Designworks Ink Journal

Bullet Journal Notebook Review

Key Features:

  • Size: 8.5″ x 5.8″ – true A5
  • Cover: hardcover, chipboard with cloth binding, floral with gold foil embossing
  • Binding: sewn
  • Pages: 192
  • Additional features:  it’s got pink lines!
  • Page styles available:  lines only
  • Paper Quality:  ~110gsm
  • Ghosting?  minimal ghosting
  • Bleeding?  no bleed through
  • Feathering?  no feathering

My Review:

I found this journal at Target. In fact, the first time I found it I didn’t buy it, but then I couldn’t stop thinking about it and had to go back a week later to pick it up. The cover is so sophisticated with its beautiful floral motif and the subtle gold foil additions. Plus, it’s got pink lines inside — who can resist pink lines?

The cover is made of a thick, heavy-duty chipboard with exposed edges that give this notebook a slightly rustic feel to it. The blue cloth binding along the spine feels good in my hand and also provides a strong binding system for this journal. The spine itself is also a piece of the same chipboard of the cover, but there’s a gap between the cover and the spine to create a sturdy hinge. The binding is sewn which allows the notebook to lay flat and stay open when lying on the desk.

The paper is here a beautiful cream against the pink lines and has a smooth writing surface. The paper is heavy at approximately 110gsm (my best guess since the weight is not officially stated anywhere). Along the top of each page is a thicker double line with “subject / date” space above that line. There’s minimal ghosting – hardly any except on the wettest inks such as the Bic rollerball and the Pilot Fountain Pen. No bleed through at all.

Overall I really like this journal. It’s nice to have a local journal option if you’re looking for something tactile and classy to carry with you every day. I think I was most drawn to the rustic elegance of the cover, but the paper inside stood up well to the testing. I can’t remember the exact price of this but I believe is was around $9-10 and I found it in the notebook section at Target.