Notebooks, Notebook Covers, and Paper

Resources

A quite comprehensive introduction to what to consider with notebooks can be found at the Fast Company.

Covers and systems

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  • An Introduction to the Midori Traveler’s Notebook (part one) Midori Traveler's notebook closed The Midori Traveler’s Notebook is legendary but, to me at least, quite intimidating. It’s quite pricy to get into and there is an overwhelming number of options. I’ve spent quite a long time looking at it all from afar, not quite knowing where to begin. Then a month or so ago the rather wonderful Journal ...
  • An Introduction to the Midori Traveler’s Notebook Part Two: Paper Refills Midori Travelers Notebook Refill 013 lightweight back cover In this second part of my introduction to the Midori Traveler’s Notebook I’ll be looking at paper refills. In this, the standard sized Midori, refills are 11cm x 22cm. I shall be concentrating on refills made by Midori. Other companies make compatible refills and it’s perfectly possible to make your own: I’ll touch on that ...
  • Davis Leatherworks Notebook Covers Davis Leatherworks Notebook Covers It’s possible to spend a lot of money on a leather notebook cover but why do that when you can get a beautiful cover from Davis Leatherworks for less than the price of a fancy bottle of ink? You won’t find any covers more beautiful than these no matter how much you spend. The covers are ...
  • Galen Leather Notebook Cover and Wallet Review and Giveaway Galen Leather produce a couple of versions of their wallet/pocket notebook combination. They sent me the one with two horizontal credit card slots and I’ve been using it since it arrived (about three months now). I liked it and so as I’m no longer keeping products that have been sent to me I bought one ...
  • Midori Traveler’s Notebook Part Three: Making It Your Own (and a Giveaway) Midori Travelers Notebook fully loaded That the Midori Traveler’s Notebook has such a loyal following is due to: high quality products; clever branding; and the infinite variety of ways to make it your own. In fact the notebook becomes uniquely yours very quickly as the cover picks up scuffs and scratches and rapidly develops personality. I can only think the cover’s ...
  • Paper Republic Grand Voyageur Notebook Review Paper Republic Grand Voyageur side view Paper Republic’s Grand Voyageur is a notebook system consisting of a leather cover and a range of refills. Available direct from Paper Republic, the smaller version I’m reviewing here costs €40 for a cover and plain refill, with free embossing of your initials should you so wish. Mine is the cognac version – covers are ...
  • Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter Organiser and Notebook Cover Review Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter review The Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter is a notebook cover/organiser on steroids. It costs anything from €69 to the equivalent of a small house, depending on your configuration (more on that later). The one I’m reviewing here cost €109. The Taschenbegleiter has a huge number of options. So many, in fact, that Roterfaden provide a TASCHENBEGLEITER KONFIGURATOR. The Konfigurator is ...
  • Start Bay Notebook Cover Review and Giveaway Start Bay notebook review Start Bay is a little bay on the south Devon coast here in England. It’s also home to Start Bay Notebooks, makers of these simple leather notebook covers. Thank you to Start Bay Notebooks for sending me these covers to review (and to give away, see below). These are my own honest opinions. These are available in ...

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Hardcover Notebooks

Most notebooks are available in a range of sizes so that isn’t specified here. Most are available with a variety of ruling types, too.

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  • Paper-Oh Notebooks Review I first discovered Paper-Oh notebooks when a couple were included in a Spotlight Stationery box that I received via their sponsorship of Pens! Paper! Pencils! I liked them a lot and so bought three more. Size: A5 (also available in A7, A6 and A4) Price: £6 Pages: 112 Cover: hard card with a dot pattern and magnetic closure Paper: not ...
  • Rhodia Webnotebook (A5, lined) notebook review Rhodia Webnotebook (A5, lined) notebook review Rhodia paper (made by Clairefontaine, if we’re being particular) is the paper by which I judge all others. It is lovely to use with fountain pens. It’s very hard to get pens to bleed or feather or even show through. Inks shine. It’s the paper that makes the Rhodia Webnotebook wonderful. Webnotebooks (silly name), also known ...

