Happy Thanksgiving… and Black Friday!

I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving! Hope it is full of family, friends, fun, and feasting before you start thinking about shopping… but once you do… here’s a few gift ideas for your favorite notebook addict–perhaps yourself! Brice Marden Notebooks: I posted about these recently, but hadn’t yet received my own copies of the facsimile […]

Moleskine Monday: Sketch Album Review

I’ve had this Moleskine Sketch Album for quite a while and haven’t gotten around to reviewing it, mainly because I knew I’d probably be disappointed! Moleskine’s quality has been waning for years, and though their regular sketchbooks have been my favorite notebooks for a very long time, I’ve refused to buy any of the currently […]

Brice Marden’s Notebooks

I’d love to take a look through these:   On a page of his 1964–67 journal, underneath a small cutout of Manet’s 1862 painting of Victorine Meurent, Brice Marden wrote, “Cézanne tried to kill painting by denying forms for the sake of painting. He seems to have come closest to painting painting out … I […]

Paper Saver Notebook

Here’s an interesting concept– the Paper Saver notebook “The Paper Saver turns your printed paper into a stylish faux leather notebook. Once the paper is inserted into the Paper Saver, it will become an elegant, professional notebook.” It’s a nice idea– I always seem to have a mountain of paper to recycle in my office […]

From the Mailbag: Questions and Tips from Readers

Time once again to try to help each other out by crowd-sourcing some notebook questions! Toby writes: The enclosed picture is of my favorite notebook, well the notebook is a few weeks old but the cover I have carried since I was fifteen, everyday it goes in my left pocket and more of my most […]

Richard Diebenkorn’s Sketchbooks

A page from one of Richard Diebenkorn’s sketchbooks– on the day his father died, he drew his hat and shoe and hankerchief: “Thanks to a gift from the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, 29 of the artist’s sketchbooks will be on display at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center starting Sept. 9. For over two decades since the artist’s […]

Moleskine Monday: Paper Weights Revealed!

Moleskine has always been rather cagey about revealing the actual weight of their paper, unlike rival notebook makers such as Rhodia, Clairefontaine, Fabriano and many others who specify their paper weight in GSM (grams per square meter). GSM isn’t the only factor in how a paper performs, but it’s a good indicator, as thicker paper […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Neko

This week’s addict is Neko, a 14-year old living in Canada who emailed me this submission: “I’ve been crazy with your site, like forever, and I think it’s going to become a habit. I, too, collect bunch of random notebooks ever since my mom gave me a girly pink diary. This picture is my smaller […]

Hand-Embroidered Notebooks

That’s not just an image of embroidery, it’s actual stitching: “Check out these hand-embroidered notebooks that feature designs ranging from anatomical and natural to geometric and macabre, then try to make your own!” Source: Hand-Embroidered Notebooks Are Almost Too Pretty to Use | Make:

Einstein’s Notebook

Thanks to a tip from a reader named Raymond, I can share these images of a notebook that belonged to Albert Einstein: “Einstein’s search for general relativity spanned eight years, 1907-1915. … sometime between the late summer of 1912, when Einstein moved from Prague to Zurich, and early 1913. … [Einstein kept a notebook that was] found […]