Wednesday, April 23, 2014


I hope everyone had a happy Easter.  I was off to New York for a few days - had a great time. I wasn't blogging during my time away, but I was definitely posting over on Instagram.

Today, we're taking a look at Poppin Gel Pens. You may remember that just before Easter, I reviewed their Cahier Journal.

These gel pens are definitely pretty, pretty . . .

Average in size.

Some of the colors are pretty terrific . . .

Poppin, even.  (ha.)

But . . .

There are some issues . . .
- some of the pens have a terrible squeaky sound to them when they write - I've never heard this sound coming from a pen - crazy
- some of the pens just wouldn't write - even after lots of scribbling
- the grip isn't really a grip - it's more of a steep drop off and it hurts to hold for any length of time

Bottom Line:

Even though some of the colors are wonderful (look at the purple! the orange! that green!), these gel pens from Poppin are not keepers. I could probably live with the squeak and even with the terrible grip - but the flow issues?  No. That's a deal breaker.

The real shame is that this is the second Poppin product that caught my eye and then didn't live up to expectations. It's too bad because the items look great.

Third time's the charm? Stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


I've tried and tried and cannot get in touch with the winner of the above items.

I've chosen another at random and hope to hear back soon and get these prezzies off to their forever home!  ;)


If I don't hear back, I'll roll these items up into my next giveaway.

Monday, April 14, 2014


I was in Staples last week and there was a beautiful display of Poppin products. I'd never heard of this brand and decided to pick up a few items.

Today, I'm taking a closer look at the small notebook. Here are some specs for you . . .

  • 192 pages
  • 3.5" x 5.5"
  • Lined paper
  • Elastic band closure
  • Ribbon marker
  • Pocket in back
  • $6 at Staples
Let's take a closer look . . . 

As advertised, the cover is soft. It's vinyl. It's stinky. Not a good start, I'm afraid. Almost reminds me of my gran's tablecloth from the 70s. (Yes, I'm old.)

This was a bit of a surprise - a happy surprise for me, but I imagine it wouldn't be so happy for everyone - the paper isn't simply lined as indicated on the outside labeling - it's set up in a bit of a journal entry / checklist style. I'm loving this . . . 

And..surprise!...there's a thin ribbon marker. (The book doesn't lay flat - it's being held open so I could get the picture.)

A not-so-good picture, but it does have a pocket in the back - much like Moleskin.

But the important question - how is the paper? The book is quite thin for 192 pages, but the paper feels silky smooth. Cautiously optimistic is how I was feeling.

(Oh..the paper is bright white - these last few pictures were taken later in the day and I'm not a photographer.)

Not bad!  Very little feathering. 

Lots and lots of show-through / ghosting. I personally have an issue with that, but know that many people don't mind some show-through.

Final Thoughts
At just six bucks, there are some pretty sweet things about this notebook. Features like the pocket, elastic band, and ribbon marker make the product seem like a quality item. However, all of that is discounted by the super tacky and stinky vinyl cover. 

I have a zillion notebooks and can't imagine that this one will work its way to the front of the line anytime soon.

Have you tried any of the Poppin items? With Moleskin paper being criticized so much lately, have you found a suitable replacement?

Friday, April 4, 2014


Hope you all have had a good week.  Here's what I've been reading over the last couple of weeks . . .

Ed Jelley checked out Field Notes Shelterwood - I don't have mine yet.

Good Pens reviewed Ohto Graphic Liner - I think I want one, or two, no more than five.

The Well-Appointed Desk gave us a closer look at J Herbin Rose Cyclamen. Do you like it?

Do you want one of these? Or two? No more than five? I'm undecided. Maybe the red?

Jotters from My Supply Room make me swoon!

People seem to love the FriXion Gel Pens. No Pen Intended is among those people. Maybe I'll give them a try.

Fountain Pen Quest reviewed an Esterbrook. I have mixed feelings about Esties - more on that another day.

Guerrilla artists in Ohio are coooool.

Will you be getting any (all?) of the Pilot Metallic Vanishing Point Fountain Pens? I like the blue - and maybe the green - purple is always a hit around here, too.

Oh yeah, and last but not least, I ordered one of these. BOOM!