This week’s addict posted a photo of her collection on Instagram:
I love seeing the themes that emerge in people’s collections. This one has lots of strong, bold solid colors, Field Notes, Moleskine, Rhodia, Miquelrius, and more! Great collection!
Co. Design asked 16 designers to share their favorite notebooks, and some of their contents. Here’s a few of my faves:
Designers from Ikea, Pentagram, Ideo, and more tell us what makes a great notebook.
Here’s a fun gift idea for any notebook lover or crafty, creative person. Miquelrius has introduced a series of gift boxes each containing a notebook, a roll of washi tape, stencils, and assorted colored papers. Several different themes are available, with spiral or taped-binding notebooks. It’s a great way to kick-start an art journal that you can continue to embellish with other materials of your own choice.
The notebook itself has multi-colored edges to the paper, and is perforated and hole-punched so it could go inside a binder. If I were using this kit myself, I’d prefer the version with a taped spine.
There are even YouTube video tutorials to suggest ways to use the kits:
The suggested retail price is $19.99, which seems like a good value for this size notebook and the extras in the package.
The only place I’ve found to buy the DIY Collection online is the Miquelrius web store, but hopefully you’ll spot them in a store near you!
Many thanks to the folks at Miquelrius for providing this free sample, which I will be giving away to a lucky reader!
The winner will be chosen randomly from entries received in these ways:
On your blog, post something containing the words “Miquelrius DIY Collection” and “Notebook Stories” and link back to this post.
The deadline for entry is Friday September 11, 2015 at 11:59PM, EST. Good luck everyone!
And please remember to check my posts on Facebook and Twitter for an announcement of the winner. Please allow a couple of weeks for me to check all the entries and determine the winners.
I recently went to Book People, a great independent bookstore in Austin, Texas. They have a huge selection of gift items and stationery, including lots of notebooks from Moleskine, Leuchtturm, Miquelrius, Michael Roger, HandBook, Paperblanks, Rhodia, Field Notes and many more.
Here’s what I had to snag for myself, as I’d never seen these in a store before:
It’s not the most practical notebook, but I loved the design! A variety of map designs were available. Some were only on the front cover, but others had maps both front and back. The edges of the paper are rough-torn and seem like they’ve been dipped in something to artificially age them. The overall effect is quite attractive, though I’m a little worried that the binding won’t be very durable. There is no branding anywhere on the notebook, so I have no idea who makes them. BookPeople’s price label says “Worldbuyers Blank Books” but a Google search hasn’t turned anything up.
The other new discovery for me was some Field Notes-like 3-packs of notebooks in themes for Grumps and Introverts. A fun gift item for sure! They’re made by Archie McPhee.
As you might imagine, I have a lot of notebooks stashed in various places. I have boxes of them under beds and in cabinets and in drawers. They are at home and at the office. They are pretty much everywhere! Lots of them are old ones that I have used. Lots of them are new ones that I have not used. Because of this blog, I have a number of notebooks that I never intend to use, though I do try to give a lot of those away. But what about the ones that I do intend to use? I had kind of lost track of how many I had squirreled away, so I decided to get a handle on it. Hint: there are a lot!
I am rather anxious about running out of notebooks that meet my criteria for regular daily use. What if they just stop making ones I like? It could happen. And what about Moleskine’s decline in quality? I’ve been so dismayed at the way they make their notebooks now that I’ve been buying up older ones whenever I spot good ones. For a notebook to make the cut as a daily companion, it has to be approximately 3.5 x 5.5″ or smaller, with plain, dot grid or squared paper. It has to feel good to write in, and feel good to hold. I prefer that the cover be plain, but I’m open to variations as long as the overall aesthetics are pleasing. In addition to the “daily use” notebooks, I am also including the kinds of sketchbooks that I tend to use regularly for assorted drawing and painting, which have to be the same size, with sturdy plain paper. (I am not counting larger sketchbooks, which I do sometimes use, but much more rarely, so I don’t stock up on them much.) After going through my various piles, here’s my current inventory of notebooks with potential for daily use and regular sketching:
I was surprised that I only had 2 unused HandBooks left, as I had quite a few of those at one point. But the main thing that struck me after compiling this list is that I need to start using those cahiers more! I tried to use one for household notes like room measurements and furniture measurements at one point, thinking it would be helpful when shopping for some new furniture, but that project sort of fizzled out. I toy with the idea of using these small notebooks for single subjects or projects, or for drawing and doodling. They are lightweight and easy to carry, so I keep thinking I should be using them for listmaking, or for sketching when I don’t want to carry a daily notes notebook plus another hardcover sketchbook. I could even try carrying a few at a time bundled into a Traveler’s Notebook-style cover. I could be stretching out the lifespan of my nice old Moleskines if I used more of these cahiers.
