Finding the Perfect Notebook
Have you ever found your perfect notebook? You know, the kind that you want to buy in every colour or design available. The type that you’d buy over and over, leaving you with an endless supply that you’d never run out of.
I often think I have, and as a result get extremely excited when it arrives on my desk and I imagine just what use I’m going to put it to. For a while, I might place it on my shelf – along with my vast collection of notebooks, in declaration of my love for its beauty, form and function.View all articles
Yes folks, I’m a notebook hoarder! While I might buy said ‘perfect’ notebook with the intention of using it, it’s also possible that it will end up staying on my notebook shelf for all eternity – not to be used, but to be admired and cooed over. I buy notebooks for their aesthetic qualities, knowing I will never fill them, never write, draw or muse within their pages.
Is this some form of madness? While my husband thinks so, notebook lovers out there will understand. Sometimes to write in the perfect notebook is to spoil its essential nature. Why use it, when instead you can look at it, feel it and admire its perfection. Long may my shelves be laden down in this way
What constitutes perfect?
This leads me to the question of what constitutes a perfect notebook? It’s a good question to ask, because so often the ‘perfect’ notebook eludes me. I think I’ve found it – but when I get hold of it, it lacks something – or there is something about it that doesn’t quite work.
First of all, my perfect notebook would be largely filled with blank pages – at least 60% plain, with perhaps 20% dotted and 20% lined. Herein lies a big problem before consideration of other aesthetic features. The large majority of notebooks are lined. Not all – but enough to make it frustrating when you fall in love with an outside cover, and then peer within!
A5 is my preferred size, but I do like a custom cover that might take it a little beyond the 148 x 210mm standard. It can’t be too heavy – those really weighty ones just don’t work for me, so probably under 200 pages is best. Silky smooth paper quality is a must – our Notebook Mentor Journals are made in silk Munken Lynx 120 gsm, a beautiful paper that is perfect for journaling, because you can’t see the writing from one side to the other.
I like a stitched spine – a sign of quality – but it must be made such that it lays perfectly flat – easier for writing and drawing on the go (and when you are trying to balance your notebook on your lap or the edge of a makeshift desk!).
A5 Know Yourself Career Journal
A beautiful cover is a must, of course – something colourful or something unashamedly low-key and simple. For those in the business of manufacturing notebooks, you’ll know all about end papers (those pages on the inside of your front and back covers). They’re generally plain, so it’s always exciting when you find something different. Then there are the other elements to consider – a beautiful grosgrain ribbon to mark your page, an elastic closing band to keep everything within, round corners, embossing on the cover, personalisation, perhaps even an inside pocket for special bits and pieces?
When I look back over my list, I start to understand why finding the perfect notebook is something of a life quest. What would go on your list of must haves?
Of course, we can’t talk about notebooks without thinking about responsibility and sustainability. As a producer of career journals, it means so much to me that our notebooks carry the FSC logo and trace code. Our print partner @graphiusgroup are wonderful champions of doing right by our planet – as the saying goes – “there is no Planet B”.
My perfect notebook
So here we are – my perfect sustainable notebook. A5 or a little larger, 200 pages, beautiful cover, rounded corners, exciting end pages, silky blank 120 gsm interior, a grosgrain ribbon, a lay flat, banded bundle of loveliness. Oh and maybe a bit of personalisation and embossing!
Let the (ongoing) search commence!