If you’ve been using a Bullet Journal for a little while, you’ve probably heard about the famous Archer and Olive notebooks! Here’s my review of the Archer and Olive Dot Grid Notebook!
These notebooks are famous for their beautiful covers and their super thick paper! I’m not a professional stationery critic by any mean, but I’ve purchased my first A&O notebook a few weeks ago and I thought I’d share my impressions! This could be useful to you if you’ve been eyeing these pretty notebooks for a while or if you’ve just heard of them too!
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If you’ve read My 2021 Bullet Journal setup post, you know I chose to get an Archer and Olive Dot Grid Notebook for my 2021 Bullet Journal. This will be about the features of the notebook and what my impressions are after using it for a few weeks!
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Without further ado, here’s my review for the Archer and Olive Dot Grid Notebook!
Why I decided to try an Archer and Olive notebook
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I was previously using a Leuchtturm1917 notebook for my Bullet Journal. In fact, I’ve ONLY ever used LT1917 notebooks ever since I started Bullet Journaling.
There are many reasons why, but the most important one was that I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed when picking my next Bullet Journal.
For 2021, I decided to risk it and try a different brand of notebook. I say risk it, because, let’s face it, the A&O notebooks are on the pricier side of stationery. I wanted to see if they’d be worth the splurge.
Features & Specs
Here’s the beautiful cover I picked for my A&O notebook: it’s called Forest Night.
Paper weight: 160 gsm
Cover: Hardcover, linen
Paper color: White
Dot grid spacing: 0.5 cm
Number of pages: 192
Other features: 2 bookmarks, pen loop, back pocket, elastic closure
Not included: numbered pages, Index pages
My thoughts on the A&O Dot Grid Notebook
What makes the Archer and Olive notebook stand out so much is the “paper weight” or thickness of the paper.
The measure for paper weight is gsm or g/m2 which stands for “Grams per Square Meter”. In short, the higher the gsm, the thicker the paper, and the better quality the paper. For reference, the paper you put in your printer at home is usually around 90-100 gsm. The Leuchtturm1917 notebook I’ve been using for the past 3 years has 90 gsm paper.
Honestly, I never really thought about the thickness of my Bullet Journal’s pages. But then again, I wasn’t using a lot of different mediums, mostly black felt tips pens and mildliners. Now, with the thicker pages, I’ve been using my Tombow Dual Brush pens a lot and I’m shook! There’s no ghosting, no bleeding, nothing!
Of course, with the thicker paper, it means a thicker notebook and less pages. My LT1917 notebooks had around 250 pages, while this A&O notebook has 192. And even though it has fewer pages, it’s SO much bulkier! Initially, I worried the larger size would bother me, but so far, it hasn’t.
In short, what I love:
- how the A&O pages are super white;
- the quality of the paper, aka the paper weight, or “page thickness”;
- the cute charm at the end of one bookmark;
- the beautiful cover I chose (there were so many to choose from!);
- and just being able to be so much more creative without worrying if the paper can take it!
What I like less:
- The pages aren’t numbered and there isn’t an index
I’ve never been a committed user of the Index so the fact that the pages aren’t numbered isn’t that big of a deal, really. BUT I still would have appreciated that detail: it would have been a nice extra touch.
Do I think the Archer and Olive Dot Grid Notebook is worth the hype and, let’s face it, the price tag?
Yes, most definitely!
I was SO excited when I used my black Tombow Dual brush pen to color in sections of the pages, and there was NOTHING showing for it on the next page. I couldn’t believe it! I immediately showed my boyfriend (he wasn’t as excited as me).
I DEFINITELY recommend these notebooks, if you can afford them, just to have the freedom to try new things without being too worried about the paper resistance. (Plus, I have a 10% off promo code you can use: MELANIE10)
That’s it! That was my review of the Archer and Olive Dot Grid Notebook!
All in all, I really like my new A&O notebook! I’m really happy I can have fun coloring in the pages and I don’t have to worry about skipping the next page. So far, I haven’t had any pen bleed or ghost through.
Now, I haven’t done a full out pen test on this notebook. I feel like these have been done plenty. I simply used pens and other supplies like I wanted to, and I haven’t had any problems with the paper.
If you want to get your own Archer and Olive Dot Grid Notebook, make sure to use my promo code MELANIE10 for 10% off your order! Visit their website here!
Next up, I want to try the Archer and Olive acrylograph pens! They seem so beautiful and everyone’s been raving about them.
Let me know in the comments below if you’d like me to review them as well!
Until next time!