Giveaways Round-Up

Lots of great stuff being given away this week. I found a few great chances to try a new product or two and rounded them up here.

Pen Chalet Gift Card

Pen Chalet is giving away two e-gift cards on their site. There are multiple ways to enter to win either a $50 gift card or a $25 gift card. Enter early, enter often!

Word Notebooks Giveaway at The Pen Addict. Five sets of notebooks will be given away. Enter before Saturday for your chance to win.

European Paper is offering free shipping on orders of $45 or more through April 1.

Quo Vadis is giving away three Habana notebooks. Enter to win at the bottom of the review.

My Pen Needs Ink is giving away a cool retro pen holder made from an old Hardy Boys book. Enter before Saturday to win.

Winner: Nock Co Maryapple

nockco maryaple winner

The wait is over. I have “random numbered” a winner in the Nock Co. Maryapple giveaway.

Random Number Maryapple

Winner of Maryapple

Ta da! Congrats to Shaun! Shaun, I’ll be contacting you today via email to get your shipping information. Thanks to everyone who entered.

Clearly, the Nock Co products are seriously coveted at the moment. Soon, they shall be available to all.

Giveaway: Orange You Glad You It’s Friday?

Nock Co Maryapple

I recently received my order from Nock Co‘s Kickstarter. I got a Maryapple and a Lookout case since I had received an early sample of the Hightower. I’ll be reviewing the Lookout soon, so don’t worry. In the meantime….

Nock Co Maryapple

Since I already have a Hightower, I don’t really need the Maryapple. So, I thought I’d give it to one of the fine readers here. The Maryapple will comfortably hold two Field Notes-sized notebooks, one on each side or  you can use one side for a notebook and one side for 3×5″ index cards, loose papers or clip some pens over the flap and go.

If you missed out on the Kickstarter campaign, leave a comment here to be entered to win this orange-on-orange Maryapple and get a taste of the fine craftsmanship of the Nock Co products.

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Monday, March10, 2014. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Tuesday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 30 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money. I’m feeling whimsical today so, this contest is open to any reader, US and international readers!

(Text is written in a Minerva Block Bitacora A5 spiral notebook from Rad + Hungry with a Staedtler Mars Graphic 3000 duo brush marker)

Review: Gallery Leather Notebooks

Gallery Leather Journals

Gallery Leather kindly sent me two of their leather bound notebooks: the lime green cover is the Travel Journal ($20) and the black cover is the Oporto Journal ($20). Both books feature real leather covers and ribbon bookmark. These are clean, simple journals with rounded corners and speckled paper endpapers. Neither book has a back cover pocket or elastic band closure like some other notebooks we know.

Gallery Leather is a US company that binds all its books domestically. The paper blocks are printed overseas but all the leather working and binding is done in the US. Gallery Leather also offers personalized foil stamping on book covers for any order.  See the “personalize” tab for more information. Gallery Leather also sells photo albums, address books and other high end leather and paper goods.

Gallery Leather Travel Journal

The Travel Journal features a pebble texture leather with the word “JOURNAL” blind debossed into the center of the cover. There are a bevvy of choices available for the covers: three different material finishes and a baker’s dozen worth of colors. Also stamped on the back cover at the bottom is the Gallery Leather logo and their location “Maine”.  Inside this petite 5×7″ notebook are 192 heavyweight pages that are lightly lined in brown.

Gallery Leather Desk Journal

The cover of the Oporto Journal features a smooth leather cover with the word “JOURNAL” blind debossed in the center. Five other color options are available in the Oporto Journal : sand, red, verde, pink and orange. The books measures 8” x 5.5”  and has 192 pages. The paper is white, ever-so-slightly on the soft white side with grey lines. The lines are very fine so they are not at all distracting — enough to keep my text even but no so heavy or dark as to interfere with legibility. The Oporto also features an ivory satin bookmark with fray-checked edges (always a big plus in my book).

Gallery Leather Desk Journal flexible cover

Both journals feature a flexible leather cover. The leather is glued to a heavyweight paper endpapers giving the material a lot of flex. I bent the cover up with my hand to show how easy it is to flex while remaining sturdy and durable feeling. The book does open up pretty flat once I loosened the spine a bit.

In both books, on the last page of the text block (not the end papers) is a “Personal Data” page with lines to enter contact info. (Remind me to tell you the tale of Diane and her lost Moleskine that she did NOT put her name in as a cautionary tale.) This page also include the company info.

The lines in both books are about 6mm spacing, comparable to American collegiate ruled. Why the Oporto has grey lines and the Travel Journal has brown lines is anyone’s guess?

Gallery Leather Desk Journal Writing Sample

The paper in the Oporto Journal is smooth and easy to write on. I had no difficulties with any of the gel, rollerball or felt tip pens; pencils; or even brush pens, but the fountain pens did show some feathering. The medium European nib on the Karas Kustoms INK!, the Lamy Studio with the 1.1mm nib and the Pilot Kakuno with the fine nib showed the most evident feathering.

Gallery Leather revese side of Desk Journal

From the other side of the paper, evidence of the slight bleed through of both the Karas Kustoms and the Lamy are evident. None of the other inks showed through too much except in the darker or heavier colors but their was no bleed though except with the fountain pens. Even the brush pens had but a mere shadow on the reverse side of the paper.

