Tangible Stationery: a review

Hi guys!

Today I’ll be reviewing a couple of notebooks from a lovely stationery company called Tangible Stationery. They create beautiful stationery for everyday use, with all sorts of different personalisation possibilities.

You may be wondering what stationery has to do with a nature/green lifestyle blog – well, I miss pen & paper. Everything I’ve written so far for this blog has been using a keyboard; I’ve never hand written any of it. Given that I spend all day at work staring at a computer screen, it is a little upsetting to find myself using my evenings and weekends to write my blog digitally.

I realised I don’t have to do that – I can go old school! So I’m using a couple of fancy new notebooks to review* for this blog and to re-inspire me to use pen and paper again. I miss the physical experience of writing; holding a pen between my hands, opening a notebook and thumbing through to where I last got to, pausing over ivory pages, pen in lips, thinking, planning, writing.

I’ve chosen two notebooks from Tangible Stationery, one from each of their main brands.

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Forbes Classic Notebook Lines F20-02

The essentials:

– 240 ivory pages
– Lined paper
– Loop for pen
– Elastic closure
– Ribbon marker
– Storage pocket
– A5 size

This notebook has a classic, traditional feel, with a hard cover and beautiful paper with subtle lines. It has a section in the top right hand corner to put the date on each page, which is a really cute detail and makes it ideal as a journal. A really awesome feature of this notebook is that it can be embossed – I requested the name of my blog, This Veggie Life, embossed on the cover, and I’m so pleased with how it came out! There are other options as well to have your chosen word or name or phrase on the cover in red, silver or gold foil.

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The Forbes notebook passes all the necessary stationery nerd tests: quality paper that doesn’t allow ghosting (nerd term for how the pen shows through on the next page); classy cover, all essential features; and, finally, a cute ‘how to find my owner if I’m lost’ section at the front.

I’m a sucker for a hard leather-effect cover and ribbon to keep my place – it even comes with a pen loop, so it’s easy to transport and use as an everyday notebook to scribble down your thoughts and observations.

It’s reminiscent of travel writing – I can just imagine sitting in a hotel lobby in the 1930’s in Constantinople, sipping coffee, smoking a cigarette, and writing my adventures in my travel journal. This is a notebook that has an enduring appeal.

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Matilda Myers Notebook MY20-05

The essentials:

– Rose gold foiling
– Original design by Matilda Myres
– 192 ivory pages
– Round elastic closure
– Lined paper

Again, this notebook has quality paper with subtle lines and no ghosting when writing; it has an elastic ribbon to hold it closed, a section on each page to write the page number, and a page for contact details at the front. This notebook has a very artistic feel and I think it would be great for writing stories or planning a creative project. Alternatively, it’s a great gift.

This notebook is all about the snazzy cover – I love the geometric shapes and the pastel blue colours, and I love how satisfying it is to touch the indented rose gold foiling. Honestly, it’s quite soothing.

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Now that I have two new beautiful notebooks for my collection, I feel I can write with a pen in my hands again, so I’m planning many more visits to coffee shops to brainstorm ideas for my blog and to use the free WiFi.

So enough of the screen headaches. Here’s to the authentic tangible experience of physical writing.

* I received the products to review as gifts from the company; my views are always my own.

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2 thoughts on “Tangible Stationery: a review

  1. I can’t believe you’ve been staring at a computer screen so much. I’m unnaturally thrilled that you’ve gotten some notebooks to write in! I do the vast majority of my writing with pen and paper. I hate writing digitally but have been trying to force myself to do it more just to stay organized. A technique I’ve found to be really helpful is using the voice typing on my Google Docs to type out my writing for me; that way it’s not double the work.

    I’m in love with the first notebook. I love the embossing. It’s so deep (sigh) and the cover looks so soft to the touch. Enjoy every moment of hand writing in your coffee shop or out in nature. The beauty is pen and paper travel everywhere so easily. Be sure to get a pen that you love as that also makes a big difference.

    1. Thanks, great advice! I do have a lot of pens I love writing with and the difficulty is more choosing which one.

      I can’t believe I’ve been writing only digitally for so long either. It’s so much more satisfying to use a pen and notebook again! it’s like I’ve forgotten how to write with my hands.

      Good tip about Google docs, didn’t know they did that, so thanks ad that will save a lot of extra typing.

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