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!