Review of journal stamps from The Works

This is an honest review of a product I have purchased. The product was not given to me by the company nor have I been asked to write this.

journal stamp set

I was initially attracted to buy this product because of the cute habit tracker (bottom left of the packet).

Having just hand drawn some tiny squares in my journal, I thought a stamp would make the job easier. Well, it did, sort of! Back to that in a minute.

The set includes an ink stamp and an acrylic block which makes the price of Β£3.00 seem good value. Unfortunately when I went to use them, I was disappointed. The ink is ok, being a true black, but the ink pad isn’t deep enough so it is difficult for my clumsy fingers to grip. Straight away I got ink on my fingers. I ditched the ink pad and used my own instead.

The ink I would recommend is Memento Dew Drop.

Photo: ink pad v my ink pad

The acrylic block is also too small; too thin to grip easily and too small to accommodate the whole habit tracker.

Let’s talk about that habit tracker then. It prints absolutely beautifully! I cannot fault that. The lines are impressively delicate yet crisp, and it compares favourably to more expensive sets.

At first glance I thought the habit tracker was all one stamp, but it is actually made up of lots of tiny parts.

To use it, I needed to put all the parts on my larger acrylic block (remembering that you are printing so things are reversed), then I printed it out several times.

The things I like about the set are the font used for the months, the decorative elements, the words ‘week’ and ‘month’, the banners, the habit tracker (once I’d fiddled around to get it on my block), and the days of the week.

What I dislike is the number 9! I’m just going to have to live with it through until the year 2020 though aren’t I? πŸ˜‚

Am I glad I bought it? Possibly – although I wonder if there is something better out there on Amazon maybe!

Would I recommend it? To someone who doesn’t need the ink pad and acrylic block, yes … But I think it would be frustrating to someone new to stamping and could put them off completely.

The above is a mix of other stamp sets but shows the banners, the leaves, the word “week” and the habit tracker.

~ Marie-Celine ~

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10 Responses

  1. alisonw30 says:

    Loving the new blog format and colours πŸ™‚ I love stuff from the works, even though some bits of the set weren’t 100% up to scratch, still sounds good value xx

    • mariexceline says:

      Thank you! I am pleased with how my blog looks now. It took ages to find a theme I liked 😁
      I’m glad I only paid Β£3 for the stamp set, and I’m willing to forgive them for the ink pad and block because I had my own already xx

  2. hanmwill says:

    So cute, Marie! Having bullet journaled for a while myself I can imagine they save a bit of time!

  3. Hi lovely

    I’m loving your blog it’s beautiful you should be so proud of yourself

    Great post I do love craft things and love looking at them but I have no patents lol

  4. Geraldine says:

    These stamps are so cool!! I love the little fold flap stamp in which you write the specific date as well as the cute wreath things!! I would buy that too if I saw it ☺️

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