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Archive for August 19th, 2009

Guest Review

This review is by Julie, whose blog “Whatever” features reviews and articles on pens, inks and paper, postcards, letter writing and journaling. You should check out her blog when you have the chance.

The Ciak Multicolor Journal

This is a small journal perfect for a pocket or purse, here is the product description from the Journaling Arts website:

• Buttery-Soft, Gorgeous Black Cover
• Sleek, Italian Design in a Rainbow of Colors
• Patented Elastic Closure Keeps Everything Compact
• 128 Leaves, 256 Pages of Multicolor Paper
• 32 Pages Per Color
• Smooth, Rounded Corners Don’t Get Stuck in Your Pocket
• Acid-Free Paper Resists Ink Bleed through
• Hand-Crafted in Italy
• A Ribbon Place Holder to Keep You Organized
• New, in Original Packaging, Measures 3½” X 5½”

The Ciak has no back pocket, but honestly, I’ve never used the pocket in any of my journals. I tend to just stick things inside the front or back cover or between the pages.

Ciak on the left and a small Moleskine on the right.

The Ciak has 256 pages vs Moleskine's 192. Here you can see the layers of multicolor pages which is why I bought this journal to begin with. I love color.

The Ciak journal does not lay flat when opened up which may be an issue for some people, but that has never been a concern for me.

Finally, the ultimate test - withstanding fountain pen and ink. The Ciak performs admirably - no feathering, no bleedthrough and just the smallest amount of show through which I think most of us can easily live with.

Be sure to visit Julie’s blog at: http://okami-whatever.blogspot.com/

inks and paper; talk about postcards, letter writing and journaling; and, of course, our Akitas (that’s them in the photo), but you just never know.

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