31 December 2014

Planners and Planner Inserts for 2015

Today I'm bringing the community 'big guns' together to share with you what they all have to offer for the New Year. Unusually for Philofaxy we are going to feature non-ring bound solutions as well as ring bound. I realise some of us (myself included) use both formats. 

We lead off with Laurie 

Plannerisms - Laurie

After many years of trying and reviewing hundreds of planners on her blog Plannerisms.com, Laurie never found the planner she was looking for so she created it!

The Plannerisms planner is designed to help you incorporate your goals into your daily schedule. Its flexible format can be used any way you like. Monthly pages, weekly pages and goals pages throughout the book allow you to track your goals quickly and easily.


See the big picture on the monthly pages, and plan the details on the weekly pages. Write your daily intentions and check them off without rewriting them each day.

The Plannerisms planner lets you focus on what’s important in YOUR life, and helps you get where you want to go in life and in the world. The Plannerisms Going Places planner is available on the Collins UK website for worldwide shipping.


DiY Fish

Life Mapping™ is a system of color coding, time-managing and journal writing that created by DIYfish.


It’s known to have Month, Week and Day all in one glance when you plan, the charts to help track / build habits and all kinds of components to suit different needs yet consistent.

Here is one of the best-selling products, LMI v2 (Life Mapping™ Inserts version 2)


Life Mapping™ System now have products for ring binders and Midori elastic bind system. DIYfish’s website http://www.diyfishblogs.com/ and Life Mapping™ Community Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/lifemapping can be the best places to know more about this system and the designer.    


Ray Blake - My Life All in One Place

Ray Blake’s site, www.mylifeallinoneplace.com , is the place to go for free inserts for most planner systems including, of course, Filofax and Midori.

He specialises in clean and uncluttered layouts like this, his new Daily Dashboard 2 pages per day layout:


If you just want to grab and print a ready-made set for 2015 then you can do so. But you can also download open source tools that allow you to modify Ray’s designs to build your own for any year you like.

As well as diary inserts, you’ll find a full range of specialist pages and booklets to which Ray is constantly adding.


Life is Crafted - Arienne Gorlach

The Life is Crafted planner range was born from the vision of infusing life’s big picture, inspiration and soul-driven actions into the everyday. Arienne Gorlach, creator and life coach,  believes that what  you schedule becomes your life, so choosing well and crafting your days with intention is vital to leading the existence and successes you truly want.  

Functional and practical calendar pages are combined with numerous life-enhancing list and detailed goal and planning pages, to create a planner that is more than just a scheduler – it becomes a way of life. The designs and layouts organise and uplift and inspire you to want to use them.



Available as printed inserts and tabs on great quality paper or PDF packages to print your own, they come in Personal and A5 sizes and in a range of layouts and designs.

Life is crafted. Craft yours. www.lifeiscrafted.com


My Last Eureka - Diana

The blog www.mylasteureka.com was born in 2014 after a time e task management workshop that Diana followed at the University of Münster. Diana likes to play with time management systems and come up with some small ‘eureka’ moments that she distributes as freebies on her site. A small shop is connected to the site and gives the followers the possibility to purchase the printed inserts. In the picture you can see the first template draw by Diana. The Daydex.


The Daydex is a handy customizable powerful time management system available in different templates for Filofax, Midori and Moleskine planners. Check her site for details.


Lime Tree Fruits - Raine

LimeTreeFruits Planners was created to bring back the FUN in organizing and planning your days. A while back Raine {the creator} was minding her own business, trying to get thru her first semester of an MBA program while maintaining sanity through the transition into a new job. The ducks weren’t really in a row so she decided to research a game plan for the new semester and the new year approaching. Her reliable friend “google” pointed her to an intriguing and appealing little tool: A good ol’ Filofax. Soon it became way more than “just” a planner. It turned into a real tool to unleash her creativity. 


Tired of the endless search of fun and exciting planner pages she decided to unpack her brushes and create those missing pages herself. And that is how LimeTreeFruits Planners were born. It started with one single design of a monthly planner and over the years developed into a full package of 150+ illustrated pages to make life organized and manageable while having FUN along the way.

