14 December 2017

Gillio A5 Address Book

I was chatting on Facebook with Tom Van Haelen of Gillio fame about a week ago, we discussed various topics as always. In our chat he shared a link with me for a 'Gillio Address Book'

From the pictures as you can see I wasn't exactly sure what size it was. Tom confirmed it was A5 size and then I remembered it. There used to be a 4 ring Gillio Amica as well, but it is no longer on the website.

Whilst it looks like a 6 ring A5, but with only 4 rings, the spacing is slightly different. Please refer back to my post from earlier this week for the details on 4 ring European A5 ring spacing. So now you know why that post was written!

So now you are aware of the difference, let us continue. Tom offered to send me one to review and I jumped at the chance. Let us look at it in detail.


The Compact A5 as I have christened it is currently only available in Dark Brown Epoca leather, which I really like. Soft to touch and it has a lovely texture to it.

You will notice that there is no clasp on it.

Opening it up you might also notice that there is no pen loop either. But I have solved that small detail as you will see later.

The covers are quite stiff but it lays nice and flat.

The front inside cover has a large secretarial flap pocket a half height pocket with a business card pocket on the front of that. Therefore you can carry essential paperwork easily.

The light brown on the rear inside cover and also visible on the front inside cover is some sort of textured leather or artificial leather (I'm not 100% sure). They use the same material on the rear inside cover of the Mia Cara organiser section. If you have ever seen one of them you will know what it is like. I quite like the contrast it doesn't detract from the function or appeal of the organiser/binder.

The rings are European A5 spacing with an internal diameter of 19mm.

The narrow leather fly leaf slots in between the edge of the secretarial pocket and the ring mechanism, so if you were writing on the left and page there wouldn't be a bump on that edge

It came with these address book inserts with A-Z tabs, each page has a plastic covering to it.

This is a close up of the front inside cover.

Comparison to the A5 Mia Cara Organiser Section.

Having commented previously about the size of the A5 organiser section being too narrow, I think I have solved the reason why... The Mia Cara organiser section and this Address Book were made with the same templates... same height and same overall width. But the Mia Cara is fitted with normal A5 rings but 25mm in internal diameter. The Address book therefore with only 19mm rings seems to be the correct size for true A5 size inserts.

Because of the extra thickness due to the larger rings. That also makes the Mia Cara cover narrower when closed.

Not easy to spot from this photograph but the Address Book is not as thick as the A5 Mia Cara organiser section. Naturally as the two are the same height, the Address Book does fit the Mia Cara outer jacket perfectly.

Having solved that long standing A5 Mia Cara mystery (hooray!!!!!!), let us move on to how I will be able to use the Address Book as a Compact A5 organiser.

Using the A5 Address Book as an A5 Organiser. 

With the slightly different ring spacing, I had to use my adjustable punch as shown below. I was able to set it up to the correct hole spacing. I could have not punched holes 2 and 5 but chose to leave those in as reference points to get the spacing correct.

It took a bit of trial and error, but in the end I was able to take an already punched A5 insert and create the slotted holes to allow for the different spacing.

Alternatively I could just punch the inserts with the adjustable punch and I would have the correctly spaced round holes for this organiser. Not interchangeable but at this point I wasn't too concerned about that.

Additionally the all the A5 inserts sold by Gillio and other suppliers under the 'Euro-Time' branding have slotted holes, so they will fit either the A5 European 4 ring system or the conventional A5 6 ring system.

I decided to print off a set of Philofaxy diary inserts for 2018, I was able to get a full year of week on two pages, and a year of month on one page in the rings with plenty of capacity to spare.

My trusty Enhanced Time Manager inserts that I've been using for many years. I've also printed off some lined paper and simple to-do lists.

I punched an A5 Filofax Flex pen loop to have slotted holes and that solved the lack of a pen loop perfectly.

The pen sits close to the edge of the pages but well within the outside edge of the Compact organiser. I used some 3M Post It index tabs on some card stock to create a divider/today marker and the edge of these tabs is also well within the edge of the organiser too.

Having got to like Compact A5 organisers over a year ago after reviewing the Filofax Compact A5 Heritage model with just 16mm ring this Gillio A5 with 19 mm rings is a great size.

I'm looking forward to trying this out over the coming months.

Thank you to Tom and the team at Gillio for supplying the review sample 'Address Book'

Further information: 

Gillio - IIC bvba
Rollebaan 47a
1640 Sint-Genesius-Rode
+32 (0)2 380 63 19

Email: info@gillio.be
Website: http://www.gillio.be
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13 December 2017

Hole Punches

Whilst I was at PlannerCon Europe, someone asked me the difficult question of
'How many hole punches or paper punches do you own then Steve?'
I wasn't able to give the lady and answer, because I honestly didn't know, quite a few... which isn't really an accurate count really!  Like most things connected with Philofaxy, I started with one and they sort of multiplied!

