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The absolute last-minute gift guide

December 23, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Notebooks, Shopping, Sponsored No Comments →

You have just realized that it’s less than 48 hours before Xmas and even if you’re an atheist you like giving and getting presents (or at least not being the buzzkill). Go to the nearest National Bookstore and get these.

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Black sketchbook, Php599. Give with gold and silver Sharpies or Dong-A metallic gel pens.

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Pierre the Maze Detective by Hiro Kamigaki and IC4 Design, Php879.

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Children will find it entertaining; overgrown children will love the design.

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Gold Leuchtturm1917 journal, Php949. Obviously we’re keeping this. Shiny!

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Daycraft A6 sketchbooks, PU leatherish covers, wide range of colors, Php389 each.

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This season’s “I’m tired of thinking, I’ll just take two dozen of those” gift: colouring books for grownups. It’s supposed to relieve stress. In our observation, people who are already stressed will get more stressed if you give them coloring books because it’s more work they will feel compelled to do. This one comes with 8 colouring pencils in a nice tin box so you don’t even have to wrap it, because you’re stressed, too. Php395 only.

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The exception in the colouring books category is The Official A Game of Thrones colouring book, and you know it’s for the real fans because the “A” is in the title. Php665.

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Leuchtturm page-a-day 2016 datebook, Php1221. You can have the recipient’s name engraved for free. (Every year we get a Moleskine diary but the new designs haven’t arrived so we’re trying something different. Moleskine, where’s the new stuff? We want the Blue Note editions.)

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The new Stephen King story collection, hardcover Php1199. The man’s a story factory with consistently good quality control.

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…

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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.