Whether you are using them to help you be on top of tasks at home or at work, LimeTreeFruits Planners are sure to bring you a smile {and some giggles!} as you go through each colorful month {and weeks, and days, and all sorts of extra fun pages! :) }
You can find more about those juicy smile-inducive planners at www.limetreefruits.com/planners-2015


I know there are plenty of others out there. So a quick mention here for some we are familiar with. 
There is also of course Philofaxy, as you know Ray and I share in the development and creation of a large range of inserts. You will find them on the Diary Inserts page. 


We have also created a wide variety of files for other non-diary inserts. Please take a look on our Files page and there might be something you can download and adapt to your needs.


Thank you for all of the contributions from our fellow planner and insert creators. 

30 December 2014

Web Finds - 30 December 2014

So here we are the last web finds of 2014

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. The Everything Else Planner - Planner Fun
  2. Setting Goals for 2015 - Susan Williams-Göbber
  3. Study Friday: Record your meetings in your filofax - The Paradox of An Organised Scientist
  4. Easy & minimalist - My Last Eureka
  5. Diary of an overstuffer – 2015 version - This Bug's Life
  6. A Quick Shufties Through My Filofax - Susan Has a Stationery Problem
  7. 2 Column Meal Planner [printable] - Planner Fun
  8. 2014 Editor’s Faves {Filofax, Gadgets, Blogging & More} - Strange & Charmed
  9. Setup for 2015 : Finance Filofax - The Paradox of An Organised Scientist
  10. Time Management Monday: Working new goals into your schedule - Quo Vadis Blog
  11. Vertical Week on 2 Pages [printable] - Planner Fun
  12. How I Will Use My Filofax And Bullet Journal In 2015 - Typecast
  13. 2015 Preparations - It's Bluetiger
  14. Richblue A5 Purple Cardholder Binder Compatible with Filofax - Clever Soiree
  15. Daydex guida / Daydex guide - My Last Eureka
  16. Planning for the New Year - 528 Square Feet
  17. Setting Up for the New Year - Planner Fun
  18. Le classeur maison 2015 à imprimer et sa FAQ - Confessions d' une Accro l'organisation 
  19. A Resolution a Day {Free Printable} - Strange & Charmed
  20. Planner journey in 2014… - Looking through a frosty window
  21. My Planners for 2015 Letters in November 
  • 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. Moving Filofax & My First Leuchtturm1917 (and a bit of extra chat) - Nickie O'Hara
  2. Changing Filofax Inserts For The New Year (2014-2015) - Kent from Oz
  3. Filofax/Planner Setup Part 1/3 - Tiffany Elliot
  4. Planner Evolution: Kate Spade Wellesley 2015 Setup - Liz S
  5. Decorating my Filofax: week 01 New year! FR (2015) - Mzelles World
  6. Filofax/Planner Setup Part 2/3 - Tiffany Elliot
  7. Filofax, Bullet Journal and diary set-up for 2015 - Nickie O'Hara
  8. Filofax Finchley Personal in Red - Horizon1322
  9. Filofax Decoration: Week 1 Pretty Planning - Paper and Planners
  10. Filofax/Planner Setup Part 3/3 - Tiffany Elliot
  11. Filofax Preview: Getting Ready For 2015 - Allie's Best
  12. Erin Condren Life Planner in Filofax: Tips, Tricks, and Hacks - Jessica Torina
  13. DIY Planner Pages for Filofax! Happy New Year! - Kerryluvcat
  14. FILOFAX Lockwood Review and Comparison to Maldens - My Summer Touch
  • 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 Filofax Art Decoration Week 52/52 (Christmas!) - My Summer Touch
  2. ♡ My Week: 22-28 December 2014 + Year in Review - The Life & Musings of Annie Rose
  3. My week #141 - christmas week! - Paper Lovestory
  4. My Week #52 - Life of Kitty
  5. This weeks Filofax decorated pages - Mrs Brimbles
  6. My Week #52 - Joanny White
  7. WEEK IN REVIEW: 12.22.14 - 12.28.14 - Innocent + Twisted
Enjoy

Free For All Tuesday No. 204

29 December 2014

Filofax UK Product Guide 2012/13

This week we take a look at the 2012 Filofax UK product guide.









