So far this year, I've mostly been handwriting in Flame Tree notebooks. I got into Flame Tree a couple of years ago, when I was given one of their books - the one featuring Gustav Klimt's Kiss
- as a present. Not long after, I picked up the Erté Starstruck
book for its pretty art deco style cover.
The things I love about Flame Tree notebooks are almost exactly the same things I love about Paperblanks
. They're sturdy, with magnetic clasps that close the entire book into a thin box, keeping your pages safe from the elements. They are shiny, tactile things, their cover art embossed so the act of simply holding them is a delight. The pages are lined, but the lines aren't too bright or dark that they're distracting. I've noticed that Flame Tree tend to use thinner lines, and their books are bigger than most Paperblanks, so you tend to get more on a page. I'm not sure if this is a good thing or not: on the one hand, more words! But on the other, when a page is full and you're looking back through for something, you're confronted with lots of text -- and if you write like me, often in large blocks. They have two ribbon bookmarks, a cute but subtle "This notebook belongs to..." section right at the front, and they come with a pocket at the back built into the hardcover -- very handy for loose slips of paper, receipts, business cards, etc.
They come in a variety of sizes, too. I lean towards the 210 x 148 mm books, but the 178 x 128 mm are probably a more convenient size for writing on the go.
Currently I'm using The Great Wave
notebook, featuring art by Hokusai. And next up, I have the smaller Contemporary Flame (Gothic Dark Lace)
notebook, which is the ideal size for a purse or smaller handbag.
♫ West Coast
, by Lana Del Rey.