WTB: Circa "Shades" flysheets, "under covers," desk punch

I'm looking for the pages that go under the translucent Circa cover. They seem to be a grey/beige colour and have a picture in the centre surrounded by a white border. Sorry, I don't know the proper name for them.

I would also be interested in the Circa "Shades" flysheets.

I basically need something to use under the translucent cover to provide a bit of privacy for my notes, and I will need both the junior and letter sizes.

I was going to make something myself out of cardstock, but I won't be able to get a Circa punch until my next trip to the US (probably in 8-12 months) unless somebody here has a Circa punch they would be willing to part with (wishful thinking, I know...)

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What paper sizes do you use ?

US letter or A4 ?
If you use A4, you want the 12-smurf Rollabind punch rather than the 11-smurf Levenger.
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US Letter

I ordered Circa covers, paper, etc., from Levenger, so my understanding is that it should be US letter.

I could get the Rollabind Systems desk punch from Maine (I'm actually going to be in Maine, and they said they have plenty in stock and could get one to me in 24 hours), but I have concerns about the number of smurfs, proper spacing, etc.

The Levenger sales rep. suggested a portable punch, but I've heard that they're difficult to use.

Can you get A4 paper or is it all Letter ?

What is the paper standard on Prince Edward Island ? (I looked at your profile)
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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)

It should be letter

The sizes seem to be all over the place, though.

I just grabbed some paper products purchased locally and converted them from metric:

Multi-purpose copy/printer paper from Staples: 8-1/2 x 11.
PaperPlus 3-ring loose-leaf filler: 8-1/2 x 11.
Hilroy exercise book: 8-1/3 x 10-1/2.
Hilroy spiral-bound notebook: 8 x 10-1/2.

Staples loose-leaf filler is 8-1/2 x 10-1/2.

Staples also has 8-3/8 x 10-7/8 copy/printer paper and calls this "letter."

I have no problems

I own both the Levenger Desk and Portable punches, and I find that I use the portable punch far more often. I can't speak for others, but I have no problems using it. It does take several punches to get a letter sized page fully punched, but that does not bother me.

Ditto

I got the portable punch first, and believe it punches better than the big one in some respects. BUT it's too much trouble to punch that many times for each letter-size sheet, so I ended up using the portable punch for index cards and the big one for everything else during the time I was trying to convince myself to use Circa.

Accuracy

Do you have any trouble getting the holes evenly spaced?

Also, will it punch cardstock?

Oops!

This was supposed to be a reply to sctechsorceress, but when I hit the "post comment" button, it somehow ended up under btrgrnmal's message. Sorry.

Btrgrnmal, did you find that the portable punch worked better than the desk punch for the index cards?

Re. portable punch for index cards

RE. Btrgrnmal, did you find that the portable punch worked better than the desk punch for the index cards?

Absolutely! The short end of the 3x5s fits the punch exactly so you don't have to get lines on your punch and worry about placing the cards exactly right to get the smurfs in the right place.

Accuracy of portable punch

Once I learned to be sure that the paper is aligned against the guide before turning it down to punch, I've had no trouble with accuracy. I don't have strong hands, but I can easily punch up to three sheets of paper. I also punch card stock with no problem, not only the card stock I print on, but thicker stock from my paper crafting.

I'm sure it does make a difference in my opinion that I punch mostly junior size (half letter) sheets, rather than letter size. I do have one tip for anyone who punches half letter sheets with the intent of putting them in a Circa Junior note book. (My junior is several years old... I can't say if Levenger has tweaked the size any). I do not use the 8 1/2" marking. Instead, I align the top of my page with the top of the 'tooth' on the paper guide that is just above that marking.

US letter or A4 ? If you use

US letter or A4 ?
If you use A4, you want the 12-smurf Rollabind punch rather than the 11-smurf Levenger.

I use A4, and the 11-smurf Levenger works fine punching A4 pages.

don't punch then

Hi.

