Hacking a Franklin Covey Compact zipper binder and circa...?

Will this work? I want to go Levenger circa just to see about it. However, the Lenvenger zip covers do not have enough pockets. Ygor has shown us how to remove the rings and use the binder. I have done that with another notebook. If I compleley DIY this project all I will need from Levenger are the rings and the puncher. There is nothing to stop me from making it Compact size 4.25 x 6.75, right? I just need a piece of cardboard or something to shove the newly created planner into one of the pockets, right? If any of you have tried this and can pass on helpful hints, I would appreciate it. I have listened to you guys talk about the "wonders of circa" so long, that I just have to try it! If I am successful, I will post a picture. Thanks.

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Do you have a binder cover ?

If not, I can help
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Thanks Ygor...

Yes, I have lots of binder covers, but, don't we all? :)

OK, but do you have one that...

...has the rings on a plastic card that slides into a pocket on the rear cover ? I have a few of those. In both Classic and Compact size. A no-brainer to Circa-fy
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

You don't need platic cards

...though that makes it easier. Even if the rings are bound to the spine of the binder cover, they can be removed -- permanently -- with a pair of pliers. Seeing this post reminded me that I still have a "Pocket" size planner cover in my drawer. Using just the screwdriver blade on my pocketknife, I was able to remove the cover that holds the rings in place, then ease up the mechanism and unbend the tabs that held the whole thing down. The only down sides are that I still have four small metal tabs sticking up from the inner spine of the cover, and the two holes cut in the leather that allow these rings to pop through. I should be able to remove the tabs, and then just cover the holes with something -- black fabric tape, perhaps?

I see planner covers galore at my local thrift shop, and having done this conversion, I'm very tempted to snatch up a couple and make a larger size. Pocket is good for smurfed 4x6 index cards, so that's what I did.

Wow, gives a....

whole new meaning to "recycle" doesn't it. The one thing about Ygor suggestion is that if the circa doesn't work out, then you can always go back to rings.

May not need pliers

Most of the FC binders I have seen attach the binder rings with Allen bolts.
Look at the fastener. Does it have a six-sided hole ?
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Mine didn't...

...hence the pry-and-bend. This was an inexpensive binder, but it is leather, and has many years left in it. More, now that those infernal rings are gone.

silly question

This may be a silly question but have you considered using the circa paper with the FC binder.
Do any of the hole match?

Circa Paper Has No Holes

It has "smurfs"
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

creative smurfs

But can't you push some of the smurfs onto the large metal rings in the binder so they act like half-holes?

SMURFS

It doesn't work, I tried. either the ring is too big (3 ring binders) or too small (FC monarch size). Either way the rings don't line up nor does the paper stay where it is supposed to.

Smurfs?

Any idea where this name came from?

origins

I had a hand in it lol... LINKAGE

my blog

flashbacks!

Talk about flashbacks. That's the article that started my Circa addiction. Yes, addiction. I have a hole punch and paper cutter so I can make my own planner pages. I also found material that isn't quite as nice as Levenger's translucent covers but is much cheaper.

Let's see - I have 4 letter size notebooks and 9 "Classic" size as well as a couple little odds & ends notebooks that are index card, 4x6 index card or business card size.

My guess is I am about $200 - $300 poorer because of Levenger and Rollabind and I am totally happy about it.

Buyer beware ;-)

-Kenny

Ditto that!

That was the article that showed me the potential of the system. Now I'm hooked, and I use the rings for many things. Our church musicians now have their song books in smurf format, as I can add and remove songs on the fly. Since we don't have many songs, it works a treat! But I do notebooks, reading books in which I want to take notes (etexts printed), and I forget what--oh, monthly wall calendar, too. My rings are everywhere, and now I even have punched smurf-shrooms on the floor of my car. ;-) And that article started it all. ;-) And I've rambled. I'll shut up now...

-Jon