Bindewerk Classic – My first impressions

Bindewerk Classic – My first impressions

Last Thursday, I received this beauty in the post! It is a small leather notebook, that was handcrafted in Prien am Chiemsee, Germany.

When I took it out of its package, it was wrapped in silk paper, just like my other new leather journal was! I don’t know, just really, really like that, how they wanted to give the notebook some extra protection. It just shows how much the company who sent it cares. It’s sweet. Oh and under the silk paper, it was covered in plastic. I kind of like that, too! Haha. Anyway, the brand’s name is Bindewerk. The notebook has 288 pages of 90g, cream-colored paper and its dimensions are 12 x 16 cm or about 4.7 x 6.2 inches. It is a quite unusual size, according to me. Not an A6, but almost. I have been looking for a journal in that size for a while now, so I am glad I found one!

dsc_0010The notebook is in a black, genuine leather that is extremely smooth and pleasant to touch. The leather is quite plain, not any nuances or anything, but as you can see on the picture it has some faint wrinkling and so on. Gorgeous! The book is also, as you can see, quite thick. As I mentioned before, it has got 288 pages (so it will last a long time, haha). It has a soft cover, and I was pleasantly surprised when I found out it can bend freely, even though it is so thick. Lovely!

I made a small pen test, using a Uni-Ball Fine Deluxe, and found that the paper was very pleasant to write on. There is some some show-through or ghosting however, as you can see on the picture to the right. Not as much as in a Moleskine or Leuchtturm, but enough to make me a bit disappointed. But hey – I am after all extremely picky when it comes to that. Overall, the paper felt amazing. It has got a nice texture, a lovely color and is pleasant to write on.

So, these are my first impressions of this notebook from Bindewerk. I will probably make a more extensive review of it once I have used it for a bit. I think I will use it as a fun/whatever journal, haha. Here is a link to the notebook, if you are interested! I am not sure if the brand ships to your country, but it might be worth a look! 🙂

Oh and if you know any notebooks that does not have any ghosting, please let me know in the comments below! I desperately want to find one. Haha!

//E

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Should you scan your finished notebooks?

Should you scan your finished notebooks?

My brother said something the other day that truly stuck in my head. I showed him my finished notebooks and wondered aloud how I should best store them. He saw them, looked at me and in a confused voice said:

Why don’t you just scan them?

I have asked myself the same question since then. Why don’t I just scan them? And also, why have not that thought crossed my mind before? Should I do it? And honestly, I do not have any satisfying answers to these questions yet. Because the thing is, I do get why it is a good idea. Scanning documents, notebooks and so on has a lot of benefits according to me. However, there are also some things that hold me back from doing it.

The benefits
The sad part about notebooks, and paper in general, is that they are not invincible. Moisture, light, dust, mold, fire and, most of all, time are some of the numerous things that can (and in some cases inevitably will) harm your notebooks or paper. The ink may smudge. The paper may go brittle and yellow. The binding may fall apart. You get the picture. You can prolong your notebooks lifespan by storing and handling them properly, but they will not last forever. And, when your journals contain important information and memories that you truly treasure, you want them to last. Preferably forever, haha.

By scanning them and creating digital versions of them, you are essentially giving them an extra life. And, as long as the Internet and technology are still working, an almost immortality. A digital copy cannot age in the same way as a psychical can. It cannot be harmed in the same way. Once you put up something on the Internet, it will stay there.

Making digital copies also gives you the opportunity to create endless new copies of them. You can then store them in different ways, and in that way create a lot of different backups in case something goes wrong. You can put them on USB:s, store them in a cloud software, in folders on your computer… There are so, so many possibilities.

