oops, I did something where some people will say "how dare you" and others might say "how couragous to do".
Well, I deringed and dezippered my Filofax Malden Personal size!
Why did I do that?
and now you might ask, why did you do that? Such a lovely cover from Filofax?
Well, long story in short:
I ordered two Filofax Malden in blue in A5 and Personal size. Both arrived damaged.
The A5 with really hard glue on the button and the strap, removing the glue would mean to scratch the button a lot, which does not look very nice in the end.
The glue on the snap closure might be removed but I`m afraid to damage the leather.
And the Personal size arrived with rings which were attached askew.
The rings were attached slightly off the middle, either the cover did not align anymore or the paper sheets would hang at an odd angle. In addition the top ring was crooked as well, every sheet would snag at that ring while turning.
I contacted Filofax and showed them pictures of both covers, and I was very surprised but they have sent out two new covers. This is very generous of them! In addition I`m allowed to keep the two old covers, I do not have to send them back.
And now I have altogether 4 covers!
I`m not quite sure yet what to do with the A5.
The old Personal one is not really usable with the rings, I thought of selling the cover but I`m not sure if somebody else would really have fun with it.
And then I remembered from a Stalogy group on Facebook that they have deringed a Malden cover to use it with their B6 Stalogy notebook. And I have a B6 Muji as my task planner ...
I was really sitting in front of my Malden and thought, how would you do something like that?
But, Youtube gave me the right answer!
I have found a video on Youtube where everything was explained step by step:
here is the link: How I De-Ringed My Filofax Malden - YouTube
this is the best video I found about this, she explained it very well and showed how she did it.
And a small video shows the best how to do something like this. My words cannot describe it as good as such a video.
All you really need is a drill+larger size drill bit, a carpet cutter, something sturdy+long and a bit of glue.
Just use the drill at a slow speed and be careful to not get any metal splinters between table and cover, otherwise you might get the cover scratched.
And, easy peasy, it took me about 15min and all was done, rings removed 😊
oh boy, was I happy about that!
I had to cut a little bit of the back page of my Muji planner (just about 1mm of top and bottom of the back page) to fit it into the Malden back pocket.
And now I have a very lovely blue leather cover for my Muji B6 planner 😊
And here comes the second step: dezippering my Malden
but, while using it, I realized that the zipper of the left side will probably scratch up my Muji planner from the outside. Or, if you put both sides of the planner into the pockets, there will always be a bump which does not give you a flat surface to write on.
And, I know from other covers over time, that I will never use such a zipper compartment for anything. I rarely put anything in any pockets anyway as I like to have a slim profile of my cover.
I looked at the zipper and thought: "what do I have to do to remove you?"
And here comes the next Youtube video: REMOVING ZIPPER FROM POCKET OCHRE MALDEN & PERSONAL STONE MALDEN - YouTube
Again such a perfect description on how to do that and it really worked out!
Just use a very sharp slim scissor, be careful that you do not cut too deep to not damage the fabric and then it`s very easy.
I really have to say a big THANK YOU to these two Youtubers, the perfect videos for these two tasks!
And here we are, a deringed and dezippered Filofax Malden Personal Size:
and as a final step, I have removed the pen loop as well 😉 (really fast operation with the carpet cutter). I`m never using any pen loop anyway, and now there is no bump on the right side either!
I`m so glad that I did all the adjustments. I mean, it is a brand new planner and just because the rings were not ok I loathed to throw it away. And why not make adjustments to something so that you can use it in the end?
And what a perfect match for my Muji planner which is perfect right now for my tasks.
Here you can find a description on how I use the Muji.
What do you think, would you do something like this as well?
Thank you to all, stay healthy and (planner) peace to everyone!