Please note: This review is based purely on Dingbat’s wildlife collection of notebooks, which are different to the earth collection.
Since May 2018, I have been using a Dingbats dot grid notebook in the grey elephant colour. I have seen quite a few people recommend/using this particular notebook so I thought I would give it a go. I am very close to filling up this notebook so I thought I would take the time to sit down and write a review on this notebook!
About Dingbats Notebooks
So, who are Dingbats notebooks? They are an eco-friendly brand of notebooks who use vegan, biodegradable and recyclable materials. They come in a variety of colours with two sets of collections: wildlife and earth. The wildlife collection includes: grey elephant (which is mine), green deer, orange tiger, blue whale, brown bear, black duck and red kangaroo. The earth collection includes: Great Barrier Reef Sky Blue, Serengeti Tangerine and Yasuni Lime.
You may be wondering why I’m mentioning things like the Great Barrier Reef and various animals. All of the Dingbats notebooks have each of the things I’ve mentioned embossed on the front cover which looks beautiful and gives such a cute minimalistic effect.
It’s also worth noting that the wildlife collection comes in various sizes as opposed to the Earth collection. These are the original A5+, (the A5 is slightly bigger than a standard A5 notebook 16 x 21.5cm) A6 pocket, A4+ and A6+ reporter. Equally, the wildlife collection comes in different types of paper: dot grid, square grid, lined and blank.
Quality of the Notebook
The quality of the notebook feels really good. The cover felt sturdy and durable when I first got it and it remains that way to this day. The binding has also remained the same since I’ve had it. In other words, the quality hasn’t wavered since I’ve had it at all.
The paper quality is also really good. The paper is 100gsm in an ivory sort of colour. This paper feels a lot thicker than the paper in the Leuchtturm as a comparison. The dots are noticeable but they’re not dark enough to be a distraction. This part is completely down to personal preference but for me, the dots are perfect.
In terms of the ghosting and the bleeding, the Dingbats performs well. Although there is some ghosting with some markers, it’s not overwhelmingly obvious and the bleeding is next to none. I can’t comment on how it handles watercolour as I have never used it in this notebook unfortunately.
The pages are also perforated which is handy if you need to take a page out for whatever reason!
Overall, I am really impressed with the quality of this Dingbat’s notebook. It has held up really well in the months I’ve had it so I’m very impressed.
Individual features of the Notebook
This notebook comes with an elastic closure which has not snapped off, (unlike my previous one) as well as a pen holder which feels of good quality. These are the features you can see at first glance.
As you open up the notebook, the inside cover has the footprints of the animal on the cover page which is a lovely touch. There is also a box which allows you to write your name which is also a plus.
There is also an expandable pocket at the back of the notebook which is always handy to keep stickers and loose pieces of paper so I always appreciate that! There is one ribbon bookmark which is always handy. I know some people prefer two so that is something to keep in mind when purchasing this notebook.
However, there are some things I’m not keen on in regards to this notebook. The pages are not numbered which is a bit of a pain and there is no index page which again is also a pain. However, there are ways around it so it’s not the end of the world.
Overall, I’m a really big fan of this Dingbats notebook. I’m going to really miss it next year as I move into a new notebook but I will definitely be purchasing again!