Back in October, Oprah Winfrey did a series of LifeClass webcasts. As part of that, she gave away a million LifeClass journals for free. (Unfortunately, I don’t think they are still available.
Production issues delayed the delivery of the journals and I just received mine today. I have to tell that I am impressed. It’s a nice little journal. And with articles in the news asking if hand-writing is a thing of the past, and whether it should be dropped from school curriculums, I want to thank Oprah for encouraging a million people to start journaling by hand.
The journal is 5 x 7 inches with an elastic band to hold it closed, a ribbon marker, and pocket in the back. It’s extremely light but well-made. The only flaw I saw with mine, was a bulge in the back by the pocket–I think something got under the paper before it was glued.
It isn’t large enough to disturb my writing, or noticeable enough to keep pulling my eye.
The cover is a rustic brown and the paper is ivory with gray-brown lines. It’s thin, but of decent quality. It has a nicely sewn binding. The thread is not visible, and the journal lies flat. Even when open at the center, the pages stay open without being held down.
I tried several different pens and had no bleed-through. There is some shadowing, but it wasn’t excessive. If you take care with the pen you choose, the shadowing should not be an issue. (The Diamine Chocolate Brown I have in my Lamy Safari was made for this journal. It’s a perfect complement for the color scheme!)