My posts will be a bit less frequent than normal this week while I take a lovely vacation. I think I’ll be spending more time filling my notebooks than buying new ones or blogging about them!
I love this post about using a Moleskine diary to plan out posts for a book blog:
This week’s addict blogs at The Princess and the Geek, and says she has “so many notebooks, mostly half filled with random dribble, personal entries, fanfiction, short stories and ideas, dream and inspirations.”
Here they are:
I’m curious about some of those patterned covers and whether the notebooks came that way or were customized…
Read more at The Princess & The Geek: NaBloPoMo – Paper Or Screen?.
Some beautiful sketchbook art:
“Sometimes, the best things are right under your nose, or even in your own backyard.”
That’s a simple truth that Montreal artist Shari Blaukopf discovered when she got out her sketchbooks and set out to capture the snippets of her life in watercolour and ink – one drawing at a time.
Last fall, Blaukopf, a Beaconsfield resident and graphic design teacher at John Abbott and Vanier Colleges, started a sketchblog. It’s called The Sketchbook. Like other bloggers, she posts daily entries on her blog, chronicling the minutiae of her life and immediate surroundings. Unlike most of the tens of thousands of other bloggers out there, Blaukopf does so not just in words, but in whimsical and brightly coloured watercolour and ink drawings and paintings. Her posts are all sketched on location in a Moleskin sketchpad, sometimes finished up at home, and then scanned into her computer.
Read more at Blogger with a sketchpad.
These readers need help finding their dream notebook:
I stumbled upon your website recently while looking for any interchangeable compartment notebooks there might be out there and was wondering if you might be able to point me in the right direction.I have a couple of Moleskines, but they are just a bit too pricey for me to use on a very regular basis, as I am a student and do use up pages, even for minor side notes, quite quickly. As such, I was hoping to find a nice notebook which has removable and replaceable inserts, preferably with a hard cover.Are there any that you know of?
The Kolo Travel books are a nice hardcover option, but they aren’t cheap. The X17 notebook I reviewed isn’t available in the US. And the DayRunner Life Tracker system, which is supposedly the US version of X17, seems to have disappeared from the shelves and every online trace leads to a dead end. What else can we suggest?
Related to the last question, Elizabeth asks:
I’m hoping you might know how to find refills for the life tracker. I so love this journal!!!!! I like the way the inserts work. I have the larger journal. I’m looking for the plain, grid, and lined paper. I did see some refills for the small journal on amazon. They don’t have a good variety and they are the smaller size.
As noted above, I have no idea!
From “Desperate in Massachusetts”:
I’m desperate. Pilot Varsity pens are my main weapons. I’ve scribbled through many many moleskines and other notebooks since the millennium. However, the moleskine bleed through is slowly driving me crazy. I’ll give up my moleskine but not my Pilot Varsity fountain pens. What notebooks won’t bleed through with Pilot Varsity fountain pens?
I use a Pilot Varsity fountain pen in all my reviews and haven’t had much bleedthrough on most notebooks. Rhodia/Clairefontaine paper seems to get the highest marks from fountain pen users for no showthrough or bleedthrough, but there should be other options too.
A reader from the UK asks:
I’m looking for A4 narrow-lined (minimum 40), ±200 page bound notebooks. Slightly frustrating that none of the manufacturers state rule count (av. being 33).
Any suggestions, particularly for UK products?
Snowy is looking for refills:
Have been searching high and low for diary paper refill.
Anyone knows where to get 8-holed diary paper refills 8.7 x 14.1 cm or 3.43 x 5.55 inches?
Most inserts that I’m familiar with are 6-hole, so I’m stumped here.
I’m looking for a notebook that contains a blank/generic calendar. By that, I mean something with a few dates per page, but the dates are not accompanied by the days of the week, if that makes sense. This way, It would work for any year. I’d like to use it as a little cheater notebook to remember peoples’ birthdays.
And Lynn asks:
just wondering if you know of any notebooks that are bound and have brown craft paper i
I have seen some like this at Paper Presentation on 18th St. in NYC, but I don’t remember the brand and I’m not sure if they still carry them. Anyone else have any ideas?
Thanks for all your questions and help answering them!
Some beautiful drawings in a Moleskine sketchbook:
Trevor says “In late 2008 I happened upon my first Moleskine sketchbook and I don’t think I will ever use another brand of sketchbook ever again. The quality, feel, slight yellow tinge – all of it just so pleasant to draw on.”
See more at Moleskine Sketchbook #01 on the Behance Network.
The image below was submitted as an addict of the week candidate a while ago, and I’ve somehow lost track of who sent it! But it looks like a lovely collection.
My apologies for losing track of who this came from– if these are your notebooks, please let me know so I can give proper credit where it’s due! And thanks again for sharing your addiction!
Act fast, the deadline for this is approaching fast!
Grand Central Terminal, one of New York City’s most beloved monuments, will celebrate its centennial in 2013. A year-long series of events and projects — from art commissions and exhibitions to presentations and performances — is in the works.
The Architectural League, at the invitation of and in partnership with the New York Transit Museum, will help create a sketchbook to be published by Moleskine. This sketchbook will feature historic material from the Transit Museum’s archives, along with up to 20 drawings and sketches by contemporary architects and designers selected by a distinguished jury.
The League and the Transit Museum invite you to submit a sketch or drawing that captures and/or re-imagines Grand Central, representing or evoking what this iconic building means to you. Submissions will be reviewed by a jury of architects, representatives of the Architectural League and the New York Transit Museum, and representatives of the Grand Central Centennial Committee. Winning entrants will be awarded $250 for the use of their drawing.
The special edition Moleskine sketchbook, featuring the winning entries and historical material, will be on sale at the Transit Museum Stores and at other book and gift stores in November 2012.
Deadline: Submissions must be received at the offices of the Architectural League of New York no later than 12 noon on Tuesday, July 3, 2012.