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As someone who has always struggled with keeping organized in both Â my personal and professional life, I was a bit skeptical when a Â co-worker recommended the Levenger Circa Notebook Â as a way to help the situation. Â After spending some time looking at his notebook, and and even more time on the Levenger site looking at every variation of their notebooks as well as the dizzying array of accessories and types of pages they had for them, I finally took the plunge and ordered Â two of them along with some additional paper and Â accessories.
The version of the Levenger Circa Notebook that I am reviewing Â today is one of the more basic ones in what they call the Junior Â size. The Junior size notebooks measure 6 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ and come Â standard with 3/4″ discs that the paper and cover attaches to. Â It Â is made up of a pink plastic translucent cover and this one Â contains a sampling of Project Planning, To Do, Contact/Address, Â and annotation ruled pages…all of the Levenger paper is a nice Â thick stock that is great for writing on with anything including a Â fountain pen. Â The notebooks also come in a larger 9 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ Â letter size that will hold larger size notebook paper, and the Â discs come in larger and smaller sizes to accommodate for multiple Â page counts within in your notebook. Â Each size of notebook is Â available with either a translucent plastic cover, bookcloth cover, Â or Â leather cover.
With that introduction to the basics on these notebooks, you might Â now find yourself asking, “Well they sound nice, but whats the big deal? Â How are they so helpful in keeping organized?” Â The thing Â that makes these notebooks so unique is the way that the paper is Â bound in them with the disc system. Â Each page has series of “D” Â shaped notches taken out of the paper that are designed to latch Â onto each disc that goes down the spine of the notebook. Â This Â makes the pages incredibly easy to add, remove, and just reorganize Â on the fly with minimal effort. Â This flexibility is what has Â really helped me to be able to keep my notes and other documents Â organized exactly as I need, even as my needs change.
Some people have asked how (if at all) these notebooks differ from Â a regular 3-ring binder, and I would say conceptually, there really isn’t a huge difference, however in practice there are huge Â differences. Â The first difference is that binding system allows Â for different size pages to be interchangeable between different Â size notebooks because the distance between discs used to bind the Â paper are the same regardless of the size of the overall notebook, Â which is different from a 3-ring binder since the holes are Â different distances from one another. Â The disc binding also leaves Â much less space between the hole and the post of a ringed binder, Â so you don’t have nearly the same amount of movement once the page Â is locked in. Â The biggest benefit though between the Circa disc Â binding system and the 3-ring system is that you can quickly and Â easily zip pages in and out and move them around without the hassle Â of prying open giant metal rings and snapping them back shut with Â the inevitable fear of getting a finger caught in the rings when Â they slam shut. Â It is also not too likely that you will find a Â 3-ring binder that looks nearly as professional as the Circa Â notebooks, the benefits are just too many to ignore in my opinion.
As I first mentioned in this review, I had a healthy amount of Â hesitation before I purchased my first Levenger Circa Notebook, but Â now that I have been using them for a while, Ive actually found Â myself relying heavily on these. Â Recently I took the plunge and Â bought the Bomber Jacket Leather cover because of the great quality Â that I have seen in all of the Levenger products, and I have picked Â up a bunch of other notebooks to use for everything from daily note Â taking, to my daily calendar/planner, and I have even started using thicker versions of the notebook to archive everything that I don’t need for daily use. Â These have honestly been a huge factor in making me a much more organized person at work and at home, I’m not sure if I could go back to the pre-Levenger Circa days Â now.
Something that has reinforced my passion for this brand of Â notebooks is the simple fact that in my day to day work I interact Â with a range of very senior executives to your average worker (like Â myself) and just about everyone in that pool of co-workers has at Â some point stopped and asked me extensive questions regarding the Â notebook and inquired as to where they can get them. Â It is a Â product that literally sells itself once someone sees it in person.
Just to make this review and giveaway a little more fun, I also Â wanted to include two other items that I wont go into full reviews Â of, but they just seemed like nice additions to compliment this Â notebook on a Mother’s Day and Mom related site. Â One of the Â additional items is a pink Uniball Signo 207 Gel pen, which is one Â of my favorite pens to write with, you can see my full review here. Â Â This version was created to support the City of Hope for breast cancer research, treatment and education. Â The pens come in a Â variety of colors and are one of the smoothest pens that you will Â ever write with. Â In addition to the amazing writing experience you Â get with this pen, Uniball uses their proprietary Uni-Super Ink Technology that traps the ink in the fibers of the paper to prevent Â criminal check washing and other document alterations. Â There is really no excuse not to use this pen when writing and signing Â checks or other important documents. Â This pen was provided to me Â by @UniBall_USA Â on Twitter. Â This Â is the official Brand Manager account for Uniball on Twitter.
The second additional item is the Â pink Sharpie. Â This is the same Â great Sharpie that we are all familiar with, but this one writes in Â a nice clear pink color and is also branded with the familiar pink Â ribbon and sold to support City of Hope for breast cancer research, treatment and education. Â The Sharpie was provided to me by @execbp Â on Twitter who is the owner of a small office supply company in St. Louis, MO, and just an all ’round Â helpful nice guy.
Happy Mother’s Day to everyone out there, and I hope that my Â giveaway of these items helps to make Mother’s Day a little extra Â special for one of you.
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