Opinions / recommendation; and a cute idea for students
I am interested in the grade school composition journal below for a birthday favor for DD2's B-day:
Mead Primary Journal Creative Story Tablet
They are $1.60 each at Shoplet, with free shipping on orders of $45.00. I discovered it at a local store for teachers where it costs $5.00. I would like my 7 year old daughter to practice her writing over the summer. She chose this notebook since she likes the unlined area for drawing at the top of each page. I bought her one and then I got the bright idea to embellish it with Hello Kitty Duck tape and use it as a party favor for a childrens B-Day party.
I don’t want to spend $5.00 a pop for the composition books, plus the cost of Duck tape, especially the more expensive trade marked "character" Duck tape. I did find it on Ebay where the cheapest vendor is selling a bundle of 7 for $21.00 with free shipping (which comes out to appx'ly $3.00 each). I scoured the internet and found Shoplet, with the above listing. For the fun of it I went back to Ebay to see if I'd missed a listing from them there. It looks like they are the vendor with the $21.00 price for the 7 item bundle. The fact that it works out to cost appx'ly twice as much probably says a lot about Ebay fees.
I did find a no name Mead type, college ruled, marbled composition journal at the local dollar store --and yes, they are $1.00 each-- but I think I've already been spoiled by the whole idea of a child being able to draw a picture at the top of each page. Of course you could do that with the lines but it's not quite the same thing. Also, the special lines (with the red dashes subdividing the fat lines) should make it easier for new writers.
For anyone interested in trying this, I should tell you that the black and white marbling on the classic black and white marbled journal cover does show through the white Hello Kitty background so I may wind up using the yellow and white marbled ones. Even if the yellow shows through it will go a little bit better with the pink.
I wish I had more time (and money) to play with this. I'd love to experiment with a slip pocket on the front and perhaps a pencil holder.
BTW, for the craftier types that have a hard time finding projects for the boys in their life, this could make a cute item for them as well. You can get Spider Man or Sponge Bob Duck tape at Walmart for $6.00.
The trade marked character tape seems a little steep. You can only cover 4 journals front and back with one roll --which comes in 10 yards rather than the usual amount of 20 yards-- or 7 journals if you only do the spine and the front. However, you can cut the cost by alternating with a solid color which costs about $1.00 less and has twice the yardage.
I have taped up one generic journal so far and took a little bit of a gamble in laying the pieces of tape side by side rather than overlapping them and it was surprisingly easy. As long as you don't press the Duck tape down, and you maintain minimal "contact" while placing the tape, I found that you can gently peel it back up and re-position it if necessary. Although that might depend upon how glossy the cover is.
Returning to my inquiry, I'd really appreciate any info on Shoplet. If they are the same vendor they are rated well on Ebay but I did google the search terms "Shoplet" and "Complaints" and did find some issues but I bet you could find complaints on almost any online company. Maybe the question I should be asking is how much it matters if they accept Pay Pal.
One other question for those of you with kids, how horrible would it be if I made half with the Mead journals and the other half with the no name and made educated guesses regarding: 1) which kids might need the special ruled paper and 2) which kids would actually use it?