Monday, February 25, 2013

Franklin Covey inserts in my Filofax

I know some of you wonder how the Franklin Covey inserts fit into a Filofax. I am using a Franklin Covey Simplicity Two-Page Monthly Calendar with Tabs in Compact size inside my Personal Metropol. 

A Franklin Covey (FC) Compact Page size is 4.25" x 6.75". 
A Filofax Personal Page size is 3 3/4" x 6 3/4". 

With that being said, the FC pages are wider. So, I thought to myself when ordering them, no problem, I will just trim a bit and repunch if needed. But, when I received them and put them into my Filofax, I tried to see if I could live without having to cut/ trim anything. So, here is what I've come up with. I re-arranged my Filofax so that these monthly pages would sit in the middle of my planner. So, that what I would close it, it's wouldn't get smashed by the pen loops or the strap. Keep in mind, the Metropol has two pen loops.


Here you can see how the FC pages are definitely wider.


 

I just loved this color! And no added bulk of monthly dividers because they are pre-tabbed.


Can you see how I've placed them in the middle? The pen loops are almost hugging them. When closed, the strap does not smash or bend them. 

I hope this helps some of you who are considering to purchase these refills. The paper quality I would say seems thicker than any other refill I've tried so far. 

More specifically to these FC Monthly Calender inserts, in the beginning of the month is has a Monthly Index, so you can write the date and then have more space to write information for that day. I am mainly using these inserts for my finances, writing my bills due/to be paid. 


I used to put these homemade stickers on my Weekly pages, but now that I have a different set-up, these stickers were taking up valuable writing space. 

On the back of the monthly page is a Monthly Master Task List - Personal and Business. I don't quite have a use for this, but I might eventually need to use it for something. 

Here is what they look like. 


I also decided to do a comparison in another filofax. 

 
You can see how it really sticks out in a Holborn.



It seems more tolerable in the Metropol. 
Here is a view without the pens in the way.


I hope this helps for those of you who want to try these inserts.

Good luck!

5 comments:

  1. I've been an FC user for many years prior to switching to Filofax early last year. I must admit, I do miss their paper quality. The Simplicity line were the only inserts I liked because they seemed the only ones that were plain enough to make then my own. The other inserts were too decorated with quotes and pictures and all that other extra stuff. I wish FC made plain black and white inserts like Filofax (they have a green and white one which I think is kind of ugly). These tabs match perfectly color wise in the Lavendar Metropol.

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  2. It would be a lot simpler if Franklin Covey just made better binders. I've used Franklin Covey for 20 years and never loved the binders. I really wish the Franklin Covey stuff would fit in the Filofax binders. That would be perfect!

    I don't really like the Simplicity inserts. They're a little too busy for me. I've gone with the original green and white for a lot of years. I write EVERYWHERE and don't want designs in the way.

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  3. I feel the dilemma here too...have used FC for 20 years. Switched to Filofax last year. Don't regret it but do miss the FC DO2P inserts. I'm trying to work with the Filofax WO2P and its going ok. Also considered getting the Filofax DO2P but not crazy about the layout. I did try the Day Runner DO2P which are the exact same layout as the FC but slimmer pages, same size as the Filofax personal. However, I didn't care for the paper quality or the 'card stock' feel of the Monthly inserts. Sometimes I feel like I'm going in circles. LOL I'm not crazy about many of the FC 'styles'...I also find them too busy. I usually stick with Monticello or the Original. I just am not crazy about the color of the original. Would be great if they changed that hospital green color on it. :) Its a catch 22. For me, cutting the FC inserts to fit the Filofax is not an option. Even with a paper cutter, if they weren't perfectly aligned it would drive me crazy. Plus making them slimmer kind of defeats the purpose of the FC compact pages which are wider and provide more writing real estate. (Of course, some of them do have 'borders' that seem to be a waste of space anyway). Can anyone count how many times I've contradicted myself? Hahaha

    Anyway, thanks for this helpful post...good to see how FC inserts fit in different Filofaxes. There's a video out there (can't remember who made it) on You Tube showing the FC inserts in a Malden. That looked like a good fit as well.

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  4. Thank you for this post! I've been looking for posts which talk about putting a DR or a FC into a FF planner. I'm having issues with the Monday start in the calendar. Some people are fine with it but I've tried making adjustments (I love the Moleskine but had to ditch it just for that reason). I'm considering using DR or FC in my Domino. I look forward to reading more of your blog!

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  5. Did you end up needing to re punch the holes? Or do the FC compact and FF personal have the same ring measurements ?

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