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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Moleskine paper and lines are darker

I hate Moleskine's dark lines and paper this year! I opened up a new Moleskine notebook the other day and immediately noticed the lines are much darker than in Moleskine notebooks I've had before. I compared the new notebook to a Moleskine notebook I bought several months ago and not only are the lines much darker but the paper is darker too, and more yellow-looking. It is really not nice to look at!!!!

I compared my 2011 Moleskine planners to my 2010 Moleskine planners and found the same thing: in the 2011 versions the lines are much darker, and the paper is darker too and more yellow-looking than last year's paper.

Dark lines are distracting, and dark paper is not nice at all to look at, especially all day every day when using a planner.

I won't be buying any more Moleskine notebooks until they change the paper and lines back to their lighter colors!!

Is anyone else bothered by dark lines and paper?


  1. I have large 2009, 2010 and 2011 page a day planner and the lines are the same in all of them. Maybe it is just a batch, or certain of the planners that have changes?

  2. Agree with Janet, my 2011 planner seems the same as my older notebooks. Strange that yours are darker.

  3. I wonder if it's because I bought my new notebooks in the UK and my old notebooks were from the US? Do they have different versions for different markets?

  4. That wouldn't explain the planner differences though. The lines in my large daily planners are definitely darker in my 2011 version than in the 2010. Interestingly, the lines are the same in my Pocket size 2010 (US bought) and 2011 (UK bought) planners.

    It's a mystery! I wonder if it is just a difference in which batch they were printed in.

  5. Hi Laurie, I hear you about the dark lines... my current FC insert has black lines on white paper and they are narrow ruled. My normal writing style tends to be bigger and scrawling, so sometimes I feel really hemmed in by the dark lines. It's something I'm going to have to check out for 2012 inserts. Meanwhile, I'll suffer through this year.

  6. I'm definitely not dreaming about the darker lines: @gdigesu said their Moleskines bought in December have much darker lines than Moles bought earlier last year. I know there have been variations year to year in the past, I wonder why they've gone with such dark lines this year?


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