I forget how I came across this but it’s pretty cool. From a 2008 eBay sale– I wonder who snagged it!
Another nice image containing notebooks from Things Organized Neatly, this one by Andy Barron. The one in the bottom right could be a DesignY notebook. In the middel, probably a Moleskine Cahier. I’m not sure about the other notebooks, but the other funny thing I noticed about this picture is that I have the same USB drive and white ink pen!
Moleskine’s got a new look, at least for their website and ads. I wonder if they’ll start to use this new concept on the notebooks themselves, or their packaging?
Over the past few years, the company has diversified into areas such as apps and print-on-demand services – and a new identity for the brand created by Milan-based agency Achilli Ghizzardi Associati is built around the concepts of flexibility, organisation and an open space for creative ideas to flourish.
What this translates into in real terms is a monogram of a three-x-three grid of squares featuring the curved corners that have been a notable part of the design of Moleskine’s notebooks. The top-left square is replaced by a capital M from Moleskine’s logo, which has been tweaked from the Copperplate original to create an original face.
This week’s addict blogs at I Still Write about some of our favorite things : letters, postcards, pens and notebooks! He started the blog to teach his kids about the fast-disappearing world of snail mail, and how cool it is to write and receive good old-fashioned paper correspondence to and from places around the world.
Derrick accumulated quite a collection of Field Notes:
But he probably doesn’t have all of these anymore, as he offered them as prizes in a drawing people entered by sending him postcards, some of which are displayed on his blog too. What a great idea.
Read more at i Still write: Ooo. Ooo.. Ooo.. SHOW and Tell time.., and if you’re so inclined, send Derrick a postcard! (I can’t promise he’ll be giving away any more notebooks, but he does say he’ll write back!)
The folks at Kapdaa contacted me from India to offer a sample of a very cool concept: notebooks covered in leftover fabrics from clothing. An offcut is the material that remains after the clothing pattern has been cut out. Often it just goes to waste, but Kapdaa uses these remnants to make attractive cloth-bound journals (as well as other product like iPad sleeves and bookmarks). They have 3 lines, all hand-bound in India:
- Formal offcuts (such as Pinstripe suits offcuts);
- Casual offcuts (including Casual shirt offcuts); and
- Indian offcuts (Bright cheerful colour offcuts).
I received a 4×6″ lined journal. It’s covered in a dark navy pinstripe fabric with a pleasantly soft feel. The binding is nicely done, with tight squared corners and everything precisely aligned. I personally prefer rounded corners and less cover overhang, but others will like this just fine!
The endpapers are black, with some information about the company. I love the way black endpapers look, even if they aren’t very practical for being able to write your name! There is no ribbon marker, pocket, or elastic closure.
The binding opens completely flat. The ruled lines are a medium grey, with a bit of extra space at the top. The paper feels very smooth. The cream color is just slightly cooler than the paper in Moleskine notebooks.
All my usual pens worked well, with fountain pen ink looking a little lighter in color than in does on some paper. Show-through was average, and there was no bleed-through except with the Accu-liner and Super Sharpie.
The company is still just getting off the ground, so there’s no retailers or pricing information yet, but you can follow their Facebook page for the latest news. If this early sample is any indication, I think they’ll be a nice addition to the many notebook brands in the market.
Our extended family of notebook fans are always passionately searching for the perfect notebook. I’m often stumped by the questions I receive, so once again, I’m crowd-sourcing the research!
Hi, I was wondering if you know of any places selling clear plastic covers for Moleskine Cahier or Volant pocket-sized notebooks? I have a passport cover that will just fit the width, but the height is about 10mm taller than a passport, so the ends stick out.
I have seen places selling artsy covers for Cahiers, but I am looking for a clear one.
Forty or fifty years ago, whenever I went into a five-and-dime or drugstore, there was a stationery department. In this department there were always the little 6-ring pocket size notebooks. Actually, they usually were in two sizes: those that took 3”x5” pages, and those that took 4”x6”. But there was another variation. Some had the rings on the long side of the notebook, and some had the rings on the short side (the top). Now I am lefthanded, so writing in a small notebook with rings on the left is very difficult, so I always preferred the top-bound small notebook. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find the top-bound 6-ring 3”x5” notebooks for at least thirty years, although the side-bound variety is still common. Nowadays, I am forced to use a spiral-bound (top-bound) pocket notebook, which is only marginally satisfactory for my purposes. My question is, do you know of any vendor anywhere in the world that still sells a notebook of the type I desire?
