We Are What We Do (and sometimes even what we give away)

Action paper goods

The fine folks at We Are What We Do sent me some of their products to sample. They are a non-profit company whose goal is to fund school and community projects. They sent me a medium-sized Action Notebook, a large-sized Action Notebook, an Action Diary for the 2011/12 Academic Year (almost too late but nice to see the size, format and design) and a set of Action Bookmarks.

Action Diary cover

The Action Diary is a small pocket-sized book at just 4.125″ x 5.875″ with a perfect binding and a contrasting (this book had purple) satin ribbon bookmark with a sealed edge.

Interior of Action DiaryAction Diary, interior

Inside the book is heavy white stock (my husband says its at least 80lb text but probably more like 100lb text weight). On the lefthand pages are actions in a usable note-taking space and on the righthand page is a week-at-a-glance calendar. In the back of the book is an Action Tracker where you can check off any action you may have undertaken from saying thanks to  taking public transportation. Its inspiring without being too preachy.


In the ink tests, the heavyweight stock held up to all sorts of pens without even a smidgen of showthrough. Only a Sharpie (or in my case, a China-acquired Zebra version of a Sharpie) caused any bleed or showthrough.


From the reverse, only a few specks from the “Sharpie” showed through. Everything else didn’t leave even a visible mark.

Action Bookmarks

The Action Bookmarks is a set of six paper bookmarks with spaces on the back to note comments and a rating on a book before “recycling” it to a friend.

Action bookmark, in action

The bookmarks have a die cut notch in the top to hold on to your page. They are inexpensive, colorful and clever. I may have to order several sets to give to all my bookworm friends for the holidays.

Action Notebook, interior

The Action Notebooks feature the same heavy-duty paperstock as the diary and “action items” in the form of section dividers. The lines on the paper are 6mm and, after each action item page, the lines change color to coordinate with the divider page. The large notebook is 9.75″ x 6.875″ and the medium notebook is 6.875″ x 5″ and each feature a contrasting ribbon bookmark as well.

I am going to give these fabulous notebooks away to a lucky reader (or two). Package one will be the large notebook, package two will be the smaller notebook and bookmarks. Leave a comment below and tell me which notebook you want and what action you plan to take to make your world a better place.

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by midnight CST on Monday, July 9, 2012. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winners will be announced on Tuesday. Winners will be select by random number generator. 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. 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.

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