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26 January 2015

Filofax UK 2010-11 Catalogue

Today we go back a few years to the UK catalogue of 2010-11, it was the first Filofax catalogue I had seen since the 1980's... they had changed quite a bit!

The content of this post is the intellectual property of Filofax Group Ltd. The scans are reproduced here with the full permission of Filofax Group Ltd.



25 January 2015

Reader Under The Spotlight - Jane

Today I would like to introduce you to Jane.

Hi, I’m Jane and I live in Gloucestershire with my husband, Stuart, two of my three grown-up children, my boxer Gaby and two cats William and Millie.

By day I am an Administrator with the local authority for a service working with early years children with special educational needs and [or] disabilities.  By night I am a planner and stationery addict.

I have had a love of all things paper and stationery since an early age.  I remember being so disappointed at being given a toy till that I wrote letters above the keys as I really wanted a typewriter; also the best thing about a new school year was new exercise books for EVERY subject!

1. When did you buy your first organiser and what was it?

My first organizer was a Microfile.  I purchased this over twenty years ago; it was an A5 zipped style in green canvas with tan leather effect trim.  I used this for a while but didn’t really bond with its looks and so eventually bought a Filofax A5 Lyndhurst in black leather which was also a zipped style.

2. What other brands have you used or considered using?

I currently use a mixture of Filofax, Gillio and Van Der Spek organizers.  Before discovering Gillio and Van Der Spek I thought about trying Franklin Covey, but despite deliberating over the catalogue I was never genuinely tempted.

3. Out of the organisers you own which is your current favourite (Style and Size)?

Sorry, I am going to have to choose two!  My personal size Gillio Mia Cara and my Van Der Spek A5 custom.  They are very different from each other and I also use them very differently.

4. How many Filofax or other brands of organisers do you own?

I see, confession time is it?  I have nine Filofax, two Gillio and one Van Der Spek.  I do also have various Maldens that I have put to one side to sell so am no longer classing these as mine – can I get away with that excuse?

5. What is the oldest organiser in your collection?

That would be the A5 Lyndhurst I mentioned earlier.

6. What do you use your organisers for?

My Gillio Mia Cara is my everyday planner – calendar, reminders, notes, shopping lists, tasks – my brain dumping place basically.  My Van Der Spek A5 is what I call my “ME” planner; I’m trying to be more healthy so use this to record diet and lifestyle stuff, there’s a bit of journaling in there although not everyday.  I have also recently started keeping a record of my dreams so that’s included too.  I also have sections for learning the piano and Italian.  I also use a Gillio pocket Compagna as a wallet, it’s actually one of the older Giliodoro styles. Finally, I use a trio of Apex at work – personal, A5 and A4 folio.

7. What was the feature about Filofax you like most?

With all the planners I use it has to be the flexibility of the ring system.  Moving sections around, removing or adding as needed is so useful.  Also, being a bit of a perfectionist, the ability to tear out a page when a mistake occurs!

8. If you could design your own Filofax what would it feature?

My perfect planner would be A5 with generous rings, beautiful leather which smells wonderful which is soft to handle but tough enough for life’s little knocks too.  It would have just the right layout inside without the numerous card slots some planners seem to have.  It would be neutral in colour on the outside concealing a beautiful array of colour on the inside – wait a minute, I’ve just described my custom Van Der Spek!

9. How do you carry your Filofax?

My A5 stays at home so is only carried around by hand.  The two Gillios just go inside whatever bag I am using at the time; other than keeping keys and liquids away from them I am not too precious – they are meant to be used.

10. Which Filofax in the current range do you like the most? Are you going to buy it?

To be honest I am a little disappointed with the Filofax range of late.  I do have plans for another custom A5 Van Der Spek later this year but for now I have planner peace with those I am currently using.

11. What is the most you have ever spent on a Filofax or other brand of organiser? Which model?

It is my Gillio Mia Cara.  My lips are sealed as to how much it cost, but it was preloved and I bought it from someone in the States so not only was it an expensive purchase I had customs charges to pay as well.

12. What's your favourite Filofax tip or hack?

I think the best tip I could offer would be to live with something for a while before deciding it’s not right for you.

