Monday, February 22, 2010

Daycraft Diaries and a Giveaway!

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Not even two weeks ago I received an email asking if I would be interested in trying out some of Daycraft's products. Having just read a review over at Pen Archives AND just winning one of their wonderful sketchbooks from Gentian at Drawing with a Squirrel, I said, sure!

Five days later the box arrived, on a day with no mail, boy, was I stoked. These guys are quick!

The box contained: Feminique Diary (purple), Animal Pals Diary (yellow), Chromatic Days Diary (orange), D-sign Notebook (white) and a Signature Sketchbook (red). In addition, they included a catalog and a letter containing a ton of information about the products. These products range in price from about $4 to $15, so they are very reasonable. The letter also states that they do not have a US distributor at this time but plan to market in the US in the 2nd half of this year.

Daycraft is a product of Tai Shing Diary, Ltd. in Hong Kong. The following is an excerpt from the letter:

Except Cantoon Series, we use woodfree paper, which characteristics are:
1. 100% from wood pulp
2. All the wood pulp comes from legal forest plant (not from protected rainforest)
3. No chlorine during dye bleaching process
4. Acid Free
5. Passes the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive from the EU

Feminique, 70 gsm cream woodfree paper, this book has a lovely lavendar brushed cover, my photos really do not capture the true lavender color of it:



Animal Pals, 60 gsm cream woodfree paper, this particular diary is Quaky the duck, but it also comes in Inkspot the dog, Professor Pig, Mulch the Cow or Harvard Horse:



Chromatic, 70 gsm white woodfree paper, this diary also comes in vibrant red, blue, yellow and green. I love the colors:



All of these diaries measure approximately 4-1/4" by 6" and the covers on the Animal Pals and Chromatic Diaries are soft and flexible, while the Feminique has a stiffer cover.

These are wonderful little books although none of them are great with a fountain pen and all have some showthrough. However, I would not let that stop me from acquiring one. After all, not everything has to work with fountain pens. Sometimes a rollerball or a ballpoint works just as well. I really like all of these diaries.

For my review I only wrote on long gone days and since these books cover 70 to 72 weeks beginning in September 2009, the winners should get a lot of use from these.

So how do you win?

Please read carefully:

Leave a comment here, you have until midnight US EST on Saturday, February 27 - you do not need to include your email address because I will not contact you if you are the winner.

I will select the winners Sunday, February 28 and announce them on Monday morning, March 1.

Since there are three of these, you will be required to leave a comment on the winners post, no later than March 7, telling me which diary you prefer AND your contact email.

The first person to post will have their choice from all three, 2nd will get to pick from the remaining two and the last, well you get the idea. Posting your preference will keep us all honest.

As usual, I will ship these anywhere in the world. Good luck and thanks for reading!!

26 comments:

phonelady said...

you know me im in the animal would suit me just fine.

range said...

I'd like to win one of those!

TAO said...

I love contests where I can win stationary (and so I comment)!

Sam said...

Thanks for posting such a great review and giveaway. These notebooks/diaries look wonderful, I'd really like the chance to try one out.

Patrick - The Norsk Woodshop said...

Great review and giveaway Julie. I'm in!

Patrick

ecologic storyteller said...

Amazing contest indeed. I love notebooks :)

Mr. Guilt said...

I'm in!

stacy m said...

Count me in...I love notebooks!

tmartblog said...

Wow, I just read about these while browsing "Drawing with a Squirrel" blog. I would love to have a chance to win one of those.

Speedmaster said...

Very cool, great contest, thanks!!

MGB-GT said...

Just read about these after reading your Pilot Namiki 78G review. I'd love to win one, as I am a confirmed journaler - with my fountain pens, naturally.

LisavVi said...

All of these diaries look wonderful. I'm currently using a Moleskine but I'd love the opportunity to try something new. You can never have enough notebooks.

James said...

Yay for giveaways! I dig the designs of the bottom two journals in the top picture.

Jackie Flaherty said...

I'm excited! Please count me in!!

Jackie
www.lettersandjournals.blogspot.com

Truppi said...

I think it is too late but I would love to win any of those journals. Please.

Deborah said...

Pretty Books! I'd love to win one; please count me in. Thank you!
Deborah

lady dandelion said...

OOOOOO, I want one...please ms Random Generator-Machine let me win one...please :)

islamoradasteve said...

I'd like one too.

pooftacular said...

I was actually just on the website for these journals. I hopped over to your blog from "The Pen Archives" and here's a giveaway for these same journals! How wonderful :) I'd love to win one!

Sara said...

cannot... resist... must... enter giveaway...

:) Thank you for the chance~!

tatianajb said...

Thanks for a great giveaway!
I am in too!

Kooky Chick said...

Can't stop myself from entering, either! :-D Thanks for the generous giveaway! :o)

Patty Davidson @ Just Letter Rip said...

Please count me in as well. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

Marcus said...

Thanks for this post. I am in too.

ginigin said...

OOohhhH purple is too beautiful. Enter me please. Your lovely birdie arrived and I hope to get a letter winging out your way soon. :-)

bleubug.com said...

I thought I entered this already! Ack!

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