Last week I picked up the Markings Blank Journal (10”x7.5”) from Target for a whopping $9.99. It boasts a black ribbon bookmark (sealed at the edge so it doesn’t fray, thankyouveddymuch), an accordion pocket in the back is a coordinating lemon yellow to match the front end papers and lightly lined, heavyweight paper stock printed with flowers in the corner. It has 252 pages which makes is a solid, dense book. The covers are printed paperboard and the spine is covered with black bookcloth. Pages appeared to be stitched and the book lays open flat.
The good news is that the paper performs flawlessly. My printer husband clocked it at at least 80lb of 100lb text weight and not one of my regular writing pens bled through to the back. Not even the Pilot Envelope Pen which is similar to a Sharpie for darkness and potential bleed-through.
This is the reverse side of the pen test page and you can almost see a little show-through of the envelope pen, but its very very faint.
For the price and quality, I highly recommend this notebook. The manufacturer is C.R. Gibson and if their other journals are of a similar quality, I will totally order some!