Best Stationery for Staying Organized: M by Staples ARC Review

Posted on May 20 2014 - 12:28am by Susan Bewley

Disclosure: I received these products for free to review. The opinions in my review are honest and my own.


I must confess – I have a notebook and stationery obsession. It may be a writer thing, but I have a bookshelf filled with nothing but paper notebooks filled with old school notes, book ideas, and even the start of some short stories. To me, there is just something great about having a nice pen and well-made paper to capture your precious thoughts and ideas. While I know I should be writing most of it down on my computer, I still find I do best writing on paper at times. Lately, I have been trying to get more organized, as well as trying to write down all my important ideas and to-dos for the day. While looking for the perfect set, I was approached by Staples, who asked me to review their new M by Staples ARC stationery line. After hearing how these notebooks were cute and designed to have the best parts of a notebook and binder combined, I knew I had to try it!

Staples Stationery: M by Staples ARC Customizable Patent Leather Notebook System

Never heard of the M by Staples ARC notebooks? These notebooks are some of the neatest I have seen in a long time. Not only are the covers sleek and beautiful, but completely adjustable! Each sheet of paper, including everything sold for these notebooks, are designed to be reposition-able, and can be added and removed from these notebooks as much as you like. Since the paper is also a fairly heavy weight, it is designed to hold up well over time. For my review, I was sent a Teal Quilted ARC notebook in patent leather. This notebook not only looks beautiful, but is very practical. Everything about the notebook is totally customizable too, including the rings! If you want a bigger notebook, all you have to do is purchase the larger rings, allowing you to have a notebook the size of a traditional binder! These notebooks are in many ways a mix between a traditional notebook and a binder, allowing you to have the best of both worlds! Based on our own experience, we are delighted to give these cute notebooks an A+ rating!

Quilted ARC

Staples Stationery: M by Staples ARC Customizable Accessories

While having a stylish notebook is a must, the accessories really make the M by Staples ARC amazing. You can buy a variety of different pages and sleeves to make your notebook as useful as possible, including reminder notes, sticky pads, and even sleeves for storing business cards! In mine, I have extra paper, dividers, and sticky notes that I can use to quickly find things in my notes. I am also planning on getting a special puncher so I can add sheets from conferences and classes I have taken. Best of all, all of these options are fairly cheap, allowing you to have the perfect notebook in no time. Based on my own experience with these accessories, I am happy to give the M by Staples ARC Customizable Accessories an A+ rating!

M Arc Accessories

Staples Stationery: Avant Pro Pens

Looking for a stylish pen that makes writing even more fun? If so, we think you will love the AvantPro Pen. This medium point ballpoint pen has SilkScribe Ink and is sold exclusively at Staples. With its stylish stainless steel barrel and polished finish, it is one of those pens you will love to shove off. I personally love how comfortable it is to write with, and how great the ink looks on paper. It isn’t one of those cheap pens and isn’t too expensive. Best of all, you can easily refill the ink, allowing you to keep using this pen as long as you want. Based on my own experience, I am happy to give this awesome pen an A rating!


Staples Stationery: Where to Purchase

Would you love to purchase some of the awesome Staples exclusive stationary? The M by Staples ARC series and Avant pen series are both sold on the Staples website or at your local Staples store.

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

15 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Ashley May 20, 2014 at 1:34 am - Reply

    I can rarely write fast enough to keep up with my head when it’s on paper, so I usually prefer to type on the computer. However, I can always appreciate well-made, aesthetically beautiful products!

  2. Lindsay Giedosh May 20, 2014 at 4:45 am - Reply

    I’m definitely with you when it comes to being obsessed with stationary! I’m pretty OCD about organization too so thanks for this post!

  3. beverly paquin May 20, 2014 at 8:48 am - Reply

    i think i will go to staples and check this out.

  4. Michelle S May 20, 2014 at 9:12 am - Reply

    This is a good idea. My son is heading to high school this fall and he needs a system to keep him organized and to track his homework/assignments.

  5. Ronald G May 20, 2014 at 10:12 am - Reply

    I could really use this, I just throw my stuff on the counter when I get home and then finally sort it

  6. Shannon May 20, 2014 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    These are really nice! Thank you for your review.

  7. lisa May 21, 2014 at 10:47 am - Reply

    I prefer paper all around. I would still, and do, read paper books and hand write letters.

  8. Deb E May 22, 2014 at 1:59 am - Reply

    They have so many good deals at Staples, I don’t notice items like this unless I read about them. Love anything that helps me organize.

  9. Maria n May 22, 2014 at 7:39 am - Reply

    Have to go to stables and check this out!! Thanks for the review –

  10. Sarah Elyce May 22, 2014 at 10:08 am - Reply

    These notebooks look perfect for getting organized since you can customize them however you like. I might need to go check these out at Staples.

  11. Debbie Welchert May 24, 2014 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    What a nice notebook. I would love to customize one of these to have on my desk. It would be a perfect notebook for me.

  12. Christina Kelbel May 24, 2014 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    These are very cool, I love that they are customizable. The covers are very pretty too.

  13. Karen Dyer May 25, 2014 at 5:23 am - Reply

    Sounds wonderful! I know the impulse is to write via the computer but writing in a pretty binder or notebook is still special to me.

  14. Dorothy Teel May 25, 2014 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    This Teal colored notebook from Staples is nice, I like that you can add to it and I love the pen, I have lost a lot of my ability to write neat as I get older, but I have a granddaughter who always carries around a notebook and writes notes all the time, perhaps she will grow up to be an author.

  15. Kate F. June 13, 2014 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    I love the quilted patent leather notebook!

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