08 February 2016

Krause Rings

Krause rings are considered to be the best available. I use them in all my 'expensive' organisers.

When they haven't come fitted with Krause rings I've fitted them myself. It is a relatively easy job to do. With the right tools and the skills it only takes a few minutes to swap out the old rings and install the new ones.

I did this video a while ago which shows the essential things you need to know about changing rings.

Until recently obtaining Krause rings wasn't a simple task... all that has changed though. Van der Spek have now made the Krause rings available to order on their web shop. 

All Van der Spek organisers come fitted with Krause rings including their excellent 'Touch Me' range. 

You will find Krause rings in the Accessories section of the Van der Spek website here

Petra has supplied this useful photo of the rear side of each mechanism so you can compare them to the ones you already have to make sure they will fit your organiser. 

Points worth noting as follows:
  • The 'Mini' rings are not the same ring spacing as a Filofax Mini. 
  • Junior is the same as Filofax Pocket (same spacing as well).
  • Senior is the same as Mulberry Agenda and used for A6 organisers.
  • Standard is the same as Filofax Personal and Gillio Medium
  • A5 is the same as Filofax/Gillio A5, but note the three mounting points with the latch in the middle. 
Gold rings are available at extra cost because they are gold plated to order or they get them done in small batches. 

Thank you to Petra Van der Spek for the photographs and for making the rings available on their web site. For details of the full range of Van der Spek products see their site.

07 February 2016

Readers Favourite Organiser - Rianne

Thank you to Rianne for sharing with us her favourite organiser. 

1. What is your favourite organiser (Make/model/size)?

My favorite planner is my beautifully red planner. It's a A5 size from Lugano. It's my external brain.

Sadly I do not know more about it. The store I bought it didn't have more information, only a few different sizes and colours they had for a few years. I know my planner had been in the shop for at least more than a year, because the agenda inserts were taken out. More information would be welcome.

2. How long have you owned it?

I have had this planner since August 2014.

3. What is it that you like about it so much?

The color and the flexibility that the ring system gives me. The colour because it's really my color, I own a lot in this color. The rings help me to change my inserts and lay-out when needed. And since I bought the planner, that happens a lot! At this moment I have MO2P, DO1P, weekly checklists and GTD systempages. (inbox, next actions by context, meeting agenda and projects.)

4. Do you use it all the time? 

I have used it most of the time. The most recent time it wasn't my main planner and my external mind was when I tried out a bullet journal in a bound notebook. I still use part of that system, but now in the rings. But beside the time that I tried a different system, I use it every day for almost everything.

5. Do you think the design could be improved in any way? How? 

The design could be improved by adding some more card slots in the front (now there are 3) and in the back a top loading pocket instead of the one with the opening on the side, so I can put in a notepad. Maybe bigger rings, but that will end in more paper even more weight to carry around....

And here are some photographs of my favourite organiser

Thank you Rianne

If you would like to share with us the details of your favourite organiser, please contact steve @ philofaxy dot com 

06 February 2016

Web Finds - 6 February 2016

So I hope you have had a good week.

So now it is time to enjoy a great collection of blog posts from around the internet, so grab a drink and make yourself for our weekly round-up.

Here are some Philofaxy posts you might have missed this week:
  1. Reader Under The Spotlight - Beris
  2. A date for your diary - Sunday 7th February 2016
  3. Free For All Tuesday No. 261
  4. Web Finds - 2 February 2016
  5. Highlights of January 2016
  6. Reader Under The Spotlight - Ann
  7. Free for All Friday No. 377 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. This little jotter from Filofax with a cardstock backing fits so... - Olga Plans
  2. My current planning system - The Organizeaholic 
  3. Planner Tip: Protect your pockets - Heidi's Little Planner
  4. Rare black double Mulberry binder - This Bug's Life
  5. Etsy shop feature #2 - My Planner Obsession
  6. Using The Filofax Clipbook For University - Life of Kitty
  7. Planner Review: Studio Calico Hello Forever A5 Planner - The Well Appointed Desk
  8. The mighty Filofax year at a glance insert - The Fabulous Planner
  9. Patricia Nash Organisers, Journals, TNs and Handbags - This Bug's Life
  10. Organising my Filofax blog posts - A random English life
  11. Wunschdenken - Filomaniac
  12. DIY & Planner Tip; Page lifter - Heidi's Little Planner
  13. Illustrated Filofax Inserts - Stationery Starlet
  14. Bowie dashboards from Nicole - This Bug's Life
  15. Three Girls and Three Very Different Planners - a Look Inside All Three! - Planning with Patty
  16. My Everyday Planner – Filofax Malden - The Organizeaholic 
  17. No scheduling crises so far this week… - This Bug's Life
  18. Improving Your Life By Tweaking Your Planner - Giftie Etcetera
  19. 5 Ideas to use your good OLD Filofax inserts - The Fabulous Planner
  20. Custom Made Organizer – Standard – 30mm rings - Van der Spek Blog
  21. Safe-Fax ha ha! - This Bug's Life
  22. Filofax and Mini Flex Hacks w/ Video! - Tales From A Polk County Girl
  23. Amazing luck! After work, I stumbled upon a Goodwill. Found this... - Olga plans
  24. Red Kikki K Planner Setup - Heidi's Little Planner
  25. Zu verkaufen: Classic Pocket - Filomaniac
  26. How I pre-plan - My Planner Obsession
  27. Filofax Floral Burst Planner update - Planning your life out on paper
  28. How to Use a Planner for Work and Real Life - Giftie Etcetera
  29. Why You Should Write That Task Down RIGHT Now - Time Management Ninja
  • 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. Do not forget to give your posts a title... 
  • 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
We are on the look out for more people to take part in Reader Under the Spotlight. If you would like to appear in this feature then please contact Steve : philofaxy at gmail dot com  Thank you.

The videos and 'My week' posts will appear in their own post on Tuesday.


05 February 2016

Free for All Friday No. 377 by Nan

So, how are those New Year's Resolutions holding up?

Specifically, how is your new 2016 setup working? Are you still using it?

For me, my work A5 is working perfectly for me. My personal Personal would work better if I used it better, as evidenced by the fact that Steve had to remind me that it was my turn to write the FFAF.

Now that you've had a month to get comfortable with your 2016 organizer(s), are you finding that it's already time for some tweaks?

Of course, since it's Friday, all planner topics are welcome in the comments as well.
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