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Thursday, 25 June 2009

Here's One I Made Earlier

This is one from the vaults - I unearthed these notebooks last night while looking for something else (ain't that always the way?) and was so excited to have re-discovered them I've been up half the night writing this post.

Why so excited you may ask - well, these are homemade notebooks, crafted by this pen-thusiast's own fair hands, and I'd completely forgotten I had them. I made them around five years ago, if memory serves, and they've been languishing in a box since I moved house shortly afterwards. The paper seems to have survived well and is still in good order, so no problems on the archival quality front then; the covers seem to have responded favourably to storage as well.

Originally inspired by a notebook I received as a gift, my notebooks are made from the EcoPaper brand's Coffee Paper and cardstock. I seem to remember this being difficult to obtain in the UK at the time, to the point that the paper had to come direct from EcoPaper's then UK distributor (who's name escapes me).

I was only able to get my hands on one ream of the A4 Coffee Paper, so to eke out my supply I settled on making the notebooks to A5 size (approx 8" x 6"). Each notebook contains 100 pages (50 sheets) of Coffee Paper (which feels somewhere between 80 - 90gsm to me), wire-bound with Coffee paper cardstock covers, though I did experiment a little and covered one of them in faux black leather fabric.

The paper itself is fairly weighty and, whilst smooth enough to be laser and inkjet printer compatible, has enough of a tooth to make writing pleasurable with a variety of pens, including the Platinum Preppy 0.3 that I am currently road-testing. It also features a lighter and darker side, presumably due to the manufacturing process - just flip the notebook over to lead with either the lighter or darker pages as your preference dictates.

What really impresses me about the EcoPaper brand is their paper (which also comes in banana, cigar, mango, lemon and hemp varieties) and paper-related products are made using a combination of agricultural by-products and post consumer recycled content to give a quality product that is not only very distinctive, but which is eco-friendly as well. EcoPaper's manufacturing process is also chlorine-free and a percentage of each sale goes towards supporting an orphanage in San Jose, Costa Rica. What could be better?

At a Glance:

Available from: EcoPaper in the US; anybody's guess in the UK!
Overall rating: paper 5 out of 5; homemade notebooks - you tell me?!



Zoë said...

no problem, your site seemed interesting! that's cool that you made those they look pretty lovely. i hope things work out the best they can too. i know we'll see each other lots no matter what, but i love him and the closer he is the better :)

Sam said...

Thanks Zoë, I'm glad you like the notebooks and my blog. It was a nice surprise to find them again.

You keep him close, all the best to the both of you. :)

Passion said...

Love the notebooks Sam! Cool paper :)

Sam said...

Thanks Passion. :) I love the paper too - the base colour is a sort of soft warm creamy-brown parchment colour overlaid with a darker, coffee-brown marble effect; my pics don't do it justice.

I love the fact it's 100% recycled - it's worth checking out the story of how the paper is made on EcoPaper's website.

The Old Geezer said...

Very interesting, Sam. Seems that I'm not the only one who is good with their hands ;)

Sam said...

The Old Geezer - Thanks. :) I wish I could get hold of some more Coffee Paper, I'd like to make some more notebooks, and maybe experiment a bit with some of EcoPaper's other papers.

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