UPDATED: Comparing Paper Choices

When planning your perfect journal, you need to select the perfect paper!

We offer a variety of luxurious papers designed for writing, sketching, planning, painting, and more.  We’ve broken down our different paper types here to help you choose the right one for your journalling style.


140gsm Standard Paper

An excellent quality all-purpose paper suitable for writing, drawing, fountain pens, and mixed-media journalling.  It is soft white in colour and uncoated with a very light tooth. This is our most popular choice, offering the least amount of show-through from front to back and still a good number of pages.  If you have purchased from us in the past, this is likely the paper you are used to from us.

120gsm Extra Smooth

Our newest paper option! This beautiful extra smooth paper is ideal for juicy fountain pens and brush lettering without wearing on your nibs.  With 20% cotton blended in, the surface is buttery smooth but uncoated so there is no unpleasant slickness or long drying times.  Page counts are the same as our 140gsm standard paper, but the finished books and inserts are a little thinner due to the lighter weight.

100gsm Standard Paper

The same quality and surface as our 140gsm standard paper in a thinner package!  This lighter-weight option offers the maximum number of pages per journal while still boasting minimal show-through with most inks. If you want the maximum number of pages we can pack into a book and you don’t mind a little more show-through then this is the paper for you!

All of our writing papers are available in a variety of patterns:

  • Blank
  • Ruled (Fine 5mm or Wide 6.5mm)
  • Dot Grid (Micro 3.5mm, Standard 5mm or Large 7mm)
  • Full Grid (Micro 3.5mm, Standard 5mm or Large 7mm)
  • Isometric (Dot or Full Grid)
  • French Grid
  • Calligraphy Practice (5mm or 7mm Baseline)
(Click on the image to take a closer look!)



140gsm Cartridge Paper

Our popular cartridge paper is also an excellent choice for artists!  The surface is uncoated so it grabs dry media without loosing depth, but the paper has also been internally sized for wet strength so watercolours and other paints also perform beautifully.

225gsm Watercolour Paper

A superb acid-free paper suitable for watercolour and other wet-media.  Our watercolour paper has a NOT finish (slightly rough) and is a mid-white shade.  It holds without fraying even through repeated layering and scrubbing.

“Junk” Journal

A fun mix of our 225gsm watercolour paper and your choice of our 100, 120, or 140gsm cartridge paper printed with a random mix of dot grid, full grid, and ruled patterns.

Finally, all of our papers (standard and watercolour) are acid- and chlorine- free to ensure the longest possible lifetime for your precious work.

Still not sure? Try our sampler paper pack!

Happy Planning!

Fran + Ian

6 thoughts on “UPDATED: Comparing Paper Choices

  1. Denise says:

    Hi there, the drop down menu selections dont have many of these paper choices. How do I order fine ruled and tiny grid inserts?

  2. Mackenzie says:

    I’m curious how much difference there is between the number of pages for the 100 gsm over the 140 gsm? Roughly how many pages does each have?

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