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Notebook Addict of the Week (again): Joe

This week’s addict is another one whose collection has grown since we first saw it. He sent me this message and the photos below of his excellent collection, which now includes his own home-made notebooks:

“I was a notebook addict about a year ago and just recently returned from Afghanistan after 7 months. So I thought I would let you in on what I have been doing notebook wise and vie for the coveted notebook addict of the week (again). The first photo is of what I used in 2013. Date books, journals and work. The second photo is my home made notebooks. As prices go up and the sizes available are pretty standard across the board I wanted something different so I have been making them at four by six inches. The third pic is what is in current use, there is a moleskine for work, sketch book, a journal each for my 2 children, and a book journal. Lastly is what is on slate for the year to come. It is ever expanding as I reside in Germany presently and there are many great stationary stores with everything you need to keep an obsession going.”


joe addict 1

joe addict 2

joe addict 3

Thanks for sharing your addiction, Joe, and glad you are back safely from Afghanistan!

Questions from Readers

Jenny asks “Do you know of any companies that produce notebooks for keeping track of books read? I remember seeing one at some point, but I didn’t need one then 🙂 As I am now working in a library and reading more, I would like to keep track of what I am reading and whether I liked it or not.

I can think of two: Moleskine Passions Book Journal, and the Knock Knock Life Log Leisure Notebook I received from Lost Crates, which has a section for logging books, in addition to other topics. And I’m sure there are others. But I’d caution you to think about what kinds of things you want to write about the books you’ve read– on Amazon, many of the customer reviews of the Moleskine journal mentioned finding the page layout too constraining, or not having enough pages in each alphabetical section. The best book journal may just be a blank book you customize for that purpose.


Sabrina writes “I want to do a fun little journal project with my sister who lives 10 hours away. I’m thinking something like ‘Wreck This Journal‘, but have been searching online for something that is uniquely designed for exchanging between two people with fun prompts for writing/silliness. Any suggestions?

This is an interesting idea. I have never seen anything designed specifically for this purpose, but I hope someone decides to make one! If you’re going to be mailing it back and forth, you’d probably want something sturdy but lightweight, and not too oversized, and without a spiral or wire-o binding, since that could get crushed or bent. The Moleskine Cahiers or Japanese Albums, FieldNotes, some of the Whitelines journals or Rhodia staple-bound pads– there are lots of possibilities. Then just add your own writing prompts from books like these.

One other thing that might or might not generate some ideas for how to set up a two-person journal: journals designed for couples to write in together, such as these:


Kathy asks “I’m taking biology classes next semester and I’m wondering if I should choose Moleskine XLarge Soft Cover Notebooks or Whitelines Saddlestitched. Which is a better fit? I need something that can withhold throught the whole semester, because I know I’ll be opening the notebook(s) 100000x to reread my notes…It doesn’t matter if it’s ruled or squared.

The softcover Moleskines have gotten a bad rap in the past for bindings that tear loose at the spine, but they might be worth a try again if you haven’t used one for a while, as they seem to be making more recent ones with a reinforced spine. I used one not long ago and had no problems whatsoever although previous ones had torn. The tape that reinforces the spine adds a slight thickness so you’ll see the edge of it under the cover material if it’s there. I haven’t fully tested a Whitelines notebook for durability, but perhaps other readers can chime in?

Thanks for your questions and answers, everyone! If you use Facebook, the Notebook Stories page there is also a great chance to interact with other notebook fans, since it takes me a forever to catch up on my emails!

Notebook Addict of the Week: Cassie

I love it when I get emails that begin like this: “My name is Cassie, and I’m a notebook addict. I’m sending you some pictures of my collection.”

