Letternote is an India-based maker of colorful stationery and gift items, all with bold, colorful designs. They sent me a very generous assortment of samples to review:
I love the variety and the bright colors. Somehow just looking at some of them makes you feel upbeat and want to do something creative!
But my favorite design was the vintage radio.
It’s 5×8″ (also available in a 3.5×5.5″ pocket size version), with lined pages. It’s a “softcover” notebook, by which I mean it doesn’t have boards that are wrapped with a cloth or faux-leather material. It’s just covered with a glued-on cardboard but it’s a fairly thick, sturdy cover, not a flexible soft cover. The inside front cover has some brand info and a place to write your personal info. There is no ribbon marker or elastic closure. The notebook opens nice and flat.
The paper inside is a bit rougher and toothier than I was expecting, but it is not too rough to write on with fine point pens. As I wrote on it, it somehow felt like it was sucking up a lot of ink, though bleed-through was no worse than average with most pens. Fountain pens seemed to work fine. My main concern with the paper was that it does not seem to be acid-free as claimed, based on the results from my pH test pen, so I’d be concerned about the paper getting yellowed and brittle over time. I did not test all the additional samples, and some of them, in particular the sketchbook, may have different paper.
As far as I can tell from the Letternote website, their products are available in quite a few retailers in India, but not in other countries. You can order from their webstore, but shipping from India might get expensive. You can also enter to win some of the extra samples shown here. Two random winners, each of whom will receive 2 notebooks, will be selected from entries received in the following ways:
On your blog, post something containing the words “Letternote” and “Notebook Stories” and link back to this post.
The deadline for entry is Friday January 9, 2015 at 11:59PM, EST. Good luck everyone!
And please remember to check my posts on Facebook and Twitter for an announcement of the winner. Please allow a couple of weeks for me to check all the entries and determine the winners.