I was contacted by DroodleBooks a few weeks ago and the time has finally come for them to launch their new professional notebook.

At DroodleBooks, they’ve crafted a professional notebook to help reduce stress and inspire creativity. Their mission is to integrate the creative advantages of colouring and doodling with the professional benefits of a regular notebook in order to fill the needs of working people, students and anyone in between.

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I’ve always been a fan of colouring from when I was little, but with all of these adult colouring books available on the market today it’s hard to know what to choose. DroodleBook’s creative design can let you have two books in one, so that instead of carrying around a colouring book and a notebook, all you have to carry is a sleek and stylish DroodleBook.

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DroodleBooks is great for art therapy to help reduce stress in their everyday. If you work full-time, are a busy student or even a parent, this notebook can help you find inner solace through self-expression. Droodlebooks also wants to bring out your inner creative. Even if you’ve only ever drawn stick figures, everyone deserves the right to feel and be creative, and with Droodlebooks that can be you.

Not only would this be a great gift for yourself, but also for that busy person in your life who you think just needs to sit back and have some time out.

If you’d like to get some more information about DroodleBooks, or even back their new Kickstarter project that goes live tomorrow, please head on over to their website. 

 

 

A few months ago, I reviewed an awesome customised notebook: Bookblock Original. Now Bookblock is launching a new project called Bookblock editions, which is a creative collaboration between 12 leading illustrators and customised notebook experts, Bookblock.

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12 leading UK and international illustrators have joined forces with British notebook experts, Bookblock, in a limited series called Editions. The Bookblock Editions collection will feature four unique designs from:

  • Supermundane
  • Rob Flowers
  • Annu Kilpeläinen
  • David Doran
  • Ben O’Brien
  • Marylou Faure
  • Maggie Chiang
  • Thomas Hedger
  • Alec Doherty
  • Martina Paukova
  • Claudine O’Sullivan
  • Kristen Boydstun

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The dynamic range showcases an array of beautiful, colourful designs ranging from expressive hand-drawn animal studies and fantastical watercolour landscapes to graphical geometric patterns and vector cityscapes – all digitally printed on Bookblock’s soft touch covers.

Each of the notebooks is created in the illustrators’ own distinctive style with an array of different page designs, making them collectables for illustration fans and must-have accessories for stationery lovers on the hunt for something different. So if you happen to have a best friend who is an artist or writer, this would be the best Christmas present opportunity right here at your fingertips.

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Since 2013, Bookblock has been making premium custom notebooks and leather accessories of the highest quality for brands and agencies. With a goal to further develop their customisation offering and product range, whilst introducing traditional bookbinding methods to their processes, Bookblock merged with one of the UK’s oldest bookbinders in 2015. If you’d like to read my previous review of BookBlock Original, you can find it here, or check out Bookblock Original’s custom notebooks range.

With this merge came the opportunity to experiment, and Bookblock was able to develop an ambition to offer high quality printed notebooks in small batch quantities. Making use of their ties to the creative community, Bookblock worked with a range of illustrators to test out the service. But as word spread about the notebooks these illustrators were creating, interest poured in and it became clear that these illustrated notebooks were both beautiful and sought after. And with that Bookblock Editions was born.

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Bookblock Editions notebooks were released on the 3rd of November and I’m super keen to get my hands on one of the Editions to review. If  you’d like to get your hands on one, you can just go here: Bookblock Editions.

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A big thank you to NoteMaker for allowing me to review these notebooks; long overdue. 

NoteMaker is Australia’s leading online stationery shop, with hundreds of different brands on offer across the store. Being a writer and a lover of stationery, I absolutely adore Moleskine notebooks – and I’m happy to bring you a review of them today.

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The Moleskine notebook is, in fact, the heir and successor to the legendary notebook used by artists and thinkers overthe past two centuries: among them Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway. The Moleskine notebooks are a simple rectangle with rounded corners, contain an elastic page-holder, an internal expandable pocket for keeping notes safe, and also come in an array of colours, sizes, varieties and special editions. If you’d like to learn more about the notebooks, or the Moleskine brand itself, please visit their website. 

The notebooks I have the pleasure of reviewing today contain two special editions: Toy Story and Game of Thrones, and a green classic hardcover. Each of these notebooks are a5 in size, which if you’ve already read some of my reviews, is my favourite size to write in. Each notebook is ruled, contains 240 pages and the paper is acid free and approximately 71gsm, thick enough that writing with a fountain pen won’t bleed through. The special editions also have cool end-papers, and come with an extra little gift: the Game of Thrones notebook came with stickers, while the Toy Story notebook came with a post card.

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The first notebook I decided to use was the green classic hardcover notebook. A friend of mine decided to start up a history writing challenge, and I couldn’t help but want to join in. Each week I would sit down with my Lamy fountain pen and write in my Moleskine notebook. I took a picture below so you can see how well a fountain pen writes on the paper.

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There are so many notebooks to choose from, and NoteMaker sells them all. So if you’d like to get your hands on one, or have a writer as a best friend and are in need of a great Christmas present, please head on over to their website. 

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