And you can see higher resolution versions of these scans on Flickr.

28 December 2014

Reader Under the Spotlight - Matthew

Today I would like to introduce you to Matthew

About Me!
Hello, my name is Matthew and I am currently in my second year of university studying Drama and English Literature in the UK. 'Filofax' has been a big part of my home, but mainly academic life, keeping my organised and on top of my studies  I have been following Philofaxy for many years now and decided it was about time I did a ‘Reader Under the Spot Light’.  I have started my own blog ‘My Filofax Fixation’, in the hope of giving other students and those who lead a hectic lifestyle, some tips and inspiration for staying organised. 

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

I bought my first Filofax in 2007. It was a Cross (now named the Classic) A5 in the Pistachio colour - I loved the smooth Italian leather.

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

I have considered using Franklin Covey, however I have always preferred Filofax! In my opinion, they have always done a fantastic selection of organisers and a wide variety of inserts. 

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

I have had many Filofax’s over the years, however my favourite has to be my Aqua Malden in the Personal size! The leather feels beautiful and the aqua colour is superb! 

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

I have recently sold many of my Filofax’s, in which I had 15 Filofax’s, I now own the following: 
  • Aqua Malden in Personal size 
  • Crimson Malden in Personal size 
  • Purple Malden in the Pocket Size 
  • A5 Cross/Classic in Pistachio
5. What is the oldest organiser in your collection?

Filofax Cross A5 in Pistachio, which was only available in 2005/2006

6. What do you use your organisers for?
  • Aqua Malden in Personal size – my current organizer, which I use for both academic and home use.
  • Crimson Malden in Personal size – currently used as a storage binder
  • Purple Malden in the Pocket Size – used for a variety of notes, shopping lists etc. 
  • 5 Cross/Classic in Pistachio – used as a storage binder
7. What was the feature about Filofax you like most?

I love the ability to change the layout of the Filofax to suit my needs! For example in the autumn and spring semester I use a week on two pages format. However during exam term, I use a day to a page format to allow in-depth revision planning. 

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

If I could design a Filofax, I would take the existing Malden and add two pen loops to the personal size instead of one! I would also make the pen loops larger, as I have great difficulty fitting my pens into the Malden Filofax. I would love to bring out more colour options other than Ochre and Purple, such as something similar to the aqua and crimson! 

9. How do you carry your Filofax?

I sometimes carry my Filofax around university in my laptop bag! My personal Malden fits in there very nice and snug. However, the majority of the time I love walking around and holding my Filofax……it gets a lot of interest and comments from fellow students. 

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

I like the look of the Charleston in the purple colour, however I still prefer the look of the Malden range. 

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

I have recently purchased a Personal size Malden in Aqua from Germany. It cost £100 – but it was so worth it!

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

I love the Dashboard concept. I have mine at the front of my Filofax, containing to do lists, reminders and important dates.

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

I love how everyone is so friendly! Also I really enjoy looking at everyone's Filofax's and their setups! I find it very interesting

14. And what do you not like about Philofaxy?

It would be great to have more opportunities to attend Philofaxy meet ups

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

Santa Clause is Coming to Town by Mariah Carey 

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

I have not yet attended one yet but I would absolutely love to. 

17. What was the last movie you watched?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 

18. What was the last book you read?

Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway

Thank you Matthew. As you know we are always looking for new people to appear in our 'Reader Under Spotlight feature, please contact Steve philofaxy at gmail dot com

27 December 2014

Web Finds - 27 December 2014

I hope you had a good Christmas?

