All my best posts about how to use a Staples ARC notebook as a planner, including tips and ideas for setup, DIY accessories and printable planner pages! I absolutely fell in love with disc bound notebooks and planners about 5 years ago and haven’t looked back since!
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A Wee Bit About Discbound Notebooks and Planners
I got into using the Staples ARC notebook as a planner about 5 years ago. At the time there weren’t really any “real” planners that used the discs to hold the pages together. Since then one of my favorite companies (Me and My Big Ideas) really started promoting their Happy Planner which uses discs too.
What I love about the full sized, 8.5″X11″ Staples ARC notebook is that I don’t have to fuss around, making everything “planner sized”. I can spend my time working and using my planner as a tool rather than an art project.
ARC Notebook Tips - Creating The Ultimate Personalized ARC Planner
All my best tips and ideas for making a DIY planner. My product suggestions and tools that I use in own Staples ARC and Happy (MAMBI) planners. Works for daily, weekly and monthly users.
How To Use The ARC Paper Punch To Make A DIY Planner
I won't lie to you, the ARC Paper Punch was the weirdest, most confusing part of the whole process when I was considering doing a disc bound planner. Here are my best tips and ideas for how to use the ARC Paper Punch!
The Perfect ARC Planner Tab Categories
Now that you know you want an ARC planner, you have to figure out how to organize it. The possibilities are endless and you can customize it to fit your life. Here are some ideas on the perfect planner tab categories. Tips and ideas whether you are a business woman, mom or a combination of both.
How To Make Laminated Scrapbook Paper Dividers For Your Discbound Planner
With all the scrapbook paper I have laying around I thought it would be a great idea to make DIY laminated divider pages for my letter sized disc bound ARC or Levenger planner! It is wicked easy to do and helps so much with planner organization. You can even use them as covers (I do!)
Printable Planner Calendar System For Staples ARC System or 3 Ring Binder
I have set up this collection of printable calendar pages for DIY printing for either the Staples Arc Customizable Leather Notebook System or 3 ring binders.
Cute and Cool Planner Accessories
Planners can be so boring! But they don't have to be. There are so many cute ways to jazz them up and cool ways to keep your interest. Here are a few of my ways to use pens, highlighters, washi tape, etc!
Discbound Planners FAQ
After writing about discbound planners and making videos and using my own, I KNOW some of the questions that may be popping up in your mind right about now! Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions I get…
Don’t the Discs Rip The Paper?
This was the first thing I thought when I saw a video about this. NO! They don’t rip the paper and you can pull pages out and put them in quite a few times before the edges of the holes wear down. Maybe it is the shape? But they just work great!
Can you use the ARC and Levenger punches on Happy Planners?
All of the punches are interchangeable. That said, the ARC and Levenger are full sized so they are good for all three, the Happy Planner punch is shorter so if you are using for a full sized page you will have to punch it twice.
Does the ARC Notebook come set up to be a planner?
NOPE! When I first got started using mine, I never thought about it because I have my own planner pages I make on Etsy anyways. Doh. That said, there are so many different free and paid planner pages that it is EVEN BETTER to be able to choose your own style rather than being stuck with whatever the “normal” planner has!
Discbound Planner Ideas (ARC, Levenger & MAMBI) Wrapup
Okey doke, I feel like this going to give you a super good start on how to get your planner set up and some fun things you can add to make it even cooler to use!
As I write more posts about Arcs, I will for sure add them here to keep you up on the latest developments!