About this project
Writerase is a family, or forest as we like to call them, of dry erase notebooks. Each of our 'Leaf' notebooks come with 50 pages of writable surface, or 25 sheets, of pure white paper coated in a thin yet resilient coating allowing you to use most dry erase pens. Furthermore each Leaf comes with 2 sheets of transparencies, allowing you to quickly mark up your most important thoughts or drawings.
Have you ever used a whiteboard to generate ideas, solve complex math problems, as an artistic medium or as a study tool? What if you were able to bring this experience wherever you went?
Well we have taken the best traits from whiteboards and portable notebooks to develop our line of Writerase notebooks. From now on, you’ll have the ability to put the whiteboard in your backpack wherever life takes you!
Writerase notebooks are meant for anyone; whether you are a student, professional, artist or kid, you will love using our notebooks.
What can you do with Writerase?
Your brain is full of ideas but let's be honest some of them probably need iteration. With our easily erasable medium Writerase, you can rapidly build on even your wildest ideas. With non-permanent overhead markers your well thought out ideas or your moments of clarity will stay perfectly intact for as long as you like; or at least until you run out of space and decide your Robotic-Army-Invasion-Plan needs revision.
Use your Writerase as a platform to give yourself a pretend lecture by breaking down difficult topics into more manageable pieces, outlining key learning points, and approaching topics from different views. After you are done reading and memorizing information, see how much you can recall by writing it down and sharing your notes with your classmates. Writerase gives you the freedom to make mistakes and allows others to collaborate.
Math, Physics, Engineering!
Take it from me, mistakes are bound to happen. One major part of learning when solving problems is correcting the mistakes in your work. With Writerase, your work is easily correctable. Unlike a pencil, you can erase a whole page in a matter of seconds without leaving any marks and without wasting any paper. Another perk to Writerase is that you can use a multitude of different colors. Plus, it looks so much better than pencil or pen.
Use your Writerase to take a break, have some fun. Whether you're a kid or an adult, you can find some fun in good old-fashioned pen and dry-erase paper games. There are a variety of games such as Tic-tac-toe, Hangman, Dot and Boxes, or M.A.S.H., etc., that you can play with our dry erase notebooks. Writerase is a great way to play old fashioned games with your kids or entertain your colleagues at lunch break.
Or in my case, Doodling!
Draw, doodle and sketch in full color on a reusable medium. Save your ideas or erase them with a single wipe. Writerase is the ideal medium for the creative side in all of us.
What's so special about Writerase when compared to the others?
High quality UV Gloss Spray technique
There are many techniques for creating dry erase surfaces. Some are cheap and some aren't. We've been experimenting with many different coating techniques using papers sourced from around the world. We've taken what we've learned and implemented them into our forest of products. Each of our Leaf notebooks feature an incredibly smooth surface which creates a comfortable and enjoyable writing experience.
This incredibly smooth surface was the most crucial part of our work. Most lamination and spray techniques give you very similar results on photos or videos. However, the surface smoothness is what creates the comfort and enjoyment of writing. You will have to try it yourself to see how comfortable it is to write on. This experience can not be captured in a video. We made sure to create a precisely smooth surface so you will never get tired of writing on these papers.
Customize your own Writerase
Using a custom manufacturing process, buyers will be able to choose from either blank, lined, or grid paper as well as customize their cover page with their own unique design. Send us any photo, logo, or text and we will make that the cover of your notebook. This option will only be offered for free to our valued Kickstarter backers.
Our design goal when creating the Writerase prototype was to create a durable, long-life, reusable notebook and as a result, we chose the highest quality paper we could source. We did lots of impromptu paper strength test comparison which can be found in our extra youtube videos.
If you are anything like me, you spill coffee. A lot. Luckily, we've got you covered. All of our Leaf notebooks are water resistant. You can simply wipe the Leaf notebooks with a cloth to clean and dry the sheets.
Keep in mind that the papers are water resistant meaning that if you drop water on them, they won't get destroyed. However, most dry erase pens are water soluble, so your work will be wiped out if you drop water on it. (Applying water is actually one fast way of cleaning the whole page).
If you want to have a more permanent piece of writing or drawing but you want to keep working on it, you can use the extra transparent papers. We've added two transparent papers, one on the first page and one on the last page. This way, you can draw a calendar or to do list, and then keep marking it up without damaging the original.
Double-loop metal binding
Unlike our competitors, we use high quality double loop metal bindings. Double-loop (Wire-O) uses formed wire that threads through rectangular holes which allows books to lay flat when open. This type of binding gives a more solid and professional look to your notebook as compared to any other type of coil or comb binding.
What are the sizes?
Currently, we offer the Writerase in 4 different sizes. Since one of our main goals was to promote an environmentally friendly writing option, the size names were inspired from tree leaves and their sizes:
What are the reward options?
