Actually that one isn't so bad, most of the 'extras' aren't on the rings themselves, although the strap looks like it might pull the popper out of the front cover....
How about this one, doesn't look too bad does it?
Look at this one!!!! Ah now we are talking... now pay attention to how the paper is bending around the rings.
Thank you to Deb, Chris and Leah for those photos. Here's some I set up myself.
So to attempt to do something similar I just kept adding paper the odd diary insert or two as you do, to get a similar result.
Again notice the pages being pushed around the rings towards the base plate.
Notice what happens when you open the organiser, the pages just fan out, because that is what they want to do when there's too much paper on the rings.
Here is the same organiser with the normal number of pages in it.
Notice this time when we open it, the pages largely stay together in the middle.
What about slimline organisers?
If we look at a slimline with only 11 mm rings the issue of the paper inside of the arc of the rings becomes a little more obvious.
With a similar number of pages on either side of the rings, there doesn't look like there is too much of a problem. But when you have more on one side than the other, the inside edges of the pages start to interfere with each other as in this first picture below.
Then when you try to move all of the pages to one side of the rings... they open!! Getting the pages back on to the rings and getting them closed takes some fiddling!
Why does this happen?
So what is going on here. Let me try and explain with the aid of some simple drawings and we will look at normal size personal size rings.
So here is a 'normal' load of pages, if you imagine each single page here was say 20-25 pages you will get the idea better...
So with this number of pages, they sit quite neatly in the middle arc of the rings. Now at this point I want you to note what is happening to the inside edge of the pages that sit within the rings. In this example you will see that as they are neatly sat towards the middle of the arc of the rings the inside edge, inside the rings is clear of the inside arc of the rings.
Now look at what is happening with the paper on the inside of the rings, it is starting to press against the inside of the rings.
To make matters worse if we use card dividers towards the front or back of the organiser with this amount of paper they will not bend as easily and will press on the inside of the rings with this amount of paper in the organiser.
I have tried to show here that having more paper on the rings than you should have this results with the paper on the inside of the rings being compressed together on the inside of the rings and this potentially starts forcing the rings open or causing them to gap.
- Use less paper in your organiser... or
- Use an organiser with larger rings, such as a Van der Spek Standard (personal) which are available with 30 mm rings. or their A5 Manager with 35 mm rings.
How much is too much?
Whilst I was at the Van der Spek workshop two weeks ago, I was given a copy of the Krause rings specification sheet for the rings they use on their organisers.
The ring capacity is given in the specification sheet as a thickness of paper on the rings. Krause quote their rings by the external diameter, were as we normally quote the internal diameter. The letters and numbers in () are the Kruse model numbers which you will find on page 21 of the catalogue in the link above.
- Pocket (PER152/06/20) - 20 mm internal diameter - Paper capacity 14mm
- Personal (PER171/06/25) - 25mm internal diameter - Paper capacity 19mm
- Personal (PER171/06/30) - 30mm internal diameter - Paper capacity 24mm
- A5 (PER216/06/25) - 25mm internal diameter - Paper capacity 19mm
- A5 (PER216/06/30) - 30mm internal diameter - Paper capacity 24mm