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Sunday, September 28, 2014
Day Timer Desk Size Malibu Gets Franklin Covey Classic Rings (from 1" to 1.5")
Then I spied and purchased this planner from eBay -it was listed as a compact, but when I got it I realized that it was a Franklin Covey pocket sized planner with 1" rings. Franklin Covey pocket size planners use 3.5" x 6" inserts and the ring configuration is still 3 and 3, but the spacing between the two sets of rings is smaller than a compact at only 1.5" versus 2". Needless to say, I was in LOVE so I decided to make the switch into a pocket size as my wallet and pack around planner:
Needless to say switching to this size limited the amount of inserts I was able to keep and the writing space was reduced so I decided to keep this size just for the wallet/finances and up-size everything else into a Classic (similar to the European A5) as my "everything" planner. Yes, this meant two planners - however I only needed to carry the smaller (pocket) size with me daily and the larger (classic) size would only go with me when needed. I had used classic size planners for many years before downsizing into a smaller size this past January, so I still had quite a few inserts that I was able to use. However I did not have very many Classic size planners left in my collection. What I did have was a couple of zip faux leather Franklin Covey planners in Black, a couple of Red Leather Franklin Covey Classics (well used and not very pretty) and a Day-timer Malibu in Kiwi. My favorite was the Day-timer Malibu as I loved the look, the feel and the interior pocket setup - but with only 1" rings I could not make it work. I decided to go with one of my faux leather planners with 1.5" rings. I removed the zipper and added an elastic strap to hold it closed and some Dollar Tree embellishments - attempting to make it prettier.
I lasted in this planner for about 5 days before wanting something different, which led me to my Malibu.
|I had tried to use this, but the|
1" rings are just too small and
pages would not turn properly,
nor could I put all the pages I
needed into it.
Now, before I show the "how to" I want to insert the following warning/disclaimer.....
Disclaimer - this is not for the faint of heart, if you attempt to do this you have to be willing to potentially ruin not one, but two binders. You need to have the proper tools and some manual dexterity and strength to do this (along with lots of patience) as it takes anywhere from 1-2 hours from start to finish. I am not responsible for any attempts that you might make as I am not a professional and this is only my personal experience with this switch. You will be dealing with sharp metal, so glove and eye protection are recommended.
So if you are ready, here is what you need and how I did it:
What you need:
- Gloves & Eye Protection for SAFETY!
- One binder that you want to use with riveted in rings (I choose the Daytimer Malibu in Desk size).
- A Franklin Covey binder with removable rings (look for the hex head type screws and make sure to test that you can remove the rings before using). This binder will be rendered useless once you are done.
- A pair of needle nose pliers (medium size works the best).
- Heavy duty scissors.
- Seam ripper.
- Super glue (optional)
|1. Supplies - the smallest needle nose pliers ended up working the best for me.|
|2. What it looked like before I started.|
|3. Grab the rings in the middle and lift them up, bending them as shown in the picture|
(this takes a bit of strength).
|4. The rivets shown here are what you will be removing.|
|5. In order to get to the rivets, bend each end up as shown. You will need to remove both side|
pieces, the center pieces and the tab.
|7. I have one end removed and this shows the process on the other end - only one piece left to|
remove so that I can lift the rings off of the rivets.
|8. Success - the rings are lifted off of the rivets.|
|9. This is what it looks like once the rings are removed and all of the pieces you will end up with.|
|10. This is a close up of the remaining rivets. You can see that the top part of the rivet has a little "lip"|
that is folded over, this holds the casing in place. You will need to carefully pinch the top part
so that the casing can be removed.
|12. This shows the outer casing removed from the inner rivet - notice how smashed up the inner|
rivet was before I was able to remove the outer casing.
|13. This is what you end up with after the outer casings of the rivets are removed. Congratulations -|
the hard part is over! From starting until this point took me about a half hour.
|15. Once the stitching is removed it will look like this, however you still do not have access|
to the rivets as there will be a little bit of glue on the interior.
|16. To remove the glue barrier very carefully insert the non writing end of a pen or dowel pushing|
against the glue until you have broken through. Be very careful - you don't want to put a hole in
your planner at this point - you are almost done!
|18. This is what it looks like with the rivets and cardboard removed.|
|19. Yeah - your binder is now ready to accept Franklin Covey screwed in ring mechanism!|
Set this planner aside as you are finished working with it for now.
|20. Remove the rings from your Franklin Covey binder and set the rings and the screws to the side.|
|22. The piece on the left is what you will be working with - shown is the backside.|
|23. Trim up the screw strip to reduce the bulk (slight hour glass shape) - this is where I made a|
mistake with the last planner I converted - I did not trim up the strip and the edge on it is almost
like a structured binder.
|24. Once it is trimmed flip it over and it should look something like this.|
|25. Slide the strip in carefully aligning the screw parts with the holes in your binder (they will|
be a perfect fit if using a Desk Size Malibu and Classic Size Franklin Covey).
|27. Drop in your Franklin Covey rings and use your Hex Wrench (also called an Allen Wrench)|
to tighten the screws.
Congratulations - if you are doing this tutorial you are all done!
I would love to hear from you if you are planning on doing this or have already completed it!