I actually try to leave a small space (under album, like between two books), and then use the one end in first method. Or move the album so the empty hole is just off the table edge. This is a tricky way since its easier to push one through the back of the album. But it seems to work for me, you just have to take your time when doing it this way.
I always found the albums where the sides of the holes are kind of rounded into the openning are harder to work with then the ones that are just square cut into the page.
You make my favorite chicken.