Moleskine Journals

I know that in yesterday's post I said that the type of journal you choose doesn't matter. And it doesn't. But I thought I'd share my favorite journal with you anyhow. I first stumbled across Moleskine at Artlite Office Supply on Piedmont Road in Atlanta. I was going through a phase, trying every different style notebook and journal on the market, and Artlite had the broadest selection. For me, this little black book turned out to be the perfect choice. It was only then that I discovered it had a history.

Moleskine notebooks, originally made in Tours, France, have been around for two centuries. And they have been the journal of choice for many artists, writers and travelers. In it's published history, Moleskine claims to be the journal of choice for artists Henri Matisse and Vincent van Gogh, poet Andre  Breton, novelist Ernest Hemingway and travel writer Bruce Chatwin. In 1989, they briefly ceased making Moleskine notebooks, but Modo & Modo, an Italian manufacturer, revived production.

Moleskine notebooks come in various sizes, hard cover and softcover. My preference is the Large Ruled Notebook, which is 5.25" x 8.25". It's the perfect size--not too big, not too small. It has 240 lined, acid-free pages that accept ink exceptionally well without significant bleedthrough. (I can even use my fine-point Sharpie pens to write in these notebooks!) They are extremely well built, with sturdy cover boards and thread-bound binding that won't fall apart in day to day use, even in you carry your journal with you everywhere like I do. When you open a Moleskine, it actually lies flat. There is a thin ribbon page marker to keep your place, and an elastic band to keep the journal closed. And finally, though I rarely use this feature, there is an almost hidden pocket in the back of the book, just in case you want to tuck in a clipping, business card or some other reminder.

Though I haven't tried them, Moeskine also has story board notebooks for designers, videographers and advertisers; music notebooks for, well, musicians; sketchbooks for artists; daily planners for the organized; watercolor journals for painters; and travel books for recording your latest journeys. Just don't expect to choose your favorite color. This company believes in classic black. And that suits me just fine.

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