25 June 2017

Second Thousand A5 organiser

Second Thousand is an old brand name/trade name of Van der Spek in the Netherlands. I was given this A5 when I visited the factory for the first time with Janet Carr back in October 2014.

From the outside it looks a fairly modest organiser, but it has the classic design cues of being a Van der Spek, remember the company was established in 1926 so some things are well established in their design heritage.

On the rear cover at the base is the trade mark embossed in to the cover. The leather as you can see is nicely gained and is soft and supple.

The interior layout reveals a huge array of pockets. On the left hand side inside cover there are 8 credit card slots plus a business card slot at the foot. There are three vertical slip pockets, one behind the credit card slots, an intermediate one and the inner one with a diagonal profile.

This is mirrored on the opposite side with another three vertical slip pockets. There is also an additional deep card pocket as well as all leather pen loop tucked in behind the generous size clasp.

The rings in this particular example are 35mm Koloman Handler rings, Koloman Handler is another brand name of the modern day Krause rings company. So they are excellent quality and I've not had any issues with them in the last 2-3 years I've used this organiser.

The covers of the organiser do have stiffener between the layers of leather, but that doesn't mean it is not supple and it can do this sort of organiser gymnastics! With light pressure the edges of the covers will touch, but for the ease of being able to take the photo I used the clasp!

This is the equivalent of putting your hands behind your back and touching your finger tips together.

I tried the same 'floor exercise' with a Filofax Malden A5, it can do it to the same extent, but it's no were near as supple at the hinge point at the spine/cover junction as this Second Thousand organiser is!

Janet has a lovely blue leather version of this organiser, read her blog post from 2014 here.

After taking the photos for this post I moved back in to this organiser from the newer A5 Custom I showed you last week.

I can see now why I like this one so much, it might not have a zip pocket, but it makes up for it with a whole host of other slip pockets which allow you to store papers easily and without any confusion as to what is in what pocket. I really like it. It is tough as well, it doesn't mark or show scratches.

The current day Touch Me range have added to this design, whilst retaining all the good things about the older design.

24 June 2017

Web Finds - 24 June 2017

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. Web Finds - 17 June 2017
  2. Van der Spek A5 Manager - 3 years on.
  3. The Perfect Organiser - Part 1 [Rings]
  4. Free For All Tuesday No. 333
  5. Web Finds - 20 June 2017
  6. Tell us about...... 12
  7. The Perfect Organiser - Part 2 (Inserts and Pens)
  8. Free for All Friday No. 449 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. Issue 6 is Here! - Paper Planning Magazine
  2. When you just want to do anything to help… #GrenfellTowerFire - Dodevoted
  3. New item: Printable Summery Hawaii Dividers! - Filofax Love
  4. 5 Fun Ways to Have an Amazing Summer - Day Designer
  5. New charms on black Touch Me junior/pocket binder - This Bug's Life
  6. How To Create Goals & Stick To Them - Life of Kitty
  7. One Book… All Year?! - Paper Planning Magazine
  8. Brand new Filofax Pen Holders - The Filofaxist 
  9. New Arrivals! Calendars, Planners, and Accessories - Day Designer
  10. The Pen and Paper, Cardiff - aumsome
  11. Functional Planning: Bullet Journal Time Tracking Review - HeartMindedWork
  12. In Praise Of Slow Living: The Modern Human’s Guide To Navigating Life With A Planner  - Paper Planning Magazine
  13. Why Capturing Contact Information Makes You More Productive - Time Management Ninja
  14. Franklin Covey Blooms Inserts - Tales From A Polk County Girl
  15. Speaker's Corner Saturday - 388 - Filomaniac
  16. Scotcon - Planner Event - Mrs Brimbles
  17. Getting Your Daily Task List from To-Do to To-Done - Day Designer
  18. My planner Wishlist… - Mademoiselle
  19. Planner Sticker Unboxing/Review – TheMixMatchPlanner - UglyBugChats
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23 June 2017

Free for All Friday No. 449 by Nan

The beauty of Filofaxes is that they're completely customizable. They don't even come with an instruction manual to tell you how to use them.

What advice would you give when someone sees your Filofax and desperately asks for help getting organized? (Besides, of course, reading this blog, joining one of our many Facebook groups, or watching YouTube video.)

I would say, start with week-on-2-pages and a bunch of to-do pages and blank paper. Just dump everything in your brain in there, and then it will become clear whether you need to start using tabs or custom pages.

Of course, since it's Friday, feel free to make any organizer-related conversation you wish!

22 June 2017

The Perfect Organiser - Part 2 (Inserts and Pens)


A perfect organiser isn't complete without inserts? Inserts that are right for your needs. Inserts printed on paper that work with your choice of pen or pencil.

Naturally I would say that Philofaxy has the perfect inserts for most peoples needs, but that might be a bit over ambitious. Yes of course I use them myself, but I do recognise that they aren't for everyone and we know some people don't like the printing themselves routine.

So putting the Philofaxy option to one side for a moment what other options are there? Surprisingly quite a lot of options these days, more so I would say than a few years ago. Paper planning is alive and well.
So there are a lot of options out there, but how do you pick the right one for you? Trail and error mainly, hopefully not too much of the later!

I always recommend getting some sheets of blank paper and cutting them to the size you wish to use (Personal, Pocket, A5 or whatever) and try out different hand drawn layouts for daily, weekly etc formats. Populate the pages with a typical weeks worth of tasks and activities and see how full or empty a typical week or day is. You might need to do this a few times until you find the optimum layout.

Then go looking for a similar layout in that size. You will find testing things out with plain paper first will save you a lot of wasted money/paper.

If you don't find the perfect insert first time around, try not to jump to something else until you have worked out exactly what doesn't work on the current layout after 2-3 weeks, give it time. No two weeks are the same so the 'loading' on your planner/diary might be very different from one week to the next.


Pens or writing instruments of some sort naturally are linked to inserts. The two have to be able to work together in terms of ink on the paper. If possible try to get a sample of the paper that is the same as the inserts to test out your pen of choice on.

If you are printing your own inserts, some stationery stores sometimes offer paper sample packs with one or two sheets of the different papers they stock. These can be useful to test out if fountain pen or gel ink soaks in to the paper too much or just sits on the surface and takes longer to dry.

Also remember to test or check that your preferred pen will fit the pen loop on your organiser. Some on-line stores give an indication of the diameter of the various pens, this is useful for organisers without elasticated pen loops. 
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