16 October 2017

Guest Post - Homemade Leather A5 Organiser - Paul

Thank you Paul for this great article. I've made a travellers notebook before and some prototype organisers, but never the finished article!

Hello, my name is Paul and I’m a Filofax addict.

It all started innocently enough, back in 1987, when I found that an old Seeboard notebook was the same size and ring configuration as a ‘Personal’. This became my gateway organiser, and I moved on to a plain but sold black leather Filofax a year or so later, when starting my first business. Although I kicked the habit a bit later (going through a rebellious ‘Psion’ stage) I’ve fallen off the wagon again – big time. Even with a Mini Kendal, Holborn Pocket, Cuban Zip and Malden A5 to an A4 Lyndenhurst, there was an itch I couldn’t quite scratch.

Starting another course, I wanted something different, something really personal to plan out my thoughts and ideas for the future – my equivalent of the ‘Grail Diary’ from the Indiana Jones film ‘Last Crusade,’ except capable of coping with updates and changes. It had to be robust, versatile and A5 2x3 ring format (my favourite working size.) An ebayed Timberland was cheap and sufficiently sturdy, but somehow not personal enough. Hence my ‘hey gang, let’s do the show right here’ decision to make my own.

I had a slab of rustic-looking leather left over from when I planning to make a case to take six different flutes & whistles – until realising that the Chinese make an excellent and inexpensive padded bag to do just that. I’d been treating the leather for some time with Renapur leather balsam for some time until it had reached the stage of ‘well floppy,’ and there was just enough for a single piece for the back and sides, two pockets and a strap.

Having gone to a technical school I’m happier with metalwork rather than a haberdashery, so decided on the perhaps unsubtle construction method of slapping the different bits together using light engineering rather than needlework. That’s the ‘robust’ box ticked then.

I’ve used laminated dividers previously, even having some success with using encapsulated bits of well-loved but worn out shirts. Wanting something simpler and more rustic, I bought and cut down some A4 Extra Thick (1000mic) Greyboard Crafting Card, bound the edges with fabric tape and stuck on metal index tabs, found here.   



Measured it all up carefully, cut out the bits, tried to work out the right order for them to go together then went at it with the hole and rivet punches. Even muttered a few ‘throw the switch, Igor’ and ‘Life – I give you life’ type comments when they felt appropriate. 

How did it all work out? Well, good news is that it flops open and lays flat beautifully. The magnetic clasps hold well, everything is holding together and it functions exactly as intended.

The weight reminds me of the time I commissioned some PA speakers and specified everything in detail – except the weight. Ended up knackering the rear suspension on my Subaru (quite an achievement) and saving gym membership for many years. Again, I’d not considered how much it would work out. Somewhat on the porky side at 800gm all up, okay for something which is not EDC, but stays in the office.

The looks – can’t decide if I’ve ended up with Attila the Hun’s personal organiser, the owner’s manual for a medieval siege tower or something more appropriate in a BDSM accessories brochure. Its grown on me, I’ve come to think of it as a tome, and wonder if it would feel happier chained to something, or with a few engraved charms or glyphs as decorations. And it meets all my original criteria, particularly in the looking ‘different’ requirement.








Once again thank you Paul. 

15 October 2017

What types of planners belong on Philofaxy?

Before you leap to the comments below... I'm using planner in a generic sense here, all types of paper planner no matter what sort/brand/type.

So for the purposes of sorting blog posts/videos in to the either Philofaxy or Travellers Notebook Times,(TN Times) I come across lots of blog posts/videos that are 'planner' related.

Quite often people will change from using an organiser and start using a travellers notebook or vice-versa. And then there are other types too. But more on those in a moment. 

So how do I decide/or should I decide which type goes in which version of Web Finds? 

