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29 March 2015

Reader Under The Spotlight - Natasha

Today I would like to introduce you to Natasha.

Being an optimist with a dry sense of humor has gotten me out of alot of tricky situations. Now I 'homestead', this term is used very loosely, in suburbia with a husband, 3 dogs, 1 cat and 5 chickens.

While I work for a large corporation in a 'satellite' office (OK, it's a room in my house) I balance my days with cooking, organizing, crafting, vlogging and occasionally showing my mug on camera. Cooking has always been one way I express my love which explains the amount of leftovers friends and family are usually sent home with after social events. A large part of my brain is geared to solve problems, work related or not, I see the big picture and tend to approach things from the point of view - I can fix pretty much anything - stopping short of surgery and tooth removal.

I first fell in love with all things paper when I was 5 years old on a visit to my grandfather's accounting office and have been hooked ever since.

You are more likely to find me in Staples than Nordstrom or Harrods. Ironically I work in a the tech field but there is just something very comforting about writing on paper that I'm not ready to replace entirely.

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

I was introduced to planners/organizers at my first full time job in 1988 but now can't even recall what it was besides the fact that it was ringed and the company I was working for provided calendar refills.

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

I'm always keeping an eye out for new or interesting organizers and just how much customization they offer but at the moment I'm eyeing the Erin Condren planners because of the cover flexibility.

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

My current favourite, purely based on use, is the Black Personal Metropol which is my wallet. I love the fact that it's utilitarian, faux leather and stands up to being tossed around without fear of scratches or dents.

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

At the moment I have 10, 9 Filofax and 1 PlanAHead find that is in personal size that I keep for my husband. They are primarily black, violet and purple because I find them timeless.

5. What is the oldest organiser in your collection?

The Pocket Sketch in black, it was a giveaway prize from an online friend which reminded me just how much I enjoy writing on paper vs. keeping track of life on electronics.

6. What do you use your organisers for?

I am primarily use my organizers for scheduled events, projects, plan weekly menu, receipts, appointments and most unusual part of my daily tracking is the number of eggs from our backyard chickens.

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

It's all about the rings for me. They make the customizing possibilities endless, challenging for me to find new ways to use my organizers.

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

My Franken-Filo would have the following bits & bobs:

  • Black Personal size Embossed Faux leather with raised portions silver leafed
  • Full length hidden pocket
  • Zipper interior pocket
  • 1.5 in Silver rings to match the silver leaf on cover
  • Faux Leather Dividers with silver leaf metal tabs
  • Faux Leather Credit Card/Business Card inserts
  • Back cover with multiple elastic pen loops (from rings to edge horizontally)
  • Detachable wristlet that attaches via permanent eyelet at the top above the ring assembly
  • Eyelet at the bottom (below the ring assembly) for interchangeable charms
  • Easily removable ring assembly for swapping out content or removable covers, depending on which way you look at it
  • Inside pockets with gussets and hidden magnetic closures to collapse when not in full use
  • Better stop here...

9. How do you carry your Filofax?

I only 'carry' one and that one is on a wristlet which is clipped to the top ring. I find it easy and convenient to grab and go out the door.

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

I have yet to see a Filofax that I MUST have but I always check for new arrivals.

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

I am a bargain hunter and try my best to not pay full price for anything which includes my Filofax organizers. The most I paid was my recent addition of Purple A5 Malden for $121.80

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

Using the Rapesco Adjustable Diary Punch for A5 inserts by making a couple of simple markings (I did a video along with all the math so it's easy peasy).

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

Your utmost dedication and the passion you share with your readers/followers/subscribers. It's infectious!

14. And what do you not like about Philofaxy?

Not sure there is anything that I dislike.

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

Regina Spector - Oh Marchello

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

No but I think it would be lovely if there is one driving distance from my home.

17. What was the last movie you watched?

St. Vincent

18. What was the last book you read?

Dracula by Bram Stoker

19. George Clooney or Brad Pitt?

Clooney, Pitt is simply too pretty and a girl just can't compete with that, lol.

Thank you Natasha. 

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.

