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I Transformed My Filofax Into A Traveler's Journal With Pictures

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#1 MissSuzy31


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Posted 26 March 2015 - 18:07

I am a former Filofax user and learned about the Midori / traveler's journals recently. I wanted to find a way to make use of my Filofax so I transformed my personal size filofax into a traveler's journal by removing the rings / metal spine with a hacksaw. For illustration purposes, I found the green binder picture online, (it's not mine) and I bent the metal spine up like the picture shows, but not quite as far. I bent it up just enough to get a hacksaw blade between the leather and the rivets and I literally sawed through the rivets on the inside of the book. After removing the rings and metal spine, I used a leather hole punch to make 3 holes to each the top and bottom of the leather spine, giving me 4 elastic strands inside. It holds inserts I modified from May Designs and these inserts measure 7.25 x 5 inches. I used a rotary cutter to trim from the bottom and top of the notebooks, then reinforced the stitching of the books so they wouldn't come unsewn. I angled the corners of the notebooks to fit inside the curved corners of the Filofax. I am really happy with it and am loving that I can still use the Filofax to satisfy my TJ obsession! Thanks for looking!


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#2 Cushy Butterfield

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 19:23

Excellent! I have a couple of old Filofax and often wished I could do something with them. Not sure I'm safe with a hacksaw though...


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Posted 08 July 2015 - 20:43

Wow, that's some dedication! I was trying to figure out how to remove the ring binder from my Mead planner so I could do the same, but gave up the idea. Now that I know it just takes a saw and some muscle...  B)

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