So why do I hesitate?
Well, first of all, I do not really, fully trust the Internet. For some reason, a psychical copy feels safer than a digital one for me. Sure, thieves may break into my house and steal my notebooks… But why on earth would they do that? And sure, someone might read my notebooks without my permission, but again, why would they do that? I trust the people in my life more than I trust the Internet. And now you may be thinking, ‘so what? She thinks that hackers will hack her to read her notebooks? That does not make any sense.’ And yeah, you are correct. It does not. I do not think that hackers have any interest in my notebooks, or me in general. But, my point is that it is more likely for something like that to happen on the Internet than in real life. It is more likely that you will get hacked, or get a virus, than that you will get robbed, or something like that. More common, at least. Just look at the recent Yahoo leak, or “The Fappening” (hate that name). My notebooks are incredibly personal, and I do not want anyone but me to read them.

Another reason for me to hesitate is that it is extremely time-consuming to scan your notebooks, and it can also be quite expensive. Sure, you can scan them with your smartphone for free with Google Drive, Evernote or other apps, but the quality will not be as good. Scanning one page at a time is also more time consuming and tedious. So, if you have a lot of pages to go through, and you want them to be in a good quality, a proper scanner might be better, but those are expensive. I do not have either the time or the money. Not right now, anyway.

So, these are my thoughts and opinions on scanning your notebooks. I am still unsure of it. It is a great way to ensure that your notebooks, and the memories and information contained in them, will last essentially forever. But, digital copies are not as safe as psychical ones, and the process of scanning every notebook can be tedious and time-consuming.

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with my points? Have you thought about scanning your notebooks before? I would love to hear (well, read) your thoughts!

/E

Do you like notebooks? Then you’ll probably like these blogs and channels

I have had this blog for three/four days now and I am already so happy I got it. It was a good decision! It is always nice to share your interests with like-minded people, and the Internet is full of them.

For today, I wanted to write a sort of tribute or thank you post to some of the blogs and Youtube channels that inspired me to start this blog! They are all excellent, especially for those who like notebooks. Hopefully you fellow notebook-addicts will find them as interesting as I do. I think you will. 🙂

Let’s start with the channels.

Journaljoy is a channel on Youtube, dedicated to notebooks. She mainly reviews different brands and types of journals, and her reviews are always very detailed and honest. If you are thinking about buying a new notebook, and you want an honest, complete review of it first, I highly recommend checking her channel out.

John Sparegrave is a recent find, but I am glad I did find it! The channel is, like journaljoy, a reviewing type of channel. The notebooks on this channel are usually rare, exquisite, often made out of leather and… Yeah. I am jealous. Hahaha. Anyway – I highly recommend it if you are looking for a review or just want to drool at all the wonderful notebooks.

TheJournalCeo is a channel that talks about, well, pretty much everything regarding notebooks. There are videos about notebooks, washi tape, journal prompts, stationary, and so on. If you want inspiration when it comes to journaling, and like to see new hauls etc, I highly recommend it!

I pretty much love all of these channels, haha. They all seem like very sweet people too! So yeah, again, you should check them out. 😉

Moving on – blogs!

The first blog I want to recommend is the queen of bullet journals (well, according to me) – Boho Berry. Her blog is perfect for anyone who loves bullet journals, is in need of some inspiration, etc! In addition to her blog, she has a channel with the same name. She also blogs about handwriting (her handwriting is amazing!), general life advice, organizing, etc etc. Great stuff!

Scrively is a blog dedicated to everything when it comes to writing. Notebooks, inks, pens, other tools, books, and so on gets reviewed. The reviews are, like the rest of the channels/blogs I have mentioned, very honest and useful. Scrively has a channel too! Very good.

So, these are some of my favorite channels/blogs when it comes to notebooks right now. These are the places I go to when I am in need of a review, some inspiration, or if I just want to… well, look at notebooks. Haha. Hopefully you will find them as wonderful as I do! Do you have any blogs or channels that you would like to share? If so, feel free to leave a comment down below! I am always looking for new channels and blogs to follow. 🙂

//E

Look at this gem! 

My new, gorgeous leather journal! It was handmade in Tuscany, with genuine leather and exquisite paper. It is medium sized, and its dimensions are 17x25cm – a perfect size according to me. Ahhh, I am so excited! Let me show you more. 

So, when I took it out of its package, it was wrapped in silk paper, as you can see on the picture to the left. I do not know, I just liked that detail, that the company who sent it gave the notebook some extra protection. Neat. 

