Initially, I was happy to receive this journaling book. I like Making Memories products and am always satisfied. I used a sb.com coupon to get this book for free with my order. Though the pages are very pretty, they each had a small ink spot on them. I believe that it was part of a bad batch. Perhaps the reason MM was giving them away. Because of the ink spots, I am not sure if I will use the pages for journaling yet. I may use them for matting only. I placed two of the same together, and they make a very nice mat.