Update from Notebook Stories HQ

I am happy to report that my notebooks and I are safely high and dry in Brooklyn, but some of the rest of the city isn’t so lucky. What a terrible storm this has turned out to be, with horrible flooding, fires, power outages and trees falling. I’m not sure when I’ll next be able […]

“What catches your eye when buying a new notebook or journal?”

A reader named Steve asked this question in response to my Notebooks from Portugal post. I have been “collecting” journals and notebooks for several years. I guess I’m first attracted to the cover and material first and then the pages. Then, after I’ve made the purchase, do I start to think about something useful for […]

How Did Your Notebook Collection Start?

A reader named Marjorie wrote to ask how my notebook collection started. It’s hard for me to remember exactly, because I’ve loved notebooks since before I can even remember! My parents have said that when I was about 3, I was already folding pieces of paper in to little booklets to scribble on. A few […]

Moleskine Monday: First Page

I was browsing around on Flickr and found this image that mentioned that it was the person’s first Moleskine page.  It made me wonder what mine was, so I dug around in my boxes of notebooks to find it… I started my first Moleskine sketchbook sometime in 2001, I think. The very first page is […]

Questions About How I Use Notebooks

From Kara: Do you have any advice for supreme organizing? And are Moleskines your favorite? Also, how do you keep yourself from just buying and buying new ones without filling up the old ones first? I’m not sure if the organizing question refers to how I keep my notebook collection organized or how I use […]

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What I’m Using Now

I recently changed my “What I’m Using Now” photo after several months of its being out of date. I’ve gone through at least 2 or 3 daily notebooks since I last updated that image, a couple of Moleskines and a Piccadilly. I’ve been alternating between plain pages and squared– I keep coming back to squared […]

Moleskine Monday: It Takes All Kinds…

The other day, I was getting on the subway to go to work in the morning when I spotted a guy who seemed like a walking stereotype. He was a big, tall guy, with the physique of a football player. He had a baseball cap on backwards, and was wearing a t-shirt, khaki shorts and […]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This seemed like an appropriate notebook for today: Actually, the contents of this notebook are anything but romantic. My mother gave it to me in 1981 and asked me to keep a diary while she was away for a couple of weeks, helping her sister with a newborn baby. I dutifully chronicled everything I did, […]

No 2011 Diary?

2011 is already a few days over and I’ve yet to 100% decide what I’m going to do for a diary. I say “diary” and not “planner,” since I tend to use a paper diary only to record past info on diet, exercise, health, and other little notes, as opposed to noting future events. In […]