Discbound – Arc notebook review

Arc Discbound review
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Hello people! 😁

Here we go again.  I have some new notebooks and I was going to review them all, but I think I’ll take one per post so I don’t get a mile long text here. 😝

But, as you can see, after the Arc discbound notebook I have the Rhodia Goalbook and the Bondibook. If you don’t want to miss them I would recommend you subscribe. I promise I don’t spam. 😉

Now, to the Arc discbound notebook… it’s sort of the same system as the Filofax notebook I’ve already reviewed, with a few differences. The main one being there is no dotgrid paper to be bought so if that’s what you want you will have to make it yourself. The Arc has a holepuncher and it’s a little bit pricey, but it will work with other discbound systems as well. The paper from the Arc will fit the Filofax notebook, but not the other way around (I thought I might be able to buy Filofax dotgrid paper for this notebook, but that didn’t work 😁).

The Arc notebook comes with 60 ruled 100 gsm pages and you can buy different paper (grid, blanc), dividers, pockets, rulers and different covers for it. It exists in both A4 and A5 sizes.

You can use the discs that comes with the notebook or buy expansion rings (bigger ones) if you want to fit more paper. It’s basically a like spiralbound notebook but you can move, remove and/or add pages to as you wish which makes it perfect for bullet journaling imo.


Now, for the pentest, I did one on the paper that comes with the notebook and one on the paper I bought and printed dotgrid on (HP Colour Laser paper 120 gsm).

Arc pentest 1Arc pentest 2

I tried to get pictures of what I see, but the camera had a hard time picking up on the ghosting. Of course, that’s because it’s minimal but it IS there so you’ll have to take my word for it. 😋

I even tested my wetter fountain pens on this paper and it worked great. The only exception is the Noodler’s Ahab Flex that bled a little bit when I tested a bolder line. The Artline Stix brush feathered a little bit.

For a paper that comes with the notebook it holds up great. The only drawback is that it’s lined and it is so in a very own way too… regular plain lines might have worked for me for some purpose… but these just don’t. The waste of space on top and the limitation with the margins on the side would bother me too much. 😅

Arc 120 gsm pentest 1Arc 120 gsm pentest 2

This paper is just plain awesome! No ghosting, no bleeding and no feathering. For a semi glossy paper the ink dries up fairly quick as well which is an important thing for a lefty, like myself. 😎

The only thing, if anything, I can say negatively about this paper is that it is thick. It will take up space leaving you with less amount of pages… but then again… anyone mind having to change notebooks every now and then?? I sure don’t! 😂😂

So yeah… now I’m having a hard time deciding which system to use for my collections and which to use for my journaling… the Filofax and the Arc are very similar… but I think I prefer the flexibility of being able to change out the discs to fit a larger amount of paper if I want to. The Filofax though, has the spiralbound spine making it a tiny bit more sturdier. Tough choice… But then again… I have both so, I’m in no rush. 😄


I will, as stated earlier, post the review of the other 2 notebooks soon and I will also to a review on my “goto” black felt tip pens because they are a HUGE part of my journaling so I want to share it with you. 😊


And lastly, as usual, here is a list of the pens, markers, brushes and notebooks I have tried and use myself. Nothing “wrong” in this list, a matter of taste and what you want to use them for. Have I said that I’m a stationary addict? I just thought you might be in doubt… 😂😂😂


  • Tombow Dual Brush Pen (USA – UK)
  • Tombow Fudenosuke (USA – UK)
  • Pilot Frixion (USA – UK)
  • Pilot G-2 (USA – UK)
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner (USA – UK)
  • Faber-Castell Wallet Pitt Pen Nibs Art Set (USA UK)
  • Staedtler Triplus Fineliners (USA – UK)
  • Noodler’s Ahab Flex Nib Fountain Pen (USAUK)
  • Lamy Al-Star (USA – UK)
  • Jinhao 599 (USA – UK)
  • LePen (USA – UK)
  • Distress Marker (USA – UK)
  • Bic highlighter (USA – UK)
  • Twin Brush pennor Panduro (Panduro)
  • Sakura Pigma brush (USA – UK)
  • Sakura Koi Coloring Brush (USA – UK)
  • Zebra mildliners (USA – UK)
  • Uni-Ball Signo write&erase (Panduro)
  • Rbenxia Gel Ink Roller Ball Pens (USA – UK)
  • Coloring Roller Pen 0.5mm Gel Pen (USA – UK)
  • Crayola supertips (USA – UK)
  • Memento Dual Marker (USA – UK)
  • Ecoline watercolor brush pen (USA UK)
  • Artline Stix Brush (USA UK)
  • Kuretake Zig Twin Tip Marker (USA UK)


  • Moleskine (USA – UK)
  • Leuchtturm1917 (USA – UK)
  • Nuuna (USA – UK)
  • Scribbles That Matter (USA – UK
  • Lemome (USA – UK) *The UK link isn’t to the exact same as they don’t have it.
  • Filofax Notebook (USA – UK)
    – Dotted notebook refill (UK)
  • Arc notebook (USA UK)
  • Rhodia goalbook (UK) *Can’t find it in the US store
  • Bondibook (USA) *Can’t find it in the UK store

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