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. How to Prepare your Planner for 2015 - Homemakers Daily
  2. This Week's Layout - Letters in November
  3. Writing Wednesday: Inks for lefties - Quo Vadis Blog
  4. #Filofax Friday: 2015 Resolutions - Planning with Printed Portal
  5. Three Inspiring Blog Planning Notebooks - Five sixteenths blog
  6. Filofax Pretties: Coloured Notes - So Joey Creates
  7. Free Filo Friday- A wrap up of custom inserts - Embellish Everything
  8. How I Refocused my Cleaning List + Freebie - Five sixteenths blog
  9. Training Record in VDS - It's Bluetiger
  • 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 - Becky
  2. Filofax 2013 Look Book
  3. Free For All Tuesday No. 203
  4. Web Finds - 23 December 2014
  5. Guest Post: Filofax Surgery - Kate
  6. Merry Christmas
  7. Free For All Friday No. 319 by Anita
And here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Setup of my Pocket Sized Filofax Malden in Grey - Aude B
  2. Why No Love For Franklin?!?! - MissVickybee
  3. Kate Spade Mikas Pond Holly Unboxing - Liz S
  4. Mini Filofax Collection - Emma Eyon
  5. Hello Kitty Planner/Filofax Walkthrough - Planning Panda
  6. Filofax teacher planner - Sandy Prater
  7. Filofax Malden Personal Set Up 2015 - Marcia Ferguson
  8. Filofax Tropic Personal in Mahogany - Horizon1322
  • 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

26 December 2014

Free For All Friday No. 319 by Anita

I hope that you had a lovely day yesterday and I'd like to wish you all a happy New Year.
We've had some Terry Pratchett Christmas cards for ages, so I couldn't resist having a festive picture to look at when I open up my Kensington.


Did you get a binder for Christmas, or anything for your Filofax?
I didn't as I'm in the process of selling binders that I'm not using and feel pretty content with my current set up.

But since it's Friday, all topics are welcome!

25 December 2014

Merry Christmas

We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2015.

I would also like to thank all of our supporters.

You the readers of course, without the readers and people that comment the blog would be very quiet. I would also like to thank the following people/companies.
  • Filofax UK - For the review samples and the loan of their catalogue archive and all around support during the year. 
  • Gillio Firenze - For sharing their news and letting me review their wonderful products, and the great trip to Italy earlier this year. 
  • Van der Spek - For their wonderful customer service and excellent organisers and the visit to their workshop in October. With a special mention for Petra and of course Janet Carr. 
  • Joost Appelboom of Appelboom Pens - for his generosity in supplying us rare samples of Filofax organisers to review and then give away. 
  • Ray Blake - My Life All in One Place, for his continued support with the diary inserts we love and share
  • To all the Facebook Planner Group Admins, not just the Philofaxy Groups but the others too. These people put in a lot of hours behind the scenes to try to keep everyone happy. 
I would like to make a special mention to my fellow contributors Nan, Laurie and Anita.

And I leave you with a flash back to our '12 days of Christmas from 2012' which I thought we should update this year... 


On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
A Holborn in a Personal size.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
2 Gillio Mia Cara pockets
And a Holborn in a Personal size..

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
3 Van der Spek Manager A5's
2 Gillio Mia Cara pockets
And a Holborn in a Personal size..

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
4 Boston pockets
3 Van der Spek Manager A5's
2 Gillio Mia Cara pockets
And a Holborn in a Personal size..

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
5 Malden A5s
4 Boston pockets
3 Van der Spek Manager A5's
2 Gillio Mia Cara pockets
And a Holborn in a Personal size..

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
6 Osterley Personals
5 Malden A5s
4 Boston pockets
3 Van der Spek Manager A5's
2 Gillio Mia Cara pockets
And a Holborn in a Personal size..

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
7 Finsbury Pockets
6 Osterley Personals
5 Malden A5s
4 Boston pockets
3 Van der Spek Manager A5's
2 Gillio Mia Cara pockets
And a Holborn in a Personal size..

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
8 Classic A4's
7 Finsbury Pockets
6 Osterley Personals
5 Malden A5s
4 Boston pockets
3 Van der Spek Manager A5's
2 Gillio Mia Cara pockets
And a Holborn in a Personal size..

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
9 Holborn Pockets
8 Classic A4's
7 Finsbury Pockets
6 Osterley Personals
5 Malden A5s
4 Boston pockets
3 Van der Spek Manager A5's
2 Gillio Mia Cara pockets
And a Holborn in a Personal size..

