In studio: My love affair with notebooks
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In studio: My love affair with notebooks

I recently put in place a self imposed ban on buying any new notebooks because I simply have too many. If I see a beautiful notebook I simply have to buy it. But as part of my new mantra I am using up what I have before buying more.

I use notebooks constantly, for everything from new ideas and designs to favourite quotes and my shopping lists. Although I am a fully fledged technology addict there is nothing quite like turning the first page in a new notebook. I still use a day by day Diary to plan meetings, ideas and to do lists and I am never without a notebook of some form.

my collection of notebooks six0sixdesign


My collection of notebooks.

While I can see myself going more online from a practical point of view, being able to access my Diary from anywhere would be a good idea. I can never see myself without my trusty notebook.

My go to for years was always the Moleskine. Although I have recently discovered a new brand called Leuchttrum1917. Below is a Moleskine notebook that I covered in off cuts from an old pair  tweed trousers.


moleskine notebook covered in tweed trousers and ribbon

Each notebook is dated on the outside cover


moleskine and leuchtturm notebooks dates on covers

If I am feeling a blocked or in a design rut I often flip back through my old Design notebooks. Below you can see the initial design sketched for my Egg.


design process big egg hunt jack and jill foundation

Or the very first idea sketch I did for my hand covered pencils

design process hand covered pencil sets six0sixdesign

 My Design notebooks are a a vital tool, a recording device that I don’t think I could translate into a digital medium.

design in process six0sixdesign

I sometimes make my own notebooks. The one you see below is a small pocket notebook, the binding is sewn using an old Singer sewing machine.


diy map cover notebooks

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my love affair with paper and my obsession with notebooks


Until next time