19 September 2017

Free For All Tuesday - No. 346

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.

18 September 2017

A6 Year Planner - Vertical Format

Another insert that we have never been asked for, a year planner but in vertical format rather than horizontal format and by popular request for Pocket size. The A5 version is here, the Personal version is here and the Pocket version is here.

It looks like this:


Please note I used colour shading on this one just to enhance it a little bit. The downloads come with a 'normal' 12.5% grey shading we use on nearly all our inserts, but it is easy enough to change.

You can print out this out on a single sheet of A4, do not scale it, print it 100%, trim the printed page to 148mm high by 287mm wide, punch and then 'Z-fold' to fit a A6 size organiser.

The folds are at 105mm and approximately 196mm from the left hand edge.


You can download 2018 versions here in Word and PDF formats.

If you want to customise this insert to your own requirements you need to download the source files here Word file and the Excel file, you will need both.

When you've made all the changes you like to the template, you can perform a mail merge to create your own insert for any period you like. Check out our Free Diary Inserts link if you want more information on how to do this, including videos.

Once again a big thank you to Ray at 'My Life All In One Place' for his hard work and co-operation with helping to create and support us with all these inserts.

Creative Commons License
This work by Philofaxy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. Please download, adapt, use, share, but don't charge or use commercially.

17 September 2017

Paper sizing and scaling - Update

It is the season of printing inserts ready for the new year. A season of confusion may be, trying to remember all those things about sizes and printing and print settings.

You are nodding your head I know! It is ok even I have to think hard about this stuff annually.

It wouldn't be so bad if you used this information every week, it might become second nature, but for most of us it is information we only use once or twice a year. 

So let us start with a picture. 


The three different sizes shown A5, B5 and A4 are common sizes. I've added the dimensions to show their actual sizes.

A4 is twice the area of A5, A5 is twice the area of A6 etc. Similarly B4 is twice the area of B5, B5 is twice the area of B6 etc.

These three sizes are all ISO216 paper sizes, ISO216:2007 specifies three different series of paper sizes, A, B and C. One thing in common is that the ratio of height against width is the square root of two. So if you multiple the width by 1.4142 (the square root of 2) you will magically get the height to within 1 mm. Alternatively multiple the height by 0.7071 and you will get the width of the page.

Because they follow this pattern we can easily scale from one size to another when printing. So for instance if you have a Word file that is set to A4 size to print it on A5 paper you scale the page by 0.7071, or more conveniently 70.7% or 71% if you can't input a decimal number.

Note that the reduction between each size is not 50% even though the smaller size has half the area. The scale factor for reduction is calculated by dividing the longer edge of the smaller size by the longer edge of the larger size (or the shorter edge of the smaller size by the shorter edge of the larger size).

Using that rule we can devise how to go from A4 to B5, so we take 250mm and divide it by 297mm to get 0.841 or just 84% should be close enough. 

What is the significance of B5 size you might ask.... B5 is Deskfax size, whilst Filofax have discontinued this size years ago, it still remains a popular size, although printed inserts for this size are difficult to come across. With the knowledge of the scaling factor of 84% you can take any of the Philofaxy diary inserts intended for A5 size and print them at 84% and you will have Deskfax pages.

All the Philofaxy diary inserts for A5 are in fact sized to A4 this is so if you use the 'Booklet' print facility available on some printers they will be printed the correct size on A4 paper (two pages per side) If you are printing the files directly on to A5 paper you have to scale the print to 71%. 

To help you remember this information I have created an 'aide memoire' which you can either put on your notice board or print out and put in your organiser. 


  • Popular Paper and Page Sizes (notice board version) - .docx  or  .pdf
  • Popular Paper and Page Sizes A4/A5 version - .docx  or  .pdf

Of course if you have any questions pop them in the comments below.


