Monday, August 25, 2014

Monologue Notebooks

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Monologue Notebooks, (their website is still under construction), with an inquiry asking if I would like to try out a few of their notebooks/sketchbooks. On Monday I received an email saying that they had been shipped and on Wednesday a large package arrived [that is really fast considering they were shipped from Singapore].

Imagine my amazement when I opened the package and found not one or two notebooks, but EIGHT (8) notebooks of various colors, sizes and formats.





Monologue is actually one of the brands of the Singaporean company, Grandluxe. Here is a little information about Grandluxe from their website:

     Our Story

A fine heritage & tradition in book binding spanning three generations has come to shape what Grandluxe is today. Growing from a family business that started out with hand stitched note books to having a strong presence in more than 30 countries, Grandluxe has many successful brand portfolios under its umbrella, including:

Monologue Logo Luxe Logo Paperluxe Logo
A series of lifestyle diaries, stationery and accessories
Exquisite diaries and leather collection
Chic, trendy stationery

Today, Grandluxe supplies to major wholesalers and retailers worldwide. It has production plants & facilities in Singapore, Malaysia and sales/marketing offices in the UK and USA, meeting the sophisticated customization needs of corporate clients all over the world.
However one thing remains the same as always – the use of good quality materials and quintessential craftsmanship, paying tribute to our rich heritage through this commitment.

Milestones
  • Founded in 1945, 100% Singaporean owned
  • Creative design and graphic team with specialised software for diary data generating
  • World renowned printing & book binding machines such as Heidelberg, Solna Web, Kolbus, Sigloch, Muller Martini, Polar, Stahl, Hunkler & Ochsner.
  • Between 2007 to 2012, more than US$ 5 million were invested in plant and machinery with sophisticated, highly automated machines to enhance quality and productivity. 
  • FSC certified to produce paper products that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests
  • ISO9001 :2008 certified – Quality Management system 
  • Operations run on SAP Business Automation system
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Monologue is what they call a "series of lifestyle diaries, stationery and accessories". I received three A5 notebooks: Ruled, Jotter and Platinum; three A5 notebooks: Ruled, Jotter and Platinum; one A7 Contrast Ruled; and one A8 Contrast Ruled.



 



All of the notebooks use 80 gsm/54 lb acid-free paper and the covers are PU, which is a poly synthetic leather used by many notebook manufacturers. The Platinum offers metallic covers and white paper; the Jotter cover has a suede finish, cream paper and pencil (the website says "mechanical" pencil, but it is not mechanical), the paper is lined for the first half of the notebook and blank with frames for the second half, because of the way the pencil holder is situated you sacrifice page width; the Ruled notebooks have cream paper and matching elastic band and ribbon; the Contrast Ruled notebooks have cream paper and an interesting contrasting horizontal elastic band and ribbon. All of the notebooks have ribbon markers and most (except the A8 size) have expandable pockets in the back. The Platinum and Ruled notebooks also have elastic pen holders.

These notebooks are really nice and are very well made, however, the true test for a fountain pen user is, of course, the paper.



As you can see, this paper is not the best medium for fountain pens. As nice as these notebooks are, I would recommend that other writing instruments be used.

9 comments:

lynn said...

Thanks for the review. It looks nice.

mypenneedsink said...

Wow great score, thanks for the review. They look very nice but no fountain pen compatibility I will have to pass.

ginigin said...

Great review. That yellow one with the sideways band is cute. I think I'll try that band style for a homemade book. Too bad paper is such a bleeder.

Zoe, ontheroad said...

Just by coincidence, one of the Urban Sketchers mentioned he did his drawing(s) in a Monologue. Did you get any journals that seemed more a sketchbook than a writing journal? Really curious because the artist, Don, is a real source for Asian super art products.

Julie B said...

Hi Zoe

Unfortunately they did not provide a sample of their sketchbooks. I wish they had as I would love to try them myself.

You can find them here: http://www.grandluxe.com/notebooks-journals.html

Zoe, ontheroad said...

Pity, Julie. Perhaps they'd agree to send you a sketchbook or two to try out. And do you know Don's work?

Julie B said...

I have seen his work on Facebook.

Julie B said...

Hi Zoe - I contacted Monologue and they are supposed to send me some samples of their sketchbooks.

Zoe, ontheroad said...

Julie, glad to know. I'll look forward to your review.

Have a good holiday weekend. :)

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