Clairefontaine Minuscule Notebooks Review and a Giveaway

Clairefontaine Minuscule Notebooks cover

The Covers of the Clairefontaine Minuscule Notebooks Hide Something

Normally I don’t like to review products that are not available in stores, so let me preface this review by saying that you shouldn’t head out to your local stationery store or start searching online for these, because you just wont find them anywhere.  You can however enter to win one of two for your own, and also bug (“bug,” get it?) your favorite stationery retailer to special order them from Exaclair.  When I saw the Clairefontaine Miniscule Notebooks at the National Stationery Show back in May of this year, I knew that many of you that visit this site would probably really like them and now that samples are available, I can finally share them with you here.

Clairefontaine miniscule notebook inside cover

Clairefontaine Minuscule Notebook Inside Cover

On the surface these 6 inch by 8.25 inch Clairefontaine Miniscule Notebooks look pretty cool with their durable black polypropylene covers, and the small square cutout that displays a cute and very vibrantly colored 3-D looking image, but they do have a little secret inside the cover once you open it up as you can see in the photo above.  Once you open up the black cover, you can see two larger and very cool pictures are revealed.  I particularly like the ladybug one because with the notebook closed, the ladybug appears to be on the backdrop of a nice bright cloudy sky, but when you open it up, the backdrop really ends up being a night sky with a big full moon.

Clairefontaine Miniscule Notebook Writing Sample

Clairefontaine Minuscule Notebook Writing Sample

Now don’t let the “cuteness” fool you, these Clairefontaine Miniscule Notebooks come with the same incredibly smooth writing bright white 90g paper you have seen me review before in this Clairefontaine wire bound notebook.  The writing sample done here was with a Lamy Studio EF Fountain Pen loaded with Private Reserve Ebony Green ink.  Personally I think this is absolutely one of the best choices of paper for any fountain pen or other ink for that matter.  There is almost zero show-through and no feathering at all.

Now for the good stuff, like I said before, you can’t just run out and buy this, so we are giving two away here at OfficeSupplyGeek.  The awesome folks at Exaclair who sent these two over to me recently told me that they have an extra one, and I will be giving up one of the ones that they sent over to review.  Each of you will have up to 3 chances to win, as follows:

1st – Leave a comment for your first entry.

2nd – Retweet the following on your twitter account:  “Enter to win a Clairefontaine notebook from @Exaclair and @OfficeSupplyGee #giveaway″ then come back and leave a second comment with a link to the status update with that tweet.  You can get the link to an individual Tweet by clicking the time-stamp right below the text of your tweet.

3rd – Become a fan of OfficeSupplyGeek on Facebook, or if you are already a fan, head on over to the fan page and click the “Like” button on this post.  Come back and leave a 3rd comment to let us know that you either became a fan, or have clicked the “Like” button for this post on the OfficeSupplyGeek Fan Page.

You will have until 11:59 PM Eastern on October 8th to leave your comments to get credit for all of your entries.  I will pick two winners and announce them on Sunday the 9th.  Each winner will have one week to claim their Clairefontaine Minuscule Notebooks.

©2015, Brian Greene. All rights reserved.


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    Speedmaster says:

    Nice contest, thanks!

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    sheila says:

    i am mostly a pen freak but notebooks are useful too!! actually just office supplies make me happy :)

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    David says:

    Excellent contest – have been a fan of the series for some time, and with a high-quality notebook… well!

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    Claire in Springfield says:

    What is that green blob with two beady black eyes supposed to represent?

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    David says:


    Claire: It’s a caterpillar.

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    Patrick says:

    These looks fun.

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    Ashley says:

    I’d love to win one of these!

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    Erin says:

    You had me at Clairefontaine. Please count me in!

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    ryan says:

    Yup. Me. Right here. That’d be me. Winning, you know? 😉

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    Pearl Mom says:

    Love it and I tweeted about it!/PearlMom/status/26362299855

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    Augustine says:

    Great contest. Here’s my comment in hopes of winning.

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    Pearl Mom says:

    I enjoyed the stationery show but must have missed this little beauty! Hopefully I can win won instead!

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    Kidincredible says:

    Notebook get!

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    Marco Ramirez says:

    Would love to win it!

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    Marco Ramirez says:

    Hit the “like” button on Facebook!

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    Alan P says:

    I’m becoming hooked on officesupplygeek. I tried the Sharpie liquid pencil last week after reading your review. My daughter (9) loves the pencil.

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    chris swan says:

    I love office supply geek. Love the notebook.

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    Lindsay says:

    These aren’t as “mini” as I’d like, but still pretty neat!

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    alberto says:

    Pretty neat covers.

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    JPU says:

    Thanks for the contest

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    Gabriel Novo says:

    Throwing my hat into the ring.

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    Arleigh says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Arleigh says:

    …and “liked” on facebook!

