While doing the usual rounds of my local stationery shops during my lunch break I came across the Modena Stationery dot grid notebook at Officeworks.
Let’s take a closer look!
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Price: $19 AUD (I’ve only seen this notebook at Officeworks)
This notebook comes in lots of different cover colors – purple, blue, yellow, pink, white, black.
Approx 1.5cm thick
One of the things that grabbed my attention is the unique elastic band enclosure. It’s different.. but I’m not sure how well it would hold loose bits of paper if you slip them in there e.g. shopping list.
The pages lay reasonable flat on their own. If you break the spine and use the notebook for a bit, I’m sure the pages would properly lay flat.
5mm dot grid (typical size for the majority of dot grid notebooks)
1 Pocket folder at the back
This notebook was ticking all the boxes until it came to the pen test. As per usual, another notebook that has bad ghosting. But the paper is only 70 GSM so ghosting is to be expected.
Pros of the Modena Notebook
- Comes in dot grid lined or blank
- Plenty of cover colors to choose from
- Pocket folder
- 2 Ribbon bookmarks (in different colors)
Cons of the Modena Notebook
- Bit pricey for the poor paper quality (70 GSM) – the notebook cost $19 AUD
- No index page
- No page numbers
- Elastic enclosure may not enclose much due to the design
Would I use this notebook?
I’d only recommend this notebook if you like fashion over function. If you really want a dot grid notebook with a pretty colored cover, and you’re located in Australia where dot grid notebooks are hard to find. If this notebook had better paper quality and numbered pages it’d be a really nice notebook.
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