After my previous, two-part review of Scout Books Sketch Keeper notebooks (here and here), the fine folks at Scout books were kind enough to send me some of their Mega DIY notebooks to try out. I was really excited when I received them in the mail, but have failed to give them a proper review on the site (sorry Scout Books). Some of what I discussed previously still applies, but there are some differences that I found really great.
Dimensions- 5in x 7in (12.7cm x 17.78cm)
Page Count- 48 Pages
Paper- Cover: 100% Recycled Chipboard, 18pt. Kraft, Interior: 100% Recycled Text, 70# White
Printing & Ink- High Quality Offset Printing with Vegetable-Based Inks
Binding- Saddle Stitched (two wire stitches)
Corner Rounding- Two Rounded Corners: .25in Radius
I come from the "less is more" school of design. So, when I opened my package from Scout Books and found that my new notebooks only had a small logo on the back cover, I was stoked. All that blank space to doodle or just to enjoy the simplicity of the cover is just right. Perfect. Good job on that one Scout Books. I am actually more likely to tell others about this product for this reason alone.
I will probably be buying a few more of these in the blank configuration just to have around because they are perfect for sketching. They have great paper, are inexpensive, and you won't feel bad if you lose one. Hopefully they will offer them in a box set like the standard notebooks so that the designer/illustrator/artist types can collect and store them in an organized manner. Either way, go their site and check them out!
These notebooks are very well made and are a very good value (2
for $10 with free shipping!). Heavy, bright paper takes ink well and
Plain overall appearance makes customizing easy.
Larger size is ideal for sketching and drawing.
Made in the USA!
Doesn't come in the larger box sets like the standard notebooks (not much of a con, really).
(I want to thank Scout Books for sending me these notebooks. I received them at no cost and they just sent them to be nice. Thanks!)