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Paperscreen Pocket Notebooks iPhone Sized Review

Paperscreen Four/Five Pocket Notebook – Review

Paperscreen Notebooks
Four / Five

-Handwritten Review-

Specs:

Paperscreen Pocket Notebooks iPhone Sized Review

  • Ink Resistant Recycled Paper
  • Rounded corners
  • Hand-sewn binding
  • Hand made in Germany
  • Sized to fit an iPhone 4/4S/5/5S
  • 48 lined pages (also available in graph, blank)
  • ~$6.50 / 3 pk.

Notes:

Paperscreen Pocket Notebooks iPhone Sized Review

Paperscreen is a brand new company out of Germany that is hand making notebooks in an original format. Instead of using regular paper sizes, they have decided to use the screen sizes of popular electronic devices. At first this seemed a bit gimmicky, but in practice, it actually works quite well for carrying/packing in a bag. I use an iPhone 5, and the notebooks definitely “piggyback” well with the phone. The smaller, slimmer size is also more pocket-friendly than the typical 3.5″x5.5″ pocket notebook. Rounded out with fountain pen-friendly paper and a bunch of different formats, the Paperscreen notebooks are a refreshing entry into the ever-growing world of pocket notebooks. Make sure to check out the Gallery at the bottom of the post, I wen’t a bit photo-crazy and there are a lot more there that aren’t in the review!

Paperscreen Pocket Notebooks iPhone Sized Review

Thank you to Paperscreen for sending the notebooks for review! They’re available for sale through their website, which is mostly in German. Hopefully we’ll see these notebooks available stateside sooner rather than later!

Appearance and Construction:

Paperscreen Pocket Notebooks iPhone Sized Review

The Paperscreen notebooks I received had grey covers and tan kraft paper covers. They have minimal branding, which is welcomed. There’s a small logo on the bottom front of the books, and a scannable QR code on the back. The inside cover has a few lines for identification. They’re minimalistic, and I like them. The books are stitch-bound by hand, and it’s been holding up in my pocket for a few weeks with zero problems.

Paperscreen Pocket Notebooks iPhone Sized Review

I think I might prefer the stitch binding to the traditional 3-staple binding because it’s less likely to fail. I’ve had the covers come off of several staple bound pocket notebooks, and I hate to see that happen. The Paperscreen notebooks are well-constructed and I have no doubt that they’ll hold up in a pocket for the life of the notebook.

Performance and Feel:

Paperscreen Pocket Notebooks iPhone Sized Review

I was quite surprised at how well the Paperscreen recycled paper handles fountain pen ink. There’s no bleed to be found, even with heavier flowing pens. I didn’t expect much from the off-white, recycled paper, but I was pleasantly surprised. Dry time is decent as well since the paper has no coating. The paper has a small amount of texture which can give some extra feedback, depending on the fine-ness of the nib. I’m happy with how the paper performs and feels, especially for a pocket notebook.

Color and Ruling:

Paperscreen Pocket Notebooks iPhone Sized Review

The paper in the Paperscreen notebooks is off-white, leaning more towards grey. This is typical with recycled paper, as the ones I’ve seen aren’t usually bright white. The ruling on both notebooks is lined, but I appreciate the attention to detail here. The Five’s lines are further apart than those of the Four. I really like when manufacturers take notebook size into consideration when determining how to space the ruling.

Paperscreen Pocket Notebooks iPhone Sized Review

A small notebook with wide ruling just doesn’t make much sense, and I’m glad Paperscreen chose to adjust the ruling with the size of the book. That being said, the lines themselves are light grey and relatively unobtrusive. I wish the paper was a tiny bit brighter as to better show off ink colors, but it performs well, so I can’t really complain.

 

Conclusion:

Paperscreen Pocket Notebooks iPhone Sized Review

It’s great to see a new company try new things. In this case, I believe they have a good product. The sizing is definitely different, but it makes sense. If you are already carrying a phone in your pocket, then having a notebook of the same size minimizes the “footprint” and bulk in your pocket. I find the notebooks to be perfect for lists, as they are a bit more narrow than the standard 3.5″ x 5.5″ notebooks. I keep a small daily journal, and I much prefer the 3.5″ x 5.5″ because of the extra room, but the Paperscreen notebooks are ideal for writing things down quickly. Thanks again to Paperscreen for sending the notebooks over for review. I’ll have another review coming soon for the iPad sized version as well. Thanks for reading!

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Disclaimer: This item was provided to me as a review unit, free of charge, by Paperscreen Notebooks. I was not compensated for this review, and this did not have any effect on my thoughts and opinions about the pen. Thank you for reading!

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Word. Notebooks and Standard Memorandum Review

Word. Notebooks Tan Camo – Review

Word. Notebooks
Tan Camo

-Handwritten Review-

Specs:
Word. Notebooks and Standard Memorandum Review

  • 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Cover
  • Lynx Opaque Ultra Smooth White #60 Paper
  • Made in the USA
  • 3.5” x 5.25”
  • 48 lined pages with Word. Bullet Point System
  • $9.99 / 3 pk.