Gallery Leather Travel Journal writing sample

The Travel Journal paper is notably heavier than the Oporto. Its also a smooth stock with only a little tooth. The heaver paper meant that all the tools I tested performed as well or better than on the Oporto paper. All the fountain pens were less inclined to feather. Only the Lamy Studio with the 1.1mm nib showed some slight feathering but that may have been as much a fault of that particular ink (I can’t remember what I was using, sorry!) as the pen or paper.

Leather Gallery Travel Journal Reverse side of writing sample

On the reverse of the the Travel Journal there was only the slightest bit of show through at the starts and stops of some of the fountain pen writing samples. Interestingly, the one blue ink dot clearly seen on the reverse is from the Ohto Dude. None of the brush pens showed through at all.

Gallery Leather Journals

Between the heavier weight paper and how well most of the tools performed on this paper, I would definitely recommend the Gallery Leather Travel Journal to anyone looking for good paper and a quality leather cover at a good price.

The Oporto is a beautiful journal and I would definitely recommend it as well, particularly if you are not wanting to use fountain pens with it. Its a fine upgrade to a  Moleskine which retails for $18.95. The extra $1.05 for a real leather cover and considerably improved paper is worth the upgrade.

The Giveaway:

Gallery Leather has been kind enough to offer two lucky readers the chance to win either the Oporto or Travel Journal. So, how do you enter to win this awesome giveaway? Just tell me which color cover and whether you prefer the Oporto Journal or the Travel Journal in the comments to be entered to win.

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Monday, March 3, 2014. US Residents only, please. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winners will be announced on Tuesday. Winners will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 30 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Fulfillment will be handled by Gallery Leather.

DISCLAIMER: This item was sent to me free of charge by Gallery Leather for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

Valentine’s Jet Pens Giveaway

Happy Valentine's Day

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m giving away a little bit of love to one lucky reader — a $25 gift certificate to Jet Pens. Its a quick giveaway so don’t delay! Write a little love poem to JetPens or your favorite office supply in the comments to be entered to win.

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted here by 10pm CST on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Thursday. One winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 30 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Gift certificate will be sent electronically via JetPens.

(Valentine artwork was created with a Pilot Pocket Brush Pen – hard and a Pilot New Brush Pen – Medium.)

DISCLAIMER: This item was sent to me free of charge by JetPes for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

Winners of the Paperblanks Notebook Giveaways

Thanks to everyone who sat through my video review and left comments on the Paperblanks Notebook review.

I drew three winners:

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Congrats to A. Rivera, Curiousity Complex and Alisia! You all made this easy for me. A. Rivera will be sent the Mucha Lily notebook, Curiosity Complex will receive the Da Vinci reporter notebook and Alisia will be sent the Nightingale notebook. You will all be contacted via email to get your mailing addresses.

Thanks and stay tuned for more reviews (video and photo) and giveaways.

Review: Paperblanks Journals

paperblanks stack of notebooks

The folks over at Paperblanks kindly sent me an assortment of notebooks to review. The books have such amazing details on the covers that I decided the best way to review them is with a video. (Please forgive the ums and ahs, this is the first time I’ve done this. I was nervous.)

To clarify from the video, I received four books in various sizes and formats:

Description Format Size Page Count Price
DaVinci-themed Sun & Moonlight Mini Reporter 3.75×5.75″ 192 $11.95
Letters of Inspiration: Florence Nightingale Mini 3.75X5.5″ 176 $15.95
Mucha Tiger Lily Midi 5×7″ 144 $14.95
Parisian Mosaic Mosaique Safran Midi 5X7″ 144 $14.95

All but the Florence Nightingale book had a black elastic closure. The Nightingale edition has a magnetic closure. They all have pockets in the back with book cloth gussets. All but the reporter-style DaVinci book included a red satin ribbon bookmark.

paperblanks notebook assortment

paperblanks inside

The line spacing is about 8mm which is probably equivalent to wide-ruled notebook paper. The lines are very fine and brown and do not run edge to edge but leave a small margin round the edge of the page. The spacing is a bit too wide for me, preferring the blank paper for optimum writing freedom.

Paperblanks Writing Sample

The paper in the Paperblanks is the same as in planner I used all last year. I’ve included the writing samples here. I have to say that the warm white paper is pleasing and the overall weight of the paper allowed it to hold up to an array of writing tools including fountain pens with above-average results.

Paperblanks Reverse Side

You can see from the back that the Sharpie was really the only tool to bleed through.

Overall, the Paperblanks books are some of my favorite notebooks. They are sometimes a little too elaborate for my everyday needs but the construction, paper quality and features plus the reasonable price point make them a good choice. To purchase online, Love Notebooks has the widest selection of books but I purchased my planner via Jenni Bick so I recommend them as well.

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Finally, I’d like to give away some of these books to some lucky readers. I’m going to giveaway the DaVinci reporter, the Mucha Tiger Lily and the Florence Nightingale. One to each of three lucky readers. Leave a comment and tell me which of these designs is your favorite or visit the Paperblanks site and tell which one you wish they’d sent me.


FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Sunday, January 26, 2014. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Monday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner(s) does not respond within 30 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. US readers only this time. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance (or customs fees) will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money.

DISCLAIMER: This item was sent to me free of charge by Paperblanks for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.