Welcome to the fourth edition of my Supporting Small Businesses series. I’m sure you won’t be surprised that I am yet again featuring stationery!
I have been a customer of The Journal Shop for some time now, so when I decided to stock up on letter paper just before the start of lockdown, I headed straight to their website to place an order. The Journal Shop aims to provide the best of the world’s stationery products and you will find they stock a vast array of stationery – from notebooks and pads to pens and pencils, desk organisers and pen pots to photo albums and tote bags, washi tape and stickers, and so much more. Some of the items can be quite hard to find elsewhere in the UK.
Not all paper is equal when it comes to writing letters with a fountain pen. Fountain pen ink behaves better on some paper than others and, whilst some cheaper paper such as Clairefontaine and Rodia work well, I’ve found the slightly more expensive Japanese paper works best.
Life Co writing paper is quite possibly my favourite brand of writing paper as I have several different pads of it. This time I bought two Life Co pads – the L. Writing Paper Pad and the Life Bank Paper Pad.
The L. Writing Paper Pad is A5 (14.8 x 21cm), comes in cream or white (this time I went for cream), and has 30 sheets per pad. It is lined on one side with a decorative border, but that doesn’t stop me using the blank side too (after all, our international postage from the UK is priced based on size and weight, so I need to keep the page count down as much as possible). The paper itself is smooth. It handles fountain pen ink very well, with no bleed-through or feathering, and it shows any sheening or shading the ink might have.
The Life Bank Paper is just a bit smaller than A5 at 14.5 x 20cm, it comes in white and has 100 sheets per pad. It also features a pink blotting sheet, but I haven’t made use of that myself. This paper is blank, so I use a lined template beneath each sheet to keep my writing straight. The paper is fairly smooth but has a bit of texture to it. Again, no feathering or bleed-through with this paper, showing shading well.
I bought the Midori MD Cotton pads in both A5 and A4. The paper is blank and has an angled corner to the bottom-left, apparently, so you know where to tear the sheets from. Unlike most other letter pads, the Midori MD Cotton Pads are glued on both the top edge and the right-hand edge, supposedly to make the pad more secure, but I generally don’t have any problems with paper moving on pads which are only glued at the top. Each pad holds 90 sheets and the paper is made from 20% cotton pulp. The paper is soft and smooth with minimal texture, and, very much like the Life paper, it handles fountain pen ink very well.
At the time of ordering, The Journal Shop had a discount code available, so of course, I made use of that (always worth checking for!). My order arrived just two days after I placed it and it was packaged well, so I was very pleased with the swift service by The Journal Shop.
No doubt, I’ll be ordering from The Journal Shop again.
Please note: I bought these items with my own money and I am in no way affiliated with The Journal Shop.