Notebook Review: Midori A5 Color Paper Notebook

For the holidays, Ana gave me a lovely gift a MYO String Tie A5 planner from MochiThings. In a quest to fill it with lovely notebooks, I hit up JetPens in search of A5 notebooks.

The first thing that fell into my cart were the Midori A5 Color Paper Notebooks ($3.25 via JetPens). This fun collection of notebooks was inspired by French macarons. Each notebook has a brightly colored cardstock cover, and the pages inside are a softer shade of the same color (like the cream filling of a macaron). The notebooks are available in a variety of colors: Pink, Blue Green, Purple (pictured), Yellow Green, Yellow and Brown.

The notebooks are A5 size, measuring 5.9″ by 8.7″ (15cm by 22cm). The paper is lined with 6.5mm spacing and each notebook comes with 56 pages of paper. I was charmed by the colors, but I know colored paper can be a deal breaker for some.

The real question for me was whether or not the paper would stand up to all the different pens I use in my planner. I tried everything from Ink Joys to Sharpies to fountain pens that lay down a fair amount of ink, and the paper held up pretty well. There was a bit of bleed through where I colored with my Marvy Le Pens, but otherwise just a bit of ghosting.

Overall, I like these notebooks and I can’t wait to use them. They’re bright and fun, and for a few dollars seem like a pretty good deal to me!

DISCLAIMER: Some items included in this review were provided free of charge by JetPens for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

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  1. As a color freak, I have been using these for a few years, and giving them away to friends!
    They are perfect for me with my all my fountain pens, and my hundred shades of fountain pen ink. Don’t show through, so use both sides. I have different colored ones for keeping track of health, what I eat (and how it agrees with me), ideas to pursue, books and movies that interest me, stray thoughts etc. A-5 is my favorite size, and these little notebooks are great all around!

  2. Oh you are bad for my wallet… I love A5 notebooks and am collecting a drawerfull and these are cute! Did you try sheening inks and did they sheen?? That is the property that keeps me gathering up Tomoe River paper.

  3. Hi there, I’m interested in the string tie planner… don’t the notebooks just fall out of it though? Is there anything that holds them in?

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