I’ve been reading Philip Hensher’s book The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting. In the last chapter he alludes to a shop in Geneva that stocks his favourite notebooks but – provocatively – declines to mention the name because he claims the staff are so “up-themselves”. Here’s the footnote quote in full:
“I have a succession of notebooks, each about the size of my palm, bound in bright leather so you can’t mislay them about the house, with the perfect addition of an elastic cloth strap to stop the pages from flapping open and, more usefully, allowing you to keep your pen and notebook together and not to have to go delving into your man-bag saying that you could have sworn you had a pen with you. The notebooks are Swedish in manufacturer, and I would tell you where I get them, but the shop in Geneva is staffed by such up-themselves shop assistants that I really don’t think I want to put any more custom their way. Still, their notebooks are gorgeous, well worth it if you find the shop through your own initiative” (page 255)
Well, my initiative is to contact you! Might make an interesting blog post. If you know the answers (shop & notebook) please let me know!
The store could be Brachard, which I only know of via this post at Palimpsest, but no Swedish brands are mentioned. Rationella and Ordning and Reda are two Swedish brands I’ve heard of. A Rationella notebook is featured in this post.
Pauline is looking to purchase or trade for some limited-edition Field Notes. If you have them, email me and I’ll put you in touch with her:
I am desperately seeking the following and have had no luck whatsoever. I seek a Fab.com set, a Tattly Hustle set and one sketchXchange notebook.
I am looking for a sketchbook (no lines, dots, or grids) with the pages made from vellum.
Do you know of another notebook that is the same size and thickness of a Moleskine Volant Extra Small, but that doesn’t have perforated pages? I don’t mind if it’s a little thicker, but I know the Moleskine Volant Extra Small is hardback and too thick/clunky in my pocket.
The Moleskine Volant isn’t actually hardback, so I think she means the extra-small hardcover Moleskine notebooks, which do not have perforated pages. I believe Writersblok had some small notebooks similar to the softcover Volants, but they might have had perforations too. Clairefontaine has some smaller sized staple-bound notebooks that I don’t think have perforations.
I’m working doing some research for a feature film that takes place San Francisco in the starting in 1958 and spans 10 years. One of our characters is a reporter and we would like to have the perfect looking notebooks for him. we should be able to source or replicate the books but I am wondering if you could give us a suggestion as to what the perfect notebooks (he might have different ones throughout the film) would look like. (a photo would be amazing, a brand would also be a great help.)
I was born in 1968, so I only know what I’ve seen in movies and photos, and I think reporters seemed to have pads that were spiral-bound at the top. But I’ll bet some other readers might have more suggestions.
If you can help with any of these questions, please comment! Thanks as always.
The blogger at Palimpsest does us all a great service with a fantastic series of posts about favorite stationery shops around the world, mostly in Europe. Each is well-documented with photos:
I love visiting stationery shops when I travel. Even though the major brands like Moleskine and Clairefontaine are globally ubiquitous, there are always some local gems that you won’t see just anywhere. I’d love to compile a list of the best places to buy notebooks in countries around the world– please share your favorites in the comments!
I love the way Valerie Sjodin is using her squared Moleskine to create beautifully decorated journal pages. So much color and texture. And it’s part of a great project– a journal with a page devoted to each letter of the alphabet as a prompt for exploring different aspects of the journaler’s life and personality.
See more at visual blessings: X-Y-Z Moleskine Journal Pages.
This week’s addict was blogging about a list of things she wanted to do before her 31st birthday. Among them:
#14. Join a STATIONERY ADDICTS support group.
Here’s her story about why:
I have come to terms with the fact I have not yet outgrown the childhood nickname “Paper freak” – dubbed so by my loving siblings….
My parents knew they could get my heart racing by tossing me a legal pad or even those blank pads without the cover that serve as quick “phone-message-takers.” Birthdays were easy for them. No need to think about dolls or such (though I got one of those too occasionally), coloring books were fine, but it was the journals that made me so excited I could jump out of my skin. They once told me they caught me sleepwalking and they said I kept stooping to scoop up some imaginary thing and then walk back upstairs to bed and I don’t remember the dream but I can bet good money, I was cradling my paper.
Once, one of my sisters got me a simple one with a brown cover and a lock on my thirteenth birthday and the way I acted, one would think it was lined in gold. Then, another year as an adult, another sister gave me a more grown up version. It was a hand-made hardcover journal with sewn tan pages held together by bamboo! It was an absolute beauty but I knew she got some sick pleasure in watching a grown woman act like a lunatic over a dead tree.
That was when my journal collecting began in earnest….
Read more at Days 3 and 4 – Buy Just ONE LAST Journal (#13) Join A Stationery Addicts Support Group (#14) | 31 Days to Age 31. She also has a post about art journaling, and
you can see more of Wandeka’s artwork at wandekagayle.com.
Happy belated 31st birthday, Wandeka! Welcome to your support group!