Sunday, 5 February 2012

New A4/A5 diary templates are on the way

I have been collaborating with Steve at Philofaxy on some new printable diary page sets.

It all started when it seemed that Filofax might be discontinuing their A5 Time Management week on two pages set after this year. That seems now to have been a false alarm, but in the meantime Steve and I set to making a close facsimile of it that people could print themselves. Steve made the Word template and I adapted it to work with an Excel data source.

That was our test run, and given that this is a template that will continue to be sold by Filofax, we won't be making it available. But we do want to develop some week on two pages and week on a page templates that anyone can download, print and use.

So it's over to you. Let me know in the comments what sort of features you'd like in the templates. Do you want appointment times or not? Lined or unlined? Do you want space for tasks?

17 comments:

Lime Tree said...

Hi Ray!
I would love to see a vertical week on two pages with small appointments slots and roomier weekends and tasks. I did post about it here:
http://limetreefruits.blogspot.com/2012/01/oh-dilemma.html
It would be great to have that layout with a review of the past week and planning habits for the upcoming one in between. Like the monthly planner you posted on Jan 27.
That's my two cents for now.

Ray Blake said...

Shouldn't be a problem. Watch this space.

Missus Aka (Christa) said...

2 days per page lined for a5 with no app times would be great please

Ray Blake said...

I'll add it to the list.

terriknits said...

Thanks for your A5 2ppd; I'm doing a trial this week using them for my work A5. I sure appreciate you doing all the hard work for me!

terriknits said...

me again! Would you consider doing a brief post about how to manipulate the Word/Excel merge? I used to know how to do that, but I can't remember. For instance, if I wanted to tweak the 2PPD calendar to just print Mon to Fri pages (and maybe make a change to the text) how would I do that? If I delete those Sat/Sun rows on the excel file, then what? Thanks, Ray!

Ray Blake said...

That's a good idea. A post that shows how to set up a mail merge won't be a short one, but I suspect people would find it useful.

Steve Morton said...

Here's one of the prototypes I've been working on with Ray:

http://www.philofaxy.com/weekview.jpg

Tasks can be associated with the days or just as a list.

I'm testing this layout for the next few weeks, so it's not finalised yet.

Steve

Ray Blake said...

Lime Tree and Missus Aka - email me (ray DOT blake AT gmail DOT com) - I have templates for you to look at.

The Perpetual Student TPS said...

Hi Ray, I love your templates, do you think you could make them available for personal-sized filos? thanks!!

Ray Blake said...

I've been giving that some thought, TPS. I'm guessing no-one really wants to spend forever manually feeding Filofax Personal paper through the printer and would rather have some decent paper that you could use real pens on. So I'm looking at a way to print duplex on A4 to cut down. There are some challenges, though, in getting the individual pages duplexed properly in the date merge. I'm sure it can be done, but it's something of a three pipe problem. Watch this space.

Saffy said...

Hi Ray, I love reading your blog. You are so inventive.

I was sent a personal sized refill for my filofax this year from Australia and it has mood and weather emoticons/icons. The paper is very fine so not fountain pen friendly.

I would love to see icons added to the Filofax cotton cream layout WO2P with a tiny degree line/symbol next to the weather icon.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sewsaffy/6376167415/in/photostream/

As you can see they protrude a lot into the day so would be better off to one side and at the very top or bottom of a day.

Just an idea to throw into the mix.

Ray Blake said...

Looks good, Saffy. Leave it with me. My first thoughts are that we'd need a wider range of icons to capture the variety of British weather!

Saffy said...

Ray, "need a wider range of icons to capture the variety of British weather" LOL.

The icons on my pages are pretty tiny, without my glasses I have no idea which face is which.

Ray Blake said...

Personally, I think you'd only need one face icon. It would have eye and nose dots and you'd just indicate your mood by drawing in the mouth line.

Saffy said...

Ray, good idea.

Ray Blake said...

@Saffy @TPS - you'll want to see this:

http://mylifeallinoneplace.blogspot.com/2012/02/personal-size-diary-layouts-are-coming.html

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