I’ve recently been contacted by the co-founder of the brand Dingbats* to test one of their notebooks.
Before writing about the notebook itself, I’d like to talk about the brand and the company.
History of the brand
Dingbats* is a Lebanese family-owned business. Co-founder Mohamad’s family, has worked in the paper business since the beginning of the 19th century.
Before 2011, the company didn’t offer notebooks. But it’s with the conviction that paper was still a great value even in today’s world that the brand decided to begin making notebooks.
In 2016, Dingbats* landed in Europe, and a few weeks later into the United States as well. With the release of their dot-grid notebooks to complement their Wildlife collection, the company has become more well-known, and I am sure that the quality of their products will only increase the popularity of this little company that offers great things.
A “Green” brand
Dingbats* is a green business. In a society putting more and more importance on respecting the environment, this “green” advantage deserves mention. The cover of the notebook is made of a biodegradable, non-animal polyurethane leather.The paper of Dingbats products is labeled “FSC,” or “Forest Stewardship Council.” The FSC works to protect environment and habitats, to plant more trees, and to avoid moving peoples and the destruction of wildlife.
Dingbats* Notebooks review
The founders of the brand want to offer to their clients quality products by paying great attention to detail. That’s why their journals are handmade in Lebanon by the family business.
I received a journal from the Wildlife collection. The cover is made of polyurethane leather with an animal shape on it. I have the gray model with an adorable little elephant, but the notebook comes in lots of colors and patterns.
The notebooks are available in several versions:
– A4+ (297mm x 215mm) or A5+ (210mm x 155mm)
– Graphed, lined, dotted, or blank pages
– A black elastic band that keeps the notebook closed.
– A black fabric page-marker
– An elastic pen-loop
– All pages are perforated
On the back inside cover of the notebook, there’s a pocket that can hold your important documents or loose papers.
The notebook opens to 192 ivory pages. The paper is soft and seems thinner than in a Leuchtturm1917 notebook. You can feel this softness from the first stroke, and the pen glides on the paper and the writing is very smooth.
I tested the paper with all the pens that I own!
As in most of similar notebooks, the writing from all pens and markers seems to be visible from the other side of the page. The ghosting is present but not bothering.
About the pens :
– The ink from Faber-Castell, Pigma Micron, Staedtler, and Muji pens is visible from the other side of the page but don’t bleed through.
– Some of the Staedtler fine point pens, especially red and pink pens, bleed through the paper.
– Concerning the famous Tombow Dual Brush Pens, the clearest ones don’t have any problem, while, on the other hand, my darker ones do bleed through.
– Soft-point Pentel Touch pens bleed through.
– Concerning fountain pens, it all the depends on the brand, nib size, and ink used. The fine and very fine nibs tend to weaken the paper and bleed through, while medium and thick points don’t.
I love ❤️:
– the general quality of this notebook
– the quality of the paper
– the elephant shape on the cover
– the little animal footprints on the inside cover (so cute!)
– the elastic loop that lets you carry a pen with your notebook
– the back pocket
– the dot
– grid pages
– the bookmark
– the page marker
I like less: 💔
– it’s missing the pre-numbered pages that are important in a bullet journal
– it’s really hard to take out the perforated pages
– the fact that some pens bleed through because of the pages’ thinness.
If you’re looking for a quality notebook for bullet journaling, Dingbats* are really good. You just have to number your pages and you’ll be ready to get started!