As you can see from the photo, the journal has a nifty debossed design on both front and back and even the spine. The design makes it eye-catching enough for the trendiest coffee-shop, but subdued enough for the staidest of workplaces.
The journal is nicely color-coordinated as well. The pages are a cream color with gray lines that guide the eye, without interfering when you read. The elastic closure is a gray that matches the lines. The yellow ribbon book-mark adds a splash of color, and the expandable pockets has yellow sides.
The binding is sewn so I decided to try my usual test of folding the book in half as you would a spiral-bound book. It does fold back, but the cover tore at the corner. The binding held firm though, and I don't believe any pages would come loose. If you don't care about the appearance you could fold it back for ease of writing or drawing.
The pages have a little spring to them, but will lie flat while you are writing on them.
The lines run from edge to edge, with a gray area for the date on the right hand side of the page (front of page only). I prefer a border of space around the page, but that's my personal preference, and it isn't a deal-breaker for me.
So how does the paper perform?
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