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Jet Pens Too Cool For School Giveaway

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Back -to-School time is my favorite holiday (big surprise). I love fall weather, sweaters and wool skirts and I especially love shopping for new notebooks, pens and fresh pencils. Though not all of us are headed back-to-school this month, that doesn’t mean we don’t need to celebrate this season of fresh starts and new ideas. I’m giving away a $25 gift certificate for Jet Pens to use for your favorite back-to-school goodies.

Just tell me what your favorite part of back-to-school is (or was) in the comments below to be entered. One entry per person. (Comments are moderated so if you’ve never commented before, your comment won’t appear until its approved. No need to resubmit).


FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Monday, August 18, 2014. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Tuesday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 30 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Gift certificate is delivered electronically. Giveaway is open to all, US and international readers!

Review: Plumb Goods Notebooks (& Giveaway)

Plumb Notebooks from Knock Knock

The folks at Knock Knock recently launched a new line of paper products called Plumb Goods. These are a collection of notebooks designed by artists to help inspire creativity. Every book in the collection includes a full-color card with information on the artist.

The products were each so different that this is a super image-heavy post. Every book deserved a full view so this is really a review of FIVE notebooks, not just one.

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Stillman & Birn Paper Sampler

Sillman & Birn sketchbook paper sampler

At the Spectrum Live Art Event I was lucky enough to pick up a couple packets of paper samples from Stillman & Birn. I’ve always been a little flummoxed by their notebook naming system so actually getting a little 4×6″ bit of each paper available was such an eye-opener.

There are six different kinds of paper; three types of paper at the 100 lb/150 gsm weight (Alpha, Gamma and Epsilon) and three types at the 180 lb/270 gsm weight (Beta, Delta, and Zeta).

For the most part, the lighter 100 lb/150 gsm is plenty heavy enough for most writers. If you are planning to do more mixed media, collage or art journaling, you might want to consider the 180 lb/270 gsm papers. To me, these feel more like cardstock than paper.

Sillman & Birn sketchbook paper sampler

I used the same tools on all six papers from an assortment of pens to a brush loaded with ink and a Sharpie marker. All the papers performed admirably and I don’t think anyone would be disappointed by any of them. Even my flexible nib dip pen did not bleed, though on some of the papers it took several minutes to dry (not uncommon for dip pens though).

Stillman & Birn paper grades

The Delta (180 lb/270 gsm) and the Gamma (100lb/150 gsm) are both warm ivory stocks. The Alpha and Beta papers are both cold-press (which means they have some texture to the paper like watercolor papers). Because the Alpha is a lighter stock the tooth to the paper is less noticeable. The smoothest papers are the Epsilon (100lb/150 gsm) and the Zeta (180lb/270 gsm).

Sillman & Birn sketchbook paper sampler

The lighter weight papers were my favorites. I could see using them to write or draw and were thick enough to handle a little water color or ink washes. They would be more than enough for me under most circumstances. The Alpha sample got a lot of ink pooled on it and buckled a little bit as did the Epsilon. The cream ivory Gamma paper stayed flat. The Alpha and the Epsilon were my favorites. The Epsilon is smoother so my tools had very little resistance. The Alpha paper is a little toothier, providing a bit of friction which is helpful with rollerballs and slick gel inks. The Epsilon is probably the most comparable to Canson and other makers of the classic black sketchbook though the paper is a bit heavier weight (better).

Sillman & Birn sketchbook paper sampler

The heavier 180 lb270 gsm papers withstood all the inks and the Sharpie marker without being worse for the wear . The Zeta is smooth to the touch, the Beta has a little tooth to it and the Delta is the creamy ivory with some texture as well.

Sillman & Birn sketchbook paper sampler

From the reverse of the papers, you can see the top row is all the 180 lb/270 gsm papers and the bottom row is the 100 lb/150 gsm papers. There is the merest hint of the Sharpie marker but no actual bleed through.

All-in-all, these are excellent papers and I can see what all the fuss is about now. The best source for Stillman & Birn sketchbooks is Goulet Pens. They stock all six paper stocks in the 5.5×8.5″ A5 size and a few of the other available sizes of the Zeta (smooth, 180 lb/270 gsm). Prices start at $18, about the same as a Moleskine and the S&B books are considerably better for fountain pens.

