Tag Archives: hand made

Tlacuache Notebooks in the Making

Tlacuache Notebooks are made in Mexico. On their Facebook page, they recently shared some photos of work in progress– pretty cool!

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And here’s some of the finished products:

I may need to take a trip to Mexico to check these out!

See more at Tlacuache Notebooks..

Notebook Addict of the Week: Marc Johns

This week’s addict is addicted to making his own sketchbooks, and lots of them:

On his blog, Marc says

“I’ve been making my own sketchbooks for at least six years now. I’ve filled up dozens and dozens of them. Most are made from lettersized paper, cut in three, then folded over. This is the ideal size to fit inside my back pocket.”

He also goes on to point out that it’s great to have sketchbooks that are cheap enough that you aren’t afraid to mistakes. There are lots more images of the covers and insides, full of wonderfully scratchy, scrappy, awesome art!

See more at Marc Johns: I make my own sketchbooks.

Random Notebooks from My Collection

Here’s a few things I pulled out of one of my storage boxes, about half of which is filled with childhood notebooks from the late ’70s to mid-’80s.

First, a small orange looseleaf notebook. I was probably in about 6th grade when I decided to devote it to Astronomy and colored the cover with a metallic marker, which I guess I thought might look kind of futuristic and space-y. I pasted in a few pages worth of astronomy pictures, but didn’t get very far with it. Instead of using looseleaf paper, I filled the binder with pages from two spiral notebooks, including the back cover of one of them.

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This 1981 diary was used over a period of several years, when I went from having no idea how to fill a page other than with doodles to at least writing some little lists and comments about my friends and homework I had to do. I loved this kind of diary, which always included extra pages with useful info. Note how I amended the list of US presidents with the newly-elected Ronald Reagan.

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I made this fabric notebook cover myself, gluing it together as best I could, probably because my mother didn’t want to sew it for me. She used to do a lot of sewing, so there were always fabric scraps for me to turn into notebook covers, but most of them didn’t turn out very well, as I tended to have overly complicated ideas about secret pockets and pen holders. This one contains a stapled pad I made out of some sort of billing forms from Harvard, which one of my relatives used to bring home from the office for me to scribble on. I never wrote anything more than this one thing on the first page of the notebook.

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That’s it for today, but there’s plenty more where these came from:
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Washi Tape Notebooks

What a cute and simple way to decorate notebooks: colorful masking tape!


See more at 1, 2, 3, blog: Washi tape notebooks.