Smelly Notebooks

Is smell ever a factor in your notebook usage? I’ve tested a few notebooks over the years that had distinctive odors, sometimes pleasant, sometimes not. When I reviewed the Rendr Sketchbook, one of the first things I noticed about it was a strong chemical smell, although it faded after unwrapping. One Moleskine I bought on […]

The Captains Log Kickstarter, Ending Soon!

I lost track of the news about this Kickstarter project in my email inbox, but it’s ending very soon, at Thu, July 20 2017 8:26 AM EDT. They only need about $1500 more in pledges as of this writing. It looks like a cool concept and a quality execution, with formatted pages that provide inspiration […]

The Cape Horn Notebook, Made with Recycled Sails

Here’s something a bit different, a notebook that incorporates recycled sails and sailing rope: “With the look, feel, and design of a traditional black notebook, the Cape Horn notebook reimagines used sails from the world’s most epic sailing expeditions as the ultimate storytelling tool. The notebooks, which contain fragments of a sails that have traveled […]

Jason Tselentis’ Notebooks

In an article at Howdesign.com , Jason Tselentis writes about the best new notebooks for designers and creatives and how to choose a notebook — but I like this photo of some old ones he’s already been using: “For the work I do and the vast amount of notes I take, a lined notebook is […]

Dreamday Pattern Journals: Review and Giveaway

Dreamday Pattern Journals, from Laurence King Publishing, are another coloring book/journal hybrid, similar to the Coloring Notebook I reviewed a few months ago. Six designs are available, incorporating pages of beautiful patterns backed by blank pages inside a flexibound journal. The range of themes will please any designer or art history buff– from Mid-Century Modern/Scandinavian, […]

Joburg Journals

This is a very cool notebook story. In Johannesburg, South Africa, a photographer started a community project at a shelter for former street kids. He gave them disposable cameras, taught them about photography and exhibited their work. In order to make the project sustainable and help the kids earn some income, they set up an […]

New Year, New Journal

Happy 2017! Have you started a new notebook for the new year? I haven’t, but below are a few of my favorites from a recent article about journals. I particularly like that patchwork suede! See more at 18 Best Notebooks for Journaling and Writing – The Muse Save

Chefs’ Notebooks Photographed by Jeff Scott

More notebooks from chefs! “Fine-art photographer Jeff Scott won the 2012 James Beard Foundation Award in the Photography category for Notes From a Kitchen: A Journey Inside Culinary Obsession…. The book doesn’t contain any recipes, but instead aims to reveal the creative process for some of the top, young chefs in America. Shot documentary-style, Scott’s […]

New Republic Article on Notebooks and Bullet Journaling

“I have never had a healthy relationship with notebooks. I hoard them by the dozens, I spend hours filling them, I have them shipped across the Atlantic Ocean by the German company Fantasticpaper…. My real work—writing lectures or things I actually intend to publish—all happens on a computer, of course, but my whole life happens […]

Notebooks Full of Busy

I haven’t managed to write any posts for a couple of weeks because I’ve been caught up in lots of things going on in the rest of my life. It’s interesting to see how all this played out in the pages of my daily notebook: Several pages of journal entries agonizing about whether or not […]