Circa Master Zip Folio
I've been looking for something like this for a very long time! I really don't like having my disc exposed, and wanted a binder to enclose all my papers and 1.5 discs. My alternatives were either Franklin Covey or Filofax, but I didn't want to go with a ring system because it doesn't afford the freedom that discs can bring. Then I got the catalog and saw this binder and ALMOST didn't purchase it based on the couple of bad reviews, since I have the 1.5" disc and thought they would not fit. Thank God I trusted Levengers, since they have never let me down and have an excellent customer service (I've been a customer since 2001). The package arrived promptly - I believe it was 3 days - and it was everything I hoped for! The way it looks, so luxurious, and it fits my 1.5" rings perfectly - and here's the kicker, I'm using the 1.5" rings from the Staples ARC system, which are BIGGER than the levenger ones and still they fit fine. Please note that this binder comes with two sets of clear covers and it's own 1.5" rings. Highly recommended!
Note to the Levenger's design team: Please start making binders like these with fun colors like Filofax does. I would love to have something in a bright Orange, Fuchsia or Pink (like their Original line) - I already have all the black, brown, red that you offer, I want fun now!
December 14, 2013
Circa Junior Master Zip Folio
Although designed for 1 1/2" rings, I substituted 3/4" rings and have just enough room for my iPad 2...I'll be attending a meeting where there will be lots of notes on different subjects and this is the perfect size and weight for a single carry all. My rollerball is already waiting to fill the pages in the handy pen clip.
December 7, 2013
I've had the Master Zip Folio for 2 years now and have never had a problem with it. I have 1 1/2" rings in it and it zips and does not bulge. I love how it keeps everything in order. I also have 2 leather non-zip Circa notebooks, but I really love my black zip one the best.
September 9, 2012
READ THIS - COMPLETE REVIEW 2012
I read all the reviews and got a little freaked out by the negative reviews - YET - this is the only product anywhere that says it would hold a 1.5" circa notebook - and I wanted it to zip to hold all of my (highly organized) stuff and make it a little more "private" while I am working and to keep it tidy when in and out of my bag... I called Levenger and asked for someone to dig deep to get me some answers -- based on the bad reviews - was Levenger looking into a re-design, etc... They asked, and no re-designed scheduled; and did not have much else to say about it other than if I was not satisfied, I could return it or exchange it. I know and have experience with Levenger's commitment to customer satisfaction, but I didn't want to go through the hassle of ordering and sending it back -- I wanted the issues addressed that got the bad reviews -- alas, after all my digging - the Levenger service person reminded me that if I was not 100% satisfied - EVEN IF I got it personalized, which I always do -- they would give me my money back or send me something else. So - I ordered it - it arrived 2 days later (normal shipping) - i love it when things come fast.... It WORKS - and you fellow addicts need to know!! I have (on purpose to test it) - 1.5" rings, and 1.5" of papers and folders and tabs, etc... some of the papers are just put in there, on top of the notebook (notebook itself has 1.25" of stuff in it - cover to cover). I've only had it for a few days so over time I will have to see how the zipper holds... I will not usually have 1.5" of paper in there, but I wanted to test it!! and it is snug with that much paper, but it does zip... and with just less than that (notebook alone), it zips comfortably. Additionally -- I do not have any issues with it not laying flat, as another reviewer stated -- it lays perfectly flat, even when the zip is snug. I gave 4 stars on style because I would like other color options like pink or purple; and I am torn about whether or not I want a handle on the spine. I gave 4 stars on value because it is rather expensive, but it is beautiful - it is Levenger.
