Sunday, 20 May 2018

Free Midori TN calendar (diary) inserts for 2019: Part 1 - Full size weekly layouts

There are those people who like to start their new year planning early. If you're one of them, you've come to the right place.

In a series of posts I will present the full set of all available layouts in all available sizes. All will be available for download as A4 and Letter paper PDFs. As ever, they are all free for personal use.

We start today with the suite of weekly diaries.

1. Week to view with tasks




With this layout, you have a choice of colours. You will need to make two booklets to cover a whole year. Some people have a different colour for each half.


 2019 A4 version - Blue:    H1   H2
 2019 A4 version - Green:    H1   H2
 2019 A4 version - Orange:    H1   H2
 2019 A4 version - Red:    H1   H2
 2019 A4 version - Purple:    H1   H2

 2019 Letter version - Blue:    H1   H2
 2019 Letter version - Green:    H1   H2
 2019 Letter version - Orange:    H1   H2
 2019 Letter version - Red:    H1   H2
 2019 Letter version - Purple:    H1   H2


2. Week on two pages - purist layout




This layout is for people who want a very traditional layout, dedicating the maximum possible space to each day.

Again, you will need both halves to make up a full year.


 2019 A4 version:    H1   H2
 2019 Letter version:    H1   H2


3. Week to a page - purist layout




Based on the week on two pages purist layout, this places a week on each stage in the same style. The advantage is that a single booklet covers the whole year.

 2019 A4 version
 2019 Letter version


You can get more guidance on booklet making in this video.




Friday, 18 May 2018

Free 2019 Filofax calendar (diary) downloads part 3: Pocket size

Don't panic. It's not even summer yet. But 2019 is coming. If you're looking for diary/calendar pages for next year for the Filofax Pocket format, you might want to look at these layouts, which are free to download and print yourself at home.


Although you'll still find the source files on this site to produce your own diary sets for any year (or any shorter period) people seem to like the convenience of downloading full year sets. Here are Pocket sized sets for 2019. I've already posted A$ and A5 sets and Personal sets.


Day per page

Day per page minimalist:   Word file   PDF file

Day on two pages

Original day on two pages:   Word file   PDF file

Two days per page

Two days per page (unruled):   Word file   PDF file
Two days per page (ruled):   Word file   PDF file

Week on two pages

Week on two pages enhanced TM layout:   Word file   PDF file
Week on two pages CC-inspired layout:   Word file   PDF file

Month per page

Original month per page:  Word file   PDF file

Month on two pages

Original month on two pages:   Word file   PDF file



Each file is set up as an A4 document. Print this double-sided. If you have a duplex printer, set it to flip on the short edge. If you don't then you'll have to print odd-numbered pages and then refeed to print the even-numbered pages on the reverse. You might have to experiment to find out how to refeed the paper.

On one side of each sheet you'll find crop marks. Use a craft knife and a steel ruler to release the Pocket pages and punch them. The templates are set up with mirrored gutters to accommodate the holes.

If using the PDF be sure to set it to print at full size as explained here.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Free 2019 Filofax calendar (diary) downloads part 2: Personal size

2019 is coming. Depending on how far ahead you like to plan, it will soon be time to set up your new diary pages. If you plan in Filofax Personal format, you might want to look at these layouts, which are free to download and print yourself at home.


Although you'll still find the source files on this site to produce your own diary sets for any year (or any shorter period) people seem to like the convenience of downloading full year sets. Here are Personal sized sets for 2019. I've already posted A4 and A5 sets and Pocket sets will follow.

Printing on A4 or Letter paper

Day per page

Original day per page:   Word file   PDF file     (Letter versions:    Word file    PDF file)
Day per page minimalist:   Word file   PDF file      (Letter versions:    Word file    PDF file)

Day on two pages

Original day on two pages:   Word file   PDF file     (Letter versions:    Word file    PDF file)

Two days per page

Two days per page (ruled):   Word file   PDF file     (Letter versions:    Word file    PDF file)
Two days per page (unruled):   Word file   PDF file     (Letter versions:    Word file    PDF file)

Week per page

Original week per page:   Word file   PDF file

Week on two pages

Week on two pages enhanced TM layout:   Word file   PDF file     (Letter versions:    Word file    PDF file)
Week on two pages CC-inspired layout:   Word file   PDF file     (Letter versions:    Word file    PDF file)
Week on two pages vertical layout:   Word file   PDF file     (Letter versions:    Word file    PDF file)
Week on two pages landscape layout:   Word file   PDF file     (Letter versions:    Word file    PDF file)

Month per page

Original month per page:  Word file   PDF file

Month on two pages

Original month on two pages:   Word file   PDF file

Year planner

Fold out (Z fold) year planner:   Word file   PDF file   




Each file is set up as an A4 document. Print this double-sided. If you have a duplex printer, set it to flip on the short edge. If you don't then you'll have to print odd-numbered pages and then refeed to print the even-numbered pages on the reverse. You might have to experiment to find out how to refeed the paper.

On one side of each sheet you'll find crop marks. Use a craft knife and a steel ruler to release the Personal pages and punch them. The templates are set up with mirrored gutters to accommodate the holes.

If using the PDF be sure to set it to print at full size as explained here.


Printing on Filofax Personal blank paper

If you have a printer that can print directly onto blank Filofax paper, you might prefer to download from the following selection. These are set up to print two-sided and you're likely to have to print even pages first, then restack in the printer tray to print the even pages.

