Hey Planning Mashers!

This year Archer and Olive released a whole new amazing product – Kraft Paper notebook! So today we are going to walk through this journal and share some inspirations to get you started.

Archer & Olive Kraft Paper Notebook Review and Inspirations | Masha Plans

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Archer and Olive are probably my favorite company EVER. I’m not kidding! Not only are their products top-notch, they’re also so thoughtful and incredibly supportive.

I’m lucky to be a part of their design team and the moment they realized I was in trouble with the quarantine, their first question was – how can we help. 

And honestly, they’re the ones that helped me to stay sane when all hell broke loose by sending me care packages and some supplies to keep me creating instead of freaking out.

Apart from their amazing business ethics, they also create some of the best notebooks for Bullet Journaling. You can check my reviews of their A5 notebooks, Blackout Book, and the Watercolor notebook.

Today we are talking about another awesome notebook Bonnie released this year – a Kraft Paper Journal.

If you’re thinking of adding it to your collection, here is all you need to know, including a pen test and inspirations of kraft paper journal pages.

Oh and if you ever decide to get an Archer and Olive notebook be sure to use code MASHA10 to get 10% off your order!

General Characteristics

First, let’s walk through some general details on what you’ll be getting if you buy yourself the kraft journal.

Archer and Olive notebook cover | Masha Plans

The journal comes in the cutest branded box, which keeps it safe during transportation. The box is usually covered in a plastic cover with a picture of the notebook inside.

Archer and Olive Kraft paper notebook review | Masha Plans

The notebook comes with a little belt that gives you all the basic details in your notebook.

General characteristics:

  • 160 GSM paper
  • 160 Dot Grid pages
  • Pen loop
  • Back pocket
  • Ribbon
  • Just like with all the other Archer and Olive notebooks, it starts with a little “this notebook belongs to” page and then it goes straight to dotted pages.

There are no pre-made pages and the pages aren’t numbered.

Also, note how one of the bookmarks has this cute little Archer and Olive logo. This is a signature to all the new Archer and Olive notebooks and I find it extremely adorable! 

Plus that way, you always know what ribbon means what, I’d probably use the logo ribbon for the current weekly section.

Pen Test

The first thing I always advise you to do with a new notebook or a new pen is to create a pen test page.

First of all, this will allow you to check if there are any issues with the paper, and if your pen is ok to use in the journal.

Secondly – it will be a good reference point to seeing how the color would look on the paper. This is true for normal notebooks since the paper isn’t always pure white.

But it’s double necessary for notebooks with another type of paper, like the Blackout Book or the Kraft Paper notebook we are talking about here since you don’t really know how the paper color will influence your pen colors.

So of course while I’m reviewing the Kraft Paper journal I had to do a pen test. These are all the pens I have with me right now, it should give you a good idea of what works on these pages.

Archer and Olive kraft paper notebook pen test | Masha Plans

First of all – light colors don’t really work that well, they are barely seen. Secondly – everything becomes a little bit brown.

Well, duuuuh, the pages are brown!

That means that green, yellow, orange look the best on these pages! I think maybe now it also a good time to share with you some of the pens I tried in this journal.

Tombow 56186 Dual Brush Pen Art Markers, Muted, 10-Pack. Blendable, Brush and Fine Tip Markers
  • Ideal for fine art, illustrations, doodling, journaling, hand lettering and more
  • Versatile and flexible nylon fiber brush tip, creates medium or bold strokes by changing brush pressure
  • The water based ink is blendable, odorless and non-bleeding
Tombow Twintone Dual-tip Markers (Set of 12) - Rainbow colours
  • Dual-tip colour marker
  • Extra fine tip (0.3mm) for precise writing
  • Bullet tip (0.8mm) for bold lines
Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight Pen Set, 1 mm Bold Tip, Assorted Colors, Pack of 10
  • CREATE SOMETHING SPECIAL: Unlimited possibilities for creative fun with innovative ink styles and colors
  • CREAMY, OPAQUE GEL INK: The opaque ink flows brightly and smoothly on both dark and light papers
  • NO BLEED THROUGH: No bleeding through most papers; ideal for writing or drawing in journals
Zebra MILD LINER, Double Sided Highlighter, Refined Color, 5 Set (WKT7-5C-RC)
  • This set contains 5 colors: Mild Brown, Mild Vermilion, Mild Gold, Mild Magenta, and Mild Smoke Blue.
  • The highlighter is double-sided with a broad and fine tip.
  • The Mildliner highlighter features a unique color that shows up softly on paper.

How To Use Kraft Paper Journal

Ok I know I have a problem and I just can’t walk past a pretty journal. So I have to get creative with what I actually do with all the beauties.

I thought I’d share a few with you, in case you’re looking for a good excuse to get yourself the Kraft Paper journal.

  • Use it as your Bullet Journal

Of course, my first idea for a new notebook is to use it as a Bullet Journal. Kraft paper pages can invigorate your love for BuJo since you can get so creative with them and make your pages look very different from your usual journal.

It might be just the splash of inspiration you need to fall in love with Bullet Journaling.

  • Use it as a memory journal

I love creating memory pages in my Bullet Journal, and looking back at them is always a lot of fun. So why not use a new journal for memory keeping.

Memories Page oin my kraft paper journal | Masha Plans

  • Use as a creative journal

Kraft paper is not something you’d use every day so it’s something that can spark your creativity. Try using the journal to create quote pages, doodling pages, or generally express your creative side.

Quote Page In My Kraft Paper Journal | Masha Plans

  • Use it to be creative in your Bullet Journal

It might be not exactly a reason to buy a whole new journal, but maybe a cool extra thing to do with your journal.

Use the dotted craft paper to decorate your usual Bullet Journal. Use it like a kraft paper sticker or maybe just to divide your page into parts.

Memories Page oin my kraft paper journal | Masha Plans

Kraft Paper Bullet Journal Inspirations

Of course, I’ve looked into what other amazing artists are doing with their Kraft Paper journals, so here are a few inspirations for you!

Kraft Paper Notebook Inspirations | Masha Plans

Kraft Paper Journal s[pread by @h_e_doodles | Masha Plans

Credit: @h_e_doodles

Kraft Paper Journal Spread by @h_e_doodles | Masha Plans

Credit: @h_e_doodles

Are you planning to get this journal or already got it? What’s your idea of how to use it?

Remember to use code MASHA10 on checkout to get 10% off your order if you decide to buy one.

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Archer & Olive Kraft Paper Notebook Review and Inspirations | Masha Plans

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