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Jeeves & Co Writing Set Review

Sending letters is, unfortunately, a lost art. I'm from a generation that grew up communicating by picking up the phone or typing a quick message. But there's something so personal and heart felt about a handwritten letter. The feeling I've had in the past opening up a letter from a YouTube subscriber or blogging friend is a great one, you feel so special knowing that someone took the time out of their day to write you a message and send it off.

Jeeves & Co are trying to make that experience even more special with their beautifully designed writing sets. I've been able to sample everything I'll need to keep up to date with friends and family;

  • 10 A6 correspondence cards on 270gsm 'Felt White' recycled card
  • 10 A5 sheets of writing paper on 120gsm 'Felt White' stock
  • 20 C6 recycled Kraft envelopes (white also available)

One of the main elements of any product like this is the choice of paper, and I think they made the perfect choice. The 'Felt' stock used for both cards and writing paper has a subtle grainy texture, similar to a watercolour stock. With the style of their designs and high quality printing this gives the effect that the designs are almost hand painted. Plus they both take ink like a dream, whether you use a fountain pen or not they will be a delight to write on. I had no issues with bleeding with my fountain pen test, the paper did shadow slightly but it's not a big deal at all.

When putting together your correspondence cards or writing papers at Jeeves & Co you have the ability to select different paper stocks, they have thicker options and some with a smoother texture if that's something you prefer. You also have the choice to select what font is used for your name and address to suit your personal taste.

The design I was drawn too most is their 'Cosmic Forest' collection, a combination of woodland animals, watercolour and space. You can pick up any design from their collections individually or get mixed sets like the one I have, providing you with 2 of each design. I really love the style of this collection, the composition of design elements is well thought out on each item. It's not just the same layout for everything with a different image, each one is slightly different.

I really enjoy these products, and they've inspired me to spend time sending out letters to people and hopefully brightening their day a little! The quality, design and presentation is all wonderful. Taking this into consideration they're relatively good value for money, 

Prices for writing paper start at £12.50 for 10 sheets & envelopes, working out at £1.25 each. But the higher quantity purchased lowers the price, you can get them for as low as 82p each! The cards are slightly more expensive, starting at £14 for a set of 10 cards & envelopes, £1.40 each. At a higher quantity they can be as cheap as 98p each. Or if you want to get the full set like I have, you can find that here for £15.
(Plus you can bag yourself an extra 25% off of your first order if you sign up to their mailing list, you're welcome!)

Jeeves & Co don't exclusively make writing sets, they have a wide range of paper goods from greetings cards to wedding stationery. With a huge selection of designs, their marble set is super cute! They also have the ability to print bespoke designs if you want to have something custom made. Check out everything they have to offer at Jeeves & Co here.

Big thanks to Pippa from Jeeves & Co for sending me this sample set for review!

Thanks for reading,

Adam

 

Posted on March 31, 2017 and filed under Paper Review.

Say Nice Things Curtis Journal Review

I must admit, this blog seems to be slowly transforming into a notebook blog with the last few posts. But when the UK brand 'Say Nice Things' got in touch about their new line of paper products I couldn't resist!

Both their journals and standard notebooks are available in a range of masculine and feminine designs to suit different tastes. Today I have the 'Curtis' journal to share with you, a black soft touch hard cover notebook with a screen print polka dot design. That is a mouthful.

The first thing to note is the construction, it feels incredibly sturdy. All of SNT's products are designed and manufactured in the UK and its apparent they put effort into the quality of materials they use. Let's run through the specs.

  • A5 hard black Peltouch extreme soft finish cover with gloss and single colour screen print
  • 192 pages of 90gsm paper
  • Stitch bound, lay-flat spine
  • Elastic closure
  • Rear inside pocket

The journal is split up into 6 sections. When opening the notebook you're greeted with a title page to fill in with your personal details, then a contents page to title each section. Sections 1 through 4 are for notes, all lined pages. Section 5 is perfect for sketch/doodles with a mix of plain pages and a grid style ruling. Finally you have a planner section with an undated monthly layout, enough to plan for a year!

How this journal is set up is what initially got me excited. Back when I used to use Filofax planners I was attracted to being able to have different elements all in one place, having a notebook with a built in planner section is a great productivity tool.

I was quite pleased with the paper quality too, the notes sections have a subtle grey tone to them. They have a nice thickness for daily use but I wouldn't recommend it for heavy fountain pen users. If you're a gel/ball pen or pencil user then you'll really enjoy the writing experience of this.

Overall I love the design of the cover, it looks great and feels even better. Out of the 3 more 'masculine' designs they have, I'm pleased with my pick. The glossy polka dot screen printing really works nicely and how could I not be a fan of the blue accent? They couldn't have picked a better colour!

One last thing to mention is how much care and thought went into the packaging this came in, although you only get that first unboxing experience once it is a nice touch. The journal came wrapped in tissue inside a perfectly sized box. Which makes giving this as a gift even easier!

These journals retail for £25 (approx. $32), check out all of the available designs here.
As I mentioned earlier, they also have a range of notebooks. These come in the same cover designs as their journals but are a little thinner and are half the price coming in at £12.50 (approx. $16). You can find those here.

UPDATE APRIL 2017
The folks at 'Say Nice Things' have reduced the prices of their paper products to make them more accessible! Journals (featured in this post) now retail for £14.99 (approx. $19) and their notebooks now retail £7.99 (approx. $10).

Big thanks to the team at 'Say Nice Things' for sending me a journal to try!

Thanks for reading!

Posted on December 12, 2016 and filed under Paper Review.