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 […]

Quo Vadis Memoriae

I came across these Quo Vadis notebooks while randomly browsing the web. Looks like a similar concept to Moleskine Passions– themed notebooks for subjects like wine, children, relationships, etc. I’d never seen them before and figured they must be new, but further searches showed me to be quite wrong. Stephanie at Spiritual Evolution of the […]

Moleskine Monday: Voyageur Notebook Review

The Moleskine Voyageur notebook was introduced last summer, and so far remains a unique outlier in their product line. It’s an odd size, in between the classic pocket and large notebooks. It has a brown cloth-bound cover. It has a fancy die-cut paper wrapper with a travel-themed collage element. It has colored endpapers. I guess […]

Digitize Your Notebook… Then Microwave It!

Here’s something I’d never thought about doing to a notebook: microwaving it. But there’s a new notebook designed for just that: with the Rocketbook, you can write your notes, upload them via smartphone, and then erase the whole thing by microwaving it, so you can reuse the notebook again and again (they recommend a maximum […]

Ed Wood’s Notebooks

Remember that cinematic masterpiece Plan 9 From Outer Space? The director Ed Wood’s notebooks are being auctioned, along with other papers and personal items and the suitcases and trunks they were stored in. Act fast, bidding is only open through March 18, 2015! Read more at Ed Wood Personal Items Hit the Auction Block | […]