Notepads

Mid-Week Mini: Bastet and Bee Notepads

Bastet and Bee sent me a couple of their notepads to play around with and review here on the blog. All thoughts expressed here are my own.

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Bastet and Bee produce notepads in unconventional designs with the aim of encouraging you to think differently.

They have a handful of designs available but I was drawn to the Stack and Play notepad. I really liked the playful designs but also the balance of colours. The grey and yellow are complimentary and aren’t too imposing.

The Play notepad I actually think is the more subdued of the two designs I have. I thought this option would be easier to use with the number of boxed off areas. It is less vibrant too.

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The Stack was my favourite of the two and the one I ended up using a lot more. The boxes were great for jotting down tasks that popped into my head or for taking random notes on calls.

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In terms of writing tools on these notepads they fared well. The paper quality isn’t too bad and could handle most of the pens I used with it. Some did feather a little, mostly the fountain pens. But markers help up well and didn’t bleed through onto the next page.

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I like what Bastet and Bee have created. The notepads come in a number of good designs and the colour scheme is really nice, but I am a fan of anything yellow.

Glue binding along the left hand, long side of the notepad

Glue binding along the left hand, long side of the notepad

I’d like to thank Bastet and Bee for sending me their desk pads to review here on the blog.

TidyEmu Notepads Review

I was contacted by TidyEmu recently and asked if I would like to test out their products. I have reviewed their products in todays post but the views expressed are completely my own.

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TidyEmu create a small number of notepads designed to be functional but also to look nice. I was sent an A5 notepad and an A4 notepad to try out.

The first thing I noticed when I received my notepads was the colourful design. The design element comes from the different coloured boxes or the haphazard arrangement that doesn’t sacrifice the pads useable space. The boxes or columns on the different notepads have wide lines giving you plenty of room to scribble down your notes. This is a nice touch from a desk notepad where hurried scribble is more likely to appear and not your neat handwriting (see my photo below).

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The paper quality is really good, it can handle fountain pen and ink, wet liquid ink pens and even a Sharpie pen held up well. What I like about these notepads is I can use any pen and know the paper can take it, theres no smearing and no bleed through. It’s what I want from a desk pad.

The A5 size notepad 

The A5 size notepad 

The reverse side of the A5 notepad - the Sharpie pen shows through but everything else performed well.

The reverse side of the A5 notepad - the Sharpie pen shows through but everything else performed well.

How I've used my notepads

Normally I am not a notepad user. I always have a notebook with me and anything I need to jot down tends to go in there. I also use a bullet journal which holds all my daily to dos so I wasn’t sure how this notepad would fit.

The A5 is by far my favourite. The smaller size means it's not too overpowering on my desk and I prefer the three column design. Each column has a space for a header which I’ve found useful. I’ve been using my A5 notepad to scribble small notes, things that pop into my head, codes I need to remember, product names, prices, people I have to email or ring, anything random like that that doesn’t need to be added into a notebook. I use one of the columns to jot down things I need to do or remember for the day and the other two columns are then used for random scribble. This has worked really well and I have been using around one sheet per day.

I found the A4 notepad harder to use partly because of the size but also due to the design. This notepad has a haphazard box design with an array of vertical and horizontal boxes of varying sizes.

There are seven boxes on the A4 pad so my first attempt at using this was for meal planning. The different size boxes meant that on some days I ran out of space so I quickly scrapped that idea.

I then tried using this as a desk notepad but I found the A4 size too big. The grid layout means the notepad is designed to be used in portrait which is a little limiting. If this had a dot or graph grid then perhaps I could have found different ways to use it.

As you can see I tried to fight the orientation but the lines were a little too bold to completely ignore it

As you can see I tried to fight the orientation but the lines were a little too bold to completely ignore it

Overall thoughts

I have really appreciated using these notepads. The designs are vibrant and fun and the paper quality is very good. I’d love to see some other colour options in muted tones and perhaps a traditional desk pad size but overall these notepads are pretty damn good.