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!


Blog Post Ideas – Printable Sheet

Just a slightly formalised list for keeping track of my blog post ideas.

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It has a space for the idea, and then three check boxes for marking when the post has been written, when images have been organised and when it’s finally uploaded / posted.

At the top are five prompts that I find can help with generating new ideas.

Download Blog Post Ideas sheet, PDF A5

The PDF contains four pages in A5 size and are meant to be printed back to back (there’s a margin allowance for punching or binding). The first set of two pages are a back to back set with the prompts at the top of the first page. The second set of pages are a back to back set without the prompts.

Ideas Capture Printable Organiser Page

My planner was starting to look like a disorganised mess of post-it notes, slips of paper and messy note pages. Each one contained a snippet of information I wanted to recall later – an idea, a quote I liked, random subject matter to Google, phone numbers, a website to visit …

In an effort to try and corral everything in a more organised manner I came up with these Idea Capture pages. They’re only really simple, 8 blank boxes on each page, but sometimes it’s the simple stuff that works best 🙂


Download Paperbased Idea Capture, PDF, A5 size

The document has two pages with the margin on alternate edges so that they can be printed back to back and allow room for hole-punching or binding.