Here is how I think it should be:

Philofaxy:
  • Filofax and other brands of ring bound organisers - Philofaxy
  • Disc bound planners/notebooks - Philofaxy
  • Any future type of planner that can have the pages removed and replaced individually - Philofaxy
  • Any posts that could be applied to a ring/disc bound system equally as their intended design in one of the other types. e.g. a printed insert in one of the common sizes. 
  • Posts about organisation, time management etc. 
  • Occasionally posts that over-lap both categories of Philofaxy and TN Times
Travellers Notebook Times (TN Times):
  • Travellers Notebooks(TN) - TN Times
  • Bound planners e.g. Quo Vadis hard and soft bound diaries and notebooks - TN Times
  • Coil bound planners e.g. Erin Condren Life Planners - TN Times
  • Any posts that could be applied to a bound system equally as their intended design in one of the other types. e.g. a printed insert in one of the common sizes that could be used to create a TN booklet. 
  • Posts about organisation, time management etc. 
  • Occasionally posts that over-lap both categories of Philofaxy and TN Times
Please leave a comment below if theres anything I've missed or you think it should be different.

Thank you. 

14 October 2017

Web Finds - 14 October 2017

So I hope you have had a good week

So now it is time to enjoy a few blog posts from around the internet, so grab a drink and make yourself for our weekly round-up.

Here are some Philofaxy posts you might have missed this week:
  1. Web Finds - 7 October 2017
  2. Old Filofax/Lefax Catalogues
  3. The Podcast Is Returning..
  4. Free For All Tuesday No. 349
  5. Web Finds 10 October 2017
  6. Tell us about...... 17
  7. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 63
  8. Free for All Friday No. 465 by Nan
So here are the latest Filofax and other brand blog posts from around the Internet. Don't forget to leave a comment on the posts you enjoyed reading, all bloggers enjoy getting comments.
  1. How time flies! - This Bug's Life
  2. VDS at PlannerCon Europe! - Blog Vdsshop
  3. Speakers' Corner Saturday - 404 - Filomaniac
  4. B6 Size Flex Binder - Tales From A Polk County Girl
  5. Bill Tracker Inserts in Personal - MyPrettyPaperDesigns
  6. Bill Tracker Insert in A5 - MyPrettyPaperDesigns
  7. Integrating Life and Work to Improve the Quality of Both - Day Designer
  8. One of my current planners; Louis Vuitton agenda MM in Monogram - Charmed Planner Life
  9. Defeating Planner Confusion - Blog - Kimberly Hysler Blog
  10. 10 Time Management Tips for Beginners - Time Management Ninja
  11. The Difference Between a Planner and Time Management -  Giftie Etcetera
  12. Time management Monday: For A Limited Time Only - Quo Vadis Blog
  13. A perfect planner case - Polkadotparadiso
  14. Working Smarter - The College Prepster
  15. Downsizing my work planner (continued!) - vanilla folders
  16. Reflecting on My Planner Journey-2.5 years in - Tales From A Polk County Girl
  17. How to Manifest Your Goals with Law of Attraction - Strange & Charmed
  18. Day Designer® • 2017-2018 Daily Planners - Day Designer
  19. My Louis Vuitton Pocket size agenda in the Monogram print - Charmed Planner Life
  20. Enter to win a 2018 Filofax (up to $175 value) - Super Spruce
  21. TMN TIP: Keep One Calendar for All Your Obligations - Time Management Ninja
  22. Washi Tape Hacks. - Mademoiselle Women
  23. Restock: slim Compagnas part 2 - Blog | Gillio
  24. This one. The Mulberry Congo in the Personal size? Is it real? - Charmed Planner Life
  25. My Top 5 Travel Essentials - Blog - Kimberly Hysler Blog
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13 October 2017

Free for All Friday No. 465 by Nan

Hard to believe, but it's almost Halloween! A lot of holidays, both religious and secular, occur in the final quarter of the year.

How do you use your Filofax (or other ring-bound organizer) at holiday time? For planning special holiday meals and parties? For saving memories of gifts given and received and special outfits worn?

Of course, since it's Friday, it's always a little reason to celebrate, so let's open the floor to all discussion.
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