Junior vs. Letter.....Zip Folio vs. Leather Foldover??

I just want to see what everyone's opinions are on the right size of Levenger notebook? I bought a Levenger Junior Zip Folio about a 8 weeks ago and have loved it so far. I also bought the page finder and soft color dividers to go with it.

Now that I've had it for a while, it has me wondering if I should have purchased the letter size instead? Then when I start thinking of that I almost wonder if I were to get a letter size if I should just get the Foldover notebook instead? Seeing and hearing about others' experiences may help me make my decision. This free Circa shipping is a great offer, and I'm starting to think I should try out some other product. I wish it wasn't so pricey!! Any input or suggestions you have are appreciated. Thanks

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Does anyone know if the zip folio can be bent back on itself like the foldover notebook? If so I'd suggest the zip folio. That way nothing would fall out or get rained on.

I want one, too, by the way, I just can't afford it right now. :)

Probably not

I've fondled one in the Levenger Store.
I would not try folding it back.
"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)

Letter Size

One benefit of the letter size, as I see it, is that you can always put all different sized pages within it and have them covered. If you start off with a smaller size, but then want to add a full letter page to it....the top/bottom/right edge will stick out. The down side, of course, is you lose some portability, i.e. can't stuff a letter size in your pocket.


can't stuff a letter size in your pocket

Depends on the pocket :)
"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)

Note to self...

...make sure refrigerator is fully stocked when inviting ygor over for dinner.

If he has a pocket large enough to fit a letter size circa, he must be fairly large himself. :o)


Funny you should mention that...

I used to have an old Army trench ccoat with pockets that could hold a two-liter bottle of soda.

Ahh, the memories... :)
"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)


My coat pockets are too small for a compact notebook..much less a two-liter bottle of soda!

-I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be - Douglas Adams-


My husband's record with such a trench coat is 8 2l bottles of soda in the pockets (2 in the outer pockets and 2 in the inner pockets each) plus the sleeves.

Indeed, the memories.....

and then there is folding

and then there is folding .....

Folding has its problems...

... as illustrated in this classic Sci-Fi story -- and, to my delight, the whole story is there !!!
"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)

8-o OMG - I'll stick with

8-o OMG - I'll stick with A4! I wonder what folding might do to a planner - shris, any strange goings on in your home lately?
Hehe, I think the story was inspired by Falling Water, no doubt, as the house was finished the year before the story was published. And did Beetlejuice get inspiration from the story?



I have had a bit of a run of bad luck over the last couple of days. Some medical issues the last few weeks, but I'm not sure I'd attribute that to folding paper. :)

Coincidentally I abandoned my elaborate erasable setup today. I'm tired of using two pens in my planner and erasing everything I write. So I've made another small book for my projects and waiting lists to sit next to the book of next actions and calendar. Same net effect, basically, but less effort to grab said stuff and stuff it into my purse for travel.

Perhaps the slightly altered format will reset my karma. :)


Zip folio and foldover

Hi, boomer,

I have the letter zip folio and I wouldn't recommend folding it back. I also have the foldover one (the one with Circa smurfs) and it does just fine. What I don't have is the regular folio (well, I do have one, but it has elastic inserts and is no longer carried by Levenger) so I can't say if it folds back well or not.

As to which size, I also have the Junior/classic size and use that for my calendar and for taking notes. I use the letter sized one for taking notes, too, but it's not as handy to just carry around with me. The Junior sized is the perfect compromise for that, imo. Large enough to record lots of info, but small enough to fit easily in my tote. YMMV, of course.


Thanks to everyone so far for their opinions. Everyone else chime in as well if you have advice. This is a hard call, I figure I have a few more days to take advantage of the free shipping. Right now, i'm leaning towards the letter size foldover since that can fold back. Although I like the Zip folio because it can be zipped closed....I wish they were a bit cheaper, I'd get one of each.

which size?

Which size are you considering getting? The Junior and Compact size zip folios are available at a discount in the Evergreen color (shown in Douglas' first Levenger Circa review that started all this madness). Sadly, it does not come with a Circa notebook.

Yes, what it boils down to is do you want something that folds over or something that zips closed? I use my Circa as a "take everywhere" type planner and it got rained on once. This made the decision for me: zippered binder. I got the $15 DayRunner off ebay recently. I'd buy the Evergreen zipper folio if I had some more money.

If the foldover is important and you're mostly going to be keeping it at a desk, by all means go for the foldover. I haven't had problems with stuff falling out of my Circa notebook. Things that are punched stay in fine.


Leather Circa jacket on sale

I noticed that the Circa Leather Jacket (holds a notebook) is still on sale at Levenger. I bought one for $59 several months ago and it's been discounted even further. It's something like the Zip folio, but no zipper and fewer pockets. It does come with a penloop and does offer a bit more protection than the raw Notebook or the Foldover cover.

Circa Leather Jacket W/Notebook, Junior
$78 Now $39.95
Available in more colors

I tried folding it back, but it's a little stiff for that. I find that I just use a Junior Circa Notebook as a combined calendar and notebook and it works just fine. Actually, I haven't used my Jacket that much.

On the other hand, you can find planner/address book covers that will also hold a Circa Notebook.

I really like the Circa/Rollabind system. It has great flexibility and utility.


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