16 September 2017

Web Finds - 16 September 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 - 9 September 2017
  2. Differences between different Van der Spek Touch Me leathers
  3. Inserts for 2018
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 345
  5. Web Finds - 12 September 2017
  6. Pocket Year Planner - Vertical Format
  7. Tell us about...... 16
  8. Free for All Friday No. 461 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. Issue Seven is Live! - Paper Planning Magazine
  2. Organizing Your Planner Page -  Giftie Etcetera
  3. Speakers' Corner Saturday - 400 - Filomaniac
  4. La mia adorabile Filofax pocket Malden in fuchsia - A little trip in Flavia's world
  5. Christmas planning - She's Eclectic
  6. The “Not-To-Do List” Of Bad Habits - Day Designer
  7. Combining the Bullet Journal Method with Filofax & Other Planners - Life of Kitty
  8. Das Notebook von Filofax - Filomaniac
  9. Summer Planning versus Regular Planning Routines - Lil Divette
  10. Extra Pen Loop Hack - A random English life
  11. Filofax The Original Personal Fuchsia Sept 17 planner set up - Polkadotparadiso
  12. How Productive Are You? - Time Management Ninja
  13. Interview With Productivity Coach Casey Moore - Quo Vadis Blog
  14. The 2018 Charmed Life Planners are Here! - Strange & Charmed
  15. calling all list nerds - I Love It All
  • 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... 
  • Your Filofax/Organiser posts could appear in this list, just contact philofaxy at gmail dot com to be added to our monitoring list. 
  • For some general tips on Filofax Blogging, please see this post

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.

And have you tried reading one of my Flipboard magazines yet? It works great on a tablet or smart phone, but you can view them on a desktop machine as well. Be sure to Follow the ones you like and you will get notifications when I update them.

View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine.

View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine.

Enjoy



15 September 2017

Free for All Friday No. 461 by Nan

Since it's September, I thought we'd talk about something academic. Of course, lots of teenage and adult students use some kind of planner to help manage their busy schedules and study time. But ring-bound organizer aficionados like us often love our organizers so much that we use them for much more than scheduling! After all, they come in lots of different sizes, can hold all sorts of paper, and are completely customizable. You can never run out of paper or end up wasting half of a bound notebook when the term ends.

So how do you use your organizer for school? Do you take your lecture notes in it? Do you capture ideas while you're reading? Do you use it for term paper or thesis research?

Of course, since it's Friday, all organizer-related discussion is welcome!

14 September 2017

Tell us about...... 16

Organisers come in a variety of sizes. Some sizes are more commonly used than others. Some sizes have more support than others, more inserts available etc etc.

What size do you use mostly?

Are there enough inserts available for that size?

Tell us in the comments below.

13 September 2017

Pocket Year Planner - Vertical Format

Another insert that we have never been asked for, a year planner but in vertical format rather than horizontal format and by popular request for Pocket size. The A5 version is here and the Personal version is here. And before someone asks an A6 version is in the works and will be published soon.

It looks like this:


Please note I used colour shading on this one just to enhance it a little bit. The downloads come with a 'normal' 12.5% grey shading we use on nearly all our inserts, but it is easy enough to change.

You can print out this out on a single sheet of A4, do not scale it, print it 100%, trim the printed page to 121mm high by 220mm wide, punch and then 'Z-fold' to fit a Pocket size organiser.

'And here's one I prepared earlier'. The folds are at 81mm and approximately 150mm from the left hand edge.


You can download 2018 versions here in Word and PDF formats. I haven't done one for 2017 as there is only 3 months of the year left.

If you want to customise this insert to your own requirements you need to download the source files here Word file and the Excel file, you will need both.

When you've made all the changes you like to the template, you can perform a mail merge to create your own insert for any period you like. Check out our Free Diary Inserts link if you want more information on how to do this, including videos.

Once again a big thank you to Ray at 'My Life All In One Place' for his hard work and co-operation with helping to create and support us with all these inserts.

Creative Commons License
This work by Philofaxy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. Please download, adapt, use, share, but don't charge or use commercially.

12 September 2017

Web Finds - 12 September 2017

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.

