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Minilabo Owls Small Notebook Review

Right before I was leaving on a trip, the Minilabo Owl Small Notebook arrived in our office. This was the perfect pocket-size notebook to take with me for notes and it had such an adorable 70’s-vibe owls graphic on the cover that I couldn’t resist!

Minilabo small notebooks feature 64 pages of white paper with gray lines. The paper is FSC certified, which means that it comes from responsibly managed forests. I am unsure of the exact weight of the paper – it seems somewhere in-between the 64g paper in my Rhodia Weekly Notebook and the 80g paper in my Rhodia notepad. The lines are spaced almost 7mm apart and they do not completely go to the edges of each page. This little notebook is staple bound with two staples. It is approximately 4” x 5 7/8” in size.

The cardboard cover is laminated with a matte finish on the outside and a glossy finish on the inside. The whimsical owls on the front cover seem to be created with and surrounded by a collage of decorative papers. The design carries over to the back cover with a crescent moon. The pattern inside the cover matches the background design of the tree.

How does this notebook paper hold up to fountain pens? Not too bad, but not perfect either. There was a tiny bit of feathering with some inks and the wet writing fountain pens bled through to the other side of the page. On my trip I used a fine nib fountain pen with washable blue ink and it worked fine. No feathering and no bleed through so I was able to use both sides of each page. As a lefty, I appreciate that ink dried quickly on this paper to help prevent me from smearing my writing. Take a look at the ink writing samples and see what you think. Here’s one side of the page:

And here’s the other side:

Minilabo small notebooks also come with a Rainbow or a Floral cover. I love the bird and the alien on the rainbow cover!

What’s your favorite pocket size notebook?


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