I admit I’m a real office supply junkie. Notebooks, pens, planners, sticky notes, notepads, I kind of collect these items. Some may say it’s an addiction, but since these items are useful and help me with productivity, I don’t think this addiction is a bad thing. 🙂 Either way, I’m always on the lookout for something new when it comes to office supplies. A few years ago I discovered the discbound system and it changed my world. Yes, I love using the discbound system to stay organized and I can’t wait to share with you why!
What is the discbound system?
If you’re not familiar with the discbound system, let me share a few details with you about it. Instead of using rings like a traditional 3-ring binder, it uses a series of discs to keep the pages bound together.
There are several different sizes of discs so you can create a customized notebook in the size you want. You can expand your notebook from 1/2 inch to up to 1 1/2 inch depending on your needs.
There are a variety of styles to choose from including textured, leather and poly covers. Typically there are two sizes, both large and small. My large binder holds 8.5 x 11 inch paper, and my small binder holds 5.5 x 8.5 inch paper.
What’s special about the discbound system?
Unlike a traditional 3-ring binder, a discbound notebook lays flat when closed and the cover can be turned behind itself like a spiral bound notebook. You can customize your notebook easily thanks to the uniqueness of the discbound system. The pages are punched with holes that allow you to add, remove and move around the pages as you like.
To add pages all you have to do is place the page where you want it and gently press the tabs between the metal discs.
Discbound notebooks come with lined paper, but since I desired to add my own printables to my notebook I purchased a special hole puncher designed for discbound notebooks. Now I can add anything I want to my notebooks!
I now own several discbound notebooks and I love them. In fact, even the planner I use now is operates on a discbound system. I love that I can move the months around like I want!
There are several discbound options to choose from and you can typically use them interchangeably. I use the Arc System, Martha Stewart, Happy Planner and TUL discbound products and have been able to use the accessories together with no problems.
I’ve been amazed at my friends and family who’ve never heard of this fun, easy way to stay organized. I decided to share this post on the suggestion from a friend. She had never seen or heard of a discbound notebook and loved it when I showed it to her. I also got a lot of questions about my binder when I shared my prayer journal free printables on the blog.
How do I use the discbound system?
You can use the discbound system any way you use a traditional notebook. Personally, I use a small sized binder for note-taking and planning out my posts and ideas. I use a large binder for my blog planner and another large binder for my prayer journal notebook.
Where can you find the discbound system binders and accessories?
Here is where you can find and purchase discbound items for yourself:
- Martha Stewart Discbound Items at Staples
- Arc Notebook and Accessories at Staples
- TUL Discbound products at Office Depot
- The Happy Planner products