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Notebook Addict of the Week: Queen Katz

This week’s addict is another YouTuber called Queen Katz, this time with an all-Filofax collection: 18 of them!

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Watch the full thing at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi8ewIG8mWo


Mixiw Notebooks

Here’s a recent successful Kickstarter project, the Mixiw notebook. I’m not sure how to pronounce Mixiw– mixee? mix-ew? Anyway, it looks like a nice concept– a variety of inserts will be available and you can mix and match them in the cover, and archive them in a binder when you’re done.

The binding system looks somewhat similar to the X47 brand of notebooks from Germany, with an elasticized pair of hooks that grip the inserts at top and bottom of the spine, rather than the insert being tucked into a full elastic loop as in the Midori Traveler’s Notebook.


The project has been fully funded and an online store should be coming soon. Find out more at: Mixiw Notebooks | A new notebook concept

Notebook Addict of the Week: Bubbe Wisdom

This week’s addict, the blogger at Bubbe Wisdom, is actually a recovered notebook addict now… which makes me a little sad, I must confess.

She says:

“See that pile of notebooks? They represent twenty plus years of collecting inspirational ideas on paper. Each notebook represents a category: stitching, contemporary quilts, weaving, baskets, fashion, fine artists, Judaica, Instructions, interiors, people and the list goes on and on and on and the paper piles up and up and up, until today.

My notebooks have become obsolete. Replaced by my Pinterest Boards.

Emptied, paper recycled, notebooks dropped off at GoodWill.”

See more at : Purging – Bubbe Wisdom Bubbe Wisdom

Notebook Innovation? Or Overkill?

Here’s a couple of new notebook concepts I’m not too sure about:

The Sorta Is a Flexible Notebook with Removable, Rearrangeable Pages.



Sorta. The Adaptive Notebinder. from YoonCo on Vimeo.

As others have pointed out, there was already a solution to this problem– the 3-ring binder. I guess you could argue that the Sorta is thinner, but there are other types of notebook binders that are also fairly thin, so I don’t find this totally revolutionary.


Then there’s the Wipebook, which is a spiral notebook containing 25 double-side pages with the wipe-clean surface of a whiteboard:

Wipebook turns an old-fashioned notebook into a portable whiteboard (VIDEO)..


I’m not totally seeing the big benefit here either– if you want to erase what you write, you could just use pencil or erasable ink, or you could use an iPad or other tablet if you want a combination of saved and erasable notes.

I may just not be the audience for either of these products, but perhaps others will love them? In any case, it’s nice to see people experimenting with ways to re-envision what a notebook can be.

Notebook Addict of the Week: LJ

This week’s addict is another Filofax fanatic. LJ recently moved and unpacked not only a TON of Filofax binders and inserts, but some official Filofax cabinetry that they’re stored in!

Wow. Just… wow.

See lots more at LJ’s Blog of Stuff: Move Complete.

Notebook Addict of the Week: Laurie

This week’s addict is a blogger you all should know: Laurie from Plannerisms. Check out her fabulous collection, comfortably (but crowdedly)housed in its own bookcase:

She points out:

Note that this bookcase is nearly 6 feet tall. Also notice most shelves are two rows deep.

Man, that’s a lot of notebooks and planners! One of those shelves is actually sagging!
Read more at Plannerisms: My collection, where Laurie shows close-up photos of each shelf, and provides details on the various brands.

Thanks for sharing your collection, Laurie!

Notebook Addict of the Week: Sheapup

This week’s addict has quite a stack of Filofaxes! She also admits to having quite a few other notebooks and agendas, and says these are all unused.

She also shows off this rather luscious-looking Hermès agenda!

See more at Sheapup’s Flickr photostream.

Review and Giveaway: Tom Bihn Field Journal Notebook

One of the benefits of writing this blog is that I find out about interesting products I would otherwise never hear about. One such product is this Tom Bihn Field Journal Notebook, which the manufacturers sent me to review. It’s a neat little notebook and bag all in one!

The bag is about the size of a large hardcover book (approx. 8″ x 10″ x 2″). It has small handles so you can carry it like a brief case, or you can use the detachable shoulder strap. If you have the strap on your shoulder or around your neck, the notebook can be comfortably propped up against your stomach in a convenient position for writing.

There’s a zippered pocket on one side, and an open pocket on the other. A double zipper wraps around to the spine of the notebook so it opens fully. Inside, you get several pen slots and a pocket big enough for an iPhone on one side.



In the middle you have the loose-leaf rings, which can actually be rotated to make the notebook work better for lefties.The whole loose-leaf mechanism is attached to a plastic backing, which is in turn stitched into the bag itself very securely.



There are a few rings where you can attach a key ring or other items. The materials and construction seem really sturdy– this seems like a bag that can take a lot of abuse, so it would be perfect for anyone who needs to take notes or sketch while hiking, camping, bird-watching or any other outdoor activity. With the extra pockets, you could easily throw in some watercolor paints and granola bars. Clip a water bottle to the strap, and you’re all set for a day out!

The standard package for this bag includes a little ruler, a key strap, one rigid plastic divider page and one package of recycled paper. But I got a few extra goodies with my sample (normally sold separately):
Two extra packs of paper!