Here’s what Cassie has to say:

I love, love, love notebooks. I’ve been scribbling ever since I could hold a pen, and keeping a journal seriously since I was fourteen. The first picture is my whole collection – pretty much every notebook I have, minus a few here and there that have gone missing. The second picture is the series of books I have filled with journalling over the past ten years. The third picture is five notebooks I’m currently using: I have a quote journal, a regular day-to-day journal, a gratitude journal, a five-year diary that I write just a few lines in every day, and a notebook that holds a list of books I want to read. Quite a few of the notebooks in my collection are empty – I can’t resist buying a pretty new one when I see it. 🙂 A couple of my favorites are two handmade books that my friend made for me in a book-binding class, and the tiny little blue one that was my husband’s diary when he was ten. 🙂

Great collection, Cassie! Thank you for sharing it with us!

New Products Including Ring Binder Coming from Moleskine!

Breaking news from the Frankfurt Bookfair, via Moleskiners:

New Moleskine products coming in 2010 will include some sort of refillable ring binder! That is a real departure for Moleskine, but one that should please a lot of people. They’re also introducing printable Moleskine paper in A4 size, which finally makes the MSK widget make some sense. There are also going to be some themed journals, which doesn’t excite me all that much, as I think more people might prefer using a free-form blank notebook to keep track of books or wine or movies, but it sounds like they’ll have some fun features like themed stickers included.

Here’s some excerpts from the full announcement from Moleskine:

The New Moleskine Passions and Six New Pieces in the Folio Collection

Press release
15 October 2009
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A 2010 preview at Frankfurter Buchmesse: The New Moleskine Passions: Journals for the loves of your life.

Moleskine Passions is a collection of six different journals to record and recall memories, thoughts and notes about six different passions: Recipes, Wine, Book, Film, Music and Wellness.

Moleskine lovers can use them to collect information and reviews about books they read, restaurants they visited, concerts they attended, dishes they tasted. And to share these information with others.

Each journal is a personal archive to fill in according to different needs and feelings:

  • Pages divided by printed tabs, with a themed layout for supporting you in taking notes.
  • Pages divided by blank tabs, that the user can personalize with the enclosed adhesive labels.
  • Blank pages for freedom of expression.
  • Enclosed adhesive labels, with words and icons.
  • Themed charts, calendars, glossaries, listings.

The black cover, one of the icons of the Moleskine brand, for the fi[rst] time in the brand’s history is fully embossed with a tight texture of themed images and writings. Moleskine Passions will be available in bookshops around the world starting from February 2010.

You will soon be able to test the layouts with MSK, the online tool that allows you to print out different page layouts and paste them on your Moleskine notebooks. www.moleskine.com/msk….
moleskine passion

A 2010 preview at Frankfurter Buchmesse:
Six New Pieces in the Moleskine Folio Collection.
Tools For Creative Professionals and Contemporary Nomads.

…Folio is a collection of top quality large Moleskine formats, A4 and A3. Now 6 new items have been added, conceived for professionals who love to personalize their own desks and give value to them, in functional and aesthetic terms. It is also a set of tools Moleskine lovers can use to build their own “portable offi ce”, to represent themselves in all occasions and

Closely connected to the digital world through a network of websites, blogs, online groups and virtual archives, Moleskine brand creates always new connections between analogue and digital, paper and pixel.

With MSK, the online cut and paste tool, you can transfer digital content into Moleskine pages or print out different page layouts to paste them on your Moleskine notebooks to personalize the page layout of you notebook. See www.moleskine.com/msk

Now with the Folio collection you can also print on A4 Moleskine paper, with the typical cream color The paper of the Folio Collection is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified.
The new items in the Moleskine Folio Collection will be available in selected bookshop, design stores, art supply and stationary stores around the world starting from July 2010.

Six New Pieces in the Moleskine Folio Collection

Post-it pocket (ruled and plain in one pack)

Card pocket (20 pcs in one pack)

Soft document holder

Moleskine printable A4 paper

Ring binder

Ring binder organizing Set
Expandable inner pocket
Dividers (6)
Adhesives for personalization

moleskine folio binder
I’m very curious to see how these will look, (beyond the images above, which are from the linked PDF) but I guess we have quite a few months to wait!