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    Taunya says:

    These notebooks are neat. I especially like the Ladybug one! Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Schofer says:

    Thanks much for the giveaway!

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    Chris says:

    Looks cool.

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    Eric says:

    These look really nice.

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    Andrew says:

    Why do so many people like pens and notebooks and other office supplies, and yet so many other people just don’t even comprehend the appeal?

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    Craig says:

    I’m feeling lucky

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    Patrick says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Alex says:

    This paper looks great. I hope that I win! Thanks.

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    Kristina says:

    Totally cute. I hope I win!

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    Alejandra says:

    they are so cute! :) thank you for the giveaway!

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    Alejandra says:

    I “liked” on facebook too.

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    katrina kidder says:

    Cute, too cute. And I will bug my local provider.


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    Eville Mike D says:

    Clairefontaine notebooks seem to be favored by most. I’d like to try one.

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    Garry says:

    Budget cuts at work, we have to buy our own office supplies and I like to try before I buy

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    Rosita says:

    Great giveaway! Count me in —

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    Patty says:

    Fingers crossed! I’d love to win.

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    Brett says:

    My fingers are crossed. It would be great to win one of these. I really like the ladybug one.

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    Tanya Riley says:

    I would love to win Thanks so much for the chance

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    Heather says:

    These notebooks look great (I especially like the one with the ladybug on the cover). I hope I’m lucky!

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    Matt says:

    I’m game! Thanks for the opportunity.

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    Stephanie S says:

    These look fun!

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    Marco Bona says:

    Good luck for all!!

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    Ginigin says:

    I will be bugging the local art store to carry these!! Thanks for egging on an addiction that needs little help.

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    Ginigin says:

    Ok, I’m already a fan and RSS feed follower, but now I’ve liked and punned.

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    Brent says:

    Free notebooks are always welcome.

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    PointSpecial says:

    I’ve been looking for a good, small notebook lately… hopefully I win!

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    Heather says:

    Love these notebooks!! I have a serious pen and notebook addiction…even if I don’t win, I will find these at a retailer and they will be mine.

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    Heather says:

    Love these! So would my daughters!! RT @OfficeSupplyGee Clairefontaine Miniscule Notebooks Review and a Giveaway
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    Heather says:

    became a fan on the FB page…also discovered exaclair through my new awareness of Clairefontaine….lovin’ your sites!

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    Lee says:

    Excellent review. Thanks for the contest entry.

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    David says:

    I would love to see what the hype is about. Maybe I can win my first Clairefontaine…maybe?

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    David says:

    and i clicked “like” (i think i was number 260 for what it’s worth) of the facebook site

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    Lisa says:

    Pencil me in! Thanks!

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    Emmeline says:

    Ooh, Clairefontaine! Can’t turn that down!

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    Emmeline says:

    I also liked on Facebook since I’m already a fan (:

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    Dominick says:

    Sign me up for this!

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    Lisa Vineyard says:

    So cute! Count me in!

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    Lisa Vineyard says:

    I clicked on “like” on Facebook, too!

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    Brigitte says:

    Forgive me for being a spelling grinch, but it’s “minuscule” (which means “really small”) not miniscule…

    @Brigitte – Thanks for pointing that out, I’ve made the corrections and mentally beat myself up appropriately over the mistake…always thankful to have people point out my mistakes, I make plenty of them and I’m just happy to know that anyone is actually paying attention. :)

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    carys says:

    i’d love to enter, thank you!

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    carys says:

    and i’ve just become a fb fan and clicked like on your post for this contest.

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    charles hadden says:

    thanks for the offer

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    Brian in Indy says:

    I could totally use a smaller Clairfontaine notebook.

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    Dani K. says:

    Oh man. I totally need a new Clairfontaine notebook!!!!

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    razide says:

    Minuscule is one of my favourite TV shows so its great to see the caterpillar getting the exposure he/she deserves.
    Nice choice of ink too.

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    Pensive says:

    Great idea! The only problem I have with Clairfontaine are some of the covers, so more options are great.

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    Gwynne says:

    These are adorable!

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    Gwynne says:

    Liked the post on FB, already a Fan!

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    Doug says:

    Would love to try them.

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    Arthur says:

    The more big media trumpet the ubiqitous blackberries and gadgets, the more people like us appreciate the quiet wonder of the notebook and the subtle script of a good pen!

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    Here’s my comment and I am already a fan and liked the post.

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    Sara says:

    my first entry will be a poem.
    okay i can’t think of a poem so i hope just saying “pick me” will suffice.

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    Sara says:

    i clicked the like button for this post and i meant it too 😉

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    wild violet says:

    I’ll bet that this would be great with my Sharpie pens.

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    wild violet says:

    I like it on facebook.

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    Marcus A. says:

    Very cool stuff. Thanks for the chance!

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    Holly says:

    Brilliant giveaway. Ta very much for the generosity.

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    Keith says:

    lets hope i win =)

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    Mary Z says: