Notebook Addict of the Week: Emmanuel

This week’s addict has a habit of filling Moleskine and Rhodia notebooks. Look at these nice stacks! The Moleskine stack is pretty impressive given that he says he remembers first holding a Moleskine in his hands in January 2012. The Rhodias are from 2003-2006. Emmanuel says he wrote the first book in French about the […]

Notebook Addict of the Week (Again): Gerard

Here’s another repeat addict: Gerard is a Canadian artist and arts educator whose notebooks were featured here a few years ago. Looks like his collection of idea books and studio journals has kept on growing! Some Whitelines journals are now added to the mix too. Check out Gerard’s site: MIX AND SHIFT: OVER 60.

Filofancy’s Flex

The blogger at Filofancy notes that the Flex series by Filofax doesn’t get much blogging coverage. I can’t say I’ve found them inspiring at all when I see them in stores– wrong sizes, blah materials… it just makes me sad to see them in comparison to the wonderful things Filofax was making 15 or 20 […]

Thoughts on Field Notebooks

A blog post about a book about field notebooks, with lots of interesting observations, including this: “The notebook is like a magical object in a fairytale. It is a lot more than an object, as it inhabits and fills out hallowed ground between meditation and production. Truly, writing is a strange business…” And some images […]

Jacques Brel’s Notebook

Back in 2008, Sotheby’s auctioned a private collection of various papers and memorabilia belonging to the Belgian singer Jacques Brel, who died in 1972. The notebook below, probably from the 1950s, was used by Brel for draft song lyrics, and was estimated to sell for between 50,000 and 70,000 euros. It’s a nice looking notebook– […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Donna

This week’s addict was thinking about de-cluttering and realized notebooks were a bit of a problem! “This week I realized that I’ve gone a little overboard with the notebooks and binders (and sadly this is only 1/2 of my collection). You see, as an admitted office supply addict, geek and lover of all things paper.   Notebooks woo me… with their pretty […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Esmé

This week’s addict is another young one who is getting an early start on collecting. Esmé emailed me these photos of her collection and the commentary below.   “Attached are photos of my notebook collection. I’m 16, I’ve been writing a diary since I was 9 (although before that I dictated to my mum and […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Jemma

This week’s addict emailed me to share her collection– or at least part of it: I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now, and my favourite part of it is the Addict of the Week. I always wonder if my collection is actually a bit absurd compared to some of the others, but […]

Dan Eldon’s Journals

The beautiful notebooks above only hint at the amazing work inside them… but they also come with a sad story. Dan Eldon was a young photojournalist who was killed by an angry mob in Somalia in 1993, along with 3 of his colleagues. “Dan left behind seventeen bound leather journals filled with drawings, writings and […]

Notebooks Spottings

Here’s a few notebooks spotted in assorted advertisements and articles: From the New York Times obituary of theater critic Stanley Kauffman:     From the Wall Street Journal magazine, designer Marc Newson’s sketchbooks, among other favorite things.   Also from the Wall Street Journal magazine, a Moleskine seems to be a favorite tool of Nike […]