22 February 2017

Comparing A5 Gillio Organisers

I recently bought a Gillio A5 Compagna and this then gave me the opportunity to compare all three models available from Gillio in their A5 organiser range hopefully this might help others decide which is the right model for them.

This is not intended to be a detailed review more a simple way of showing the key differences between the three models.

Top to bottom: Amica, Compagna, Mia Cara

Top to bottom: Amica, Compagna, Mia Cara

Amica A5
  • The lowest price of the three A5 models, prices for the A5 size currently (2017) start at: €352 (inc VAT) 
  • Covers have stiffener and foam internally. This makes the Amica ideal if you are going to be writing in it away from a desk or flat surface as it has some structure. Organiser lays flat without any training straight out of the box. 
  • No zip pockets only secretarial slip pockets.
  • Inside - left : 2 leather secretarial pockets for papers; 4 pockets for business cards and/or credit cards; 1 pocket for several business- and/or credit cards.
  • Inside – right: 3 secretarial pockets, 3 pockets for business cards and/or credit cards.
  • One pen loop. 
  • 25 mm Rings which are replaceable. 
  • Empty weight 495 grams
  • Takes true A5 size inserts with no issues.
  • Also available in Medium(Personal) Pocket and Mini sizes.
Compagna A5
  • The mid-price of the three models and I believe this is the most popular model. Prices for the A5 size start at: €390 (inc VAT) 
  • No stiffener between the inner and outer layers of leather.
  • Heavier in weight than the Amica at 505 grams including the fly leaf
  • Full width back pocket, useful for A4 documents. 
  • Comes with leather fly leaf, reverse side of this is a suede finish not the same colour leather as the organiser. 
  • Inside - left: one secretarial pocket and one smaller pocket for storing papers; one compartment for several business- and / or credit cards; four business- and / or credit cards slots.
  • Inside - right: one secretarial pocket and one smaller pocket to store pieces of paper; zipper for coins/money or papers.
  • One pen loop. 
  • 25 mm Rings which are replaceable. 
  • Takes true A5 size inserts with no issues.
  • Also available in Medium(Personal) Slim, A6, Pocket and Mini sizes.
  • A6 model slightly different design to the others see review here. The A6 has a fly leaf with an additional pen loop. Something I believe should be included in the A5 design.
Mia Cara A5
  • The heavy weight in the line up, at 745 grams even when empty! Prices for the A5 size start at: €585 (inc VAT).
  • Two part design with a removable internal organiser section. 
  • External outer jacket has no stiffener between the leather layers. The organiser section has stiffener between the layers of leather.
  • Full width back pocket in the outer jacket. 
  • Inside - left (outside part): wallet (with popper button); zipped pocket; extra pocket to store papers.
  • Inside - left (organiser part): three credit and/or business card slots; one larger pocket.
  • Inside - right (outside part): six credit and/or business card slots
  • Also available in Medium(Personal) and Pocket sizes.
  • One pen slot in the central spine location of the outer jacket. I don't find this easy to use. I use a Filofax Flex fly leaf with a pen loop on the rings or a pair of them to give me two pen loops. If you are right handed retrieving the pen from the central pen slot is fiddly with the organiser section in place. 
  • 25 mm Rings which are replaceable. Considering the overall weight of the Mia Cara, it deserves to have bigger rings. But there is a problem even with 25mm rings....
  • Please note that the organiser section was not designed for A5 inserts, it was designed for inserts that are 'Half Letter' size. These are narrower, so if you put A5 inserts in the organiser section you will find the pages are flush with the edge of the organiser section, if you use tabs these will stick out beyond the edge of the organiser section (see the photo below). Admittedly when the organiser section is inserted in the outer jacket this isn't such an issue. However, if like me you want to use the organiser section independently of the outer jacket, it is a major deal breaker for me with this model. It is even worse with 35mm rings fitted! (see the photo below)
Please note that the 'A5' inserts sold by Gillio are Half Letter size (140x216 mm) not true A5 in size (148x210mm).

The removable Mia Cara Organiser with true A5 inserts and dividers
The removeable Mia Cara Organiser with true A5 inserts when fitted with 35mm rings

Overall for me of the three models available in A5 size, the A5 Compagna suits my needs best, the issues with the Mia Cara with the width could be solved by Gillio and I have my own plans to solve these issues. Watch this space....

21 February 2017

Web Finds - 21 February 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.