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Softcover Notebooks

Most notebooks are available in a range of sizes so that isn’t specified here. Most are available with a variety of ruling types, too.

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  • Calepino Large Notebooks review and giveaway Calepino Large Notebooks review and giveaway I am, it is safe to say, a huge fan of Calepino notebooks. They look great, the small sized ones are a good price, they’re durable and the paper is fantastic. I use them all time: for work, for a pocket book, to write down three-plus-one good things each day, to plan out my days ...
  • Calepino notebooks review Calepino notebooks review It’s hard to deny that Calepino notebooks are rather similar to Field Notes notebooks. They are the same size, have almost identical cardboard covers and even claim an ‘authentically inspired by artisans’ kind of origin story. Field Notes came first. Feel free to draw your own conclusions. Whatever your feelings about that in the end these ...
  • Hobonichi Techo (2016 Edition) Review Hobonichi Techo featuredA lot has been written about the Hobonichi Techo. It has almost cult status. Here are some more words about it, based on how I’ve used mine for eight months. Of course one of the difficulties of reviewing planners when you try not to review anything without using it for a while is that the ...
  • Manuscript Notebook Review Manuscript are an American notebook company. They sent me a set of their notebooks to review. These are my honest opinions based on using one of each size for several weeks. Pocket notebooks Size: 5.5″ x 3.5″ Price: $11 for three Pages: 64 Cover: textured cardboard Paper: off-white Ruling: blank Binding: sewn/thread Large notebooks Size: 8.3″ x 5.5″ (A5) Price: $11 for one Pages: 86 Cover: textured cardboard Paper: ...
  • Maruman Mnemosyne Inspiration Pad review Maruman Mnemosyne Inspiration Pad review The Maruman Mnemosyne Inspiration Pad has 70 sheets of bright white paper. It’s available plain or with a dot grid and in sizes from A7 up to A4. This is the A5 version. The pad is meant to be used in landscape format but there’s no reason you have to, of course. There is a margin ...
  • Papernotes Notebook Review and Giveaway Papernotes with packaging Papernotes is a small Filipino company. They make just one kind of notebook (but have plans for more), which is available in a variety of colours (white, black, grey, blue, orange and red). The notebooks are A5 with 160 lined pages of paper and cost $5.50. The covers aren’t firm like a Webnotebook but they are ...
  • Rhodia Rhodiarama Softcover Notebook Rhodia’s Webnotebook has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the best fountain pen-friendly notebooks there is. It was my number one choice until I started using covers, when the thick cover, usually such an advantage, became a bit awkward. I tried many different softcover notebooks, some good, some bad, but what I really wanted ...
  • Story Supply Co Pocket Staple Notebook Review Story Supply is an American company with a wonderful ethic. In their own words, they partner “with organizations who provide free tutoring, writing, and arts instruction to kids in under-served communities” by setting aside a Supply Kit with every purchase: Story Supply Kits will include notebooks and writing tools or other items that will ...
  • Whitelines Pocket Notebook Mini-Review Whitelines is a Swedish company making a range of paper products featuring white lines on a grey background. This is a mini-review of their pocket notebook. Size: 9cm by 14cm (3.5″ by 5.5″) Price: £7.95 (UK) for three Pages: 48 Cover: thick card (not sure of the weight, sorry) Paper: 80gsm Ruling: 5mm squares, white on grey (also available lined) The ...
  • Word Notebooks Review Word Notebook front cover The Word notebook is a 48 page pocket notebook (3.5″ by 5.5”) available with a range of different colours in packs of three. This one was sent to me by Pocket Notebooks. Pocket Notebooks is a new company selling a good range of notebooks that also offers a subscription based notebook service in the UK. The ...

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