GIVEAWAY: Oh, I have ONE sampler pack to give away. Its just a little thing with one sheet of all 6 grades of paper. Tell me which grade of paper you’re most interested in trying in the comments to be entered to win.

UPDATE: The kind folks at Stillman & Birn have offered to provide the winner of this giveaway with the notebook of their choice and I’ll still send you the sampler pack as well so now there is even more reason to enter!

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Friday, June 13, 2014. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Sunday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 30 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money. I’m feeling generous today so, this contest is open to any reader, US and international readers!

Giveaways Round-Up

Lots of great stuff being given away this week. I found a few great chances to try a new product or two and rounded them up here.

Pen Chalet Gift Card

Pen Chalet is giving away two e-gift cards on their site. There are multiple ways to enter to win either a $50 gift card or a $25 gift card. Enter early, enter often!

Word Notebooks Giveaway at The Pen Addict. Five sets of notebooks will be given away. Enter before Saturday for your chance to win.

European Paper is offering free shipping on orders of $45 or more through April 1.

Quo Vadis is giving away three Habana notebooks. Enter to win at the bottom of the review.

My Pen Needs Ink is giving away a cool retro pen holder made from an old Hardy Boys book. Enter before Saturday to win.

Winner: Nock Co Maryapple

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The wait is over. I have “random numbered” a winner in the Nock Co. Maryapple giveaway.

Random Number Maryapple

Winner of Maryapple

Ta da! Congrats to Shaun! Shaun, I’ll be contacting you today via email to get your shipping information. Thanks to everyone who entered.

Clearly, the Nock Co products are seriously coveted at the moment. Soon, they shall be available to all.

Giveaway: Orange You Glad You It’s Friday?

Nock Co Maryapple

I recently received my order from Nock Co‘s Kickstarter. I got a Maryapple and a Lookout case since I had received an early sample of the Hightower. I’ll be reviewing the Lookout soon, so don’t worry. In the meantime….

Nock Co Maryapple

Since I already have a Hightower, I don’t really need the Maryapple. So, I thought I’d give it to one of the fine readers here. The Maryapple will comfortably hold two Field Notes-sized notebooks, one on each side or  you can use one side for a notebook and one side for 3×5″ index cards, loose papers or clip some pens over the flap and go.

If you missed out on the Kickstarter campaign, leave a comment here to be entered to win this orange-on-orange Maryapple and get a taste of the fine craftsmanship of the Nock Co products.

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Monday, March10, 2014. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Tuesday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 30 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money. I’m feeling whimsical today so, this contest is open to any reader, US and international readers!

(Text is written in a Minerva Block Bitacora A5 spiral notebook from Rad + Hungry with a Staedtler Mars Graphic 3000 duo brush marker)

Review: Gallery Leather Notebooks

Gallery Leather Journals

Gallery Leather kindly sent me two of their leather bound notebooks: the lime green cover is the Travel Journal ($20) and the black cover is the Oporto Journal ($20). Both books feature real leather covers and ribbon bookmark. These are clean, simple journals with rounded corners and speckled paper endpapers. Neither book has a back cover pocket or elastic band closure like some other notebooks we know.

Gallery Leather is a US company that binds all its books domestically. The paper blocks are printed overseas but all the leather working and binding is done in the US. Gallery Leather also offers personalized foil stamping on book covers for any order.  See the “personalize” tab for more information. Gallery Leather also sells photo albums, address books and other high end leather and paper goods.

Gallery Leather Travel Journal

The Travel Journal features a pebble texture leather with the word “JOURNAL” blind debossed into the center of the cover. There are a bevvy of choices available for the covers: three different material finishes and a baker’s dozen worth of colors. Also stamped on the back cover at the bottom is the Gallery Leather logo and their location “Maine”.  Inside this petite 5×7″ notebook are 192 heavyweight pages that are lightly lined in brown.

