27 February 2015

Free For All Friday No 328 by Laurie

In a recent Facebook conversation, several of us were discussing whether or not it bothers us when our binders start to show wear. The main topic was of color rubbing off colored binders, which I think bothers just about everyone (including myself).

Marks and scratches are a normal result of daily use, but I don't always like them. I have some Filofax binders (like my chic ivory Deco) that I think look best in pristine condition. Others, like my rugged oiled-leather Kendal, look great with some wear.

I recently was fortunate enough to be able to buy a never-used new-condition Sherwood Filofax made in the early 1990's (post coming soon). When I bought it my intention was for it to acquire character in the form of the inevitable marks and scratches it will get from daily use.

But when it arrived, I was suddenly anxious about using it. Having a never-used vintage Filofax felt like a big responsibility. Should I actually use it every day? Should I really shove it into my bag, open the snap clasp a dozen times per day, and push my pen into the pen loop? Maybe I should sell it to a collector instead.

Then I thought, this Filofax was made to be used, not to be a museum piece. Its intention was to be used as a daily object of usefulness. Its beauty and aesthetic appeal add to the joy of its daily use.

Even the card that came with it gives me permission to use it every day: It came with a card stating it is "Made from fine Scottish Leather" by the National Chrome Tanning company, and the back of the card states:

Like wood, leather is one of the few materials that grows more beautiful with use, the grain acquiring a natural patina.

I also get a lot of inspiration from this wonderful post on The Sewing Sloth about the appeal of worn binders showing the evidence of their exciting lives. 

I'm keeping all these things in mind as I use my beautiful Sherwood. But, I'm sure when those first few marks appear on its surface, I'll feel a little pain.

How do you feel when your binder starts to show wear?

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

26 February 2015

Filofax York - A glimpse in to the past by Steve

The period or era between about 1991-92 and 2005 is a gap in my regular use of a Filofax. I started using one in 1986 (my black Winchester).

By 1992 my Filofax had been put in away and replaced with one electronic device followed by a few more.

This electronic wizardry was terminated by a very officious looking security gentleman, who on seeing my HP iPaq on my office desk said to me
'Sorry Mr Morton but you can't use that in the office' 
I questioned the reasoning, he quoted almost word for word an office notice about the use of personal electronic devices including PDA's, but not at the exclusion of any device that could store or record data, voice, unless encrypted to some long standard number.

This guy obviously wrote this office notice and loved quoting it at people who showed even a sniff of interest in the contents of Notice 1283-A/2003 issue 2.1 revised September 2003... or what ever it was called....

I asked about my Psion organiser.... No... it can record audio... OK Filofax? He sort of looked at me with a quizzical view and looked down at my list of holdings (protective marked and registered documents), which sadly for him was very short, but he insisted on seeing every document, notebook or manual so he could sign the checking sheet in each of them and sign me off as being a good boy until his next 'flash visit'

It sounds like a script from St Trinians I know, but word would flash around the building when 'Derek from Security' was 'in the building'. Everyone would make mad scatter to make themselves scarce... but I digress......

So when I got home from work that night I got my Filofax out again, I put my electronic toys to one side and gradually started refreshing the pages in my Filofax... I gained an A5 Finsbury for ease of printing out calendars and inserts etc. At this point I hadn't even thought or considered what had happened to Filofax in the period I hadn't been using one. Until one day when some how by accident in about 2008 I discovered Philofaxy. At this time Nan was running it on her own.

It got me interested in the use of organisers a bit more, up to this point it had just been a 'style accessory', a diary, a place to store maps and addresses. Suddenly a new world opened,  I read all of the posts from day 1 of Philofaxy, to what was the current day back then. I managed a year per day without too much difficulty. I learnt a lot by reading through the old posts. I started to comment more frequently and obviously got noticed... in 2009 Nan invited me to join her along with Laurie.

So back to this missing era... 1992-2005 it wasn't until recently that I realised that Filofax produced quite a wide variety of organisers in this period some good some not so good. Seeing these various models in the old catalogues I've been scanning (I've nearly finished!) got me interested in some of the older models to see what they were like.

Despite what people might think I don't know that much about the older models <shock horror>!! If someone writes in and asks a question I often ask others if they know the answer if I can't find the answer myself.

So when one of our readers offered me a Filofax York I found it very hard to say no. It wasn't a model I was familiar with, but when I saw the picture and description in the 1993 catalogue I couldn't wait to see it for myself.

