Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Product Review: InkThistle Stationery

So, here it is, the end of the academic year. If you're a parent or a student, or both like me then you will probably have reached the end of your academic diary and will be in need of a new one. After all, life isn't just going to stop because the kids have finished school, or because you've finished university for summer.

So, with my academic diary due for the bin, and a new university course on the horizon, you can imagine I was chuffed to bits when Debbie from InkThistle Stationery Boutique sent me two of their lovely products to review on my blog. This is the first blog review for me, and I was very excited to be asked to look at these products, especially with my lifestyle - notebooks and organisers are essential.

My lovely package!
My two new best mates - Notebook (left) Organiser (Right)

The first is the Earth Message Notebook. It is A4 (20cm x 28cm) sized, eco-friendly and a truly classy notebook.

The Facts It is made from recycled paper and contains 80 lined and 40 plain pages. There is a handy index system at the side of each page - perfect for separating different parts of your life - either as a student or as a parent or whatever it is you have going on, see my personal example below!
The cover is made of soft board and has an eco earth design on the front. This particular item costs £7.50.

The front cover

My Verdict
I love this notebook. From someone who uses cheap notebooks on the go, this notebook is a real treat. The quality and eco-friendliness of the product is clear, and actually makes me want to keep clean, clear notes for my life. Below is my example of my to-do lists. I would also use this notebook for my university tutorial notes, be great to have somewhere safe for them, without detaching the rest of my life!

Close-up of my highly organised mundane activities!
Easy to separate jobs/lists with the tabs on the right

The next item is the Compat Large Notebook/Organiser.  I'll be honest I was a little sceptical when I first opened the cover. "No dates, no dates!" I heard myself thinking over and over. But the more I have looked at and organised my life with this product,I have actually realised that the 'no dates' worry is actually my friend!

The front cover

I can just pop any date in I want - note the hourly times

Super organised!

The Facts
The organiser has 96 pages of by the hour, any date journal sheets. It is 28.5 x 20 cm and costs £9.95.

My Verdict
I adore this product. My original fears were completely quashed when I realised that I wasn't confined to having an academic year in front of me. I will use the handy hourly slots to organise my blog posts, my university deadlines, and life with the kids. There is also room at the bottom after the 9pm slot (no one should be busy after 9pm!) so that I can add in any extras that I may need. This organiser compliments the notepad perfectly, and both would fit easily into my satchel for taking with me.

If you like these two products and are in need of some lovely classy stationery, visit and have a look at the products that they have to offer. Treat yourself, or treat someone else, they really are lovely products. 

Here is a short video just so you can see the dimensions and get a feel for what the products are like.


I hope this review is enjoyable and informative! Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Disclosure: I was sent the two items above free of charge to review on my blog. All views are my own.

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