So the number is actually nine, I've excluded some of our general office 2 hole punches because they don't get used for organisers.

So breaking them down in to the different types. In the next photo we have the Staples Arc punch at the top of the photo, and the Filofax/Miracle Bind punch, these two punch 'slits' in to the paper rather than holes. I mainly use the Staples Arc one for my William Hannah disc bound notebooks. I print my own inserts for these then punch them myself.

I don't have any of the Filofax notebooks so the other punch is rather under used at the moment!

Then we come to these four. The top one is a standard A4 4 hole punch 80-80-80mm spacing which I just bought in a local supermarket for my A4 Filofax.

The next one is the 'ME MY' adjustable punch, I bought this one to use with Deskfax although I've since take three of the punch blocks out. We will look at this one in a bit more detail in a moment.

The next black one is my KWTrio this one has preset adjustments for A5, Personal, A6, Pocket/Mini and gets used quite a bit.

Lastly my Filofax A5 punch, I bought this one back in about 2005 when I bought my first A5 Finsbury, at that time I wasn't aware of other punches at all. I just needed something for the A5 I had just bought.

Then we have two Rapesco punches the old model and the new one, the new one as you might recall has a paper guide and you can punch A5 with it as well as Pocket, Personal and A6. I also used this one for punching my business cards!

And lastly in the collection a Filofax Pocket size punch.

Close up of the Filofax pocket punch, I marked it for punching the three holes in my business cards!

So going back to this punch. It is quite large and heavy and it comes with 6 punch blocks that can be spaced using the approximate measurements on the base.

Turning it around you can see the thumb screws that tighten the punch blocks in position. There is a central position as well, I used this to measure from so I can check that the blocks are not just the correct spacing but also the central on the base.

It can be a bit tricky to set up initially or to change, but once you have got a reference to work from it is fairly easy after that because you can take the base off and move the blocks until you can see through the holes in your reference and align it that way.

Adding punch blocks can be a bit fiddly too the first time you do it, but you just undo the thumb screw on the back and turn the block over side ways, push the lever down partially and the block pops out the front.

Ask I tend to create all my own inserts these days have the right hole punch is essential.

12 December 2017

Web Finds - 12 December 2017

So I hope you have had a good weekend.

So now it is time to enjoy a great collection of blog posts and videos from around the internet.

Meanwhile here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Planner Update : TUL, Pocket Croc, & Gillio Croco! - Mady L
  2. Filofax unboxing! - journalingmylife
  3. December Planner Set up | HOLIDAY + CHRISTMAS PLANNER 2017 - Haley Cairo
  4. Disc-bound versus ring-bound - Graham Rhind
  5. Agenda Organizadora Day Timer Soft-Flex: cómo la uso - Rode Sarmiento
  6. Franklin Covey walk through and set up December 3, 2017 - GiGi'S Planner Peace
  7. Updated Gillio Flip Through | Shiny Croco Eye Grey Medium Compagna - Planandglam_xo
  8. Vlogmas Day 3 | Planner Update and Haul | Gillio Planner - Lindsey Harbison
  9. Planner Update : TUL, Pocket Croc, & Gillio Croco! - Mady L
  10. Gillio Amica Holiday 2017 Personal Ringed Planner Setup - DoodleDeeDesigns
  11. Functional Plan with me | Monthly Spread | INKWELL PRESS PLANNER | Functional planning - Marriage & Motherhood
  12. PLANNER FLIP & CHAT: Intro + My Nov/Dec '17 Setup » Functional Planning » Artsy Alyce - Artsy Alyce
  13. Girlboss Functional Planning - Negotiating Your Commitments | Kendra Bork - Kendra Bork
  14. PLAN WITH ME | A5 / Large kikki.K Planner | December 11-17| 'Star Wars' - ms.paperlover
  15. Filofax pocket Set up - Phie Silva
  16. Christmas Planner (FRENCH) - Apex Filofax - Sprintpaper by Emmashell - Marie-Hélène Lachaud
  • For tips on how to improve your videos, please see this post.  Also this video too Webfinds 
  • Your Filofax/Organiser Videos could appear in this list, just contact philofaxy at gmail dot com to be added to our monitoring list. 
My Week Posts
  1. Plan With Me – Sweet Christmas - Sam Alderson

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