Meanwhile here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. PWM Filofax Pocket Planner *Sept 11-17* - Robin's Nest
  2. PLAN WITH ME | A5 Size / Large Kikki.k Planner | SEPTEMBER GARDEN - ms.paperlover
  3. PLANNERS | SUGAR - santhi priya 
  4. Unboxing - Franklin Covey Classic Planner Love Binder & Swag - Natalee and The City 
  5. 1st Impressions - Franklin Covey Planner Love - Natalee and The City 
  6. 1st Look - 2017 Franklin Covey Planner Classic - Starter Pack - Natalee and The City 
  7. Planner Flip Through - LOVEEXTRAATTENTION 
  8. Wochendeko KW 37 - Filofax Malden Ochre - Nixxes 
  9. Plan with me // 11th - 17th September 2017 - Gemma Rose Crafts
  10. Filofax Tag Teil 1 - FannyFleurxoxo 
  11. Filofax Setup - Marshmellou
  12. Gör din egen kalender/almanacka | Inspiration - så gör du din filofax personlig - gör det själv instruktioner - DIY Ideas Swedish Tutorials - svensk 
  13. MY GOLD FILOFAX BROKE?! | FALL 2017 | SETUP - Emily Leonard 
  14. I got my hands on a Finsbury Compact // unicorn planner! // - H of MD 
  15. Incomplete Filofax Setup for Uni - MsHydrolove 
  16. Filofax Tasche selber machen /+ Fail - It's Zoe' time
  17. Wochendeko KW 36 - Filofax Original Navy - Nixxes 
  18. Fall 2017 Planner Setup (Webster´s Pages / Filofax) General Overview - Journaling Lover 
  19. Filofax Wochendeko KW 32 / 2017 Die Reise zum Mittelpunkt der Erde - Püppilotta Schokominza 
  20. Chatty Plan With Me! - Filofax Finsbury A5 Vertical Original, Functional Decorative Sticker Planning - Lens Of Living
  21. Personal Planner Setup | Filofax Malden Fall 2017 - The Rach Mark
  22. +++ Filofax meets Bulletjournal ++ Malden A5 ++ KW 38 +++ - Do what you Love
  • 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. My week #282 - Paper Lovestory
  2. Plan with me || Sweater Weather - Karen's Obsessions 
Enjoy.



Free For All Tuesday - No. 345

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.

11 September 2017

Inserts for 2018

Today we are releasing the updated set of diary inserts of you to be able to download and print yourself for the year 2018.

For 2017 please visit this page. You will also find detailed instructions on how to print any of the files there too.

For past and future years please visit this page. You will find all of 2019 there and a few 2020 inserts as well.

Inserts for 2018

Please note that previews are not updated each year unless the design has changed.

A4/A5 Format
  1. Day per page .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  2. Day per page minimalist journal (narrow) .doc .pdf Source Files Preview
  3. Day per page minimalist journal (wide) .doc .pdf Source Files Preview
  4. Day on two pages .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  5. Day on two pages (Daily Dashboard .docx .pdf Source Files - Word Excel Preview
  6. Two days per page (Lined) .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  7. Two days per page (Unlined) .docx .pdf Source Files Preview
  8. Week per page .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  9. Week per page CC .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  10. Week per page with Tasks .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  11. Week on two pages Enhanced TM   .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  12. Week on two pages Enhanced TM (5 line version)  .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  13. Week on two pages Enhanced TM  with Journal  .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  14. Week on two pages Enhanced TM (5 line version) with Journal .docx .pdf Source Files  Preview
  15. Week on two pages Enhanced TM V3 (4 line version)  .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  16. Week on two pages Enhanced TM V3 (5 line version)  .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview (4 line)
  17. Week on two pages (cotton cream layout) .docx .pdf Source Files Preview
  18. Week on two pages Journal .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  19. Week on two pages Journal Lined .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  20. Week on two pages Vertical .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  21. Week on two pages Minimalist Vertical .docx .pdf Source Files Preview
  22. Month per page .docx .pdf Source Files Preview
  23. Month per page (Horizontal Format) .docx .pdf Source Files Preview
  24. Month per page with notes: .docx .pdf Source Files  Preview
  25. Month on two pages .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  26. Month on two pages with notes .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  27. Month on two pages - lined .docx .pdf Source Files Preview
  28. Year planner A4 .docx .pdf Source Files Preview
  29. Year planner A4/A5 Z fold .docx .pdf Source Files Preview
  30. Year planner (vertical format) .docx .pdf Source Files Preview
  31. 2018 Year Calendar .doc .pdf Preview
A6 Inserts for 2018
  1. Day per page  - WordPDF, Source (Word Excel), Preview
  2. Day on two pages - WordPDF, Source (Word Excel), Preview
  3. Two days per page (Lined)  - WordPDF, Source (Word Excel), Preview
  4. Two days per page  - WordPDF, Source (Word Excel), Preview
  5. Week per page  - WordPDF, Source (Word Excel), Preview
  6. Week view - WordPDF, Source (Word Excel), Preview
  7. Week view (vertical layout)  - WordPDF, Source (Word Excel), Preview
  8. Week plus Tasks - WordPDF, Source (Word Excel), Preview
  9. Week plus Tasks sub-divided Days - WordPDF, Source (Word Excel), Preview
  10. Enhanced Time Management Week View - WordPDF Source (Word Excel), Preview
  11. Enhanced Time Management Week View V2 - WordPDF Source (Word Excel), Preview
  12. Enhanced Time Management Week View V2a - WordPDF Source (Word Excel), Preview
  13. Month per page - WordPDF, Source (Word Excel), Preview
  14. Month on two pages  - WordPDF, Source (Word Excel), Preview
  15. Month on two pages (Horizontal format) - WordPDF, Source (Word Excel), Preview
  16. 2018 Year planner  - Word 2018 PDF 2018, Source (Word Excel), Preview
  17. 2018 Year planner (vertical format) .docx .pdf Source(Word ExcelPreview
  18. 2018 Year Calendar .doc .pdf Preview
All of these A6 files are in A4 format and all should be printed on to A6 size paper as detailed in the previous post. There is one exception to this and that is the Year Planner, this should be printed on to A5 paper at 70% scale and then Z folded to fit in to A6.