28 March 2015

Web Finds - 28 March 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. We’re a bit taken with these colourful new Filofax Notebooks - Shiny Shiny
  2. GTD through a Life-Threatening Illness - Getting Things Done
  3. My Pineider planners just arrived!!! - Random Pastimes of a Restless Mind
  4. My mulberry setup – for now - Argentum VivumXO
  5. Pre-printed holidays? Or write them in yourself? - Plannerisms
  6. How to Create Perfect Lines in a Planner - Giftie Etcetera
  7. Personal Size To Do List with Rabbit Clipart [printable] - Planner Fun
  8. Free Printable: Instagram Stickers - Plannerholics
  9. The GTD Methodology Hasn’t Changed - Getting Things Done
  10. New Dashboards - Stationery Starlet
  11. A Different Way to Use DIYLife Mapping Inserts - Homemakers Daily
  12. Spring Cleaning Essentials Checklist {Free Printable} - Strange & Charmed
  13. GTD and the Power of Moms - Getting Things Done
  14. Goodbye Mr Finsbury. I’m Sorry It Didn’t ‘Workout’ - Hey Charlie
  15. Poll: Where do you buy/ get your planners? - Plannerims
  16. Filofax spotted in the wild - This Bug's Life
  17. Personalizziamo l'agenda _ la dashboard - Lucy Wonderland
  18. Filofax Domino - Thoughts & Feelings - Mrs Brimbles
  19. Finnaly I got some courage to start my own YT channel :) - The Paradox of An Organized Scientist
  20. Work-Life Balance - Stationery Startlet
  21. Friday Feature: An Interview with Label Me Merrit - Planner Bug
  22. A place to keep track of my Collections - Random Pastimes of a Restless Mind
  23. What Gets Your Awe? - Filofaxuations
  24. Filofax Friday - Fluropink Original - Confessions of a YarnAddict
  25. Filofax Cabriolet - Travellers Notebook Times
  26. My (not so little) planner family - Blackeyedthoughts
  27. Have You Checked These Out? - Planner Fun
  • 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... 
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Here are some Philofaxy posts you might have missed this week:
  1. Reader Under The Spotlight - Laurie
  2. Filofax UK 2012-13 Catalogue
  3. Free For All Tuesday No. 216
  4. Web Finds - 24 March 2015
  5. Gillio launch new pastel colours for Spring/Summer...
  6. Gillio Meet Up - March 2015
  7. Free For All Friday No 332 by Laurie
And here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Van der Spek Touch Me - Scrap Joy
  2. ♡ FILOFAX ♡ || Set-Up, Ideen, Inspirationen ... - MissAsSoon AsPossible
  3. No.1: Page Flags in Your Filofax - Scrapjoy
  4. Pocket Malden using DIYFish inserts - One Fantastic Find!
  5. Updated Filofax Tour! - A Paper Umbrella
  6. SETUP | Personal Filofax (Terminus) - MelComesAround
  7. DIY tracker :) A quick filofax hack - The Paradox of An Organised Scientist
  8. First look-at my new Filofax!!! - Ellie Paik
  9. Personal Planner Comparison // Kikki K Time Planner, Filofax Saffiano, Color Crush Planner - Moe Howard
  10. Personal size DIYFish inserts with Day on 1 page for work and personal use. - One Fantastic Find!
  11. Filofax Pocket Setup - Mein Planer - Planner Rocket
  12. How to make Filofax inserts on Word! (2 Printing methods) - Emma Hannah
  13. Quick look at the IL Bisonte Insider medium planner - One Fantastic Find!
  14. Part 2: Filofax Planner Clearance Sale Video - The Domestic Handmaiden of Distinction
  15. Planning in A5 Filofax - From Chaos to Order
  16. New Setup in Filofax Personal Size - Paper & Planners
  17. My Planner Set Up A5 Filofax Turquoise Patent Domino - Housefulofgrls
  18. Filofax Update - Karobi
  19. Updated Filofax Routine - Nicky Goldsmith
  20. A look at the pocket dividers I added - One Fantastic Find!
  21. Filofax Domino - Thoughts & Feelings - Anna Brim
  22. Filofax Insert Tutorial Lesson 3 - WO1P with 2PP - ScrappinMariposa
  23. Screencast Tutorial | How to Print a PDF as an A5 Insert for a Filofax - Alexis
  24. My Rapesco Hole Puncher Review - Jessica Bella
  • For tips on how to improve your videos, please see this post.  Also this video too Webfinds 
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Enjoy

27 March 2015

Free For All Friday No 332 by Laurie

I just recently discovered the joy of printable planner pages. I admit I was resistant, for years. But I finally caved and I'm so glad I did!

I keep it as simple as possible and print directly onto A5 size paper so there's no cutting (which would result in disasterously uneven edges due to my terrible cutting skills). I'm loving the freedom of not having to rely on any retailer to produce the pages I want. I just print and go!

It seems to me that printables are becoming more and more popular these days as mass-market retailers offer fewer options. There are loads of downloadables online such as the free printables here on Philofaxy or for sale on other sites like Etsy or people's blogs.

Do you use printable planner pages? Why or why not?

And as always on Fridays, feel free to discuss and/ or ask anything ring-binder related.

26 March 2015

Gillio Meet Up - March 2015

This last weekend I attended the Gillio meet up in Brussels and Antwerp. It was quite an event, I travelled to Brussels on Thursday so I could offer some help to get things ready and to meet the team at Gillio.

