Although I have touched upon my love of crafts on my blog, I’ve never mentioned that in my pre-keratoconus days, I designed, made and sold a range of dessert themed soaps/bath bombs. Over the years, I’ve met so many people showcasing their crafting talents and in this new series, I want to share my love of Scottish craft. As well as providing my own craft tutorials, I’ll be interviewing Scottish crafters, reviewing craft fairs/classes, showing off my craft purchases (nothing like a good haul!) and there might be a giveaway or two along the way. If you love Scotland and/or love crafts (making /buying) as much as I do, I really hope you’ll enjoy this new series. After my transplant recovery, I’ll definitely get back to creating my delicious bath treats too!
As I was planning this series, an email dropped into my inbox from Ian, a fellow crafter based in Montrose. Ian runs The Geometric Notebook shop on Etsy and asked if I would be interested in reviewing one of his vintage comic notebooks. As a child, I loved reading comics and well…who doesn’t love stationery? So of course, I jumped at the chance to review a one-of-a-kind notebook.
I’m really impressed with the quality of my notebook. The pages are well bound together (I have no experience/knowledge of book binding but it doesn’t look easy) and even though it’s light, it’s sturdy if that makes sense? My notebook is definitely not going to fall apart and as a fellow crafter, I can appreciate how much care and attention has gone into putting this book together. I’m really fussy about the paper I write on to and I was pleased to find the graphed paper is of a high quality.
And of course, I love the comic book covers! I love Brassneck (who made his comic book debut in 1964 in The Dandy) because isn’t it every child’s dream to have a robot buddy who loves getting into mischief? Reading the covers, I couldn’t help but smile and chuckle to myself as yet again, Brassneck causes mayhem. It brought back memories of reading comic books as a child which was a lovely feeling.
As it is made up of squared paper, I’ve been using my notebook to write to do lists because there is nothing more satisfying than ticking a completed task box. But really, these notebooks could be used for literally anything: school work, university notes, blogging check lists, travel journal – whatever you like. Unlike other notebooks, I’ll definitely be keeping this one on my bookshelf because as well as being limited edition and one-of-a-kind, I just love the cover (and it will be nice to look back on all the blogging tasks I’ve completed for a real sense of achievement!). I’d also like to see these notebooks offered with lined paper which I personally prefer writing on and plain paper would really appeal to those who love drawing/doodling.
I love comic books and stationery but I would never have thought of combining the two in such a creative way so I was keen to find out more about Ian and The Geometric Notebook:
*PR sample. Thoughts and opinions are solely my own.