During one of my recent Staples trips, I purchased a pack of ruled journals from Markings by C. R. Gibson. I had never seen them before so while I have what seems like hundreds of journals, I couldn’t resist buying them. They are priced at $6.99 for three journals. Each journal contains 80 acid free, perforated pages and a storage pocket. There are 27 lines per page and the journals measure approximately 5.5’’ by 8.5’’. The lines are made of soy ink and are actually small dots placed side by side. The outside cover feels like a cross between vinyl and paper. The inside cover has a glossy sheen.
The journals remind me of the Ecosystem ruled essay books, which retail for $10.95, currently $7.88 on the Barnes & Noble website. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ecosystem-ruled-set-of-three-essay-books-ecosystem/1026427396?ean=9781607361442&itm=3&usri=ecosystem%2bessay%2bbook. The Ecosystem journals have 60 perforated pages with 32 lines per page.
The paper is relatively smooth. The pen test showed some bleed through for permanent makers and fountain pens and light shadowing for a few of the gel pens. Overall, it’s a decent and economical journal best suited for use with a ball point pen or a gel pen with a fine point nib.