Since I am giving away The Standard Memorandum by Word. Notebook, it would be nice for those who entered and those who are still looking for a new planner for the new year to know how it looks like inside. Instead of embedding individual pictures within the post, I post the pictures as a set on Flickr, hoping that will make the pictorial perusal and reading of the post easier.
Strictly speaking, The Standard Memorandum is not a planner, given its petit size (2.35″ x 5.25″). This notebook is meant to chronicle one’s year with a brief story for each day, so when one look back, all the tiny mosaic recorded each day put together whole year worth of story. There are 4 lines allocated for each day, so definitely for something extra memorable. Each memorandum comes with a muslin bag stamped with Word. Notebook’s logo.
The Standard Memorandum shares some common features that are found in other planners. An identification page that allows the owner for the book to input all types of personal information, from basic name, address, phone number, to one’s clothing and ring size. A small note section can be found toward the back of the notebook, immediately following the last entry of the year. A calendar of the year, as well as an index of holidays observed in the United States.
Do not judge these memorandum notebooks by their size; given the utilitarian approach adopted by Word. Notebooks for its other products, these little notebooks are packed with some neat features. A small ruler fashioned by the edge of the front cover can be found as soon as the notebook is open. I cannot tell you how many times I wish I have a ruler with me but not having one. There is also a section that allows the user to record important dates to remember within the year. At the edge of that section, you will find a list of abbreviations that come in handy to utilize these grids (e.g. B= birthday, T= travel, etc.), a feature very similar to the regular Word. Notebooks. Another feature that I personally found helpful is within the “planner” part of the notebook, there are indications of when does a holiday starts and ends (e.g. Hanukkah and Ramadan), which can come in handy for certain occupations. The petit size also indicates portability; the memorandum notebooks can be easily fit in anyone’s pocket. The durable card stock covers ensure that the memorandum books can withstand the time and all the roughing in the pockets.
The paper poundage for the Standard Memorandum is the same as the Word. Notebook that I have reviewed previously, thus I assume the paper would take gel or ballpoint pen better than fountain pen ink.
This memorandum is unique in its purpose that encourage users to think of something that is worth recording in each and every day, since the notebook is meant to be kept and possibly pass down to the future generations. The concept itself is intriguing and it would be interesting to try it out for the year and read it years later. It is also a great planner for those who are brief and concise.
This overview does not contain any actual writing test, since I would like the winner for the Memorandum set to have a pristine one to start off the new year. For a more comprehensive review, please head over to Inktronics’ review on the same item.
How do you like the idea of a memorandum notebook? If you are intrigued, head over to enter a drawing for a set of Word. Notebook plus a Memorandum here.