Wrights Notes Custom Notebook Review

More and more I've been seeing companies pop up offering custom notebooks. Most of the time allowing you to design for the cover of a notebook, or customising the colours of the cover. But Wright Notes is a little different, which was why when they first approached me I was eager to give them a go.

Tom and Lee have built a website that offers a tool for you to build your own notebook with the rulings of your choice. You have 64 double sided A5 pages to play with and you can have whatever you want on any of them. They have a wide choice of the standard popular rulings for you to pick from, as well as a few handy journal layouts, but they also offer the ability to create a custom page design, genius. The ability to construct a notebook to your specific need in low quantity is one of those "why hasn't somebody done this sooner" ideas, and the way they've gone about making this a reality is genius.

When you first go to build your notebooks through their website you're presented with a simple and straight forward tool to start picking your pages. You create sections within the notebook of rulings, you can have one section that takes up all 64 pages or you can go wild and have 32 sections if you feel that way inclined. The point is you have the flexibility to create something that suits your creative wants and needs. Even with basic rulings like lined and squared you have the option to adjust the spacing depending on what you're comfortable with, GENIUS! Small details like this are what takes Wrights to a different level. Once you've put together all of your sections you can preview it to make sure it's exactly what you want.

So what do you get? Genius notebooks.

You'll receive a set of two saddle stitched A5 notebooks. Not only is saddle stitching an incredibly durable method of binding books, it also has the advantage of laying flat when on a desk. The inside is full of white 90gsm Mohawk paper which is silky smooth and takes ink beautifully, an ideal weight for day to day use. I'd like to see more paper options in the future, just because I know how particular people like to be with their choice of paper. But for me this weight is perfect. For the cover they use a matt finish 300gsm card stock which works well. Tom has been in touch since sending out my samples to let me know they're improving on the quality of the covers. This was my only drawback when I got my hands on them, the texture didn't feel super great and although they stood up well to daily wear and tear I would preferred something with a little more texture. I was super pleased to see they've taken feedback from other users and are actively working on improving the quality. Another thing missing on the covers was a bit of branding, this doesn't affect the use or quality in any way but it would be a nice addition. On the outside these notebooks are completely blank, Wrights Notes has a wonderful logo and I would have loved to see that somewhere, but that's just me! I do know they have plans for some genius notebook jackets which I can't wait to see.

I really have enjoyed using these as little brain dump notebooks recently, When ordering mine I decided to get a mixture of each ruling to see what they'd all be like. I was really impressed to see the option for monthly and weekly calendar layouts, if I were to get another pair I'd definitely utilise these more and create some project planning notebooks with a calendar section at the start for planning details and leave the rest of the notebook for brainstorming and sketching. That's what I love about these, no matter what you need a notebook for you have the power to build something that will work best for you.

Each set of 2 custom notebooks costs £17.49 and you can build them over on WrightsNotes.com

Huge thanks to Tom and Lee for sending over some samples for me to try out!

Now go back and take a shot every time I called Wrights Notes genius, then go and order some notebooks you genius!

Posted on November 1, 2016 and filed under Paper Review.

Silvine Originals Note & Exercise Notebook Review

Silvine have been creating iconic British notebooks for generations. If you grew up on British soil you will no likely have fond memories of their exercise books from your school years. Although that isn't the only paper product they make, they've built an extensive catalogue of notebooks and journals over the years.

They have recently launched a new line called "Originals", described as "A true British Icon reinvented". They've taken their classic exercise book and improved on it, the end product is a line of well constructed and thought out notebooks made from sustainably sourced British paper. In total there are five different sizes and styles included in this line, ranging from a pocket sized 3 pack to a large project notebook that's slightly taller and thinner than the standard A4 size. I received two samples from the range, the note notebook and the exercise notebook. Let's go over the specs first.

Note notebook

  • RRP £6 (approx. $8) for one notebook
  • 190mm x 125mm
  • 52 pages of 90gsm 'natural white' plain paper

 

Exercise Notebook

  • RRP £7 (approx. $9) for one notebook
  • 230mm x 162mm
  • 52 pages of 90gsm 'natural white' lined paper

I think what appeals to me most about these notebooks is the attention to detail and construction. They are both stitch bound with a navy thread, which contrasts really nicely against the vivid red cover. Speaking of the cover, it's a sturdy 300gsm red card that has been wire embossed to create a really pleasant striped texture that both looks and feels great.

It's what's on the inside that counts though, and here's the good part. The paper is fantastic. It's silky smooth, holds ink beautifully and is a dream to write on. As you can see by the pictures, the pages are an off white, which they call "natural white". It's very reminiscent of how the original exercise books used to be, but I do tend to prefer a brighter cleaner white. I tested this paper with a fountain pen, because if it can handle that it will take almost anything else you throw at it. I experienced no issues with bleeding or shadowing with the fountain pen. Admittedly I didn't use a very dark ink, but it took this so well I have no doubt it would take a deep black without an issue. Plus, the nicest part about the pages in these notebooks is the fact they are perforated, it's a simple addition like this that takes a notebook to the next level. 

All in all I have been extremely impressed by the quality, craftsmanship and overall experience of the Silvine Originals series. Another thing to note is each notebook comes supplied with a little bookmark, constructed from the same red cover stock as the notebook, with some details about that particular notebook on it. A nice little touch! I think I'll definitely need to pick up a pack of the 'Pocket Notebooks' to have on hand as a fountain pen friendly pocket sized notebook.

Taking into consideration the quality of these notebooks and how well I think they'll stand against daily use I'd say the the price point is spot on. You can find the full range of Silvine Originals here, and a big thanks to Silvine for providing these samples for review!

Thanks for reading,

Adam

Posted on August 30, 2016 and filed under Paper Review.