What weight paper do you use in your Circa notebooks?

Now that I've ordered the punch I need to figure out what weight of paper to buy. What do you all like using? Thanks for your help : )

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Depends on the task

For scribbles, lists and notes, I use plain ol' copier paper. I bought a pack of the multi-pastel colored stuff to help keep things organized, but lately find myself going back to straight white or the cream.

For stuff I need to last longer like phone numbers, contacts, reference info, etc. I like HP 32lb Laser Jet paper. I hear the 28lb is almost as nice.

I get it at the local office store.

I second the 32-lb HP paper

A joy to write on; doesn't tear or get mangled easily.

Thanks for the advice

I ended up winning a bid on five packs of 250 sheets of HP Premium 32lb Laser Jet Paper on ebay for $15 including shipping. I am anxiously awaiting for it to arrive.


Like the other commenter said, for throw-aways, any old paper is good enough, but if you will be keeping the paper in there for a while, and for items like planner pages, address book, etc. you will want the heaviest paper you can find--at least among the letter-weights.


I use 28lb text stock. It

I use 28lb text stock. It is slightly heavier than Levenger's paper (which is ~24 lb) and holds up well to being removed/reinserted. For 1/2" rings, about 65 sheets is what you can expect to fit into your notebook and still be able to turn pages smoothly.

Levenger paper weight

Maybe they use different paper weights for different products, but Levenger's website says they use "60 lb acid free text stock" not 24 lb paper... at least for that item...

Sorry, I meant to type 28lb

Sorry, I meant to type 28lb 'bond' not 'text.' Levenger does use 60 lb text stock which is ~ 24lb bond. Here ---> http://www.paper-paper.com/weight.html is a reference chart if anyone is interested. I always get confused when trying to compare different paper weights...

I meant to type 28lb 'bond'

I meant to type 28lb 'bond' not 'text.' I replied earlier, but it was flagged as spam and is awaiting approval...

28lb text, too

It seems to hold up really well. I got a massive amount of "fancy" resume-style papers on 90% discount a while back, and the colors and textures are awesome. The HP copier paper in 28lb works very well, too, and doesn't bleed my fountain pen inks.

28 pound store brand

I have had great luck with 28 pound paper that was just the store brand paper at Staples. It was nicer & slightly heavier than the Rollabind paper. The price jump from 28 pound to 32 was just too much.

I'm also confused by Levenger's site saying their paper is 60 pound where the 28 pound printer paper I bought from Staples seems to be a similar weight. Are there different standards for measuring paper's weight?


I picked up some 24 lb.,

I picked up some 24 lb., which seems to be working out. I just print a notepaper type of "form" on it, but some of this may stick around a while so I went with something a little nicer (besides just the weight) than usual copy paper, and the price seems to have been justified. Generally speaking, I like Levenger paper, but this is definitely better paper.

ways of measuring weight of paper

Yes, there are different ways of measuring weight of paper. And as usual, the system in use by the US, being non-metric, is very confusing.

Basically - 60lb offset "text" is the same as 24lb "bond".

Here are a couple of links that explain the differences.

from paper mojo:

The European measurement of describing paper weight measures a single paper with a two dimensional height and width of one square meter. This measurement is noted as g/m2 (gm/m2, gsm, g/m2). The measurement may be measuring a hypothetical square meter, but is a good "apples to apples" reference because it compares the weights of different size papers.

The English method of paper weight may be more familiar to people, but it has its drawbacks when comparing weights of different size paper. The English method of measurement gives the weight of the paper as if weighing 500 sheets (or a ream). Differences in the dimensions of paper are not taken into account. Therefore, the English weight of a letter size paper that is thick and dense may be the same as a poster size paper that is light and tissue thin because 500 sheets of each weight the same. It's the "which weights more, a ton of lead or a ton of feathers" quandary.

I've always thought the way Levenger describes their paper is a tad deceptive, though literally accurate.


Thanks for the info!!

Darn, I wish I had looked into paper weights more before I bid on some heavier paper on ebay (oops). I bought some Xerox Premium Multipurpose paper from Costco for cheap that is 24lb paper last week. I was going to return it after hearing Levenger uses 60lb and reading all the responses on paper weight. But after reading your post I realize this paper is the same weight as Levengers. It is 90gm2. I learn something new everday, thanks for your help!