To give you a variety of choices, we have 10 reward options. Each Writerase notebook has 54 pages (25 white sheets 2 transparent sheets). Keep in mind that you can also customize your notebook (page type and the cover page) absolutely for free. The following prices include shipping to the United States and Canada and an extra for other international destinations.
1- Your own arboretum! Mix-and-match whichever Leaf's you want. Add-on $13 for one Bonsai, $18 for one Oak, $22 for one Maple, and/or $30 for one Banana Leaf. (Minimum purchase of 2 items. Add $10 for shipping outside the United States and Canada for each item.)
2- (Early Bird: Sold-Out) One Bonsai leaf notebook (3”x5”): $9 (Sold-Out)
3- One Bonsai leaf notebook (3”x5”): $14 (Add $10 for shipping outside the United States and Canada.)
4- (Early Bird: Sold-Out) One Oak leaf notebook (5”x8”) +2 dry erase boards: $15
5- (Early Bird: Sold-Out) One Maple leaf notebook (8”x11”): $18
6- One Oak leaf notebook (5”x8”): $19 (Add $10 for shipping outside the United States and Canada.)
7- One Maple leaf notebook (8”x11”): $23 (Add $10 for shipping outside the United States and Canada.)
8- (Early Bird: Sold-Out) One Banana leaf notebook (11”x17”) +3 dry erase boards: $26
9- One Banana leaf notebook (11”x17”): $31 (Add $10 for shipping outside the United States and Canada.)
10- Just the hardwoods! One Oak Leaf and one Maple Leaf notebook: $40 (Add $10 for shipping outside the United States and Canada.)
11- The whole forest! One Bonsai Leaf, One Oak Leaf, One Maple Leaf, and One Banana Leaf notebook: $70 (Add $10 for shipping outside the United States and Canada.)
12-The Oak branch bundle! 5 Oak Leaf notebooks: $75 (Add $20 for shipping outside of the United States and Canada)
13- The Maple branch bundle! 5 Maple Leaf notebooks: $85 (Add $25 for shipping outside the United States and Canada.)
14- The Banana branch bundle! 5 Banana Leaf notebooks. PS. Yes we know banana's don't grow on trees: $125 (Add $40 for shipping outside the United States and Canada.)
15- The Oak tree! 10 Oak Leaf notebooks: $145 (Add $40 for shipping outside of the United States and Canada.)
16- The Maple tree! 10 Maple Leaf notebooks: $160 (Add $50 for shipping outside the United States and Canada.)
*Whiteboards are 15 point double sided dry erase sheet perfect for your coffee table, desk, fridge, or on a wall.
*To send us a copy of your desired cover page and the page type (blank, lined, or grid), email us here or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*We expect to have the items delivered by the end of April and for some cases it'll be on early May.
Finally we have finalized our stretch goals. These goals are a way to show our thanks for your support.
***Now Everyone Will get a free Calendar****
Mystery Gifts for $100+ Backers
So anyone who pledges (or has pledged) over $100 on any of our packages will now get a 1-5 mystery gifts.
We won’t announce the gifts so it’d be a surprise when you receive your package next month. The gifts can be any of the leaf notebooks, Steadtler Correctable pens, Dry-erase markers, Dry-erase calendars, or Whiteboards. Basically, anything that we have offered in this campaign is a gift option. The quantity of the gifts depends on the value of each gift.
And since it’s a gift, let us choose it for you and not take requests :)
We have been continuously receiving requests for extra reward options and specific customization. We now offer the following add-on options. Simply add the amount to your pledge and let us know what you want.
Writerase on News!
In the past 3 weeks, we have been receiving a tremendous amount of comments and interest from people around the world and now, we are stepping into a world which is very new for us. We have been receiving interest from media (newspapers, websites, online TV). It’s amazing to see how our work is being considered and reviewed by media. It is important for us to share some of the unbiased reviews on our work.
Gizmag is a self-funded and independent media, focusing on human endeavor, with more than 3.5 million people per month. http://www.gizmag.com/writerase-whiteboard-notebook/30912/
Matthew Lesko is an American author, self-proclaimed federal grant researcher, and infomercial personality. You may known him from his books, his infomercial ads and his various media appearances including the one in RT America, As well as their services featured in sites such as http://www.unclelesko.net/ and www.LeskoFreeRadio.com.
