I recently bought an A5 leather Filofax Flex in the gorgeous, blackcurrant lizard print. I loved all the pockets and the slim size but it just wasn't being used to its full potential. Then I saw the recent Philofaxy post by Steve and the posts by Tim and Holly and thought 'Aha! That's what it needs! Rings!!' Of course!
I toyed with the idea of attaching some rings to a Flex pen loop or something similar so that I didn't have to cut into my lovely Flex but then I decided to be brave and go for it! I found some 16mm personal sized rings on eBay. I think A5 rings would have been a bit too long and the ends would stick out. The 16mm rings fit very snugly within the binder and keep it looking nice and slim. The only problem with using personal sized rings for A5 paper is the metal tabs squash the edges of the paper slightly but it's fairly minor so I'm not planning on changing them...................................yet!
So here's how I did it! The rings came like this (see photo), with a plastic back strip.
The Flex cover has an inner and outer layer so I decided to slip the plastic strip in between the layers so that the fixings wouldn't show on the outside of the Flex. I measured up to make sure I got the rings dead centre (I didn't - they were slightly out!) then drew dots where the two fixing screws had to go.
Now for the scary bit! I took a deep breath and then made a horizontal cut about 1.5cm below where the top screw was to go and just big enough to slide the plastic strip in. I used a craft knife and was VERY careful not to go through both layers. I then used washi tape to attach the screw fixings to the strip so I could then slide it in without losing them! I slid the strip in and positioned it so that the bottom fixing was in line with the marking for the hole and, using the craft knife created a hole just big enough to push the fixing up through it. I did the same with the top one then covered up the cut I'd made with a small piece of tape. Then it was just a matter of screwing the rings onto the fixings.
I'm really chuffed with the end result and my new 'Filoflex' is getting much more use! I chopped up the Flex notebook and have punched and used the pages. I also used the front and back covers as flyleafs/page lifters with the addition of some washi tape to jazz them up a bit. Big thanks to Tim, Holly and Steve for your inspiration!!
The same 16mm A5 rings are also available on Amazon UK