(The “Write More Happiness Into The World” Write Now Journal by Compendium)
Compendium’s new Write Now Journals are a fun way to add inspiration to your journaling and notes. They come in seven different styles that feature modern typography and artwork along with inspirational quotes. I happen to own the “Write More Happiness Into The World” version of this journal so this blog post will focus mostly on that. Other versions of this journal have different designs and can be viewed at Compendium and Writer’s Bloc.
(Write More Happiness Into The World – front cover)
The Write Now “Write More Happiness Into The World” journal cover features a content little penguin, who normally could not fly, soaring through the sky in her own hot air balloon along with many other happy little birds. This design looks like something I might have doodled in my school notebooks on a sunny day. Other covers feature such things as rainbow watercolors, a blue monkey riding a bicycle with bananas in the basket and a retro typewriter.
The cover of the Write Now Journals is a flexible laminated cardboard with a little bit of a textured finish. Inside the front cover there is a space for writing your name, address, date, theme, or whatever you wish. This journal also has rounded corners and a total of 128 pages. It has glue-bound paper signatures, so it does not tend to want to open flat without closing. It measures 8" H X 5" W and is about 3/8” thick.
(Illustrated inspirational quotes)
One of the things I like the most about these journals is that every six pages or so there is an illustrated page with an inspirational quote. The reverse side of these pages in my journal is light blue with fluffy white clouds, but other versions of this journal will have different designs. The quote in the above scan is one of my favorites: “You, whose day it is, get out your rainbow colors and make it beautiful” – Traditional Nootka Song. I have to say though, my favorite quote of all is from the “Remember, Ideas Become Things” Write Now Journal, and it is: “Things are only impossible until they’re not” by Jean-Luc Picard.
(Writing test on soft green colored paper – front)
(Writing test – back)
Write Now Journals are made with FSC certified paper that is chlorine-free and they are printed with soy based ink. I’m not sure of the exact weight of this paper, but I’m guessing it is probably 90g. The color and designs on each page vary depending on which journal you get. “Write More Happiness Into The World” has paper in various colors: cream, soft green, soft blue-green, pale blue and bright yellow-green. There are birds and various dots, dashes and things decorating the edges of the pages. These journals are wide-ruled, and the rules are not stuffy and business-like, rather they consist of funky dots or rough hewn lines.
The paper seems to be good quality and handles a variety of writing instruments successfully. I was pleasantly surprised that this paper takes fountain pens quite well! I couldn’t see any feathering and there was only minimal bleed through or see through. Ink dries fairly quickly on this paper too. I would say most people would be happy writing on both sides of each page. You can check out the writing test I did in the above scans.
Do you like journals with colored paper, artwork and inspirational quotes? Or do you like yours plain? What is your favorite?by