Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Prima Jet-Setter Traveler's Journal Review

The Prima Jet-Setter travelers journal is beautiful bonded leather cover that features a collage of watercolor flowers and letters.  The mixing of the two patterns on this cover make it visually appealing. It is the cover I like best for my portable art journaling projects.  I was really excited to finally get my new Prima Traveler's Journal in the mail.

The starter journal set that I purchased includes:

  • 1 cover
  • 4 elastic bands, 
  • 1 Journal Charm, and
  • 2 blank ivory colored paper insert notebooks

The charm is gold toned and has the Prima Marketing Travelers Journal imprinted on it.

The Jet-Setter travelers journal includes two non lined paper journal inserts.  One has a plain black cover and the other features the same mixed patterned style as the actual travelers journal. 

 The paper is a smooth ivory colored paper.  The travelers journal inserts are approximately 5.5"x8.7" (closed). that means you have a lot of space to work in when you lay it open and flat to journal in.  

The Prima travelers journal itself measures 10"x6.5" when folded.   The Prima Jet-Setter travelers journal starter journal kit sells for around $34.99 on Amazon. I was able to stuff it with four inserts and some stickers and it stretched to 2 inches and held up very well.

I am fairly certain that I could stuff it with six inserts and it would still close up nicely.

One of the things I really like about this journal is the pockets within the interior of this travelers notebook.  When you open it up flat there are eight business card sized pockets

and two larger dollar sized pockets in the front cover.

Now, since business card sizes can vary I should point out that I tried several sizes in there.  My standard business cards fit fine but my more artistic cards had to be cut down a little to fit into the card slots.

Also, because of the extra storage pockets included, the front cover is thicker than the back cover.  I measured it to be a little less than a 1/4 inch.

 The back cover has one really nice areas to hold stickers and post it notes.

Additionally, the new Prima Travelers Journal also includes a pen loop that is sized to hold a regular size single ink pen. I usually carry three pens, so I used the leather paper protector piece to hold the additional pens that I like to carry.

I did try to stick one of my 4 ink pens into it but it did not fit into the loop easily.  I do think that over time it will stretch enough to hold my 4 colored ink pen in it.  However, since this is a brand new journal, the faux leather has not had a chance to stretch out yet.

The only thing that disappointed me with this book is that the cover came with black stains on it.  I think that perhaps the plain black cover of the insert journal may have caused the stain in some way.

I did try to rub it off but it is stained.  However, I know I will fill it with stickers so it probably wont be noticeable. If you have a suggestion on how to remove the stain, please leave a comment below and share it with me.  At this point I am just not willing to return the book and have to wait even longer for a replacement.  I am going to cover the black insert with clear adhesive paper to keep it from doing any more damage to the travelers journal.

In case you are wondering about the actual paper in the inserts, I did decide to do an ink test just to see how the inks react onto the paper.

Below is a view of the back side of the paper so you can how opaque the paper is.

My pens worked great on the paper.  The ink just went on so smoothly.  Some of the inks did bleed through a little on the back side of the paper but over all it is pretty good. I don't mind the shadowing from the inks onto the back side of the page, since I tend to add ephemera to my pages anyway.

The Prima Marketing Company offers 11 different paper inserts that suit a variety of needs which include mixed media paper, monthly, daily, and even weekly inserts. The paper insert notebooks are pretty reasonably priced and can be purchased on Amazon and other online stores.

Also, for those who may not know it, Prima Marketing also offers some really cool cling stamps that are great for using in their new travelers notebooks.

Note: I do not work for Prima Marketing.  I paid for these products with my own money. The opinions and experiences I had with these products are my own and may vary from other individuals. 

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