Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Free London Underground Map for your Filofax

I know you can buy these maps ready-made for your Filofax, but:
  1. The map actually changes fairly often, with stations closing and reopening; staying current would cost a fortune; and
  2. London Underground hand out lovely ones for free at every station. 
Here is one of the free ones I picked up today:


It's smaller than Filofax Personal paper and it folds out beautifully:


You don't want to punch holes in that. And if you did, it wouldn't open properly. You could put it in a pocket or clear envelope, I suppose, but here's a better idea: recycle some packaging. Here is something I bought that's sealed in unnecessary plastic:


The back of the package is a little flat sheet of transparent, firm plastic. Using a craft knife, I liberated it, trimmed it and punched it so as to end up with a sort of shorter 'today' marker:


Then, it's just a matter of using glue to attach the map. I used a clear-drying glue so you can even see the content where the join is:

 
Here it is, stowed away in my Filo:


And here it is, unfurled and in action:


This trick is fantastic for all sorts of little maps and booklets that fold out. What other ones can you think of?


9 comments:

LJ said...

Oh my word, you are just too clever!!! I can never think of good ideas like that. I will shortly be off to see what plastic packaging I can salvage, and will be paying lots of attention on Christmas day to see if there are any pieces of a size I could use in my Filos... :o)

Lostwithoutyou said...

What a great idea, one that I will be stealing! Thank you :)

Ray Blake said...

Thanks, both. And don't think of it as stealing. I put this stuff up because I think people might like to know about it and do it for themsleves. Filofax people are great at sharing cool ideas and I'm glad to be part of that.

SNARLing: said...

wow. you have some great ideas. FOLLOW

lifeconsidered said...

This is absolutely ingenious! And i love that you've recycled some of that 'unnecessary plastic' that cluttering up our universe.

Sweetspot said...

Excellent idea! I call it an "a-ha" moment!

Dollface said...

i have one floating in the front flap of my pocket amazona.. i had to trim the very top and very bottom (but frankly- who'd be seen in zone 4 anyway?) but i don't have a whole punch so it's just going to stay floating for the time being!


unless santa got my letter..

Imy said...

YOU GENUIS!!!! THANK YOU!!!! :-D

I am going to pick on up on Sunday, but i will just use a today ruler as i seem to have hundreds lying around (maybe not hundreds) but THANK YOU :-D x

icclewu said...

That really is a genius idea!!!! I may use that for sticking family trinkets in that I don't really want to hole punch. Thank you!!!! Xx
:)

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