7 Ring Vs Circa


I am new here so I thought I'd post something to get started.

I am one of those that has tried just about every type planner, pda, smartphone, you name it.

I use the GTD method so this is why I keep looking for the perfect system ( although I know it doesn't exist).

I fell in love with Circa / Levenger and have been using the Letter size zip binder for my GTD set up along with my Blackberry 8300 Curve.

I'm not a writer, like many of you. I am in outside sales, on the road in the car quite a bit. Today I decided to switch from Circa back to a 7 ring binder. The main reason is that I am constantly flipping pages when in the car, pulled over, etc and I found that after a while the Circa paper starts to fold a pull out. I'm not knocking Circa at all, but I think I'm just too "rough" when using my binder.

I have however decided to continue using the Levenger paper and just 7 hole punch it.

If anyone has a desire to purchase the heavy duty Circa punch & Ltr size zip binder, feel free to make an offer.

Is anyone else using the Levenger paper, but not using the Circa set up? Am I crazy?

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Not crazy...

you are just doing things to your preference. Nothing wrong with that. If it works for you, great.

You might try posting in the Bazaar for the stuff you want to sell.
"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)

circa notebooks vs. other Levenger stuff

Circa notebooks are great, but they aren't for everyone. Levenger realizes this. They actually sell 3 ring binders and paper already 3 hole punched. I'm not sure which would be better for the way you use your tools: 3 ring or 7 ring.


Levenger also sells paper

Levenger also sells paper without any pre-punched holes, 3-ring or Circa or otherwise.

300 Freeleaf Refill Sheets, Letter

of course you are not crazy,

of course you are not crazy, well you might be for other reasons :) i dont know you so i can not say. But i do know that doing what you like does not make you crazy.

Circa works for some, and not for others. So if you find it does not work for you, you should really use something that does work for you. And yes the paper is nice. as someone already said, Levenger is aware that one system will not work for everyone so it is for this reason that they do offer Levenger paper that has been 3 ring punched, and paper that has not been punched.

I personally would LOVE your used circa zipfolio but as you can see from my sig, Levenger too ALL my money. :)

Levenger stole ALL of my money, but they left me all these nice, shiny organizational tools.

Not crazy at all. I recently

Not crazy at all. I recently went back to a 7 ring binder for my 'master book' because I found myself 'feeding' my system too much. It's a matter of what works. I was hoping, however, that with all the circa converts around these parts, someone might have a 7 hole punch they'd like to part with. But I guess not! ;)

I'm interested!

If you want to give me call or drop me an email to let me know what color the zip binder is (and how much you want for the pair) I may be quite interested. Use the contact page on WickedWordCraft.com to reach me by email or phone.


I'd be interested too.

If Angela is not interested, let me know. I am looking for one too!


I use both

I've found that for my planner purposes, my 7-ring Day-Timer with DIY templates works just fine. I do use Circa though. I bind my own books for sermon notes, bible studies, etc...and our church uses these for those purposes. I use a junior circa for my sermons and my congregation smiles when they see my book with the discs as I preach but the flexibility to just drop stuff in the notes is well worth it.

In the future, I plan to put my own study bible notes together. Using circa, I can bind my own books, print the bible text, and then insert my study notes inside. Don't know what my kids will think of it when I'm gone but I sure would have liked to have read my great grandfather's bible study notes today (if he had done such a thing).

In short, I can use both...just for differing purposes.

That's what I'm doing right now...

In the future, I plan to put my own study bible notes together. Using circa, I can bind my own books, print the bible text, and then insert my study notes inside.

Right now, I've got three of these books--Proverbs for Sunday evenings, Ephesians for Wednesdays and Jeremiah for my own private reading. Mine are probably a tad bit different, though, because two of those, at least, are in Polish. ;-)


3-ring vs 7-ring vs circa

For my planner, I've found that a 3-ring classic size works best, I have a Day-Timer and a Staples brand zipper type (2 different ring sizes). I dislike the 6- and 7- ring types just because they're proprietary. My planner is rather thick, circa / rollabind is not large enough, and even if I chose the 1 inch size, I find it awkward at that thickness. I also move pages and blocks of pages around a lot. Maybe it's just me and my all-thumbs approach, but after a couple of moves the circa method is rather tediuous, and the more moves the more fragile a page becomes. Combine that with the greater expense and the need for special punches, and I could not find it in me to jump on the circa bandwagon.

I do have a couple of circa (and atoma/myndology) notebooks I use as general notebooks. I use a couple to plan out lectures and other notes for two college classes I teach on the side -- there circa functions nicely since I move the occassional page but generally need a small size plain notebook.

A former six-ring user

I used a six-ring system for the longest time, not a seven-ring (which makes me one ring short of a binder, I suppose, but I digress...)

The clearest advantage I've found to the Circa system is folding the cover up and out of the way, which effectively cuts the space required on my lap or desk in half, and gives me an unobstructed surface for writing. I'm not a writer either, the bulk of my note-taking is done in meetings or project notes for myself.

One thing that I've certainly found is that paper weight makes all the difference with disc-binding. I could get by using thinner paper in my old Franklin setup, but even casual use of thin paper in my Circa setup causes ragged smurfs on my pages. Since you've already mentioned using punched Levenger paper (which is 60 lb. IIRC), this may not be a solution for you.

In either system I've found that having tabs or page lifters or some kind of "get to this section" markers is invaluable for saving the edges of the paper. Rather than flipping pages by grabbing edges and pulling, the lifters/tabs sort of push things out of the way. Even the (currently cheap) paper I have in the Circa notebook is lasting well since I started using tabs to hop around major sections of the notebook. I punch my own tabs out of repurposed poly folders or salvaged card stock from the office recycle bin (old manila folders and accordion folders.)

Nice, thick dividers...

I agree on this point. Having nice, thick dividers (preferably plastic, or super-thick cardstock) to push the paper pages really helps on the rings. They also seem to help give the entire notebook structure. Every notebook I make now uses a couple--and having good covers helps also. I started out with thick paper covers, but have gone to hacking plastic covers, which really makes things spin easier.