Friday, December 11

Arc customisable notebook

 One thing I always struggle with is organising my life. I write to do's about my to-do lists and have random notes jotted down everywhere. I guess you could say I have a bit of organised chaos. It often gets to the point I just ignore what's piling up hoping it will go away. However not anymore.

For the longest time I have wanted a filofax. I remember being in collage going to WHSmiths for some new pens and having a look at them. With there sleek leather exteriors and the options to customise what's inside; I couldn't afford it then and I cant afford them now. After all it is a lot of money for a fancy notebook. So when popping into staples a few days ago to actually see if a 'to-do' notebook existed I came across there Arc range. A budget friendly planner but still in same idea as a filofax.

After weighing up my options I landed up walking out with the basic a5 notebook, to-do pages and side index dividers. So hopefully now I will have no excuse not to keep myself in line. The price was above what you would pay for a notebook, but not extortionate.

The basic package is an a5 notebook costing £6.49 and is the cheapest available. With a plastic cover complete with thick 60 pages of lined paper I honestly would pay this again for another notebook if I needed too. Each page is double sided, and with being 100gsm paper ink is not visible from the other side. There is an option of a leather cover and lots of colours to choose from too. 

The 'to-do' pages come in a pack of 50 sheets for £2.80, also thick paper. This is fantastic value as the paper, verging on card, really does feel like its worth more than that. Each page comes with a handy tick box so its clear what still has to be done. 

I wasn't sure whether or not to get the side index dividers, but I'm glad I did. At £2.80 it was not a huge loss if I didn't like them. I'm finding that I'm using them more than I thought I would, and my folder is already becoming a neatly divided book with organised thoughts. These come with 5 in a pack, with random colours. You are able to get tabs that are seen from the top for the same cost.

Images From Staples.co.uk
The book is a little different from what I was used too. Each page is able to be slipped in and out of the book around plastic disks that make up spine. Unlike a ring binder, the spine in this is solid. This means that any poly pockets will not be able to fit, and if you already have a system in place everything will need to be converted. The pages can be a little tricky to add into the binder, with it being far easier to add in a small amount at a time. Once they're in however the pages glide nicely and stay secure.

I'm already noticing that with these two add-ons, that I will have to purchase the extender rings. The cover bows very slightly already with the standard disks. I wish there was something on the shelf at the time to help with putting together a perfect planner. Information like which size of disks are needed to hold so many pages would have been welcome information on how the planners work, plus saved a trip back to there shop. This has not put me off however and I look forward to adding further things into the binder such as a diary so everything will be in one place.

Some other options Include Diary, Zip Pockets and page flags.
Over all my note book cost £12.09 and its a price I would very happily pay again. I plan on very soon enlarging it to hold everything I need to keep my life, blogging, modelling and mum stuff together. It is avalible on there website or instore Staples.

How do you organise your thoughts? Let me know down below what you use.
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35 comments:

  1. What a really good idea and what a great price x

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  2. This is a really cool idea! I'm after a filofax for next year but may have to look at these instead :)

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    1. The leather version's of these are really nice, would easily compare them to filofax in quality x

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  3. Oooh, I love that. I think I am actually a little bit stationary obsessed. I just love it!

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    1. I love stationary too! Especially things like this that make life easier x

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  4. This is really nice! I love browsing for stationery - so obsessed.

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    1. It really is nice isnt it, such a simple yet great idea x

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  5. Really like this. Love stationery so can see myself getting this.
    Have a great day.

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  6. Supper pretty! I'm looking for a planner at the moment so thankies for this review, Will go have a look at them.

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    1. It really is, let me know if you get one, id love to see :)

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  7. Love this idea, I am after a new planner for 2016 and this is perfect.

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    1. They have a diary insert which would make this extra perfect x

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  8. Love it defiantly going to have to give this a buy for x mas present

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  9. I still like to write things down physically, and still love a filofax, just so useful.

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    1. Im always writting things down, cant be done with having notes on my phone x

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  10. I love that you can personalize the notebook. I am always writing so would love this in my stocking.

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    1. Let me know if you get one. These are a perfect way to orginise your thoughts x

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  11. I like my stuff organised so this will be very useful.

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    1. Its so usefull. Coudnt be without mine now x

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  12. I picked one up this morning in white. Can't wait to use it!

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    1. Let me know how you get on, did you pick up any inserts? x

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    2. I did actually! The plastic tabby things, feeling like an organised student

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  13. This is so great I want one... Xmas list is needed :)

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    1. Let me know if you get one, would be really interested to know your views x

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  14. That's a great idea and as other have suggested, it would make a great Xmas present for the super organised person in someone's life! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It really would, not only Xmas tho but anybody (foe example bloggers) to make notes on the go :)

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  15. OOh this looks fab, I too have lusted after a Filofax but always been too poor or when I've had the money decided against it. I may have to grab on of these in the new year!

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    1. This is such fantastic value notebook. Totally recommended it

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    2. This is such fantastic value notebook. Totally recommended it

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  16. Totally great ! Would love to own a proper organiser but of course they are pricey.Will need to look around

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  17. I find those note books very cute, and very handy for everyday. I do have a few of my own xx

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