Personal on Personal Paper
  1. Day per page .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview 
  2. Day on two pages .docx .pdf Source Files Preview
  3. Two days per page .docx .pdf Source .docx .xlsx Preview
  4. Week per page .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  5. Week per page plus notes and tasks .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  6. Week on two pages .docx .pdf Source Files Preview
  7. Week on two pages Vertical .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  8. Enhanced Time Management Week View Word PDF Source Files Preview
  9. Enhanced Time Management Week View V2 Word PDF Source Files Preview
  10. Enhanced Time Management Week View V2a Word PDF Source Files Preview
  11. Month per page .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  12. Month per page with notes: .docx .pdf Source Files  Preview
  13. Month per page with notes landscape .docx .pdf Source Files Preview
  14. Month on two pages landscape .docx .pdf Source Files Preview
  15. Month on two pages .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  16. Month on two pages with Notes .docx .pdf Source Files Preview
  17. Month on two pages (Horizontal) .docx .pdf Source Files Preview
  18. Month on two pages lined .docx .pdf Source Files Preview
  19. Year Calendar .docx .pdf Preview
  20. Year planner (vertical format) .docx .pdf Source Files Preview
Personal on A4 Paper
  1. Day per page .docx .pdf Source Files Preview 
  2. Day per page minimalist .docx .pdf Source Files Preview
  3. Day on two pages .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  4. Two days per page (Lined) .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  5. Two days per page (Unlined) .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  6. Week on one page .doc .pdf Source Files Preview
  7. Week on two pages Enhanced TM .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  8. Week on two pages Vertical layout .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview 
  9. Week on two pages .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  10. Week on two pages landscape layout .docx .pdf Source Files Preview 
  11. Month per page .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  12. Month on two pages .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  13. Year planner .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  14. Year planner (vertical format) .docx .pdf Source Files Preview
Personal on Letter Paper (North Americans Only!)
  1. Day per page .docx or .pdf Source Files  Preview
  2. Day per page minimalist .docx or .pdf Source Files  Preview
  3. Day on two pages .docx or .pdf Source Files  Preview
  4. Two days per page .docx or .pdf Source Files  Preview
  5. Two days per page (lined) .docx or .pdf Source Files  Preview
  6. Week on two pages - TM  .docx or .pdf Source Files  Preview
  7. Week on two pages - CC  .docx or .pdf  Preview
  8. Week on two pages - Vertical layout -  .docx or .pdf  Preview
  9. Week on two pages - Landscape layout .docx or .pdf  Preview
Pocket on A4 Paper
  1. Day per page minimalist .docx .pdf Source Files Preview
  2. Day on two pages .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  3. Two days per page (Lined) .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  4. Two days per page (Unlined) .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  5. Week on two pages enhanced TM .docx .pdf  Source Files  Preview
  6. Week on two pages CC Inspired Layout .docx .pdf Source Files Preview
  7. Month on one page .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  8. Month on two pages .docx .pdf  Source Files Preview
  9. Year Planner (Vertical Format) .docx .pdf Source Files Preview
Mini on A4 Paper
M2 on A4 Paper
Please note that previews are not updated each year unless the design has changed.

