Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Filofax Flex Conversion

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Since getting my Midori Traveler's Notebook, I have obsessed a little on making another.  I had a go at making a fake leather one, and though it turned out okay, I was not that happy with it.  Yesterday I went on a hunt....covering 4 towns looking for some leather....I couldn't get it anywhere, but what I did get was a Black A5 Flex by Filofax. TKMaxx are selling these at a ridiculous low price of £7.99.  I already own a Magenta one, but I paid £27 for this one last year and I wasn't prepared to "alter" it. lol
So here is what I did.  I punched 3 holes in the top and bottom and threaded some elastic through the holes, like I did on my fake Traveler's notebook.

Again I added some little beads for decoration purposes.

Next I added some notebooks, a Rhodia  and a Julia Rothman (I bought from John Lewis)

Then I slipped the grey notebook, that came with the flex, into the back cover to add some stability.

The notebooks just slot behind the elastic.

This is how it looks closed.

I needed something to keep this altogether and after seeing a Papelote pen holder, I thought I would have a go at making one of these too......well after all, this is a DIY project!  I only had black elastic to work with, so I used a contrasting colour cotton.  This was roughly done, but I guess with a bit more time and patience I could make a nicer looking one.

With some pens added....I love these Frixion pens but decided against using them for Journaling, after all, I would hate all my entries to disappear if I placed the journal near a heat source!

I'm pretty pleased with my Flex makeover, now I have 3 Notebook/Journals in one place!


  1. Beautiful! And I love the fancy notebook! So cute

  2. what an awesome idea!! I love it - thanks for sharing! :)

  3. That's actually much better than the Flex concept. I could never get with the backwards-opening notebook.

  4. Great idea although i'll not be altering my leather one :-)

  5. That's such a cool DIY project.

  6. That's a great conversion! For those interested in this sort of thing, here's the conversion I made (11th July on Philofaxy)

    I've since puchased an A5 tan leather Flex and converted/ moved the ring mech into that.

    I personally don't have a problem with a notebook on the left side (Ray's point above). As a left-hander I prefer it there!

  7. Neat! I would love to copy this, been curious about the Midori.

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