Thursday, December 4, 2014

Franklin Covey Compact Ava!

My newest planner aka in the Franklin Covey world as a "binder".  It's a Franklin Covey compact sized Ava in Plum.  She is a little stuffed right now as she comes standard with 1" rings, I will be up-sizing those to my preferred 1.25" rings as soon as I order some new ones from Franklin Covey.

For some reason Franklin Covey has their Compact size rings with two different screw placements.  Most of the placements are with the screws just inside the top and bottom rings, but they also have a few binders with the screws placed outside the top and bottom rings.  The Ava is one of the Compact binders with the latter type of screw configuration.  Of course the only replacement rings that I have are with the placement just inside the rings (which is the more common placement).

It is extremely difficult to get the color just right with this binder - I was able to capture it in one photo showing the true color, but since all electronic devices vary it still might not show up "true to color" in whatever device you are viewing this post in.  The color name for this binder is "Plum", it is similar to an "Eggplant" color, but the hue is not quite as deep as what you would think of for a traditional Eggplant.

Let me show her off a bit!
This is what I see when I open her up!  I love the saying that I first see:
"At Any Given Moment You Have The Power To Say This Is NOT How The Story Is Going To END."

Side Tabs: $ = Financial Tracking, KL = the "me" section, F = Family/Friends section,
P = Plans (calendar) section, Owl = Blogs and Social Media section, & = Everything Else (A-Z files).

View from the Top - Top Tabs are my Plans section and a Ribbon Paperclip to mark my current
Blog/Social Media endeavors.

All Closed Up - the planner only comes standard with one pen loop, but I found a way to keep three pens with no problems!

The "true color" is best shown in this picture!
Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into my Franklin Covey Ava!  BTW, for those of you who have been pestering asking me to do another video - I will soon!  I am hoping to do at least a couple of them before Christmas!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Will Franklin Covey Compact Inserts Fit Into a Personal Sized Filofax Malden?

I see this question asked over and over again in the various Facebook Groups "Will Franklin Covey Compact sized inserts fit into a Filofax Personal Size?"

I cannot vouch for all Filofax Personal Sized Binders, but I can answer a resounding "YES" to the Filofax Personal Malden.  In fact I can put almost all of the same inserts that I have in my Franklin Covey Compact with 1.25" rings and move them straight over to my Filofax Personal Size Malden, which only has 23mm rings (slightly less than 1").

Here are some points to consider when doing this.  If you use the "standard Franklin Covey tabbed inserts, they will fit as the profile on the Franklin Covey tabs is really slim.  If you use custom inserts/dividers then you centermost tab will hit the strap.  I compensated for this by moving my re-positionable tabs so that there is no tab in the very center.  Turning pages is very difficult if you overstuff your Filofax Binder as shown in my pictures.

My Franklin Covey Compact Binder (vintage model) was able to accommodate 3 pens and 1.25" worth of inserts.  In fact I could even fit my Galaxy SII phone in it.  The Malden will hold almost everything that the Franklin Covey did, but I had to sacrifice two pens, the potential to hold my phone, the clear page lifter, a custom (over width) clear pocket I created and the small tablet that I had in the back of my planner.  Also I am not currently using either planner as a wallet which has allowed me to increase the number of inserts.  If you are o.k. with reducing the number of inserts then either binder will work as a wallet (I have used both as a wallet/planner) combo.

Franklin Covey Inserts in my Franklin Covey Compact Binder:

Same Franklin Covey Compact Inserts in my Filofax Personal Malden:

The inserts and pens got left behind (would not fit into the Malden):

So am I going to stay in the Filofax Personal Sized Malden?  NO, NO and NO!  The Franklin Covey only takes up slightly more room in my purse, but it allows me to use three pens, the pages turn easily, I can add in either my phone or my wallet if I just want to grab and go.

I am happy with my Franklin Covey and it is what I will be using for the rest of this year and beyond!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Vintage Franklin Quest Two Tone Planner!

So I did it again - bought another binder from eBay!  No surprise there, right?  Actually I was a little surprised when I received it as I bought it primarily for the Gold 1.25" rings (removable) which I planned on using in my Franklin Covey Boston.  Imagine my surprise when I received this binder and fell in love with it.

It is a vintage Compact (same ring configuration as a Filofax Personal) sized binder with the Franklin Quest logo (Franklin Quest pre-dated the current Franklin Covey).  Franklin Quest binders are from the era of 1992-1997 - I really have no idea when this was manufactured, it did have some inserts dated 1993, but those could have easily been added by the previous owner.  You can read more about Franklin Covey's History by clicking here.  In any case it is at least 17 years old and possibly as old as 21-22 years old.  Oh and the best deal of all is that I got it for less than $14 US dollars and part of that price was shipping!

