Circa – You Knew I Wouldn’t Wait the Week

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If you read my last post, you know I have recently become enamored with disc bound notebooks/planner systems.

I started with an insanely cheap Arc system from Staples and had decided that, if I stuck with it for a week, I would take the plunge and order myself a Levenger Circa because although I love the minuscule price of Arc, I knew I would tire of the plastic cover and discs in the long term.

Well, I regularly peruse eBay for all sorts of things and you’ll never believe what I came across Friday night. You guessed it…a used Levenger Circa in “Mezzo” leather in Chestnut (between tan and brown). Just for shits & giggles, I bid on it, figuring that the price was so low I’d never win it.

I won it.

And amazingly enough, it just arrived in today’s mail. That was crazy fast shipping!

Suffice to say, I moved into that thing in a heartbeat! I love it…the leather is fantastic (it reminds me of my saddle) and smells great, even though it’s used. I had ordered up some 1″ Levenger aluminum discs to see if they were worth the hype (they are) and they also came today, so without further ado, here is a quick look at my new Levenger:

Here it is as I bid on it…with standard 3/4″ Levenger black plastic discs and filled with 60 sheets of Levenger Annotation Ruled Sheets.

(My Arc from the last post is in the background)

outa the box You can see it has a few dings on the leather, but just from normal wear and tear. Gives it character ; )

Here it is with the new Levenger 1″ aluminum discs put in….so pretty!

flat w new discs

The inside front has 2 card pockets and one full length slip pocket. Of note is that the lining is either leather or a very nice vinyl. I assume vinyl, but since it doesn’t specify on the Levenger website, who knows. At any rate, it is very classy and looks as well as feels high quality.

inside front
The inside of the back cover is plain and has a leather/elastic pen loop that matches the exterior and it will easily accommodatefat pens, like my Coleto.

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Here’s a great shot of the spine, highlighting the spiffy aluminum discs.

side disc view
Don’t they look fabulous? Way nicer than the plastic ones!! And might I add that they make for super smooth page turning. I am very pleased with them. I’m also very pleased with the fact that, as my Levenger collection grows (’cause you know me…it totally will) I can use these rings with other covers, and this cover with other rings.

Here again is the photo from the beginning. A very nice shot of both the grain of the leather and the glint of the discs. This is actually just about a perfect representation of the color. I am a very, very happy girl : )

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That’s it. Just a quick peek/review. If this used Circa is any indication, I should be blown away when I get a new one!

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more adventures in disc bound planning!

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. DEM
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 22:36:09

    Oh man! That looks lovely. Congrats on the great purchase!

    I have toyed with the idea of the Circa system. They have a lovely planner system that I had been eyeing – it’s called Balanced Life. Unfortunately it won’t fit personal binders. I don’t want to move out of my ostrich binder. I’ve been trying to justify purchasing it anyway but can’t convince myself…haven’t figured out why I would need two diaries.

    Fortunately, or unfortunately, there is a levenger store 30 minutes from my house. May have to go by there tomorrow. Now….for what could I use the Circa???? Hmmmm

  2. thezeitgeistofzoe
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 14:26:51

    oh yes, the julie morgenstern system…i have seen that on the levenger site and am interested in it myself actually! it does appear that those refills are only available in “junior”/a5 size. could you use the circa as a work or project planner and the ostrich as more of a personal/goal book? or what about a circa as your 2013 journal? you know me…gotta do my enabling ; )

    so envious that you have a levenger store near you! do let me know if you end up getting one and what you decide to use it for!!!

  3. MJ
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 19:14:06

    btw you can sometimes find those on the levenger_outlet buyer from ebay… i dont typically go for it because its pretty pricy.. i mean they i think go by the quarter system and its like $30+? oh and did you know (gotta enable here somewhat) the arc system has top dividers but only in the UK?!

  4. thezeitgeistofzoe
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 19:20:18

    @mj: yeah, already familiar with levenger_outlet, as well as a couple other used levenger sellers. levenger usa also has white top tabs made out of plastic…noticed those yesterday but still not sure i need ’em ; ) keep up the enabling, lol…you know i love it!!

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