Sunday, 20 May 2012

Free Week-on-Two-Pages Personal Filofax diary to download

When I recently lost my Filofax (gasp!) I had to buy a new one, which came with the standard Filofax week-on-two-pages diary. For the sake of convenience, I just started using it, but before long I began to experience a few frustrations with the layout:

  • Saturday and Sunday are squashed together into the same space afforded to any one of the other days
  • Nearly half the space left to Sunday is lost to the monthly calendar
  • There's no room for week-long events like half term  

On the other hand, the format allows about the right amount of space for most days and I like seeing the whole week in one view.

I did some research and found Filofax's Cotton Cream Week-on-two-pages, which looked absolutely ideal. But then I didn't want a Cotton Cream insert in a predominantly white setup.

The solution seemed obvious: to build something similar to the Cotton Cream layout that I could print on my own paper. Since I was taking inspiration from the Cotton Cream insert, I thought it would be fun to replicate another aspect of the design, namely the lower-case month and day names that give the layout such a distinctive and simple feel. It turns out that a simple switch in the mail merge codes can force lower-case formats, so job done.

Here's the final layout:

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Weekend days are afforded as much respect as those in the working week, while each week's layout begins with a 'This Week' space for notes and all-week items (for tracking habits perhaps?)

You can download this layout as a prepared set or you can download the source files to adapt the design for yourself.

Pre-prepared sets

You can download the 2012 set as a Word file or as a PDF file.

You can download the 2013 set as a Word file or as a PDF file.

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.

Source files

You can also roll your own using our source files. You'll need this Word file and this Excel file.

If you want to know how to go about using the source files, this post will help you.
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