Notebook Review: Baron Fig Metamorphosis

Baron Fig has become a product releasing machine. Metamorphosis ($20 for individual purchase or $74 per year for quarterly subscription) is the second release in 2017 in the subscription series for the Confidant. This time, they are making fewer waves than they did with the Askew, which ruffled quite a few feathers.

The Metamorphosis treads more familiar Baron Fig territory with a peach book cloth cover and cobalt blue end papers and cotton ribbon book mark. The design message with the Metamorphosis is comes from a quote by Van Gogh, “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

The colors are striking. Springy peach on the outside and shockingly vivid on the inside. The graphics are as sleek and clean as any edition previously. Tasteful and understated. Kudos to the design team.

Inside the on the right side is a space for name or a title or a doodle.

I love the bubble graphics. The germination of an idea… or is it the filtration of particles? Your call.

On the inside of the back cover, the trays are blank. I love the boxes that Baron Fig uses. They are sturdy and are endlessly reusable.

The ribbon bookmark matches the cobalt blue exactly. Quite the design feat. I just wish Baron Fig would make their ribbon bookmarks a little longer.

The dot grid remains the same as previous books and the paper is good quality and fountain pen friendly and well as friendly to a lot of other pens and pencils. Baron Fig is really doing simple and well-designed notebooks right.

So, all in all, the Metamorphosis notebook is a winner.  So, I’d like to pick a winner.

THE RULES: In the spirit of Metamorphosis, what would you like to bloom, change or grow this spring? Are you working on a new project? Training for a race? Watching your garden grow? Watching your new baby grow? Growing out your hair? Leave a comment below on what you want to metamorphosize below to be entered to win this (one) Baron Fig Metamorphsis dot grid notebook.

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Monday, May 8, 2017. All entries must be submitted at, 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 (not in the comment itself) 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. US and APO residents only.

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

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  1. I’m back to writing. I’m planning to finish my last novel before summer. That’ll bring me peace of mind and strength to keep working on the following one.

  2. well… I would “grow out” my garden plot so that I could watch it grow. (and shoo off the rabbits, deer, birds…) Looking into perimeter fencing now.

  3. My metamorphosis for this spring is to strengthen my back to where I can walk straight. In September I had my 7th back surgery. I had some complications, and now I am in immense pain and cant walk totally upright. I plan to do water therapy/exercise, as well as wearing a back brace. The doctors think I should be able to walk straight again, but I am going to DO it, as well as, get my body toned, and become more healthy. This is my metamorphosis…from a broken swan, to a fierce pheonix.

  4. As spring arrives, there are two things of note that I think will be changing much in the next few months: first, is that of a family relationship, and second, that of a public one.

    It’s a reunion of sorts for our folks, a much-deserved meeting after a few years of not being together. Here’s to hoping that it will be a fruitful and meaningful one, and that which has been a caterpillar be fully groomed into a blossoming butterfly.

    On the other hand, as I take up a position of public trust in a local institution, I have many fears about the future, especially in this convoluted political climate that somehow, the world shares in. As plans begin to ramp up this spring, here’s to hoping that we would be able to plant the seeds of a magnificent tree.

  5. I’m taking a pointed pen calligraphy class and would love to metamorphose my shaky letters into something lovely.

  6. Capturing 4 year old twin boy birthday party ideas.
    Document research to compare new TV models to replace the 2nd broken TV in six months. (See #1)

  7. I’m writing poetry in a confidant. I’m trying to write a collection of poems that name-check various types of garden weeds. Sort of a theme to tie them together and give me an interesting springboard for thought.

  8. I want to use my new notebook to plan for a productive summer of research and to also have lots of fun excursions with friends!

  9. My art. After years of hiatus from pens and pencils I am back and want to grow it into something beyond my wildest dreams. TO create from the happiness I feel in my being.

  10. When we bought our house we made a commitment to plants. I am really enjoying watching them grow. Especially our orange tree, it’s got tiny baby oranges now!

  11. I’m graduating from library school and seeking my first full-time library job. It’s stressful to be sure, but it’s also invigorating to be transformed from student to professional. This brand new career (my second) brings me joy and juicy challenges, and the baron fig Metamorphosis would be perfect for keeping notes to share on my journey.

  12. I am currently knitting my first sweater and it’s quite a process watching it grow into something that could actually be called a garment. And working on my patience as I knit through the black hole that is the body…

  13. My metamorphosis is one of being more mindful of what “monkey mind” is telling me all day long, and what my “higher self” is telling me — and consciously choosing the latter. Daily meditation, more fun and more creativity are in the mix!

  14. Growing my cultural understanding of European art, literature, architecture and, of course, food. Where there is food there are people and with people there is conversation. I’ve been learning French since the beginning of the year and plan to add German, Italian, Catalan or Castilian (I think one is a bit more Portuguese).

    Or maybe I should write the next Thin Man caper knock-off with my Aurora Optima. Maybe my muse will be found riding a Vespa among the sites of Rome.

  15. I am cultivating my cartooning practice, launching a blog in June, and preparing to, for better or for worse put my work out in the light of day!

  16. I have started sketching and would really like to keep this going all year. This notebook would be perfect for this!

  17. I’m working on my health by being more careful about what I eat, exercising regularly, and going to bed at less ridiculous hours. I’m also working on increasing my drawing and journaling frequency so that it becomes a habit. 🙂

  18. This spring I am working on documenting more of my life, writing more and hoping to complete at least one of my writing projects as well as work on improving my mental health. I just came across your site and can I just say how lovely it is? I am looking forward to reading some more of your writing and looking at your very aesthetic pictures 🙂

  19. This summer, I’m taking my garden to the next level. For the past several years, it’s been basic necessities (spinach, peppers, tomatoes, and herbs); now, I’ve cleared out a section of the garden for flowers. Within this section I’ll be setting down pallets and putting out furniture in order to make a garden nook, complete with funky little gnome figurines. The gnomes will help me edit the stories I plan to write there.

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