Arc Customizable Notebook System DIY

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I really like paper. And pens. And notebooks. Oh, who am I kidding? I’m addicted to office supplies.

I have been eyeballing the Arc Customizable notebook system for a while because, well, it is customizable. The punch creates these  half-moon shapes in the paper, which then fit around discs, creating a notebook.

Arc Customizable Notebook SystemIt’s kind of crazy, but they really DO stay on the rings, which means you can pull things out and add things in!

Arc Customizable Notebook System I love a notebook as much as the next guy, but the Arc punch alone is over $40, so I would have to make a LOT of notebooks to justify the investment. 

That’s when I ran across the excuse to buy one Happy Planner. The Happy Planner isn’t an Arc system, but it is disc bound, and compatible with the Arc punch. That means I would be able to add and remove things from my planner … I had to try it!

The Arc customizable notebook system is a Staples product, but I had some Amazon gift cards to use, so I was able to order all of my stuff from there. While I initially purchased an Arc punch so I could customize a planner, I was also intrigued by the concept of building my own notebook. Plus, there was no way I could wait until the end of the year to try my punch out! 

Arc Customizable Notebook System DIY Step-by-Step

For the front an back cover I purchased the Happy Planner Decorative Planner covers pack – which contains 4 covers! I judged my paper size by these, and cut it just a bit smaller. 


The best hack I can share, is that if you are using loose leaf paper and cutting it down to size (I believe that Happy Planner os A5) you can use the holes of the paper to measure! This saved me a lot of time and frustration. I used graph paper, because I like writing on it.


arc-customizeable-notebook-systemOnce all the paper is cut, I punched it with the Arc punch. You can do 8 sheets at a time, so it was pretty fast work. You DO want to take the time to make sure it is lined up properly, because it is easy to insert it wrong.arc-customizeable-notebook-systemOnce all of your paper is punched, attach it to the discs. I used 1″ discs, which will hold 150 sheets of paper, or you can also get 1 1/2″ discs, which will hold 200 sheets.

arc-customizable-notebook-systemAnd now I have my very own Arc Customizable Notebook System, for less than half the price of buying a pre-made one!

arc-customizable-notebook-systemAre you a notebook addict, too? What do you use for jotting down notes?


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Hi! I'm Melissa!

Melissa is a former hairstylist of 20 years who has a passion for living a simply creative life. She loves inspiring others to pick up a planner and get their lives organized, to clean out a closet and minimize their clutter, and to clean up their physical and mental space to lead their most fulfilled life. She is newly single, a mom, soon to be grandma and crazy dog lady who constantly rewatches The Office.



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