New ARC at Staples

I was in Staples today and they have new compact size ARC notebooks. They have five discs and the paper is 4.25 x 5.75, fine ruled. They have replacement paper and an insert with post-its and sticky tabs/markers sized to fit the notebook. Covers were all plastic, similar to the other notebooks except that had one that was see-through with a pattern of clear, dark gray and light-gray squares. The notebooks come with 60 sheets of paper and are $3.99 each, refills have 50 sheets and are $1.99, the tab insert was $1.99. I bought two notebooks, one refill and one tab insert and on my receipt there was instant saving of $1.60 each on the notebooks; not sure if that was for Staples rewards or just a promotion. They are great size. This was in Lansing, MI. One Staples had them, one did not.

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Dang - one more different size

Levenger "Compact" is 3.75 by 6.75 inches
I wish they would standardize the sizes of notebooks like the Europeans have.

And it is not even a convenient size to chop down from other paper. If it was 5.5 inches tall, it would be exactly a quarter of a letter size sheet of paper.
Sure, you can use legal, but that produces leftovers
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Different sizes of disc bound brands "portable" size notebooks.

I think the brands stick with letter/A4 size for the bigger notebooks because students, writers and business people want flexibility and standards.

They consider the portable/personal/throw in a backpack or purse crowd, the most flexible to entice into a brand and also the most fickle to stick to one so they don't standardize this size.

They do not seem to get that the handwriting crowd is shriking by the minute and standards is what will make brands stick.

Levenger's move is most probably aimed at discouraging D.I.Y pages and mix and match of products with other brands.
If they want people to stick with their pages, there should be more calendar and to do templates as well as pages format (lined, grid, plain is the minimal standard when one sells to serious readers and writers)

I have also heard that their paper is awful with fountain pen. That leaves a greater and greater number of serious readers and writers out because most people who pen a copious amount of notes are using, or are discovering in greater number, the fountain pen because of its ergonomic utility.

It might be that Levenger real target market is the top wage earner who use brand name stuff including office supplies just to show off the name even if the rollerball, ballpoint or gel refill performs poorly.

I agree

Your spin on Levenger's practices is, I believe, on target.

All I have consistently bought from the manufacturers (Levenger/Rollabind/Staples-Arc) is the punch and the binding discs. I use other sources for covers and paper.

I may still grab one of the Staples "compact" notebooks just to see how it performs with quartered letter size paper. I was planning some built-in imposition for the Dynamic Templates.

Stay tuned, boys and girls ! There's lots more fun to come.

Especially since the world did not end today :)
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Followed the imposition link

Thank you for teaching me something new Ygor!

Also Thank You So Much for being the ever smart, witty, computer, analogue system savy person on this site.

Thanks for protecting us from spammers too. :)

Influence of DIY Planner, Others?

Dear Friends: Is there any evidence that Levenger, Rollabind, Day Runner, Day Timer, Franklin Covey, and others react to or are influenced by DIY PLanner, Plannerisms, or other web sites populated by paper users?

Sorta...

I do not believe that they actually listen to us, but they continue to toss products at us.
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson) ***

They should but they don't or they don't "get what we want"

After many years on sites dedicated to analogue communication, while indulging in the lifetime passion of stationery related things; I discovered that "Brands people" and retailers sites don't know or listen to their customers.

They might use sales data to discontinue or expand a line but they don't understand the "why" behind the numbers.
Some have enabled reviews on their site but it usually requires a cumbersome log in. Who has the time and how do I know the negative comments are not deleted?

Lately, vendors of all kind of stuff want customers "to connect" with them via social media. For what? So that they can get, yet more data they don't know how to use but are perfectly willing to sell without customer consent?

The brands below, while not mainstream in the U.S, are more responsive that well known ones.

Even Ygor, somebody who works full time and is really busy, is more responsive to our wishes than the big names of the writing/organizing world.

It took me decades to get the Junior/half letter size (5-1/2" x 8-1/2") ring planner I wanted (Tom Bihn Field Journal Notebook), it is not from a mainstream brand.
They also offer very hard to get fountain pen friendly paper refills in that size. :)
This is great for writings.

But, I also like to make lists of things I do or buy on a regular basis, during the year, which I stick inside page protectors.
Same thing for outlines of important projects, they get in a page protector.
Which means I need a half letter size notepad which fit inside the planner, has micro-perforated pages and fountain pen friendly paper.

So far my only option is Rhodia 14.8 cm X 21.0 cm ( 6 x 8 ¼ " ) but it will have to be trimmed to fit inside the planner.

I do wish Clairefontaine will distribute their wirebound notepads which are (5-1/4" x 8-1/4") in the U.S.A

I hope Myndology will consider making (5-1/2" x 8-1/2") disc bound notepads in their Sync color variations.

This year, I am counting on Ygor to help me make my ideal Junior size yearly calendar with grids between the numbers (Apple style).

