Best Laid Plans

Ep 152: Adventures in Disc Bound Planning with Inkwell Press

June 26, 2023

YESSSS this is my current experiment planner . . . mid-year crisis?

I discuss my prior hesitancy to try binder or disc-bound systems, and why I am really enjoying delving into this one!

Products mentioned – all Inkwell Press. I am not affiliated with the company and bought these myself. I do have a referral/coupon code here –> this should provide $10 off any order of $50 or more; I will receive a small credit with each order.

Pictures, as promised!


Love this highly functional and roomy weekly spread. The only thing I would change if I could would to be to include an actual timeline . . . it would mean shrinking the top box I am sure, but I do miss seeing my time laid out ‘to scale’ a little bit.


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  • Reply San June 26, 2023 at 3:19 pm

    I used Inkwell planners for years, LOVED them, but the switch to disc-bound was a *killer* for me. I hate disc-bound. So clunky.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger June 26, 2023 at 4:31 pm

      lol, I get it. It’s so versatile and the paper is so great but it’s not a small item!

    • Reply Katelyn August 20, 2023 at 12:20 pm

      I tried a Happy Planner discbound and found there was a creaky noise when I turned the pages. They also didn’t turn very smoothly. The planner also made a screechy noise when I pushed the planner aside on my desk. Needless to say, I immediately passed it on. Does the Inkwell Press and other higher quality discounts have similar issues?

  • Reply Leslie Shaw June 26, 2023 at 9:30 pm

    Yay! I’ve gone in and out of these. They make for great versatility in BuJo use if you like to be able to add/move pages. Currently I use it for reading journal because I have found accommodating Etsy discbound pages and cover makers! They’re on eBay, too, making cool covers and accessories. I am most familiar with Levenger’s system and lately have relied on the aforesaid makers and Staples’ ARC disc system. Today I noticed in Staples that Martha Stewart has a thorough, really lovely (more pricey) discbound system! Thank you for all this! I didn’t know all these names made discbound systems!!

  • Reply Amy K June 27, 2023 at 10:25 am

    so interested in these now! but what do you think about portability? I’ve been using hemlock&oak but but linen cover is wearing out and I’m itching to try something new. I do carry my planner in my backpack daily so I’m just a little concerned if these discs are prone to falling out. (my exposure to these disc notebooks are limited to your post and youtubes!)

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger June 27, 2023 at 10:45 am

      I haven’t had them fall out. To me the less portable aspect is just the size – they are not super streamlined or light. But I haven’t had any issues shoving it into backpack or work bag and everything falling out..

  • Reply Lee June 27, 2023 at 10:46 pm

    My problem with discbound is that the paper slots fray if you move them too many times.

  • Reply Kim July 1, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    Someone already mentioned it, but Levenger has had various discbound products for years. Maybe Inkwell does as well, but Levenger sells a paper punch so you can add your own papers/documents – that customizing makes their system more intriguing to me.

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