Gallery Leather Desk Journal

The cover of the Oporto Journal features a smooth leather cover with the word “JOURNAL” blind debossed in the center. Five other color options are available in the Oporto Journal : sand, red, verde, pink and orange. The books measures 8” x 5.5”  and has 192 pages. The paper is white, ever-so-slightly on the soft white side with grey lines. The lines are very fine so they are not at all distracting — enough to keep my text even but no so heavy or dark as to interfere with legibility. The Oporto also features an ivory satin bookmark with fray-checked edges (always a big plus in my book).

Gallery Leather Desk Journal flexible cover

Both journals feature a flexible leather cover. The leather is glued to a heavyweight paper endpapers giving the material a lot of flex. I bent the cover up with my hand to show how easy it is to flex while remaining sturdy and durable feeling. The book does open up pretty flat once I loosened the spine a bit.

In both books, on the last page of the text block (not the end papers) is a “Personal Data” page with lines to enter contact info. (Remind me to tell you the tale of Diane and her lost Moleskine that she did NOT put her name in as a cautionary tale.) This page also include the company info.

The lines in both books are about 6mm spacing, comparable to American collegiate ruled. Why the Oporto has grey lines and the Travel Journal has brown lines is anyone’s guess?

Gallery Leather Desk Journal Writing Sample

The paper in the Oporto Journal is smooth and easy to write on. I had no difficulties with any of the gel, rollerball or felt tip pens; pencils; or even brush pens, but the fountain pens did show some feathering. The medium European nib on the Karas Kustoms INK!, the Lamy Studio with the 1.1mm nib and the Pilot Kakuno with the fine nib showed the most evident feathering.

Gallery Leather revese side of Desk Journal

From the other side of the paper, evidence of the slight bleed through of both the Karas Kustoms and the Lamy are evident. None of the other inks showed through too much except in the darker or heavier colors but their was no bleed though except with the fountain pens. Even the brush pens had but a mere shadow on the reverse side of the paper.

Gallery Leather Travel Journal writing sample

The Travel Journal paper is notably heavier than the Oporto. Its also a smooth stock with only a little tooth. The heaver paper meant that all the tools I tested performed as well or better than on the Oporto paper. All the fountain pens were less inclined to feather. Only the Lamy Studio with the 1.1mm nib showed some slight feathering but that may have been as much a fault of that particular ink (I can’t remember what I was using, sorry!) as the pen or paper.

Leather Gallery Travel Journal Reverse side of writing sample

On the reverse of the the Travel Journal there was only the slightest bit of show through at the starts and stops of some of the fountain pen writing samples. Interestingly, the one blue ink dot clearly seen on the reverse is from the Ohto Dude. None of the brush pens showed through at all.

Gallery Leather Journals

Between the heavier weight paper and how well most of the tools performed on this paper, I would definitely recommend the Gallery Leather Travel Journal to anyone looking for good paper and a quality leather cover at a good price.

The Oporto is a beautiful journal and I would definitely recommend it as well, particularly if you are not wanting to use fountain pens with it. Its a fine upgrade to a  Moleskine which retails for $18.95. The extra $1.05 for a real leather cover and considerably improved paper is worth the upgrade.

The Giveaway:

Gallery Leather has been kind enough to offer two lucky readers the chance to win either the Oporto or Travel Journal. So, how do you enter to win this awesome giveaway? Just tell me which color cover and whether you prefer the Oporto Journal or the Travel Journal in the comments to be entered to win.

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Monday, March 3, 2014. US Residents only, please. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winners will be announced on Tuesday. Winners will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 30 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Fulfillment will be handled by Gallery Leather.

DISCLAIMER: This item was sent to me free of charge by Gallery Leather for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

Giveaway: Jet Pens Valentine’s Winner

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Jet Pens Valentine’s poem giveaway. I was tickled with all the poems and wish I had gift cerificates to give to everyone. But alas, I only have one.

Drum roll, please….
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And the winner is Hannah!
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Congrats to you, Hannah! And thanks to everyone for making me smile with your limericks, poems, rhymes, refrigerator.

Valentine’s Jet Pens Giveaway

Happy Valentine's Day

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m giving away a little bit of love to one lucky reader — a $25 gift certificate to Jet Pens. Its a quick giveaway so don’t delay! Write a little love poem to JetPens or your favorite office supply in the comments to be entered to win.

