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I have been a big fan of Cath Kidston for years and have quite a few of her bags. As well as bags the company also do loads of other products from mugs to dog collars all with the distinctive feminine and retro prints. I actually have two notebooks both given as gifts, one with the more traditional flowers and this one with the bird pattern. The bird pattern is one of my favourite prints by Cath Kidston and I have a few items with it on. It is just a little different from the flowers that the company is famous for but it still has that vintage vibe and is so pretty and feminine that I can't help but to love it. The notebook actually has more flowers than some of the other bird items and you can tell straight away it is a Cath Kidston product. The notebook is spiral bound and all the pages are lined with date and subject on the top. The paper is really good quality and is nice and thick and feels nice to write on. You can write on the pages and the impression doesn't show on the next page unless you write really hard. The paper feels expensive and luxurious and you can tell this isn't just a cheap notebook from poundland. The only problem that I have with the notebook is that I don't like just scribbling down notes in it as it is so pretty I don't want to waste it by writing in it. I usually just save it for notes/recipes/back up addresses and phone numbers so that I don't fill all the pages with rubbish and so I can keep it for a long time. This would make a lovely gift for anyone as it is so pretty and you can tell straight away from just holding it that it is lovely quality. They aren't cheap though and cost between £8 and £10 but I would say they are worth it. It isn't the type of notebook for scribbling in as it is too nice but you can buy a 50p notepad for scribbles and save this in your handbag for more important notes.
Be satisfied: This is a pretty and feminine spiral notebook. The hardback cover is good and strong. The paper inside is of good thick quality. The inside pages are red-lined with the headings 'Subject' and 'Date'. The ink from pens does not come through and so avoids ruining the following pages. There can be no doubt that you will be satisfied with the high quality of this product. Be organised: There are not that many pages so it is best avoided for lengthy writing such as for daily diary entries. It has a better purpose if used for making lists and jotting down ideas. It can be used for taking down someone's contact details too. It's a little larger than A5 an does fit into my handbag. It can certainly help the disorganised to become organised. Be stylish: The design has beautifully decorative roses on it together with a bird print. The red-breasted birds sit on the delicate green vines or fly through the air .The roses are red and yellow and there are also delicate blue flowers. It is not an overly busy design as it is on a white background which seems to calm the pattern. It does not fill the whole front cover for the very lowest part of the book has polka dots. The back of the notebook offers validation of it being a 'Cath Kidson' product. Inside the covers is a pastel blue spot decoration so even opening the notebook brings aesthetic pleasure. The feel of the crisp paper under your hands really makes you believe you can write great ideas into this special notebook and do so with style. Buy British: Cath Kidson is a British designer who has taken the vintage from the floral patterns and made them into something unique and highly desirable. Buying British and into the name of a reputable designer does come with a heavy price tag compared to the plain, cheap, journalist spiral notebook. Expect to pay between six to eight pounds. Against the grain: Here's the problem, the Cath Kidson notebook is beautifully designed so much so that it went against the grain for me to use it to write in. I thought of giving the notebook away as a present. To write in it felt like a desecration of sorts. I finally, came to the conclusion that I could use the notebook and that I should enjoy it. It's no good being left in a drawer. It is made to be used. Now I enjoy it for making plans in. I write down my goals and tick them off. I use the book to make good things happen in my life and maybe if I hadn't permitted this use of the notebook I wouldn't have taken the time to sit down and plan and achieve my happiness. Therefore, the Cath Kidson notebook has been worth every pound I spent on it even though, I admit, this is an indulgence! Happy Writing!
~~~~~~~~~~~ Stationery fanatic ~~~~~~~~~~~~ I love my stationery and have to avoid going into shops that sell nice pens and notebooks as I can easily get carried away! Lucky for me, this lovely Cath Kidston notebook was bought for me as a gift for my birthday earlier this year. The book is A5 in size, and costs around the £6 mark from various retailers. The front and back covers of this notebook are made of thick card with a slightly shiny look. This makes the book durable and resilient, and despite being put into various bags and carried around, and experimented on by my young daughter (who herself also seems to have a penchant for notebooks and pens), it is still in great condition. Inside there are about 100 pages of good quality paper, which is lined, with space for the subject and date at the top of each page. ~~~~~~~~~ Vintage style ~~~~~~~~~ But it is really the look of the notebook that sets it apart, and if you are familiar with Cath Kidston products then this notebook will be instantly recognisable as one of the designer's. The top section of the cover has a lovely vintage style floral design. It is pale cream in colour with pretty flowers and birds scattered across it depicted in shades of pink, blue and yellow. The lower portion of the front cover is a light blue with white polka dots - and in fact I have a Cath Kidston wallet that matches this print exactly. It is a pretty cover and is a bit unusual, with the floral print alongside the blue and polka dots. It is lovely to look at and fits in with the vintage trend that is everywhere at the moment. ~~~~~~~~ In summary ~~~~~~~~ This is a lovely notebook and would make a fantastic gift for anyone who likes their stationery and their vintage style products. It's a practical gift but it is also pretty and stylish, and I think there are a lot of people out there that would really like this for £6 or so I think this is a really good buy as it's good quality, durable and pretty.
