Review: Watercolor Sketchbook Comparison

I’m often dabbling with watercolors in sketchbooks that aren’t really made for using them– regular notebook or sketchbook paper can deteriorate a bit with wet paints, or wrinkle and buckle a lot as it dries. So I’ve been experimenting more with using actual watercolor paper in hopes of better results. I’ve had various watercolor pads […]

Review: Pen & Ink Squared Notebook

I’ve reviewed and mentioned the Pen & Ink brand sketchbooks several times on this site (see here, here, here, and here.) They are the closest substitute for a Moleskine sketchbook with the heavy-weight card stock paper, and they’re affordable and well-made. But I’ve never reviewed their other notebooks with standard weight paper. Squared notebooks are […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: The Well-Appointed Desk

This week’s addict is the blogger at the Well-Appointed Desk, who says: “I was pulling everything out of my bag this morning to get situated at work. One, two, three… four… five! I found five notebooks in my bag and realized that maybe I had too many notebooks going at one time…” Five notebooks sitting […]

My Inventory of Spare Notebooks

As you might imagine, I have a lot of notebooks stashed in various places. I have boxes of them under beds and in cabinets and in drawers. They are at home and at the office. They are pretty much everywhere! Lots of them are old ones that I have used. Lots of them are new […]

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 […]

Happy Valentine’s Day, Notebook Addicts!

I’ll never fall out of love…  

Notebooks in Waiting

Here’s my stack of notebooks that are queued up for future daily use: some Moleskines, Piccadillies and HandBook Artist Journals, plus a couple other brands. Not to be confused with the many more notebooks I have already filled, or the ones that will probably just remain unused. Or ones yet to be reviewed, that I’m […]

Questions from Readers

The readers of this blog continue to challenge my notebook wisdom, proving again that I’m more of an enthusiast than an expert. But maybe others will have suggestions, so I share these with all of you: From Bobby: I’m trying to find a notebook that is “normal” sized ~8.5×11 and is cream/light green colored like […]

Review: Scribe Notebook

Today I’m reviewing yet another variant on the basic black notebook that has become so ubiquitous. This time, it’s the Scribe Plain Notebook. An initial impression of this notebook might suggest that it’s just like a Moleskine, but I actually found it more similar to the Pen & Ink notebook I reviewed here, or some […]

BLACK FRIDAY

As for the other kind of Black Friday, if you can’t handle visiting stores today, do your holiday shopping online using these links and a small commission from your purchases will help support this site: Notebook Stories Store – my collection of notebooks and other favorites available via Amazon Amazon — everything else at Amazon […]