Then, I unwrapped it and… Woah. The leather is so, so pretty. It is dark brown, but in a certain light, it glows in a rich, chocolate brown shade. Sometimes, there is even a hint of orange. Gorgeous! It also has some darker parts, and… Yeah. I just love it. Haha! It feels super smooth to the touch, too. 

And here are some pictures of the paper! I apologize for the bad photo quality – could not get the lighting right. Anyway! The paper is cream colored. It is a pretty thick and sturdy paper, but at the same time surprisingly smooth. Not as easy to write on as the paper in a Leuchtturm notebook for example, but smoother than I thought it would be. And the quality is amazing! I wanted to try it out, so I wrote the date I bought the notebook, and my initials. I used a Uni-Ball Fine Deluxe and I could hardly see any ghosting at all. And I am extremely picky when it comes to that, haha. I think the paper can handle fountain pens as well, but unfortunately I cannot try it. 

I am genuinely so happy right now. This notebook is truly something special, haha. I bought it from the Swedish brand Concess’site, if you want to check it out. It was quite expensive (as handmade leather notebooks often are) and I am not sure if they ship to places outside of Sweden, but still! Worth a look. 

Ahhh! Now, I just have to figure out what I will use it for… Haha. 😉 I hope you enjoyed this post! I know I was rambling a bit, but hey, I am excited haha. And I wanted to share this little beauty with you all. 🙂

If you want to know more about this notebook, please let me know! Oh, and I have a question! What is your opinion on leather notebooks? 🙂

//E

How it all started

I have always loved notebooks. The first one I ever owned was a black pocket notebook, that I got from my grandparents on my tenth birthday. I was so happy. Wrote three incredibly cocky pages, and then I… stopped. I am not quite sure why. Still wanted to get another notebook though, haha!

I actually did not start journaling until two years ago, in 2015. It all began with a Moleskine. I had read some reviews, and I just had to get one. And, once I had one, I wanted to write. I did not know what though – it is always difficult to start. There is something about those blank pages that can be both exciting and daunting. But I really, really wanted to write. So, I did some journal prompts, made some to-do list, started writing daily entries and suddenly I was stuck. Haha! I think I finished that first notebook in one month. So I bought another. Then another. Aaand another… I have bought way too many notebooks, haha. Small, big, fancy, simple, branded and unbranded. Some gorgeous leather ones. I like them all.

I do not know, there is just something so… nice about notebooks. Empty, blank notebooks that are full of possibilities. Used ones that are full of memories. It is, well, nice.

I also feel like writing in a notebook is so beneficial for ones health, memory, and general well-being. To be able to write down everything,  anything you want… It is therapeutic, in a way. Calming. Especially if it is in a nice journal, haha!

For an outsider, it might seem a bit crazy. And yeah, okay, maybe it is. A bit. But everybody has got at least some kind of hobby, right?

So I will continue adding to my collection. Gotta catch ’em all, you know. 😉 Haha.

Bye, for now!

//E

A small introduction

Hello!

My name is Elin, and I am addicted to notebooks. And if you have found this blog, I am guessing you are as well. So hello, my fellow notebook-addict! Nice to meet you. 😉

I am not very good at introductions, so I will just go ahead and write down some random, but kind of relevant things about me:

  • English is not my native language, and so I occasionally duck things up. If I make a grammatical mistake, please feel free to correct me! (Just don’t be a douche about it. I have a veeery fragile ego. Haha.)
  • I am in my twenties.
  • I am a student, but on my free time I like to hang out with my friends, read books, write, etc etc. I also really, really love coffee.
  • This list is starting to feel like some weird dating profile thingy. Sorry about that, haha.
  • I also like long walks on the beach…
  • OK, gonna end the list now. Haha.

But, what will the blog contain? Well, I will post about journals. Reviews, regular blog posts, comparisons, and so on. Fun times!

Okay. The introduction is done. Woooh. Are you still here? If so, thank you. 🙂

Well, I guess that is it, for now. Goodbye! I hope you have a nice day and/or evening! 🙂

//E