If you've been following me for a while, you'll know that I love testing and reviewing notebooks. Especially notebooks that are meant for bullet journaling. All through the years that I've been bullet journaling, I've tried lots of brands of dotted grid notebooks, and I get so excited when I find new notebooks that I haven't seen before. So, when the people from Pad & Quill contacted me to review and give my honest opinion about their notebooks, I immediately said yes.
I received the package within the next few days and I liked how nicely and securely everything was packaged. I always pay attention to details, and I loved the wax seal with the company's logo.
I was also surprised that they've sent me not one but two notebooks and a leather case!
I'll start with the leather case that is amazing! It feels so soft and it is of very good quality.
It is their Deluxe Full-Grain Leather Journal Cover in medium size, which comes in two different colours. I have the 'Whiskey' colour which is a lovely light brown one.
It has a very sturdy and thick elastic band in black colour, and a lovely engraved detail of the company's logo at the back. It has parachute grade thread all around and elegant French-hemmed edges.
It has 2 business card slots on the inside and each case is discreetly signed on the inside by the artisan who crafted it. The dimensions of the leather case are 8.9in x 6.5in and it fits nicely A5 sized notebooks
I really like the quality of the leather case and it makes your bullet journal look more professional, no matter what notebook you're using.
Journal Notebook Medium
The first notebook I received was this lovely grey one. It is a linen cloth bound hardback in the colour London Grey. That is the only colour their notebooks come in, and it aims for a more classic and professional style, that is unisex as well.
It is slightly smaller than an A5 sized notebook with dimensions 8.3in x 5.6in. and has a Smyth-sewn lay flat bookbinding.
It has an elastic band closure and an expandable back pocket, which is always handy!
On the very first page you find a nameplate where you can add your details, followed by a 2-page table of contents.
The pages are numbered and the dots are very light grey that come 5mm apart. It also comes with 2 ribbon bookmarks in light grey and orange. The notebook has 192 pages of 100gsm acid-free recycled paper.
As always I tested my most used pens at one of the back pages of the notebook and I was surprised to see that it didn't do as well as I was expecting. There is definitely lots of ghosting but there was also some bleeding from the Tombow Fudesonuke pens and the Zebra Mildliners. However, there was no bleeding from the fountain pen, which I found really interesting.
Journal Notebook Small
The smaller notebook is simply adorable! The cover is made of the same fabric material as the first one, and it also comes in one grey colour as you can see in the picture. I was sent the plain paper one.
Apart from the plain pages, the smaller notebook has the same exact characteristics that the medium sized one has.
I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the all of the Pad & Quill products that I was sent. Especially the leather case was amazing and I would totally recommend it, if you're looking for a cover for your notebook. The notebooks are really good, for journaling. But if you like to draw and doodle with markers in your journals, be prepared because there will definitely be ghosting and possible bleeding through the pages. For more information about the Pad & Quill products, make sure to visit their website: www.padandquill.com
Have you used any of the Pad & Quill products? What do you think of them? Let me know in the comments below.