Mella met me at the station and we took a short metro ride to the area of Brussels where the Gillio Boutique is located.

Photo by Mella

My offer of help was very welcome, no sooner had I arrived at the shop in Brussels I was helping to unpack lots of different organisers and 'oh Steve can you please check the rings on them all' !! Good job I had my 'rings toolkit' with me!!!



25 March 2015

Gillio launch new pastel colours for Spring/Summer 2015

At this last weekends meet up, Gillio Firenze revealed their new range of pastel coloured leathers. A more detailed report will be published tomorrow.

Initially shown in their Mia Cara range, they said this range of new colours will be added to their other organiser models over time and possibly to some of the non-organiser products as well.

Naturally the reactions from the people present and on the Gillio Facebook group have been very positive about the new range of colours.


I've created a collage of the new collection from the pre-launch photos:

Photographs Copyright Gillio Firenze 2015

The video of the new collection.



There was time to look at the new colours and they were passed around and then there was a 'one more thing' moment....

We were shown a prototype of their new A6 size, which included various design elements that had been suggested at the Gillio Think Tank that was held in London last June.





They also showed us some new fly leaves with integral credit card slots, another suggestion from the Think Tank.


Taken from the Gillio Website.

Availability of the Pastel Collection & other novelties

Thanks everyone for the wonderful responses to our new Pastel Collection!

We know you are all eager to find out when they will be available...

We only had a few prototypes of each colour, and many of them were sold at the store during the meet-up already. The last remaining prototypes will be sold on our website on Thursday, March 26th, at 11 o'clock CET.

The ‘full' release of the Pastel Collection will be around the end of May, in Pocket, Medium and A5 Mia Cara. Other styles and sizes will be available later on, once more leather is produced. Pre-ordering is not possible.

We were happy to see that the A6 Compagna (with full length back pocket and removable ring protectors) was also a success! The design will now be evaluated and ‘tweaked' to perfection. We expect to be producing it by July. 

And, last but not least: loose flyleaves! We have different models - with pen-loop, with a zipper, with credit card pockets... They will be available in Pocket, A6, Medium and A5 size and in different colours. They will be available around July as well.

Thanks again for all your enthusiasm and we are looking forward to a colourful summer with our new epoca leathers!

A big thank you to Ben, Tom Van Haelen and the rest of the Gillio team for hosting such an exciting event.

24 March 2015

Web Finds - 24 March 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. Reader's Reads #2: Steve Morton - Fennell Books
  2. Filofax Scanda in personal size - This Bug's Life
  3. Filofax - Country Girl - City Life
  4. New Chevron Dividers for my Filofax - Filofax Love
  5. New Work Planner - Stationery Starlet
  6. Reader Requested Simple Checkbook Register [printable] - Planner Fun
  7. The A to Z Challenge: The Theme Reveal - Planning with Printed Portal
  8. Happy Birthday, liebe Filomaniacs - Filomaniac
  9. Blocking off time - Susan's Blog
  10. Binders with leather covered backplates - This Bug's Life
  11. Time management Monday: Do less? - Quo Vadis
  12. Fountain Pen & Planner Bliss (Hopefully) - It's Bluetiger
  13. The Life of an Organized Scientist - The Paradox of An Organised Scientist
  14. Brain dump monthly inserts & Brain dump trigger list [FREE] - Organise your Life & Mind
  15. Das 1. Meet up in Regensburg - Filomaniac
  16. A sneak peek inside my work planner - Stationery Starlet
  17. To Do Lists - Their Many Types and Uses  - The Paradox of An Organised Scientist
  18. Friday Feature: An Interview with MsWenduhh - Planner Bug
  19. Nati’s Pineider binders - This Bug's Life
  20. Stop Being So FILOFUSSY! - Filofaxuations
  21. Compact pennybridge wallet update - PaperCutterz
  22. VDS and Fountain Pen Case - It's Bluetiger
  23. My Bedside Table Planner Essentials - Hey Charlie
  24. The 5 minute review | Gillio planners - Style playground
  25. Jan-Dec dividers for 2015 for Personal and A5 Filofax - My Life All in One Place
  • 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. What's in my Kikki K planner | Life is crafted inserts | Axelle Blanpain 
  2. Filofax Insert Tutorial Lesson 3 - WO1P with 2PP - ScrappinMariposa 
  3. FILOFAX Update I neues SETUP I Saffiano I Tipps - Sara Marie
  4. How I Set Up My A5 Filofax Original As My Business Hub - Anne Samoilov
  5. PrĂ©sentation de mon Filofax - Le Corps La Maison L'esprit Laetitia
  6. Mein Filofax...! - Mami Anne
  7. Filofax pocket Size Holborn Used As Wallet - Cindy W
  8. Filofax Setup Saffiano - Manchmal Sonne
  • 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 #153 - Paper Lovestory
  2. My Week #12 (2015) - Joanny White
  3. Filofax Friday Week 13!  - What My Mama Gave Me
  4. Week Thirteen - Stationery Starlet
  5. This Weeks Decorated Pages // Week 13 - Hey Charlie
  6. My Week #7 - The Kentish Kitchen
  7. Week planner 93# - Lucy Wonderland
Enjoy

Free For All Tuesday No. 216

23 March 2015

Filofax UK 2012-13 Catalogue

This week we go back to look at the UK catalogue for 2012-2013.

