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Revolver Bound Notebooks came in the mail today.

last of their kind

I fell in love with these notebooks years ago, when I witnessed their incredible mechanic on YouTube: the ability to turn inside out!

I daydreamed about purchasing one with custom pages to keep track of life totals for Magic the Gathering. I’d roll in to Friday Night Magic, and bust out my Revolver! It would be perfect!

Alas, last last Monday, I discovered Revolver Bound Notebooks were discounted.

Frantic, I started calling up all the major vendors like Uncommon Goods. No one had any in-stock.

Out of desperation, I started emailing bloggers who’d once reviewed Revolver Bound Notebooks to see if I could purchase theirs. I also emailed any store that once carried these notebooks from Revolver Bound Notebook’s decaying Facebook page.

As luck would have it, Bookin’ It, a small bookstore in Minnesota had one last copy. As did Cynthia from JournalingArts. I quickly snatched the two up.

These may be the last two available, ever!

I’m not sure why these ridiculously awesome notebooks were discounted, but I was ridiculously lucky to get my hands on two.

They’re probably going to my most treasured notebooks.

 

 

Unfortunately, Lost Crates is on a long indeterminate hiatus. They sent me their last Petite Stationery crate at the beginning of October. It was their best one yet.

paperback writer
This small, brown notebook is perfect for jotting down notes. It’s super handy, on par with French Shirt Notebook by Pocket Dept from April.

Paperback Notebook

Action Cahier by Action Method
The Action Cahier is an oddball. Its no-nonsense black cover conceals the colorful pages inside. On one side of the page is a matrix of dots; the other, beige and teal stripes. I’m not sure how to work the Action Cahier yet, but I’m sure it’ll help me become more productive.
Action Cahier
French Paper Notebook
Small with gorgeous patterned covers, these notebooks are the reason why I became interested in stationery. They’re so perfect for everything. I have to think hard to fill them with appropriately awesome things.
French Paper Notebook
Lost Crates provided such wonderful surprises over the past year. Through them I became acquainted with so many quaint companies. I am a little sad to see them go, and hope they will come back one day.

Full of quaint charm, my July Lost Crate came in a paper-bag-brown cardboard box embellished with a smudged Air Mail stamp.

In contained some super nifty goods:

Carnet by Banditapple
Sized like a tall address book, my Carnet, upon opening, gave came this wonderful paper aroma, dying for the press of a inky pen. Cute golden frogs smiled from the cover, beckoning for some silly adventure to grace its lined pages.
carnet
I can’t wait to fill it once I get some inky pens and silly adventure.

0.25km Notebook by Couple D’Idees
I loved this notebook’s idea of looking back, after a bout of writer’s inspiration, and seeing words stringing a distance of quarter kilometer. With a sunny yellow cover, and healthily spaced lines, my 0.25km Notebook is quite the candidate for my next fun with words.

0.25km

QWERTY pencils by Wild and Wolf
These QUERTY pencils were my favorite! The cardboard tube case was beautifully embellished with typewriter imagery, complete with a typewriter key for a lid. The pencils themselves, had the words “All work no play makes Jack a dull boy” pressed into their side. Love!
QWERTY
My July Lost Crate was awesome. I was pleasantly surprised that they changed the packaging from Aprils’. It really enhanced the experience. If Lost Crates keep up their delectable stationary picks, they’d be selling out all the time like they did this month.

I can’t wait for my next Lost Crate!

Lost Crates is definitely an adventure! Tossed about the seas of designery goodness, Lost Crates deliver a small box of curated goods to your doorsteps.
Lost Crates
The crates come in many different flavors, one of which is stationery.

I love stationery! I love mail, and I certainly love surprises.
Why didn’t I jump on this in the first place? Oh right, the price.

Shelling out $38 every month for stationery is a bit much.
Fortunately, last week, they announced their Petite Stationery box for half the price!

I seized the opportunity. I’m not a pen-and-paper writer, so I signed up for the quarterly subscription. I’ll surely forget about it months from now, and doubly surprise myself.

Today, my first Lost Crate came in the mail.

Initially, I was a bit disappointed. From the reviews I’ve seen, the goods came in a
box, which played into the mystique of the Lost Crates. Sadly, my Petite Stationery came in a far less charming padded envelope.
envelope
Tearing into the envelope revealed April’s offerings: a seven-year pen, a small notebook, and a packet of wine-themed letterpress tags. I must confess, I spoiled my surprise by peaking inside the crate on the website. However, what I received is very different from what I imagined.

I got the following:

French Shirt Notebook by Pocket Dept.
It’s featured a sturdy cover and unlined pages. It was surprising tiny, yet surprisingly useful. I don’t fancy unlined pages, but having something small and portable to jot notes in is very pleasant. I’ve come to like this pocket pal.
Dept De Poche
Seven Year Pen – Ciao by Seltzer Goods
I like my pens rollerball tipped with nice grippy sides. This pen was definitely not my usual.
Ciao had a novel twist mechanism, and wrote pretty smoothly.
Unfortunately, it was a little too thick for my tiny hands to grip comfortably.
Though, I did love the concept of reducing the number of discarded pens.
Very eco-friendly!
Ciao
Wine Tags by OrangeBeautiful
When I saw this online, I thought to myself, “What am I going to do with wine tags?”
I didn’t have a collection of Merlot aging on some shelf.
However, when my crate arrived, these tags became my favorite of this bunch!
They were tiny, greeting cards, exquisitely pressed on beautiful paper.
I liked them a lot!
Wine Tags
Surprise would be a good one-word summary to my first Lost Crate experience. Even though I’m not head-over-heels with the products (except the wine tags), I’m glad I discovered unbeknown brands. I’m looking forward to my next Lost Crate, and no peaking this time.