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted here by 10pm CST on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Thursday. One winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 30 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Gift certificate will be sent electronically via JetPens.

(Valentine artwork was created with a Pilot Pocket Brush Pen – hard and a Pilot New Brush Pen – Medium.)

DISCLAIMER: This item was sent to me free of charge by JetPes for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

Winners of the Paperblanks Notebook Giveaways

Thanks to everyone who sat through my video review and left comments on the Paperblanks Notebook review.

I drew three winners:

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Congrats to A. Rivera, Curiousity Complex and Alisia! You all made this easy for me. A. Rivera will be sent the Mucha Lily notebook, Curiosity Complex will receive the Da Vinci reporter notebook and Alisia will be sent the Nightingale notebook. You will all be contacted via email to get your mailing addresses.

Thanks and stay tuned for more reviews (video and photo) and giveaways.

Review: Paperblanks Journals

paperblanks stack of notebooks

The folks over at Paperblanks kindly sent me an assortment of notebooks to review. The books have such amazing details on the covers that I decided the best way to review them is with a video. (Please forgive the ums and ahs, this is the first time I’ve done this. I was nervous.)

To clarify from the video, I received four books in various sizes and formats:

Description Format Size Page Count Price
DaVinci-themed Sun & Moonlight Mini Reporter 3.75×5.75″ 192 $11.95
Letters of Inspiration: Florence Nightingale Mini 3.75X5.5″ 176 $15.95
Mucha Tiger Lily Midi 5×7″ 144 $14.95
Parisian Mosaic Mosaique Safran Midi 5X7″ 144 $14.95

All but the Florence Nightingale book had a black elastic closure. The Nightingale edition has a magnetic closure. They all have pockets in the back with book cloth gussets. All but the reporter-style DaVinci book included a red satin ribbon bookmark.

paperblanks notebook assortment

paperblanks inside

The line spacing is about 8mm which is probably equivalent to wide-ruled notebook paper. The lines are very fine and brown and do not run edge to edge but leave a small margin round the edge of the page. The spacing is a bit too wide for me, preferring the blank paper for optimum writing freedom.

Paperblanks Writing Sample

The paper in the Paperblanks is the same as in planner I used all last year. I’ve included the writing samples here. I have to say that the warm white paper is pleasing and the overall weight of the paper allowed it to hold up to an array of writing tools including fountain pens with above-average results.

Paperblanks Reverse Side

You can see from the back that the Sharpie was really the only tool to bleed through.

Overall, the Paperblanks books are some of my favorite notebooks. They are sometimes a little too elaborate for my everyday needs but the construction, paper quality and features plus the reasonable price point make them a good choice. To purchase online, Love Notebooks has the widest selection of books but I purchased my planner via Jenni Bick so I recommend them as well.

For more information, you may want to check out these posts:

Finally, I’d like to give away some of these books to some lucky readers. I’m going to giveaway the DaVinci reporter, the Mucha Tiger Lily and the Florence Nightingale. One to each of three lucky readers. Leave a comment and tell me which of these designs is your favorite or visit the Paperblanks site and tell which one you wish they’d sent me.


FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Sunday, January 26, 2014. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Monday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner(s) does not respond within 30 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. US readers only this time. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance (or customs fees) will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money.

DISCLAIMER: This item was sent to me free of charge by Paperblanks for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

Winner: Frankie Daily Journal 2014

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for the Frankie Daily Journal. Let’s have a drum roll for the winning number….

Daily Journal Winning Number

Daily Journal Winning Comment

Congrats to Dawn! I’ll be contacting you via email to get your delivery information. I hope the planner helps you meet all your resolution goals for 2014.

Preview: Frankie Daily Journal for 2014

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I have always been curious about the incredibly popular Frankie Magazine Daily Journal ($26.95AU). So, I ordered one. In the time that elapsed between ordering the book and it arriving here in the States, I also received the Hobonichi which stole my nerdy heart.

This does not mean that I was not completely blown away with how lovely and romantic the Daily Journal is. Its full of gorgeous illustrations, decorative patterned borders and hand-lettered dates.

