Step 1: The shelf. Brands pictured (not in order, as some brands repeat): Peter Pauper Press, Anna Quach/Sagebrush Fine Art, Markings by C.R. Gibson, Mead, Puncuate by Barnes & Noble (art by Stephanie Breed and Pratt), Jo Moulton/Sagebrush Fine Art, Ecollo, Moleskine, C.R. Gibson (regular, not Markings), and Unknown
Step 2: The finalists. Velvet cover with cream-colored pages, perhaps? Lovely, good for writing on the go, but not quite what I’m looking for this time… Brands pictured here: Paperblanks, Eccolo, Markings by C.R. Gibson, more Paperblanks, and Barnes & Noble/Nouvel Art Design. Ecollo and Markings journals are open.
Step 3: The current selection. Sometimes it’s one of the finalists; sometimes they just help me figure out what I’m looking for. Brand pictured: Enchante Accessories, Inc. With my trusty EnerGel pen.
“Tricky customer, eh? Not to worry, we’ll find the perfect match here somewhere . . .” (J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
I’ve talked about choosing a notebook before. As I’m (re)reading the Harry Potter series now, I can’t help thinking it’s a lot like choosing a wand. Maybe that’s why I always like knowing what the wands are made of.
Right now: black cover with chalk-like writing and designs (slightly flexible but also offers some support); lined, off-white pages, roughly 8 x 5.5 inches, with design at top left corner.