Circa Rolla

September 19, 2006

Jason Alan Moore started a post about his GTD. In which, Kvet made the following comment.
Kvet’s comment – August 20, 2006
I have had this type of notebook since freshman college 1985, and had been frustrated with finding it again until about 5 years ago with who was bought out by Carl Products. Rollabind makes these high-end notebooks for Levenger. If you are interested in trying out these notebooks in a less expensive they are now being carried at Target with the poly covers for $9.99 for a letter size AND junior size sold together. Staples also carries a cloth covered version in both sizes, sold separately, $9.99 and $5.99, respectively. Staples does not have these out on display, I just happened to look up at their overstock shelves above the notebooks and saw the rollabinder rings sticking out, so you may have to ask if they have them in stock. They are labeled Rolla Notebooks. They are still online at but have mostly been targeted towards crafters/scrapbookers. If you do end up liking these, the punchers are well worth the price, and they are less expensive online at

In Which I’ve added my following comment:

I have gone to staples and they now have them out on the shelves near by the Blank and Red notebooks. I asked the people in the store and they are clueless. I got the faux brown leather version of Rolla Notebooks, which looks like a cheap version of the Levenger’s. Rolla notebook cost me $7.99 Levenger’s leather junior version $68 plus shipping and handling.

It’s advertised as the most versatile notebook ever. Rollabind made the book exclusively for

  • heavy weight paper
  • 70 ruled sheets
  • business card holder
  • slash pocket divider – great for holding receipts
  • ruler place holder
  • tabbed divider

Levenger is also making the 3 x 5 Circa $12. Rolla Bind also makes a 4 x 6 mini notebook for $3 I really like this system of notebook because I use index cards. It combines all sorts of paper sizes together. I like to print my own paper from the Cornell system of note taking. Later, I plan to buy the portable puncher $30 from

Update: 9/29/06 Last week I bought another faux Junior Rolla Notebook for Home. The other one I keep in the office. I also order the portable punch from which cost me $38.98.

Update: 10/9/06 I order the Rollabind portable puncher and it arrived today, approximately one week as promised. Perfect timing as I just bought the 8×11 faux black leather Rolla Notebook $11.99 from the Staples on NE Glisen, my local dealer. I’m happy with it! I think it’s perfect for punching 3×5 cards in the landscape position, I can fit three Rollabind holes. I just used the puncher without the long paper holder.

Update: 01/18/07 I received the Circa Letter Agenda with the plastic cover for Christmas gift of 2006. I asked my oldest sister who was lucky enough to pick my name. I gave her the Levenger catalogue and she ordered it. I am using it at work now.

Corrections: Carl did not invent the technology at all; Carl is only the supplier of one of the punches. Rollabind used to manufacture for Levenger until Levenger decided to license the technology. Rollabind has its own product line sold via the website and also in conjunction with another of our licensors at retail chains such as Staples and Target. Rollabind developed the technology and is the patent owner.
I received these corrections from Stephanie who works at Rollabind, who wish to remain anonymous. She found the lens.

(I was interested in how a product was license and then how levenger was able to expand on a product to make it more useful.)

Update: 01/29/07 I’m excited to find that some one else is using the Rollabind system. It’s a bonus that AV is also on WordPress. AV has some very good tips. I found AV through

Update: Circa Junior Leather Jacket

Update: 02/02/07:



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12 Responses to “Circa Rolla”

  1. speaker Says:

    Thanks for the tip. I found the Rollabind set at our local Target for $6.99. While the paper is clearly not in the same league as Levenger, the dividers and cover itself were worth more than $6.99. A co-worker bought a couple of sets and is very happy with the quality.

  2. ducly Says:

    Thanks Speaker. Too bad my local Target doesn’t have Rolla Notebooks. That is a great price. I was wondering how the Levenger paper is. Now I know.

  3. Z Says:

    I tried to find the Rolla notebooks at my local Target and couldn’t find them either. I like the Staples ones. The Levenger ones are just too expensive. If they had better shipping deals I wouldn’t mind the expense. Levenger charges ridiculous shipping rates and then they use third rate FedEx SmartPost. There is nothing smart about FedEx SmartPost, it takes twice as long as plain ole inexpensive USPS.

    I do love the Rollabind system, though.

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  5. Anne Says:

    I work for an office and we order from Staples online and on the phone. I like the rolla notebooks. Well I tried to order the faux-leather notebooks online but it wasn’t coming up and when I called the lady on the phone told me they are discontinuing the rolla notebooks. They may still have a few of the fabric notebooks though. They probably have a few in the stores but definitely stock up when you see them in the stores.

    I’ll give Target a try next or just order direct from them.

  6. ducly Says:

    Anna, Thanks for the tip. Wouldn’t it be nice to convince our offices to order circa stuff as office supplies?

  7. Sophia Says:

    I order the faux leather notebook from staples and the refill pages. The refill pages arrived but not the notebook. Staples also informed me that the notebook was being discontinued. If anyone can help me out as to where I can buy the notebook without having to buy the pricey version at Levengers I would very much appreciate the assistance.

  8. duggy dugg Says:

    this may be of interest vs the expensive rolla / mynd

    a floating ring system vs the proprietary disc

    i have a rolla punch which punches sheets and dividers for both my mynd and rolla notebooks [ the rolla pages are smaller than the mynd ones ]

  9. Iris Says:

    This is an old thread, but – has a sampler on sale right now for $40, called ” Circa Simply Irresistible Sampling Kit” – the link is really long – that gets you a number of pieces/parts, along with a $40 gift card to be used for future Circa purchases. That goes a long way towards the desk punch which is $58. (no affiliation)

  10. Rain Jacket Says:

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