Notebook Addict of the Week (again):Sarah C.

Sarah was first featured here as an addict in January 2014. “Notebook addict update. Last fall I sent a photo of my collection which I thought was complete. Over the winter I found notebooks I had missed and since have purchased or added new. 1. Rhodia Spiral bound with graph paper – gift. 2. Rhodia […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Naomi Leeman

This week’s addict is a designer and illustrator who has filled many Moleskines with collages from her travels, among other things: “For the past several years, I’ve keep a sketchbook that I use for everyday notes, ideas, lists, sketches, as well as travel collages.  I carry it with me everywhere and, recently, it has been […]

Harvard Business Review: Paper or Digital?

I noticed these two dueling articles, both on the Harvard Business Review website: What You Miss When You Take Notes on Your Laptop “Even in my relatively short foray into office life, I notice that few people bring a pen and notebook to meetings. I’ve been told that over the years, the spiral notebooks and […]

Laura Jernegan’s Whaleship Journal

A reader named Resi tipped me off to this wonderful website where you can see the pages of a journal kept by a young girl while she was at sea on a whaling ship in 1869 (her father was the captain): Laura Jernegan: Girl on a Whaleship – Explore Laura’s Journal. It’s pretty amazing to […]

In Praise of Wear and Tear

From a lovely essay about appreciating the worn, torn, lived-in-ness of books and notebooks, the “messiness of creation”: “For about fifteen years now I have been keeping a notebook, or multiple notebooks actually, ostensibly with the intention of jotting down ideas or thoughts before they escape off into the ether. Occasionally these thoughts result in […]

Paper in the Digital World

Some lovely notebook images and thoughts about why we still love paper, and in fact may love paper even more because our lives have gone digital. From the article: “If you find yourself dependent on notebooks, even if much of your work is online, you are part of a growing number of people who are […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Bubbe Wisdom

This week’s addict, the blogger at Bubbe Wisdom, is actually a recovered notebook addict now… which makes me a little sad, I must confess. She says: “See that pile of notebooks? They represent twenty plus years of collecting inspirational ideas on paper. Each notebook represents a category: stitching, contemporary quilts, weaving, baskets, fashion, fine artists, […]

A Soccer Broadcaster’s Notebooks

I love notebook pages that are dense with information. These ones below, belonging to BBC Radio soccer commentator Nick Barnes, are just packed with writing, color and data– sometimes even little flags for the countries the players are from. All this information could have been captured in a less elaborate way, I’m sure, but Barnes […]

Robert Smith’s Notebooks

Robert Smith is a journalist who works on NPR’s Planet Money. I love this photo of his notebooks! Here’s part of his story on how they ended up this way: “I started to put photos on the front of my notebooks because I kept losing track of which one I was using. I would just […]

Diary of a WWI Soldier

A beautiful old notebook containing the recollections of Alfred Gougeon, a French stretcher-bearer in World War 1. It sounds like he kept daily notes during the war, and then returned to them in the 1960s to write more about his experiences, given the two sets of dates on the cover. His family kept 3 of […]