Monday 31 December 2012

New Filofax diary layout to download - A5 enhanced TM week per view with journal

Steve has been using the TM Enhanced A5 layout most of 2012 and has found it a very useful layout. Some weeks, though, he has noticed he's not using the daily tasks space on a regular basis, so he thought that this valuable page space could be used for journal notes.

 So even if you keep a separate journal, you could at least jot down some notes as a reminder for your journal later in the day. Or if you only keep short notes about each day then this space might be enough on each page. 

Here it is: 

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As you can see it's an evolution of the original layout. We have made them available in '4 line' and '5 line' format. 

You can download a 2013 set as either a Word file or a PDF file. (4 line) or a Word file or a PDF file (5 line). They are created as A4 documents. 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. 

Of course, you can print these on any paper you like; coloured, patterned and fountain pen-friendly are all options, as is plain white A4 printer paper. 

If you want to tinker, you can download the Word base file (4 line) or Word base file (5 line) and this Excel data file (you will need both Word and Excel files.) As long as you have some basic Word and Excel skills, you should be able to give this a go. You'll need to be able to set up a basic mail merge file link, and there are plenty of web tutorials that show you the way - Google using the search terms: Word Excel Mail Merge 20xx (where 'xx' is 02, 03, 07 or 10, depending on your version.) 

Depending on what version of Word you're using, Word may put section breaks between every record, which will throw out the mirrored gutter formatting in the layout. If it does, the solution is quite simple; do a find and replace on section breaks (^b) to remove them all. You'll also need to add a single page break to the front of the merged document so that each 2-page spread has gutters in the middle for the holes.


Sam said...

Ray I can't get it to print onto A5!! It doesn't automatically do it, nor does it work if I set my printer to A5 or my pc to A5 (that just makes a right mess of the layout) - I am obviously doing something you know what it is?


Ray Blake said...

What version of Word are you using?


Sam said...


Ray Blake said...

Great. Here's how you do it:


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