I have been having a dilemma with my Filofax Flex.
I just couldn’t get used to the bound notebook. It was driving me crazy. I missed the rings. I missed being able to switch things up, flip back and forth between tabs easily… I missed tabs period. I tried adding tabs, but I knew that eventually I’d run out of pages in that section. I mean, how do you really know how many pages a section will need?
So I tweaked the Flex as far as it would go. First, I hacked apart my old A5 Sketch. (It was terrifying… Almost sacrilege.) but, I needed to be able to use my Flex. With the binder mechanism from the Sketch, I created a ring binder insert, by attaching it to a piece of cardboard.
Quite lovely actually. I prettied it up using some girly duck tape.
The down side to this is that the rings are always out and visible.
So, after major head aches, I switched back to the ring insert, and struggled with it. If you think the A5 is cumbersome, and lacks in portability, imagine trying to lug around something with protruding rings, and no snap closure. Or a closure of any, kind for that matter.
So, it’s ended up that the Flex stays home. Which depresses me. My Filofax is an extension of me. It is my journal, a scrapbook, recipe book, grocery list, wallet, agenda book, and so on. It is my brain on paper. Which is nice, because my brain is often too much to handle. With so many random thoughts, flying around in my head, it’s a nice break to put them somewhere else.
After talking with the Hubby… I confessed the Flex was driving me nuts. He was very understanding. In fact, he encouraged me to work on my wish list.
For now, I have escaped into my personal metropol. And surprisingly, it has been a rather smooth transition. I still miss the space in the A5… But this way, I can carry my brain around with me. I do hate leaving it at home. Hehe.
As a side note, the flex is still a good notebook holder. It will be wonderful for the novel I’m writing.
Anyway, all that is for other posts.
I really only wanted to give hope to the other frustrated flex users out there.
And to offer some advice that all of this has taught me. If it is giving you a headache, it probably isn’t worth it. If you have to force it, it probably won’t fit.