Just because it's going in a Circa notebook doesn't mean it has to be punched. Cut a piece of decorative paper smaller than it should be if you were going to punch it, then tape it to the inside of your translucent cover with transparent tape. If the bit of uncovered area bothers you, grab a sharpie. :)

shris

Oh no!

I thought the purpose of Circa/disc binding was to spend a huge amount of money on punches, covers, and discs and then smurf everything but the kitchen sink (and possibly the cat) to stuff in the binder LOL

Seriously, your idea is brilliant in its simplicity. I'm already thinking of some possibilities - scrapbooking paper, giftwrap, wallpaper sample...

wrap it

I have some covers with the old, ugly, brown-gray Levenger covers. I've wrapped them with scrapbook paper. Just fold over the edges and tape like wrapping a present. Granted, I have a punch and smurfed one edge to cover the entire cover, but you could just leave a straight edge next to the rings. It has held up fairly well, and would probably do ok for a temporary fix. Come to think of it, you could paste a picture to a pre-punched page.

FYI, The Rollabind and Levenger punches are exactly the same (with the possible addition of an extra surf on the Rollabind). I have a portable punch from Rollabind and a ventage Levenger desk punch. I can't tell the deference in the smurfs. I've probably had more smurfing issues with getting the paper shoved all the way into the desk punch than any problems with the portable (it comes with a guide that lines all the smurfs up for you).

Wrapping

That's another great idea.

FYI, The Rollabind and Levenger punches are exactly the same (with the possible addition of an extra surf on the Rollabind). I have a portable punch from Rollabind and a ventage Levenger desk punch. I can't tell the deference in the smurfs.

This is good to know. I may go ahead and get either the Levenger portable punch or the Rollabind Systems desk punch. Whatever I buy on this trip has to get me through the next 8-12 months, and I may end up regretting it if I don't come back with a punch of some sort.

May I inquire why...

you would have to wait 5-12 months until you are back in the country to get a punch? I would volunteer to ship you one if Levenger will not. Unless you are at the South Pole? :)

Most obvious reason: cost

Much easier to stuff goodies in your luggage that to pay UPS / FedEx / or the post office to deliver it.
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Amen

And a hearty Amen to what ygor said! I've been known to wait months or even years to buy something, rather than risk the shipping/duties and even loss of an item in the mail. My latest is a computer. I have been waiting until my next State-side to get a computer. My last new one was in 2001--other than my netbook, of course. ;-) But at $400 worth in local currency, it was worth it!

-Jon

Same Boat

Sounds like we're in the same boat. Is there anything I can bring back for you?

Thanks for the offer...

... But I just had a friend come over last week. He brought me a slew of goodies--cameras, lenses, etc. I'm good. Thanks, though for the generous offer! :-D

-Jon

Post Office

You're so right about the couriers.

If only Levenger would deliver by regular postal service it wouldn't be nearly so bad. The shipping rates are much lower, and it's only a matter of paying the taxes when the package is picked up plus a $5 fee to the postmaster for collecting the taxes.

In a word, money

Levenger quoted me a price of $33 to ship a $12 junior starter kit. Then there will be duties and brokerage fees on top of that. I've never quite figured out the purpose of brokerage except to make one go broke.

Depending on how long I'm out of the country, I can bring in anywhere from $50 to $750 duty free, plus there's no brokerage and no outrageous shipping charges - only what it costs to get the items delivered to the hotel where I'm staying. In the case of the starter kit, shipping would be $3 instead of $33.

I would volunteer to ship you one if Levenger will not. Unless you are at the South Pole? :)

That's most kind of you to offer. I would be tempted to take you up on it if the Levenger retail store doesn't get the punches in time, and no, I don't live at the South Pole - I'm actually way too close to the other pole :)

I'd be happy to punch some

I'd be happy to punch some card stock and mail it to you. I have card stock in pink, green, blue and yellow (all pastel shades). Just send me a private message here with what you'd like. I could probably find some other colors if the pastels wouldn't work for you.

My mother-in-law is from North Rustico and my in-laws retired there a few years ago, so consider it a favor for a neighbor :-).

Thanks!

