Notebook Addict of the Week: Marc Johns

This week’s addict is addicted to making his own sketchbooks, and lots of them:

On his blog, Marc says

“I’ve been making my own sketchbooks for at least six years now. I’ve filled up dozens and dozens of them. Most are made from lettersized paper, cut in three, then folded over. This is the ideal size to fit inside my back pocket.”

He also goes on to point out that it’s great to have sketchbooks that are cheap enough that you aren’t afraid to mistakes. There are lots more images of the covers and insides, full of wonderfully scratchy, scrappy, awesome art!

See more at Marc Johns: I make my own sketchbooks.

How Small Is Your Sketchbook?

What’s your preferred sketchbook size? I do often draw in 3.5 x 5.5″ sketchbooks, but I often worry that it’s constraining. It’s harder to be “loose” sometimes when you’re working in a small bound book– but maybe that’s just my issue! Gabi Campanario of Urban Sketchers is working in an even smaller sketchbook and it’s very loose and spontaneous, with a sense of space on the page.

See more small sketches at Urban Sketchers: Small sketchbook, great action.

Handkerchief Notebook

The perfect notebook to tuck in a chest pocket!


Read more at Hankie Pocketbook – Mini Notebooks • Selectism.

Moleskine Monday: Stuffed Reporter Notebooks

How’s this for some super-stuffed notebooks!


Via En Alaska avec Heimstone | Café Mode, l’oeil d’une parisienne (presque) à la page – Lexpress Styles.

Notebook Addict of the Week: Fred

I came across this week’s addict on Flickr, where he posted this photo of about a year’s worth of filled sketchbooks:

See more of the art within on Flicker at Completed Moleskines. That is except for color. | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

Random Notebooks from My Collection

Here’s a few things I pulled out of one of my storage boxes, about half of which is filled with childhood notebooks from the late ’70s to mid-’80s.

First, a small orange looseleaf notebook. I was probably in about 6th grade when I decided to devote it to Astronomy and colored the cover with a metallic marker, which I guess I thought might look kind of futuristic and space-y. I pasted in a few pages worth of astronomy pictures, but didn’t get very far with it. Instead of using looseleaf paper, I filled the binder with pages from two spiral notebooks, including the back cover of one of them.

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This 1981 diary was used over a period of several years, when I went from having no idea how to fill a page other than with doodles to at least writing some little lists and comments about my friends and homework I had to do. I loved this kind of diary, which always included extra pages with useful info. Note how I amended the list of US presidents with the newly-elected Ronald Reagan.

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I made this fabric notebook cover myself, gluing it together as best I could, probably because my mother didn’t want to sew it for me. She used to do a lot of sewing, so there were always fabric scraps for me to turn into notebook covers, but most of them didn’t turn out very well, as I tended to have overly complicated ideas about secret pockets and pen holders. This one contains a stapled pad I made out of some sort of billing forms from Harvard, which one of my relatives used to bring home from the office for me to scribble on. I never wrote anything more than this one thing on the first page of the notebook.

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That’s it for today, but there’s plenty more where these came from:
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Weather Notebook

A neat little article in the New York Times about amateur weather trackers. You can read it online here, but the photos only appear in print:

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That is quite a dense page of notes!

From the In-Box

Some more fun stuff submitted by readers:


From Ema:

i´m addicted to paper and everything that comes with it, since i´m
able to hold a pencil. in the first semester at the university(i´m studying design)
i took an bookbinding class and realised how easy it is to make my own
notebooks. now i´m the tutor of our university bookbinder and have
made so many notebooks that i can´t keep them all. it took me
some time (in truth some years) to let other people have them because i really love
all of my notebooks so much. but in the end i decided to make a little shop
on dawanda ( ),
where i sell my notebooks and all the stuff i can´t keep en masse
around my home.

i´m writing you this because when i found your website i realised that there
are so many other notebook addicts, that love notebooks too and who would
treat my notebooks right. and that fact makes it feel good to sell them and
make other people happy with just some paper and cardstuff :)

You can also read Ema’s blog about paper products, including notebooks: CraftAddict



From Ann:

I wanted to let you know about some nice little notebooks I found at Office Depot. They’re obvious Moleskine knock-offs, but they’re extremely cheap and I absolutely love them! They’re distributed by a company by the name of Swinton Avenue Trading Ltd, located in Boca Raton, FL. They’re $3.99 with 192 lined pages, and the paper is very smooth and is a nice creamy color. They hold up well, too!

Has anyone else seen these? I wasn’t finding them online.


From Dan:

The Petite Journal (3 inch X 3 inch) is designed to be used on the go, when our full size journals are at home.  The covers are all based on fruit crate art.

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Tzachi introduces a new online shop:


Goodies for your space

Here’s some of their notebooks:

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And Jerome introduces Paper Republic:

paper republic  crafts stylish notebooks from the world’s best papers, including fantastic hand-made japanese and european papers. All our notebooks are crafted in Europe, have a 100g/m2 premium Swedish writing paper and are hand-numbered.

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Moleskine Monday: Sketchbook Video

A fun stop-motion video tour of a Moleskine sketchbook, by Lauren Youngsmith:

Moleskine Sketchbooks ’09-’13 from Lauren YS on Vimeo.

Notebook Addict of the Week: DreamerO

This week’s addict also emailed me photos of her excellent notebook collection, with some commentary:

I enjoy pocket journals, the saddest part is that they run out of pages so soon and I always feel like I’m abandoning a best friend when I have to start a new one. My pet peeve is that I don’t like Moleskine notebooks because I hate the way regular ink smudges on smoother higher quality paper, and the edges have to rounded otherwise the notebooks feels unfriendly.

I’d love to know if there are others who love pocket notebooks, and if they use them as journals or only for short note taking.

Here you can find more pictures of my lovely little collection:



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I love seeing them all piled up. I’m also intrigued by the contrast in this collection– a lot of addicts either have wild variety, with no two alike and lots of colors and patterns, and others use the same notebook type over and over, often plain covered ones. This collection is sort of half and half! Thanks for sharing your addiction, DreamerO!

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