paper and pen test nbr 4 - dotgrid.co notebooks

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After writing about the Inkwell Press hardcover notebook, the Leuchtturm 1917 A5 and the Filofax notebook, I`m now moving on to the next one: a notebook in A5 size from Dotgrid.co.

UK based company

Dotgrid.co was founded in October 2012 in UK due to the struggle to that dotgrid notebooks where hard to find in Europe at that time. Callum Chapman did not want to import anymore from other countries so he created dotgrid notebooks and launched his shop.

The notebooks are made mostly out of a really heavy 104gsm paper, according to their website made out of restainable material or even 100% recycled material (for example their Sketch notebook serie). the Sketch notebooks are made out of 100gsm paper.

Dotgrid.co offers a varity of sizes (A3, A4, A5). Most of the notebooks are double-O wirebound, only the smaller Sketch notepads are wire-stitched. Due to the wirebound finish the notebooks all lie flat and can be flipped over easily to provide a great and easy handling.

the covers:

The covers are made out of heavy cardstock, they are laminated to be protected from water drops and can easily be wiped dry with a soft cloth.

Dotgrid.co offers limited editions, the covers come with special drawings or sayings; mine has a front cover with a beautiful writing: "nothing golden will ever grow".

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The normal covers are black with their small logo in grey in the right hand bottom corner.

If you need a lot of notebooks then maybe the Dotgrid Studio Pack is an option, buy a bundle of 10 A4 or 15 A5 notebooks for a reduced price.

loose sheets!!

And now one thing which I really like about this company: you can buy loose sheets as well! You can either buy 200 sheets of A5 paper or 100 sheets of A4 paper, unpunched or punched (2 holes).

This is great for people who do not want to have the fixed layout of a notebook but would like to create their own notebook in a Filofax binder or in a discbound system. Buy the paper, punch it and you are ready to go!

the dots:

One thing is special about the dots: normally the dots are 5mm apart in other notebooks, in these notebooks from dotgrid.co the dots are only 4.25mm apart!

So at first glance the "squares" look tiny but you can easily write into every line, even with the fine tip of a Tombow pen, if you do not write too large. Here you can see an example of my book serie list written with a Tombow Nr 725, where I have used every "row of squares".

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But you can easily ignore the dots as well and just write over them, the warm grey color of the dots are easy to use as a guidance only.