A catalogue picture is one thing, but to actually hold one in your own hands is another thing.

As you can see it shares the interior design with the Sherwood as did other models at the time.

A very pleasant surprise when the parcel arrived was the original box. This was a time capsule of Filofax nostalgia. I love the full description on the label of the box. And the embossed 'f' in the box lid adds a lovely touch to it.

So inside this is the York in tan calf leather.

A skinny clasp similar to lots of models at the time.

Two pen loops, not elasticated though. 

Note the square profile of the spine, unlike current models that tend to be more rounded.

Eight card slots, enough for most people I would think! Note the  fILOFAX of England, York, Calf Leather, Made in Italy below the card slots . 

A neat pocket and zip pocket in the back cover.

The f on the spine, we have been trying to establish when Filofax started adding this feature. I like the contrast stitching although it blends in nicely on this model. There are no quality control three letter codes on the inside of the clasp or anywhere else on the organiser as far as I can see.

I don't know the history of this particular organiser, it is not surprising that it doesn't lay flat it looks unused to me or virtually unused. The pen loops are still flat, the leather is in beautifully clean and unmarked condition.

There is no quality control stamp on the inside of the clasp so this example could be older than 1993, but there's no mention of the York in the 1991 price list.

It might have been a lovely gift to someone back in about 1993. May be they already owned a Winchester and didn't want to move out of it, but I'm smitten with it. It really is a lovely organiser to own and use.

25 February 2015

Plunging Back into Page Formats by Nan

As long-time readers of this blog may remember, I cured my chaotic planner experimentation 8 years ago by making a commitment: Filofax as a brand and A5 as a size. After experimenting with Pocket as a satellite/wallet format, I settled on Personal as an adjunct format. I even ended up using Personal as my only planner format for over a year, with a large Moleskine as my journal. Even that was a departure...for years I insisted that even my journals be exactly A5 so I could swap pages with the A5 Filofax. Now, U.S. letter size is insinuating itself back into my life!

Can you tell I have a tough time dealing with multiple formats? Even as a kid it bugged me that my writing paper and the handouts from my teachers were two different sizes. It wasn't until college that I figured out that you could get letter-size loose leaf paper.

I joined a diet group recently, and the handouts and food log forms are letter-size. We were told, "Print out your menus and carry them with you everywhere." WHAT? A Filofax blogger carry letter-size paper? For now, I'm doing so by folding the sheets in half and slipping them into an A5 Flex cover along with my journal.

I will need to start using a letter-size binder to store all these handouts, forms, and recipes I print out from websites, which are formatted for letter-size paper as well.

And so it begins. Now I'm thinking I may as well use letter-size for work instead of my current A5, for the sake of consistency. Otherwise, I'll be shuffling around three different paper sizes every day--Personal, A5, and letter-size--and that will make me crazy. Sure, I currently have some letter-size documents at work, but they're things that I read, put in files, and refer to. Using and writing on letter-size paper is a different story, and it's something I haven't done for a decade!

My other alternative is figuring out how to format and print letter-size materials for A5 paper. Or is that even crazier?

