Hi everyone! You know the drill. Just purchased another journal from my most favorite store ever. Of course, that is the National Bookstore. I found this cute Veco Dotted Spiral Journal and I’ll have are review for this.
Dotted journals are becoming popular these days since the start of the booming idea by Ryder Caroll about Bullet Journal. Due to its popularity, many notebook makers are now starting to release their own dotted journals. Here in the Philippines the brands that I usually use for my journals are Victoria Journals and Limelight. Those are always available at National Bookstores.
Aside from journals I also buy steno notebooks and regular notebooks from Veco Paper and Catleya ever since I am a student. In the past, maybe about 1 or 2 years ago, I never saw a dotted journal. I usually buy lined journals since that’s the only available option.
Just a few months ago, Limelight released their own dotted journals. Few months ago pertains to when I saw it for the first time not really the release date. I noticed that the pricing of their dotted journals were like 30% higher than the lined journals. I am quite disappointed about that. That’s one of the reasons I looked for another option.
Good thing I found the VECO SPIRAL DOTTED JOURNAL
They have 3 sizes of these journals. What I got is the smallest one which is about the same height of my Pilot Frixion Point. The next size is the same as the regular notebook size and the other one is like the same size of the large college notebooks. Sorry I didn’t really know the A4 or A-Whatever sizes of the notebooks.
I took the smallest size to make this purchase discrete as possible. My husband tends to get annoyed whenever I purchase journals or pens because he keeps on saying that I have a lot. But as a matter of fact one of my journals is already full and other journals are dedicated for something else.
Anyway if you could remember, I had a review about the Veco Sparkling Notes(which is a sketchpad) together with the Lil Hands Coloring Pens. That means I liked the brand so far. I should’ve bought the bigger version.
Let’s take a look at the Paper Quality
This dotted journal I got has 100 gsm paper. What it is makes really no sense to me. The last time I bought a bond paper said it was 70 gsm. Based on my understanding between those two, the higher, the thicker the paper is. It is nice to have thicker pages because there are times I write heavily.
I am not sure if I am using the right term for this. To test it out, I took a sheet out of the notebook to test if it will bleed through to the next page. I don’t wanna mess the new journal yet so I have to tear it off the notebook and placed it on top of a page from my old journal. I tested some of my current pens and markers. So far there was no bleeding through the other page. The only time it did was when I placed the Sharpie on top of the page for few seconds. With normal writing it doesn’t bleed.
The back of the paper to see the ghosting of each pens used to test it
I used a Sharpie fine point permanent marker and there was a visible ghosting. However, after testing some other pens with it, you won’t really see noticable ghosting at the back of the page.
As expected from Veco, paper is really smooth. For regular pens and sign pens, you can write there smoothly. For leaky pens(is there such thing?) like fountain pens, brush pens or dip pens, it is super nice too. I can say that it absorbs the ink of some leaky pens quickly too. Not too quick though since these pens uses more ink but it is decent enough for fast writing.
Now what about the usage quality?
Since I got the smallest one, this dotted journal is perfect for handheld writing. Like when your taking notes in an event or somewhere that has no tables this is the great notebook for you. Aside from that the cover is made of some sort of hard plastic which can support your paper while writing. I guess this would work for the bigger Veco spiral dotted journals too.
You can flip the pages up to 360 degrees since this is a spiral notebook. I’m quite disappointed at first though because of the first pages were quite sticked together. The last time I used a spiral notebook was when I was in highschool. I couldn’t barely remember if it’s normal for the first pages to be like that. Also the papers came to be misaligned.
It’s definitely bearable because it only happens on the first pages. But If you could see on the video the paper is already outside the cover(CLICK HERE if the video doesn’t load)
. That could make the paper ugly after some time if it continues to be like that. I was able to manage fixing it but it took me like 10-15 minutes but it’s fine now (sometimes). I tried opening the bigger versions of this dotted journals at national bookstore. I don’t think this issue happens to those sizes. I am hoping that this could’ve been better though.
I am not an artist and so I really can’t tell if you can do paintings here. For writing purposes, hand lettering and maybe sketching, this dotted journal is really nice. Not to mention that it is one of the cheapest dotted journal at national bookstore. I like it so much and the paper quality is legit. It could’ve been better if it’s just more flexible or the cover could’ve been expanded a little to avoid misaligned papers to go beyond the cover. I really enjoyed writing on it and probably be buying the bigger ones next time.
I hope this review helps you decide whether to buy this dotted journal or not. If you have tried this Veco Spiral Dotted Journal already, please tell us if the flipping experience was good or bad. Share your thoughts about this journal on the comment section.