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
10 Cuban Zips
9 Holborn Pockets
8 Classic A4's
7 Finsbury Pockets
6 Osterley Personals
5 Malden A5s
4 Boston pockets
3 Van der Spek Manager A5's
2 Gillio Mia Cara pockets
And a Holborn in a Personal size..

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
11 Lockwood A5's
10 Cuban Zips
9 Holborn Pockets
8 Classic A4's
7 Finsbury Pockets
6 Osterley Personals
5 Malden A5s
4 Boston pockets
3 Van der Spek Manager A5's
2 Gillio Mia Cara pockets
And a Holborn in a Personal size..

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
12 Ochre Malden Personals
11 Lockwood A5's
10 Cuban Zips
9 Holborn Pockets
8 Classic A4's
7 Finsbury Pockets
6 Osterley Personals
5 Malden A5s
4 Boston pockets
3 Van der Spek Manager A5's
2 Gillio Mia Cara pockets
And a Holborn in a Personal size..

And that's how you can get 364 Filofax Organisers.... 1 on the first day, 3 on the second, 6 on the third day etc.

Merry Christmas to you all. 

24 December 2014

Guest Post: Filofax Surgery - Kate

Thank you to Kate for sharing this post with us. When I saw the email come in I wondered 'what has Kate been doing now!!!' There is a happy ending though!

Hi everyone!!
Thank you to Steve for allowing me to do this guest post!

Most of us are in search of the perfect binder. Many of the binders out there can be almost perfect- beautiful leather, the colour, the ideal ring mechanism size, etc. However, one thing may stop a binder being 100% perfect, such as an interior pocket layout which doesn’t meet your needs.

But many of us don’t have the money to buy a new one just because the one we have doesn’t have the perfect pocket layout. So how can you modify a binder to make it more perfect for you? (Answer: Carefully!!)

I have been looking at the Van der Spek Touch Me A5/Manager binders for a couple of months now, specifically for one of my work binders (not my day-job, but my independent academic research).

The Touch Me binders have amazing pockets, which is very tempting (see this blog post by Janet!). I did a quasi-scientific analysis of which pockets I really need in an A5 binder, and I worked out that I need one secretarial pocket which would accommodate A5 paper and some credit card pockets which would hold 3x3 inch sticky notes. Any other pockets would be a bonus.

What I did realise, however, is that most of the generous pockets in a Touch Me binder would go unused. In an effort to save money, I decided to employ one of my currently-owned binders- my A5 Brown Kendal.


On the left interior cover, the A5 Kendal has one full-length slip pocket and 6 credit card pockets.

The openings of these credit card pockets are designed to fit the slim side of a credit/business card, and so won’t fit the larger (3x3 inch) sticky notes that I need. I also find it difficult to slip paper into the full-length slip pocket without making the edges scruffy or the corners dog-eared.

Left interior layout of the Kendal

WARNING!! The rest of this post isn’t for the faint-hearted!

I realised that it would be quite easy (if not a bit scary!) to modify the pockets of the Kendal to become the secretarial pocket and credit card pockets that I need. And yes- this surgery would involve a scalpel!!


Using my metal ruler and my sharp craft knife on top of my cutting mat, I was able to do some cosmetic surgery to cut an extra opening on the slip pocket and three of the credit card pockets.

By carefully slicing along the top edge of the slip pocket, taking care to get all the way through the leather and the lining, but not to cut into the front cover of the binder, I was able to create a secretarial pocket.

This is only a small modification, as a secretarial pocket is a pocket with openings on two sides instead of one side like a slip pocket, so it was easy to do.


Secretarial Pocket
I held my metal ruler pressed against the leather exactly where I wanted the cut to go. I didn’t cut too closely to the stitching to make sure that the rest of the leather didn’t detach from the binder where it was sewn.

I used smooth, evenly-pressured, confident but careful movements with the knife along the ruler to steadily get through the leather, instead of pressing heavily on the blade in imprecise movements that could create a scruffy or jagged edge on the leather. It was difficult to tell if I was all the way through the leather, or if I was accidentally cutting the front cover underneath, so I placed a piece of paper folded several times inside the pocket so that I could pull it out every so often to see if I had got through the leather, and to make sure I hadn’t gone through too far.

