October’s Happy Mail Delivery #1 & #2

This week didn’t just come with cooler weather. It also came with some really nice gifts in the post as well!

I’ve been waiting on these to arrive for a few weeks now, and today, I finally got two major package deliveries.

The first is from May Paper Co. for my ring bound, and the second is from Taroko Shop. This is my first time ordering from both shops, so I was quite excited waiting for my purchases to arrive. I got into a fight with my local USPS office at least once because they kept lying about failing to attempt to deliver my packages, but that’s a whole different mess.

Anyways, onto the actual goodies!

It shipped to me in a nice little structured envelope. And, the actual goodies came wrapped in such a cute, yet professional manner.

I purchased 1 personalized “This Planner Belongs to” vellum dashboard and 3 top loading plastic folders. It included a business card detailing which social media accounts to tag that can double as a decorative die cut and a little memo card as an additional freebie goodie. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the items and very happy with my purchase. I immediately put the dashboard into my ring bound, and I’m still trying to decide how to utilize the top load folders. I’m thinking a combination of cash envelop and sticker storage. I’m thinking of using the memo card to write down my contact information so that if I lose my planner, there’s a way for it to be returned to me.

My next delivery was from Taroko Shop on Etsy.

This one was kind of the bigger delivery that I’d been waiting on. I’d heard of the shop a few years back, and a lot of people had great things to say about their Enigma notebooks. I’d been flipping back and forth on whether to order it or not, and then finally took the plunge after realizing I needed an A5 notebook for this year. So I ordered two books, a dotted grid for myself and a blank one for a friend to use as a sketchbook.

The books came in a cardboard box, and the box looked like crap when I got it. The tape was coming off, and the box was smashed in. I was basically expecting the books to be ruined. However, Taroko did a great job packaging them and the books were perfectly fine. The books were wrapped in additional bubble wrap, so I did not have to worry about having to reach out to them about replacements.

As you can see, the items arrived in perfect condition. The books have a cardstock wrapper/storage sleeve that are debossed, and it really gives them a professional look. Taroko included a free A5 writing board, and they also included a postcard with a thank you note on the back. I’ll probably tape that into my notebook as a keepsake since it’s so cute.

A closer look of the notebook sleeve and debossing.

According to Taroko, the Enigma notebook is composed of 384 pages using 68gsm white Tomoe River paper. It makes it perfect for fountain pen usage, and the pages feel great to the touch. I’ve never used the 68gsm, all my normal inserts are 52gsm, so it’ll be exciting to see how much better this will handle fountain pen ink ghosting. The dotted Enigma immediately went into my Hobonichi A5 Capel cover, and it looks lovely.

So, that’s it for now. I’m sure I’ll post again soon enough with updates on how I’m using the Enigma soon enough.


Originally a hobbyist, Theresa is now deeply entrenched in the world of fine writing goods. Her curiosity was initially sparked through the fountainpens subreddit and has now grown beyond just fountain pens, to include planners, premium paper, and fountain pen inks. Her misadventures can be tracked through her instagram.

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