The planner is approximately 7.5″x5.75″. The cover is a beautiful heavyweight sage twill with the text stamped into it in cream. There’s a matching satin ribbon bookmark too. The binding seems sturdy but the book opens nicely. The paper is weighty (I’d compare it to American 80lb or 100lb text weight. Copy paper is about 20-30lb weight, if that gives you an idea of the sturdiness). My only concern for usability is all the printing on the paper may have added some coating to the paper that might resist some inks.

In the back cover is a printed pocket for loose sheets. There are also perforated cards, stickers and other goodies bound into the back of the book.

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In the front of the book are month overviews with floral illustration. Weekly pages span two pages with Saturday and Sunday sharing a small space.

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Its such a lovely book that I couldn’t bring myself to blemish it to do pen tests. Instead, I’d like to give it away to one lucky reader. In exchange, I hope that you’ll report back to me how well the paper performs so I can decide if I want to use one next year.

Let’s make this a quick giveaway so I can get this to the winner ASAP to start the new year off right. Leave a comment and tell me one of your goals, plans or resolutions for 2014.

Frankie Daily Journal 2014


FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Wednesday, January 1, 2014. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Thursday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 30 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money.

12 Days of Inkmas: Giveaway Winners!

12 Days of Inkmas

Its that time — Time to announce the winners of 12 Days of Inkmas giveaway.

First up is the drawing for the winner of 12 fabulous ink samples:

Giveaway Winner #2

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Well, Bravo, I guess its time to add some color to your life! You’ll have a whole range of colors, including some of my favorites like Pilot Blue (so you can really mix it up), De Atramentis Pigeon Blue, Private Reserve Orange Crush and Noodler’s Army Green. Merry Inkmas to you!

Next up is the gift certificate for $25 to our favorite pen, paper and ink shop, Jet Pens. 

Giveaway winner #1winning comment

Congrats, Donna! Jet Pens stocks lots of green and purple inks to choose from so we hope you find your new favorite.

Emails are being sent to you both to verify addresses. Okay, back to our regularly scheduled Inkmas fesitivities already in progress!

12 Days of Inkmas: Giveaway!

12 Days of Inkmas

It’s the middle of Inkmas mania and I think this calls for a giveaway. Maybe two?

Prize #1: I have 12 awesome inks samples– many of the colors featured in the first annual 12 Days of Inkmas plus a few other surprise colors. And I mean decently full sample vials!

Prize #2:  I have a $25 gift certificate from the fine folks at Jet Pens. Buy a new fountain pen, some paper or even some inks. Cross a few items off that epic wishlist. Your choice.

I’ll draw two names for this giveaway (one will win the ink samples and one will win the gift certificate) so that there will be even more holiday cheer. In the spirit of the holidays, the giveaway is open to anyone on planet earth (interstellar shipping is extra). To enter, leave a comment and tell me your current favorite ink color or the first ink you would buy if you don’t presently own any inks.

Happy Holidays!


FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Saturday, December 21, 2013. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Sunday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 30 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Shipping via USPS first class is covered for anywhere in the world. Additional shipping options or insurance (or customs fees) will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money.

Winner: Easy, Tiger Giveaway

Best at Life Print

First, thanks to everyone who left a comment on the Easy, Tiger post about their favorite card. You are all winners in my book.

If you’re in the Kansas City area, find an Easy, Tiger vending machine location and bring a handful of change. Hopefully, they’ll have the machine installed in other cities but for now, its just another great reason to come to KC.

Now, our giveaway prize pack winner is:

Random Number: Easy, Tiger Winning Comment: Easy, Tiger

Congrats to Ashli K! I’ve sent you an email to confirm shipping information.

Easy, Tiger Giveaway

Easy, Tiger Vending Machine

The folks behind the start-up Easy, Tiger are rocking the local KC scene with their inventive card vending machines in area coffee shops as well as their pop-up shop on First Fridays in the Crossroads. For those folks outside the KC area, you can purchase their unique, witty cards, tees and prints from their online shop.It’s not as fun as pulling the handle on a vending machine but the cards are just as cool.

The 2-person team has created an assortment of tees, cards and prints and the web site is hinting at journals being on the horizon. I can’t wait to see the journals!

Easy, Tiger Tee

Tees sell for $19.99.