Once I had finished cutting, I saw that there could be two problems- I had cut through the stitching on the edge of the slip pocket, which could then start to become unravelled, and also the inner cloth lining of the pockets which is usually held against the leather by the stitching would now be loose. In theory, you could cut the lining away, but I decided not to.

I solved both problems (hopefully permanently) by using fabric glue- I put some over the stitching where I had cut, and some along the inside of the inner lining to glue it against the leather. The ‘Wash and Wear Glue’ I used dries clear, so you won’t be able to see it.

I used the same techniques to modify the credit card pockets.


Effectively, the credit card pockets are now like mini-secretarial pockets. I will definitely be able to fit my sticky notes in there, and whatever else I’d like to store in there. Importantly, with the Kendal, I still have the 3 underneath credit card pockets left if I ever need to store things such as business cards.

So there we go! My modified pocket layout in my A5 Brown Kendal! This will serve me well for its purpose!


I suggest you really think hard about doing anything like this to your binder. These are permanent changes that can’t be undone. Make sure the modifications you want to make are a good idea before you do them. Chances are that you wouldn’t be able to sell your binder for anything like retail price if you decided to sell it in the future, and you wouldn’t be able to return the binder if something became faulty e.g. the ring mechanism.

Only do this if you are confident with your skill. Be very careful, not only with making sure you don’t cut yourself, but making sure that you don’t make a mistake.

Make sure you have the correct tools- a sharp, not blunt, craft knife; a metal ruler not a plastic one; and a cutting mat.

Thank you Kate. 


23 December 2014

Web Finds - 23 December 2014

I hope you had a good weekend? So here we are the last web finds before Christmas.....

So now it is time to enjoy a great collection of blog posts and videos from around the internet along with a mince pie and a coffee may be!

So here are the latest Filofax blog posts from around the Internet:
  1. My A5 Set Up - My Filofax Fixation
  2. A Beginner’s Dive into Ring-Bound Planners: Part 1 – Why? - The Well Appointed Desk
  3. Study Friday : My sources of Inspiration - The Paradox of An Organised Scientist
  4. Casual Planner - Giftie Etcetera
  5. La filofax steampunk: parte 1_ i materiali - Lucy Wonderland
  6. A Beginner’s Dive into Ring-Bound Planners: Part 2 – Planner Sizes - The Well Appointed Desk
  7. Is Your Planner Hurting Your Plan? - Renew Your Space
  8. [eng] Filofax Flex & DIY Fish insert tutorial - My Last Eureka
  9. Done. - Becky's Paper Route
  10. Le petit lexique illustré des planners addicts - Accro à l'organisation
  11. A Beginner’s Dive into Ring-Bound Planners: Part 3 – Binders - The Well Appointed Desk
  12. VIDEO SPOTLIGHT – MARUSYA IVANOVA - Filofax Blog
  13. Time Management Monday: Year Review - Quo Vadis Blog
  14. Effectively Styled Planner Page - Giftie Etcetera
  15. Themed Filofax Monday: Robots Filofax - The Paradox of An Organised Scientist
  16. A Beginner’s Dive into Ring-Bound Planners: Part 4 – Inserts - The Well Appointed Desk
  17. VDS is going to Manage Me! - It's Bluetiger
  18. Question for the gentlefolk in the Filofax and Midori... - Susan Has A Stationery Problem
  19. Q & A Monday- How do you know you’re a planner fanatic? - Embellish Everything 
  20. A Beginner’s Dive into Ring-Bound Planners: Part 5 – Accessories - The Well Appointed Desk
  21. New A5 Filofax Daily Dashboard layout for free download - My Life All in One Place
  22. Van Der Spek Undyed Binder: Week 4 plus 2015 setup - This Bug's Life
  23. Planners and moving onto the next chapter - It's Bluetiger
  24. Filofax Malden Person Calendar Setup 2015 - Busy Wife and Working Mum
  25. A Beginner’s Dive into Ring-Bound Planners: Part 6 – Additional Resources  - The Well Appointed Desk
  26. It's been a long time... - Avo's Life
  • 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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And here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. FILOFAX Lockwood Review and Comparison to Maldens - My Summer Touch
  2. Set Up Update + Pocket Malden Wallet - Lola Karwowski
  3. Decorating my Filofax: week 52 Noël! (2014) - Aude B
  4. Filofax vs. Kikki.K: 3 Things No One Ever Mentioned - Simply Yui
  5. Filofax Setup 2015 (deutsch) - Pure Power Panda
  6. Filofax Flex Slim & DIY Fish - My Last Eureka
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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 #140 - Paper Lovestory
  2. Week#51 - Le monde de Mzelle
  3. My week #51 - She's Eclectic 
  4. My Week #51 - Life of Kitty
  5. My Week #51 - Joanny White
  6. Planner Pages – Week 52 - Planner Bug
Enjoy

