Wrestling with my filofax

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.


When this didn’t suit me, I took it a step further. I chopped into my Flex, and slipped the mechanism into it. Unfortunately the ring size just isn’t compatible. Perhaps with a slim binder….

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. 🙂


3 thoughts on “Wrestling with my filofax

  1. Great post and I love the expression -“brain on paper” that sums it up really doesn’t it. Shame I took two blog posts to create what you said in 3 words! lol. The advice, for what it is worth is if we can spend whatever hours, minutes it takes to get our filo’s right, it means that ultimately we have saved time, we will be more productive overall. New follower!

  2. Flex CAN work with rings, but they have to be small! See my post on Philofaxy 11th July last year for my solution. I’ve now moved my ring mechanism into a leather tan Flex and it works brilliantly! Good luck with your wrestling!

    • Thank you. And yes, that’s actually where I got my idea. Unfortunately all I had access to was the larger. Soon I’ll be getting the small, probably compact… I just don’t know if that size will work for how much I use in my planner. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

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