Happy National Stationery Week everyone! I’m so excited to be officially involved with the best week of the year on my Instagram but over here on my blog, I have 7 days of notebook reviews which is utterly fabulous for me!
The first notebook in the spotlight for this week is the Dingbats Glicine Arctic Notebook from the Earth Collection. Without further ado, let’s get to it!
Dingbats are an eco-friendly brand of notebooks who use vegan, biodegradable and recyclable materials. The brand’s primary focus is on the environment with every UK sale having 2% revenue donated to WWF-UK.
There are two notebook collections that Dingbats have released: The Wildlife Collection and the Earth Collection. I have already written a review about the Wildlife Collection which you can find here. Today, I will be focusing on the Earth Collection.
Information about the Notebook
The Earth Collection comes in one size which is A5+ (16×21.5cm) and one paper type (dot grid). There are currently 4 notebooks within this collection: Blue Great Barrier Reef, Tangerine Serengeti, Lime Yasuni and the notebook in question, the Glicine Arctic Notebook. Each notebook highlights a fragile ecosystem around the world that is threatened by human activity. Furthermore, the notebook also has a little design embossed on the front of the cover page relating to each ecosystem which I like. The notebook costs £17.95.
Quality of the Notebook
I am a fan of the quality of this notebook. The hard cover is sturdy and durable with good quality vegan leather. I love the colour of the cover as well. It’s a gorgeous light grey colour which I think is such a versatile colour to have. The binding is also absolutely fine. I’ve had no issues and it feels like it will remain that way. It feels like a notebook that has had love and care put into it to make it as good quality as possible.
The ivory paper is 100gsm which does lead to a little bit of ghosting but not enough to be distracting. Equally, the gsm of this notebook means bleeding is next to none. The dots are noticeable enough so that they’re useful but they’re not at all distracting. They are very small and not as dark as in some other notebooks I’ve tried. I would like to point out however that this part is completely down to personal preference.
Individual Features of the Notebook
One thing that sets this notebook apart from those in the Wildlife Collection is the amount of features it has:
- 2 ribbon bookmarks (the arctic notebook has one black and one grey.) This is perfect for me as I like to have a bookmark on my monthly spread and another on the weekly spread I’m using at that moment.
- 184 non-preforated pages and 16 micro-perforated pages. This makes for 200 pages so there’s plenty of room for this notebook to last a while. Equally, the micro-perforated pages allow for easy access to dot grid paper should you make a mistake in your journal (it happens a lot to me.)
- 3 Index pages. I’m not an index page person but this is really handy to have as you don’t need to do it yourself.
- 2 key pages. I always refer to a key when I use my Bullet Journal so this is very handy to have.
- Future log. This isn’t a set up version but rather pages that have been assigned for a future log with guidelines at the side to help you if you need it.
- Expandable pocket. This is at the back of the notebook and is perfect for keeping sticker sheets, bits of paper you don’t want to lose etc.
- Elastic closure. This is very secure and it feels like it won’t snap which is something that has happened to me before with another notebook.
- Pen holder. This is very handy if you just need one pen for your journal on the go.
- Page tabs. I don’t use this feature but essentially there are tabs at the end of the pages within your notebook which you can colour code with regard to different events, tasks etc. The idea is you can see the colours even when the notebook is closed.
- Infographic spread. This is a double-page spread at the beginning of the notebook which provides information about the eco-system your notebook surrounds (so in my case the Arctic) and the threats it faces as well as what we can do to help.
Overall, I will always vouch for how much I love Dingbats Notebooks. I do prefer the paper to be slightly thicker but the overall quality, what the company is trying to achieve and the features within the notebook keep me coming back to this brand over and over again.