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!