Free For All Tuesday No. 203

22 December 2014

Filofax 2013 Look Book

Filofax Look Book 2013








And there are higher resolution versions of these files available on Flickr

21 December 2014

Reader Under the Spotlight - Becky

Today I would like to introduce you to Becky. 

Hi there. I'm an international communications student living British Columbia with my husband and our two dogs.

I have held an odd compulsion to hoard notebooks and office supplies since I was a child. I like to think I take after my mom because she has used a planner forever and she maintains this magnificent library of binders that I didn't appreciate until recently.

Becky blogs over at Becky's Paper Route

Thanks for the spotlight!

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

On June 19, 2012, I bought a Mini Metropol in black.

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

Filofax was my first love and I've always feel that it wins in comparison to other ringed bound brands. However, I have been drooling over those refillable Midori Traveler's Notebooks recently.

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

My personal zip Holborn in wine is my favourite companion. It's the perfect size, lays nearly flat, and the buffalo leather is difficult to put down. The best part is that I always have at least one spare pocket. There are little touches too like the long zippered pocket within a larger pocket and the contrast stitching. The stretchy pen loop is lovely. I could go on forever.

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

I'm down to 3 Filofaxes (I just gave one to my mom), a little Avery Dennison binder that I use as an organizer, and an "Advantage Organizer" that was given to me as a gift.

5. What is the oldest organiser in your collection?

I would have to guess my Tecnic. I don't think it has been produce in a long while.

6. What do you use your organisers for?

My Holborn is my wallet. I have been bullet journaling in it for a minute now. I like an organizer instead of a notebook for this method because I can use different sections for the monthly spread, to-dos, daily pages, and collections (plus a couple of additional sections). I use it for most everything except for school/work notes, budgeting, and shopping lists.

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

I would have to say the online community. I get a lot of happiness from reading about other people's systems and sharing mine.

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

My Holborn is pretty close to perfection, but I could always use another pen loop. It would be nice to have a zipper or something on the little pocket on the left hand side to keep coins from falling out.

9. How do you carry your Filofax?

I'm very practical these days- I carry it in my sporty sling bag that I use instead of a purse.

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

I have a crush on the cherry Classic A5. Alas, I cannot justify the purchase.

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

I spent $42.80 on my mini Metropol, my first Filofax and the only one I have ever purchased new directly from Filofax. I bought the others cheaper secondhand. It just goes to show you don't have to be wealthy to be a planner addict.

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

I guess I have a couple. If you want to give your organizer some personality, you'd be surprised what you can find on your bookshelf. Also, paperclips are fantastic cheap page markers and packing tape is kind of like laminate.
Side note: I did not realize that the space inside the rings was handy for carrying an extra pen for an embarrassingly long time.

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

The Web Finds have lead me to some really interesting and insightful blogs.

14. And what do you not like about Philofaxy?

The only thing I can think of is the Pinterest ban.

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

I use a streaming service and lately I've been listening to a lot of Milky Chance, Barbarisms, and the Beta Band.

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

I haven't and I would LOVE to attend a Philofaxy meet-up in Vancouver.

17. What was the last movie you watched?

Aliens 2.

18. What was the last book you read?

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut.

19. George Clooney or Brad Pitt? 

I'm a big fan of Fight Club so I'll go with Brad.


