Monday, October 11, 2010
Quo Vadis Habana Notebook
This is the large Quo Vadis Habana notebook with the new Raspberry color cover and blank pages. Many, many thanks to Karen at Exaclair for sending me this notebook! It is absolutely fantastic.
In my review of the 2011 Minister Habana I raved about the excellent cover. And now I'm very excited about the Habana notebook with all its excellent features!
The Habana cover has a smooth, leather-like look and feel. The cover is firm enough to write on my lap no problem, yet can flex under pressure:
The cover and pages have elegant rounded corners:
The elastic is color-matched to the cover, and the Quo Vadis emblem is subtly embossed on the lower right corner of the front cover:
There is a ribbon page marker:
And a large pocket inside the back cover:
The book is beautiful and classy-looking. And as if that weren't enough to make an excellent notebook, it gets much, much better: the paper inside is the very best in the world, in my opinion.
The large blank Habana notebooks contain the 90 g, extra white, super-smooth Clairefontaine paper that is a favorite of fountain-pen users and loved by writers everywhere. My pen glides across the page. The paper is so smooth to the touch, it just makes me want to write on it.
The paper is sustainably sourced and PEFC certified.
The paper is acid-free and pH neutral, so it's perfect for archiving. That makes the Habana notebooks excellent for journaling, scrapbooking, art, writing, or anything you want to record and preserve long-term.
This Habana notebook with its blank paper and gorgeous Raspberry cover is officially my favorite notebook now. In fact, it is now my journal. Awhile back I wrote about how I've been neglecting my journal, mostly because of its dated day-per-page. I fell behind for several months, and back-filling so many days was too daunting. I decided after all that I didn't want my journal to be about keeping a detailed record of my days, but more for capturing special moments and memories. The Habana is perfect as a journal: beautiful, a pleasure to write in and hold, and archival quality.
I'm afraid I have a new addiction!!
This notebook is the large size, which measures 6 1/4 by 9 1/4 inches. The Habana notebooks also come in the small size which measures 4 by 6 3/8 inches.
These Habana notebooks with blank pages are available with black, red, raspberry or green covers. Habana notebooks with lined pages are available with black, red, blue or taupe covers. You can purchase Habana notebooks in the US at The Daily Planner, and at these retailers (click for list).
In the UK, the Habana notebooks are slightly different. The paper is ivory instead of white, and the raspberry and green covers are only available in the smaller A6 size. Click here to see the UK Habana collection.
Just a heads-up: the raspberry cover shown on the Quo Vadis websites is a little bit lighter pink than the real-life color of the product. The actual color of the cover is kind of a reddish pink. Raspberry describes the color very well.
I highly recommend the Habana notebooks!