Notebook Addict of the Week (again):Sarah C.

Sarah was first featured here as an addict in January 2014.

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“Notebook addict update. Last fall I sent a photo of my collection which I thought was complete. Over the winter I found notebooks I had missed and since have purchased or added new.
1. Rhodia Spiral bound with graph paper – gift.
2. Rhodia boxed set of essentials – gave one of the pencils and pads away.
3. Alternatives Art – bought in local office/art supply store.
4. New Paperblanks book – bought at Wegman’s grocery store. A very dangerous store.
5. Old book found in draw, came with a matching address book.
6. Another older book (1998), used at work to take notes on procedures in 2007.
7. Little tiny Moleskins, the pink a friend gave me and the purple one of 2 purchased at Rochester, NY airport, gave my friend the lavender one of the pair.
8. Alphabetized with different typeface for each letter. I use this for tracking books I have read in order of author.
9. Really nice leather bound book from Gallery Leather Co., Inc. of Trenton, Maine Printed in Korea. Gilt edged pages. I took this to Australia in 2006 and kept a really good journal of my trip. It was in with scrapbook material and just found. Plenty of blank space of another trip or 3.
10.Field book used in Surveying class I took. Now everything is digital.
11.Wine Journal given to me for Christmas.”

Another great collection with tons of variety! Who knows what else Sarah will have in another year or two as her collection grows! Thanks for sharing your addiction!

Cheap Notebooks at Barnes & Noble

Spotted at a B&N: bargain priced Piccadilly notebooks (medium size only) and a prompted journal/sketchbook, obviously modeled on Wreck This Journal. These were in the bargain book section, along with some other low-priced sketchbooks and journals, separate from the stationery/art supply/full-priced journal section of the store.

Writing in a Journal Can Help You Disconnect and Focus

“If you needed a reason to get off your smartphone from time to time, consider that keeping a written journal may actually improve your life.”

This article has some tips for those who haven’t yet succeeded in developing the habit of journaling: 4 Tips to Keep a Personal Journal That Can Help You Disconnect and Focus

Flying Tiger Notebooks

Flying Tiger is a Danish design store — they’ve recently opened a location in New York, and when I checked it out recently, I found that they have some amazingly cheap notebooks!
They have colorful composition books for only $2:
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There are also 3 sizes of hardcover journals, 4×6″ for $1, 6×8″ for $2, and 8×12″ for $3.
They come in a variety of solid colors and patterns.
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It seems like the kind of store where the products are frequently changing, so it will be interesting to see what other notebooks come along over the next few months…

Notebook Addict of the Week: Saeed

This week’s addict is a self-described “Moleskine whore” who blogged about his sudden infatuation at NitroCats:

“I have a confession to make: I’ve become a bit of a Moleskine whore. And I’m okay with that. It started a few months ago when I wanted to get back into screenwriting and wasn’t feeling very creative sitting in front of a word processor. So I packed the nearest notebook I could find and wrote things down the old-fashioned way. And it felt great….

A few months go by and my Moleskine collection has multiplied like a horny jackrabbit. “

That does indeed look like a pretty serious addiction! A whole shelf-full of various sizes and styles of Moleskines, all waiting to be filled!

Read more at: I’ve become a bit of a Moleskine whore – NitroCats

Logo Designers’ Sketchbooks

Here’s an article I came across at

Inside a Logo Designer’s Sketchbook:

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“Every designer has their own design process, but paper and pen is the first place to start for most. You can quickly sketch and explore ideas with no limitations.

Some designers may choose to work directly on the computer, but personally I find that designs can feel refined and perfected far too quickly without any real experimentation. Sketching on paper allows slight variants to be explored very quickly, and often small mistakes and scribbles can actually form the basis of better ideas. I spend most of my time on the computer anyway, so drawing in a sketchbook is a welcoming break.

The beauty of drawing ideas on paper is that you can scribble without worry. Nobody is going to see your work. You can scribble and doodle for as long as you want. Sometimes an idea might be rubbish, but who cares? Free your mind of those crazy ideas, and doodle until the perfect idea comes together. You don’t need to draw perfectly or be an artist as long as you can produce the final piece. All that’s being put on paper at this stage is the underlying idea, and its for your reference only.”

Lots more to read and additional images at



Journal Junky

It’s always cool to see someone turn their love of notebooks into a business:

“Nicole Watkins knows firsthand that faithfully writing in a journal can change your life.

“I’ve been journaling since I was a little girl. I loved that connection between the hand and the mind and writing would always get me through sad times and happy times,” Watkins said.

She called herself a journal junky, buying up paper to record her life. Until she had the idea to save some money by making her own journals. Then Watkins took a brave step further. Why not make journals for others to write in?

Now she’s built a thriving online business, Journal Junky, operating out of her West Asheville home, and making her first ventures into nontraditional book publishing.”


Visit her Etsy shop at this link!

Source: Asheville woman’s journals turn tough times into success

Notebook Addict of the Week: Naomi Leeman

This week’s addict is a designer and illustrator who has filled many Moleskines with collages from her travels, among other things:

“For the past several years, I’ve keep a sketchbook that I use for everyday notes, ideas, lists, sketches, as well as travel collages.  I carry it with me everywhere and, recently, it has been filling up with new Japanese words I’m learning!  Whenever I travel, I add collages of each city I visit.  You know all those maps, brochures, and ticket stubs you collect while traveling?  I have always hated throwing all that information away; I have this irrational desire to hang on to it all because I’ll want to look at it again one day!  Of course, I never actually look at it again, so I’ve decided to save some of it in my sketchbooks by cutting it up and making collages. ….  Between sketching and collaging, I’m sure my collection of black Moleskine notebooks will continue to grow.  Filled with good memories, preserved for the future.”

Read more and see lots more collages at: Travel Collages — Naomi Leeman

Magma Sketchbooks

The Magma sketchbooks are an interesting combination of blank sketchbook and reference guide. They are available in various formats for different creative disciplines such as fashion and architecture, each containing pages with handy information relating to that field.
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The whole series is available at Amazon.

Notebook Addict of the Week: Toby

This week’s addict tweeted a photo of his collection with the note

“so, this is what I had in arm’s reach today; decided to spread it out and see. 🙂 “

I love this collection! There’s a little of everything– Rhodia, Doane Paper, Whitelines, Federal Supply Service military notebooks, Furrow Books (a Kickstarter project), Piccadilly, Apica and probably quite a few more that I can’t quite identify.

Thanks for sharing your addiction, Toby!