23 January 2018

Web Finds - 23 January 2018

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.

Here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. MY DAY-TIMER: 2018 Planner Walk-through - The Rasberry Patch
  2. Functional Planning Setup January 14-20, 2018 - Fran Plans!!
  3. Quarterly/Annual Planning Update | Kendra Bork - Kendra Bork
  4. HOW TO: Achieve Your Goals! » Best Goal Method » Functional Planning » Artsy Alyce / Quill & Leaf - Artsy Alyce
  5. Van Der Spek Touch Me Senior Unboxing - BluRazberry Co.
  6. Girlboss Functional Planning 8 - Time Blocking for Maximum Productivity | Kendra Bork - Kendra Bork
  7. PLAN WITH ME | Personal Size / Medium kikki.K | January 22-28 | 'So Bear-y Cold' - ms.paperlover
  8. 2018 Filofax Wallet Setup - Pocket Malden - eat.run.plan.repeat
  9. Lesson Planning in my Filofax - Annie Smith
  10. UNBOXING MY NEW FILOFAX PLANNER | 2018 - foxclouds
  11. DIY: A5 Planner Dashboard/Dividers/Cards and Bookmarks (Filofax) - The Kneady Homesteader
  12. Pocket Filofax: 2018 Setup - jenalysa
  13. 2018 Planner Setup ~ Pocket Filofax Croc! - CraftyLCdesigns
  14. Filofax + How To Digital Create Planner Inserts 2018 - Lolli Lulu Crafts
  15. Meal Planning in my Filofax | Why and How I Meal Plan - PlansMeetPaper
  16. Filofax Saffiano Personal Planner Unboxing & Planner Setup! // Plan with Juli - Juli Ross
  17. Filofax pocket Topaz unboxing - subparplanning
  • 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. 
My Week Posts
  1. Plan with me || Woodland Friends - Karens Obsessions

Free For All Tuesday No. 364

So what questions or discussion points have you got for us today?

It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or a more experienced user of organisers, we want to hear your thoughts, questions, opinions etc.

Make today the one day you post a comment or a question.

It is Tuesday after all so fire away.

22 January 2018

Guest Post - Perfect Planners - Guido

We all have some idea of what our perfect planner would feature... Thank you to Guido for sharing his 'Perfect Planner' with us.

My A5 from diBerardino is the perfect planner: Italian leather, build-in page lifter, zipped. I could not ask for more….except perhaps bigger rings. They are 25mm and during the years I have developed a need for bigger rings.

However, my binder has awkward fixtures for its back plate, so exchanging them for bigger rings is a no go. If you can get a pair to exchange them with by the way, because I have searched internet more than I bargained for without success.

I tried other binders, such as a 35mm from Time/System, but these were clasped binders and not zipped. And do not get me started on pages getting stuck on rings which I despise. So I settled for a binder life less perfect and swapped inserts accordingly.

Until my wife surprised me for our anniversary with a gift. She said I have been eyeing for bigger rings for so long, why not have VDS build you one! Did I mentioned that besides the perfect binder I have the perfect wife? Because I do!

Before I placed my order I first contacted Petra to see if VDS would accommodate for my customisations - most importantly a zipped binder which they do not carry in their substantial collection of organisers. The short and sweet answer was no, they did not. So far for me and my wish list. Or was it?

I do have an advantage when it comes to VDS: we are located in the same country! Their office is about an hours drive from my house - so I contacted Petra again and asked if VDS would be up for a challenge themselves: to build me the ultimate organiser. Petra used her charm on her dad and after evaluating my wish list Mr. Van der Spek accepted the challenge! I asked if I could come over and show her what my exact plans for my binder were. She agreed and some weeks after we met.

She was very kind, showed me around the shop and explained how producing customised organisers works. Then we got down to business and I explained my wishes. Mr. Van der Spek soon joined the conversation. Their love for planners soon surfaced particularly when it came to my current binder: appreciation of craftsmanship, curiosity how parts were build, et cetera. Interesting conversations indeed.

I asked for the following: a zipped A5 binder with 35mmm gold rings, 3 secretarial pockets on top of each other, business card slots on top of those pockets and 1 slip pocket underneath. In addition, I asked for a build-in fly leaf slash ring protector slash page lifter.

And if the zipper was not challenging enough I asked for the rings to be placed off centre to the right. One of the reasons we need page lifters in the first place is because the rings are in the centre of the organiser. If the rings are located to the right (see for example Chronoplan or Tempus A5; both from Germany) then you eliminate half of your problems. My diBerardino has a similar layout.

Such a customisation does require additional filling of the organiser (VDS calls this blown up) and alterations to the back plate as well (because these tend to be rounded rather than flat as they are meant to be installed in the spine of the organiser).

To their surprise I did not want pen loops. They get in the way of my dividers and my pens do not fit most pen loops anyway. Moreover: I already have 2 pen cases from VDS so no need. In terms of colour I chose to fit the binder to my pen case (I know: that is usually the other way around!).

And this Saturday I received my custom binder! Which now leaves me with one challenge: what to do with my other near-perfect binder? I hate to leave it unused although I am an one-binder guy. I am open to suggestions: what do you do with multiple planners if more than 1 are great?

A huge thank you to Petra and Mr. Van der Spek for making my ultimate organiser! It is beautiful!

It almost took my breath away when I first saw the photographs. Another magnificent job done by Petra and the team at Van der Spek.

21 January 2018

Philofaxy Readers Posts - People Wanted....

I am sure we all enjoy seeing how other readers used their organisers.

On Philofaxy we have had several different series of posts to help readers share their own experiences of how they use their organisers and which is their favourite one.

We constantly need new people to come along to be able to continue with these series of posts.

So how can you help contribute? We have three different 'reader' series which are very easy to fill in and respond to they are:
  • Reader Under The Spotlight - This is based on 10 simple questions (it used to be 19 questions) as well as the questions we ask you to supply a photo of yourself or your organiser. Previous posts in this series can be found here.
  • Readers Favourite Organiser - This is 5 questions plus a few photographs of your favourite organiser. Previous posts in this series can be found here.
  • Experienced User - This is based on 7 questions, mainly aimed at people who have been an organiser used for more than a year or two, but the questions are fairly generalised. Previous posts in this series can be found here.
We also welcome Guest Posts and Reader Reviews of organisers and related products. We also have Readers Tips too. There is no fixed format for these. It is best to contact Steve before you commence writing any of these.  

Guest posts/reviews must be organiser related, Philofaxy will not publish non-organiser related posts... we often receive offers of very non-specific posts, one for example about body weight loss, when I published a post on weight loss in relation to removing pages from your organiser!  Clearly they hadn't read our post at all or our guidelines!  In all posts we are happy to include a link or links to your own blog or your You Tube Channel or Instagram feed.

So if you would like to contribute with any of the posts above please contact Steve by email philofaxy at gmail dot com  Please indicate which post you are interested in taking part in and he will send you the questions/instructions.

If you responded to my request just after Christmas I would very much welcome your responses still so we can get these series flowing again.

Thank you.