This one is the second real book I’ve ever made, and it took years before I even used it as a notebook, and never finished it. I did get closer to finishing it than usual, but still… all books made by me used by me end up only half-full.
My current notebook system may be a bit odd, but it works for me. I need a notebook wherever I go, even though I don’t even use one everyday, but if I don’t have one, I’m bound to come up with a master plan for the thing I’ve always wanted. But here’s how my life is organized right now: three skinny lined notebooks*, a rubber band and two or three 0.01 pens, tossed in my handbag. One of the notebooks is for crafty things, planning and writing down shopping lists for 50cm invisible zippers and teal blue sewing thread. The other is a diary/poetry/serious writing notebook. And the last (the middle one, actually) is full of diary/poetry/serious stuff but needs to be carried around everywhere because important things were written in it (just realized it would be in a much safer place at home behind several locks).
There may be hope in the world as long as there are notebooks. At least my handwriting has possibly stopped deteriorating.
Would you please tell me about your notebook? I’d love to hear what you use it for (notes, drawings, newspaper clippings?), what it looks like, if you keep it in a special place and whatever comes to mind. You can leave a comment or you can email me (the address is in my profile). What would make me really happy is if you sent me a photo or two. I’d love to make a little blog post of other people’s notebooks too. Just write a line or two (or twenty) for me, if you’re in the mood for sharing.
This isn’t a call for artist’s notebooks! I’m interested in your notebook (simply curious, I admit!), and if you happen to be an artist, well, maybe we can both live with it 🙂 I’m equally fascinated by the notebooks of engineers and gardeners and all you people out there.
And geez, enough with the snow already!!
*from Muji, I hoard these whenever in London.