Extra rulers and a Tom Bihn luggage tag! But wait, there’s more! (No Ginsu knives, though…)




A pen pouch, an extra plastic divider page, and a mini-wallet, which has cork on on side! (Between this and the Michael Roger cork journal, I’ve been totally won over by the amazing beauty of cork.) I love the hooks these extra pouches attach with– they rotate in all directions.


I decided to open and test the package of Crane’s Crest 100% Cotton paper, which has a nice cream color and a micro-perforated edge. It’s a little toothier than I was expecting, so it’s great with pencil, but not the kind of super-smooth surface I prefer for most of my pens.



Show-through is about average– on the back side of the paper, a watermark is slightly visible, and I thought the surface seemed somewhat smoother. With the micro-perforation, this paper would be great for doing sketches in the field that can then be easily saved elsewhere. The paper is acid-free. I did not fully test the other paper packs I was sent, but I tore a corner off the plastic and tried my favorite Uniball Signo RT 0.38 pen, which seemed to write very nicely. The looseleaf rings are a standard size, so you could use any 5 1/2 x 8 1/2″ paper if you don’t like the Tom Bihn offerings.

Tom Bihn is a Seattle-based company making a variety of bags and accessories. This seems to be the only bag they offer that is a notebook. The sample I was sent is all black, but they offer a variety of other colors. At $75.00, it’s definitely a bit of an investment, but for a refillable notebook that will last forever, that seems like a decent value– and considering this is also a bag, I’d say that makes it a great value! You can order one online here, or you can take a shot at winning the sample I was sent! I was very tempted to keep this bag for myself, but I’m giving away the whole kit ‘n’ kaboodle shown in the photos above to one lucky randomly selected winner from entries submitted in these ways:

On Twitter, follow Notebook Stories and tweet something containing the words “TomBihn Field Journal” and “@NotebookStories.

On Facebook, “like” the  Notebook Stories page and post something containing the word “Tom Bihn Field Journal” on my wall.

On your blog, post something containing the words “Tom Bihn Field Journal” and “NotebookStories” and link back to this post.

The deadline for entry is Friday February 25 at 11:59PM, EST.

Winners will be posted on Facebook and Twitter. Good luck everyone!

Review: Japanese Notebooks from Kinokuniya

Here’s a look at a couple of notebooks I couldn’t resist buying at Kinokuniya, a store in Manhattan that specializes in books, movies, stationery and other Japanese items.
The first is a quite unique notebook, made by Pilot and branded “THE-II” on the front. The cover is a very retro leather-textured plastic:



But here’s what really sets it apart– thumb-indexed sections, like a dictionary!


One thing I don’t like about the notebook is that the cover overhangs the paper edges by quite a lot. The cover is very flexible so those corners would get bent pretty quickly with active use.


The inside cover is grey paper, with no printing on it.


The first page has one of those odd, somewhat nonsensical Japanese-English slogans: “THE-II : ALL PREPARATIONS ARE COMPLETED.”


There’s some index pages at the front of the notebook:



It’s not the best in terms of opening flat– I was a little worried the binding could fall apart.


From the font used for the stamp on the back, it appears to be made by the same Pilot company that makes pens.


A comparison shot, next to a Piccadilly notebook. The Pilot notebook is wider, approximately 3 3/4 x 5 1/2″.



In the shot below you can also see the difference in the paper color: the Piccadilly has a warm, creamy tone, while the Pilot notebook is a very cool white.


The paper is very smooth, and feels a bit lighter weight than most notebooks, with some bleed-through from various pens:



My second purchase was a very cute little loose-leaf binder by Maruman, again shown next to a small Piccadilly notebook:


This photo above shows something that often annoys me about looseleaf notebooks– the front and back covers are rarely parallel, as the spine has to be wide enough to leave room for the rings, and you can’t fit in enough paper to fill out the thickness. I’ve often tried to solve this by using post-it notes or something else to pad out the covers on the inside.

This notebook has a similar thumb-index look to it, but these are just cut-outs in the black plastic cover which reveal the rainbow-colored divider tabs within. First there’s a black page, then white dividers with colored tabs. I think these tabs must be a Maruman trademark, as I have another binder by them that is at least 10 years old and came with the same tabs.


The notebook includes a small amount of lined paper.


There’s also a clear plastic top-opening envelope.


The spine shows off the rainbow colors:


The looseleaf binding works in an unusual way, swinging to the side to open:


The paper is similar to that of the Pilot notebook: a cool white, nice and smooth but not the best for bleed-through.



The Japanese do make some great stationery! It’s been several months since I bought these and I’m already itching to go back to Kinokuniya and see what’s new there!

Notebook Addict of the Week: Mywormy

This week’s notebook addict has the distinction of being our first Filofax addict:

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This is a particularly hard to justify form of notebook addiction– after all, a Filofax is a durable, refillable binder: you can’t “use it up” the way you can with other bound notebooks and journals. 10 Moleskine-type notebooks might not seem like qualification for being a true addict, but 10 Filofaxes definitely counts. Even I only own 4 Filofaxes… I think… though that doesn’t count numerous other non-Filofax-branded binders that I filled with Filofax inserts… and various other small looseleaf notebooks… but most of those were probably cheaper than buying real Filofaxes, which are also one of the most expensive notebook addictions!

Via mywormy’s photostream on Flickr. For more Filofax addicts, check out the Philofaxy pool on Flickr.