24 February 2015

Web Finds - 24 February 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. Filo–pad (pod?) - Zero RAM
  2. A typical week and why I don’t decorate - This Bug's Life
  3. One Confusing Planner Sighting- Well Planned Life
  4. Proud Cousin!!! - Adventures in Trying to Organize my Life
  5. Riflessioni... - Lucy Wonderland
  6. Filofax Friday: je Filofax relevant houden. - Knusheid van het leven
  7. Exotic Print Binders - This Bug's Life
  8. Washi! - Paper Pens Ink
  9. Filofax Temperley Inserts? - Kel & Filofax
  10. Beautiful Butterflies - Stationery Starlet
  11. Filofaxing #6: Using multiple planners (Part Two) - Blackeyedthoughts
  12. Filofax Exotic binders - This Bug's Life
  13. New Ways to Write in a Planner: A Flashback Post - Giftie Etcetera
  14. Time Management Monday: Write it where you need it - Quo Vadis
  15. Make it Monday // DIY Removeable Lined Writing Guide - Five Sixteenths Blog
  16. Laminated fabric dashboards - Argentum Vivum XO
  17. Der Katalog 2015 (1): Organiser - Filomaniac
  18. New Video: Filofax Unboxing Domino Personal Patent leather in Hot Pink & Turquoise - The Velvet Filo
  19. Webster's Pages Sky Blue Color Crush - Bits and Pieces
  20. New Printables! - Kel & Filofax
  21. The Wisdom of a Weekly Plan -  - Giftie Etcetera
  22. To do list with a twist - Stationery Starlet
  23. Return to the Senior Planner - It's Bluetiger
  24. Home Planner (A5 Domino) - a setup - The Paradox of An Organised Scientist
  25. Neuheiten 2015 (6): Das Filofax Notebook - Filomaniac
  26. Review – Temperley for Filofax The Guinea - Kel & Filofax
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And here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Van Der Spek Touch Me Senior Academic Notebook - Katebtps
  2. Kikki K Dark Mint Medium Planner - OATTblog
  3. New Planner Alert…Yep, I got a Filofax! - AKCaraboo
  4. Giramondo with new lining (Feb.2015) - Chrissie's Universe
  5. Giramondo with pig-suede-lining :-) - Chrissie's Universe
  6. Planner & Journal Update Feb 2015 | Filofax Personal & Midori Traveler's Notebook - Rhomanysrealm
  7. Filofax A5 original: reuse and recycle - Sandrajohn27
  8. What's in my new work FIlofax? - AKCaraboo
  9. Lining on an older Gigliodoro Compagna :-D - Chrissie's Universe
  10. Standard van der spek touch me binder in brown with fc compact inserts - KatleNoir
  11. {Filofax} Vintage Pink Pocket Malden Close up View - Dark Little People
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My Week Posts
  1. Week Planner 91# - Lucy Wonderland
  2. Week Eight - Stationery Starlet
  3. This week in my Filofax - A Day in the life of a Country Mouse
  4. My week #7 - She's Eclectic
  5. My week #149 - Paper Lovestory
  6. My Week - Week 8 - Tapes and Stickers and Pens, Oh My!
  7. This weeks page decoration - My Birthday Week! - Mrs Brimbles
  8. My week #8  - She's Eclectic
  9. Week Nine - Stationery Starlet
  10. Filofax Pages: January and February pages - Ink's Paper by Mae
  11. My Week #3 - The Kentish Kitchen
  12. My Week #8 (2015) - Joanny White
  13. My week 112 - Sabina
  14. Boofle in my Filofax - A Day in the life of a Country Mouse

Free For All Tuesday No. 212

23 February 2015

Date For Your Diary - 1 March 2015

We are going to run another conference round-table voice chat using Skype. And the 'morning' session returns so our friends in the Far East and Pacific can join in again.

I'm sure we are gradually getting to know each other's voices, but I will make a point of going 'around the table' to get everyone to introduce themselves this time.

So...When, Where, What, Who and How?

When? - Sunday 1 March from 8am New York time, 1pm London time, 2pm Paris time, 11pm Brisbane time.

With this timing we hope to be able to join people on the East coast of North America with our friends in Australia

See the World Clock to make sure you have the right time.

The timing of this one session has been chosen to hopefully allow as many people to join in compared to previous round-tables. The timing of future ones will be varied to suit everyone if need be.

Where? - an on-line chat using Skype.

What do I need? - just a micro-phone and some head phones(in ear phones work fine) and a free Skype account. Using headphones or earphone reduces 'echo' on the call. If you have a webcam then you can join in on video as well, but this is optional! A tea or coffee and some festive cakes!

Who - All of you... connect up with Philofaxy and we will attempt to get as many of us linked in to the audio conference as possible. Come and listen if you don't want to chat.  What do we talk about? Filofax stuff... but anything else as well. It's like long lost friends meeting up for coffee and a catch up.. but don't worry if you have never joined in before... you are an old friend too!

If you have any questions you want to ask then please let us know in the group or before we start.

How -
  1. Connect to Philofaxy by firstly searching for Philofaxy in Skype, I will then add you as a contact.
  2. Then  'Send Contact Request',  I will then add you in to the chat room. 
  3. Then if you request it, I can add you to the audio conference as well. But if you just want to chat via keyboard that's fine. That way it's slightly less hectic for me! 
Come and join in the fun, even if you only pop in to say hello... but don't be afraid to join in the discussion.

As with previous round-tables there will also be a parallel text chat room going at the same time as the voice conference, so you can listen to the voice chat and type if you wish.

If you need any assistance setting up Skype, please pop a comment in this post and I will try and help you get one line. Skype is free for computer to computer calls....

Here is my post on how to improve your Skype audio with headphones or a headset.

Hope to be chatting with you on Sunday 1 March 2015.

