One of the main things on my 2013 to-do list is to TAKE MORE NOTES. Ideas and thoughts pop up out of nowhere at almost all hours of the day and often times become lost in the wind because I didn’t take 2 seconds to jot ’em down. Well, good riddance to that. Because I’m equipped now more than ever. The following is what my note taking weaponry looks like at the moment.
1. Journals. Moleskines, ruled, unruled, graph paper, sketchbooks, small, large. I can’t get enough of them. There are stacks upon stacks of unused blank journals in my bookcase just waiting for me to grace the pages. I have so many that it’s borderline sickness really. Keeping a physical journal may be old school by today’s standards, but there is nothing like actually putting pen to paper and seeing your thoughts in your own handwriting.
2. Custom Stamp. I had a custom stamp made for my friend Chloe when she started Clo Hair Bows. Shortly after I wondered why the hell I didn’t have one made for my own company. The thing is awesome. Sewbie.com stamps on everything and everywhere! I order mine from Casey Rubber Stamps in NYC. They’re fast, reliable, and make beautiful stamps.
3. Calendar Planner. Again, old school. I’ve got access to iCalendar and Google Calendar but I still find myself aching to write shit down and cross shit out. The red one above is from Muji and is perfect because it has a monthly view and weekly view with a blank page next to each week – perfect for a to-do lists.
4. Evernote for iPad. Okay, I’m so not completely analog. My business partner and I like to share our documents and notes with one another on the Evernote app. With the ability to share and co-edit notebooks, links, sketches, etc. it’s genius and incredibly convenient.
5. Decorative Tape. Totally girly but so necessary. It adds a fun factor to cutting stuff out and pasting it your journal. I bought mine in the Philippines for crazy cheap at a flea market, but cutetape.com has some that I think I need.
6. Note Cards & Envelopes. Because there’s nothing like getting a handwritten note in the mail. I found these in kraft paper at Muji – perfect for Sewbie thank you’s.
7. Colored Pencils. Drawing is one of my favorite things to do. Colored pencils add some life to sketches.
8. Good Pens. You can never have too many good pens. I’m a fine point kinda girl but as long as you’re comfy with what you’re writing with, it doesn’t really matter…as long as it doesn’t smudge!
What do you use to take notes? I’m always looking for new and creative ways to stow ideas so please share!