Our Favorite Notebooks

Let’s face it: a notebook is a creative’s best friend. And the quest for the perfect notebook seems to be never ending. How well do the pages flatten out? How easy is it to write when all you’ve got is your lap? Will the ink bleed through? Is it pretty enough? Is it innocuous enough?

Here are some of our favorites (and why):

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(a) French Paper Co. has been producing beautiful papers for 140 years. The texture and patterns of their ornamental papers is enough to make any designer swoon. Their spiral bound swatch books are the perfect, whimsical presentation for their fine product! Plus, the varied covers ensure that you will grab the right notebook on your way out the door. (Designed by Charles S. Anderson Design Co.)

(b) The new dotted page notebooks from Moleskine are awesome for sketching–you get the guides without a heavy grid, which makes that the sketches look cleaner when you share them. This particular series comes in soft cover with lots of color options, which we love.

(c) This notebook from Sugar Paper is your classic spiral 2.0– your favorite go-to just got a sophisticated, adult upgrade. We’re swooning for their metallic covers. And like any good spiral, this lil guy flattens right out, easily folds back, and the covers are hard enough to right on when you’re not at your desk.

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(d) Magma Sketchbooks are the jam. Each variety offers two page styles: plain paper with graph style or heavier drawing paper. 3 ribbons, so you can start / stop projects in different places in the notebook. Also has an option to keep track of content with its numbered pages.