Paper Notes Journal: A Review

July 26, 2018

Paper Notes Journal: The Review

In a creative journey, it is best to be accompanied by a journal that suits your lifestyle. Here, we talk about Paper Notes journal. This is not just a review but a story to tell.

The Paper Notes Journal Experience

As a creative, I have been trying various journals throughout my journey. I have to satisfy the need of having the right paper to write on and the right size for a journal so I could just bring it anywhere. I remember the time that I would always lurk around the journal section in bookstores or any stationery stores. Then, I feel the paper it has and I see if it is really for me.

Ever since I got into calligraphy more, the need to find the right paper and pen combination is very important for me. It is very important to check if the paper can withstand the ink of the pen you are using.

Paper Notes Journal with bingsu

Kristine’s calligraphy (@mariaisquixotic)

For pointed pen users, it is best to use a thicker and smoother paper. Textured paper is a big no since it can disrupt the flow of the ink and your movement as you practice. Plus, it can also damage your nib if your movement is wrong! We don’t want that, right?

Brush and brush pen users need a thicker paper. The intensity of the ink varies on how heavy the pressure they are applying. We do not want so many paper trash in this age, right?

About Paper Notes

The genies behind Paper Notes conceived the brand by 2013. They saw and found the need to use and provide quality notebooks at an affordable price. Their team carefully studied the market and the manufacturing end.

The outcome of their research helped them in their decision-making process. They see the chance to provide competitive notebook products at a mid-level price that would be accessible to students and professionals alike.

Back in the latter part of 2013, their Classic Series #1 was born. It has ruled pages with six (6) different colors.

During the second wave which was late 2016, Series #2 was brought to life. Blank and ruled pages are presented to the public with 10 different colors.

It was during this series that they started personalizing and customizing their notebooks. In turn, people are satisfied with this new service of theirs.

Fast forward to 2017, their Gold line was introduced. It was still under Series #2.

This 2018, they are now with their Series #3. Their notebooks are now available in 12 different colors. You can choose the sizes if it’s A5 or A6 as well as the kind of pages it will have. Choices are blank, ruled, and dotted.

A5 dotted is already sold out. Yet, they are looking forward to restocking by the start of the Ber months. Also, they are still open for personalization of all their products.

Trying the Journal

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We take turns in trying out the journal based on the crafts that we do.

The journal they sent us is an A5 journal with blank pages. Its pages are of 100 GSM which is already strong enough for the common brush pens, inks, and other tools of the trade.

Photo: Gjenisa’s watercolor works (left). Kristine’s brush calligraphy work (right).

Kristine’s Thoughts

Kristine took it home first and tried it with her brush calligraphy. She uses Marvy Uchida Le Plume II pens as her go-to tools for her craft.

When the journal was with her, she specifically compliments the journal to be lightweight and easy to carry around.

My favorite thing about their A5 blank journal is that it can withstand the ink of the brush pens I mostly use. It does not blot or bleed on to the next page. However, it would also depend on the intensity and pressure of the writer or artist also. I love when the personalization service they have. Surely, this is one of the best gifts there is for an aspiring artist like me.

That’s her honest opinion about the journal.

Gjenisa’s Thoughts

Gjen was the second person to try it out. Her favorite tools of the trade are watercolor and her brushes. She loves to play with colors and to find more eco-friendly tools to help her with her craft.

Her latest piece of advice to aspiring artists is to cut a part of an old clothing and use it as a wash cloth for the brushes. Others use tissue and it’s sad to use a lot. She repurposes her old pants into wash close for the watercolor.

This journal itself is very nice and friendly to artists like us. Initially, I thought it would not hold the water and the watercolor. It got me thinking if this will be a good journal for my craft. Once I got into practising, it was a great experience! The paper curved a little but it was strong enough to hold the watercolor. However, it may not be strong enough for the techniques like wet on wet. That would require a thicker paper. But for journaling with small watercolor artworks, this is a great companion!

Christian’s Thoughts

From the colorful crafts of Gjenisa and Kristine, we now converse with Christian. Initially, he hesitated to try the journal since he says he still has another journal to use. However, we were persistent in talking him out to trying it.

So here’s his sample art and his review about the journal.


Paper Notes Journal

Stare by: Christian Binamira

With the use of an ordinary pen, he draws this magnificent artwork entitled, Stare.

I guess that this journal is friendly even with the ballpen. It is portable and easy to carry around especially for me since I travel back and forth from work then to school (currently taking up my master’s degree). Owning a Paper Notes Journal is like having a best friend who is with you always.

