Leuchtturm 1917

July 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

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A new notebook to try out: Leuchtturm 1917!

The pages are numbered and the book has a blank table of contents!

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The 121 pages are blank (except for pagination in the corner).

It has a pocket in the back, and comes with label stickers. And also a detached ruled page (squared on the backside).

I’m really looking forward to start using it…

Nifty Pocket Page Bookmark for my Moleskine Diary

January 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

This is a follow up to the post More on Project Planning (Creating Structure to this Year, part 2) and offers an improvement to the system for keeping track of long term projects day-to-day.

Moleskine Cahier Journal back pocket

My first step was to cut off the back pocket from the cover of one of my notebooks that had been used up.

Detached pocket with to-do lists

The detached pocket can be placed inside the planner, much like a bookmark, and can be used for several purposes:
• I place to-do post its there, where I write down important highlights, from ongoing long term projects, so that they are constantly visible and keeping me on track with the “plan”.
• I keep notes, index cards, clippings, to-do lists for later, etc, inside the pocket.
• The pocket can be moved from page to page, so I can to move all notes and post-its in one move. (A problem I had before with post-its was that I very often left behind post-its when I turned page, and after a while ended up with a heap of post-its with unprocessed ideas and unattended tasks.

Bookmark

Since I used another Moleskine journal for the moveable pocket page, it fits right into the planner. It also functions as a bookmark.

Moleskine Japanese Album

January 16, 2012 § 2 Comments

A Moleskine Japanese Album. Sometimes this type of album is called an accordion album.

It has zig zag folded pages:

And as you can see, the pages are blank. Still no idea on what to draw in the album.

While I am figuring that out, one could always search the internet for some inspirational or beautiful examples of how others have used their accordion albums. Here are some I found, and liked:

Gail Behrmann Detail from Beyond the River and Into the Trees Book I, 2003 - 2009

by MariPili and Alicia Asuncion. Photo from Patricia Moreno's blog

by Samantha Zaza. Photo from Flickr.

Moleskine Pac-Man Daily Diary

January 1, 2012 § 2 Comments

My new diary for 2012: Moleskine Pac-Man Daily Diary.
The diary has a page per day for notes and appointments. The cover is embossed with a Pac-Man design.

Le Petit Prince Plain Large Black Notebook & Plain Large Black Notebook

December 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Two notebooks I was given as Christmas gifts.

One of them is a plain black Moleskine notebook and the other a special edition with a “Le Petit Prince” design.

New Notebooks

February 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

Speaking of notebooks (see yesterday’s post)… I bought some new ones!

I always use the same brown type of Moleskine notebook, so this time I thought I’d try something new. I went for their Pac-Man collection. Perhaps this time I’ll do something useful or interesting with my notebooks.


Pac-Man stickers were included, too!

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Michel Gondry

February 11, 2011 § 1 Comment

– Do you run around with a notebook to jot down ideas?

– I have notebooks but they are terribly messy. I always start saying, “this notebook will be the only one for this project” and within five minutes I am working on another project and they end up very hard to read. I think what I write down goes into my brain better but it doesn’t mean that I’m going to read it again.

(Interview with Michel Gondry)

I always feel bad about my own sketchbooks/notebooks when I see how other people use their sketchbooks (full of beautiful drawings, neat hand-writing, etc). Mine are messy, disorganized, full of scribbles, bad ideas mixed with good ideas, and I’ll only use a fraction of what I write/draw in them. I thought this quote from Gondry was quite amusing, because I work the same way! I start out with the intention to dedicate one notebook to one project, and one project only, but it *never* works. Or I think: “this time I’ll really put effort into making the sketches look nice and keeping the writing organized”. I guess my brain just doesn’t work like that.

The quote is from Juxtapoz Magazine (January 2011).

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