Category Archives: Planning

Selling Planners: To do or do not?

I have some Filofaxes I no longer use, some of them are not worth reselling if I am honest and I wouldn’t expect a lot of money for them but there are one or two which I think would be worth me selling and using the money for other things.

However, I am very much aware of the horror stories of selling things and I am reluctant to sell. I’ve written a blog post before about the topic: Buying and Selling Planners: What you need to know!

They are just sitting gathering dust on a bookshelf and I am eager to declutter a little. Do I attempt to sell them and take any negatives as par for the course and to be expected? Should I pack them up and send them to a local charity shop, where they just might throw them away? Should I just throw them away? Or shall they remain, forever on the shelf? Waiting for me to make some sort of decision at a later date.


A6: The Rant

I love A6, measurements of 150mm x 105mm – half of A5 size. It’s my preferred writing size…well other than a5 for letters but for Filofax (even though they do not do it in that size, I actually use a widened VdS senior) it’s an A6, but…

What is up with retailers jumping to the A6 label and banjaxing it? If it’s not Filofax personal (181mm x 95mm) being labelled as A6 size, it’s places selling A6 pocket notebooks, like Leuchtturm or Moleskin, selling Pocket A6 (150mm x 90mm). Even Rhodia, paper which I very much like sells an A6, which is there no.13 which although true to size in it’s actually bought state, it is smaller when it is teared. Their oversized a6 pad, no. 14, is 110 x 170mm before it is teared but once teared leaves you with a 150mm height of a6, but it is too wide, at 110 mm. Now Steve at Philofaxy has suggested methods for cutting down, but that is effort. I don’t actually mind the extra half a cm, when I am using it in a ring-bound planner, because it helps to compensate for the paper that is taken over but the rings, but it is annoying to half different widths of paper in a planner.

I am still loving my Hobonichi and I have some great printed a6 pages (I should really do a review on the company I bought them from…)

I just wish it was easier to find true A6 paper sizes. Do you have any recommendations for a true A6 bound notebook? If so please leave your suggestions in the comments section.


Banjax (verb) meaning to: ruin, incapacitate, or break. It is an Anglo-Irish saying, from around the 1930s, of unknown origin. I love the word and it is fairly common in my household to say it, but I come from an Irish family. I’ve used to word in the past and people are not always aware of it.

Help?!: How to remove mold smell from a Planner?

I have this pretty little Filofax, but I’ve tried to remove a strong mold smell from it without success?! Does anyone have any suggestions?

Design your dream planner?

Van der Spek has launched a competition to design your dream planner. They will pick their favourite design and you’ll get to win your creation!

Sounds like a dream doesn’t it? I couldn’t resist drawing my own design and submitting it. You can see my design below. For me being able to flip through my pages and have a third section on view to be able to write was important.

I made a slight mistake in my design – the notepad on the closed view should be the other side of the ringed pages.


You can check out other entries as well as the rules for entering here.

Why not have a go yourself? You have until the 13th February to design and submit your entry. Winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day – for the lucky person to be united with their dream companion!

Good luck and have some fun designing!

So where did the rings go?

About two weeks ago I posted about a shocking turn of events in my planning system. It’s a book…without rings. Scary! In fact, it is a Hobonichi Techo – which is a6 size. So it is the same sized paper as I am currently using but it is in a bound book…without rings. I’m still getting used to the last part. So why did I change?

Well of late I have stopped using regular pens and now solely only use fountain pens to write with – and a pencil sometimes. The Hobonichi is made out of Tomoe River paper, which is vastly regarded as the most recommended paper to use fountain pens on. It is extremely thin, imagine bible paper thin, but it is very resistant to the ink – so it doesn’t soak it up like most papers. This means that inks that have a sheen to them (inks they almost appear to be two colours) will show more of their sheen on tomoe river paper compared to regular paper.

Next, I wanted a change this year. Whilst I liked the inserts I currently use I sometimes struggle to keep up to date with printing them…and the thought of doing that in one big patch at the start of the year sounded horrible. Plus I wanted Tomoe River paper and I suspected that wouldn’t be the easiest paper to print on so I decided to buy a planner already printed on Tomoe River paper.

I’m still trying to figure out how I am going to set it up and I am impatiently waiting for the start of the new year when I can start using it. I will write in more detail when I have figured it all out…

Shock planning update

Where did the rings go? 😉

Scaling Inserts: The Easy Way

This is not something I commonly need to do because I stick to one size planner. However there are several people in the planner community that will carry multiple planners. An on the go planner could be a mini or a pocket and then you can transfer finances into a larger personal or A5 planner which is a stay at home planner.  Steve emailed and asked for some help about creating one insert in multiple sizes and getting them to line up when printing. This question led me to thinking about the same insert and different formats and an easy way to do it – so I’m going to show you how!

Firstly create your insert. I am working with a mini sized template in Microsoft Publisher, so I used 0.32×0.32cm squares (the smallest square setting you can get) to get the feel of the layout and created an finance sheet that had the right proportions. If you need help with getting to that step try this blog post: Filofax: Make your own Inserts.


Scaling 1

Now open up another document and select a different size – for this tutorial I am going to use a personal size insert. You need to select the table, copy it and paste it into the new personal sized document.

Ctrl + A (Select all) -> Ctrl + C (Copy) -> move to new document -> Ctrl + P (Paste).

Now you need to lock the aspect ratio of the table. To do that you need to go to the layout tab and select the little arrow in the bottom right hand corner of the strip (it is highlighted in red on the previous post).

Tick lock aspect ratio -> Ok.

Once you’ve done that adjust the width of the table to the size you want. In this case I did 17.1cm to match width (I’m working in landscape mode) of the personal page.

Now 0.32cm is very small and now we have a personal we can afford to make that a little bit bigger. I counted the squares and realised I had 21 – so I deleted the bottom row to have 20 in total. I like to work with 0.5cm lines so I calculated how much that would be for 20 and it was 10cm. I unlocked the aspect ratio – the reverse of the previous step and changed the height to 10cm. This will make the rows taller whilst not changing the dimensions of the table in terms of column width.

Then I simple deleted two rows to give me space for my holes and allow it to fit on the page.

Scaling 2

I then made the writing a little bigger and I have my insert all ready to go.

To find out how to print it, check out my other post: Filofax: Printing your own Inserts.