Pocket Notebooks Review by Katie – November 2017

Firstly I’d like to say Thank You to Pocket Notebooks for sending me out the November edition of their Box; a monthly subscription of surprise stationery items mainly featuring pocket sized notebooks. I love stationery so I was excited as usual to be receiving this box. I had never heard of Pocket Notebooks so it was a totally new box to me, and I also did not peek at the website to see their past months boxes as I was looking forward to receiving a brand new, unknown to me box. This is rare as I love subscription boxes and stationery ones are one my favourites alongside beauty ones.
It came by Royal Mail in a boxelope, small box envelope that fits through the letterbox and was sent tracked delivery. The best bit about the parcel upon receiving it was that it was addressed to “the wonderful Katie Smith” I was very impressed with this, it made me chuckle and the thought was very cute.
As usual I unboxed the box live on the boXession Facebook group that we always do in an interactive way so that you can gauge an honest response with a live audience. My unboxing has now been uploaded to our YouTube Channel and you can view this here…

I gave an honest opinion during the live unboxing, and will give an honest opinion on the items and box value in this review also. I will state that the items are lovely and fantastic quality but I was overall slightly disappointed in the value of the box. The box this month had a metals theme so everything was in shades of gold, silver or copper, all of which are very on trend this month.

So here goes… exactly what I received, my personal opinions and thoughts of the individual items and the RRP of the items individually.

Leuchtturm1917 A6 jottbook, twin pack. RRP £6.50 (found online @ryman.co).
I love the colour of these; I received the copper coloured pack of two lined ones from the centenary birthday collection. They are A6 in size, they are not hardback but bound in a very heavy duty metallic finish cardstock and feature a favourite trait of mine… rounded corners, I hate when corners go tatty from carrying notebooks around in my handbag. The pages are a mix of blank and lined, mainly lined perforated pages, another fab point if you are slightly OCD over stationery as I am. They each contain 60 pages of good quality paper with a weight of 80gsm. I do really like this product and it is the kind of thing I regularly pick up when out and about, very handy, nice on the go size with a multitude of uses and not too pretty or fussy that you would not want to use them, perfect for any pocket or handbag.

Leuchtturm1917 notebook, hardback. RRP £11.50 (found online @the Hamilton pen company).
A very nice looking item from the centenary birthday collection; but this time in a lovely gold colour. The notebook is A6 in size but this time a hardback. It features the useful rounded corners and also this time has an elastic wrap around closure. The notebook inside features 187 numbered pages of great quality 80gsm blank paper, 12 of which are perforated. The notebook also has too ribbon page markers in lovely coordinating metallic gold and stripe ribbon. On the back cover it also contains an expandable pocket perfect for keeping receipts, post it notes etc., a feature I like as I often buy packs of these to pop in my notebooks as I like to have everything together and handy.

Extras more metal. RRP unknown

I have put unknown for these extras as they were 2 single quality street chocolates and a single paper clip. The paper clip was nice but it would have been a much better feature if maybe it was more than one, maybe a small little paper bag containing 5 or 6? Just the one made me feel the box was a tad ungenerous. The other metals items were 2 single quality street chocolates; a nice idea as the wrappers coordinated with the metal theme but again I felt it was a little ungiving to include just two single chocolates. Maybe a few in a little organza bag would have looked a lot better; this is my personal opinion anyway.
My overall opinion of the box was that I thought it was slightly overpriced and I would have not been really happy if I had purchased the box. I thought with a tiny bit more thought it could have been a lot better, I found the single paperclip and two chocolates a little offensive but thought even they could have been improved with a little bit of nice packaging though. I did mention and still agree that with the addition of a nice metallic ballpoint pen that can be sourced for approx. 60p the box would have been a lot better. I think the box had a lot a potential but failed on little things, a few extra chocolates in nice packaging, a nice pen to match and a few more paper clips and I think it would’ve really been a winner for me.
Box Value of contents RRP £18.00
Box Price £21.00

Katie xx

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