The analog joy of a Traveler’s Notebook meetup.

Today I attended a Traveler’s Notebook meetup at Oblation Papers and Press, Portland’s premiere paper boutique and letterpress studio, and one of my favorite places on Earth. I bought my first Traveler’s Notebook in May 2010. The first words I wrote in it were, “I know, I know — a new notebook, really?” Yes, really,Continue reading “The analog joy of a Traveler’s Notebook meetup.”

Day 363 of Project 365: Turning the page.

Tonight I turned the page to peek at 2017. It looks so clean and new from here. I am sure 2016 looked much the same, last December 28th. Is it foolish to look forward to a symbolic fresh start? Are these merely the first few hours of our darker days? via Instagram http://ift.tt/2iHenLA Writing from:Continue reading “Day 363 of Project 365: Turning the page.”

Day 362 of Project 365: Fireblue.

Here is my first Kaweco, a Liliput Fireblue, which is one of the smallest fountain pens — less than four inches long when capped! Each pen is hand-torched by Kaweco CEO Michael Gutberlet to give it the distinctively mottled steel finish. I’m looking forward to putting it through its paces in future ink tests! viaContinue reading “Day 362 of Project 365: Fireblue.”

Day 277 of Project 365: Journal flourishes.

I’m experimenting with some additions to my Bullet Journal, some functional and some just for fun. Clockwise from the upper left: a rubber stamp to add some flair in a boring corner; a weekly list that I tipped in with washi tape; and a sticker from an ephemera set I found at Flax Art & DesignContinue reading “Day 277 of Project 365: Journal flourishes.”

Day 271 of Project 365: Book Darts.

As part of an ongoing attempt to wrangle my ever-growing task list, I have been searching for a simple way to earmark important tasks that may get buried in the Bullet Journal format. Then I remembered Book Darts, little pieces of paper-thin metal that slide onto the edge of a page. Every morning, I slip a Book Dart next to each of theContinue reading “Day 271 of Project 365: Book Darts.”

Day 252 of Project 365: Analog vs. digital.

I love my notebook, but on days like today I worry that my analog to-do list isn’t capable of handling everything I throw at it. Occasionally I flirt with a digital task manager … And then I think of all of the ink I’d be missing out on. Writing from: my study in Portland. ListeningContinue reading “Day 252 of Project 365: Analog vs. digital.”

Day 245 of Project 365: Hand-lettering.

I managed a little hand-lettering practice before bed tonight. Cristina Vanko’s “Hand-Lettering for Everyone” is great stuff, especially for the typography basics. Ink: Diamine Ancient Copper Pen: Conklin All-American (1.1mm italic nib) Paper: Bloc Rhodia No. 16 Writing from: my study in Portland. Listening to: the freight trains.