Moleskine Monday: Spotted at Target

I stopped into a Target store the other day to see if there were any exciting notebooks to be found among all the back to school displays. Unfortunately, there was nothing all that enticing, but I did notice these unusual Moleskines, which must be made specially for Target. It’s not the first time I’ve seen […]

DIY Hybrid Notebook

Here’s a cool notebook hacking project. Inspired by the Midori Traveler’s Notebook, Kate Smith decided to make something similar. She took a Ryman hardcover notebook and swapped the inside pages out for some elastic bands to hold inserts, either Midori ones or Moleskine Cahiers. Should work with Field Notes and many others too. I really […]

Moleskine Monday: The Voyageur Traveller’s Notebook

Here’s a new product from Moleskine that looks kind of cool: The Voyageur Traveller’s Notebook. When I first saw it, I thought, “Wow, Moleskine’s trying to get a piece of the Midori Traveller’s Notebook action.” There are lots of differences, but this new Moleskine is brown, which seems to be the most popular Midori color, […]

Review: Design.Y Notebooks

I can’t believe it’s taken me over 2 years to review these notebooks. I first heard of Design-Y in early 2012, when they were receiving quite a bit of buzz on fountain pen blogs. If you’re not familiar with this brand, here’s the background: they are handmade in Japan by a Mr. Yoshino. He uses […]

What I’m Using Now (and Recently)

A reader asked for more details about the notebooks in my “What I’m Using Now” photo. I haven’t been updating that photo as often as I should, though for the most part, it’s still accurate most of the time. The red and blue notebooks are HandBook Artist Journals that I have been slowly filling with […]

Tennyson Note Book Cover From Shire Supply

A nicely understated, rugged-looking notebook cover:   Available in 4 colors, and comes with your choice of either a Moleskine cahier or a Field Notes notebook included. Buy at “The Tennyson” Note Book – From Shire Supply Company / ShireSupply.

Sketchbook Video by Ezequiel Canovas

I love videos showing drawing in process– you only get about 25 seconds of that at the beginning of this one, but the rest is a flip-through of the amazing results! Via The Presurfer: Sketchbook

Boorum & Pease/Esselte Black Notebooks

Here’s another old-time favorite of mine: These are pocket sized notebooks made by Boorum & Pease and Esselte in the 1980s, with lined pages and a textured black hard cover. I look at these now and see them as a sort of proto-Moleskine. I was always looking for a nice “little black book,” in a […]

BookExpo 2014

For my day job, I attend the Book Expo convention every year. A fringe benefit of the show is that I usually manage to spot some notebook vendors and get a look at their new products, but at this year’s show, which occurred last weekend, it was really sparse! Leuchtturm had a colorful corner booth, […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Paul J.

This week’s addict emailed me some photos of his notebook collection. Paul says “I really enjoy your site.  I’ve attached some photos of my collection, and it’s obvious that I have a problem/obsession with notebooks. I’ve kept a journal since 1992 during a trip to Europe with friends after college.  The obsession exploded from there.” […]