The Filofax Flex now comes in leather as well as a synthetic material. I reviewed the leather one I bought earlier this year. I quite like using it, but as always I'm never comfortable with bound notebooks, I still prefer loose leaf pages... yes I'm a bit funny like that!
We have featured two people that have put ring mechanisms in to their Filofax Flex organisers. Tim managed to put in some 13mm rings from another organiser in to an A5 Filofax Flex. It was a two part guest post, which you will find here part 1 and part 2. More recently Holly showed us how she had put in a two ring mechanism in to a flex to create her own organiser.
Well my solution doesn't use rings!! shocked and stunned... So going back a couple of weeks. My dear wife Alison has recently produced a small book of articles that she has written for a local English magazine here in France about her novel writing and publishing. The booklet is about 60 pages of A5 or 30 A5 pages. Initially we booklet printed it on A4, but it became apparent that it was too thick to put a cover on and it did not look like a professionally produced book. So we put our heads together and came up with an alliterative solution.
We were both familiar with comb binders, but we didn't have a comb binding machine. I was surprised when I saw them for sale in our local supermarket at a reasonable price with all the other 'Back to School' stationery. So we bought one and whilst Alison was printing out the pages on some of my A5 paper, I sat their punching and binding the pages.
If you have never used a comb binder before, they are fairly easy to use. You just put in the sheets of paper and pull the handle and it punches a row of rectangular slotted holes along the edge of the paper. You then put the plastic comb on to the pegs and turn another lever and this opens up the comb and you drop the pages on to the comb, turn the lever back again and the binding closes and you have a neatly bound book.
But one advantage of this system is that you can put the bound book back on to the machine, open the comb binding, slip off one or two pages to update them or replace them and close it back up again. So it is very similar to a ring binder in that sense... except you do need the machine to easily do that of course.
You can get comb-bindings in a variety of sizes from about 5mm diameter up to over 25mm diameter, and in a variety of colours too. You can buy them in boxes of 10 or 20 or just individually.
When I was sat there binding these books as usual got me thinking.... what if you made a planner with this sort of binding... ah ha... and used a Filofax Flex to contain the finished bound books. They would be fairly flexible, the plastic combs are reusable over quite a long time, so quite cheap to use. With the Flex of course you could carry two or three such books, may be a planner and another for notes and/or addresses even.
A5 size of course is common to all the inserts we have in our Diary Inserts page already. So I printed one off to show you how it might work. I added a rear cover which is heavy paper (about 120 gsm) and the front could be the same or even clear OHP film punched.
I had a spare copy of a diary insert to hand so I thought I would try it out.
Now I realise that the expense of the comb binding machine might be a bit much, but you might be able to find an office services company around you that has one and will put your booklets together for you, or you might have access to one at work (like I did a few years ago!)