A Paleontologist’s Field Notebook

Catching up on some old links I’ve saved, here’s a nice wrap-up of some books featuring the pages of artists’, designers’, and scientists’ notebooks, including the one below from Field Notes on Science & Nature: “A typical notebook page detailing the thoughts and events of a day doing fieldwork at Olorgesailie, Kenya, with a personal […]

“A Neurotic Habit”

From Ian Brown’s lovely essay about keeping a notebook, published in the Globe and Mail: “It’s a neurotic habit, a personal notebook. It can work as a diary, but it’s not intended for publication. Anaïs Nin, who kept a diary from the age of 11 to the day she died at 73 (it started as […]

Jim Morrison’s Notebook

This classic composition notebook belonged to Jim Morrison of the Doors: “On December 18, 2013, auction house Profiles In History sold an original Jim Morrison poetry notebook for its opening estimate of $200,000. It was a lengthy example, containing over 100 pages of handwritten material, and came from the collection of singer-songwriter Graham Nash.” Read […]

A Kids Book Illustrated Entirely in Ballpoint Pens

Not 100% notebook related, but pretty cool! Lowriders in Space was recently named a best children’s book of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews. The illustrator, Raul Gonzalez, did all the artwork in Bic pens, and says “The reason I did this is that I wanted the book to have a very accessible book to youngsters out […]

Romaine Brooks’ Notebook

This is a notebook belonging to Romaine Brooks, whose papers are kept in the Archives of American Art and were digitized in 2012. The notebook contained is from the 1950s and “contains lists and Romaine’s thoughts.” I’ve always loved her paintings for their stark look and interesting female subjects, such as this one: See more […]

Notebook Addict of the Week (Again): Wandeka

Wandeka is an artist and writer, originally from Jamaica and now living in Louisiana. I featured her about a year and a half ago when I found her blog post about wanting to join a stationery addict support group. She has since found some support here at Notebook Stories, but it hasn’t cured her notebook […]

New Year, New Notebook!

Are you starting a new notebook or planner for 2015? What kind? What are your plans or resolutions for filling it? Share your thoughts and comments here, or on my Facebook page, or on Twitter. I’d love to see photos of your notebooks too! Happy New Year, everyone!

Artists’ Diaries at the Smithsonian

I was in Washington DC over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and thanks to a tip from a reader, I went to one of the Smithsonian museums to see a cool little exhibit on artists’ diaries: A Day in the Life: Artists’ Diaries from the Archives of American Art. It’s not a huge exhibition, and the […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Sarah W.

This week’s addict emailed me to say “I felt the need to share my notebooks after I stumbled across your website. For months, I was looking for websites that were centered around journaling. I love knowing that Im not the only one with this addiction. The first photo is all of my finished journals so […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Rene

This week’s addict calls himself a “hoarder!” Yet he also has a generous spirit in his addiction: “I typically give most of these away, especially the Moleskines, to students as they want to write in what I’m writing in. I do journaling with them also so we kinda compete.” From top left: A three pack […]