That's so nice of you to offer. However, you may have solved my problem in quite a different way...

I'm on the south shore of the island almost directly opposite North Rustico, but we're even more neighbourly than that - I used to live in Beverly.

I started thinking about Beverly and wishing that I had discovered Levengers when there was a store so close to where I lived, and then I got this crazy idea to call them and see if they had a desktop punch in stock. The sales rep said they didn't but that a new and improved punch was going to be available around the middle of October. She thinks she'll be able to ship one to me while I'm in Maine (the shipping date for the online/catalogue orders is October 30 - the day I leave Maine).

I'm so excited! This will be really great if it works out, and if not I have all of these wonderful suggestions to try.

New and Improved Punch ?

Who did you call that told you of a new and improved punch ?
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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)

Could it be true???

Or is it just lower pricing? After reading the message about an improved punch, I went directly to Levenger's web site and here's what I found:

Circa Desk Punch
Price: $58
Item:ADS3730
Buy 1: $58
2 or more: each $48

Levenger doesn't usually lower prices unless they're getting rid of something (or an update is about to come out).

If nothing else, several people on this site who have been wanting punches could band together and get the cheaper price.

Was that there before ?

Because I have a punch, I do not usually look at that page, but Levenger does that kind of quantity pricing on other items.
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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)

Wasn't there last time I looked

Don't remember how long ago that was -- I don't use Circa anymore but I still cruise their site occasionally to keep up with what's out there.

Boston

I spoke to a woman at the Boston store. Sorry, I don't know her name.

Holy small world Batman!

Holy small world Batman! Where in Beverly did you live? I live in the Goat Hill area, just around the corner from Beverly Depot.

I'm so glad you'll be able to get the punch! I'll have to let you know the next time I head up to PEI to visit the in-laws and I could do a Levenger run for you! We last went about two years ago so we're overdue for a visit. PEI might be the most beautiful place on earth. I can't wait to make another trip.

Small world indeed

Strange as this may sound, I lived at the hospital. That's where I worked. The hospital was using the defunct nursing school's dormitory to provide temporary housing for relocating employees. I liked it, so I decided to stay.

I have a vague recollection of the area where you live. I'm geographically challenged. I went back for a visit last year and actually got lost in spite of having step-by-step directions from Mapquest.

The punch isn't a done deal yet. I reserved one by calling the retail store and giving them my credit card number, but they don't know if it will arrive from the warehouse in time for them to ship it to the hotel in Maine.

That's very thoughtful of you to offer to do a Levenger run. I feel like I'm already getting addicted to this stuff even though I haven't received my starter kits yet.

I do hope you'll be able to get up here soon. The island is changing very fast. The old Tweel's Store is now a Starbucks - it opened just last week.

Use a cheap fabric bookcover

I bought a Circa Junior 5 subject notebook to try the system out. I was tired of the discs catching on everything in my purse so I went to OfficeMax and bought a small stretchy fabric bookcover. It works perfectly. I found more bookcovers in the back to school bonanza at Target for 99 cents each and bought two more - one for a junior spiral notebook and one for whatever pops up in the future. My only problem is they are a solid color and I can't tell front to back so I open the notebooks on the wrong side half the time (not a big deal in the grand scope of things and if I ever remember to put a mini sticky note in there as a page marker it will solve the problem).

Catching disks

I hadn't even considered that the disks could catch on something.

I also didn't know about the stretchy book covers. I've never seen anything like that before.

There's no OfficeMax or Target here, but I'll try to find one of these covers when I'm in the US. It sounds like a good thing to have even if I do end up getting a punch.

Try Amazon too

I just did a quick google search for 'fabric book covers' and found a few choices at Amazon. Look for the Book Sox brand at Amazon, then a bunch of others will show up in the suggested products section, for a range of prices. Staples and Walmart have them too, I'm sure, but they are much easier to find (and cheaper) during the back to school sales in August.

It's not that the discs catch on things, necessarily, its just that they bump and drag on all the other things I have in my bag. I probably carry too much junk.