Calling all notebook, pen and pencil bloggers!

The deadline is approaching for submissions to the first Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper– this Sunday at 5pm. Use the submission form here to submit the best post you’ve published on your blog in the past two weeks (you don’t have to write something specifically for the carnival.)
More details here.

EBay Find: Rice-Stix

Every once in a while, I have a little burst of temporary insanity, and I decide to go browsing on EBay. Fortunately, some of these bursts lead to interesting and inexpensive notebook finds! Here’s a real gem:
This notebook must have been given out as a promotional item by a company called Rice-Stix, based in St. Louis. It was apparently some kind of big wholesale distributor, representing a wide variety of products. ricestix2

The notebook has a picture of the company headquarters, as well as information about the products they carried, and even an index as to where you’d find them in their showroom. And the best part: a floor-by-floor thumb index, so you could keep your shopping list organized!


No one ever seems to have written in it. I’m not planning to write in it either– I’ll probably just put it on a shelf and admire it once in a while!

Alwych Notebooks $6.99 at Amazon

alwych notebook

Anyone who read Black Cover’s glowing review of the Alwych book surely wanted one–but they were only available by ordering from the UK, which was daunting. But now they’re available at Amazon for only $6.99 plus shipping for the pocket size version– WAY cheaper than ordering from the UK. Other sizes are available too– see all here.

Keep a Weight-Loss Journal

Just one more reason to love notebooks: they can help you lose weight! Lots of people (myself included) use notebooks to record their food intake and exercise. But here’s another suggestion I hadn’t heard of:

Compliment Journal: This is more than just about compliments, but use it as a starting point. Write down inspiring quotes that motivate you. When others compliment you on non-fitness related issues. And when others take notice of all the hard work you have done. When you feel you’re not making progress, just go back and read through all your great comments and quotes and feel motivated again.

Read more: Keeping a journal is crucial to weight loss.

Renegade Craft Fair Finds

The blogger at Dig Under Rocks recently attended the Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles. She found a few vendors of interesting paper products including these notebooks:

Next I came upon a shop, Tyler Bender Book Co., with a really unique and interesting idea.. Vintage and recycled notebooks. Covers were made from old t-shirts, cereal boxes, old book covers, wallpaper, anything interesting in design or texture.. inside pages were old blank spiral notebook pages neatly bound. All books are hand bound by artist Tyler Bender based here in LA. He also has a booth at the Silver Lake Craft and Vintage Fair on Saturdays.

Now I want to go to L.A. and check these out! Read more at Dig Under Rocks.

Notebook Addict of the Week: The Girl in the Cafe

Wow. Here’s someone who must really like to stock up and save when she finds a notebook she likes!

colorful notebooks

Here’s her thoughts on the matter:

I like notebooks. I buy them as souvenirs in places I visit: the two ones with hearts on it are both bought in New York for example. Or if they have really funky colours I will be tempted. Or when the paper has nice patterns on it.

My problem is that I have turned into a serious notebook addict and during packing I found …
ehrm, 29 empty notebooks! (Number 29, a Wall-E notebook was already packed so is not shown on the photo).

From The Girl in the Cafe.

Announcing the Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper

It’s time for something new! Introducing the Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper, which will kick off here at Notebook Stories on Tuesday, August 4th. Future editions will be hosted by The Pen Addict on September 8th , Office Supply Geek on October 6th, and other blogs yet to be determined.

If you are a blogger and want to submit a post for the inaugural edition, the deadline is Sunday,  August 2nd at 5pm Eastern time. Read below for all the details.

What is the Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper? Will there be cotton candy and rides?

The Carnival is a monthly collection of the best blog posts about notebooks, journals, pens, pencils, paper products and other related topics, appearing at a different blog the first Tuesday of every month. Any unhealthy foods and unnatural G-force levels will be purely virtual.

How can I get one of my posts into the Carnival? How are the posts selected?

Any blogger can submit a post by filling out a simple form at this link. The carnival host will then be responsible for selecting submissions to be included at his or her discretion. One post per submitting blog per carnival. Spam, off-topic posts and inappropriate material will be rejected.

What is the best kind of post to submit?

Please submit a recent post (within the past week or two). Posts should be your own original content. The most interesting posts reflect the point of view of the writer, such as a review of a pen, or an explanation of your paper-based organization system, or examples of artwork from your sketchbook with some commentary. Photos of gorgeous notebooks and pens are always a big plus!

Are there any other requirements for bloggers submitting posts?

Bloggers whose posts are selected should write a post linking back to that edition of the carnival after it is published, as well as the carnival home page. Tweets and Facebook updates are also appreciated. Toot your own horn a bit!

How can I host a future edition of the carnival?

Contact the organizer to apply. Hosts are expected to weed out spam and post the carnival by 9am the first Tuesday of the month in order to ensure maximum exposure for all participants.  It’s also preferred that the host select a few “editor’s choice” posts to highlight. The host should help publicize the carnival by posting, tweeting, etc. The organizer reserves the right to limit hosting to established, active, on-topic blogs.

What is the point of all this? Why should I want to participate?

If you like reading about notebooks, pens, etc., the carnival is a great way to discover new bloggers and make sure you haven’t missed some of the best recent posts from blogs you may already know.
If you are a blogger who writes about notebooks and pens, either as a main topic or just occasionally in relation to other topics such as writing, organization, art, creativity, etc, then the carnival is a chance to showcase your work, find new readers, and gain more incoming links to your blog.
We hope all notebook, pen and pencil fans will find this a fun way to learn more about and interact with a large and growing community of like-minded souls! Please pass the word!

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Future; Nostalgic Reviews the Asda Executive Notebook

I was very interested in this notebook review at Future; Nostalgic: Review: Asda Executive Notebook.

I love the way this notebook has 3 sections in the back pocket! And the prices seem great too. Drawbacks: there is no pocket size version, and it’s only sold at Asda in the U.K.