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Since I started bullet journaling I’ve been using a Leuchturm1917 but I recently switched to the ARC Binding System from Staples. (note: I am not an affiliate of Staples) If you’ve never heard of the ARC System, it’s a discbound system that is completely customizable which will help you stay organized.
I’m currently using the larger version for my daily bullet journal/blog planner and I use the smaller version for my Word of the Year journal.
Why I love the ARC Binding System (the pros)
- I can easily remove pages (without damaging them) from one Arc notebook and transfer them to another Arc notebook
- I can also move pages around within the same notebook
- Has plenty of accessories such as plastic sleeves, pocket folders, and zip-lock pockets
- There are also clear covers available made of durable poly which make for easy personalization
- The discs don’t get in the way when I’m writing like other binders can and you can fold the notebook back on itself
- I can easily add more pages throughout the year. I usually keep about 3 months’ worth of planner pages in my notebook at once time to avoid it becoming too bulky
- I can punch pages smaller than the size of the notebook to use for small lists and reminders
- Larger discs are available so I can add as much paper as I need (and the rings aren’t too expensive)
- Comes with pre-lined writing paper that is thick and sturdy (although I remove these pages and replace them with my own printable note-paper and planner pages)
- Comes in a variety of colors, designs, and sizes
- Less bulky and more portable than binders
- It can be expensive – you’ll need to purchase the custom notebook or just a cover, the paper punch, and the larger discs.
I said it can be expensive because the smaller quilted notebook in the top picture was about $28 (USD). But when I purchased the larger version, I decided not to get the complete notebook and opted to buy everything separately which was much cheaper. The thin plastic cover was $5, 1″ discs ($3) and some dividers which were also $5. So, for less than $15 I was able to put together a fabulous notebook that I love and use daily!
Other ARC Products
- ARC Paper Punch
- Levenger Portable Punch (a cheaper version, but please note that I haven’t tried this)
- 1″ Discs
- Tab Dividers, Black, 9″ x 11″
- Pocket Dividers, Smoke 9-1/4″ x 11-1/10″
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