What’s On Your Workdesk, Wednesday? 783/3

Hi hi!

It’s my first time joining in since the lovely Sarah has taken up the mantle and I have a finished item on my desk! Huzzah!

I’m about to embark on a ‘very big scary thing’ (hereby known as VBST), and so of course I needed a special ‘very big notebook’. I’ve hankered after a Happy Planner with the pretty discs for years but I didn’t need another diary, especially not an expensive pre-printed one that you only end up using half of the dates in.

What I needed most, and wanted, was a new pretty notebook. I am a self confessed stationary addict and pretty notebook whore, especially the ones that lay flat so you can write on them easily, and I do have a few… ahem… However, the pages don’t come out nicely & you can’t add things in, and it can get quite expensive & difficult to find wire bound A4 ones that don’t say daft things on the front! For the VBST I really wanted something I could use with the cheap A4 refill pads but could collate stuff & move things around etc. This left me with a ring binder option but I foresee a lot of writing and of course I could just take out the A4 pad when I needed to use it but honestly, it didn’t float my boat.

I went down a rabbit hole started by some friends in the planner community & kept coming back to a disc planner but the issue though was the hole punching. A standard hole punch needs additional slits cut; the Happy Planner style punch is expensive and only does a couple of light weight pages at a time; the Crop-A-Dile disc punch is sturdier but that only punches one hole at a time & was also expensive. I have osteo-arthritis in my hands from my hypermobility disorder so all of these options were far too labour intensive for re-punching A4 paper!

I randomly came across a new Bind-It-All (bottom left corner of my desk) which creates disc holes and can manage up to 2mm of media. It was on special offer and worked out as cheap as one of the other punches so even with all of those discs you can see on my desk, it still worked out cheaper than buying a planner & special packs of note paper. The larger version of the Happy Planner is shorter than A4 so I just made sure I used an extra disc. I also purchased a pad of weekly planner pages which are the wrong size but it doesn’t matter with this system.

It I watched a couple of youtube’s about making a DIY planner & one lady used a cheap envelope folder for her covers. I found this one lurking in my cupboard so cut the bottom off to add the rings & trimmed the sides down to open it up and make it fit the A4 paper and voila! I have a gorgeous cover for a refillable notebook – huzzah! I am so happy with it and I’ll be on the look out for another couple of these envelopes to make a shorter one to take with me & another large one to use with the large discs to keep all my notes together.

Will it make the VBST easier? Maybe not, but I always feel braver and like I’ve got my shizz together if I have a new pretty notebook about my person so I’m definitely counting it as a win!

I’ve shown mine, now show me yours! I’ve got the kettle on so I’ll see you all soon.

Bye for now x


  1. Mary Anne on 5 June 2024 at 9:03 am

    LOL! So funny. I did exactly this not that long ago, cause I was curious to see if it works. Having said that, I also have the actual disc-punch, which does work better if I’m honest. Mine is neither the HP one or the BIA one, it’s some other brand but massive. I always thought that these would be not very secure, but I shared my art journal using Waitrose (free) recipe cards that I disc-bound and it seems quite secure. So funny, as I first got one of these about 20 years ago with a Club Scrap kit, and thought the same, that’ll never hold. Silly me :). Like you, I firmly believe every new adventure needs a brand new notebook…
    Happy WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (1)

  2. LLJ on 5 June 2024 at 11:56 am

    So many planners, so little time to use them all, lol! I fully understand your addiction to them, stationery shops are a guilty pleasure, whereas fabric and yarn shops are a necessity…just saying *grin*. I do love seeing all the lovely papers you work with, such fun!
    Hugs LLJ 3 xx

  3. Helen Lindfield on 5 June 2024 at 12:27 pm

    I don’t have a busy enough non work life to need a planner … Good luck! Happy woyww Helen #2

  4. Jo Betts on 5 June 2024 at 2:25 pm

    Well done on making your pretty binder. It’s good to have something that suits the job isn’t it. x x Jo

  5. Angela Radford on 5 June 2024 at 4:04 pm

    Well done the new planner looks great. Now all you have to do ia fill it which I’m sure you wont have problems with. Wishing you a very happy woyww, Angela x12x

  6. Neet Hickson on 5 June 2024 at 4:05 pm

    what a coincidence. I came across a book made by a friend in 2006 that uses those discs to hold it together and it still works fine, Nothing has fallen out despite it being in the bottom of a tin in a cupboard. At least with this type of binding you can add more pages just where you want them.
    Still puzzling over the acronym.
    Hugs, Neet 4 xx

  7. Sarah Brennan on 5 June 2024 at 5:51 pm

    Ooh I really look forward to where the VBST goes Lisa-Jane. That’s a fabulous plan for creating a journal – I will have to look out for that punch. Stay safe and thanks for joining in with WOYWW. Sarah

  8. Angela on 5 June 2024 at 8:37 pm

    I do love planners and journals. I don’t have a very good record of actually using them! Enjoy yours. Happy WOYWW. Angela #16

  9. Michelle on 6 June 2024 at 3:09 am

    Hi Lisa-Jane, Brilliant work!, this looks fantastic and thanks for the info too. I’m a sucker for a notebook! Happy woyww Michelle #14

  10. BJ on 6 June 2024 at 11:48 am

    Oh how delightful and certainly pretty, I totally understand wanting something pretty, it so helps with VBSTs. I’ve only ever pondered the disc thingy wondering how well they hold out and you can still transfer to an A4 ring binder for later storage if required. Win-Win.
    Have to admit I thought you had disappeared down a rabbit hole with no reply with an address and to be honest I have decided to keep one each of the 3 sets of ATCs I made for the SWAP (on fireplace already) However I’m quite happy to make you another one and have started already…it’s just drying, hopefully it will also help with the VBST which I am sure we all are dying to know what it is!!! Hugs BJ#7

  11. Michelle on 6 June 2024 at 6:34 pm

    Hi Lisa-Jane, Brilliant work!, this looks fantastic and thanks for the info too. I’m a sucker for a notebook! Happy woyww Michelle #14

  12. Spyder on 10 June 2024 at 7:08 am

    Sorry I’m sooo late, could say I’m early for this week! It all looks fabulous. Still haven’t come across those disc thingies yet. Am looking forward to seeing more of your VBST ((Lyn)) Happy WOYWW>>>>forgot my number!

  13. Kelly on 10 June 2024 at 12:43 pm

    You did great! Love that cover. when it comes to stationary – especially planner supplies, I’m right there with you! LOL
    Enjoy your new notebook!
    Creative Blessings!
    ~ Kelly #15

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