In January I broke out my Cool Notes Notebook in red from teNeues. The hardcover is red, but what is even more special is the inside cover (pictured above) which is Bright Red and Yellow Zebra Print. It is awesome and totally brightens up your day. The notebook itself is a bright red and is a great alternative to a moleskine notebook. In this particular notebook the left hand page is blank and the right hand page is lined which make it perfect for this month’s monthly notebook. Other features include the ribbon bookmark, elastic closure and pocket at the back of the notebook. Again reminding me of a moleskine notebook.
There is a wide range of designs/patterns and colours available (both for the hard cover and the inside cover). See a sample of the range on their website.
Writing in the notebook feels great, the paper is smooth – I use my stabilo pen collection which glide over the page (and leaves minimal bleed through (pictured above). The pages of course are versatile and cope with writing, drawing, doodling etc – everything I pretty much need from a Monthly Notebook. For those of you who don’t already know – my Monthly Notebooks are notebooks that I carry daily to jot down notes and ideas. Each month I try to fill a different notebook with such goodies. You can find the full list (dating back to 2009) here.
Another monthly notebook from earlier in the year which I had not got round to writing about yet because I hated it. The Travel Passport Sized Notebook from Paperchase with Front Pocket was the usual bargain price for an A6 notebook at £1.75 but the paper inside the notebook was just wrong.
Unfortunately when the notebooks are wrapped in plastic in store you cannot see the paper to make a proper judgment on whether you want to make the purchase. So when I bought the notebook I was simply tempted by the purple colouring and the front pocket and cute fastening. The paper is squared (which I normally love) but the squares were just too large (1cm) and when writing in this notebook I just could not seem to get what I wanted on the page. It is rare for me to get exasperated by a notebook – but I did – and it is just as equally exasperating as I can’t seem to explain why.
So simply put, ignore this one and opt for the plain paper version instead – it is much more satisfying. Of course if you like large squares (1cm) this might be just want you need.
Last month I wrote about my monthly notebook for May the Leuchtturm 1917 Jottbook.
At the time of writing this was a fresh and new notebook, now it is almost full (and I am not even half way through the month yet). That is clearly a good sign.
If I like it, I use it.
I have found myself speed through the pages during a quiet moment. I have also taken the opportunity to carry out a quick ink test (although I fear my fountain pens seem to have gone walkies as people keep borrowing my pens).
As you can see very little bleeding – in fact the only bleed through is the permanent marker. My writing instrument of choice appears to be a mechanical pencil at the moment despite the pots (and pots) of pens I seem to have on my desk.
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Dear fellow paper enthusiast,
I write to you from the far reaches of the internet to remind you are about the great stocking filler and fall-back Christmas gift that died out somewhere back in the 90s: the note-writing gift set.
Recently I’ve found that people end up using all sorts of scraps of paper for their correspondence – anything from torn up envelopes to the back of receipts. At best people use file paper or printer paper for what should be a professional letter. Professionalism aside, I believe there is nothing more personal and satisfying as a handwritten letter –in many ways, a perfect gift, and guaranteed to put a smile on someone’s face.
Recently I’ve been voicing a campaign among friends to bring writing back, and I think it is something everyone should do to. How am I doing this?
- By writing letters to others to encourage them to send letters back;
- Returning to giving proper birthday cards (instead of dropping them a wall message on facebook);
- Using Old-fashioned Christmas cards; and
- giving out writing related presents in the hope that others will pick up on my enthusiasm.
The recent blog post from Tiger Pens: Letter writing shouldn’t vanish really hit home and it has made me even more determined to include a few paper related gifts in this years presents.
One thing I don’t understand is that it is not like there is no great writing kits out there, there is plenty of amazing stationery to make anyone drool.
Waterstone’s Social Stationery Collection!!
Between this and the likes of the cute and cheap Rosehip notebooks (and note sets) I think my Christmas shopping plans are almost complete. For more inspiration gift wise check out: Boo Vake’s Paper gift guide which looks pretty fantastic.(I hope to put together my own gift guide list at some point over the next week, so keep a look out for that).
Pass on the inspiration yourself and get letter writing back on the map even if it is just within your circle of friends – after all it means more excuses for you to write more letters yourself.
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guest post by illegible handwriting:
While browsing in town today I came across an address book brought to us by Padblocks (you know the company the produces the cubed notepaper with animal designs down the sides).
(Photo from PadBlock’s Website)
The address book claims to be different because it is an everlasting address book (you have stickers to replace old addresses without messing up the book and can add in more pages) although if you ask me that takes all the fun out of shopping for a new address book.
That said it is still a neat idea because I’m always crossing things out – as students, my friends and I often relocate every year and I’m constantly having to re-assess where to send the next birthday card too. That said, these problems that the everlasting book solves can be solved by other means – a) electronic means and b) buying blank stickers of your own to use in an existing address book and c) asking friends and family. My current address book is terribly out of date.
Definitely a contender in my hunt for a new address book. Loving the look of the lavender one (£8.49 Online).