Silvine notebooks bring back lovely childhood memories.
I would walk down to the village shop with my £1 weekly pocket money and purchase a 25p mix of sweets, a can of fizzy pop, a Silvine Exercise Book and a pencil. (Yes, £1 went a long way back in the 1980’s!).
Back at home, I would sit at the kitchen table with my Silvine Exercise Book and write stories and poems. Occasionally, I would just doodle.
It would always be a Silvine Exercise Book. It was only a small village shop, set in what had once been someone’s front room. A wonderfully vintage-looking shop with rows of jars of boiled sweets lined up on shelves behind the counter. The Silvine Exercise Books were on a shelf just by the door and just within my reach.
Sadly, the shop has long since gone and the owner retired and recently passed away, but memories still come floating back.
As soon as I spotted the Silvine Originals collection, it brought back memories. I just knew I had to give them a go! So, I am grateful to Silvine for sending me the Memo Book and Note Book to try out and review,
These Silvine Originals books are of a higher quality than the Classic Exercise Books I used to buy. It’s like Silvine has used the Classic range as a base and then perfected it with these Silvine Originals books.
Each Silvine Originals book is made in the same factory, using the same machinery that has been making Silvine books for 6 generations. They are made using paper sourced from a British independent paper mill which has also been producing quality paper for 6 generations.
There is no doubt, Silvine is an iconic British brand and, unlike so many others, it is still made in Britain. It is a brand to be proud of!
The covers of these Silvine Originals use a wonderfully sturdy 300gsm², red dyed card. It is colour matched to the 1960’s bold red and wire embossed like the original finish (before my time!). Inside, there are 52 pages of 90gsm² Natural White Wove paper – perfect for writing or drawing on.
When writing in my Silvine Originals Memo Book, I’ve been using my Lamy Vista fountain pen with Diamine Shimmering Blue Lightning ink and I’ve had no problems with show-through or bleed.
The pages have been perforated to make it easy to remove any pages if necessary. The spines are hand-stitched with fully finished ends, meaning the stitching won’t unravel and the pages are held together well.
At 159 x 97mm, the Silvine Originals Memo Book is the perfect size for carrying around with you and is ideal for making notes, taking down contact details and writing down ideas. I’ve used mine to hand write this blog post, before typing up the final draft.
At 190 x 125mm, the Silvine Originals Note Book is a great size for sketching, putting ideas to paper and doodling.
I love that the Silvine Originals come with a bookmark giving details about that particular book. You can never have too many bookmarks and they come in handy for marking your place in the book.
The Silvine Originals books are a little pricey compared to the Silvine Classics range equivalents, but you will feel the difference in quality.
If you want new stationery with a vintage feel to it, try out Silvine Originals. You won’t regret it!
Please note: The Memo Book and Note Book were provided by Silvine in return for an honest review.