Circa Notebook, you gorgeous thing!

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Originally posted 2008-08-22 09:51:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Now that I've got a bee in my bonnet about returning to a paper-based organizing system, I'm finding wonderful paper goods all over the place. Most of them I've never even heard of before (I did already know about the Moleskine cult, though). One stylish and eye-catching number is the Circa notebook from Levenger

The appeal to this system is that it's customizable, rearrangeable on the fly, very flexible and pretty nice eye candy too. I've ouched my fingers in three ring binders too often to put up with them anymore, and I never get good results trying to jam a torn-out sheet of spiral binder paper back into the binder.Notebook

The way the paper stays in is very clever and cool looking and tricky to describe. It was hard to see on the company website, but a post on Lifehacker has lots of close up pictures that really show how it works. Their high paper quality, among other things, makes them quite popular elsewhere on the Internet and many users have multiple books for different tasks.

I love the ease of reordering sheets in this binder. And adding complete new sections wherever you want! I wish I could see one in person but they seem to be available only through Levenger, which has no brick and mortar stores in my area. Still, paper is beckoning me…

Well loved notebook from waffler's photostream.

9 thoughts on “Circa Notebook, you gorgeous thing!

  1. Claire, I agree that digital is better for some things, paper for others. And the connection for many between writing and memory is undeniable. I left my beloved paper system behind because there’s no easy way to back it up, and if I lost my planner or address book, I would be completely out of luck. I hope the developers of digital calendar systems will soon wake up to how a task list should function — must be integrated with the calendar, each task viewable on the due-date as an appointment is, easy to drag and drop tasks to rearrange the week or month as priorities change, easy to print out a list. So far I only know of one system that meets my criteria, Now Up To Date, which is Mac-compatible.

  2. Claire, I agree that digital is better for some things, paper for others. And the connection for many between writing and memory is undeniable. I left my beloved paper system behind because there’s no easy way to back it up, and if I lost my planner or address book, I would be completely out of luck. I hope the developers of digital calendar systems will soon wake up to how a task list should function — must be integrated with the calendar, each task viewable on the due-date as an appointment is, easy to drag and drop tasks to rearrange the week or month as priorities change, easy to print out a list. So far I only know of one system that meets my criteria, Now Up To Date, which is Mac-compatible.

  3. Margaret,
    I will look into Now Up To Date. I read the company’s description and a MacWorld review of it. Since it’s pitched as a way of sharing information within a company, I probably wouldn’t have looked at it for the purpose you describe.
    I’m disappointed in the Palm interface on the Mac. For some reason the desktop software doesn’t let me add notes to my appointments although notes are supported in the handheld.
    The lack of backup function for paper is a pretty big strike against it. I guess I’ll keep a foot in both camps until the Great Digital Solution comes along.

  4. Margaret,
    I will look into Now Up To Date. I read the company’s description and a MacWorld review of it. Since it’s pitched as a way of sharing information within a company, I probably wouldn’t have looked at it for the purpose you describe.
    I’m disappointed in the Palm interface on the Mac. For some reason the desktop software doesn’t let me add notes to my appointments although notes are supported in the handheld.
    The lack of backup function for paper is a pretty big strike against it. I guess I’ll keep a foot in both camps until the Great Digital Solution comes along.

  5. The paper isn’t quite as high a quality (I think – I’m not fussed about the paper so much as the switchability) but Staples has a line they call Arc that is exactly the same kind of disc binding (my Circa punch will punch pages that fit the Arc discs, and the Arc paper fits the Circa notebooks I have). It’s pretty affordable and they sell a punch too. The covers aren’t as luxurious, but if you want instant gratification you might check it out.

  6. The paper isn’t quite as high a quality (I think – I’m not fussed about the paper so much as the switchability) but Staples has a line they call Arc that is exactly the same kind of disc binding (my Circa punch will punch pages that fit the Arc discs, and the Arc paper fits the Circa notebooks I have). It’s pretty affordable and they sell a punch too. The covers aren’t as luxurious, but if you want instant gratification you might check it out.

  7. R.M., good to know! Staples and other big box office supply stores have been stocking more and more cool looking supplies over the past few years. I’ll definitely check this out. Thanks!

  8. R.M., good to know! Staples and other big box office supply stores have been stocking more and more cool looking supplies over the past few years. I’ll definitely check this out. Thanks!

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