CrowdBox (Coming Soon):
CrowdBox promotes crowd-funding pitches to a potential audience of 25 million viewers, in over 12 million homes. CrowdBoxTV is the world’s first TV show/channel dedicated to the crowd-funding industry. CrowdBox will have Writerase on their next episode (March30th). http://www.crowdbox.tv/
Newsapace reviews the latest tech, space, auto, science and other interesting news across the globe: http://newsapace.com/2014/03/01/reusable-writerase-notebook-write-erase-go-repeating/
Wovow goes over the hottest news from around the world, an overview of new movies, games, TV series, scandalous news of celebrities, and the political situation in different countries: http://www.wovow.org/writerase-immortal-notebook/
Most Epic Stuff:
Most-Epic-Stuff is a team of Technology Journalists from Singapore who bring summarized yet honest reviews of new and innovative gadgets in the market online. http://mostepicstuff.com/writerase-note-book-for-life/
Gajitz is an interactive archive of innovations, a collection of the latest and greatest gadget designs, sensational scientific discoveries and terrific new technologies, it has emphasis on anything with a unique twist: http://gajitz.com/write-erase-repeat-reusable-never-ending-notebook/
Red-Headed Mule is an independent commentary and provides insight about different media. http://redheadedmule.com/features/check-kickstarter-writerase-dry-erase-notebooks/9958/
Other Languages: (Russian, Hungarian, and Farsi)
We also have reviews in different languages:
http://www.topinearth.com/Fa (Farsi, Persian)
Here you can see the difference between different pens. Writerase papers work well with most dry-erasable markers. They specially work amazing with Steadtler Lumocolor Correctable pens:
You can use the Steadtler eraser to eraser your work or you can use water to quickly wipe the whole page:
Our first video was with a little 4 year old beautiful kid. She tried using our Banana leaf notebook with different types of pens. Well she just loved it.
Here are some tests we did on the papers to show the quality:
Why are you selling on Kickstarter?
Other than the fact that we love Kickstarter, we are highly committed to keeping the quality of our notebooks. The only way we can create this quality at an affordable price is to have a high yield production. The minimum order for such a case is 10'000 sheets from our chosen print-shop and that’s why we need your help. With your contribution, we can order our first batch of 10’000 sheets and bring this product to those who can truly appreciate this amazing product line.
What's your production plan?
Based on the final agreement with our print shop, the first batch must be a minimum of 10’000 pages of 8”x11” sheets, 6'500 square feet, or since we're Canadian, about 600 square meters. The cut sizes of individual sheets can vary as long as the total minimum area is achieved.
Based off of the number of Kickstarter orders, we will start the whole procedure by printing the double sided pages (lined, grids, or blank). This will be done using state of the art (pun-intended) printing equipment. This step should take one to three days from the date the batch order is placed.
The next step is the most crucial step. This step is where the pages get coated in ultraviolet sensitive dry-erase gloss. The printed sheets will be coated in the print shop and then carefully cured using high intensity ultraviolet lights. Our experience has shown that the curing process is the most critical step in the production process. Our work has shown that small deviations from the ideal process can create ridges in the papers surface or leave the papers tacky. To assure that we do not have any sheets which are below our exacting standards we have determined that this step will take ten to fifteen days. This estimate will change depending on the volume of orders placed.
After this stage, the sheets are cut to final size. This is a rather fast step in the production cycle as it is fully automated. For this step we have allotted one to two days. To allow complete customization and to increase the quality of the final product, we have decided to manually bind each notebook. Custom covers will be printed on 15 point high quality sheets. They will then be attached to your desired page type using our table binding machine. We chose the highest quality metal binding which we could source, the double-loop metal binding. This type of binding is very strong, it is also the most comfortable binding option for medium sized notebooks. Each of the team members will be participating in this step as it will be the most laborious.
We have allotted two to six days depending on the volume of notebooks ordered. If over 2000 notebooks are ordered, an extra binding setup will be used in order to keep the working time under 6 days.
Adding up all these numbers, the manufacturing time is expected to take anywhere from 12 to 25 days. This timeline will be adjusted based on the volume of orders and will also updated to reflect any obstacles or any time saving steps we can conceive. We predict that all orders will be en route to everyone by end of April to early May.
For our extra reward option, we have made 15 point 8"x11" double sided white board sheet. The manufacturing procedure for this is exactly the same as our sheets, except we used extra thick papers. Finally, we send them to you. Posting time will vary by location but we expect that ship time will be 2 to 6 days for the United States and Canada, shipping outside of these countries will take longer, approximately 4 to 8 days.
Risks and challenges
The papers are prepared in conjunction with a local print shop which has over 10 years of experience using this coating technique. We have already gone through a series of trial and error stages to come up with our final design. We have monitored every step in the manufacturing chain and our products are ready for mass production at the high quality which has been advertised. We are committed to offering the product as promised; if in the unforeseen event anything happens, be it machine failure or volume controls, we will alter our delivery time until our high quality standard is achieved.
The notebook covers are individually printed and then bound by us to ensure a high precision and quality of the final product. We do not expect any delay on this part of production.
We are a team which spreads across Canada; we have suppliers from all over just in case there are any issues. This will allow us to quickly reassign tasks in the event of either quality control or production problems.
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