A daily commute, stationery obsession and too any vehicles for the environment to handle........
Saturday, 6 February 2010
Notebook Have a Look - teNeues CoolNotes
I decided to buy one of these notebooks while on Twitter. Papernation, the Bristol based stationery store and tweeterpal had linked to these new notebooks. I immediately loved the look of them, particularly the notebooks with contrasting ribbon and inside cover colours. They come in a range of colours and some, like the one I purchased have patterned inside covers. This one is argyle pattern but they have stripes and also plain colours inside. I'd had a couple of glasses of wine, so instead of my usual looking at notebooks again and again for weeks and months (because I do not need a notebook), I bought this straight away. I purchased the pocket size which is priced at £5.99 and is 9cm x 13cm. For non Europeans that's about 31/2 x 5 inches. As you can see by the picture with the CoolNotes placed on top of a pocket Moleskine, it is a bit shorter. You can feel this difference when you hold the notebook in your hand and I really quite like the size. I imagine it might feel a bit too small for a large handed man but for a short fingered female like me it is fine. Still on the size topic, the down side for some might be that a 3"x5" index card will not fit in the back pocket of the notebook.There are 192 pages. I dont know the exact weight of paper but feels 80 or 90gms. Smooth and cream in colour. I haven't written in it yet but looks like it might handle better than dread Molseskine paper. What is unusual is that the left hand page is plain and the right hand page is lined. If you click on the picture of the pages I hope that you can just see this. The lines are actually made up of dots so they are not intrusive. I'm not sure what I needed one plain page and one lined page for but i knew I did need this combo. Unquestionable need for it. Papernation have a link from their blog to this notebook where they use it as a business card holder. I didnt immediately get it till I had the notebook in my hand. Paste the business card in the blank page and write some details on the lined page. It makes perfect sense. You could do similar when travelling and pick up hotel/accomodation /restaraunt business cards and paste them in with a brief review or some notes about each place.
So as usual i haven't quite decided how to use this. I could just use it for notes and not let the plain/lined combo limit me. After all it might be good to have sometimes but I can write in a straight line on plain paper too so shouldn't stop me using it.
The notebooks also come in A5 size which is a size I really like for work so who knows I might try that once my Woodstock Moleskine is finished. They are £8.99 so certainly a cheaper option than a large Moleskine. Postage from Papernation is £3.95 which i fieel is a bit steep but this is automatically reduced to £2.50 for low weight items. The notebook arrived in superb time, I ordered on a weekend it arrived on the Tuesday I think. Couldn't be happier with their service and because they do engage on Twitter properly, not just like some companies who appear to advertise and then vanish, you feel that you know who you're dealing with. I think there's a few of you out there who would like these aptly named CoolNotes.