20 December 2014

Web Finds - 20 December 2014

I hope you had a good week?

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. Planning Made Easy - Planner Bug
  2. Planner Updates for Ashley & Rachel - Homemakers Daily
  3. Writing Wednesday: The future of paper planners, revisited. - Quo Vadis Blog
  4. Looks Like The A5 Size Is The Answer - My Filofax Fixation
  5. Friday Feature: An Interview with Imy’s World - Planner Bug
  6. #Filofax Friday: Yearly Goals List for 2015 - Planning with Printed Portal
  7. Planner Friday - December - She's Eclectic
  8. Where to buy Quo Vadis planners - Quo Vadis Blog
  9. SPIRALDEX – A New Way of Planning - My Filofax Fixation
  10. Filofax Shopping - Hello, I'm a Paper Addict
  11. My new filofax for 2015 - Seaweed Kisses
  12. Paperchase Dreamscape Planner - Mrs Brimbles
  13. DIY Washi Tape Sample Cards - Joanny White
  14. Introducing My New Malden A5  - My Filofax Fixation
  15. How important are monthly planning pages in your planner? - Quo Vadis Blog
  16. Filo Friday! My most favorite time of year. - Embellish Everything
  • 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 - Annie
  2. Filofax Switzerland Catalogue 2012
  3. Gillio Give Away Competition - The Winner Is.....
  4. Free For All Tuesday No. 202
  5. Web Finds - 16 December 2014
  6. Guest Post - Montblanc Diary Insert - Katka
  7. Vintage slimline Iguana - by Anita
  8. Free For All Friday No 318
And here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Vidéo: Review Filofax set-up 2014 in my Pink fluoro Original - Le Monde de Mzelle
  2. Paper Planning 101 - The Basics - The Desk of Adam
  3. Paper Planning 101 - Binder Planners - The Desk of Adam
  4. Paper Planning 101 - Bound Planners - The Desk of Adam
  5. Filofax Personal Ochre Malden Unboxing - Love 4 Creativity
  6. How to Use a Master Task List - Patty Gardner
  7. Filofax Personal Original Set Up 2015 - Using a Filofax at work - Mariam
  8. Filofax a5 Nederlands/Dutch - Wanda V
  9. Christmas Filofax - Caroline W
  10. Filofax Malden Personal [en français] Mlle Peel
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Enjoy

19 December 2014

Free For All Friday No 318

So we are in to the last couple of weeks of December, you are all preparing for Christmas no doubt....  but a question for you....

Are you sticking with your current set up in your organiser for next year or have you decided on a different one?

But since it's Friday, all topics are welcome!

18 December 2014

Vintage slimline Iguana - by Anita

I've started selling some of the Filofaxes that I'm not using, but eBay can be too tempting sometimes! I put in a bid on the slimline Iguana, expecting to be outbid and completely forgot about it.



It's made of calf leather with a lizard print in a lovely golden tan colour. I really like the print as it adds a bit of interest, but is quite subtle with a slightly shiny finish. There are no signs of wear or tear and the rings are perfect.


On the left hand side, there are two diagonal slip pockets and on the right a full length pocket, but there is no pen loop. It doesn't lay flat, but I think it would do with some use and a little training.


There is no code written inside, but Robert has kindly advised me that it would be 3CL 1/4 IG.


I have used the slimline size before and could be very tempted to try using this as my main binder, with an A-Z insert in my Kensington for holding notes and project information. The Kensington is a fairly slim binder anyway, but the Iguana's width is tiny in comparison.



I admit that I fell in love a bit with this red Winchester Iguana, but I've never seen one like this in the slimline size before. I have no idea when they would have produced, but the earliest insert that was included was dated 1986.

I love hearing about a binder's history and this is what the eBay seller said:
'This Filofax was found when I helped a friend to do a house clearance in his old family house, in Westbury-on-Trym (Bristol, UK), and it was amongst the stuff of an uncle that lived there in the 60's/70's. He told me to keep anything I wanted, as all the rest would go to the bin! I kept this (now yours) beautiful organiser'. 
I am sure that you would agree that it would have been such a shame if it had gone in the bin!
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