As those of you who have read some of my reviews may know, I am a Cath Kidston fan and love the design and patterns of so many of her products. I have bags, an umbrella, pencils, pens, a key ring, a compact mirror - even a glasses case - all with the Cath Kidston design! And yes, I also have the Cath Kidston Birds Notebook which I bought from the Cath Kidston shop in Cheltenham for £8.00. Although I think that £8.00 is pretty expensive for what is essentially a notebook, it was so pretty in the shop that I really couldn't resist buying it. Its like a disease.....I see Cath Kidston and it becomes an absolute necessity for me to but it! Anyway, needless to say, I saw the Birds Notebook and I bought it. The book itself is a decent size with dimensions measuring 24 cm x 18 cm x 1.5 cm and so its the kind of size that you can fit into a medium size handbag. In addition to this, there are 98 pages - which seems about average for a notebook of this kind. I have used mine as a travel journal and as my trips tend to last about a month, it gives me just over 3 pages per entry - which is okay although I would prefer to have a few more pages because I like to stick things in my journals and this can take up a bit of room. The pages inside the book are lined (in a peach colour) and there is a line at the top for subject and date. I have to admit that I would prefer for the pages to be unlined - or if they are lined for the lines to be somewhat narrower as the wide spacing really isn't necessary. The paper however is decent quality (about 150gsm I would estimate) and so its not going to become easily spoiled and you can't see through the page to the writing on the other side. However, what really drew me to the book was the pretty cover. The cover, both front and back, is hard back and so is sturdy and I would guess somewhat splash proof. On the front and back of the notebook is a lovely design of pink yellow and blue flowers that are entwined together in a random pattern, and then among the flowers, there are little fawn coloured birds that are perched or flying. The birds weren't that evident to me to start because its the floral design that really stands out. Then at the bottom of the floral / bird pattern, there is a red ribbon and underneath that a lovely pale blue background with white polka dots scattered over it. There is a label which says "Notebook" about a third down the front cover in the centre. Its a fairly random design - but it works. The corners of the back and front cover are rounded and this adds to its delicate design. The cover and pages are bound together in a metal spiral. I like this because it means I can rip out a page if I make a mistake (I'm a neat freak!) and the book doesn't look any the worse for it. I like my little Bird Notebook - and it does work well as a short travel journal. I have another book from Cath Kidston (a Briar Rose Jotta Pad) which I use for recipes. They're fun and cute - and I think they would make a lovely present to someone else.....or to yourself.
I have a bit of an obsession with notebooks and get through alot due to university, so upon discovering this Cath Kidston notebook, didn't hesistate in treating myself to one. This particular notebook, the bird one, is my favourite, however there are 2 other patterns available; a gorgeous blue one with red roses, and a pink one with strawberries. This one, as pictured, has tiny floral designs and small grey birds on the top half, with a small red and white polka dot band seperating the bottom, which is a light blue with white dots. The back of the front cover is the same as the pale blue polka dot pattern aswell as the back of the back page. It's got a beautifully unique vintage look to it. It's wirebound with 98 lined pages, which are headed with 'subject' and 'date.' The only downside is the 'date' box isn't very big, for when writing the date you're better writing it as (for example) 25/12/11 rather than 25th december 2011. The font of the subject and date is a light pink, aswell as the lines. The pages are beautifully smooth, thick and even the darkest ink doesn't show through. The notebook is slightly bigger than A5 and is the right size to fit into a medium sized handbag. The front and back cover of the notebook is a thick, cardboard type material which has a beautifully shiny finish and is solid. I personally love this notebook. It's not too big and not too small and is ideal for scribbling down notes without worrying you'll run out of space. Writing in it is a pleasure (however odd that sounds!), as the pen glides along nicely. However much i like this notebook, i certiannly wouldn't pay full price for it. In most high street stores such as wh smiths it's priced at £8, however i got mine on amazon for £3.99 last year. I feel this is just the right price and the quality of the paper is amazing so it was worth every penny! Overall it's a beautiful, unique and handy notebook.
Cath Kidston's vintage designs are very appealing. I am one of the first to admit that some of Cath Kidston's goods seem a little bit on the expensive side but I am still drawn to her website. I have a Cath Kidston knitting bag, a Kidston knitting needle holder and many of her pretty china mugs. Our local Cath Kidston stockist often has mugs on offer at sale prices and that makes them pretty affordable. Cath Kidston has a really good stationery selection which includes stationery boxes, collections of pretty vintage labels, box files, document holders, fountain pens, pencils and notebooks. Cath Kidston has many themes for her stationery which include Rambling rose, Pastel rose, Provence rose and Birds. All of the collections are extremely pretty and although they are not items that you would necessarily buy for day to day scribbles they do make very good gifts. On the Cath Kidston website, which just happens to be one of my favourite ports of call the Birds spiral bound notebook is priced at £8. However after looking on Amazon I was able to buy the Birds notebook for just under £4.50p - a great saving. The Cath Kidston Birds notebook made a perfect gift for my elderly Mum who is always scribbling down recipes and notes. The cover of the notebook is made from a good sturdy card that could be wiped over. The design on the front cover is really delightful, the top three-quarters of the cover of the notebook has a creamy coloured background that is swarming with roses, Forget me nots and birds in flight. Under that there is a narrow red polka dot band that separates the floral and bird design from a wider band of pale blue polka dots. To finish it off there is a neat little label on the front which says `Notebook`. The whole book looks really pretty. Open the Cath Kidston Birds notebook and you find that the insides of the front and back cover have a pale blue polka dot design too. The paper appears to be good quality and as you turn the pages they do lay flat. The top of each page is printed with `Date` and `Subject` and the pages are lined. Mum prefers lined paper because it keeps her handwriting straight! The Kidston vintage style notebook oozes charm and it made a lovely Christmas gift. This notebook is ideal to scribble recipes down. In fact it would make an ideal book for noting down any favourite poems or special family times that you have particularly enjoyed. It seems that as a designer Cath Kidston cannot put a foot wrong, her quirky vintage style appeals to all age groups. Before I finish I must just tell you that I bought the Cowboy crush mug for hubby ( a horse racing fan!) and my grandson was treated to the Cath Kidston cowboy dressing gown. Both of there made great pressies.