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Lulu Lime Designs Review and Giveaway

I love journaling and I love fountain pens, but I haven’t yet found a good insert for my traveler’s notebook (TN) that works well with my fountain pens. Because I can’t stand ink bleeding through my pages (essentially making the back side unusable), I tend to buy thicker paper and inserts and now have a bulky and heavy TN. I NEVER would have guessed that the answer to my frustration would be thinner paper! Today I am going to introduce you to Tomoe River paper and Lulu Lime Designs, plus I have an AMAZING giveaway for you at the end so stick around and pin this image for later!

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What is Lulu Lime Designs?

Lulu Lime Designs is a website that creates beautiful art and prints them on stickers, pouches, cards, inserts, and more! The first time I heard about them was in a group where they posted some of their paintings and I fell in love! Their style of art is very whimsical and unique and better than anything I could ever create! She describes her art as contemporary abstract.

Lulu Lime Designs

I love the colors and details in each painting and chose my favorites. The inserts are sold in a variety of sizes from pocket all the way to wide. I got the wide version which measures approximately 5″ wide x 8.25″ long. This fits perfectly in my extra wide altguild TN with room to spare! The inserts are thin and lightweight, largely due to the type of paper that is used. They are saddle stitched rather than stapled so they lay flat when you are working with them. The paintings are printed on to the front of the cover which gives it a clean finish and bright, vivid colors with every insert!

Lulu Lime Designs

Why Tomoe River paper?

I had heard of Tomoe River paper, but I had never tried it before. The paper is very thin and lightweight, almost like Bible paper. It is Japanese and was originally made to be used for mass production, it is only 52gsm and I couldn’t help but be highly skeptical that it would hold up to my flex fountain pens and thicker nib sized pens. After trying out my heaviest ink pen, I was blown away, it only bled through in a few places where I went too slow. With my normal medium-nib fountain pen, there was no bleed through at all. There is a bit of ghosting because the paper is so thin, but the paper is smooth to write on and holds up amazingly well! I can’t get over the crinkle of the paper and honestly can’t wait to fill these inserts up!

Lulu Lime Designs

very little ghosting/no bleed on a normal fountain pen, slight bleed on a heavy duty flex fountain pen

Why I love these inserts

Not only is the art beautiful, but the paper is functional! I love when practical, useful items can be beautiful and that is what Vanessa offers in her shop. I have 7 of these inserts and I already know this won’t be enough! My favorite art prints are the bird and the tree, though the flowers in the vase are a close third. If you have been looking for some inserts for your TN, you have to check out Lulu Lime Designs! Shipping was fast and affordable (even to Canada), customer service is detailed and helpful, and quality is unmatched! Take a look at how my package arrived! So much care is put into packing up that box!

Lulu Lime Designs

beautiful packaging

Enter to win an artist journal set valued at $80!!!!

Vanessa is generously offering to giveaway an amazing package including: 3 Inserts in size of choice, stickers, mini stickers, 2 fine art prints and a watercolor Prima paint palette. Take a look at what you could win below!

Lulu Lime Designs Giveaway

The giveaway is open to both US and Canada and entries are easy! Make sure you use a valid email address when you enter so that I can contact you! The winner will be e-mailed once the giveaway closes and has 24 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.


Art Journaling for Kids

To finish off the series tomorrow, I wanted to talk about art journaling for kids and how we use that in our homeschool. I will be sharing my top tips to get your kids interested in art and what that looks like in our house. Journaling is fun on it’s own, it’s even better when you can do it as a family around the table with some tea and classical music! Come on over and join me!

Did you know this is part of a 31 day series? There will be a post each day this month showcasing how I use bullet journaling, planning, hand lettering, and more! We will talk about the tools you need and I’ll review some of my pen hoard (including my brand new flex fountain pens, eeeeek!). There will be videos, pictures, hand lettering practise pages, doodle challenges, journaling prompts, some amazing giveaways, and hopefully a TON of inspiration to get you writing in your planner, whatever that may look like for you!

How can you get on board? BOOKMARK THE LANDING PAGE (that is where all the posts will be added throughout the month) FIND ME ON INSTAGRAM (I’ll be posting the daily posts there) USE THE HASHTAG: #PlanWithRebecca or #planninginspiration4u on Instagram for a chance to be featured on my page! JOIN THE NEWSLETTER (if you want an short update on the latest post in your inbox)

What is your favorite Lulu Lime Designs insert?

Lulu Lime Designs

a few more of my favorite inserts


  1. Quelles fabuleuses aquarelles! Ma préférée est Arbre 2… tout simplement parce qu’elle évoque à la perfection qu’il faut des racine immenses pour rayonner dans le monde!

