|Item Weight||1.9 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||11.6 x 10.2 x 0.9 inches|
|Item model number||19998|
|Number of Items||1|
|Manufacturer Part Number||19998|
Arc Customizable Leather Notebook System, Black, 9-1/2
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- Black leather cover
- Premium, heavyweight paper
- 60 repositional narrow-ruled sheets
- Letter size notebook, 9 1/2
- Built in pen holder and business card slots
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Keep your essentials in one convenient place with the Arc customizable leather notebook system. The compact design features an area for storing important cards, notes, and memos.
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I believe that the disc binder system was originally developed by Levenger. I could be wrong about that, but it is true that the two companies that sell disc binders in the US are Levenger and Staples. The two systems are interchangeable - completely interchangeable, it must be stressed - but there are some slight differences. Levenger Circa system is pricier and more attractive; Staples' Arc system is much less expensive - and here is the good news - only very slightly less high quality. Each line comes with a number of accessories, some very useful, some not useful at all, depending on your taste and the purpose to which you intend to put them. I find the disc system notebooks to be the most versatile and useful available today. The disc system is endlessly adaptable and is especially useful in planning and carrying out major projects.
I allow myself to borrow freely from each of the two systems. You can construct a notebook for almost nothing or by dropping a small fortune. I have three notebooks. Two I got for almost nothing; the third I got by getting the 9 x 11 leather notebook I am reviewing here.The pair I constructed by buying two pair of plastic covers from the Staples line, which are amazingly inexpensive. I bought two different size discs, again from the Staples line, one set of discs, one set an inch in diameter and the other an inch and a half and which holds far more paper than you would guess. I use the latter for storing pages that I would like to retain. I use one inch discs on the leather notebook. Finally, I use 3/4 inch discs on a notebook that I like to carry about for convenience. I also have two other disc products. I have a Staples Arc junior notebook that I use for keeping notes, to-do lists, and scheduling. And I have an astonishingly useful Levenger Jotlet Notebook, which consists of three 1/2 inch discs that hold 3 x 5 notecards. Now, the Levenger cards are lined in portraiture, but I personally prefer landscape. So I take regular 3 x 5 cards (though I prefer colored cards to white or yellow), use a Levenger hole punch to punch three holes so that the cards can be used with the discs, and pop it into my back pocket. I use the Jotlet Notebook for everything. I write passages from books that I am reading, write addresses and phone numbers, write to-do lists, and anything else that I can come up with. For cards with quotes I put them in a storage box later.
For newcomers I find that the Arc/Circa systems can be a bit confusing. As a general rule of thumb I recommend Arc products and Levenger paper. But let me provide a bit more help here and list what I think is the most useful group of items to get. Keep in mind that the products are interchangeable. If you have a bit more money and want a truly beautiful set of covers, feel free to spend $60 or $100 on a Levenger leather bomber jacket cover. I tend to go the cheaper route on everything except paper. Even on paper I tend to get the paper available as part of the Add On program with Amazon. But I also buy the Levenger annotation filler manufactured by the French company Rhodia for more careful writing. If you use a fountain pen, as I do, the Rhodia paper is essential, since all other Arc/Circa paper tends to bleed to a greater or lesser degree. Here is my recommendation for the Basic Disc Notebook System:
1. An Arc leather notebook (comes with the necessary discs)
2. A blend of Rhodia annotation paper made for Levenger and narrow-margined Arc paper
3. Arc pocket page dividers (the pockets are invaluable for containing various odds and ends)
4. Heavy black plastic page dividers (useful because when you fold the notebook all the way back it provides needed support for writing)
5. Staples Arc System Task Pads (useful both as "to-do" list pads and with a tab at the top that serves as a place marker)
6. Circa Flip Finder Ruler (useful both as a ruler and as a place marker)
7. A Levenger hole punch
8. Page reinforcing tape
The hold punch is essential. The disc system uses a unique hole pattern. A regular 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper will result in 11 holes. I recommend the page edge reinforcing tape because the holes, which involve flaps that tuck underneath the lip of the disc, can become frayed and ineffective. The Levenger hole punch is much superior to the Arc punch. If one can afford it, I recommend both the portable and the desktop versions.
One important thing to keep in mind about the hole punch is that it can make it possible to blend different sizes of paper into the same notebook. You can have the standard 8 1/2 x 11 sheets, but you can also scissor out a half of a piece of paper and punch holes that allow you to put just a half of a page into the notebook. You can also add a few note cards, whether 3 x 5 or 4 x 6. And if you would like to add some unlined paper you can do that. In fact, one thing I like to do is to for finished pages is to print the material out on 32 lb. photo paper and add it to the notebook (a theme that runs through anything I write about office supplies is quality of the paper). Punch holes in photos or illustrations and add them as well.
Do yourself a favor and give the disc notebooks a try. They can't be beat for versatility and helpfulness. And each one can be adapted to your precise needs.
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