The Scout Book is a cool notebook that gives you, the end user, the ability to create your own cover design, and select your own paper to make a very customized 3.5″ x 5″ pocket notebook. The nice folks from ScoutBook sent over a few of these notebooks for me to review and to give away to some of my readers.
As I mentioned, the notebooks are of the pocket-size variety, and measure 3.5″ x 5″ and come in a variety of pre-printed designs, some of which you see in the photos above. They also come with your standard selection of either blank, ruled, or grid/graph paper inside. The cool thing about these though is if you are not satisfied with some of their standard designs (see here) you can use your own artwork to create a custom cover. Now of course there is a minimum order of 50 for any custom design, but I think that is very reasonable. Because the notebooks are customizable they also make for great promotional tools for your business, school, event, or whatever else you can think of.
Some other nice features about these notebooks are that they are made from 100% recycled paper and use soy-based inks, so they are pretty environmentally friendly as well. On the composition style notebooks the back cover has a spot to write your name, email address, and a start/end date, while the front cover has space for a title.
You can see that the notebooks are stapled in the center, and the above photo shows the graph and ruled paper, the lines on each are a light gray. In doing my writing tests with these notebooks I was impressed with their versatility. All of the pens I tried including Sharpie Pens, Gel Ink Pens, Ball point pens, and my F and EF fountain pens worked well. I did try a fountain pen with a medium nib, and that is the point at which I started to get some show through on the other side of the page. While it wasnt bad, even a small amount for me can be bothersome, but I was thrilled that I could use my F and EF nibs with no apparent problems.
I am definitely considering picking up some of these for a project that I have in mind, I just have to sort out the details because for the most part if you do a custom design, you can only print one color on the cover, and then for multiple colors they mention a “custom quote” so that might get a little scary for my small budget, we shall see though.
Now for the good stuff, like I said, the nice folks from Scout Books supplied some of the composition style notebooks for a giveaway. There will be 3 winners, and each winner will get 3 of the composition style scout books of the same color. Color choice will be first come first serve for the winners. To enter, you need to do the following:
-Leave ONE COMMENT and answer the following 3 questions:
1. What would be your ideal color be for the composition style notebook? Pick black, red, blue, or any other color that you like best, and let us know why.
2. If you won, who would you share your scout books with and why?
3. What will you use your scout book for?
-Three winners will be selected, THE MOST CREATIVE/INTERESTING 3 entries will be the winners. Decision of the judge (most likely just me) is final.
-You will have until Wed. April 14th at 11:59 PM Eastern to leave your entry. Winners will be announced at 11AM Eastern on April 15th, and winners will have one week to claim their prize.
-First to respond to the winning announcement gets their selection of color.
-I will ship prizes internationally.