Today’s review is of a set of notebooks from Roaring Spring Paper Products. Shoplet.com sent me several different products from Roaring Spring so you’ll see several reviews from Roaring Spring products over the coming weeks. Let’s get to it!
“This is a Good Sign” Notebooks
The first set of products is a few different notebooks from the “This is a Good Sign” series. These notebooks are 70 sheets, college ruled, and measure 11 x 8.5.” These are spiral notebooks with a three hole punch and are very typical of spiral notebooks one would use in school. These would be good for children or students that need single subject spiral notebooks in their classes. I have personally been using them on my desk at work, on phone calls to take notes, or to jot down whatever things I need to jot down. The cover designs are not ones I would typically choose, but I do really like the messages they display. All of the covers have a traffic-type sign that says “This is a Good Sign” — a funny pun and a positive message. My favorite of the group is probably the purple cover that that says “Do What You Love / Love What You Do” because I like how they combined both sentences of this important truth of life.
The paper in the notebook works very well with your normal ball point pen. When using fountain pens and fountain pen ink there is significant showthrough and bleedthrough, such that when using a fountain pen you can only write on one side of the paper. I find this is actually quite wasteful and I would rather be able to use both sides of the paper on each page. Fountain pen ink also tends to feather on this paper, and while it’s not the worst I’ve seen, it is slightly noticeable. Ballpoint pens are really the ideal type of pens for these notebooks. The ballpoint still yields minimal showthrough, although not enough to prevent using both sides of the paper. This notebook also works well with pencils so they would be good for people who like to write with pencils or for students that need to do math homework in a notebook.
Another unfortunate aspect of purchasing these notebooks is that they only seem to be available in a case quantity — a fact I was not made aware of when Shoplet.com sent me the product. So if you are interested in a case of 24 notebooks, it is available on Shoplet.com for $75.60. Personally, I would rather save the $3.14 a notebook and put it towards one I can buy individually with better paper quality. Apologies to you for having not known about the price issue ahead of time, but I still had to post the review after receiving the product.