A few months ago, I reviewed an awesome customised notebook: Bookblock Original. Now Bookblock is launching a new project called Bookblock editions, which is a creative collaboration between 12 leading illustrators and customised notebook experts, Bookblock.

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12 leading UK and international illustrators have joined forces with British notebook experts, Bookblock, in a limited series called Editions. The Bookblock Editions collection will feature four unique designs from:

  • Supermundane
  • Rob Flowers
  • Annu Kilpeläinen
  • David Doran
  • Ben O’Brien
  • Marylou Faure
  • Maggie Chiang
  • Thomas Hedger
  • Alec Doherty
  • Martina Paukova
  • Claudine O’Sullivan
  • Kristen Boydstun

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The dynamic range showcases an array of beautiful, colourful designs ranging from expressive hand-drawn animal studies and fantastical watercolour landscapes to graphical geometric patterns and vector cityscapes – all digitally printed on Bookblock’s soft touch covers.

Each of the notebooks is created in the illustrators’ own distinctive style with an array of different page designs, making them collectables for illustration fans and must-have accessories for stationery lovers on the hunt for something different. So if you happen to have a best friend who is an artist or writer, this would be the best Christmas present opportunity right here at your fingertips.

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Since 2013, Bookblock has been making premium custom notebooks and leather accessories of the highest quality for brands and agencies. With a goal to further develop their customisation offering and product range, whilst introducing traditional bookbinding methods to their processes, Bookblock merged with one of the UK’s oldest bookbinders in 2015. If you’d like to read my previous review of BookBlock Original, you can find it here, or check out Bookblock Original’s custom notebooks range.

With this merge came the opportunity to experiment, and Bookblock was able to develop an ambition to offer high quality printed notebooks in small batch quantities. Making use of their ties to the creative community, Bookblock worked with a range of illustrators to test out the service. But as word spread about the notebooks these illustrators were creating, interest poured in and it became clear that these illustrated notebooks were both beautiful and sought after. And with that Bookblock Editions was born.

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Bookblock Editions notebooks were released on the 3rd of November and I’m super keen to get my hands on one of the Editions to review. If  you’d like to get your hands on one, you can just go here: Bookblock Editions.

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A big thank you to NoteMaker for allowing me to review these notebooks; long overdue. 

NoteMaker is Australia’s leading online stationery shop, with hundreds of different brands on offer across the store. Being a writer and a lover of stationery, I absolutely adore Moleskine notebooks – and I’m happy to bring you a review of them today.

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The Moleskine notebook is, in fact, the heir and successor to the legendary notebook used by artists and thinkers overthe past two centuries: among them Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway. The Moleskine notebooks are a simple rectangle with rounded corners, contain an elastic page-holder, an internal expandable pocket for keeping notes safe, and also come in an array of colours, sizes, varieties and special editions. If you’d like to learn more about the notebooks, or the Moleskine brand itself, please visit their website. 

The notebooks I have the pleasure of reviewing today contain two special editions: Toy Story and Game of Thrones, and a green classic hardcover. Each of these notebooks are a5 in size, which if you’ve already read some of my reviews, is my favourite size to write in. Each notebook is ruled, contains 240 pages and the paper is acid free and approximately 71gsm, thick enough that writing with a fountain pen won’t bleed through. The special editions also have cool end-papers, and come with an extra little gift: the Game of Thrones notebook came with stickers, while the Toy Story notebook came with a post card.

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The first notebook I decided to use was the green classic hardcover notebook. A friend of mine decided to start up a history writing challenge, and I couldn’t help but want to join in. Each week I would sit down with my Lamy fountain pen and write in my Moleskine notebook. I took a picture below so you can see how well a fountain pen writes on the paper.

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There are so many notebooks to choose from, and NoteMaker sells them all. So if you’d like to get your hands on one, or have a writer as a best friend and are in need of a great Christmas present, please head on over to their website. 

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My apologies for running behind in posts. Important family commitments recently have set me back. Please stay tuned for a few more posts from NoteMaker in the coming future too, I haven’t forgot! 

 

I recently had the opportunity to review a wax seal stamp from Kustom Haus. I’ve never reviewed anything of the sort before, so I had a lot of fun. The packaging was extremely stylish, and they even made the wax seal stamp with a ‘SR’ for Stationery Review (lucky me!). Don’t worry, you can customise your own if you choose.

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Just a little image of what came inside the awesome box:

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Firstly, I cut approximately 1cm of wax and placed it in the measuring spoon. I lit the candle then held the wax above it, allowing it to melt. I must admit, the wax that was provided is extremely good quality and there’s heaps of colours you can pick from.

 

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After the wax was melted, I then poured it onto the document which I wanted to seal, then used the stamp to create the seal. A minute later, the wax had dried, and I was left with a beautiful wax Stationery Review seal.

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Being a creative, I played around with the wax and added a few colours to see what it would turn out like – not too shabby!

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Kustom Haus’s products are top quality, and such a great idea for wedding invitations, parties, you name it. If you want something special for our envelopes or documents, this is definitely the way to go. Feel free to check out their website and order yours online at Kustom Haus.

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