13. Turning to Philofaxy, what do you like the most?

The wealth of information is amazing, whether you need to find the answer to a planner question or are just browsing it is so interesting.  The community of people I have grown to know – who don’t look at me as though I have two heads because I still use a paper planner.

But I think the one thing about Philofaxy that I would be lost without has to be the inserts.  I have to say a major “thank you” to both Steve Morton and Ray Blake for the exceptional collection of inserts.  I have tweaked the source documents provided and now have unique and perfect inserts.

14. And what do you not like about Philofaxy?

The easiest question to answer – nothing!

15. What was the last music track you downloaded or bought?

It was so long ago I cannot remember!  I use Spotify to create playlists so don’t tend to download anymore.

16. Have you ever attended a Philofaxy meet-up? if not do you intend to one day?

Yes, I’ve been to a Philofaxy meet-up in London and also the Gillio “Think Tank” event that took place last year.  Looking forward to hopefully attending more this year too.

17. What was the last movie you watched?

As I am currently suffering with the ‘flu and a chest infection I have become a bit of a couch potato so I’m afraid it was a chick-flick – “New Year’s Eve”.

18. What was the last book you read?

I am currently reading Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying”; a book that I expect will be familiar to a lot of Philofaxy readers.

19. George Clooney or Brad Pitt?

Definitely George Clooney – so long as he brings coffee!

Thank you Jane. As you know we are constantly looking for new people to appear in our 'Reader Under Spotlight feature, you don't have to be 'well known' or a long term user to be considered to appear in this 'spot'. So please contact Steve philofaxy at gmail dot com today. Thank you.

24 January 2015

Web Finds - 24 January 2015

I hope your week has gone well.

So now it is time to enjoy a small collection of blog posts and videos from around the internet.

So here are the latest Filofax blog posts from around the Internet:
  1. Update on Undyed Van Der Spek Binder – the 2½ month mark - This Bug's Life
  2. How to Keep Work and Personal in the Same Planner - Homemakers Daily
  3. Kikki-K 2015 Medium Time Planner in Mint - The Well Appointed Desk
  4. Things my planner has taught me - Stationery Starlet
  5. Filofax A5 Tan Belmont - This Bug's Life
  6. Kalendersticker von StickersSwissMade - Rabattaktion für Filomaniacs! - Filomaniac
  7. Changes to my diary - inserts - Sabina
  8. Filofax Setup 2015 / philofaxy - Analog 2.0
  9. Van Der Spek Pink Ostrich/Purple Nappa personal with 30mm rings - This Bug's Life
  10. The Case for the Unstuffed Planner - Giftie Etcetera
  11. 2014 planning and archiving (part 2) - Random Pastimes of a Restless Mind
  12. #Filofax Friday: Daily Habit Tracker - Planning with Printed Portal
  13. Filofax: Current Set-up - Life of Kitty
  14. Webster’s Pages Color Crush Planner - Stationery By Default
  15. Neuheiten 2015 (1): Domino Patent in neuen Farben - Filomaniac
  16. Filofax – The Affair - Kel & Filofax
  17. Planner Productivity: Tales from the Coffee Shop - Giftie Etcetera
  18. Planner Friday - January - She's Eclectic
  19. Gastbeitrag zum Thema Filofax: Analogien  - Analog 2.0
  20. Planner Printable // Free Blog Planner - Five Sixteenths blog
  21. Week on Two Pages with Agenda [printable] - Planner Fun
  22. Overview of Filofax Malden Personal Organiser in Purple - Planner Bug
  23. Free Filo Friday- Happy Mail? Yes, please. - Embellish Everything
  24. Set up / How I am using my Paperchase Dreamscape Planner - Mrs Brimbles
  25. Creative DIY Quickie : Using map inserts from filofax to create dividers - The Paradox of the Organised Scientist
  26. Kalendereinlagen 2015: Valentine (W2P, deutsch) - Haushalts-Survival
  27. Update: New Filofax? New Inserts? Posting Schedule? - The Filofax Lifestyle
  • 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... 
  • For some general tips on Filofax Blogging, please see this post
Here are some Philofaxy posts you might have missed this week:
  1. Reader Under The Spotlight - Sarah
  2. Filofax Germany 2005-2006 Catalogue
  3. Free For All Tuesday No. 207
  4. Web Finds - 20 January 2015
  5. Creating A6 Inserts
  6. Printing A6 Inserts/Pages
  7. Free For All Friday No. 323 by Anita
And here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Franklin Covey | System | Series #1 - MissVickyBee
  2. 2015 Personal Filofax Setup - The Desk of Adam
  3. 2015 Finsbury Personal Filofax setup and 2 Planner Feb announcement! - MadeWithLoveCrafter
  4. 2015 Kikki K Planner Unboxing - Samluvely
  5. 2015 A5 Filofax Setup // Blogging & YouTube Planner - The Desk of Adam
  6. Filofax Kendal Personal - MerjasWorld
  7. Planners setup 2015 ITA - D Mylasteureka
  8. Planner Set Up - Annie Smith
  9. my filofax setup 2015 jan - Dinosaur Roses
  10. Personal Planner!Gillio Mia Cara & Compagna Comparison & Review! - Lifegoeson
  • 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

