plastic coil versus Circa--obstruction of the writing hand?

Which type of binding will get in the way of the hand the least? I want to be able to write on both sides of each sheet of paper, as close to the binding as possible. My concern is that the Circa discs will obstruct the hand [more than coil binding would]. I have never experienced Circa notebooks.

Would appreciate opinions & advice as to this aspect.

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Not sure about the direct comparison to coils, but, how much the rings "stick up" has to do with how full you keep your notebook (the fuller the better), and whether you write folded-over or leave your notebooks out flat (folded-over is better, if you're comfortable writing on them that way).

Otherwise, there are smaller rings, which have a smaller effect. I keep my planner, for instance, on the smallest set of rings that Levenger makes, and just cycle pages in and out (weekly for about 6-8 weeks, and a full set of monthly planning calendars). That leaves me with room for a half dozen or so jotter pages. And, it's Circa, so I can swap everything in and out whenever I want, so nothing ever runs out.

Of course, that last part might be the key - if you can't keep your notebooks full, or the ring size you need is too large and gets in the way of your hand - you can *always* take out the page and write on it by itself with no rings of any kind in the way, and put it back when you're done. That would be harder with coils... but, then, the coils might be more comfortable on balance.

If you can, get a sample and try it out.... either the recently mentioned free Rollabind book, or, if you live or will be travelling to one of the towns with a Levenger store, stop in and get a free sample.

Thank you

Appreciate your thoughts. Good point about whether the notebook is folded over versus open; I hadn't thought about that aspect.

leftie or rightie?

It also makes a difference if you are left-handed. Although you can punch your own paper on the right for left-handed folk (like myself), the prepunched stuff is all on the "other" side. As a leftie, I find the rings get in the way a bit but take the paper off to write on it then put it back on the rings for storage.

I agree....

But, the OP asked about writing on both sides anyway.

I'm left handed, too, but usually just write with a wider margin, to leave space for summaries on the left hand side, Cornell-style. I don't always do this, and I will grab out the page if I really need to write up to the margin near the rings, but I really think the tiny-sized rings are a good trade-off if you're ok adjusting which pages are in your active notebook a lot.

I actually write on blank Jr pages, which I got a ream of cut in half for $1 when I bought the ream at Staples. I punch the blank sheets, and I have some heavy-line interstitial pages which I write over for a guide. But, the blank pages tend to actually discourage taking them out (because then I lose the writing guides).

You didn't want to print your own lined paper?

BP, you didn't want to run your sheets thru your printer to put lines on each page, e.g. a one-page table with hairline lines? Just curious.

Done it...

In fact, I have my own custom-tweaked variant of Cornel paper with just the right margins+gridlines/etc. that I once printed regularly.... but, I'm a bit of an environmentalist, so I try to minimize waste, and I don't even always write on both sides. This way, there's no (additional) energy to print each one, I can keep a huge pile of paper ready to go (it just needs to be punched...), and, if I choose to, I can still print on my prepped-sheets later (if I run them through the right way, and trust my printer not to rip anything). I do all of my writing with fountain pens (no thrown away pens anymore!), and even sometimes diluted ink (still plenty dark, just cheaper/easier to keep on hand/flows a little better).

*shrug* To each their own. Lately I've been using some rock paper I got at Walgreens for the sheets with lines, which has the advantage of being a little bit more robust to abuse (maybe? I haven't been using it that long..), but still shows through just fine.


Levenger told me not to run circa-punched paper thru printer because it can ruin printer. I infer she meant more than a paper jam--a tiny bit of paper that potentially can't be retrieved and thus ruins the printer permanently. But you have done it successfully?

What is rock paper?

(I once added a new roll of paper to my adding machine without trimming a clean-cut edge, and that was the end of that adding machine. Really bothered me. So I am wary of risking my printer.)

(I like fountain pens too, but I like to use cheap paper and write on both sides, so generally I write with ballpoint, preferably refillable PaperMates.)

What software do you use to design your paper?

A possible alternative: Top Binding

Like a steno pad.
Or you can use the paper in landscape orientation, putting the binding at the top.
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Top-binding would sure be out of the way!

But for this notebook I really need to be able to flip back thru prior days with a sideways page-turning.

i think you'll be fine as

i think you'll be fine as long as the size of the coil or discs coordinates with the number of pages in your book. Both binding techniques shouldn't interfere with your hand a lot unless they are sized for a larger thickness of a paper stack :)

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