I had just finished my old journal at the beginning of 2017, and if I remember correctly, the creator of the journal was just starting a new promotion of her journal at around the same time, so I decided on trying it out for my new journal. And since I’ve been using it for a while now, so I thought, why not review it?
So, let’s start with the details. It costs about $8 (P400), and there are enough pages for 12 months, with each month being 31 days and an extra blank sheet, and some artwork and photographs as dividers between the month. There’s also a little back pocket to store things. It’s in 80GSM dotted paper, and with all that you’re getting, it’s undeniably affordable.
But during the first time that I tried it, I was immediately struck by how hard it was to write on it. When you’re starting on the first page, it’s not balanced at all, and it’s going to take a while to even hit the middle mark to make it lie flat. Until now, it’s still awkward to write on it because there’s nowhere to rest your hand.
I also don’t like just how branded it is. I used to use Muji notebooks, which had blank covers, and I always decorated it by lettering on it. For this one, I can do anything but letter on it. You also never forget that it’s a journal by Abbey Sy, and for something as personal as a journal, it’s really intrusive, from the art to these small quotes that eat into the grid at the bottom of some pages.
And despite its purpose to be a daily journal, it’s thickness just causes problems. It’s hard to write on, as mentioned, but also, the binding looks like this.
After some time, it acts like this.
I’ve been trying to tape it together but it’s been hard because the ridges make it hard for the tape to stick. It’s definitely not something that would last if I was carrying it around everywhere, and considering how Abbey Sy is such an avid traveler, I would wish that she had taken it into consideration.
I think the one thing that impressed me was the paper. I mean, sure, it ghosts (AKA you can see the ink on the other side of the page).
But it can hold watercolor too. The paper warps, of course, but it doesn’t bleed through the next page or disintegrate easily, and that’s pretty good.
So, all in all, it’s pretty, but it wasn’t designed very well. I’d recommend getting it if you wanted something affordable and you really want to journal everyday, and it’s not for you if you want something less branded and sturdier.
I personally will not be getting one again, and I want to finish using it, but I might just ditch it altogether before I do get to finish using it.