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Make Your Own Planner!


For the longest time I would write all of my plans onto random notepads and sticky notes until they were all crumbled in the cupholder of my car or the bottom of my purse.

I began searching high and low for the perfect planner to fit my needs. I don’t know about you, but depending on the day, I could be flying around doing twelve different tasks before getting home and making lunch.

As the sticky notes piled, and the notepads folded, I realized that I needed a planner specific to my needs. A planner with the exact amount of space and pages I need, a good solid coil with a nice color and hourly time slots. I found what I needed on Pel Manufacturing website but you may be able to find a similar site.

Step 1: Find a Coil Type you like

I have come across many coil types during my search for the perfect planner. I really like the color variations of the Rainbow Spirals. Especially the “Burst” and “Passion” colors. Some prefer a solid Orange color or something like that so the Solid Spirals or Plastic are good choices too. Depending on the durability you are looking for I would personally choose the Solid Spirals. They are made in the USA and if you shop with they offer bulk pricing and bulk packaging in case you were thinking of a few gifts! They have small diameters as well as the largest diameters available which is over 2 inches!

Different Coil Types

  • Rainbow Spiral Coils
  • Solid Spiral Coils
  • Aluminum Spiral Coils
  • Plastic Spiral Coils


Step 2: Customize the months you need.

Call me simple or average but I really like starting my planner with the month I am in and have the planner a year in length excluding the months from the current month I am in until the end of the year. So, in my case I ended with just about a year and two month since I am making my planner in December of 2020.

Step 3: Choose your binder tabs for each week. 

I made five tabs. They are Financial, Spiritual, Physical, Family. These tabs are just in the first 20 pages of the planner (5 for each tab.) These pages are for Goals or thoughts I am having in these areas of my life. I believe that if I master these areas. I will be fulfilled and able to provide to and serve my community. After these tabs, I have my year and one month of calendar space.

Step 4: Add extra notepaper.

I found this very helpful. I didn’t add it until later so I will save you time by letting you know that you will want more paper in the end. Either for thoughts, goals, recipes etc. Give yourself the peace of mind and give about 20 extra pages of note paper. Also, I placed a few stickers there that were relevant to the thoughts, goals or to-do list I was trying to record.

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Planner Result

I love my new planner. It is exactly how I wanted it and so much better than sticky notes and old notepads. I was able to really customize the size by shopping with I wanted a bigger diameter of coil so they were able to provide that for me. Thank you so much! I love your colors!



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Want to stand out?

spiral binding suppliers

We know there are many options out there, but most being low quality imports. At PEL manufacturing, we pride ourselves with our 100% American made spiral coils.


How do WE stand out?

We understand and know that time is of the essence, we handle this issue with a quick turn-around time. We have 15 wire forming machines and 22 plastic machines, to meet our clients deadlines. We manufacture our coils in plastic, wire and aluminum. Our spiral coils range from 1/4″ to 5″, in various hole spacings and colors. Let our 85 years of experience work for you.


Why PEL?

  • Customized solutions

  • Quick turn-around time

  • Product variety

  • Extensive product/manufacturing experience

We are here to help, give us a call with any question you may have

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How to order PEL spiral coils

spiral coils

Our spiral diameter is measured by inside dimension. Rule of thumb; Book thickness + 1/8” = inside diameter. Please note, 3/16”+ may need to be added for larger books.

Spiral Length

Binding edge plus one (1) inch. This lets you cut and turn, and also helps to avoid “running through and backing up.”

Pitch or holes per inch

Start with a ruler at the edge of the first hole, and count to the inch mark. This will give you an indication of how many holes per inch. If you are not sure on the pitch, provide a punched sheet to help us determine correct holes per inch.

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PEL spiral coils come in seven different pitches; in various diameters, gauges, colors, materials and lengths. Let our 85 years of experience work for you.

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Plastic or Wire spiral coils?

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Both are popular, of course, plastic being more affordable. Like in plastic, wire also comes in various colors (nylon coated), diameters, material gauge, and lengths. The trend we are seeing; As manufactures of spiral coils, in plastic, wire and aluminum, we are starting to see a shift. Wire spiral coils have become very popular for menus, menu companies are seeing the benefits of using heavier gauge wire. Giving a unique look, but also being able to withstand a lot of handling by restaurant patrons.

Book Binding Manufacturers

(Menu, bound with PEL heavy gauge wire)


Aluminum spiral coils have also jumped in popularity. Aluminum spiral coils are used for many projects, especially if you are looking to stand out. Many marketing companies are using our aluminum spiral coils for their marketing presentations. The biggest shift we have seen is with planners, for years wire-0 was used when binding planners, this is no longer the case. From our experience, many planner companies had shifted to spiral wire, but now we are seeing a transition to aluminum spiral coils. Planners are meant to be used on a regular basis, and they take a “beating.” But rest assure that our aluminum spiral coils will keep your pages and your thoughts in one place.

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(Planner, bound with PEL Aluminum spiral)

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Are you really saving money?

book binding manufacturers

From our research. We contacted several binderies that have purchased imported spiral coils. Here is what we found; Yes, they are cheaper, and also less expensive! On the surface, the price per piece is lower, but you will see a significant difference in your labor cost. It turns out that due to low quality filament and lighter material thickness, it is more time consuming to run coils through a book and sometimes the coil will break when cutting and turning. This may only be seconds, but seconds turn into minutes, and minutes turn into dollars. The question is, how much is your time worth?

Let’s take a run of 75,000 books, using imported coils. Being conservative, let’s say you are set back TWO (2) seconds per book, that’s a whopping 41.7 HOURS of additional labor. The question again, how much is your time (labor) worth?

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book binding manufacturers

We put it in black and white, and the difference is clear. Both spiral coils are 5/8″ #4 (four holes to the inch). So, are you really saving money????