I found a smooth grey A5 Filofax Flex going very cheap a while ago. I’ve used it a few times, just to scribble down notes, shopping list etc., but I’ve used them so long, I miss not having rings. I’d been thinking about a way of adding some but without messing up the cover, just in case it didn’t work or I didn’t like it. I’d seen a post a while ago by Robert Mayr so I decided to give it a go.
I used the rings from a cheap personal sized planner. I pulled the mechanism out of the binder, not caring that I ripped the inner cover as I was binning it anyway. The rivets were left in the mechanism. I managed to get only part of them out but I wasn’t too worried as I already had my fixing plan, well, planned 🙂
VELCRO! I remembered a post by Janet Carr a few months ago. She’d found a stash of mechanisms that were held on with velcro. I had some but it was too wide so I bought just a small length of narrow black velcro. I stuck the hook side onto the back of the ring mechanism in the gap between the rivets, and the loop side was stuck to the centre of the inside of my Flex folder.
I chose personal sized rings for 3 reasons.
- I will probably only need a few smaller removable pages taken from my personal size everyday planner. If I do want larger sheets, all I need to is use some A5 lined paper and punch corresponding personal size holes.
- A5 rings may have been too long for the Flex binder. My Holborn mechanism is just over 22cm which is the same as the Flex binder cover so they stood a good chance of sticking out of the top and bottom.
- A5 rings may also have been too bulky. The rings I’ve used are only 13mm.
- Yes, I know I said 3 reasons 😉 but I had these already so I didn’t have to spend any money on a new set.