: Mid-year Reflections and Creative Blocks - PLOTTER USA
  9. Grab Your Pen! How to Start Planning Your Academic Year Planning - Blog – Day Designer
  10. Best Paper for Printing? - Filofax
  11. Testing different pens on different paper thickness (80, 120, 140, 160 and 180 GSM paper) - All About Planners
  12. Problems with US store? - Filofax
  13. Link Love: Boom Boom Vacation! - The Well-Appointed Desk
  14. Web Finds – 3 July 2024 - Travellers Notebook Times
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05 July 2024

Free For All Friday - No. 817 by Steve

Today is the last day at school for students at public schools here in France. 

They don't return until Monday 2nd September. Even though they are off school for 8 weeks, I'm fairly sure our local supermarket will shift in to 'Back to School' selling mode sometime next week! 

It means two aisles of stationery items and school bags etc. It's like an annual festival for paper people. Always worth a look though, even if you don't have any school age children at home yourself!! 

Naturally, it is Friday so please feel free to discuss anything planner related and window shop the posts here on Philofaxy.  

04 July 2024

The Timeless Benefits of Using a Filofax

In an age where digital devices dominate our daily lives, the Filofax remains a steadfast companion for many professionals and enthusiasts alike. This personal organiser, with its distinctive ring binder and customisable inserts, offers a plethora of advantages that digital alternatives struggle to match. Here are some of the key benefits of using a Filofax:

Tangible Organisation: The Filofax provides a physical space to write down appointments, notes, and reminders. The act of writing by hand aids memory retention and the satisfaction of ticking off completed tasks is unmatched. Unlike digital devices, there are no distractions from notifications or the temptation to switch to social media.

Customisation and Flexibility: One of the most significant advantages of a Filofax is its adaptability. Users can tailor their organisers to their specific needs, whether it's by adding, removing, or rearranging pages. From calendars and to-do lists to address books and notepads, the Filofax can become whatever its user requires.

Durability and Reliability: A Filofax is not subject to battery life or electronic failures. It's a dependable tool that's always on, ready to be used whenever needed. The quality materials used in its construction ensure that it can withstand the wear and tear of daily use, often becoming more characterful with age.

Privacy and Security: In a world where digital privacy is a growing concern, the Filofax offers a secure alternative. Personal information stored in a Filofax is not vulnerable to hacking or data breaches, providing peace of mind for those who value their privacy.

Professional Aesthetic: A Filofax exudes a professional and classic aesthetic that technology cannot replicate. It can make a statement in a business meeting or an interview, showcasing an individual's commitment to organisation and attention to detail.

Mindfulness and Focus: Using a Filofax encourages mindfulness and focus. The process of planning and reflection without the interference of technology promotes a clearer mind and a more deliberate approach to time management.

Archival Record: A Filofax serves as a tangible archive of one's personal and professional history. Unlike digital records that can be lost or corrupted, the pages of a Filofax can be kept for years, providing a physical record of achievements, milestones, and memories.

Environmental Considerations: For those concerned about the environmental impact of electronic waste, a Filofax is a more sustainable option. It requires no electricity, and paper inserts can be recycled, reducing the carbon footprint associated with digital devices.

Networking Tool: The business card holder inserts make a Filofax an excellent networking tool. It allows for the immediate storage and organisation of contacts met in professional settings, facilitating follow-ups and relationship building.

Stress Reduction: The clarity and control provided by a well-organised Filofax can significantly reduce stress. Knowing that all tasks and appointments are accounted for in one place can bring a sense of calm and order to a busy life.

In conclusion, the Filofax offers a unique combination of practicality, customization, and style that digital devices cannot fully replicate. Its enduring popularity is a testament to its effectiveness as a personal organization tool. Whether for professional use, personal planning, or as a creative outlet, the Filofax remains a relevant and valuable asset in any individual's arsenal of productivity tools.

Do you agree with Chat-GPT? 

03 July 2024

Video Web Finds - Wednesday 3 July 2024

I hope you have had a good weekend.

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 Hamilton review - Flatability
  2. Filofax compact flipthrough - S.E.R plans
  3. Pocket Filofax Finsbury - itsnaeri
  4. Unboxing my new Filofax - Natalieplans
  5. Design your own Filofax - Filofax
  6. Why I'm carrying five filofaxes in my bag - Flatability
  7. VDS A5 Agenda Set-Up | Mid-Year Update | The Planner Aisle - The Planner Aisle
  8. FC Compact July Theme & Plan With Me | Caramel Moterm Personal Luxe 2.0 | FCC Inserts | EDC #pwm - My Moxie Dreams
  9. July 2024 Franklin Classic Planner Setup || NEW! Rainforest Green Anna Binder! - Sandra Dahl
  10. Filofax hack - overcoming friction between two pages - Flatability
  11. March-April Flip thru/ Personal Rings/ Filofax - Vickies’ Plans
  12. My First FiloFax Order, Now what? - My Nomad Planner
  13. Unboxing New Filofax Norfolk Pocket Planner | MadyPlans - MadyPlans
  14. Plan With Me || Franklin Classic || Rainforest Green ANNA Binder! || July 1- 7th, 2024 - Sandra Dahl
  15. My Planner Chaos - filofax personal holborn - watchbeccaplan
  16. Not enough space in your filofax? Try this - Flatability
  17. My Planner Set Up- Filofax Pocket Planner - Carmen Hawkins
  18. Journaling with me  agenda e filofax pocket chatting notturna -  Hiirodaily
  19. Flipthrough durch Filofax Original | Jan - Juni | Sahne Klexx - Sahne Klexx
  20. How To Plan For Your Well-Being | A5 Filofax Malden - Mariane Cresp
  21. Current Bujo Setup | Pocket Filofax Malden & Pen & Gear Notebook - Joy2Plan
  22. Filofax Fest Setting Up My Filofax Planners For July - One Crafty Dolo
  23. How to traditionally inventory your paints..!! - I'M using a Filofax Personal Binder!! - awitchesimogenation
  24. Habit, Mood & Sleep Tracker Set-up | July in A5 Malden Filofax - Mariane Cresp
  25. New planner system | One Book July Challenge | Personal size filofax - My Nomad Planner
  26. Unboxing New Filofax Norfolk Pocket Planner | MadyPlans - MadyPlans
  27. Personal rings flip through - Filofax Finsbury - mrs Planahead
  28. #onebookjuly2024 | #onebookjuly Week 1 Setup | #filofax - Stoked for school
  29. 2024 Mid Year Planner Flip - Personal Rings (Moterm) - Carie Harling
  30. July planner set up | personal rings and hobonichi hon a6 - Mama Maud
  31. Back to my Moterm ring planner - Nina D
  32. Special Unboxing | Louis Vuitton | Personal Planner - Bluey's Plans!
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02 July 2024

Free For All Tuesday - No. 700

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01 July 2024

Highlights for June 2024

Here are the highlights for last month.

We published the following posts.

General Posts:
Web Finds Posts:



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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 July 2024.