Review: Dingbats Notebook *

[Gifted/AD: I was gifted this notebook by Dingbats Notebooks.]

What does it take to potentially curb an expensive Moleskine habit? Well, a Dingbats notebook. 

When I took time out from running this blog recently, in order to focus on my journalistic commitments, I was also planning ahead. I was lucky enough to have been gifted this Dingbats notebook-at my own request-to review. 

First impressions: 

Well, yes. I had to stop what I was doing when the postman thrust this parcel at me (he was too busy and I hurt my nose), and set it up. Ironically, I felt like a kid in a sweet shop; I was hopping about, stroking its cover, planning how to set it up, deliberating over the pens to use.

The notebook was bigger than I thought it was; it’s also easier to write across the page because of this. 

I also really liked the fact that it has a pocket at the back-and not one that is the same size as the back cover. (Because when this has happened previously, I’ve managed to paper cut myself, and it’s hard to use.) I immediately had to stash my stamps, post-its and several receipts that had been sitting in my handbag inside. 


Delivery was fairly easy; I also really liked the layout of the Dingbats’ website. For all its simplicity, it was really easy to order-and it wasn’t confusing when trying to order. 

My one real piece of criticism is that I didn’t have a lot of information from the point of order; I didn’t receive a dispatch email, and the day it was delivered I remember thinking “has it got lost in the post?” 


I think I’m a brand convert?

When I received this Dingbats notebook I was really impressed, enough so that this is what I take with me on assignments.

I also really liked how it’s set up; you can tear the pages out easily, there’s the pocket at the back, there’s a pen loop. Oh, and there’s more pages than in your average notebook. The only thing I was disappointed with was that the pen loop snapped off after a month of using the notebook.

In terms of ink, I was impressed because the pages didn’t let it bleed through to the next page-even when writing with a fountain pen. (Remember those?) I had been a skeptic before; the internet has a lot of reviews raving about these notebooks. I had to question if it was true or not.

Check my Twitter page for your chance to win the same notebook. And if you’d like to buy the notebook, click here. 


  1. December 1, 2018 / 5:50 pm

    Wow, I love the sound of this notebook; and it looks great, too. Something that really puts me off the moleskin notebooks is the fact that you can’t remove pages if you make an error, or if you need a loose piece of paper for something, so it’s great that these dingbat notebooks don’t have that problem! As always, I loved how in-depth your review was!

  2. Charlene McElhinney
    December 1, 2018 / 10:52 pm

    I love the cover of this notebook and the idea of being able to rip pages out easily! How awesome, too, that the fountain pen ink didn’t leak through the pages. I’d imagine it to be a very sturdy quality notebook then! Hope you’re well, catch up soon!

    Charlene McElhinney

  3. December 12, 2018 / 7:34 pm

    I’ve actually heard a lot of about Dingbat notebooks, because a lot of people in the bullet journal community use it. I still find it to be a bit pricey for me, but it’s understandable considering if you have a bullet journal it’s supposed to last you all year. Great post! xxx

    Melina |

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