Please report any dead links!

A big thanks as always to Ray Blake who did the bulk of the work this year on the creation of the files. Thank you. 

Creative Commons License
This work by Philofaxy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. Please download, adapt, use, share, but don't charge or use commercially.

10 September 2017

Differences between different Van der Spek Touch Me leathers

The Van der Spek Touch Me range is Van der Spek 'off-the-shelf' organiser range. Over the last 3 or more years there have been different leathers used for this range.

Originally the range was only available in black and dark brown.

Here is an example in black in Standard size (Personal)


In September 2015 two new colours were added Light Brown and Purple.


These two new colours were in a slightly different leather to the existing Black and Dark Brown. It has a silky smooth finish.

About a year later in 2016 the current range of colours replaced the previous Black, Dark and Light Brown and Purple.

In the photo below they are from left to right, Black, Gris Blue, French Blue, Tabac and Menthe.


These leathers have a definite surface texture. The previous Light Brown and the Tabac are similar in colour, but very different in 'texture'

The pen pouch is in the Light Brown leather, which is on top of the Tabac of the current Touch Me leather.


And a more detailed photograph of the Tabac leather.


Three new Touch Me colours will be added later in 2017. The Gris Blue, Menthe and French Blue will be phased out when stocks are sold out.

I hope this explains the differences between the different Touch Me leathers.

If you have any additional questions please post them in the comments below.

Additional information: Van der Spek On-line shop
Facebook Group:  Van der Spek Organiser Fans

09 September 2017

Web Finds - 9 September 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 - 2 September 2017
  2. Highlights for August 2017
  3. Planner Con Europe 2017 - The Winners
  4. Guest Post - Lefax 1924 – The Light Side By gmax
  5. Free For All Tuesday No. 344
  6. Web Finds - 5 September 2017
  7. Guest Post - Lefax 1924 – The Dark Side By gmax
  8. Personal Year Planner (Vertical Format)
  9. Free For All Friday No. 460 by Laurie
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. Planners I’m currently using - A random English life
  2. Speakers' Corner Saturday - 399 - Filomaniac
  3. 3 Simple Ways to Manage Your Focus and Increase Your Productivity Starting Today - Day Designer
  4. Free september calendar printable - I Love It All
  5. Filofax Saffiano Personal Compact - Casinha de taipa
  6. 3 Simple Ways to Manage Your Focus and Increase Your Productivity Starting Today - Day Designer
  7. Starting University and need to think about Planners? - A random English life
  8. Time management Monday: Seasonal Strategies - Quo Vadis Blog
  9. The Downside of Work-Life Balance - James Clear
  10. Glamour Shopping Week - auch dieses Jahr wieder mit Filofax - Filomaniac
  11. The FeelGood ToolBox - Lime Tree Fruits
  12. Commitments kept in your head - Getting Things Done
  13. Planner Supplies Organization Ideas - I'm an Organizing Junkie
  14. Das Clipbook - Filomaniac
  15. Professional Organizer Sara Skillen - Quo Vadis Blog
  16. Time Management Isn’t About Doing More - Time Management Ninja
  17. August Flip Through - Karen's Obsessions 
  18. Why Giving Yourself a Break is Vital to Achieving Success - Day Designer
  • 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... 
  • Your Filofax/Organiser posts could appear in this list, just contact philofaxy at gmail dot com to be added to our monitoring list. 
  • For some general tips on Filofax Blogging, please see this post

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.

And have you tried reading one of my Flipboard magazines yet? It works great on a tablet or smart phone, but you can view them on a desktop machine as well. Be sure to Follow the ones you like and you will get notifications when I update them.

View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine.

View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine.

Enjoy



Related Posts with Thumbnails