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FLIPCLIP Kickstarter

Here’s another Kickstarter from the maker of the Penroll, which I reviewed a while back. The Flipclip also allows you to keep pens and pencils tidily attached to your notebook, in a clever hinged clip that opens so your notebook can still lie flat on a desk. Check it out soon, as the Kickstarter deadline for funding is Nov. 21, 2016.

My Latest Sketchbook

I just finished a sketchbook, exactly a year a year after I started it. This was one of my old Modo & Modo original Moleskine sketchbooks. I have a hoard of these older ones and they are still my favorite sketchbook for everyday use– they stand up well to most of the pens I use, and I like the way they work with watercolors, at least most of the time! I’ve occasionally had problems where watercolors will bead up and not adhere to the page, but it seems to be from where I’ve touched the page too much, especially in the summer when I might have sunblock residue on my hands.
Anyway, this was a very satisfying sketchbook for me. I used the front and back of every page. I carried it with me around New York City, on an Arizona ranch, at the beach, and even while kayaking on a lake. I did some very rough, quick sketches of people in the park on my lunch break, more careful sketches of a friend who was willing to stay still for a while, some drawings and paintings from photographs, and some abstract doodling. I really had fun messing around with it, and the result is probably my most colorful sketchbook ever. I’m hoping to keep this up with the next one, and hopefully finish it in less than a year!

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John Wooley’s Sketchbook

John Wooley gives us a tour through his HandBook Journal. He used this as a travel journal when he was 10 years old and the artwork is quite amazing for someone of that age!

Moleskine Monday: Andrea Joseph’s Sketches

Andrea Joseph shows off some neat sketches in various colors of pen and pencil, all in a Moleskine sketchbook. Here’s one of my faves:


See more at andrea joseph’s sketchblog: four drawings, three places, one sketchbook.

Moleskine Monday: Nicoz’s Diary

Nicoz keeps a beautiful illustrated journal, in a page-per-day Moleskine diary. A couple of my favorites:

See lots more at nicoz goes west | swimming across the ocean.

Notebooks Organized Neatly

Another nice image containing notebooks from Things Organized Neatly, this one by Andy Barron. The one in the bottom right could be a DesignY notebook. In the middel, probably a Moleskine Cahier. I’m not sure about the other notebooks, but the other funny thing I noticed about this picture is that I have the same USB drive and white ink pen!

Things Organized Neatly: SUBMISSION: Brooke Fraser by Andy Barron..

A Five-Year Old Notebook Fan!

This is one of my favorite reader-submitted photos ever– meet Tholakele, a 5-year old from South Africa.  On a trip to Paris, left the toy department at Le Bon Marché empty handed and instead picked out a notebook and pen and ink set for herself, which she tried out the minute she and her mother got to the café!


I love her look of concentration– and that’s a nice little Eiffel Tower she’s drawing in gorgeous purple ink!

The notebook is made by L´après-midi and is called Mini Note: Eiffel.
The children´s calligraphy pen is made by Marc Vidal, France.

Tholakele’s mom, Annicka, admits that a notebook obsession runs in the family– she writes and draws daily in notebooks herself.

A big thank you to Annicka for sharing the photos!

Why We Love Stationery

We live in a digital age, yet sales of good old fashioned paper are way up. Why? An article in the Guardian provides quite a good answer:

We all love stationery (some more moderately and tastefully than others). But why? It seems to me to offer two great and seductive promises. The first is that it will unleash your creative potential. The unsullied page, the pristine pen offer limitless possibilities (also, on a bad day, unlimited fear). “My grey goose quill,” wrote Byron, “Slave of my thoughts, obedient to my will/Torn from thy parent bird to form a pen/That mighty instrument of little men.” And look how well he got on. Imagine what he would have been able to do with a Mont Blanc and special-edition Moleskine.

The right pen and the right paper brought into conjunction, runs the unspoken thought, cannot help but result in a sudden influx of bold, brilliant and original ideas, the germ of a bestselling novel that will in its turn be inscribed in another, perhaps larger notebook more worthy of the task, in sentences as creamy and beautiful as the pages on which they are written. I am always on the hunt for the perfect notebook. Muji (the brown paperbacked ones), Field Notes (the three-packs), the ubiquitous Moleskine and, in more whimsical moments, Cavallini & Co have all come close. Which is to say, close to being the one that will become the perfect commonplace book, in which I will continue that proud Renaissance tradition of recording useful quotations, inspiring stories and intriguing snippets, but which will eventually, in a surprising modern twist and via a complicated but plausible chain of events involving bestsellerdom, successful film adaptation and a meeting of minds with the star during an on-set visit, end in a long and happy marriage to Jake Gyllenhaal. Is it any wonder I keep buying, when only an unlined leather notebook stands between me and all this?

Read more at Why I love stationery | Life and style | The Guardian.

In Praise of Notebook and Pen for Creative Writing

I enjoyed this article, which makes some great observations about writing in notebooks vs. on a computer, or even a typewriter:

Everything I’ve ever written was composed in notebooks first. I have hundreds of them filled with my scribbles tucked away in boxes. I also buy them obsessively, so I probably have just as many empty notebooks lying around the house ready and waiting to be filled. I find that writing longhand I can enter a zone of comfort I find hard to achieve when sitting in front of a screen – I find typing annoying, if I’m honest, not the mechanics of it, but the sound. The constant tap-tap-tap-tap on the keyboard reminds me of all the offices I’ve worked in. The sound bores into me, it fills me with an anxiety I could do without. I feel like I’m signing off invoices rather than writing my next novel. Writing longhand is a whole different feeling. For a start, I can take my notepads and pens everywhere I go; which means I can write anywhere I want, when I want. This is good for me as my writing comes to me in fits rather than prolonged spells. Only when my work is finished in longhand do I transfer it to a computer, editing as I type up. I find this part of my writing process the least enjoyable.

Read more at Why creative writing is better with a pen | Books | guardian.co.uk.

Notebook Addict of the Week: DayTripper

This week’s addict displays a very tidy shelf of notebooks on his Flickr page:

That turquoise pen is a nice bonus too!

See original image at Journals, Moleskines, Notebooks on Flickr – Photo Sharing!.