I finished my first Bullet Journal of 2019 back at the end of July 2019 and so it was time to purchase a new notebook. I love to try different notebooks each time I finish a Bullet Journal so I can review them for you all and you can get a taste of what each notebook is like. As you can probably guess, I have been using a Stationery Island Notebook since August 2019 and so I’m going to be reviewing that today. I have been using their notebook in the colour teal and I purchased it here for £9.99.
I was a fan of Stationery Island before they released their notebooks. They have some very good quality brush pens which I use regularly and so I was very excited when I found out they were doing a dot grid notebook. I think I’ve gotten a good idea on how the notebook performs and so I think now is the perfect time to sit down and write a review. So, without further ado, let’s get to it!
Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. I bought this notebook with my own money and Stationery Island is not aware that I’m writing a review.
About Stationery Island
Stationery Island is a UK based stationery brand. It originated back in 2013 when the founder started selling chalk pens from his spare bedroom. Since then, the company has expanded considerably and they now sell a variety of products. Popular products include their dot grid notebooks, brush pens, chalk pens, fabric pens and more. Check out their website for more information. Of course, I will only be talking about the dot grid notebook in this review.
The notebooks are only available in dot grid paper. At the time of writing, you can get three different colours for the cover: Black, Teal and Apple. I do know they will be adding some more colours in so keep an eye out on their social media to see what other colours they add!
Quality of the Notebook
The quality of the notebook is very good considering the price. £9.99 is cheaper compared to other notebooks on the market but the quality doesn’t reflect that. It’s consistent with the other notebooks that are slightly more expensive. The cover feels sturdy and the faux leather has a nice feel to it. The binding, although more obvious, has remained the same since I bought it. There isn’t any loose pieces which can cause paper to fall out.
The paper quality is very good. The paper is 120gsm in an ivory colour. For comparison, the Leuchtturm is 80gsm and the Dingbats is 100gsm. The dots are of medium size and are relatively light so they are not too distracting. I really like this about the notebook but that is down to personal preference.
In terms of the ghosting and the bleeding, the Stationery Island notebook performs very well thanks to the thick paper. The ghosting is so minimal, you can barely see it unless you’re looking for it. I have experienced no bleeding as well which I really like. However, I can’t comment on how it handles watercolour as it’s something I’ve never used.
Overall, I am really impressed with the quality of this notebook. It’s been holding up very well since I got it and I’m particularly pleased due to the affordability.
Individual features of the Notebook
The Stationery Island Notebook comes with an elastic closure which is always a good feature to have. There is no pen holder and no embossing on the cover which I think is down to the price.
There are no extra pages such as an index page, key page, test page etc. The 180 pages in the notebook are all blank dot grid notebook. This worked out fine for me because I don’t use an index page and I could customise and create a key page based on my needs. My only criticism is there are no numbers on the pages so I have absolutely no idea how close I am to finishing this notebook.
The notebook also has two ribbon bookmarks in teal (the colour of the cover) and white. Two ribbon bookmarks are my preferred amount as I use one on my monthly spread and one on my weekly spread.
The end of the notebook includes an expandable pocket which is always very handy to have, I keep stickers in there ready for decoration purposes.
Overall, I really do like this notebook. It’s amazing considering the price and I would definitely consider using it again!