23 August 2016

Web Finds - 23 August 2016

div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> 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 a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. DIY FILOFAXING - Ideen für den FILOFAX Organizer - peppermintpattyblue
  2. Domino Personal Filofax in Violet - Theil Donald
  3. RAPESCO Adjustable Diary Punch How to Punch Filofax A5 Inserts - Theil Donald
  4. Filofax Tour - Kiki Chynn
  5. FILOFAX PERSONAL 2016 SETUP GUIDE - TwinsandMe101
  6. Plan With Me in my Personal Filofax! - Kalee Ann
  7. Flip Through Pages [ ] _ Filofax Planner - Rebecca Barton
  8. Filofax Pennybridge set up - Purse and on the go planner - SarahPlans
  9. Funny Filofax Tutorial - Monique Tiffany
  10. Functional Planning + Filofax + Happy Planner - Whateverasia
  12. filofax A5 unboxing in duck egg || kailani lynn - Kailani Lynn
  13. How I Plan | A5 Filofax Original and Inkwell Press Inserts - GeorginaTheLibrarian
  14. Filofax Malden Personal Size Setup! | August 2016 - Fun & Organized
  15. Filofax Unboxing: A5 Saffiano Aquamarine - littlepaw
  16. Agenda Filofax 2017 nera - Margò artecreativa
  17. Filofax Original Setup Collection Nude Duck Egg Black Brown - myplannerheart
  18. Discover the kikki.K x Arianna Huffington Thrive Journal - kikki.K
  19. Unboxing Kikki K Pink Lavender Soft Lavender Large Medium - myplannerheart
  20. Set up Filofax Metropol A5 | WAARUUM - Waaruum
  • 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 #227 - Paper Lovestory
  2. My Week #33 (two planner week) - Polkadotparadiso

Free For All Tuesday No. 290

22 August 2016

Rapesco 6 hole organiser punch

Rapesco are about to release a redesigned 6 hole organiser punch and they kindly sent me a few samples to test out and evaluate.

The new Rapesco 6 hole punch in White, Candy Pink and Black 

The new model comes in five colours: Black, White, Silver, Powder Blue, Candy Pink.

Whilst the basic mechanics of the punch are similar to the old model there are several improvements over the old design. Just to remind you here are the two side by side.

The new model is much easier to set up as is has very clear size indicators on the sliding punch blocks.

There is now a slide out paper guide with stops for Personal, Timer 21 and A5 sizes. The old model didn't have this at all.

Paper Guides at A5, Timer21 and Personal settings

The upper lever is now made from metal as opposed to the older model plastic one. It also features a lock so you can press the lever down and lock it in the closed position to save space in your stationery cave! To unlock it you just press it down a little and slide the lock to the unlocked position.

Un-locked on the left and locked down on the right

The removable cover on the underneath side of the punch has also been redesigned. There is an easy to open flap, so you don't have to turn the punch over to empty it and this reduces the risk of the paper chads going everywhere! You can still remove it completely as well as before for periodic cleaning and maintenance of the punch. You can see the paper guide in more detail too.

The white rectangle on the left hand side is a small window, this has been provide so that you can put your name on a piece of card to personalise the punch.

The new punch is capable of punching the following sizes:
  • A5 (by double punching, but with the aid of the paper guide it is now much easier to do)
  • Agenda and A6 organisers
  • Planner and Timer 21 organisers 
  • Pocket and Timer 14 organisers
  • Personal, Compact, Slimline and Timer 17 organisers
  • Mini Organisers (but not Van der Spek Mini)
This covers Filofax, Van der Spek, Gillio, Quo Vadis, Mulberry, Collins and others that use the common sizes and spacings. All are detailed on a comprehensive instruction sheet which will soon be available on the Rapesco website. 

Undocumented in the instruction sheet, with a little bit of fine tuning of the paper guide it is is also possible to punch Deskfax 9 hole pages too. Using a similar method to punching A5 except you set the punch to personal size and flip the page punching the middle three holes a second time. 

The packaging indicates that the punch can be used for up to 10 sheets of paper at once. The hole size is 5.5 mm.

Stocks of this new model will be appearing with all sellers as they replenish their stocks in the next couple of months.

You can win one of a limited number these new punches by following Rapesco on Twitter include your Twitter Username in a comment here.  Alternatively please share this post from the Philofaxy page on Facebook and like the Rapseco page on Facebook.

Thank you to Rapseco for sending me the samples of their new up dated punch.

21 August 2016

Reader Under the Spotlight - Cathy

Today I would like to introduce you to Cathy 

My name is Cathleen ("Cathy") and my husband and I live in a very small town (one general store--that's it!) in the outer suburbs of Boston, MA. Neither of us are New Englanders by birth, but we've lived here so long that it feels like it's our hometown.

I'm a college professor, involved in teacher education, and I love it. I usually get to teach small or very small groups of students, and I get great pleasure seeing them develop into good teachers.  I'm an avid reader, and during time off, I'm usually hunting to find new used or independent bookshops.

My husband and I both enjoy travelling near and far, which is a good thing because our family--siblings, nieces and nephews--live scattered all over the United States. I have a weakness for anything related to planners, stationery, pens and pencils, and whenever I visit somewhere new, locating the nearest stationery shop is always at the top of my list.