Here's a peek:
Front Cover.  I added the pencil so you could get a true idea of the color.  The photo shows pretty true to the actual
color which is Navy Blue with a Deep Tan trim.  The tan trim is almost the exact same color as a Filofax Ochre Malden.

Back Side - notice the exterior zip pocket - I use my planner as a wallet so this is a perfect place to keep my
Debit Card, which allows me to keep my binder closed for simple purchases.

The wristlet handle is completely removable - I just love the antique Gold hardware.
Inside Left:  plenty of room for cards with a zip pocket behind them and as a bonus there is a
gusseted pocket behind the zip pocket as shown in the next picture.  The first of two pen loops
is also on the left.  I have a Frixion Clicker pen in the loop, but it is large enough to accommodate
a larger pen if needed.

Generous sized gusseted pocket behind the zip pocket.

Back Side:  Features two slip pockets, the topmost one is tall enough to secure a note pad.  Notice the generous
sized pen loop which sports my four barrel Frixion Pen.

Leather Stamp:  it is really hard to photo this, but it says Verona Leather/Aniline Trim on the
first line and the second line has the product number followed by Made in USA.

Love, Love, Love this Gold hardware.  Shown here is the zipper pull with the Franklin Quest
logo, also note the hex head screw in the rings - this is what makes Franklin Quest/Covey
binders stand out from all the rest - 90% of their binders have rings that can be removed and
swapped out with smaller, larger or different rings.  Keep in mind that most of their economy
binders (365 Line) have riveted in screws which cannot be swapped out and some of their Luxury
Line binders also have riveted in rings, so if the ability to change rings is important always ask
for a close up picture of the rings before purchasing.
Thank you for visiting today and I hope you enjoyed looking at my newest beauty!  Check back soon as a have another semi-vintage Cream colored Franklin Covey binder en route to me now and I will be posting pics of it soon!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Current Love - Franklin Covey Boston!

So if you have followed me for any length of time you know that I switch planners faster than I switch purses, but the inserts usually stay almost the same.  I received my new Franklin Covey Compact and thought you might like to see how she is set up.  She is decked out for Christmas and also has a Black, Gold and Teal theme going on.
The rings come standard at 1", but I have swapped them out to 1.25" rings.

Also just as a little side note.  I did an experiment last night to see if I could fit all of the same "planner guts" into my personal Filofax Malden and what do you know?  Everything fit except for the three pens (I had to trim it down to just two).  I also did not use the clear zip pouch as the Malden has a zip pocket that I transferred everything into.  Although everything fit and I was able to close it, turning pages was definitely much tighter in the Malden.  I have zero problems with turning the pages in the Boston now that it has the 1.25" rings.

This is my "Everyday Carry" - the Franklin Covey Compact Boston, Pens & the
Teal pouch has various planner bits (scissors, hole punch, tape runner, etc.)

I added a ring so that I could easily attach my charm.

I do use my planner as my wallet - credit cards are in the front for easy access,
receipts are behind in the secretarial pocket.

Side Tab - I only use three now.  The First tab is Me, Second
Tab is Calendar and Last Tab is my A-Z Catchall.

My zip pouch only has a bit of change - it is mainly my Emergency Essentials
(Ibuprofen, allergy medicine, a couple of safety pins, etc.).

My calendar section includes a month on two pages - I noted with holidays,
birthdays, events and appointments.  These are my current DIY daily pages
which include my daily details.  Once they are filled out they include everything
I need to get through the day.  My bookmark is not shown, but on it I place a
weekly task sheet for those tasks that don't have a specific time, but need to
be done at some point during the week.  

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my "Show -n- Tell".

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Small Rings are Cramping My Style!

I think I can speak for quite a large majority when I say that the standard size rings that the Personal Size Filofax has are just too small!  However, I love the small footprint of the binders themselves, but not the small writing space.  What a quandary!

Once again I have moved into one of my Franklin Covey Compacts and I have a new Franklin Covey Compact Boston on it's way to me.  The rings on both the Boston and the one I moved into are just a tad over 1" (30mm).  I can fit just a few more pages in my Franklin Covey than what I could in my Filofax - plus the pages turn easily now.

Dilemma #1 resolved, now onto Dilemma #2....
Franklin Covey Compact pages have the same ring configuration as Personal size Filofax, but the Franklin Covey binders are designed to accommodate their inserts which are .50" (yep, a half of an inch) wider than than a "standard" size personal insert.  Well, waste not, want not - right?  So if I have the room I am going to use it!