  2. I’m in LOVE with all of her nature scenes on these inserts and journal cards. I moved to Indiana from NYC and was simply amazed at how beautiful nature is outside of a huge metropolitan city. I was born and raised in NYC all my life and seeing fast fields of trees and leaves (especially during the fall season) turn colors and the beautiful sunsets and sunrises has me feeling as close to God as possible!!

  3. I’m new to the TN community and have been a long time ring bound planner girl. I enjoy doodling a little and really want to learn to watercolor so using my TN was a good choice for me. I cut some plain white watercolor cardstock and added to my TN for now but it does make it a bit heavy. I am happy to learn about Lulu Designs inserts and I love her Tree of Life and many others she created. I defiantly need to get some to make my TN look pretty. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Hello from Scotland. I love the bird. Thank you for all of your ideas and the time you’ve devoted to it all.

  5. They are all so lovely! I love the girls, but the nature scenes are calling to me – in particular Tree 3. Thank you for the amazing giveaway!

  6. Oh, I really like the one with the bird on it! I would like to use it to do a nature journal with my kids. I am very curious about this paper, I am a paper fan always have been, like a trip to Staples, office Depot, etc. is a real treat for me. I have heard of japanese paper but wondered about it because I too have favorite pens but don’t like the bleeding through pages. Hope I win, thanks for doing the giveaway!! HeidiRenee

  7. I love the tree of life. My husband and I both have a tattoo that is similar to the tree, with the scripture Ephesians 3:17 under the roots.

    • The Tree of Life and Annebelle (I think that’s the name) are my favorite. I’ve been eyeing her stuff for awhile. Once it’s in the budget.

  8. I am literally drooling! I love all of the trees and birds, but I’m not sure if I can decide! I am really loving Tree of Life. It has seemed to have been a theme in my life this year. I have been so inspired by your blog (I happened across it just a couple days ago after buying a new journal to use for bujo). Looking forward to stretching my creative eye (and hand) by going back through your doodle challenges this month!

  9. These are all so gorgeous! Been eyeing all of the goodies on her site for a while now. I’d love any of the inserts but have a soft spot for tomoe paper.

  10. Picking one favorite is hard. I could see using different ones for different thing. If I had to narrow it down I would choose the 3 leaves design right now since it is fall and I love the color of the leaves as they change!

  11. I’ve heard about this paper but haven’t had a chance to try it. I’d love to be able to do that. Thanks for the chance to win.

  12. These are sooo pretty! I have just really begun my journaling and I am like you when it comes to not wanting it to go through the pages! I need something more sturdy!! I would LOVE to win this giveaway!! Thanks so much for all of the awesome information you have been sharing!! I love your newsletter and your page!!

  13. Thanks for the great review. I love Tomoe river paper but not familiar with Lula Lime. I love the leaf design, was hard to choose.

  14. I am so in love with Tomoe River paper! I guess my favorite insert was Happy Day but I really love them all. Thank you so much for the chance to win this awesome giveaway!!

  15. That is some beautiful art! I think my favorites are Annabel and Annabel 2. They are almost a whimsical Gothic if that makes sence. I love the subtle expression in her eyes.

  16. OhMyGosh! I am absolutely in love with Bird 1. It actually popped out at me first while browsing the entire collection. I am new to planning/journaling as of this year. It was recommended as a way for me to help release some anxiety. My dad passed away in April of this year unexpectedly in his home. It was my sister and I that discovered him (he had a massive heart attack) already passed. This is an event that I am trying to over come. While waiting outside for the paramedics outside to arrive I discovered a bird nest on his RV in the highest step on the ladder in the back. I did not touch it, but got a step stool and peeped inside and found 4 robin’s eggs. And now I see a blue bird almost everyday. For me, it brings me peace and comfort. Maybe perhaps it’s my dad. I would love to have some new journaling supplies. I am currently using a notepad. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. I also homeschool my 2 girls. I have a 5 yo with Down Syndrome and she is awesome! She can read and has amazing speech. We owe it all to one on one time that we are able to offer her.

  17. I read all the bullet journal/Travelers Notebook blog posts in one sitting and am quite confused. You were so excited by the thick inserts you got from an etsy store and now you went totally the opposite with these. Could you do another entry explaining what happened to the etsy inserts that led to you now changing to these?

    • Hi! Wow! What an honour! I did not switch to this, I’m a stationary addict so I have TONS of netbooks and inserts, multiple traveler’s notebooks, etc. I put these in a different traveler’s notebook and I am using them for journaling with my fountain pens. For my main bullet journaling, these are not what I use, because of the type of journaling I do and the type of pens that I use. But interestingly enough, where I showed the video where my fountain pens show through my planning pages, they don’t on this super thin paper. Tomoe River paper is made for fountain pens so it is the best option for writing with fountain pens without a lot of ghosting/bleeding. Hope that clarifies!

  18. I like your drawings, I think that in order to keep them later, you really need to use good paper. I think it is worth encouraging children to draw. After all, then they can become graphic designers or artists.

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