Planner Lust …

Filofax Domino Personal Electric Blue - Logo On BackAh, I’m really starting to rue the day I first took a peek at what kinds of A5 Filofax binders were available. I love my Inner-B planer to bits, the diary page layout is absolutely perfect, but just imagining it between the covers of a gorgeous leather binder is driving me to distraction.

Those babies are expensive though – even a secondhand one will set you back quite a few dollars. The odds of finding a great style and colour on sale also seem to be quite slim. I’ve started saving and made a pledge (and got Hubby on board with it too) that if I can complete 10 units of my study course I can investigate purchasing one.

In the meantime, I picked up this cute little Filofax Domino Personal for a couple of dollars the other day and plan on using it as a notebook. I have a lot of note pages from an old Personal size planner that are in need of a home, so this works perfectly.¬†Would love to switch to it as my planner, but after enjoying the wide open spaces of A5 (plus the brilliant layout of my Inner-B Mum Organiser and the absolute ease of adding custom pages) I don’t think I could go back to Personal size.

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!