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.

As this is a picture heavy post, there is a break after the first image, please click 'read more' to see the whole post.


22 March 2015

Reader Under The Spotlight - Laurie

Today I would like to introduce you all to Laurie. 

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

My first organizer was the ARC system from Staples. It's bright pink. I bought this is in September of 2014. Up until then I was using the At-A-Glance student calendar. I needed something that worked more as an organizer than a date book.

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

I currently have the Filofax Lemon Patent Compact, Webster's Pages binder in Skyblue, a Franklin Covey Macaroon in Black and a Kate Spade Filofax in Red. I love them all and have purses to match.

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

I love the personal size, its just the right size to put into my handbag and to hold all my stuff.

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

Currently I own five. I started on this journey in September, now it has turned into a full blown addiction. I love that I can carry around everything I need to keep track of the many schedules in my life. There is no more forgetting to pick up one kid because the other kid has to be someplace else at the same time. I love that they are so busy and have such full lives but it does take some planning.

5. What is the oldest organiser in your collection?

That would be the ARC planner. Its not very old but as I said I am a newbie in this world of personal planners.

6. What do you use your organisers for?

I use them to keep track of the schedules of a very busy family of four. Siena (my 14 year old) is on a dance competition team and has dance three days a week, as well as many other rehearsals and shows. On top of that she is very active in school working with the drama department and of course she is a social butterfly.

My 11 year old, Ani is a total sports junkie, so we have basketball, soccer, track and bike club schedules to contend with as well as all her school and social activities. My husband travels for work so I need to have his schedule at the ready as well as my own schedule. I also keep master copies of the girls teams schedules in my binder. I also use it to schedule errands, and any volunteer work that I do.

Inside my binder you will also find my reading list, my to do list as well as grocery lists and the such. My planners are definitely work horses.

7. How many sections do you have in your organiser and what is each section used for?

I have six sections in my planner at all times. After my dashboard I have the monthly calendar pages, this is where I put everything into before it goes into the weekly pages. The next section is the weekly pages. I keep four months at a time in my binder and I spend time each Sunday night decorating and updating the info for the following week.

The next section is my To Do lists. This usually includes things like "pick up dry cleaning, rhinestone Siena's costume or schedule orthodontist appts". Then comes my Grocery lists, I update this as we run out of things.

Then I have a section for keeping track of my reading lists. I found a great print out on Pop Sugar that I am currently using.

Then I have a pocket for all my inserts, like master schedules for my girls activities as well as the school calendar. Like I said my planner is the control center of my life.

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

This is going to sound strange but I love the rings. They line up perfectly and hold a lot of stuff in place.

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

I would probably add a little pocket for my smart phone.

10. How do you carry your Filofax?

I toss it into my purse, on the passenger side seat of my car and it ends up on the kitchen counter quite a bit too. I am so glad its sturdy and easy to wipe down if it gets smutz on it.

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

Right now I am lusting after the personal sized Domino in turquoise. Oh yeah I am so buying it and a purse to match.

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

I spent roughly 118 on my Kate Spade for Filofax in red.

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

I love the idea of a laminated To Do list that I got from Alexis at http://www.strangecharmed.com/.

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

The people are by far the best! I love that everyone is so willing to help everyone else. There is no competition between members that you find in other online communities.

15. And what do you not like about Philofaxy?

So far the only thing is not really a problem with Philofaxy. Its more with my iPhone. Its to darn small to read the blog on when I am in the car. (as a passenger not the driver, LOL)

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

OMGosh I have no idea. I can tell you the last audio book I downloaded though.  "The Virgin's Lover" by Phillipa Gregory.

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

Not yet but I would love too. That would be so much fun, to hang out with people who share your planner enthusiasm.

18. What was the last movie you watched?

"Into the Woods" with my girls.

19. What was the last book you read?

"The Queen's Fool" by Phillipa Gregory. I am a total history buff. I am currently reading "The Virgin's Lover" and "The Other Queen" is next on the list. All of these are by Phillipa Gregory.

Thank you Laurie. 

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.

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