23 January 2015

Free For All Friday No. 323 by Anita

I am feeling an overwhelming urge to simplify things in my life right now. Unsurprisingly, my Filofaxes have come into the spotlight and I am considering downsizing to using and owning one personal size binder again. Thinking back, I think that I have been at my most content and productive with a sole filo. I recently read about the Power of 1 on Time Management Ninja and it just struck such a chord with me. As I'm sure you can understand, this means that my Filofax will need to tick all the boxes for my needs like layout, colour and design. I am glad to say that I have just received a new binder that I feel meets everything (more details in another post), so I am looking forward to finding new homes for the rest.

Have you decided to change the size of your collection recently? (either up or down)

And as it's Friday, please feel free to discuss anything ring-binder related. Have a great weekend.

22 January 2015

Printing A6 Inserts/Pages

Printing of any inserts or pages often causes lots of people problems, wasted paper, increased stress levels, the list goes on. But with a bit of thinking and a bit of practice it is actually quite straight forward.

Today's post is really about printing A6 inserts, but it would equally apply to A5 ones as well... remember the proportion rules...

How you approach printing your inserts will naturally depend on what printer you have and what paper feed arrangements it has. Not all printers can handle paper as small as A6. That said I was surprised to discover that our HP Laserjet printer can print from the paper tray not just the manual paper insert tray.

So I thought I would give it a try. The first issue I encountered and not surprising really is that the duplex feeder can not double side paper smaller than A4/Letter size, so I had to opt to print single sided and print Odd pages (Page 1,3,5 7 etc) first, reinsert the paper and then print the Even pages (2, 4, 6 etc)

OK let's step back for a second. Open the paper tray on your printer if it has one and what do you see?


So the paper is held in place by moveable 'side cheeks' and a moveable 'end stop' They normally have markers as to where to move them to.


So with the A4 paper removed I first of all wanted to print some A5 pages to show you. So I moved the side cheeks in and the end stop to the A5 location and then printed off the pages. First one side then the other. Which way the paper feeds will depend on the printer. In my case the 'head' or top of the page is at the front of the paper tray or the bottom of the picture in this case and the side to be printed is face down in the tray. So the paper does an S shape through the printer to then come out face down in the output tray.


21 January 2015

Creating A6 Inserts

I have been seeing an increasing number of people using A6 size organisers. Why A6, well as you saw from Alan Marshall's excellent tutorial on paper sizes A6 is in the same proportions to A5 and A4 paper.

A6 size paper is 105mm by 148 mm which is half the size of A5 paper (148x210 mm) or a quarter of A4 paper (210x297 mm). This is obviously very convenient from a design point of view and printing too.

I will be covering how to print A6 inserts in another post, it is even easier to do that printing Filofax personal size.

So who makes A6 size organisers? Not an exhaustive list, but these are the ones I'm aware of:
Van der Spek Senior and Mulberry Agenda.
Thank you to Yvonne for the photo.
Most of the recent ones I have seen have been Van der Spek Senior size, these will soon be available with 25 mm rings so quite an attractive option and a reasonable price compared to the limited range from Mulberry.  Filofax have never as far as I know made an A6 size organiser.

