Now before you embark on this article I recommend finding a comfortable chair a hot beverage of your choice and a plate of cookies; and having done all of the above I hope you enjoy my latest article. Continue reading “A Flying Tiger diary, a notebook & a return to analogue?”
Bodleian Libraries Mini Notebooks by Flame Tree Publishing
A couple of weeks ago I was in Foyles bookstore enjoying the fact that I was their only customer which meant I could wander at will with no one to get in my way. My wandering took me to a quiet corner of the store filled with notebooks and in amongst every conceivable size and colour of Leuchtturm1917 was a little packet of brightly coloured notebooks; that looked like tiny bookcases.
The notebooks just stood out as being something different, so a few minutes later I was leaving the store with a pack of three mini notebooks tucked safely in my bag.
They are produced by Flame Tree Publishing and based on book covers in the Bodleian Libraries collection. The cover design is amazing detailed for an A6 pocket notebook and if you look closely, you can read the titles of the books on the cover and just like the original books the books on the cover are gold foiled as the originals were.
This level of attention to details is quite something especially when you consider the fact that this pack of notebooks retails at £5.99GBP/$8.99USD and similarly priced packs are just plain card.
And the attention to detail goes beyond the cover design; Flame Tree have opted to have the corners rounded and the spines stitched; the latter means the notebook should lie flat when opened and I have tested this, and it does meaning you can write on pretty much the full width of the page.
The paper is cream coloured and feels around 80gsm and the pages are alternately lined and blank which is in itself an interesting choice as notebooks are more often one or the other. But this is a useful choice for anyone using these notebooks because it gives you the best of both worlds, somewhere for notes and somewhere for sketches.
When it came to the ink test, I opted to use a Broad nib TWSBI Eco and Pennonia Sour Cherry ink, the ink is a wet well saturated colour and consequently when I tested it it showed through the pages. However, this is ghosting and not bleeding through so as long as this doesn’t bother you then you should be fine to use both sides of the page.
For better results I would suggest a fine nib and a dryish ink if you want to use a fountain pen or better still a pencil or a ballpoint such as a Bic would probably be a better option.
All in all, I am happy to recommend these notebooks, but I would suggest that you visit the Flaming Tree website and view their entire range before making a final decision on which notebook/s you would like to spend your pennies on.
Disclaimer: These notebooks were purchased at retail price. The opinions expressed in this review are my own; and I am not connected with either the retailers or manufacturers in any way.
Expecto Patronum, Prongs Rides Again – Dingbats A5+ Green Deer Notebook
A couple of years ago I published ‘Expecto Patronum’, a review of the A6 Green Deer notebook by Dingbats; and now the time has come to once more say Expecto ‘Patronum’ and for Prongs to ride again. Continue reading “Expecto Patronum, Prongs Rides Again – Dingbats A5+ Green Deer Notebook”
Harry Potter Notebooks, Part 2.
Back in January 2019 I published a review of a collection of Harry Potter notebooks and now, just over two years later, I have another pile of Harry Potter notebooks for review.
So welcome to Harry Potter Notebooks, Part 2. Continue reading “Harry Potter Notebooks, Part 2.”
Harry Potter and the Golden Wand
This was one of those purchases made between COVID-19 lockdowns on a very quick trip to my local Primark; where it caught my attention and I dropped one in the basket. Continue reading “Harry Potter and the Golden Wand”
Made From Coffee Cups, Seabright’s A4 Landscape CupCycling™ ECO Sketchbook
The number of products being made from recycled materials is growing all the time but it’s not often you find something made from discarded take away drink cups. In fact, many people still believe that these cups cannot be recycled; how wrong can you be because today’s review is a sketch book made using the CupCylcling technology of James Cropper. Continue reading “Made From Coffee Cups, Seabright’s A4 Landscape CupCycling™ ECO Sketchbook”
The Weasley Jumper Notebooks
Following on from last week’s post, I’ve decided to continue the Harry Potter theme and review the latest stationery offering from Primark, notebooks named after Mrs Weasley’s famous jumpers. Continue reading “The Weasley Jumper Notebooks”
The Reso Notebook
Reso was a brand I had never heard of until I stumbled across them whilst strolling around Amazon one day and I happened to notice an unusual looking notebook, I only looked at it briefly before dropping it in my basket along with a few other notebooks and placed my order. Continue reading “The Reso Notebook”
The accidental Commonplace book
Before I start talking about my Commonplace book, I should probably preface my thoughts with some background on the Commonplace book. Continue reading “The accidental Commonplace book”
Stationery by Anand Prakash
I first heard about Anand Prakash a few years ago when I read a footnote in a review of Indian fountain pens; the note was very complimentary and talked about how old blueprints had been saved and recycled into notebook covers and the like. I was intrigued by this and took a trip to the website and sure enough there were the blueprint notebooks and a whole host of other wonderful things. I purchased a few items as gifts and was very impressed and then this year I ordered quite a few things and decided to review them. Continue reading “Stationery by Anand Prakash”
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