Review: Grandluxe Monologue Notebook


I love getting stuff as much as I love giving away stuff, so you are entitled to a treat today! Some time ago, Grandluxe Singapore has sent me 4 Monologue notebooks to review. FOUR! There is an A6-sized black sketchbook and 3 A5-sized notebooks.

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In my opinion, there are no other colours as beautiful as this combination of gold, red, and pink. Well-chosen, Grandluxe!

On the notebooks there is a sleeve cover surrounding the cover pages with the Monologue brand on it, and at the back there is a description of each notebook. Here are the descriptions:

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Monologue Basics (Hardcover sketch book, A6) – that’s the black one
Italian heavyweight 140gsm Acid Free Drawing Paper. Section sewn, lies flat.
Paper size: 148 x 198 mm.

This paper has a rough surface suitable for drawing with the following techniques: Charcoal – Chalk – Graphite – Pencil – Pastel – Oil Pastel – Wax Crayon – Red Chalk – Acrylic – Collage – Oil – Marker – Spray – Tempera.

There are 128 pages of delightful sketch paper in this little notebook for you to do all your artistic masterpieces!

Monologue Contrast Ruled Notebook – the red one
A5 / 96L / 80gsm of cream acid-free paper
Ruled notes
Contrast coloured elastic closure (the closure is a contrasting black-coloured strap)
Expandable inner pocket

And even though the gold and pink notebooks look similar to the red one, they are different!

Monologue Ruled Notebook – that’s the pink one
A5 / 96L / 80gsm of cream acid-free paper
Ruled notes
Matching elastic closure & pen loop (all pink in colour!)
Expandable inner pocket

And last but not least, the golden coloured one:

Monologue Platinum
A5 / 96L / 80gsm of white acid-free paper
Ruled notes
Matching elastic closure & pen loop
Expandable inner pocket

Not to mention that the Platinum notebook comes in a leathery look and golden-coloured paper edges!

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The notebooks have an expandable pocket at the back for you to slip little namecards, postcards, whatever cards that need slipping into an expandable notebook pocket (credit cards?). This can be really convenient if you tend to be rushing all over the place like I do sometimes, and people slip you pieces of stuff that you tend to lose. Lose ’em no more with expandable pockets! I wonder if people put cash in there…

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I opened up the red contrast ruled notebook to try out. Red is the colour of passion, of stop signs, and of love. Before it gets a bit too cheesy, I’ll just explain that I chose red because it just jumps out at me on first sight, not very much unlike love at first sight. Gold may be a little too “wham-bam royalty” for me, while pink is really really girlish (okay, pink would have been my second colour choice of the three, but it just didn’t make it to the top choice).

80gsm weight of paper is really thin for me, but we will only know how it performs after putting it through the Pen on Paper Test. So, I carefully selected a representative posse of pens to subject the paper to:

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  • Lamy Joy AL Calligraphy pen
  • Noodler’s Creaper flex
  • TWSBI Diamond 530
  • ZIG Brushables Brush pen
  • Sista VIP Chinese Brush pen
  • Rotring Rollerball pen
  • Sakura Tiara Golden Gel pen
  • Stabilo Pen 68 Marker
  • Cheap ballpoint pen

I just realized everything looks blue and silver. Sorry for the lack of beautiful eye-candylicious pens…

Alright, subjecting the 80gsm paper to the Pen on Paper Test, I dared not get my hopes up too high. Here are the results:

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From the front…

From the back...

From the back…

Yikes, yikes, yikes! The ink bled through the paper for the fountain pens and the marker. As I said, it’s really thin paper, and the paper will probably have to be pretty amazing and expensive to be able to withstand fountain pen writing at just 80gsm weight.

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The verdict reads (for those who cannot understand my handwriting):

Because of the thin paper, the notebook can’t seem to withstand very inky stuff… such as calligraphy pens and markers. Nevertheless, you can still use “normal” rollerballs, ballpoints and (of course) pencils and it will do you just fine.

These notebooks are handy everyday notebooks, and you can use them at work, at home, anywhere. I reckon they will be thick enough to last me a decent amount of time before I deplete the pages, but not so thick that you can’t stuff it in a laptop bag. What’s more, the nice polyurethane-ish cover is smooth and does not have strange drawings on it. I have already started using the red notebook to scribble down notes of my website grand plans…

20141003_100252 copyHurray, hurray! Now for the giveaway! All you need to do is to visit and have a browse around the products there, then let me know which one is your favourite product. Leave a comment on this blog post with your choice and you already get 5 chances of winning a notebook.

