[I promised pictures and here they are.]
I bought some top-opening envelopes for the pocket filofax but they weren't quite right (especially as they needed re-punching to let them move on the rings!) and so I have done two hacks: one using the packaging the envelopes came in and the other using cheap zip-lock bags.
First up: cheap hack to have a very thin ‘envelope’ to reinstate guinea fowl card and picture of me and DH. This was made from the packaging that the top-opening envelope came in, with the top (where the sticky fold-over flap is) sliced off and holes punched in it. This packaging went through the rapesco hole punch without assistance!
|I love the guinea fowl - I'm so pleased to have them back in the filofax!|
Next: zip-lock bags. This is a picture to show how the ones I bought (125mm x 90mm) have the zip-lock bit sticking out beyond the dividers. I like this because it means the rest of the pages and dividers in my filofax aren’t sticking up because of the zip-lock bag.
The zip-lock bags do not go through the hole punch without assistance!!
I needed to put a slip of paper inside the bag and to wrap the area to be punched in another bit of paper. I wrecked a bag finding this out! But since they worked out at 40p each, I don’t really mind.
|The zip-lock bit sits outside the area of the pages and dividers and so everything still lies flat|
What have I used the zip-lock bags for? Well, I have vouchers in one and paper money in the other.
|Vouchers in zip-lock to left; stamps in top-opening to right|
|Money in another zip-lock|
I find the top-opening envelopes from Filofax a little difficult to get into quickly and in the queue in a shop was getting flustered trying to access the vouchers easily so I have put them in the zip-lock bag instead. I find the pocket behind the card-slots equally difficult to access quickly so I have paper money in the other zip-lock. I still use a top-opening envelope for stamps (I’m never in a rush to get them) and my training schedule for my half-marathon is now tucked behind the card-slots (I don’t need to access it in a hurry, but sometimes I do need to check what hellish item is on the day’s schedule!)
Does anyone else use any hacks like these?
[p.s. - don't forget to vote on which card to use for new dividers... see the post here for details]