Filofax UK 2011-12 Full Catalogue

Today we go and take a look at 2011-12 in the UK catalogue, it might be only a few years ago but how the range changes in such a short time.

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 February 2015

Guest Post - My tempus planner in WT size - Jürgen

Thank you to Jürgen for his guest post. 

Before reporting on my current tempus planner, please let me briefly introduce myself. I have been using ring-bound planners for about 30 years, switched to digital, back to notebooks, index cards, digital again … - I think you get the picture. Since 2004 I am using tempus planners, besides some fILOFAXes.

Being a theoretical physicist at a university, I am heaviliy involved in teaching and in a lot of projects. Therefore, I am planning appointments and daily tasks on paper. Long-term planning is done on a computer.

My planner collection comprises three tempus planners (WT black with M-sized rings, WT brown with S-sized rings, and an A5 black with M-sized rings) and (too?) many fILOFAXes (Personal: Malden ochre, Malden grey, Kendal brown, Hamilton black, Active zipped black, Sketch grey; Slimline: Kendal black; A5: Malden ochre, Holborn black, and Finsbury grey). Currently in use are the tempus WT and the A5 Malden, the latter for meeting minutes and conferences.

tempus is a German company ( which offers two lines of planners: A5 and  WT format (vest pocket, *Westentaschenformat*), the latter somewhat smaller than fILOFAX Personal. The calendars come in three flavours: week on two pages, day per page, and day on two pages (D2P). I’ll report on my WT planner with D2P calendar.

The WT planner’s size is between a fILOFAX Personal and a fILOFAX Pocket.

tempus WT planner (right) and a fILOFAX Personal Malden in ochre.

tempus WT between two fILOFAXes: Malden Personal and Holborn A5.
 tempus WT on top of two fILOFAXes: Malden Personal and Holborn A5.

The four rings are 20 mm wide. The planner has two elastic pen loops, that on the right-hand-side with leather reinforcement, as the Kendals have.  It lies absolutely flat out of the box, thanks to the »striped« back which also makes the planner somewhat floppy (which I like - Malden lovers would appreciate this, too). The leather is thin but robust - it shows only minute wear after several years of usage. Currently, I am using two pens: a 0.7 mm pencil (left, for appointment entries) and a black Pilot G-TEC-C4 0.4 (right, for anything else).

The yearly calendar package is available in German only. It is quite expensive, at first glance it costs much more than fILOFAX inserts. But the set comprises a D2P calendar, a monthly calendar, notepaper, planner for the actual and the upcoming year, project planner, page marker, info pages, motivational cover pages, and an archive folder. The paper quality is high - very thin but ink-proof, with the shortcoming that pencil is somewhat bright (low contrast). There are so many well-thought details which make using the planner fun.

On the left side you find four credit card slots, one of them with a window, and a vertical full-height pocket. The cover page provides a motivational quote and a picture.

Motivational cover page.

Then comes the monthly calendar.

Monthly calendar (left).

This is a booklet with plastic cover which can easily be »ripped off« the rings, like a »today« marker. There is a single line per day which is sufficent space for up to four, maybe five, appointments. Note the transparent divider with the blue tab at the bottom; this allows to open quickly the actual month. Futhermore, the calendar is tabbed for easy access. It starts with December of the past year and ends with February of the next year. On top of this it offers pages for the upcoming years (up to ten, with decreasing space).

For daily planning one uses the D2P inserts.

Day on two pages.

The left page exhibits a motivational quotation and space for notes. Note the lines with the fading background - these »sections« offer structure but do not disturb. The right page shows two columns: one for appointments, the other for tasks. The latter is divided into four sections; from top to bottom: to do by yourself (for me: urgent and important), delegate (for me: not urgent but important), phone calls (for me: contact), and email (same for me). On the top of the page you find a line for this day’s priority. Note also the day tabs for easy access; tabs for Saturday and Sunday are slightly darker (e.g. 14. and 15. of March). The rings are wide enough to hold five weeks of D2P pages, besides the other inserts.

The to do lists wrap around the divider with the green tab at the bottom and can be folded out, similar to the Professional range of fILOFAX. I do long-term planning on mind maps (week, month, and year), also foldable for more space.

Mind map and to-do list.

On the top you’ll find several dividers made of plastic. Those labeled 1 - 3 are for notes. I am using section 1 for projects, 2 for personal notes, 3 for ideas. The notepaper is pretty conventional.

Ruled and lined notepaper.

