When I heard that Airees of Aireescreates was coming out with a new collection, I was immediately intrigued. When it was revealed that for the first time, she was going to be offering the A6 size, I knew that I had to get one. If you don’t remember, Airees released a previous collection entitled Musings in Color and I got myself the Words TN, which remains in my collection as a revered holder of journal inserts.
Gutsy, the new collection, has a crinkled effect but still uses the same leather-strong abaca paper formula. Read more about this collection here. For now, let me show you what I got!
Does it surprise you to discover that I got the red one? I actually got two A6 TNs from the Gutsy line: the Rojo (red) and the Camello (camel). You can really see the crinkled paper but let me assure you that this does not at all give the feeling of fragility. The material feels like it can take a lot of abuse!
The Rojo A6 comes with cream stitching and red elastics. I might switch out the red outer elastic for a black one later on for better contrast.
It comes with pockets made of the same material, in a full-length style on both sides.
It also comes with two A6 inserts. These inserts are pretty awesome! They have 120gsm weight paper inside with 32 pages, enclosed with special handmade covers with interesting plant ephemera embedded in it. These two inserts fill up the TN nicely.
Here is the Rojo Artdori beside my pocket-size Chicsparrow Outlander. They have roughly the same height, but the Artdori is a bit wider.
The Camello has much of the same features. It comes with cream stitching and brown elastics, and also two A6 inserts.
Overall I’m really quite pleased with these two. I can’t wait to start using them! They seem really perfect for art journaling or artistic uses, and the pockets are a great way to hold various journaling stuff.
The Gutsy Collection is available at Airees’ online store and I think she has also started stocking at Common Room. The A6 costs Php450 while the Standard size costs Php550, although I got mine for slightly less because I was able to catch the preorder period in early August. Artdoris are perfect for those who prefer non-animal derived products, and those who, like me, enjoy supporting local makers.