Production issues delayed the delivery of the journals and I just received mine today. I have to tell that I am impressed. It's a nice little journal. And with articles in the news asking if hand-writing is a thing of the past, and whether it should be dropped from school curriculums, I want to thank Oprah for encouraging a million people to start journaling by hand.
The journal is 5 x 7 inches with an elastic band to hold it closed, a ribbon marker, and pocket in the back. It's extremely light but well-made. The only flaw I saw with mine, was a bulge in the back by the pocket--I think something got under the paper before it was glued.
The cover is a rustic brown and the paper is ivory with gray-brown lines. It's thin, but of decent quality. It has a nicely sewn binding. The thread is not visible, and the journal lies flat. Even when open at the center, the pages stay open without being held down.
I tried several different pens and had no bleed-through. There is some shadowing, but it wasn't excessive. If you take care with the pen you choose, the shadowing should not be an issue. (The Diamine Chocolate Brown I have in my Lamy Safari was made for this journal. It's a perfect complement for the color scheme!)