Paper weight

I saw some very nice weave paper with 28 wt. Is this too heavy for a classic planner size?

Also are all 7 hole sizes the same. I have a day-timer planner cover with 7 holes. Will any 7 hole cutter work? does anyone know how good the Day-Timer 7-hole punch is?


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Paper Weight

I have searched for the ideal paper to use as inserts for my planner to no avail, any suggestions for the ideal weight that you find the best would be apprecaited. I can only buy in GMS and i'm not sure hot to convert to lbs. Any suggestions/ideas would be greatly appreciated.


Paper weight and hole punches

I'm pretty sure this is in the Handbook, Beginner's Guide, or the FAQs, but I'm in too much of a rush to look for it. ;-)

20 lb weight is "standard", but I personally find that 24 lb bright white (92 brightness) looks and feels much better in the planner. However, remember that the greater the paper weight, the greater the increase in your planner's weight. I suspect that the 28 lb will look and feel nice, but I wouldn't want my planner completely stuffed with it, as it's generally a couple hundred pages thick.

I'm pretty sure all seven-hole "Classic" punches are the same (I say this to differentiate the 5.5x8.5 size from letter size pages with seven holes). For example, I find that my Franklin Covey 7-hole punch lines up exactly with the Day Runner forms I had kicking around. And the Day Runner forms say they fit FC and Day-Timer planners. Ergo....

Regarding metric paper weights, I note that my 24 lb paper package says "90 g/m2". (The paper, BTW, is letter size Georgia Pacific and seems to have the product code 214305. I'm quite happy with it.)

Hope this helps!

all my best,

20 vs. 24

24 weight paper is far better for use with fountain pens that flow even halfway freely. I won't use less than 24-lb paper in making handbound books now, that is, if they're destined to be written in. Nothing is more frustrating (well, I can think of a few other things, but they don't belong in this context...) than writing a nice page and turning it and seeing the reverse rendered unusable by bleed-through--and sometimes the page after it, even.

Even some ballpoints and gel writers (my newest love) will bleed through. But they're not likely to mess up 24-lb (or heavier) paper.

So I vote for 24-lb.

Paper Alchemy...

After reading Suzanne post I decided a little kitchen sink science is in order. Please note all weights are approximate.

200 sheets of A5 bond:

@ 20lb (80 gsm) weighs 2lb (1 Kg)

@ 24lb (90 gsm) weighs 2.5lb (1.125 Kg)

@ 28lb (100 gsm) weighs 2.8lb (1.250 Kg)

@ 32lb (110 gsm) weighs 2.12lb (1.375 Kg)

As we can see 28lb (100 gsm) is significantly heavier than 20lb (80 gsm) and the 32lb (110 gsm) 'rag'used for correspondence may cause a hernia just by looking at it. However as Doug and Jon both point out 24lb (90 gsm) provides a good compromise between weight and quaility.

Hope this helps :)