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Notebook Hunt


I can only keep track of one or two notebooks.  Right now, I have a cavalcade of legal pads with notes from all kinds of projects.  This does not work on many, many levels.

Miquelrius DCK Notebooks

Of course, you already know I can’t just go down to the local CVS and buy any old notebook to be my one and only.  It has to be good-looking!  After a long hunt and asking for lots of suggestions, I’ve got the vast field narrowed down to three choices.

Miquelrius – DCK Colours Notebook 4


Pros: Recommend by my team at Stitch Design Co, light, four-color section in each notebook, priced right

Cons:  Not in love with the colors

Mini Binders

Russell + Hazel – Mini Binder

$16 for the binder plus $10 for paper and $12 index dividers

Pros: Beautiful colors and design, a binder system would be easier to expand and achieve

Cons: Expensive but tempting, a binder could be too bulky to carry around

EcoSystem – Large Author


EcoSystem Notebook$18.95

Pros: COLOR!  (I love it), nice large size for tons of note taking and list making

Con: Does not easily divide so I may need to get more than two

***Aspirational Notebook***

This is the notebook I’m saving for when I make the big money.  It was recommended to me by Kristin Appenbrink, an editor at Real Simple, so you know its got to be good.

Graphic Image

Graphic Image – Leather Goatskin Notebook


Pros: Would be proud to pull it out of any Alesya Bag, beautiful and versatile metallic color, refillable

Con: Price

So, which one do you like the best?  Do you have a notebook you love?  I’ll let you know my final choice shortly.

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7 Responses to “Notebook Hunt”

  1. Shannah says:

    I love a good old fashioned steno pad, a la Best. Notebook. Ever. The cover is tough and can stand up to abuse aplenty, and it is small enough to fit easily into a shoulder bag. It is also light, so it doesn’t add to my many burdens.

    Good luck with your search!

    • Alesya says:

      I think this is the most economical and the original favorite to many! Thank you for posting. It’s good for me to think of these kinds of options too.

  2. Laura says:

    I’ve actually been thinking I need to get a nice notebook in order for myself, too. I love Kelly Rae Roberts “date book” for 2011..would love to see something similar as a journal/notebook.

    I asked my artist friends for some recommendations…I am confident I’ll have some awesome finds to share with you very soon. 🙂

  3. Laura says:

    Here is my first recommendation…if others come in from my artist pals, I’ll submit as one final comment with all as links. 🙂

  4. Laura says:

    Here are a few handmade journals I came across on Etsy. The gold one is especially lovely.

    Italian leather journal in teal with golden veins

    A beautiful golden lambskin leather journal (strap could be modified)

    Chocolate brown leather journal:

    A smaller decorative journal (more of a notepad)

  5. Thanks for the shout out Alesya! I was luckily able to find that Graphic Image notebook on sale–otherwise it would have stayed in someday-land for me too. You can pretty consistently find their products on OneKingsLane (the home goods private sale site). Can’t wait to see which one you chose!

  6. […] Notebook Hunt is over!  The Miquelrius large notebook won over, for many reasons which I will discuss below. […]

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