We start with a massive plug for Karine at Plannerology and the event she is hosting at PlannerCon USA in March.
Meanwhile here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. PWM Franklin Covey Budget Planner Feb 20th thru 26th - The Clumsy Crafter
  2. New Gillio Croco Set Up + Planner Chat - Mady L
  3. Planner Setup // A5 Dark Aqua Original Filofax // Filling a planner for a friend - missfilofax
  4. Filofax Original Update: My Planner Match | Sam Plans - Sam Plans
  5. My new favourite planner: Sojourner and current set up ft. Sewmuchcrafting, filofax, junk journals - tiffy butter
  6. Valentine's Day Filofax Unboxing: A5 Saffiano in "Vista Blue" & Domino Soft in "Duck Egg" - Melinda Casino
  7. Filofax Malden Compact Setup 2017 - D Mylasteureka
  8. Filofax Original Duck Egg Setup | Sam Plans - Sam Plans
  9. Filofax set up with lots of DIYs filofax setup - Jena Sherell
  10. Webster's Personal Planner vs. Filofax Domino Personal - Brandy Michelle Plans
  11. Filofax Malden Journal - addicted.to.planners
  12. Filofax Malden Personal Setup - Frau Anne
  13. Update: Filofax Domino A5 / Union Jack A5 - Printbalance
  14. Mi nueva agenda filofax THE RESET GIRL Carpe Diem Planners - Mami Crafter
  • 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 #7 (13th – 19th Feb) - The Stationery Geekette
  2. My week #253 - Paper Lovestory
  3. Plan with me || Hearts Of Love - Karens Obsessions
  4. My Week #8 (20th-26th Feb) - The Stationery Geekette
  5. This Weeks Spread (for week 20 – 26th Feb) - Life with my Planners
  6. The Week Ahead - Stationery Starlet
  7. Planning my week : A6 Traveler’s Notebook, Hobonichi Techno (bullet journal) and Erin Condren - Ugly Bug Plans
  8. Weekly Setup – Week of 20th February - Planner girl, lover of rose gold, shabby chic and all things vintage

Free For All Tuesday - No. 316

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

It is Tuesday after all so fire away.

20 February 2017

Giveaway for the Plannerology Event at PlannerCon USA

Are you going to be at PlannerCon USA in March?

If you are, I am giving away a paid for ticket to the Plannerology event as a gift from Philofaxy to one lucky person.
'Why would you do that Steve?
If you listen back to the podcasts over the last year you might have detected that slowly but surely Karine has been working on helping me make better use of my own planner. 

I am eternally grateful to Karine for her patience in nudging me in the right direction!

I'm sure there are others in our community who could benefit from her tutorials and skills. The Plannerology event will be a fairly exclusive event with only 15 tickets available. So the lucky winner will be one of the few not the many.

So how can you win this ticket I have on offer?
In less than 250 words tell me how you believe your planning skills would benefit from attending this Plannerology event.
You can supply photos of your current planner to back up your text as evidence, but this isn't a requirement. 
Email your submission to steve at philofaxy dot com before the closing date and label your entry Plannerology Ticket

Some rules...
1. Obviously you must be attending PlannerCon USA already, sadly I can't make it.  The Plannerology event will take place on 11 March in the evening.
2. We reserve the right to request confirmation from you that you have a ticket to PlannerCon USA
3. No cash alternatives are available.
4. The competition will close at 23:30 (11:30pm - Paris time) on Sunday evening 26th February 2017
5. The winner will be informed via email the following day and details will be forwarded to Karine.
6. The judges decision is final

I linked to Karine's post below in Webfinds last week, but here it is again in full below....

Good luck. 

Greetings Plannerologists!

I am planning on having a VIP First-Class Lifestyle session at PlannerCon with a select few individuals. Space is limited to 15 people only! One person (that's one in 15 people) will have a chance to win a $200 Plannerology gift certificate to gain a planning session with me, either in person if you are local to the VA/DC area or via Skype.

Get your tickets here. This is an OFFICIAL Plannerology event.

There WILL be rare planners to sniff and pet!

After the success of setting up Plannerology in 2016, I've gotten a lot of private messages thanking me for inspiring members to create the lifestyle they have always dreamt of having. It's one thing to dream about living the life you want and another to actually define it and live it. In detail, crating order from chaos. This calls for creating all the first-class lifestyle space you can and removing all other obstacles. Living a first-class lifestyle takes courage and an open mind. There must be a willingness to accept more than one way of getting to the same destination.

That's why I decided to offer up this historic, (yes, I said historic) event. The first annual PlannerCon in San Francisco is already breaking multiple "first" moments with the sheer size and scale of the event along with the quality speakers (*ahem*) and vendors.

The magic that is created at Plannerology allows for small and permanent habit changes, allowing us to ease into our desired lifestyle with grace. Nothing is forced. We develop personal mission statements and yes, we will be doing activities to discover this elusive creature at the VIP session.

I have a slew of take aways for attendees, which by the way is limited to 15 people!! Any more than 15 and we lose the magic. One attendee is guaranteed to walk away with a $200.00 Plannerology Gift Certificate (that's a one in 15 chance of winning), for private session with me after PlannerCon.

Because the First-Class lifestyle is a mindset. we will work on setting the groundwork for that. How? Bring your planner, your pen and yourself to this special event being held on the 9th floor of the Grand Hyatt Hotel on PlannerCon eve! We will have a 1.5-hour guided session, away from the craziness, in a quiet setting where we can take our time and give ourselves a chance to breathe in what is important.

In this VIP Planning Session, you will be able to :

  1. Develop a Personal Mission Statement 
  2. Defining goals that align with your purpose in life 
  3. Ground yourself in your purpose or reigniting your passion for your purpose 
  4. Use your planner as a playbook for your life 
  5. Start taking control of all the moving bits around you 
  6. Make choices that push you forward in your goal success 
  7. Curate (edit) the parts of your life that don't serve you anymore 
  8. Learn to establish routines to enhance your wellbeing 
  9. Start creating a life purpose altogether yours
We will have classical music, a private, ambient and intimate setting. What better way to start off PlannerCon than a private, VIP session?! I welcome you to join me in leaving white space behind. Let's start filling the pages together.

Get your tickets here

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