Pilgrim Soul’s unique journal is designed to stimulate creative thought with more than 50 fun exercises to loosen up your brain. Its creators say it’s best used when you’re high, which could also make your ideas a whole lot funnier too. The next time your boss wants to do a “brainstorming” session, whip out a stack of these.
THE BEST Notebooks
If you’re not in-da-couch, perhaps that sativa has your brain running a thousand miles an hour and needs a creative outlet. This book should do the trick. It’s basically a blank journal loaded with ideas of things to doodle, from a giraffe riding a rainbow to a dog on a surfboard.
Looking for the ultimate mini notepad? The latest Nanobook has a titanium cover with a meteor crater texture. Its pages are made from waterproof, greaseproof, tear-resistant, and fire-resistant stone paper, and you can write on them with just about anything with a sharpened tip. Available in 2×3″ and 3×5″ sizes.
The Fall 2020 collection from Field Notes includes captivating covers from nine independent letterpress shops around the country. Each shop was provided with a different color of paper, and the same two red and blue inks, and asked to create a design. Learn more about the artists in the accompanying short documentary.
Do you have a tendency to get into all kinds of trouble? Document your many trials and tribulations in this red velvet journal letterpressed with “Consequences of My Own Actions (Volume 1)” on its cover. The 5″ x 7″ journal is perfect for keeping track of all of your bad decisions, so you can either avoid or replicate them in the future.
The BetterBook fits neatly in front of your keyboard thanks to its ultrawide 18×9 ratio. Its shape and black border improve mobile scans too. The spiral-bound notebook lays flat, and comes with blank, grid, or or dotted grid papers. Each set includes both a desk-size (310x160mm) and pocket-size (130x70mm) 40-sheet notebook.
Made by California-based ARC-Co, this Cordura case holds an 8.5″ x 11″ notebook, along with your everyday carry items like pens, pencils, knives, and payment cards. Its front flap snaps securely in place to keep it shut. They also sell a smaller version for Field Notes and other 3.5″ x 5.5″ journals.
Oklahoma leather goods maker Backerton handcrafts these substantial covers for your Moleskine, Field Notes, and other 3.5″ x 5.5″ journals. Each one features a bold image that’s been permanently fused into the surface of the leather. There are lots of cool designs to choose from, but Godzilla is our favorite.
The Spring 2020 quarterly edition of Field Notes’ pocket-sized memo book has a die-cut circle on its front, along with a pocket so you can personalize it with your own image. Sold in sets of three – two in Charcoal Grey, and one in bright Terra Green. Also available as part of Field Notes year-long subscription plan.
These small notebooks are designed to be virtually indestructible. They have a grade 5 titanium cover, and their pages are made from stone and calcium carbonate, which makes them waterproof, fire-resistant, grease-proof, and generally everything-proof. Available in 2″ x 3″ and 3″ x 5″ sizes, with paper refills available.
Back in the day, we lived off of instant noodles. After all, they’re dirt cheap, fill you up, and they actually taste pretty good. Now that we’re “adults,” we prefer fresh-made ramen, but we still dig Fred’s silly sticky note pad which looks like a brick of the dorm room mealtime favorite.
It might not be the best idea to keep your actual secrets in this clearly labeled notebook from Bermuda Press, but you might want to use it as a decoy, then put all your deepest, darkest top secrets in your Rainbow Heart Trapper Keeper. Black and gold Bic Clic pen included.
Field Notes latest Quarterly Edition is series of beautiful fall-themed memo books, each with an embossed and debossed image of a leaf on its cover. The three-pack of 48-page notebooks includes North American sugar maple, American elm, and scarlet oak designs. Annual subscribers get a special-edition fall leaf bandana.
If you doodle or take notes outdoors, you’ll want to grab some Rite in the Rain notebooks, which are filled with a paper that won’t get damaged if it gets wet. Available in a wide variety of formats, including paper for laser printers. Works best with pencil or their special pen.
AstroReality celebrates NASA’s 60th Anniversary with an augmented reality gift set, which includes this beautiful notebook. Available with a white or gray cover, the notebook has a few pages that feature animation and enhanced content when viewed with AstroReality’s mobile app.
FPlife’s Lockbook is the first notebook to have a built-in biometric fingerprint sensor. Its cover is water-resistant and scratchproof. It also has lots of spaces for passports, sticky notes and cards. Its paper is refillable too. Amazon has it in a few colors, but the black one is in stock here.
It’s always a good idea to have a pocket-sized notebook on hand to sketch down ideas, write measurements, or just doodle something creative. The fine folks at Everyday Carry have picked their 10 current faves, From the classic Field Notes to our go-to Word. notebooks.
This wood-grained journal may or may not inspire you to finish The Great American Novel, but it certainly will look cool sitting there as a paperweight, and if nothing else, you can spend time doodling or meticulously laying out your own lines on its 300 blank pages.
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