Since I tend to use about 4-6 notebooks a year on average, including sketchbooks, the 75 non-cahier spares I currently have may only last about 12 years, or until I am about 57 years old. God forbid that I run out of good notebooks just a few years before I’m ready to retire!!! And I am very healthy (knock on wood) and have a family history of longevity, so I may need notebooks until I’m in my early to mid 90s. I can’t just say “oh, I’m sure I’ll have enough.” Proper planning is key. If my usage shifted to 2-3 full-size notebooks and 1 cahier a year, I’d be all set for about 30 years, til I’ll be 75. Assuming I keep blogging and paying attention to new notebooks that hit the market, I am likely to add some other acceptable notebooks to my collection during that time, so I may not have a shortfall until I’m even older. It still makes me a little nervous to imagine living out the final years of my life with only inferior notebooks to scribble in… and you always hear horror stories about people’s stuff being stolen when they’re in nursing homes… so I guess I will just have to keep collecting more spare notebooks to get me through!
This week’s addict displays an orderly and attractive collection of notebooks in a blog post that begins as follows:
“There are so many notebooks out there, good ones, that I started to become a little paralyzed at the idea of trying to say anything useful. I would leave so many out! I would fail to talk about all the variations! How could I possibly do them justice?
So let’s take as a given that this is barely a snapshot into the world of Things To Write In With Pens And Pencils. I decided to start with the notebooks I had lying around. These are not all the notebooks I own, but they are more or less the range I’ve worked with, with two exceptions, Miquelrius and Rhodia, and they were the ones nearest to hand, since they’re all on the shelf in my writing cubbyhole at home. Behold:”
Lots more description, comparison and photos at Notebooks | VacuousMinx.
Once again, I’m rounding up some questions from various readers who are in search of their perfect notebook. Help them if you can by leaving a comment!
From Landon: I really like the filofax pocket cover you showed a couple of years ago. I have been looking for something exactly like that for a long time. Do you know anyone who makes them similar to the one you have pictured?
I think he means this one below (details in this post), and I wish I did know where you could buy one like it today! I haven’t seen anything even close in years. Filofax made an extra-slim notebook a few years ago, but the leather wasn’t as nice, and they no longer seem to produce it.
From Diana: Looking for an old steno notebook with Gregg shorthand symbols on it
Not sure about this, eBay might be the best source. None of the current steno notebooks I’ve seen seem to include a reference chart of symbols.
This week’s addict contacted me by email to share this photo:
I love this collection– the almost architectural way they’re stacked and shelved, the consistency of notebook types and date/subject labeling. And many of them have a nice worn in look– not totally beat up, but that slightly dingy and soft look that comes from frequent use. And the sheer massiveness of the collection! I think I counted 136 notebooks! I’d love to know more about what’s inside…
I’m guessing most of these (aside from the composition books) are Moleskines, but some also look like they could be Markings, Piccadilly or softcover Miquelrius notebooks. There are some two-packs in the still-wrapped pile at top left that I think could be Clairefontaine, or perhaps Fabriano. It’s fun trying to detect the subtle differences in a collection like this! Thank you D Murphy for sharing your addiction!
I’ve admired Lapin’s notebook art for quite a while so I was happy to see he’s got a line of notebooks and planners with Miquelrius, including this one:
See more at Agenda PASSPORT 2CV MR ART BY LAPIN | , | Agendas, libretas, cuadernos, carpetas, mochilas, estuches, bolsas, libreta, cuaderno, material escolar, mochila | Miquelrius-Papelería y complementos para profesionales y escolares.
This week’s addict blogs about “writing, reading and tools” at Presents of Mind. She has been collecting notebooks for about 13 years– a sampling of the results are below:
Moleskines, Miquelrius, composition books and more, plus some cool vintage labels to identify them! An excellent collection.
There’s lots more commentary and photos at My Notebook Obsession | Presents of Mind.