In addition to the blog post comment, there are additional means of winning such as following me on Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus, tweeting about the giveaway, and so on (1 point each).

The winning entry will be drawn after the contest closes at the end of the month, and the winner will be contacted to claim the prize. So basically, you’ll be able to make a choice between the Monologue Platinum (gold-coloured) or Monologue Ruled Notebook (pink-coloured). Don’t you love options!

This giveaway is open to everyone, wherever you live (as long as postal mail reaches you, you are eligible for entry).

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34 Responses

  1. jeff. 14 November 2014 / 8:36 AM

    Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. The email must have got sucked into a gmail black hole. Never got it.
    (If there’s still a choice, I’d like the gold journal.)
    — Thanks for doing the giveaway.

  2. haldundemirelhaldun 21 October 2014 / 8:00 PM

    Luxor is my favorite product is especially useful stylish and very nice to have

  3. Angela Watson 17 October 2014 / 9:02 AM

    These are fab”boo”lous! I have say I’d likely NOT groove on the pink one, though.

  4. Elizabeth Murq 16 October 2014 / 8:25 AM

    I would love the monologue jotter!

  5. markus 15 October 2014 / 7:43 PM

    the monolette note book looks pretty neat

  6. Epichartou 15 October 2014 / 6:01 AM

    The Monologue Jotter

  7. Güngör 15 October 2014 / 2:12 AM

    These are gorgeous, thanks for the review and this awesome giveaway! The Pink Monologue is beautiful!! =)

  8. K Brown 15 October 2014 / 12:30 AM

    I think the Ideology Exercise journals would be great for mapping out longer writing exercises, figuring out novel plots.

  9. Hank 14 October 2014 / 7:32 PM

    I really like that gold notebook; it makes me feel nostalgic for my college days.

  10. Berty Krinkle 14 October 2014 / 8:08 AM

    These are cute. The girl in me wants pink, the retro wants red, the fab wants gold! So hard to choose!

  11. AJ 14 October 2014 / 7:07 AM

    I like their Monologue Jotters.

  12. chewytulip 14 October 2014 / 3:29 AM

    The acronym notebooks are pretty funny, I always enjoy a nod to the digital world in my paper products. Or else I just love yellow notebooks…

  13. Dan Goldman 14 October 2014 / 3:16 AM

    Monologue ruled A6 notebooks are the best!

  14. gwen 14 October 2014 / 3:05 AM

    A lot of nice products there. I really like the Acronym notebook. Lots of pages and nice colours.

  15. rdcalhoon 14 October 2014 / 1:45 AM

    I am partial to the linen A6 notebooks, but if I win here I’ll go for the gold.
    Thanks for the chance.

  16. Paloma 14 October 2014 / 12:59 AM

    Nice notebooks!

  17. Derek K 14 October 2014 / 12:52 AM

    I love a good notebook!

  18. Tim G 14 October 2014 / 12:19 AM

    Fingers crossed. Thanks.

  19. karins28 14 October 2014 / 12:07 AM

    I love their Monologue Bloc Pad.

    rafflecopter Karin S

  20. Angel 13 October 2014 / 11:12 PM

    I liked the look of the Journey notes. Longer size caught my eye.

  21. Mary ann G 13 October 2014 / 10:43 PM

    I really like the A5 pad. Gives you something easy to take to meetings.

  22. Jen. 13 October 2014 / 8:49 PM

    love them! Thanks for the chance!

  23. jenniesisler 13 October 2014 / 8:31 PM

    I love the ideology notebooks for some reason. I journal and like the idea of a notebook that lies flat when you write

  24. Kysha Jennings Plante 13 October 2014 / 9:11 AM

    the Dialogue Too Notebooks are too cute. I have several Monologue products and I love them.

  25. Sharon A. 13 October 2014 / 5:06 AM

    I like the Monologue Bloc Pad.

  26. Thomas Tan 12 October 2014 / 9:53 AM

    I think they carry some with 100gsm paper too. Linen Notebook perhaps u could get some and give us a review?

  27. Klein Phua 12 October 2014 / 9:45 AM

    I would think their 365 diary is nice and presentable.
    I love their design of their normal notebooks.

  28. Eleen 12 October 2014 / 9:06 AM

    NIce review 🙂

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