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A Review of the Dodo Acad-Pad

Dodo Acad-Pad

I’d been looking for a diary that showed the whole month on one page, as my last diary had been like this, and I’d found it enormously helpful to plan things a month at a time.  Unable to find something that fit the brief, I opted for a week-to-view planner instead.  I may not be in education anymore, but my home and work life still march to the school drum, so the Dodo Acad-Pad seemed like a good fit for me.

Dodo Acad-Pad

The photo shows an example of a typical week page.  I found a Morning/Afternoon/Evening layout didn’t suit my needs, so I split mine into Work, Social, Fitness, Blog and Money – the five most important things in my life!  Retrospectively, I would have renamed Blog, calling it Creative instead, so that it could include my other creative pursuits outside of blogging.

Dodo Acad-Pad

I know the spirit of the Dodo brand is to heavily decorate the pages of its products, but I would actually have preferred a slightly more clean, simple design for some of the pages – sometimes the illustrations were just more obstructive than funny or novel.  I also wish the boxes were just a little bigger too, as my handwriting is quite large, and it was easy to fill a box with just one event or memo.  Fortunately each week is displayed as a double-page spread, offering a space for those notes on the opposite page to the grid.  This has been useful for writing down reference numbers for orders, or monthly blog stats.

Overall, the Dodo Acad-Pad perfectly fits my needs for this year, and it’s pretty likely that I’ll be buying another one mid-year in 2018.

What diary have you been using this year?

Emma

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November 12, 2017
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Papergang March Unboxing

I appreciate the April box is looming, but I thought I would quickly share my first experience of Papergang by showing what arrived last month (and hey, at least there’s no spoilers).

The Papergang box is a monthly stationery subscription box full of goodies by Ohh Deer.  As a bit of a stationery addict, it really appealed to me, but also it is U.K. based, which means I don’t have to pay £5000 for delivery.  The cost of the box is £9.95, plus £1.95 for delivery.

I was really excited when the box arrived – top marks for creative packaging!  The items were wrapped up in an abundance of blue tissue paper (which I’ll certainly be reusing for gift wrap) and everything had seemingly survived the journey unscathed.

The box contained half a dozen items, including a pencil, a card, calendar postcards for May and April (see photo below) and three notebooks.  Three.  They’re three very lovely notebooks, but I do think it would have made more sense to swap out one for a different kind of item, like stickers (everybody loves stickers).

So, despite the pretty colour scheme and packaging, I was a little underwhelmed by my first Papergang experience.  When you compare it to previous boxes, like January’s box, I feel the items on offer were quite weak, but they do go nicely together as a collection, and I’ve found a purpose for everything that I received.

January’s Papergang Box – arguably much, much better! (Photo Source: https://papergang.ohhdeer.com/)

Annoyingly, I got caught out again by the auto-renewal system (will I never learn?!) but actually I’m quite happy to have another box on the way.  I can’t say I’d want a delivery every month, as I physically don’t have room for any more notebooks, but I think I will treat myself to one every now and again.

You can see what I got in April’s Papergang box here.

Emma

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April 20, 2017
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