Thursday, 27 December 2012

New Filofax diary layout to download - CC inspired A5

It's been a while since we've published a new layout, but this one was a special request. Steve and I often get requests from readers of Philofaxy and My Life All In One Place and usually we're happy to oblige, although because of the various other demands on our time it won't always be overnight. A reader who liked the Personal CC inspired layout asked if we could produce an A5 version. Well, of course we could.

Here it is:

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The CC look is clean and uncluttered and respects weekends when so many layouts seem to consider them an inconvenience.

You can download a 2013 set as either a Word file or a PDF file. 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 and the Excel data file (you will need both 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.

As well as the Personal version on A4, we also have a Personal version set up for printing on Personal Filofax paper. You can download a 2013 set as either a Word file or a PDF file. To print the document on Personal Paper you might find this help guide useful. Similarly if you wish to make your own alterations to the files you can download the Word Base file and the Excel data file (You will need both files and should undertake the mail merge as described above.).
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