I tried my own D.I.Y last year and it was a disaster of much wasted paper and expensive printer ink, as well as time spent making a not so efficient calendar from which I lost the template.

This year, I will be sticking to this site.

Ygor brace yourself for the clueless! :) ;)

Clueless is reversible

Clue-proof, on the other hand, is usually incurable >:D
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:) Let's hope I am not...

clue-proof.

It would be, hem... embarrassing.

You know -

I'm really excited to try the Staples Compact IF you can quarter letter paper into it. As someone said earlier - Levenger is way too limited on calendar formats. SO DIY would be idea esp. if you can make it work with a nice looking "compact" disc bound notebook that you can DIY paper for.

Need some help finding them !

I asked at my local Staples and they were totally clueless.

If you have a local Staples that has them, ask the Guys In The Red Shirts (potentially just as expendable/disposable as in Star Trek) for information so that Another Person (me!) at Another Staples Location might get these products. SKU numbers or whatever. They ain't online at Staples-Dot-Com and it seems that is what the store uses for reference as well.

Thanks and happy new year to all y'all.
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I had ducked into Staples

I had ducked into Staples (my second home) to dodge the crazy NYC holiday crowd and wandered into the arch aisle. My heart skipped a beat when I saw the compact arc notebooks. It was a joyous surprise and I'm still grinning foolishly, now imagining all the possibilities. I snatched up a black notebook, a grayish/black & white patterned book, 5 extra packs of paper and a bookmark/post-it holder.

I'm in love :0

Lucy the Literacy Lady, Literacy Intervention Specialist
www.lucytheliteracylady.com

Many thanks, Lucy !!

OK, folks.

The lithe, lissome, lovely, liberated, laminal, lustrous, laudable, lucid, loquacious, likeable, loveable , lofty, and learned Literacy Lady Lucy (and please note that I avoided adjectives like "licentious" which, while alliterative, would probably be inaccurate and uncomplimentary) was kind enough to respond to my email request for details from her receipt for the purchase of these new and sought after compact Arc notebooks.

I called Staple's Customer Support and was able to get the corresponding SKU numbers to the UPC numbers from the receipt.

Here they are:

Item Description UPC Number Staple's SKU Number
black compact notebook 718103170093 946 023
black/white/gray square design compact notebook 718103170086 946 024
50 sheets of refill paper, compact size 718103182515 943 782
adhesive notes, 2.5 x 5.5 718103182546 946 029

Now we can all descend on our local Staples and politely demand these compact Arc notebooks

>:D

Chaos, Panic and Disorder. My Work Here is Done !

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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us."
(Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

lol

awwww shucks, ygor...u have me blushing :0

You are most welcome, glad I could give back in some small way. I get plenty of help from the folks on this forum.

Lucy the Literacy Lady, Literacy Intervention Specialist
www.lucytheliteracylady.com

It's what I do here :)

I help out.
So just "Pay It Forward"
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I went by and....

I went by to look at the Compact notebooks. One thing - and given I'm picky - I didn't like is that they feel very, very loose. I think that's because the discs are big - probably 3/4 - 1 inch discs but there's only like 50 pages of paper in there. An easy swap if you have smaller levenger discs, which most of us do. A really good deal at $4. If they make an agenda in that size, I'm sold. I did see the "junior" size agendas and those have pleather covers.

You can always...

...make your own agenda !
Page size is close enough to a quartered sheet of letter that you could print out some 4-up stuff that would work perfectly.
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DIY quarter page

Some awesome older templates for quarter letter size here:

Link into the template library

Add some dated material from the dynamic template software and you are good to go.

For some reason I find the 1/4th letter size ascetically ugly. Although I think I should like it because it is the best small size option for those of us stuck with US paper sizes since it doesn't create waste. Are engineers allowed to consider looks of things, or are we just supposed to care about the function?

Has anyone tried the Martha

Has anyone tried the Martha Stewart disc bound notebooks from Staples?
here.

--> my blog <--

Looked but did not buy

About the same as Arc, but in Martha Colors (and priced higher)
I passed, even with a 40% off-one-item coupon because of the colors.

Not studly enough for this guy :)
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson) ***

I'm no stud

I'm no stud but I didn't like the Martha Stewart colors either. And Martha's collection is a bit more expensive than Arc. I, who used to change notebooks and planners constantly, haven't changed since I switched to Arc. I guess it's love.

Lucy the Literacy Lady, Literacy Intervention Specialist
www.lucytheliteracylady.com

I think I saw a photo that

I think I saw a photo that showed an elastic closure on the MS version. I can't wait get to a Staples to check them all out.

--> my blog <--

ARC at Staples in Canada

It seems that Staples in Canada is finally officially carrying ARC notebooks and accessories. My local store has had some for almost a year, but now, the flyers are announcing them and, lo, they now also carry the punch. Which I of course purchased for 38,95Can$.

Great news!