Along with art supplies, art papers, pens….. I’m a sucker for notebooks.
Found a new one today, called Sorta.
I have used various bound plain paper journals for my daily writing and collecting. I think I’ve mentioned before my journal is more accurately described as a Commonplace Book. It is both a daily diary of events and a record of what has interested me that day. For the past year, I’ve mainly been using the large Moleskine. But with all the things I add and glue in, it becomes overstuffed.
Recently I’ve used the same system I’ve been using for my sketchbooks. I repurposed a beautiful leather book cover made by Oberon that I’ve had for about 20 years. I use the same system of beading elastic to hold folded pages. When I fill a signature, I remove it. Once I have a group of signatures collected, I will bind them in a simple way into a book to store on my shelf to which I can refer as needed. So far, I’ve not collected enough signatures in either the sketchbooks or the written journal.
I’ve added heavy cardboard in the sleeves that would normally be for a notebook cover. This gives it extra support for writing.
At least 30 years ago I bought a notebook cover almost exactly like the Sorta design, but larger as it holds 8.5×11 inch paper. It is called a springback folder. It was made by National (model number 96-377) Searching on that, I now find it is called a thesis cover.
At one point, I thought to use it as a watercolor book but it’s rather heavy and is a bit unwieldy to use for painting on location/in the field.
I briefly tried the Arc system from Staples (similar to the circa system) but didn’t like it and returned it. I didn’t like punching holes in paper. It makes it difficult to store once removed from the primary notebook. Same for 3 ring binders, except one can get these in larger sizes and they are inexpensive.
I found on Lifehacker a new kind of notebook that lets me add or remove pages but without punching holes. This has potential.
One of the comments to the Lifehacker article linked to springback binders available from Leuchtturm. But they are for roughly 8.5×11 inch paper. That’s too large.
The Sorta books are 8.5 by 6.25 inches. So, I could fold or cut my own paper to fit. Folded paper could later be bound in a book, as mentioned about with the Oberon. From the website, the company is just one guy, so he’s a bit behind in filling orders since the book got mentioned on Lifehacker!
Argh! It has watercolor paper! Still, think I could tear my own for it. For $4.50, one can have 12 sheets of 140 pound cold press paper.