Sunday, 18 September 2011

Stationery purchases... Thank you The Journal Shop!

Oh, I just can’t resist them… Cartesio and Ciak – from The Journal Shop. Even better as they are 3 for 2 at the moment!
I always have a page per day, red leather Ciak as my journal. I love the way the elastic strap holds a pen against the pages and I adore the paper (although this year I did wonder if they had made it thinner than in previous  years as there was a tad more bleed-through).
I also have a Travel journal by Ciak – royal blue cover, with plain paper on one side and lined paper on the other. I tend to stick things to the plain paper side (either directly or using corner mounts like you get in photo albums) and then write about it on the facing page. I don’t use it nearly enough though.

Anyway, when I ordered my usual red, day-to-page journal I spotted that there was a “buy two get another free” offer. As many of you will realise, I love notebooks and I have come to the realisation that any notebook smaller than a large Cartesio (also in the three for two offer incidentally) is just too small. To cut a long story short, I quickly added two royal blue A5Ciak notebooks to the basket, one of which was then free.

I was going to stop there, but then… well, then the Cartesio was calling me and I fished out my current Cartesio (sea green) and remembered how utterly gorgeous it is and why it is usually my notebook de rigeur). So, I popped a couple of them in my basket (again in sea green. I would have gone for another colour had there been any in stock in size large, but there wasn’t. So sea green it was again. This isn’t a problem. The colour is fantastic!).  And then, because that covered the ‘buy two’ part, I needed something for the ‘get one free’ part, so I popped in the only Habana smooth (twin pack) in 16x24 cm that they had – red. Not my colour of choice. I would far rather have had them in Hawaii (vivid blue) but it was not to be.

What are they all for? (Sorry – that must have been the influence of DH breaking through!)

I will probably give one of the Ciaks away to my sister (who likes stationery as much as I do). The other Ciak may well turn into a notebook for ‘writing for ten minutes every morning’ in. Either one of the Habanas or one of the Cartesios will become the notebook for my next novel. It mostly depends on whether the Habana lies flat. If it doesn’t, it’s sacked as a book notebook (which has to lie flat next to my laptop otherwise I will get very grumpy!).

I do find it hard to choose between the Ciak and the Cartesio for my everyday notebook. The biggest selling point for the Ciak is the horizontal elastic closure which holds a pen against the edge of the paper with no worries at all. However, it has a softer cover and does not lie flat (that’s its most annoying feature!). It has a beautiful feel to it though and the paper is high quality and despite the softer cover, it is good enough to write in whilst perched halfway up a mountain waiting for DH to take photographs of the view.
The Cartesio is glorious as a notebook – beautiful cover, high quality paper, lies flat, has a stiff enough cover to write in it whilst perched up the aforementioned mountain. But (and it’s maybe only a small but) the closure is vertical, which means the pen falls out.
In all honesty, the fact that the Cartesio will lie flat usually outweighs its inability to hold a pen. Hence me giving a Ciak to my sister, not a Cartesio! I can always put an elastic band around the Cartesio to hold a pen!

I did have a good rootle around the Journal Shop site (since there was a 3 for 2 offer on. It would have been rude not to!). I have long been intrigued by the C.OVER (“see over”) notebooks but I don’t really fancy either the fact that it only comes with plain paper, or the fact it only comes in black. The Mood refillable notebooks are also intriguing but seem expensive and it isn’t clear how many pages come with each refill.

Anyway, the ‘notebook emporium’ (as DH refers calls my stationery stash) is now nicely restocked. Thank you The Journal Shop!


  1. I love The Journal Shop. It's one of my three go-to shops when I have spare money! I bought a Cartesio and a Ciak recently, but I haven't tried either yet. My notebook pile is too big and I haven't found uses for them!

  2. Hi Millie,
    What are the other go-to shops??
    I love the Cartesio! I'd be interested to see how you fare with fountain pen with both of these. My feeling is that the Cartesio has just nudged ahead of the Ciak because I think the Ciak has now changed paper.