Every time I get an email from Daycraft, I thank a Nigerian prince for making their spam emails so entertaining that I check my spam folder on a semi-regular basis, and thus saw the original email from Daycraft mistakenly sitting among heartfelt and randomly capitalized entreaties from various obscure political players in far-flung nations. Were it not for those princes and ambassadors, caught in the dire circumstances of assassinations and intrigue with their millions of US Dollars in jeopardy, I might never have seen that email and made contact with Daycraft, and this review never would have been. And of course, I’d like to thank Daycraft for sending me this free sample of their new Signature Inspiro notebook to try.
There are three variations of the Signature Inspiro: Today Is My Day, Stop Wishing Start Doing, and the one I chose, Great Ideas Have to Start Somewhere. All three are A5-sized, with 176 pages of 6.5mm lined cream-color paper, and addictively soft fine Italian polyurethane covers. Each cover is a different color: ash grey for Today is My Day, caramel for Stop Wishing Start Doing, and applesauce for Great Ideas Have to Start Somewhere. I liked the look and slogan of this Inspiro best out of the three. Great Ideas Have to Start Somewhere, so why not right here in this very notebook?
The notebook is soft-covered, no closing band or pockets (a lack of pockets doesn’t particularly perturb me—I’ve stopped making pockets on my personal notebooks out of laziness), though it does have a grey silk ribbon bookmark. I like the look of it, the feel of it, the weight of it, the flex of it.
Unfortunately, this paper is not friendly toward the liquid inks of fountain pens and rollerballs; they feather and fuzz enough to make a dozen baby chickens by the time you’re done with the page. I was very disappointed by this, since the Handy Pick blank sketchbook paper handled a variety of liquid inks so well, and this paper is thick enough that bleedthrough wasn’t a problem except on the broadest-nibbed Vanishing Point. Stick to ballpoints, gel pens, pencils, or used Sailor Ink Bars that you’ve refilled with blue Lamy ink (which, for whatever reason, is combining with this paper for the most WONDERFUL-feeling tactile writing with almost no feathering whatsoever), or risk running afoul of the strong feathering tendencies of this paper. Outside of the liquid inks, this paper is no problem.
I’m thinking this might be a good notebook to try out that Bullet Journaling system in, or at the very least perhaps use for handwriting out my reviews. Though I’m a bit let down by the paper, I do still like the notebook. It’ll give me an excuse to use my ballpoints and gel pens more.