Notes:

Word. Notebooks and Standard Memorandum Review

The ever expanding world of pocket notebooks gets another member. Word. Notebooks are your standard 3.5″x5.5″ pocket sized notebooks with 48 pages of 60# paper inside. These stylish notebooks come in a dozen different colors and patterns, with something for everyone. Bonus points for having three types of camo.  Huge thanks again to Brenda over at Word. Notebooks for reaching out and sending the notebook over for review!

Appearance and Construction:

Word. Notebooks and Standard Memorandum Review

In terms of size, the 3.5″x5.5″ notebook is becoming common ground for pocket notebooks. The size and shape are familiar and it tucks away easily in a pants pocket or into a bag. The Word. Notebooks are solidly constructed, staple bound books. They end up being a bit thicker than Field Notes due to the slightly thicker paper and cover. They look great too. There are a bunch of different patterns and colors. I really like the tan camo because they look exactly like a pair of Vans I have. There are a few more feminine patterns too (totally fine with the guys out there that like flowers) which is always nice to appeal to a broader audience. No complaints in the short term, and I have no doubt that they would hold up in my pocket for the life of the notebook.

Performance and Feel:

Word. Notebooks and Standard Memorandum Review

The Lynx Opaque Ultra Smooth White #60 paper that makes up the internals of the Word. Notebooks is smooth and absorbent, but not always friendly to fountain pens. For my Standard Memorandum (same paper as the standard notebooks), I”ve been using a 0.38mm Pilot G2 refill to cut down on bleed and show through. The paper is on point with most pocket notebooks. There’s a good balance between dry time and bleed through – read more on this in my article on pocket notebook paper.

Of course when dealing with fountain pens, there are several variables that make paper better or worse. The paper in the Word. Notebooks would be better suited for a fine or extra fine nib and a quick drying ink. Check out the writing tests, I covered most of the bases.

Color and Ruling:

Word. Notebooks and Standard Memorandum Review Word. Notebooks and Standard Memorandum Review

The paper inside these books is super bright white. I prefer bright white paper, as it does the best job of showing off the true color of an ink. The ruling in the Word. Notebooks is what sets them apart from the rest of the pack. There’s a bullet journal system printed onto the page that would be very handy for those that use the system. While I currently do not, it’s prompted me to give it a try. For those of you who do not like/do no use the bullet system, they are easily overlooked on the page.

Conclusion:

Word. Notebooks and Standard Memorandum Review

Word. brings a slightly different type of pocket notebook to the table. The paper performs well as long as you don’t use anything too broad. The incorporated bullet system will prove to be handy for those who use it, while it may get in the way for those who don’t. They have some attractive patterns, and they’re reasonably priced.  For something extra different and special, check out the Standard Memorandum. Thanks again to Brenda for sending over the books!

www.wordnotebooks.com

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Disclaimer: This item was provided to me as a review unit, free of charge, by Word. Notebooks. I was not compensated for this review, and this did not have any effect on my thoughts and opinions about the pen. Thank you for reading!

Word. Notebooks and Standard Memorandum Review

Word. Notebooks Standard Memorandum – Review

Word. Notebooks
Standard Memorandum

-Handwritten Review-

Specs: 

Word. Notebooks and Standard Memorandum Review

  • Daily record book for 2014
  • 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Cover
  • Lynx Opaque Ultra Smooth White #60 Paper
  • Designed by Jon Contino
  • Made in the USA
  • 2.35” x 5.25”
  • 64 pages
  • $11.00 USD

Notes:

Word. Notebooks and Standard Memorandum Review

I didn’t do a full-on handwritten review for this notebook, because if I did, it would completely defeat the purpose. The Word. Notebooks Standard Memorandum is an awesome little journal. The notebook is about half the size of your standard Field Notes and goes unnoticed in my front pocket until it’s time to write down a super condensed summary of my day. I really like the typographic design and gold foil text on the cover and the layout inside is just as cool. Huge thanks to Brenda over at Word. Notebooks for reaching out and sending the notebook over for review!

Appearance and Construction:

Standard MemorandUM VS. Word. Notebook

The Standard Memorandum is small. Quite small. At only 2.35″ wide, there’s not a whole lot of room to chronicle your entire day. There’s really only enough room for pertinent details, and sometimes not even. It’s definitely a challenge to fit what you want to fit in such a small box. Since the Memorandum is 64 pages and only 2.35″ wide, it has a hard time staying closed on its own. Most of the time, this is living in my pocket and the notebook’s tendency to not close isn’t an issue. I do have to say that I am a bit worried about the durability of the Memorandum. The purpose is to use it for an entire year, and just by looking at what happens to my other pocket notebooks in a month, I’m a bit worried. Word. does offer a leather cover for an additional fee which will certainly help keep yours safe.

Performance and Feel:

Word. Notebooks and Standard Memorandum Review

The Lynx Opaque Ultra Smooth White #60 Paper that makes up the internals of the Standard Memorandum is the same paper that Word. uses in their regular line of notebooks. It’s smooth and absorbent, but not always friendly to fountain pens. For the Standard Memorandum, I’m using a 0.38mm Pilot G2 refill. It makes it easier to squeeze as much info as I can into the tiny boxes for each day.

