Travel Flex Binder

Mel's Travel Flex (2)

Mel's Travel Flex (1)

The pink pencil case was made for Mel, but the while flex is mine. Her’s was blue.

I forgot to take a picture of it.

When a friend of mine was going to Greece for work, she told me she needed a notebook to take with her. Preferably something compact.

Since I’m a huge fan of the mini flex binders, I suggested one of those. Unfortunately, the mini flex wasn’t compact enough. I had recently scored a clearance deal on the regular size flex binders because the covers had been damaged.

The most damaged one became my guinea pig. I punched a few pages from one of those refrigerator notepads and used that paper as my template.

Using my paper cutter, I trimmed the plastic covers down and used my All-Purpose shears to cut through the ring mechanism. Once all the cutting was done, I punched more paper to fill it up.

I sent Mel some pictures, and asked her was color she wanted. She wasn’t getting my prototype white one!

I made her a blue one and she also asked me to find a pencil case to fit on the rings. A two-ring case didn’t exist. So I found a cheap one that I could put those metal rings into and make it into a ringed case.

Here’s what she had to say about using it:

It came in handy while traveling for work, and making notes about various tourist attractions and hotels that were available.

The pencil case not only held her pens and sticky notes, but she was able to put all the business cards she received in there so she wouldn’t lose them.

One issue she had, and Mel emphasized that it wasn’t anything I did, was the sticky notes she brought were almost too big for the pencil case. She said she should have checked that before the trip.

I (Cori) will be travelling in the fall and plan on taking a mini flex with me for notetaking and general writing.

© Cori Large March 17, 2016

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26 Responses to Travel Flex Binder

  1. Quills says:

    do they make the flex binder smaller now? like more narrow. I have a love hate relationship with the flex binder

    • caendicott says:

      Other than the standard flex binder size, there is the Mead OrganizHer Shopping Companion, which I have many posts about. This one I cut down myself.

  2. Dana says:

    This is great. I can’t stand having a large bag when I travel but I still need some way to carry all of the written communication necessities.

    Will you be doing a tutorial on this idea? It would be great for people making things for nonprofits who help kids needing school supplies. I would link to it during my Create To Donate campaign launching in September.

    • caendicott says:

      There’s not much to it to be honest. There are smaller ones, called the Mead OrganizHer Shopping Companions, which can be found on the Mead website and Amazon. I hesitate to endorse making these smaller ones because you’ll be spending $8-15 on the other sizes just to cut them down. I don’t think that’s worth the money.

  3. candy says:

    What a wonderful repurpose DIY project. If something doesn’t fit or work for you make it work.

  4. What a great idea! I love anything compact I can make lists and notes in. This would be perfect.

    • caendicott says:

      Cheapest ways of getting this: look for a regular size flex binder on clearance and cut it down or by the Mead OrganizHer Shopping Companion off Amazon and cut it down.

  5. What a fun way to fit a product to what you need!

  6. Elisabeth Wallace - The Abstract Life says:

    This brings me back to getting “back to school” supplies or DIYing my own book covers or pencils cases. 😀

  7. sarah kohl says:

    This is very cute thanks for sharing!

  8. I like the idea of the flex but I’m not a huge fan of the way it looks. :/

  9. Valerie says:

    I have never heard of a travel binder. What a great idea. I’m guessing you keep all of your tickets and maps and things in it?

    • caendicott says:

      Actually it was made for a friend who needed a way to take notes while on work trips, and she didn’t want a notebook that would go half-used at the end of the trip. You could certainly put tickets in the zipper pouch though.

  10. Sophia says:

    This is good for school or the office or something like that.

  11. Emily says:

    I just moved into a new office at work and I need new organizational things!! Will be pursuing your blog for ideas 🙂

  12. Amber Starr says:

    Look at you being all resourceful and DIY-ing! Great idea!

  13. Super cute! This reminds me of something I had in high school 🙂

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