• wonderpens

      Thanks!! I appreciate the support. I can’t tell if sometimes I’m too real (HAHA) since jury’s out on whether I should be sharing pristine and beautiful things, or my “real” stained and worn-in leather notebooks and inconsistent journaling practices šŸ˜‰

  1. Andrew

    Love your blog (and shop, though I live across the pond and have never been there)! Great post too. I love to see what others do and how they use it.

    I keep downsizing then it slowly creeps up again. Right now I use a Nock Co Sinclair filled with a notebook, 3×5 cards with daily lists and other notes and a few gel + pigment pens + pencil. I’d like to add a larger notebook for sketching and larger work or photography ideation (my current favorite is the Panobook).

    The challenge I see is carrying the smaller notebook, larger notebook, 3×5 cards and the pens/pencil together in one nice, tidy, portable package that you can easily grab and go anywhere. I sometimes have a backpack or shoulder bag and sometimes not. In the “not” scenario, the portability of the Sinclair is nice.


    • wonderpens

      How amazing that you’ve found us! Occasionally I get a reader or two from outside Canada, and it’s a delight. I always wonder how you’ve stumbled across us, but better not to look a gift horse in the mouth šŸ˜‰

      I always have the intention to downsize, but I feel like I need to welcome every notebook and system into my loving arms. This year has been the first time I’ve really pared down (relatively speaking), and it feels good.

      The Nock Co cases are great, and I love the durability of it. Luckily for me, my daily work commute is quite close, but the result is that when I need to head out for a meeting or appointment, I tend to over pack.

      Thanks so much for reading, and for taking the time to write!

      • Andrew

        Apologies, I somehow had it in my mind that you were in Britain. So, not across the pond, but across the border in California! I’ve flown over Toronto and it looks like a lovely city; my wife was born in Montreal and someday we hope to see more of Canada. I’ve been to Vancouver and toured a nearby island by ferry. Swore I’d live there someday, given how pleasant everyone was and how beautiful everything is. That was years ago and work got busy, so here I still am! Things are messed up here in America right now – we’re hoping you don’t build a wall to keep us out if we decide to run : )

  2. thyna

    those notebooks though šŸ˜i’m also using a b6 slim as my everyday agenda! i like it’s a little smaller than my traveler’s notebook (which i used to use; it’s now being used primarily as my travel journal) and a bit easier to carry around on the daily. i do miss using my traveler’s though, not to mention i have a growing pile of yet-to-be-used notebooks, so this was a great read for inspiration on more ways to use up more of my collection.

    i also love your little blurb on how you’re using a multiyear journal – the idea of having to write every single day seemed daunting, but using photos or even writing just what you’re reading sounds really neat.

    • wonderpens

      You and I are quite similar! I’m also using my TN for travel, and I love it.

      I hope to write a blog post eventually (not sure if I should wait a…year? is that too long??) on how I’m using my multi-year journal. I’m really enjoying it! There are little “cheats” but actually they’re not even really cheats because they also do truly capture this date or this point in time in a great way. šŸ™‚

  3. Hi! Another of your non-Canadian fans here (USA, Chicago). Loved this post and am a fan of your store/site. I’m curious about what your leather portfolio is for keeping your correspondence and how you use that, or any other details. Thanks!

    • wonderpens

      Chicago, home of Oprah and ER!

      The portfolio is actually made for our shop by Superior Labor in Japan. I have the light brown A5 for my correspondence. You can see both the A5 and A4 (larger) portfolios here: https://www.wonderpens.ca/searchresults.asp?Search=portfolio&Submit=

      I hope to one day do a blog post on my organization for correspondence, and what all I keep in my portfolio, but right now I’m slightly disorganized. There’s a flat interior pocket I use for stamps and envelopes, and inside the main compartment I keep mail I need to respond to, along with a pad or two of stationery. It’s great for bringing to cafes as I have everything I need to write a letter from start to finish in one relatively slim case. I’ve heard from others that they use it for traveling, to keep a notebook and travel papers, or to organize loose papers, mail and receipts going back and forth to work or the office.

    • wonderpens

      Unfortunately I’m a complete failure at any sort of gear or set up or kit for photography. I rely on natural light 100% of the time, which is why some of my photos are better lit than others – it depends on the weather! I have heard good things about improvements in technology and lighting in the five years we’ve been in business, but I don’t think I’m savvy enough to get technical yet! šŸ˜€

  4. Erin

    Always a fan of second opinions, I’m wondering if you recycle or archive your b6 “everyday” notebooks?

    I have a similar setup myself, and while those notebooks have a lot of scratching out, re-writing, moving to the computer or another journal, sometimes I hesitate before recycling them. Curious on your take

    Hello from North Carolina!

    • wonderpens

      I currently keep them (actually I only have two, almost three used ones), but I am thinking of recycling them. My shelves are already bursting and really I should be cleaning out stuff I don’t actually need.

      Once I use an idea (for example on a blog) I cross it out, or otherwise I collate all the old-but-still-good ideas onto a fresh page, and keep it going. A lot of the lists for meetings or things for newsletters or grocery lists are not important to keep. I might consider going through all of them thoroughly for any last ideas or quotations or things I still like and collecting them all into my next notebook before recycling them.

      And hello back, all the way to North Carolina! What an honour to have an international visitor šŸ™‚

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