Fabriano Journal Notebook

I work in Covent Garden, where the Fabriano Boutique is and occasionally pop in on a lunch break to have a look around, although I’m yet to actually try anything from there.

When notebook manufacturers/distributors Nuco (who make all the Nu range) got in touch to see if I’d like to try any of their ranges, as soon as I saw they work with Fabriano, I knew what I wanted to try!

From the Fabriano EcoQua range, I chose an A5 lined notebook, as this is the most comparable to the notebooks I usually use, like Leuchtturm 1917 and Moleskine.

This notebook has a nice feel, I really like the texture of the cover. It’s a soft cover, so I feel like it wouldn’t be quite as safe being bashed around in a bag as my hard backed books, but that’s ok. They claim that they are 100% environmentally friendly, so I guess this cover is recyclable, in a way that the more plasticky hard covers aren’t, so that’s a good thing.

It’s a fairly plain notebook with a couple of features, a band to hold everything together, and a pocket inside the back cover to keep things (receipts, notes, postcards) safe. I always appreciate this in a notebook, although I often forget what I’ve put in there for safe-keeping and only find it months later…

And the most important test… How does it cope with different pens? I tested it with a variety, and there’s no bleeding/feathering for any of the ink pens, which is pretty impressive. It’s definitely a fountain pen friendly paper. And the only ones that showed through on the next page were the broad-nibbed fountain pen (a tiny bit) and the Sharpie, as you’d expect:

Worth noting that the paper is quite smooth, so I much preferred using a softer pencil. In this case a Blackwing Pearl over the harder Swiss Wood.

Overall I think this is a really solid everyday notebook. A nice simple design, no fuss, and I’m really impressed with the quality of the paper.

You can get hold of one for £7.67 (precisely) from the Fabriano Boutique site.

Please note I was sent this notebook free of charge for the purposes of this post, but my opinions are all my own.


My local art supply store started carrying Fabriano notebooks in the past few months, and I’ve been debating whether or not to try one (as I am pretty much obsessed with Leuchtturm 1917 notebooks right now!) but now I might actually give it a try!

Posted 7 years ago by Zoe Diaz-McLeese Reply

    Cool – yes, definitely worth a shot – the paper handles almost everything! Maybe you could start on a pocket version and see how you get on!

Love the notebook. But the happy clips! Please can you tell me where those came from?

Posted 7 years ago by greythorne Reply

    I got them from Bureau Direct! They’re by OHTO.

The paper clips are available from jetpens.com

Posted 7 years ago by TES Reply


Posted 7 years ago by greythorne Reply

Thanks – I found them there yesterday. Might have slipped some Field Notes into my basket too…

Posted 7 years ago by greythorne Reply

That seems like a decent price for a size like that. I like the vibrant colour too. Where do you work in CG?

Buckets & Spades

Posted 7 years ago by Matthew Pike Reply

    Slowest Reply Ever! I’m at King’s College, on Kingsway

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