"Cheaper" High Quality Paper

So I love my Circa, but can't justify the expensive paper. What cheaper options do you guys use for high quality writing paper?

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Staples 28 or 32 lb. paper

...watch for it to be on sale and stock up like crazy! Even if you de-circify as several are starting to do (yes, some are actually starting to question Circa as the supreme answer to all things paper), beautiful paper is ALWAYS useful. I paid under $3 per ream last time I hit one of their sales.

You might also try Walmart/Target/K-Mart. I've occasionally seen heavier weight papers at one or the other of them.

As people have mentioned on other threads, you can have them cut the ream down for you if you prefer to print on sheets the size you use rather than print then cut.

Office supply store

Hi.

Get 28 or 32 lb paper from the office supply store in reams and punch it yourself. That's what I do. I like my own grid better than any of the patterns Levenger pre-prints anyway.

:)

shris

Agree !!

I have found little difference between the 28# and the 32# as far as how well the pages stay on the discs, but either are much better that the standard schlock 20# paper.

That said, I have managed to collect more than one way to bind papers: disc (Circa/Rolls), comb (GBC), ring, and I just got a quart of padding adhesive.

I can imagine something like a disc bound "center" section with a comb-bound satellite. Infinite diversity in infinite combination. You grok ?
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Paper recommendations in the UK?

I've got about three different reams on the go at the moment (various manufacturers) and none of them is perfect.

It needs to be:

- thick enough to stay on circa rings (so probably 90gsm in the European system, rather than 80gsm copy paper)

- not have too much showthrough

- suitable for my inkjet printer (for printing out DIY planner pages)

- be nice to write on with a fountain pen.

This last one is causing me the most grief - lots of feathering on so-called inkjet paper. Would I be better off with laser printer paper?

Does anyone have any favourite brands?

Thanks
Kate

Free Paper Samples

Over on FPN, there is a thread about free paper samples from Mohawk papers. One of the posters reviewed his/her samples here.

The link for getting the paper samples is on their main page www.mohawkpaper.com

FPN, oh that's Fountain Pen Network, has lots of posts about the best paper for fountain pens generally as well.

The Mohawk site does allow you to select various weights of paper as well.

--kmorris

Mohawk Paper Samples

I've used the Mohawk site for free samples and they're quick and easy. Got the swatchbook to see many different kinds of paper, plus they sent five sheets of another sort of paper that I specifically requested. I think you can ask for up to five kinds of paper, and you usually get 3 sheets each.

Highly recommended.

Free Mohawk Paper Redux

I ordered a second set of samples from Mohawk after going through their swatch book and noted a couple of interesting things.

First, they're very proud of their environmental record. They use sustainable forestry methods and wind-powered manufacturing. They've been mentioned in international publications as among the best in the world in that regard. If that matters to you, it's a huge check in the plus column.

Second, I ordered a sample of their 130# cardstock. According to the order form online, you can only get two sheets (19"x12.5" !!!) but it looks like regardless of what you order, they throw in a pack of five. Very hefty stock, and although a little light for my taste in cover material, it would make excellent tab dividers. The sheets are huge too, doubling up is a definite possibility.

I also ordered Strathmore wove 24# writing paper samples, five sheets each in soft blue, soft white, ivory and soft grey. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Choosing between the two

Yes, I'd go with laser paper rather than inkjet for FP-friendliness. Not a universal rule, but so far, it seems to be generally true.

Thanks, that's really

Thanks, that's really helpful. I'd forgotten about FPN, but found some useful posts there, too. Laser paper it is.
Kate

The opinion on FPN is that

The opinion on FPN is that laser paper is far superior for fountain pens. The favourite there is 32lb HP Color Laser paper. The 28lb version is a very close second. I just missed a 40% off sale on the 28lb stuff at office depot (in Canada), so I'm kind of annoyed at myself.

Some inkjet papers seem to work...

Georgia Pacific Advantage inkjet paper from Costco works very well for FPs. It's 28# weight too, so it's much better than the usual stuff for copiers. Can't use it for laser printing (templates) though.

Walter

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Hammermill

I found that Hammermill General Purpose 24# paper works pretty well. I needed something that I could print templates on via the laser, but take fountain pen ink well. This one works pretty well and has a sufficiently smooth surface. The 20# recycled stuff sold for xerox copiers is not good enough.

Walter

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"The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once." Albert Einstein and Buckaroo Banzai

sale - dont ignore it

even circa items go on sale at Levenger site and store. right now all things Compact are on sale, not to long ago all things Junior size was on sale. And i saw 300 free leaf sheets that you punch yourself on sale for $9.99. in addition if you sign up for the email mailing list you can get emailed discount codes often for 15% or 20% off so you would get that for $7.98 instead of $9.99.

I got 2 packs of 300 sheets of the compact size for $7.98 each with coupon plus sale! I wanted to get more but my wife would not let me.

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Levenger stole ALL of my money, but they left me all these nice, shiny organizational tools.

I have found that the paper

I have found that the paper they use at Kinkos is a really good weight. Try them

They use many kinds of paper @ Kinkos

You need to be a bit more specific.
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I believe it is 32# comes in

I believe it is 32# comes in a variety of colors. It is what they have at their self printers

Good paper, but not cheap

You can probably get a whole ream of paper (500 sheets) from Staples or Office Depot for the price Kinkos will charge to print on 50 or so pages.

Cheaper to buy a printer and do it yourself. Gee ! Do It Yourself ! DIY ! Wow !
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

I use 28-lb color laser paper

and it works well. HP paper is my favorite. However, I would like different colors of paper (pastels/muted colors), but I can't seem to find any in 28lb or higher weights. Does anyone know where to look for heavier-weight colored paper?

Thanks!

Not really

The easy-to-get stuff is usually 24 pound or so.
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)