Customise Your Notes with the Circa Modular Notebook

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One of the best holiday gifts I received this year was a Levenger Circa modular notebook, a fancy pants folio you can customise for your own note-taking needs. The Circa is a combination binder and notebook, with removable pages but without ugly and annoying binder rings to snap open and shut. Instead a set of black plastic rings holds your book together, and specially-punched paper, dividers, and covers snap onto them. Like the Moleskine, the Circa is pricey, but notebook fetishists will love it. After the jump, some photos of my Circa assembly.

I got the "Simply Irresistible" sampler kit, which is a nice intro to Circa (and a neat gift for a co-worker or boss.)

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The kit comes with 8 1/2 x 11 front and back plastic covers, several page templates of varying sizes and colors, and a few different types of page dividers.

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The Circa's secret sauce is a set of black plastic rings that act as your notebook's spine.

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They're just a little smaller than a quarter.

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To put together your notebook, you snap the rings into the plastic covers one by one.

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Rinse and repeat till you've got a full spine of rings.

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Then you snap in the pages and dividers you want inside the book.

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Levenger, the company that makes the Circa, offers several prefab templates of various sizes and formats (like a to-do list, project manager template, note-taking form) for your notebook. Alternately, you can make your own notebook paper with the $58 (!) Circa paper punch.

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The pages tear out of the Circa without actually getting torn, and you can put them back in easily, much like a binder.

This starter kit will set you back $40 but it comes with a $40 gift certificate to Levenger to buy more Circa gear, which is a pretty good deal. I love the design and modularity of the Circa (kind of like a D*I*Y Planner but without the binder rings). I don't love the price tag on the Circa's paper punch, since I'm more likely to punch my own paper than buy their forms. That said, I had a blast putting mine together, and it's definitely the kind of notebook that impresses when you pull it out in meetings with clients and higher ups. Thanks, LTT!

Note: Levenger advertised the Circa notebook on Lifehacker at some point, but this post is not an advertisement. The book in the photos is mine, not a review unit.


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