August 12, 2012
Master Zip Folio - Disappointed :(
I have been using Circa for a little over a year now, and I have been extremely pleased with the quality of the paper and accessories and the flexibility of the system. For the first year, I used the translucent covers, but now that I am sold on the system I decided this year to spring for a leather cover. Well, it has been a challenge to say the least. I first ordered the leather foldover notebook (Junior) and although the leather was soft, the notebook was flimsy and frequently came disengaged from the rings. Especially when I used rings larger than the 3/4". So I decided to try the Master Zip Folio, since it is designed to accomodate rings up to 1 1/2 ". Well that one didn't work either. As some of the other reviewers stated, the notebook does not fit comfortably within the binder, and I also found it to be extremely stiff and bulky. Also for the price, I expected the leather to be a lot softer. But I'm not giving up on finding a Circa notebook just yet. Although it seems to have gotten mixed reviews, maybe I will give the cloth foldover notebook a try, and hope that it works out for me. Overall, I still love in the Levenger/Circa products, but I have to say, I have been a little disappointed trying to find a cover to suit my needs. Hopefully the 3rd time will be the charm!
April 20, 2012
Master Zip Folio - Disappointed :(
I have been using Circa for a little over a year now, and I have been extremely pleased with the quality of the paper and accessories and the flexibility of the system. For the first year, I used the translucent covers, but now that I am sold on the system I decided this year to spring for a leather cover. Well, it has been a challenge to say the least. I first ordered the leather foldover notebook, and although the leather was soft, the notebook was flimsy and frequently came disengaged from the rings. Especially when I used rings larger than the 3/4". So I decided to try the Master Zip Folio, since it is designed to accomodate rings up to 1 1/2 ". Well that one didn't work for me either. As some of the other reviewers stated, the notebook does not fit comfortably within the cover, and I also found it to be extremely stiff and bulky. Also for the price, I expected the leather to be a lot softer. But I'm not giving up on finding a Circa notebook just yet. Although it seems to have gotten mixed reviews, maybe I will give the cloth foldover notebook a try, and hope that it works out for me. Overall, I still love the Levenger/Circa products, but I have to say, I have been a little disappointed trying to find a cover to suit my needs. Hopefully the 3rd time will be the charm!
April 19, 2012
The day I lost my Waterman is the day I purchased the zip folio and a new Parker Ingenuiy pen (also a gret pen). I also wanted to keep a Kindle in it. The Kindle is kept in place with a strip of Velcro on the front of the Circa notebook with one inch rings. Add an assortment of note and business cards, stamps, envelops, and a post-it/flag holder strip; and I am ready for a week of study groups and church meetings. The bible, commentary, and PDF class materials are all on the Kindle.
November 9, 2011
Can't make it work
I originally review this zip master folio after using the 1.5" rings .. no go, way too tight. Then I moved to 1" rings but till too tight. My folio does NOT match the stated dimensions. Mine is max 10"x12" and the zipper makes it even less. If it really were the stated dimension, it might work. Levenger .. please measure and let me know what you get. Then add in the 1.5" for the ring and you will see the design issue, sigh. Leather is beautiful but it just doesn't work. This should probably be at least 13"x11" because the zipper reduces the dimensions. Wonder if the master without zipper is better?
March 26, 2011
A Review and Response
I purchased this item after reading the reviews on Levenger.com and a few of the reviews were rather disappointed in the product.
I do not see or have all the issues that the disappointed reviewers wrote upon. While the zip folio does not lay completely flat, it does lay nearly flat, enough so that I can easily open it and leave it open and write upon whatever I am working on with relative ease. The folio also seems to be stretching a bit with use so I do not foresee this being a problem.
It is true that 1.5" rings are probably over the limit of this folio. I am using a notebook with the new 1 1/2-inch Circa Clincher Discs and in some ways even they are a little too large. My notebook fits in the folio, but it is also a tight fit and stretches the zipper outward when closed. It's actually as if the folio were not wide enough to encompass the notebook. Even a quarter inch extra width might help this problem.
Having said all of that, however, I do not regret the purchase and while it is not everything I hoped it would be, I have been very satisfied in the ways I've been using it. Right now I keep my Clincher notebook and a Junior Agenda inside the folio at all times and I have no problems. I have not used the pockets as much yet, so I will have to come back to this review at some point and add in my thoughts on their functionality.
September 29, 2010
Need some colors!
I have the smaller folio that I bought five or six years ago but it's getting worn and I'd buy another right now, but I don't want black! Please, let's have some colors in 2010!
January 9, 2010