I finally received my Uppercase Eclecto Notebook a few weeks ago. Shipping from Canada to the US was a lot slower than I had anticipated, over two weeks and there was a delay processing the order so in the end it took about 3 weeks to get two notebooks.
I was super excited to get them because they looked so beautiful on the site but I wished there had been a bit more detail on their site prior to ordering. The book looked a lot more substantial on the Uppercase page but when it arrived, it was actually quite thin. I would guess there’s about 60 sheets in the book. The site made me think there would be closer to 100 sheets per book.
The spine is wrapped with a decorative kraft paper spine printed with gold metallic foil which looks super cool. The edge of the paper on the back cover is die cut into a rounded scallop.
The cover is covered with a printed sheet of clear acetate with the Uppercase “U” in black in the center. The acetate provides protective layer above the paper stock cover sheet but the ink used to print the graphics will scratch or chip if handled much.
Inside, there are two lined sheets between every sheet of make ready. Make ready is the uncut press poof sheets that have been trimmed down in interesting ways for the notebooks. They look like they are great places to doodle, add taped or glued ephemera or just leave as lovely decorative pages. I was delighted that some of the decorative make ready sheets in my volume included florals and knitted images. The lined sheets are a soft warm white with narrow-ruled blue lines. Along the spine edge of the lined pages, the decorative star pattern is printed in blue, adding to the unique look. The paper feels like good quality but I have not had a chance to test it with writing tools yet.
My instinct is to recommend these notebooks to anyone who loves the Uppercase magazine or who might like to use a small notebook for collage or journaling purposes. It would also make a delightful gift. But, if you want is a good daily notebook, this is probably not for you.
($15 each plus shipping, via Uppercase)
(related post: Eclectonotes from Uppercase)