Cowboy Card I blame you card Nothing I Won't Do Card

These are a few of my favorite cards. Fun, playful and everyday sendable. Each card is $2.49.

Best at Life Print

The new print is a gold foil stamped design on black paper. It’s 13×19″ and sells for $24.99. The perfect gift for the champ in your life.

Easy, Tiger have kindly offered a prize package that will include a print, a tee and an assortment of cards. Please tell me what your favorite Easy, Tiger card is in the comments to be entered to win.


FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Friday, December 13, 2013. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Monday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 30 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner (this means that international readers are welcome to enter if you’re willing to pay for postage. If not, please do not enter this giveaway). We are generous but we’re not made of money.

Winner: Jet Pens Giveaway

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Congratulations to Beth! The winner of the $25 electronic Gift Certificate from Jet Pens. Looks like you’ll be able to try out all those pocket notebooks yourself!

Thanks to everyone else who reads the blog and entered the giveaway.

Pocket Notebook Showdown

Pocket notebook shootout

I discovered I had three very pocket-sized notebooks to review. So I decided to do one BIG pocket-sized notebook review. I’ve got the new Field Notes Drink Local, the Princeton Architectural Press Pocket Dept. Shirt Pocket notebook and a Doane Garage Series Utility notebook. As you can see, all three books are the same size but the Pocket Dept. notebook is perfect-bound while the Doane and Field Notes are staple-bound.

Pocket notebook shootout

The latest Field Notes feature “soft touch” covers and 50lb text bright white paper printed with yellow gold “Hefeweizen” grid.

Doane notebooks feature their signature paper: wide lines and grid printed in blue on 60lb text weight, bright white paper. Each notebook has 48 pages sandwiched between kraft card stock covers.

The Pocket Dept. notebook has bright green card stock covers and features 64 pages of ivory paper with green lines.

Both the Field Notes and Doane notebooks have rounded corners but the Pocket Dept. has standard square corners.

Pocket Dept. Pen Tests

In writing tests, the Pocket Dept. notebook preformed well with felt tipped, gel and hybrid pens and pencils. The cream ivory color made some of the lighter ink colors a little harder to use but not any worse than any other ivory-colored stocks (like Moleskine or Rhodia).

Pocket Dept. Pen Tests

This close-up shows that the Pocket Dept. was not at all well-suited to fountain pens though. There seems to be a coating on the paper that resists fountain pen ink. The hybrid and gel inks didn’t have any issues though.

Pocket Dept. bleed0through check

When viewed from the reverse of the paper, there is no bleed-through at all with the Pocket Dept. notebook.

Doane Paper Pen Tests
I’m always tickled at how well Doane paper works. The blue lines are light enough to work just about any color ink as well as pencil and even the finest of lines.

Doane bleed-through check

There’s a tiny bit of bleed through from the wider nibbed fountain pens but there was not even any show through with most of the gel, hybrid and felt-tip pens.

Field Notes Drink Local Pen Tests

I’m not normally a grid paper fan but the light yellow lines on the Field Notes made it easy for me to appreciate the latest Drink Local edition. It accepted all the same tools as the other two notebooks and was pleasant to use.

Field Notes bleed-through check

From the back side though, you can see that there is the most bleed through with the Field Notes. There’s some show-through with the hybrid, felt-tip and gel pens but not so badly that the reverse of the paper cannot be used.

Overall, the Field Notes are a paper nerd status symbol and the latest edition has a great feel in the hand and easy-to-use yellow grid lines. Field Notes are not great with fountain pens but for daily use with general-use pens and pencils they will serve you well.

The Pocket Dept. notebooks give a lot more sheets per notebook and you know I love the green covers. The paper is heavy enough to be able to use both sides of the paper with no issues but it is not at all fountain pen friendly.

The standout performer is the Doane Utility notebook. It works decently with fountain pens and all sorts of other writing tools. With both horizontal and grid markings, it satisfies almost all tastes.

Doane Garage Series Utility Notebooks are sold in sets of three for $9. The Princeton Architectural Shirt Pocket Notebooks are sold in packs of 3 for $12.50. Field Notes Drink Local are available in sets of 3 for $9.95 and you can choose between either Lager or Ale colors.


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