Here’s something that hasn’t happened in a while: a finished notebook.
I can’t remember the last time I filled the pages of a notebook anymore. I do, however, remember a time when it happened quite often, when I spent my days writing down all kinds of ideas, poems, stories, and journal entries.
I keep thinking how that was my “Golden Age” and how much I want to recreate it. So much has changed since, so I’m taking things one day at a time.
A simple notebook that is optimized to make writing easy.MD Paper Products
I know, it’s weird quoting the actual company.
The Midori MD notebook itself was an absolute pleasure to use.
It’s the kind of notebook that doesn’t let cover colors, branding, calendars and whatnot get in the way of diving into the pages.
The notebook doesn’t have a hard or soft cover, and this design choice is intentional. You get to see the mesh on the spine (MD calls it “super”), and how the notebook is thread bound and lies flat for easy writing.
I also think it’s a good canvas for creative folks who’d like to make their notebooks their own through original designs. It’s what makes this notebook such a great tool to have with you–you’ve got so much space to work with. Nothing could hold you back.
I chose the A5 Grid notebook, but there are ruled and plain options. The grid lines gave me structure when drawing tables and creating lists, and the cream-colored paper’s smooth and a joy to write on.
Every new notebook comes with a sticker that lets you write your name, a description for your notebook, a start date, and an end date.
I didn’t think I’d appreciate the sticker until I reached the last page. I couldn’t believe that this notebook’s been with me for two years. I started thinking, did I make the most out of this notebook? Were the pages filled with things I want to archive and look at 5-10 years later?
Would I use this notebook again? Wouldn’t doubt it for a second, but I don’t see myself getting another one yet. With the pandemic and how crazy things are in the country, I don’t think postal services will be back on schedule anytime soon.
I do hope to get my hands on the Stalogy 365 notebook to make a comparison. From a distance (or rather, from my screen) it looks to have the same aesthetic as the Midori MD—no-nonsense covers, minimal features, and grid lines for the pages.
If you use or used a Midori MD notebook, let me know how you’re using it and share a snapshot of what it looks like now.