New Year, New Sketchbook
I know, I know, I probably didn't finish the last one
For the past couple of years, I’ve spent every Christmas with Adam’s family. Growing up, I didn’t have a lot of Christmases so I was in for a big surprise when I attended my first Santos Christmas and I had my own stuffed stocking and thousands of presents just for me! Now every year to make things easier, I send over a small gift list over. This year, I asked for a Traveler’s notebook which I’ve been eyeing for the past couple months!
The Traveler’s notebook system is really cool, it comes with a leather cover and is essentially a modular notebook. The cover ages with time and you can switch out and you can fill it with lots of different inserts. The notebooks are made with fountain pen friendly paper and the book is extremely short which means I can actually finish a sketchbook now! You can fill the cover with separate notebooks, even monthly or weekly planners as well as different pockets or pouches. The possibilities are endless and I hope that this will satiate my restlessness.
If you want to learn more about the notebook, you can find a really comprehensive guide made by Jetpens here! I just got back to New York over the weekend and I’ve been waiting with baited breath for my favorite stationery store Yoseka Stationery to open so I can buy a whole bunch of different inserts for my notebook.
They come in two different sizes and I got the smaller size to start out but I think if I really like this style, I might get a large one too for more area for sketching.
This is what the notebook looks like closed alongside two more honorable mention gifts that I got: a tiny watercolor palette for travel and a really silly and funky bowl that I’ve been wanting for years.
Some pages from my brand spanking new notebook:
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Above, I was designing a logo for my dad. He has a very intense hobby of roasting his own coffee beans and he wanted me to come up with a logo for him that he could use as stickers for his packaging. This is the final logo that I sent over:
This is my dad with his new coffee roasting machine. He is very proud. He roasts the coffee out of our balcony and usually just gives it away to friends because he is the biggest sweetheart. He actually just became a certified coffee grader last year (like a coffee sommelier) so everybody please congratulate him! As my mum likes to remind everyone, he has no plans to do anything with the certification, he just wanted it for fun. To clarify, he does not do this for a living, he is a dentist but he gets very invested in different hobbies. This morning, he sent over a photo of the stickers he ordered from the logo I designed!
Now back to more sketchbook pages…