Adam’s Thoughts

One of the doodlers in the team, Adam’s doodles have already made an impact. It has been seen as something relaxing and soothing to the eyes.

His art is influenced by Kerby Rosanes and other doodlers.

When asked about his experience with the journal, he recounts.

Paper Notes Journal

The same goes for me when it comes to the journal. Christian shared and almost stole all of the thoughts I have. I easily am captivated with the simplicity of its cover as well as its texture. It suits artists who are very passionate with their craft. Since I used a ballpen for my artwork, I admire that it did not show much imprint on the other side. The creators really thought of us when they conceived this. Not everyone is blessed with resources to buy the expensive tools.

Sam’s Thoughts

Carabao2 Stag

A designer and artist by nature, Sam is one of those who are quite reserved when it comes to their thoughts. His thoughts were quite short but his artwork is magnificent.

The journal is simple and great to illustrate on. My go-to tools which include Sakura Koi brush pens, drawing pens from Sakura and Marvy Uchida, and some Copic markers. These vary in their ink composition so my worry was if they will bleed onto the next page. I apply different kinds of pressure especially when I’m illustrating and coloring. Good thing, the paper withstands the ink coming from the pens I use. I’m really looking forward to owning my very own Paper Notes journal! Their minimalist vibe really got me.

The Verdict

Paper Notes Journal

The Maarteng Letra Journal

Each and everyone of us love the journal from Paper Notes! We recommend it to anyone who is looking for their own journal or notebook.

It is lightweight, easy to carry, and has a minimalist vibe. So, it will never give a loud impression wherever you may be. As they say, it is really affordable!

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Disclaimer: They sent us an A5 blank journal. All opinions are ours.

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  • Reply Myla Taup July 31, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    This review is very detailed. it is always handy to have something with you to write on. Inspiration can hit you anywhere. I carry a notepad too. But its mostly a to do list. Lol! What do you usually write or practice on when you so your caligraphy?

  • Reply Irma July 31, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    I agree that paper notes journal is important and it is still significant even if you are not that creative or into calligraphy. For me, a journal has to be a kind of personalized. I need to like its covers, its inner composition as well as the quality of its paper. I also pay attention to the lines in it, whether they are thick or thin. I don’t like the thin ones. And in the end, I don’t write nicely there, I just jot down the major things I need to do and the most important notifications for the day or week. Still, the journal itself HAS to be quality and pretty.

  • Reply Johna July 31, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Great review! Although now I’m a little tempted to go and buy one for myself haha. I’m so guilty of buying so many notebooks and not even using them wahaha. Right now I think I have about ten πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • Reply siennylovesdrawing July 31, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Enjoying reading your sharing, so informative & useful. All your captures so pretty here as I love handwritten notes too. Love all the caligraphy done too, so lovely πŸ˜€ I am learning myself now, wish i will be good in my caligraphy soon πŸ˜€ Cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  • Reply Teresa Dumadag July 31, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    I’m not into calligraphy but I also love notebooks. I sketch and write a lot! My kids love to draw and doodle. So, I’m always on the lookout for good notebooks that we can use. Thanks for sharing your feedback on this brand.

  • Reply Kris August 1, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    I used to collect journals until my husband said I have enough, so I just bought once a year now..haha! I guess this one os great for artists like you, the ones who like to doodle, draw and brush. With all the revoews that you features, I love the one who used a ballpen and got the image still perfect. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Gene Rose August 2, 2018 at 1:00 am

    I admit I’ve kind of hoarded notebooks, journals, and planners over the years. But the thing is that I rarely wrote nor drawn in most of the notebooks I’ve ’’hoarded.” Probably because I’m waiting to be inspired. Or really I have tons, yet I’d consider buying this one right here and take your word for it.

  • Reply Lev Leetian October 4, 2018 at 12:13 am

    Your friends seem so talented and I love all their doodles! It seems that this notebook is indeed perfect for artists, but I’m no artist so I’d probably just write on it haha. I love how you can customize it with your name too. I just took a look at the site and it seems inexpensive, which is perfect for a cheapo like me. It makes me think if I should hit that “buy” button already. Thanks for this excellent review!

  • Reply Mumwrites October 17, 2018 at 8:46 am

    Love the detailed review and the beautiful art works! I wish I was as creative as you lot are. I love the minimalist design of the journal and the paper quality. I would check this out the next time I am in need of a new notebook.

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