All of these organisers use a common ring spacing employing 6 rings spaced at:

19 <> 19 <> 38 <> 19 <> 19 mm

And if you are creating your own inserts, the good news is the Rapseco 6 hole punch has intermediate setting that matches this configuration between 'Pocket' and 'Personal'' The KW-Trio A5 punch and variants also have this '38 mm centre spacing' setting too.

If you are creating your own inserts you can of course design them in A6 size. Personally I tend to design in A4 size and then scale them down at printing time. All the printed fonts all be reduced in size so it is easier to work at A4 size because that is most probably the size you are used to working in.

The inserts that Ray and I make available are designed in A4 size and they will scale down to A6 easily. So there are no shortage of dairy inserts available for the A6 size. I will show you tomorrow how to easily print A6 size inserts on your own printer.

Have you ever considered using an A6 size organiser instead of Personal size?

20 January 2015

Web Finds - 20 January 2015

So I hope you have had a good weekend.

So now it is time to enjoy a great collection of blog posts and videos from around the internet.

So here are the latest Filofax blog posts from around the Internet:
  1. Brown Personal Filofax Kensington - This Bug's Life
  2. Slimline Regency Filofax - It's Bluetiger
  3. Kikki K A5 Cloud Stockholm Planner Review - Letters in November
  4. The Van der Spek planner - Maja Huse
  5. Filofax Kensington Collection - This Bug's Life
  6. Looking back; looking forwards - Paper Pens Ink
  7. AFINAL O QUE E CHRONODEX? - Filofax da Deprê
  8. Announcement: Only printable items available in January! - Filofax Love
  9. My favorite binders  - This Bug's Life
  10. Another The Bridge planner - Loveallplanners
  11. Flexin’ - Adventures in Trying to Organise my Life
  12. Cleaning Routine: Schedule & Planning - Well Planned Life
  13. Stationery and Journals at The Book Hut - Maudie Made
  14. 2015 Planner Setup - Franklin Covey Classic + Paper Plum Designs Planner - My Great Challenge
  15. On Dealing with Planner Fatigue - The Journal Keeper
  16. Hankering for a planner - The Kentish Kitchen
  17. Time management Monday: Padding your schedule - Quo Vadis 
  18. New Year's Giveaway || A Shiny New Filofax To Keep You Organised! - Sophie Jane
  19. Decorating as you go...my thoughts... - Mrs Brimbles
  20. 7 Money Saving Ways to Use a Planner - Giftie Etcetera
  21. Filofax Focus - Steve Morton
  • 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... 
  • For some general tips on Filofax Blogging, please see this post
And here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. How to Make Filofax Dividers {3 Ways} - Alexis
  2. Why I use a compact Pennybridge - MaryAnneMoll
  3. Filofax Friday Video 2 - Stampingsongbird
  4. Filofax Flex Slim & DIY Fish - D Mylasteureka
  5. Filofax Kendal Personal - Merjasworld
  6. Collections Video 2015 (Filofax/Kate Spade/etc.) - Lola Kawowski
  7. Filofax Personal Original Patent Fuchsia Standard - Robin Sparkles
  8. Decorating my Filofax: Week 4 - Paper & Planners
  9. Updated Filofax Routine - Nicky Goldsmith
  10. Filofax 4 Woche - Michelle1511
  • 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. 
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.

My Week Posts
  1. My week #2 - She's Eclectic
  2. My Week #3 (2015) - Joanny White
  3. Last Week's Vintage Layout - Letters in November
  4. My week #144 - Paper Lovestory
  5. My Week 3/52 - So Joey Creates
  6. Week Four - Stationery Starlet
  7. Planner Pages – Week 4 - Planner Bug
  8. Filofax Friday Week 3 - What My Mama Gave Me
  9. Week planner 87# - Lucy Wonderland
  10. My Filofax Week - Roses in December
Enjoy

Free For All Tuesday No. 207

19 January 2015

Filofax Germany 2005-2006 Catalogue

This week we look at the Filofax Germany catalogue from 2005/6.

The content of this post is the intellectual property of Filofax Group Ltd. The scans are reproduced here with the full permission of Filofax Group Ltd.













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