After the last review posted regarding Roaring Spring Paper Products from, I was not eager to post another.  Thankfully, this next set of notebooks proved to be much better quality and much more affordable.

The “Life Notes” spiral notebooks from Roaring Spring Paper Products are small, personal notebooks measuring 7″ x 5″.  They have 380 college ruled sheets and include one double pocket page in the front.   I received four of these notebooks in varying colors:

  • a blue cover with metallic silver music notes and blue paper,
  • a purple cover with a metallic purple steaming coffee mug graphic and purple paper,
  • a green cover with a metallic green beach chair and umbrella graphic and green paper, and
  • a pink cover with a metallic gold chef’s hat graphic and pink paper.


I was initially concerned about how fountain pen ink would perform and look on the colored paper, as I most prefer bright white paper to preserve the integrity of the ink colors and properties.   However, I was actually really pleasantly surprised once I started using these notebooks.  The ink actually showed up quite well on all the different colored papers and I was still able to see some of the inks’ special in properties such as shading.   There was also no bleedthrough and very minimal showthrough, allowing me to successfully write on both sides of the page and get as much usage and longevity of these notebooks as possible.  The sheets also have a perforation if you need to cleanly remove any sheets.

I posted the purple and green paper samples, but the results are the same on all of the colors.  The inks used for testing are (from top to bottom):  Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku, J. Herbin Bleu Nuit, Sheaffer Red, Sharpie Premium Pen, and a purple Sharpie Marker.

These notebooks came in really handy to take to conferences and other events for taking notes and I did enjoy using them.  While I would probably invest in higher-end notebooks for home use, I would purchase these to take on trips, conferences, or other locations where I wouldn’t be upset if a notebook was damaged or lost. sells this pack of 4 notebooks for $10.75 per pack, and they are on Amazon for $12.


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