A year or so ago, I found Philofaxy, and I look forward to reading the posts each morning alongside my morning coffee. 

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

I bought my first Filofax sometime in the mid or late 1990s.  It was a personal size red Windsor, and I still have it.  I had always used paper planners, notebooks, and the like, but I never had a "real" planner until that time.  

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

I have two favorite planners currently.  I had read so much about Van der Spek planners here that I saved up for them.  The first one I bought is an A5 Touch Me light brown planner. The second one is the personal size Van der Spek un-dyed planner.   

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

In addition to the two Van der Spek binders, I have the following:
  1. A personal size red Windsor  (my first, from the 1990s)
  2. A personal size brown Holborn
  3. A personal size black Durham
  4. A personal size brown Portland
  5. A personal size black calf leather Filofax without any name
  6. An A5 black Domino
  7. An A5 raspberry Finsbury
  8. An A5 red Belgravia
I've been lucky because other than the red Windsor, the Van der Speks, and the raspberry Finsbury, I've been able to get the rest all used through e-bay at very low prices.

4. What do you use your organisers for?

I use the Van der Spek A5 Touch Me as my teaching/work binder.  The rings are really generous, and I can fit lots and lots of class notes, calendars, project notes, meeting notes in it.  As many people have remarked, the pocket lay out is excellent, and I really like the large full length pocket in the back.  I often stick meeting agendas or handouts there.  The only drawback is that it's quite heavy.  This academic year, I'm hoping to adjust my system so that I can leave that binder in my campus office during the week. 

My personal size Van der Spek undyed binder is my daily planner. I've had it since the spring, and I take it with me everywhere, and I'd be lost without it.

I'm not currently using the red Windsor, but I'm keeping it for sentimental reasons.

The brown Holborn is used when we travel.  It has so many pockets that I can easily keep my passport and any other tickets.  There is also a zipped pocket for currency and lots of space to take notes. 

The personal Durham is my notes binder.  I take lots of notes in my daily planner.  When my current planner starts to get filled, I file them in the Durham, using the A-Z file. 

I had been using the brown Portland as my everyday planner until I got my Van der Spek.  If/When I decide to switch out of the Van der Spek (maybe in the winter?), I'll use that again as my daily planner. 

The personal black calf leather binder is for storing inserts.

The A5 Domino is another teaching binder.  It holds notes from courses I've taught and will teach again in the 2017-18 academic year. 

The raspberry Finsbury is our home binder.  I use an A-Z file and store house information, including our passwords, family addresses, contacts for car, home repair, etc, and info on major purchases.    

I use the A5 Belgravia to store monthly and weekly calendar inserts. 

5. How many sections do you have in your organiser and what is each section used for?

For my daily planner, I have the following sections:
  • a laminated dashboard
  1. a year at a glance calendar (downloaded from www.wendaful.com)
  2. a few blank sheets of paper to capture ideas, reminders, everything until I process them in the appropriate section.
  3. a few blank sheets for grocery lists
  4. monthly pages, a year's worth
  5. a few blank sheets for recurring chores/tasks (e.g. "Get gas."  "Do laundry." "Defrost chicken.")  I put the tasks on small sticky notes so I can re-use them. 
  6. a few weekly meal planning sheets
  7. 2 weeks' worth of 2-page-per-day sheets.  I modified the grid page provided by Philofaxy to make my own undated pages.  I put them in the middle of the binder to make it easier to write on them. 
  8. a few blank sheets for weekly goals
  9. 3 months' worth of weekly pages, vertical style.
  10. Notes.  I label each note sheet by letter on the top right hand side so I can easily recognize the topic. 
6. If you could design your own Filofax what would it feature?

I really like the external snap pocket on the Durham, so I'd include that on my own Filofax.  I'd also include Krause rings and the full-length pocket that the Van der Spek has. 

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

I've gotten so many great ideas from reading Philofaxy that it's hard to pick just one.  The most important of all, though, was learning through Philofaxy that I could rearrange, create my own sections, and personalize my planner.  A few other quick ones are:
  • Use inexpensive memo pads for the quick, non-permanent lists (capture lists, grocery lists, etc.) and save the expensive paper for permanent notes.
  • Use differently colored paper in the notes section or for current projects.  I recently returned from a conference in Vancouver, Canada, and I wrote all of my travel and prep notes on lavender paper. I could find them very easily in my notes section both when I was prepping for the conference and when I was there. 
  • Cut up transparent folders to use as dividers. I had very thin, plastic folders and cut them down to use as dividers.  They divide sections without adding bulk. 
8. Have you ever attended a Philofaxy meet-up? if not do you intend to one day?

No, but if there's ever one in the Boston, MA area, I would love to attend. 

9. What was the last movie you watched?

Eye in the Sky with Alan Rickman and Helen Mirren.  It was bittersweet viewing, as Alan Rickman is my favorite actor and it was his last film. 

10. What was the last book you read?

I just finished The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant and A Question of Attraction by David Nicholls.

Thank you Cathy for such a detailed post. 

As you know we are always looking for new people to appear in our 'Reader Under Spotlight feature, you don't have to be 'well known' or a long term user to be considered to appear in this 'spot'.

So please contact Steve philofaxy at gmail dot com today. Thank you.
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