I do believe that an EF nib with something like Sailor’s Kiwa Guro Nano Black ink would work well though. I would just hate to use a broad nib and an unruly ink and risk the legibility of the previous week’s memories. The pictures above are of a bunch of different pens and inks in one of the regular Word. Notebooks.

Color and Ruling:

Word. Notebooks and Standard Memorandum Review

The paper is as white as it gets. No complaints there! The ruling is very interesting. There are 7 sets of 4 lines on each page. When you open the book up, you’re looking at two weeks worth of records. The lines that you write on are dotted, presumably to keep down the clutter and improve readability. Each day is separated by a solid red line –  there’s also the date and the day of the week in the corner of each box. The first few pages of the notebook have well thought out pages for personal information, a grid for dates of important entries, and a ruler.

Word. Notebooks and Standard Memorandum Review

After that, we jump into the days of the year. At the end of the Standard Memorandum, there’s a few pages for notes, a list of holidays, a full monthly calendar, and information about the book itself. There’s a TON of information in this little guy, and it all has a purpose.

Conclusion:

Word. Notebooks and Standard Memorandum Review

It’s almost like someone over at Word. Notebooks read my mind. I saw the Standard Memorandum and thought how cool it was, and that I wanted one. Shortly after Word. emailed me asking if I’d like to check out some notebooks – and of course I asked about the Memorandum. It’s an awesome idea and I look forward to filling the whole thing up. My only concerns are about how thrashed this thing is going to get over the course of a year, so I may look into getting a cover for it (or making one myself, I don’t know yet). Be careful when using fountain pen ink, the paper is quite nice but I’d hate to see ruined entries. Get over to Word. Notebooks and pick up a Standard Memorandum – it’s not too late!

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Disclaimer: This item was provided to me as a review unit, free of charge, by Word. Notebooks. I was not compensated for this review, and this did not have any effect on my thoughts and opinions about the pen. Thank you for reading!

 

What to review?

Help! – What do you want to see reviewed?

What to review?

So, this is pretty straightforward. I have tons of pens, a bunch of ink, and stacks of notebooks – but I’ve already reviewed a good chunk of them. I’m going to be going through my collection and doing a proper inventory (inkventory? I’m the worst.) so some new reviews should come with that. In the mean time, I’m reaching out to you guys/gals for suggestions on what you would want to see reviewed.

Is there anything out there that you’re having cold feet before purchasing that you would like to see get the edjelley.com treatment?

Let me know!

Sound off in the comments with any fountain pen, paper, ink, desk stuff, or anything related that you would like to see reviewed!

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It’s Here! The June 2013 Blog Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper!

Welcome to the June 4, 2013 edition of carnival of pen, pencil and paper! This really came up fast and there are a bunch of great submissions. I’m especially a fan of the review by David Garrett of J. Herbin’s Bleu Pervenche. Make sure to check out all the links, they’re all good reads and I hope you enjoy them!

Ink Reviews

See more in David’s review of J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche!


David Garrett
presents ink review: j herbin bleu pervenche posted at seize the dave.
Christine Witt presents INK REVIEW: Two Greens! posted at Pentulant.
Azizah Asgarali presents Gourmet Pens: Review: Montblanc Je T’aime Love Letter Ink posted at Gourmet Pens.

Notebooks

Check out Azizah’s review of the Midori kraft refill, chock full of fancy writing for more.


Millie Logica
presents Product review: Daycraft panda notebook | Planet Millie posted at Planet Millie, saying, “A novelty notebook with decent paper!”
Steven Horvat presents Saddleback Leather Medium Rhodia “Webbie” Notebook Cover posted at The Original Steven H.
Azizah Asgarali presents Gourmet Pens: Review: 014. Kraft Paper Midori Traveler’s Notebook Refill posted at Gourmet Pens.
Aisazia presents Review: Spicebox Master Collection posted at Ethereal Voices: Comic Progress Blog.
Diego Servin presents Libreta de viajes – Design.Y Review posted at Plumas y Tintas, saying, “review of the beautiful notebook of Design.Y from Japan.”
ComfortableShoes presents Review: HP LaserJet 24lb Paper posted at Comfortable Shoes Studio, saying, “Fountain pen friendly paper on a budget.”

Pencils

ComfortableShoes presents Review: Palomino Blackwing Pencils posted at Comfortable Shoes Studio, saying, “Palomino Blackwing pencil review.”

Pens

Brad’s review goes more in depth on this great looking Platinum Balance.


dowdyism
presents Platinum Balance Fountain Pen Review posted at The Pen Addict.
Michael Marzari presents Just another pen ?!Füller – Laban Mento » Just another pen ?! posted at Just another pen ?!.
Heather presents Uni Mitsubishi Pure Color-F Double-Sided Sign Pen posted at A Penchant for Paper.
Jackie Parkins presents J. Herbin Rollerball posted at Addicted to Pens and Paper.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of
carnival of pen, pencil and paper using our carnival submission form.