“ Brand: Wilkinsons / Type: Stationery „
I was recently looking for a nice notepad I could use to document my ideas and plans for starting a cake decorating business. I have so much going on in my head and there are skills and techniques I want to master, so I figured the best thing to do would be write it all down, to get it in order and improve my chances of reaching my goals. I wanted a notebook which would be a pleasant experience to write in, but also practical, and although I wanted something aesthetically pleasing I didn't want something *too* nice which meant I'd be reluctant to use it!
Cue the purchase of this notebook from Wilkinsons. It is A5 in size which is a nice size to carry either round the house or in a handbag. Mine doesn't leave the house but I still didn't want anything huge. The design is really sweet, being pastel in colour and consisting of sweet jars containing various sweets, it's just perfect for what I was after really, although sometimes it does make me hungry! It costs £3.50, and there are matching stationery items available.
There is a plastic protective cover on the front which prevents the design getting scruffy or spoiled. This seems to be reasonably sturdy, so should be able to protect the notebook if you were carrying it around. The spiral binding of the notebook is quite large, which does pose a bit of a problem when writing near the edge of the left hand page (as I'm right handed), as it gets in the way a little, but it's not a huge problem. The spiral binding seems to be strong enough to hold the paper onto the notepad, without tears or rips.
The paper in this notebook isn't the thickest I've ever used, but it's not too thin either. I use a Bic biro with mine, and this seems to be the best type of pen to use because I suspect an ink or gel pen would seep through the page. The surface of the pages are lovely and smooth, and definitely thick enough for biro because you can write on both sides easily without the writing showing through. The paper is lined, which was important for me because I like neatness, and can't write straight without lines to guide me. The lines are reasonably faint, however, so on the occasions I'm getting creative and drawing designs for cakes, I can do this without the lines getting in the way too much.
This notepad is a lovely sweet little notepad, which makes whatever you're using it for less of a chore, and gives more inspiration than a plain notepad. Although I suspect it's probably aimed at kids, I'm getting a lot of use out of mine, and it makes me smile when I see the front cover, so I would recommend it for both children and adults.
(Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)