Finally a notebook with lay flat binding and bright white dot grid paper! The Ghost Grid was a random (and cheap!) find on Amazon. Let’s see if it’s comparable to more expensive personalised notebooks like the Posy Paper dot grid, Plum Paper dot grid and Limelife Planners.
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- Size: 5.5″ wide x 8.5″ high (there is also an 8.5 x 11″ US letter size version available)
- Cardstock cover with frosted cover to protect it
- Lay flat wire binding
- White pages
- 5mm dot grid
- 120 numbered pages (60 sheets x double sided)
- 4 Index / contents pages
- Made in the USA
- 70lb paper
- 2 Cover designs to choose from (both are black and white / neutral)
Price: $10 USD + shipping on Amazon
Let’s take a closer look!
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The cover is thin cardstock with a frosted plastic cover to protect it (similar to the Plum Paper).
Just under 1cm thick
The cover isn’t very thick cardstock but does lay completely flat. So no matter where you open the notebook there’s no chance of your ruler slipping when setting up a spread (unlike softcover sewn bound notebooks like the Rhodia Goal Book).
There are 4 lined index pages
Apart from the index pages, there are no pre-printed pages. The entire rest of the notebook is 5mm dot grid. The dots are a dark grey.
I normally like rounded corners (less likely to get scuffed) but not in this instance as it means you lose that corner dot.
Lay flat binding no matter where you open the book!
There are page numbers on every page, printed in the middle (would prefer if they were in the corner but at least they have them).
There is no pocket folder at the front or the back.
The paper is smooth to write on but is a bit thin so there was some show through for most of the pens I tried as well as the highlighters and stamps. I’d stick to ballpoint pens in this notebook.
Pros of the Notebook
- Bright white pages
- Pages lay flat on their own
- Pages numbers
- 4 Index pages
Cons of the Notebook
- Some pen ghosting
- Page numbers are in the middle of the notebook
- Only 1 cover option
- Rounded corners mean you lose the corner dot when ruling up spreads
- No pocket folder
Would I use this notebook?
Yes. I much prefer notebooks with bright white paper that lay completely flat instead of sewn binding so will definitely be using this one. The price tag is half that of personalised notebooks and the paper quality is comparable.
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- Erin Condren Softbound Dot Grid Notebook
- Buke stationery dot grid notebook
- Paperstore dot grid notebook
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