“I write down things other people have talked about, or good things that have happened to friends of mine. This extends my enjoyment of daily life to the lives of others as well, and makes me want to be closer to the people in my life.”
I picked up this serpentine sticker at Making Midwest last summer. From what I remember, a bunch of them were left unattended at the booth table for Columbus-based illustrator Andy J. Pizza. I’m not sure where you can cop one — maybe his Etsy shop when that’s back up.
If you’re digging the art here, Andy’s Instagram is pretty lit. He has a book, Creative Pep Talk: Inspiration from 50 Artists, as well as a dream journal called Strange Dreams, both of which look like they would be positive contributions to my life if I ever found them on a table, available for the taking.
Extremely customizable, the Traveler’s Notebook takes a variety of inserts and refills in its leather cover. You can fit in monthly, weekly, and daily pages, along with folders, cases, and more. It adapts to whatever you want to use your planner for, whether it’s for bullet journaling, drawing, or scheduing.
Wirecutter picked it as the most customizable of the planners it reviewed:
The simple leather folio holds thin notebooks inside (secured with an elastic band), and you can invest in whatever notebook inserts fit your planning needs. It’s the only system we found that works for all types of planning. Artistic planners and memory keepers can embellish the weekly calendar or the blank insert that comes with the folio, and it also works for bullet journaling with the company’s grid paper or weekly grid calendar. For simple scheduling, fill it with the slim vertical weekly calendar or the monthly calendar and a lined notebook. And if you want to do a combination of these planning styles, you can mix the different inserts to create a completely personalized book.
I fuck with Public – Supply for a few reasons:
- They’re a “for-profit company that channels 25% of profits from every sale to a teacher in a high-need classroom who will use the money for a project that drives creativity”
- The clean covers with the embossed rectangle and text give it a grown-up composition notebook vibe
- Their limited edition designs (check the Wythe Hotel cover from Andrew Tarlow) and matching packable tote bags are fire
One of the embossed 5x8″ books sells for $16, allowing you to pick dotted or ruled pages (60# natural cream paper). Public – Supply offers 3.5x5.5″ and 7x10″ versions, as well as non-embossed and velvet cover options, too.
The company also has a Public – Resupply subscription program with 6- or 12-month plans, available for all of the planner sizes.
Jane Mai makes amazing comics, but did you know she also puts out really neat planner booklets in limited runs? Her latest, the Softboiled planner, is sized at 8.5″x11″ with 32 pages. Its product page reads, “are you busy all the fucking time? write down everything you have to do in this fucking planner” lol.
The Softboiled planner is only $8 right now at Jane’s online shop. These will probably all sell soon with that discount, but if she runs out, you can still buy complementary stickers that continue the John Woo parody.