punching holes for mini 3-ring binders

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binders are one of my favorite organizational tools. regular (letter-size) binders are great for storing paperwork but for everyday i use a mini binder. they are easier to carry around and take up less desk space.

in the past i used a single hole punch to add the holes. i thought about buying a 3-ring punch for mini binders, but then i discovered my 3-ring hole punch has movable dies – money saved and one less thing to keep around.mini_ring_binder_holes_2just take a screwdriver (or a butterknife) and unscrew the screw under the die; slide it to the correct hole and screw it back in. repeat on the other side. mini_ring_binder_holes_3mark a line where the end of the smaller paper should stop so you don’t have to guess each time. punch paper. done.mini_ring_binder_holes_6mini_ring_binder_holes_5

4 thoughts on “punching holes for mini 3-ring binders

  1. I cannot tell you how happy I was to stumble upon this blog post of yours. I also “thought” I needed a special punch for my mini 3 ring folders, but when I saw your post I suddenly realized that my 20 + year old paper punch is also adjustable. Never, ever dawned on me before. Sometimes the answer to our delimmas are right in front of us – all we have to do is look. Thanks a Million !

    1. Yessss!! I searched and saw her blog as well! Thank you so much!! I never thought about this and never knew! Thanks a bunch!

  2. I ended up buying that mini hole puncher by Staples on Amazon, and it is really flimsy and one hole always malfunctions…I see from you picture that I have the EXACT same Swingline puncher, and never thought to adjust it! lol Thanks for opening my eyes. haha

  3. YAY!!!! THANK YOU!
    This will probably also solve the irritating problem of my 3 hole puncher not centering the holes right and having papers stick up out the top of the binder (or bottom when my kids do them upside down). Never knew they could move. Thank you!!

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