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Make your drafts look like illuminated books.

September 01, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Notebooks, Sponsored 1 Comment →

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We’ve started writing a book-length memoir of our feline companions.

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We want it to be different from the two columns we write every week, so we’re not using our trusty Moleskines. For this project, we got these faux-antique notebooks by Paperblanks. The two above are reproductions of a 1688 binding adorned a la fanfare, a hand-tooled pattern edged in gilt.

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There are metal clasps holding the books shut.

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And look at the spines. They’re ready for the library.

This way if the book turns out blah, the manuscript will still be gorgeous.

Paperblanks are available at National Bookstores.

Penmanship still matters in an age of keyboards

August 08, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Notebooks No Comments →

Thanks to Noel for the link.

Handmade leather notebooks for fountain pen users

July 22, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Notebooks No Comments →

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Papers & Tschai Studio in Cebu produces beautiful hand-stitched leather notebooks with unlined pages. The paper is heavier than Moleskine’s so you can use a fountain pen without the ink bleeding through. This notebook, 11.5cm x 17.5cm, Php850. Contact Papers & Tschai at papersandtschai@gmail.com or text 0927 126 3933 or 0925 886 2598.

You can write between the lines of Pride and Prejudice.

May 19, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Notebooks, Sponsored 1 Comment →

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The “lines” on the pages are the text of Jane Austen’s novel in small print. (Note: Not the complete novel.) If you can’t bear to read what you wrote, you can read Jane, or Charlotte, Bram and others.

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Also available: Persuasion, The Wizard of Oz, Tales of the Brothers Grimm, Dracula, Jane Eyre, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Php699 at National Bookstores.

Stuff we found at the bookstore this week

April 07, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Notebooks, Sponsored 1 Comment →

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A pencil sharpener in the shape of a tennis racquet…

cinderella

that also projects pictures of a Disney princess. Is that Cinderella? For 25 bucks!

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A metal pencil case with a smaller metal pencil case in it. 100 bucks.

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A set of Sharpies in 5 neon colors for defiling personalizing stuff, Php299. Single colors, 38 bucks.

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New Limited Edition Moleskines: Batman and Alice in Wonderland. Available in pocket-size (Php1160) and large (Php1580), lined and unlined.

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The pocket-size unlined Alice carnet features artwork from the first edition.

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*Prices quoted are from National Bookstores.

The notebook challenge: Leuchtturm vs Moleskine

February 03, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Notebooks 3 Comments →

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We’ve been using Moleskine notebooks with unlined pages for many years and have no complaints, but we’re curious about other notebooks. Must be what marriage is like.

At the bookstore the Leuchtturm and Moleskine displays were right next to each other. They cost the same, so neither has the advantage price-wise. Leuchtturm has a wider range of colors—orange, fuchsia, dark green, bright purple, etc—than Moleskine, but Moleskine has the limited edition themes— Star Wars, Lego, etc.

Both Moleskine and Leuchtturm notebooks are available with unlined, lined, and squared pages. Leuchtturm notebooks are about one centimeter wider.

Price: Tie
Colors: Tie
Size: Leuchtturm

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Leuchtturm pages are numbered, and there’s a table of contents so it’s easier to find the notes you need.

Convenience: Leucchturm Leuchtturm

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The limited edition Moleskines come with stickers so you can customize the designs. Leuchtturms come with sticker labels for the covers and spines for easy filing.

Easy filing: Leuchtturm

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Moleskines come with a “history” (they co-opted the story of the generic notebooks with elastic bands) and so do Leuchtturms.

History: Tie
Ease of pronunciation and spelling: Moleskine

We started using our Leuchtturm yesterday, and the quality of the paper is the same as Moleskine’s, although it is slightly thicker. However, it does not open flat on the table.

Paper quality: Tie
Flat-opening spine: Moleskine

Decision: We like them both. Good thing we’re not married.