I’m on a mission to try all the discbound planners and notebooks. The latest I wanted to try is the Eleven Discs. The main point of difference for this one is the really smooth paper and the cover colors. Most discbound brands have dull, muted cover colors but the Eleven Discs covers are bright (pink, purple, mint, blue, orange etc.)
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- Size: Junior / US Half letter size (US letter size also available)
- Poly cover (multiple cover colors available – pastel in pink, purple, mint, grey and black)
- 0.75″ Plastic discs (black)
- 50 pages (the letter size version comes with 40 pages)
- 120 GSM paper
- Disc binding
- 0.25″ / 6mm dot grid pages
Price: $23 USD
I purchased this notebook on Amazon.
Accessories available from this discbound brand:
- Plastic discs in 4 different sizes 0.5″, 0.75″, 1″ and 1.5″ (black or translucent)
- Aluminium discs (silver, rose, gold, black, grey)
- Brushed poly covers (orange, blue, green, grey, black)
- Cardstock and poly tabbed dividers
- Page flag with ruler
- Various refill pages (I’ve made a list later in this post)
Let’s take a closer look!
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Mentioned in the video
- Tutorial for resizing any printable for any page size
- Discbound notebook comparison
- Happy Planner punch versus the ARC
The cover is the poly material which most of the discbound notebook brands offer. It’s bendy but still sturdy at the same time. It’s the same material on the ARC and the TUL discbound notebooks. I don’t mind this material (it’s better than laminate) and makes the price of the notebook very cheap – plus it lasts for years.
Just under. 0.5″ thick (about 1cm)
The letter size version comes with lined paper. The Junior version (which I chose) has dot grid pages. There’s plenty of refill page options to choose from and you can upgrade to larger discs if you run out of space.
- Dot Grid
- Dot Grid with subject and date box at the top of the page (either grey or blue dots)
- Margin ruled
- To do list
- Project planning
- Expense log
- Undated Weekly vertical (8am to 8pm with 2 lines per hour)
- Undated weekly horizontal (lined)
- Undated monthly (weekends on junior page size are split boxes)
- Undated Day to a page (8am to 5pm with 2 lines per hour)
- Graph (square grid)
- Graph (‘engineering’ i.e. very small square grid)
Dot Grid Pages
Most dot gird notebooks have 5mm spacing. This one is bigger at 0.25″ (6mm) spacing. That 1mm might not seem like much but I’ve tried both and much prefer the 5mm. I write on every 2nd line so the page doesn’t become cluttered, but then I always run out of space quicker.
The mushroom head and stem look very similar to some other well known discbound brands: ARC, TUL and Levenger Circa. I’ve done a comparison at the end of this post.
If you’ve never seen a discbound notebook before (where have you been?!) you can pull the pages in and out, add, remove and rearrange them as many times as you like. You can add printables if you have a compatible punch as well.
The paper is bright white. The paper is super smooth – one of the smoothest papers I’ve written on that I had to update this post to include it on my list.
Unfortunately, the pen test was disappointing with show through from marker pens (Uni Pi, Pure Color F and the MAMBI Stamps).There was some minor indenting from the pens as well.
Compatibility with other discbound notebooks
The Eleven Discs website says the notebooks paper and covers are compatible with the Levenger Circa, Staples Arc, Office Depot TUL, Office by Martha Stewart, and the Big Happy Planner (Letter sheets only).
I tested it with the TUL, ARC and Levenger Circa and can confirm that they are all interchangeable. The photo below shows slight differences in the mushroom head (larger for the Eleven Discs than the other brands) and slightly fatter stems than the other brands as well.
I tested putting the Eleven Disc pages in these notebooks and vise versa and they all worked fine. None of the pages came out when turning them on the discs.
TUL page in the Eleven Discs Notebook
ARC page in the Eleven Discs Notebook. Note: my ARC is A5, the Eleven Discs is junior – that’s why the pages don’t line up (different page sizes).
The product descriptions on the Eleven Discs website are very detailed telling you how many pages (and what paper thickness) will fit on each size disc.
This notebook comes with plastic discs that are half the price of aluminium discs. I’ve never had a disc break from my own use but my sister has had some she ordered for her shop snap in transit from America to Australia (whoeever packed the parcel didn’t even bubble wrap the planners). For me the plastic discs are strong enough (and also weigh a lot less) but the aluminium does come in a pretty rose gold…
I can’t find an Eleven Discs punch however since the pages are compatible with Circa, ARC and TUL you could use either of those punches with this notebook. My personal favorite of the 3 is the ARC. The punch is much sturdier and can punch through laminate if you wanted to add a DIY cover.
I did a detailed comparison of discbound punches in this post: Discbound punch comparison – ARC versus Levenger versus Happy Planner
Pros of the Notebook
- 2 page sizes to choose from
- Reasonable prices for the notebook (and the accessories)
- Very smooth paper
- Bright white paper
- Multiple cover colors to choose from
- Compatible with other discbound brands (Circa, ARC, Tul)
- Good variety of refill page options
Cons of the Notebook
- Paper had some show through for thicker pens and stamps
- No dated page refills
- Junior page size monthly calendar refills have split boxes
- if you buy directly through the Eleven Discs website they only ship to the USA and Canada. You’ll have to shop via Amazon to get this internationally
Would I use this Notebook?
Discbound notebooks are my favorite so it’s an automatic yes from me. I don’t like the extra large dot grid spacing in this notebook so I would probably mix and match the Eleven Discs cover with refill pages from other brands.
If you like this notebook, I purchased it on Amazon.
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