As of this week I am trying a week on two pages to see if I can make it work for me (instead of the day on one page I was using).  First, I tried the standard horizontal seemed to be working fine, but then I had someone in one of my Facebook Groups ask about a vertical layout and I remembered doing one of those about a year ago for my A5 aka Franklin Covey Classic size planner.  With a just a little bit of manipulation I managed to down size the insert into a Franklin Covey Compact Size and I think I am going to like this....

As always I like to share what I have created (free for your personal use)!  These are designed to print on standard 8.5" x 11" paper in "portrait" mode.  No need to change anything on your printer - just make sure it is set to print actual size.  Depending on your printer you may need to set it to "fit your printer margins".  Once you have as many printed as you want, turn the pages over and feed back into your printer to print on the back side.  Once you are done printing then you can cut your paper and hole punch.  Here is the link to the FREE .pdf printable:

I would love to hear from you if you decide to use these!

Monday, November 3, 2014

My Malden is Wonderful But......

I love my Filofax Personal Malden, but let's face it - there are just some things it cannot do!  Like get bigger rings!  Now that Halloween is over it was time to put my planner into Holiday mode - which meant more lists, a Christmas Section and of course everything had to go into a RED planner!

Out with the Filofax and in with the Franklin Covey!  With it's big 1.25" rings and plenty of pockets, I was able to get everything that I needed into my planner to help make my holiday planning a breeze.  Of course it is wonderful that she is so festive to look at - it puts me right into the holiday spirit!

I love to plan, but it just seems like that much more FUN when it's in such a pretty, decked out holiday planner!  Take care and happy planning ♥

Friday, October 24, 2014

Why I Love My Malden & I Spotted a NEW Franklin Covey Binder!

It was recently pointed out in one of my Facebook Groups that Franklin Covey has a couple of BRAND new planners that were not previously shown in their Fall Lineup!  One of them is the new "Quinn" binder available in both Compact and Classic sizes (pre-order now, with an anticipated ship date of November 3, 2014) .  The interior layout is very similar to one of their low cost vinyl budget friendly binders (which I have and love).  My size of choice would be the Compact, I am not sure about the color though - I like them both.  These are the details on the Quinn binder:
Crafted from finely pebbled full-grain leather, the Quinn covers your planner with modern style. It features an interior zipper pocket for your small essentials, two pen loops, slots for your cards, and a slot for your padfolio. Snap closure.  Compact: Measures 6.5” W x 7.75” H x 2” D, Ring size 1”
You can see pictures and more by going directly to the Franklin Planner website:

Now for a little comparison I thought I would take all of my contents out of my Filofax Personal Sized Malden and show you how they fit in the Franklin Covey Compact Faux Leather (vinyl) binder which has the similar layout to the new Quinn Binder.  Keep in mind that the rings on the Filofax are slightly smaller than 1" and the rings on the Quinn Compact and the Faux Leather Compact I am showing are 1".  Also note, that "over-stuffing" the rings and binder as I do is not recommended as it can cause harm to both the ring mechanism and to the binder itself.  If you are willing to take this chance then "stuff away" but remember that you were forewarned that you could cause irreparable damage by doing so.

Let's start with the Compact size faux leather Franklin Covey.  I removed all of the inserts that I had in my Personal sized Malden and put them in here.  It is still rather stuffed even though the ring size is slightly larger than the Malden!

Front Cover

Front Interior Left: Card Slots, Secretarial Pocket, Zipper Pocket and Gusseted Full Pocket (the gusset pocket is what makes the front flap on this so bulky - the new Quinn binder appears to have less bulk as only one end of the zip pocket appears to be gusseted.

Back Right - full length slip pocket.

All of my inserts.
Now lets take a look at my Malden.
My Big Over-stuffed Malden Front View!

Interior left view
Interior Right: full size slip pocket with a side opening pocket underneath it.
All of the same inserts (nice and full)!  Also please note that if you purchase a new Personal
sized Malden the pen loop will not accommodate a pen of this size - I had to do a "pen loop stretch"
DIY hack to make my four barrel Bic fit into the loop.
And....just because I like to show her off, here are some more pics!

◄Although she is super stuffed, I can still get the snap tab closed and it stays closed, so in my mind it is just right!

Side View►
I like charms, but they seem to get in the way so I solved this by adding my charms to the top of my pen.  It took a bit to get used to the extra weight at the top, but now I am used to it and love the way it looks!

◄Top View 

My little "critters" mark special family member sections!



Bottom View► 

More tabs -  I find it easier to use bottom tabs since my planner is usually sitting open in front of me!

Thank you for stopping by!