Miniature stationery pose as fatal attraction to me only because they are tiny and cute! The buyer’s regret soon reigns because I have not an iota of idea as to how to use them. The most recent challenge I faced is Tsubame notebook in A6 size (4″ x 5.5″). The off-white and buttery pages are not only fountain pen friendly, but also withstand the pooling of the ink, but what should I do with a pocket-size notebook?
It just happens that I recently switched from a Rhodia Weekly Agenda to a weekly notebook insert for Midori Travelers Notebook. Everything is great in the new insert except that it does not have an address book section. I am a bit old fashioned when it comes to keep contact information in an analog way, even though I do store contact information electronically. The rationale is that I am forgetful enough to leave my phone at home, and by instinct I usually fetch for the address book when I need to stuff holiday or greeting cards. A common problem I have with conventional address book is space designated for each contact; more than often some contacts will occupy more than their allotted space. With a lined notebook, I can easily customize and fit all the information I need to each contact.
Here is the basic format I have for each contact, with more information (i.e. e-mail address, birthday, etc). All the information is written in pencil, just in case any information is changed overtime. Erasing is definitely easier to the eye than blotches of correction fluid. Tsubame paper works very well with fountain pens, even the ones with flex or broader nib. It actually works wonderfully with pencils as well, especially when the pencil I use takes .3mm lead that can be selective with paper surface.
Thus far, the result of this adaptation has been satisfactory. I no longer need to restrain the amount of information for each contact, and it is a good utilization of a small notebook. By the way, if you think I should have your contact information for written or electronic correspondence, please feel free to e-mail me, or click on the contact tab on the top of the blog.
How do you use your small notebooks?