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Review: Levenger Circa Smooth Sliver Notebook with Pockets

Awhile ago I posted about the Junior-Size Levenger Circa Smooth Sliver notebook I bought from eBay and how much I enjoyed it. I liked it so much in fact, when Levenger had a sale recently I had to grab a letter-size notebook for my work planner. The letter-size version of the Levenger Circa Sliver Cover with Pockets is just as great as its smaller version, and now I have a matching pair! Here are the unboxing pics!
First of all, I was surprised to see that Levenger wasn’t shipping the notebook in their usual boxes with cloth covers anymore. All the other notebooks I’ve bought from them have come packaged that way, but instead, it was shipped in a plastic shrinkwrapped bag. Once unwrapped, I was able to see this luscious Cocoa colored notebook.

The Levenger Circa Sliver Notebook with Pockets in Cocoa
The back cover:

The Levenger Circa Sliver Notebook with Pockets in Cocoa
The most important benefit this notebook cover offers is how incredibly thin and light it is! It takes up virtually no room on the discs compared to other covers..

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I was also really impressed to see a new informational sheet on the inside of the notebook – titled “Levenger Tips for Effective Note-taking”. Yes, it’s a lot of tips I’ve heard before, but I still thought it was kind of cool to see the handwriting and tips.

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Levenger also includes tip sheets on how to remove covers and pages safely too. The company does a great job at educating its customers on the Circa system and how to use it effectively.

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The notebook came with Levenger’s standard annotation ruled refills. While in the past I’ve not been overly impressed with the paper quality of their standard refills, there is no feathering or bleedthrough on these pages that I’ve seen.

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The back of my sample page:

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All in all, I strongly believe the notebook would be improved with a pen loop, and in a perfect world, an elastic strap closure. But its the closest cover I’ve found yet to the clear plastic covers I love. I can easily fold it over on itself (my major requirement), it doesn’t take any room whatsoever on the discs (my second requirement) and it comes in more than boring black! I was actually really torn between getting the letter size in Cocoa to match the Junior, or the Navy Blue. I literally put each in and out of my shopping cart several times before finally deciding on the Cocoa. It seemed the most business-friendly, would go with most of my aluminum disc colors, and is a nice rich brown. I definitely recommend

Shown here in Letter-size with my “plum” aluminum discs, and in Junior-size with “caribbean” aluminum discs. And my Rebecca Moss fountain pen.

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The Levenger Circa Sliver Notebook with Pockets (in Cocoa)

*Edited to add: I do not work for Levenger, just like their products. I do not get items free to review. Everything on my blog I’ve purchased myself, much to my wallet’s despair.*

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Updates to the Pretty Pretty Planner

A couple of updates I had in the works, Junior size.

One with hourly formatting for M-F:

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Junior Pretty Pretty Planner – Hourly

Another with bigger boxes for during the day:

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Pretty Pretty Planner – Big Box Version

All printing rules for the regular Junior-size Pretty Pretty Planner apply here.

Download them on the Pretty Pretty Planner page, scroll to the bottom!

New! The Pretty Pretty Planner comes in Letter Size!

Now available – weekly layouts of the 2015 Pretty Pretty Planner in both a Erin Condren/Plum Planner style and as an hourly week. Also available are monthly pages. Black and white versions are not available yet, but will follow in the next couple of weeks, as I need a break from these for a bit.

Download them for free on the Pretty Pretty Planner’s page! Scroll to the bottom for new updates.

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Pretty Pretty Planner, Weekly Hourly, Letter-Size Version

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Pretty Pretty Planner, Weekly Letter-Size Version

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Pretty Pretty Planner, Monthly Letter-Size Version

Pretty Pretty Planner Update! New 7-Day Week Version

At special request I have created a version of the Pretty Pretty Planner with 7 full sized days, or such as they can be and still fit in the Junior size layout. Just go to the Pretty Pretty Planner page and scroll to the very bottom to download it.

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Dollar Tree Chopping Mats as Discbound Covers

In my explorations online, I’d heard that Dollar Tree cutting mats, sold in sets of 2 per package, could easily be cut down into discbound notebook covers. So once day I made a trip specifically to Dollar Tree to grab some, and recently had the chance to try it out. Here’s how the process went!

First of all, I had to find a good template. I used the clear covers from an Office Depot Foray Revolution notebook to trace my pattern onto the cutting mats. I was able to get both front and back pieces on one cutting mat, still leaving one leftover for future use. I penciled around the Foray cover, and cut them with a paper cutter, rounding the edges with a scrapbooking corner rounder I had.


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Once the pieces were ready, I matched up the new covers to the pre-punched Foray cover, and removed a punch head from the Levenger Circa punch for spacing reasons (easily done by unscrewing and sliding forward).

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A work-in-progress scene.

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Of that one cutting mat, I had enough plastic for front and back pieces AND two pagefinders.

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The covers on an actual dashboard.

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One of the custom cut pagefinders I used to hold sticky flags.

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Another view of the pagefinder.

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Final results are, I really like them as covers, but the plastic is very thin and somewhat flimsy/floppy. On a notebook without any tab dividers or other support, it can be little TOO thin compared to normal Staples Arc poly plastic covers.

(Planner shown in the pics above is the Pretty Pretty Planner.)

Using Post-It Flags in your DIY Planner

I liked my sticky flag holder in my junior Circa so much that I adapted it to my letter-size work notebook too.

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I used a letter-size Levenger top-tab divider and a gluestick to keep the post-it flags firmly attached.

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I love how the flags are exactly the size of the appointments section of my work planner page.

Which post-it flags you ask? These!

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I just love arranging them in ROYGBV order.

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Introducing … The Pretty Pretty 2015 Planner

As I become more involved in online planner groups on Facebook and Instagram, I’ve also become more inspired to try and find the perfect weekly planner layout. I was drawn to the whole planner ecosystems around the Erin Condren and Plum Paper planners. I like the weekly layouts, divided into day segments and with otherwise open boxes for people to write their own appts, reminders, etc. And who knew there are whole planner stickers and accessories designed to fit the boxes in these planners? Crazy, right?! But as I browsed through the planner sections of Etsy, I so wanted to try them! But … I like my discbound notebooks – the planners I linked to above are an unconventional size: too big for the traditional ‘Junior’ or 8.5 x 5.5″ sizes, and too small for Letter-sized notebooks. And they are THICK spiral-bound planners! While I’d seen pics from those who have cut off the spiral binding and punched them with Levenger punches, they’d still require some pretty big discs to carry the whole thing, which I don’t like to use as a general rule, 1″ is as big as I will go (and that took awhile!). But after browsing Etsy and comparing alternatives, there didn’t seem to be any substitute planner printables that I could find that had a similar feel.

So I made one.
I call it the Pretty Pretty 2015 Planner. Because it is pretty. Best of all, it’s free for download!
Just go here.

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Pretty Pretty Planner 2015

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Pretty Pretty Planner 2015