REVIEW: Midori’s Ruled Insert and Sketch Insert

So, just a quick review of Midori’s Traveler’s Notebook inserts (ruled paper and sketch paper). You may have used apps like Scrivener, Writeroom and Backdrop. One of the reasons we like these apps so much is because they offer the option of “blocking out all distractions from the background” as you type on your computer (usually doing this by hiding everything but the page you are working on). Working on a distraction free space is important to us. Midori has gone the lengths to provide a similar, “distraction free” analog experience. Look how the paper quality “hides” (eliminates) most bleed through from everyday writing “inks”. (CLICK THE IMAGES TO SEE LARGER VERSIONS)

For a long time, we had considered what kind of paper is high quality writing paper. The writing paper of a diary, notebook and schedule book is important material for people to write down personal memories, ideas and plans. MD  Paper was born in 1960 as an original writing paper made in Japan, which offered a comfortable writing experience through its ink resistance and anti-transparency. Only paper that passes our quality standard is used for diaries, notebooks and schedule books as MD Paper. Enjoy the comfortable writing feel of MD Paper.
Toshi Manako

Firstly, a Zebra pen (not the best ink flow) on the ruled insert. The ghosting is, thankfully, very ghost-like (i.e., not annoyingly present).

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Next, a micron pen on Midori’s sketch insert. Again, we are impressed that the ghosts have been busted (eliminated). As a picky artist…I am really thankful to Midori for this great paper. It makes we want to try watercolors! Screen Shot 2013-02-12 at 2.05.33 PM

Now for some pencil on the sketch paper. Obviously no “show through”. BUT, up next…the dreaded Sharpie marker!Screen Shot 2013-02-12 at 2.02.40 PM

We all know how quickly a Sharpie can ruin a project. BUT, even a Sharpie has to linger longer than a quick line to leave it’s ghost to haunt us. The only significant bleed through here for the Sharpie (on the sketch paper) is where I shaded or lingered. 
Screen Shot 2013-02-12 at 2.07.11 PMAll in all, I am really satisfied with Midori’s paper. Some people would choose to DIY their inserts and if you go that rout (though fun it be) I don’t think you’ll enjoy the quality writing and sketch experience that Midori offers. I think that $7.00 isn’t too pricy for the sketch paper and for 5-6$ the ruled paper won’t disappoint either.

Traveler! Purchase your paper and go live!

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