Original day per page:   Word file   PDF file
Original week per page:   Word file   PDF file
Week on two pages CC layout:   Word file   PDF file
Week on two pages vertical layout:   Word file   PDF file
Original month per page:  Word file   PDF file
Month per page with notes:  Word file   PDF file
Original month on two pages:   Word file   PDF file
Month on two pages with notes:   Word file   PDF file

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Free 2019 Filofax calendar (diary) downloads part 1: A4 and A5 size

In the warm days of spring, the new year seems a long way away, but there are people out there impatient to get on with their new year planning. If you are one of them and you use an A4 or A5 format, you might want to look at these diary/calendar layouts, which are free to download and print yourself at home. These arise from a collaboration between me and Steve Morton of Philofaxy and you can find the files there also.

But you don't need to have a Filofax or any other organiser to make use of these. A4 and A5 binders are widely available and there's no reason why you can't combine one of those with these pages and have a complete DIY solution.


Although you'll still find the source files on this site to produce your own diary sets for any year (or any shorter period) people seem to like the convenience of downloading full year sets. Here are A4 or A5 sets for 2019. Pocket and Personal sets will follow.

Day per page

Original day per page:   Word file   PDF file
Day per page minimalist (narrow ruled):   Word file   PDF file
Day per page minimalist (wide ruled):   Word file   PDF file

Day on two pages

Original day on two pages:   Word file   PDF file
Daily Dashboard:   Word file   PDF file

Two days per page

Two days per page (ruled):   Word file   PDF file
Two days per page (unruled):   Word file   PDF file

Week per page

Original week per page:   Word file   PDF file
Week per page with tasks:   Word file   PDF file
Week per page CC-inspired:   Word file   PDF file

Week on two pages

Week on two pages enhanced TM layout (4 line ruling):   Word file   PDF file
Week on two pages enhanced TM layout (5 line ruling):   Word file   PDF file
Week on two pages journal layout (ruled):   Word file   PDF file
Week on two pages journal layout (unruled):   Word file   PDF file
Week on two pages new TM/journal layout (4 line ruling):   Word file   PDF file
Week on two pages new TM/journal layout (5 line ruling):   Word file   PDF file
Week on two pages CC-inspired layout:   Word file   PDF file
Week on two pages vertical layout:   Word file   PDF file
Week on two pages minimalist vertical layout:   Word file  PDF file

Month per page

Original month per page:   Word file   PDF file
Month per page with notes:   Word file   PDF file

Month on two pages

Original month on two pages:   Word file   PDF file
Month on two pages with notes:   Word file   PDF file

Year planner

Original year planner:   Word file   PDF file
A5 Z-fold year planner:   Word file   PDF file


Each version is set up as an A4 document. To use them as A5 inserts, print the document in booklet mode on A4 paper, then use a guillotine to divide each sheet into two and punch the required holes, which the templates are set up with mirrored gutters to accommodate. Or, if you have A5 paper, then either the printer or the PC will scale it to size for you.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Introducing the BOAC Blue Special Edition

New for 2018, here is the BOAC Blue Special Edition Traveller's Notebook.


This one is quite personal for me. My grandfather used to work for the BOAC airline many years ago, so it was the obvious choice of golden-age British airlines to complete this edition.

If you'd like one, email me at ray.blake@gmail.com 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Get your desk surface back

If you have a laptop computer that you normally use at a desk with external monitors, you are not alone. One of the problems is that you lose much of your desk surface to cables and the laptop itself.

My setup isn't like that, however.


You can just see my laptop, nestled under the platform my monitors and speakers are sitting atop. It slides in and out of there quite happily whenever I need to disconnect it and take it somewhere with me, but most of the time it sits there happily out of the way, with all the cables safely tucked away too.

Now, there is no shortage of information on the web about how to connect your laptop to dual monitors and how to keep the laptop from sleeping when you close the lid. (Hint: in the Control Panel power settings look for 'change what happens when I close the lid' and buy one of the interfaces pictured below.)




But what you won't find very often is the tutorial for making the desk itself work. Here's all you need to make it happen:
 
Click on the pictures to view these products at Amazon. You'll need four of the pipes and one shelf. All You need to do is place the pipe lengths on your desk where the shelf will go - near the four corners of the shelf - and then just place the shelf on top of them. And that's it.

If you don't like the look of the shiny PVC, you can do what I did and using PVA glue wind some string around the ones at the front (those at the back won't be visible.)



If you want accessible USB ports like I have you can also get one of these:

Simply connect this to one of the laptop's USB ports and then use a strong fixing pad to fix this to the underside of your shelf.




Saturday, 6 May 2017

Now there's three of them

It wasn't long ago I was announcing the Very Short Shorts sequel, and today there is a third.

Once again, these are collections of fifty-word stories, ten in each volume. If you're wondering what a fifty-word story can achieve, here's one from the new volume:

Miss Bronte’s outline for a sequel
In joy we married. We honeymooned, drunk on each other. But it all went wrong. Harsh words and insults became punches and kicks. He had so much anger and such strength. I did the only thing I could to save myself. Death finally stilled his rage. Reader, I buried him.




Like the first two volumes, it's a very quick read indeed and priced accordingly. Each of the books costs about a pound, a dollar, a euro - or any local equivalent. It might not fill the theatre interval, but it will cost less.

Use these links to view the book at your local Amazon site in your own currency:

     Very Short Shorts

     Very Short Shorts 2

     Very Short Shorts 3

To view all my books, many of which are available as paperbacks as well as Kindle e-books, visit this link:

     Books by Ray Blake


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