DIY Notebooks

Homework has a  great roundup of colorful and crafty DIY notebooks: Read more at homework: Inkling: Inspiring Notebook Round Up.

A Handmade Travel Journal

A really interesting look at someone’s custom designed travel journal holder, with a strap to fasten in the journal, plus pockets for favorite art supplies:     Read more at Week 6 of Designing a Creative Travel Journal | — ✄ – ✄ – the smallest forest – ✄ – ✄ –.

Review: Kapdaa Offcuts Notebook

The folks at Kapdaa contacted me from India to offer a sample of a very cool concept: notebooks covered in leftover fabrics from clothing. An offcut is the material that remains after the clothing pattern has been cut out. Often it just goes to waste, but Kapdaa uses these remnants to make attractive cloth-bound journals […]

NYC Bookbinding Class: Make a Notebook

A bookbinding studio in New York is offering a class where you can make a pocket notebook, with elastic closure and back pocket. Could be a fun way to spend a few hours! It’s on April 20, 2013. Find out more at Full Tilt Bookbinding Classes.

Chalkboard Notebooks

A while back, I came across this post on how to make a notebook with a chalkboard cover: Chalkboard Notebooks – Honest To Nod. It reminded me that I’d made a similar one myself when I was a kid, back in the late 1970s. To make the notebook below, I asked my father to cut […]

More Good Stuff from Our Readers

From Jennie, a link to an article with some more great reasons to favor paper over digital note-taking: “The notebook has an immediate tactile advantage over phones: they aren’t connected to the Internet. It’s intimate in a way computers aren’t. A notebook has never interrupted me with a screen that says, “Wuz up?” Notebooks are […]

12-Inch Notes: Notebooks Made from Record Album Covers

This is a really cool video showing the process of making notebooks out of old record album covers: Via Handmade notebooks made from recycled album covers — Lost At E Minor: For creative people.

Sketchbook Video

Diana at The Sketchbook Challenge has a great video where she talks about different kinds of journals and sketchbooks, which she has filled (and covered) with beautiful work:

Design.Y Handmade Leather-bound Notebook from Japan

Grab a tissue before you click through to this link, because you’re going to drool: Design.Y, Handmade Leather-bound Notebook. I just found Design.Y via the Pencil Talk blog, and I had to sit on my hands to keep myself from immediately clicking the buy button for a few of these VERY expensive notebooks. At a […]

Make Your Own Cahiers

A nicely illustrated tutorial on how to make your own notebooks, inspired by Moleskine cahiers: Read more at Faux Molskine Notebooks – Fine and Feathered.