Then come sections for spare inserts: to-do lists etc, then notepaper. The info section is updated yearly and comprises about 80 pages. I pick out about 20 pages that suit my needs (e.g. holidays, time zones, etc.).

Information pages.

The back of the planner hosts a transparent compartment for small notes, recipes, etc.

Back of the WT planner.

The »today« markers come in three flavours.

Page markers.

The transparent one is similar to that supplied by fILOFAX but more flexible. The other two are made of cardboard - I am using them when travelling; so I have my schedule and travel information always visible. Or one could use these for notes, phone numbers, shopping items, … See them as kind of a dashboard.

The yearly inserts come in a handy folder, which gives a nice archive.

Archive folders in WT format (top row) and A5 format (bottom row).
As you can see, I switched from A5 to WT format in 2008.

Concerning planning, a tempus offers sufficient structure but is not too restrictive. It is flexible enough to fit to my needs, that is, it is close to my »sweet spot«. However, it is not as customizable as a fILOFAX which offers no guidance at all.

In my opinion, whether you prefer structure or flexibility is a matter of personal habit. I am using a GTD-inspired approach; but instead of running several »orthodox« GTD lists (@NextAction, @Waiting, @Someday, etc) I have a single to-do list in which tasks are marked according to the DashPlus system (

Summarizing, a tempus planner is suited neither for scrap booking nor for decoration with Washi tapes. Instead, it is a professional tool you can trust on: awakening towards serenity (*Aufbruch zur Gelassenheit*). There is — of course — a drawback: it has neither the vintage style and the haptic of a Malden nor the patina of an old and often used Hamilton. I think I do not have achieved planner peace yet but I am pretty close.

Once again thank you Jürgen for your post. 

If you would like to submit a guest post to Philofaxy please contact us at: philofaxy at gmail dot com

21 February 2015

Web Finds - 21 February 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. Quick peek at my junior van der Spek - Love All Planners
  2. What is luxury? - This Bug's Life
  3. Filofaxing #5: Using multiple planners (Part One) - Black Eyed Thoughts
  4. Sky - Color Crush Planner by Webster's Pages - Overview - My Purpley Life
  5. Movin' On Up - To Classic Size! - Sparkle Frogs
  6. Personal Size Dashboard - Stationery Starlet
  7. Half-Size Self-Birthday Planning Sheet [printable] - Planner Fun
  8. Van Der Spek Touch Me Planner in Junior Size - It's Bluetiger
  9. Plan With.. Cathy – Custom Planning Labels - Studio L2e
  10. Travel wallet for planner Kikki.k - Lucy Wonderland
  11. How to Write the Perfect To Do List in a Planner - Giftie Etcetera
  12. NEW Personal Size To Do List [printable] - Planner Fun
  13. LM-Hyperdex Update and Giveaway - Carie Harling
  14. Organize and Have a List of your Collections (w/ printable for A5) - The Paradox of An Organised Scientist
  15. Filofax Friday Week 9! - What My Mama Gave Me
  16. Friday Feature: An Interview with My Purpley Life - Planner Bug
  17. Links roundup: Archiving, typing and vinyl - Quo Vadis
  18. Personal Size Dividers - Stationery Starlet
  19. Websters Pages Color Crush Planner / Folio / Accessories Unboxing - Mrs Brimbles
  20. New Zeitgeber Planner Pages for February and March 2015 now available… for free! - Paper Goodness
  21. Filofax Malden Personal Size in Purple and Paper review - The Mellow Bee
  22. Menopause And A Filofax - Roses in December
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Here are some Philofaxy posts you might have missed this week:
  1. Reader Under the Spotlight - Suzanne
  2. Lefax 1992 Full Catalogue
  3. Free For All Tuesday No. 211
  4. Web Finds - 17 February 2015
  5. Guest Post - Planners and Time Management - Deborah
  6. Goodbye A5 - by Anita
  7. Free For All Friday No. 327 by Anita
And here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Filofax Colour Coding - The Desk of Adam
  2. Filofax Holborn Unboxing!- My Summer Touch
  3. Filofax 2015 Setup - Mits T
  4. My New Friend | Pippa | Franklin Covey!! - Miss Vicky Bee
  5. Gillio - Gigliodoro Pocket Mia Cara and Pocket Compagna and Pocket Amica comparison - Alancynvideo
  6. Filofax Urban Overview & Set-Up as Creativity/Inspiration Journal - Horizon1322
  7. Filofax Friday notepaper trick - Stamping Songbird
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