Sorry CIA, not the brainiac kind. I can be creative, but computer hacking is a whole other level that´s just not for me.
The hack I´m refering to is in China (no, not the country, silly!). For those who don´t remeber, China is my very first faux filofax. She´s Chinese, therefore the name (see, told you I was creative! - not!).
But, for the most part, i´ts fun having to be Inspector Gadget.
I know I´m always on a rant about things here in Brazil, but believe me, there´s a reason. EVERYTHING IS SO HARD TO FIND!!!! The things I used today for my remodeling have been out of stock for at least 3 months.
How do I know? I´ve been going to the same paper store EVERY WEEK for the last 3 MONTHS asking for them....that´s how.
Anyway, let´s get back to the subject. Today´s post is going to be a sort of tutorial for anyone who would like to adapt materials in the same way I have.
I´m no expert, I just got lucky on a first try, and decided to share my lucky hunches with other needing souls. Because from what I´ve heard, I don´t think I´m the only one that´s not in the US or UK that has a hard time finding things.
Ok, so here we go. Today I made 4 things, and I´m about to tell you how, so listen up! Or read till the end :)
- to do / to buy list
- pouch for pens
- flags that fit neat and tidely into China´s credit card holder
WHAT I USED:
- razor blade
- double sided tape
- post it notes
- hole puncher
1. TO DO / TO BUY LIST
Any post its you can find - in my case I used one from Postit that has checkboxes
STEP BY STEP
Because of the size of this particular note pad, I decided to cut it in half. That way I´d have something that would fit into my agenda, and I´d have twice as many ;)
My note pad, as I said, is from Post It. Homeline, I think. It was R$33,90 at a local paper store.
You know the steps: I measure and used a ruler and a razor for a straight cut.
Next, I punched some holes in.
Originally, I only punched holes in the superior part, but they were wobly when I inserted them, so I used to the 2nd and 3rd hole from the top part and the 1st hole from the inferior rings.
That makes it stable and it even looks nicer, ´cause it´s placed in the middle.
Now I needed a place to put the other half that had a sticky part.
2. POUCH FOR PENS
Pvc baggie, small or medium size, I guess. Depends on whether you have a personal size or an A5.
STEP BY STEP
Measure the pouch against your pages.
Mine would be too big, so instead of just punching in the holes, I had to get a little creative.
My pouch would be about 1cm too big for the binder. I decided to cut it, which meant it would have open ends.
Couldn´t have that, so after cutting off 1cm (horizontally measured), I decided I could sew it.
Got my needle, my grey line and my ruler. I tried to mark 0,5cm marks with a pen, but it kept washing off so I did it with liquid paper.
After having sewn, punch the 6 holes to heaven! :)
I used those lines to give me my itinerary when sewing. I´m awfull at it, so I need guidance. This was the result:
Transparent tabs in letter size (what I used), or a transparency sheet
STEP BY STEP
Same step by step for the transparency sheet or the dividers (which I used).
Take a personal sized page with holes punched and trace the format on the sheet. Leave a little bit of a margin so that it´s lightly bigger.
Next step is to put your post its on your dashboard.
To keep them nice and tight, I used a well known hack: double sided tape! :)
I put those post its I showed earlier, but this time used the sticky side, plus two small ones, just for a punch of color.
4. FLAGS THAT FIT
Flags by YES
STEP BY STEP
Just trim of the sides a bit and they should go right in!
This is what it looks like now, with everything together:
HOPE YOU ENJOY!!!!