Quaker Diaries and Journals

The Haverford College library has a collection of over 700 Quaker diary and journal manuscripts. The one shown below is the diary of Henry Hale Graham Sharpless from June 26, 1868.

Read more at Haverford College: Library : Special Collections : Quaker : Diaries and Journals.

Notebook Addict of the Week: Unmana

This week’s addict counted all the various notebooks she is using currently for various notes and lists– she counted ten, eight of which are in the photo below. I’d love to know how many more she has that aren’t in current use because they are filled up, or waiting to be.



Quite an interesting range of sizes, colors and textures!

Read more at Unmana’s Words: All My Notebooks. She also goes into detail about why she loves paper as a productivity tool and how she uses her notebooks in this post.

Notebooks from Anthropologie

Spotted on the Anthropologie website:

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And spotted quite a while ago in an Anthropologie store:

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They don’t sell too many notebooks, but do manage to have an interesting and unusual selection!

Quick Review: Notebooks from Jet Pens

Here’s a couple of notebooks I bought at Jet Pens about a year ago.

First, the adorable little Metaphys notepad, shown next to a pocket Moleskine so you can see how small it is. I love the orange cloth-covered flexi cover. Inside there are blank pages made of a fairly thin, smooth paper. They are glued in and can be torn out, but the notebook opens quite flat. It’s just a neat little jotter that will slip in any pocket.


Then there’s the Clairefontaine 1951 notebook. I have always loved Clairefontaine’s pocket notebooks and would have tons more of them if only they had blank or gridded pages instead of lined! Their larger notebooks have some other paper options, but I don’t know why they never seem to offer them in my favorite size. Anyway, the 1951 notebooks are meant to have a retro look, quite different from the usual Clairefontaine covers. This one came in a two-pack along with a lime green one. I love the design and the size, which is slightly smaller than a pocket Moleskine. The notebook is staple-bound, but quite thick and substantial, with a slightly squared-off spine. It’s much sturdier than a Field Notes or Moleskine Cahier. And of course, as always, the Clairefontaine paper is  a pleasure to write on with pretty much any pen.


I’m not sure either of these will make it into daily use, but they’re nice to have in the collection nonetheless!

Carta Pura Notebooks

Recent addict of the week Miss Elderberry writes about a brand of notebooks I’d never heard of: Carta Pura. She bought them in Berlin. I love the colored edges, but unfortunately, it sounds like the paper is a bit thin for fountain pen use.


Read more at these beautiful pens: Carta Pura Notebooks: Beautiful, but….

Moleskine Monday: gbSk’s Photostream

On Flickr, someone called gbsk has some amazingly over-stuffed Moleskines:

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Looks like a lot of colorful collaging going on inside! See more at Flickr: Search gbSk’s photostream.

Notebook Addict of the Week: MissElderberry

This week’s addict blogs at These Beautiful Pens, where she recently posted About journalling. She mailed me a link to her post, commenting

“I’ve been keeping  a  diary  for almost 20 years now…

(the journals pictured are]  just  the  filled  ones,  still need some preparation for the challenge  of making photos of the new and empty ones as well… there is a lot of them…)”

Here’s just one of the photos from her blog post:

I love the dramatic lighting, and it’s a nice selection of notebooks, too!  I think I spy a Clairefontaine, and there’s one by Tushita, a brand I’ve come across in stores at least once but haven’t reviewed yet.

Thanks for sharing your addiction, MissElderberry!

Moleskine Monday: Andrea Joseph’s Sketches

Andrea Joseph shows off some neat sketches in various colors of pen and pencil, all in a Moleskine sketchbook. Here’s one of my faves:


See more at andrea joseph’s sketchblog: four drawings, three places, one sketchbook.

Notebook Addict of the Week: Cynthia Iannaccone

This week’s addict is another find via the excellent Sharing Our Notebooks site. Cynthia is a writer, illustrator and art teacher who has been keeping sketchbooks for years and often looks back at the old ones to find inspiration for new work. Here’s some of her sketchbooks:



Read more about Cynthia and see what’s inside some of these sketchbooks at Sharing Our Notebooks: Cynthia Iannaccone: I Often Revisit Sketchbooks.

Quick Review: Notebooks from Kinokuniya

I’m always trying to keep up with reviewing various samples that notebook manufacturers send me, but sometimes that means I don’t get around to reviewing notebooks I’ve actually bought myself! These are two I purchased over a year ago at the Kinokuniya bookstore in Manhattan. The stationery section in the basement is pen and notebook heaven.

First, an adorable little notepad. Despite the French text on the cover, the notebook is Japanese, by Kyokuto. I love the double layer front cover, which consists of a clear plastic overlay with stripes in one direction, and then a lightweight paper cover underneath, with perpendicular stripes so you end up with a plaid effect. The size is perfectly pocketable (shown below next to a pocket size Moleskine for comparison.) Lined sheets inside with a box for the date. The paper is very smooth, so it feels great with my favorite fine point gel ink pen, but seemed a little slippery with fountain pens. Showthrough and bleed-through aren’t great.  But it’s super cute and a bargain at only $1.95!



Then there’s the “The” notebook by Pilot. A few years ago, I reviewed this notebook’s big brother, the “The II” notebook, which I purchased at a previous Kinokuniya visit. This one is smaller, but otherwise looks very similar, with a retro styled plastic cover and tabbed sections, as well as a narrow ribbon marker. I love the size, it is perfectly proportioned and fits nicely in my hand, and could easily be tucked into a pocket. The top of each page has a space for “theme” and date. Again, the notebook doesn’t open flat as easily as you’d think, despite the plastic flexi binding and stitched signatures. It just feels a bit resistant due to the way the spine is glued, I think. Again I haven’t done a full pen test, but the smooth cool white paper feels great with the Uniball and fountain pens, but the thinness makes it not ideal for showthrough and bleed-through. The plastic cover edges stick out more than I’d like, but otherwise it’s a very appealing notebook, and not too badly priced at $8.95.


I think they still stock these at Kinokuniya if you want to check them out for yourself.

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