The Hole Punch Dilemma

As soon as you acquire any kind of ring binder, whether a Filofax-style organiser or a standard 2 ring A4 folder, the issue of how to punch holes in paper comes up.

With the standard 2 ring binder it’s easy – you can pick up a 2 hole punch at just about any store that stocks stationery. Even the supermarkets here sell a variety of them, including the handy flat ones that you can slip over the rings of the folder and always have on hand.

2 Hole Punches

So, I’ve been drooling over a 6-hole punch to fit my organiser. It needed to punch holes with the Filofax A5 sizing. There’s quite a few to choose from, but they all seem so expensive. Even the cheaper ones come with a hefty postage cost. There’s also the issue of quality to take into account. From reviews it seems that some are just not that flash at their job and I’m not keen on spending the money to buy one only to find it’s not as whizzbang as I expected.

Then there’s the whole deal about trying to cut down on our “stuff”, both as a means of decluttering the house and to save some dollars for a future family adventure. That got me thinking, do I really need a dedicated punch for this task? I mean really, how often do I actually punch a page to insert into my organiser? What would my cost per use work out at?

Ha ha, if you know me you’d know I have already run the figures. I punch around 5-10 pages a week, and usually all in the one sitting. If I bought the punch with the best reviews and a fairly reasonable price point that would work out at around 9 cents per hole punched. Hmmm. With those stats, I think I’m much better sticking with this little fellow and my current punching method than spending more money.

Awesome mini punchA5 Notepaper

Mark where to punch the holes

Flip the punch to make lining up easier

Punched holes

Task complete!


Washi Tape Wishes

I have completely fallen for washi tape and it’s seemingly endless number of ways to utilise it in my journaling and just daily life in general.

Etsy offers an amazing variety of washi patterns and colours to choose from. Here are a few from my current wish list:

‘Washi Tape Wants’ by sammier

Japanese Washi Tape Set…


Shades of Morocco Washi…


Old Book Washi Tape – 2…


Washi Tape Dispenser To…


Lace Washi Tape Set


Washi Tape


Pretty Japanese Washi T…


washi tapes / masking t…


Collage Japanese Maskin…


Washi Tape – Gold Stars


Japanese Washi Tape Set…


Washi Tape Set of 6 : P…


Set of 5 Washi Tapes in…


Air Mail Washi Set(3 Ro…


washi tape black and wh…


Washi Tape – 15mm – Cha…


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