I also like the filled-out notebooks! The way they are slighty unflat, not really wrinkled. The way my handwriting is different beacause of my moods or level of emergency. The different writing implements used causing variations. Sometimes I just run my hand over the pages for the tactile experience.
I don't write, and the journaling I do is actually notes on the edges of my food diary. It is fun to go back to see the slow progression of weight loss and how well I stuck to my food plan and the meals out, and where I simply failed.
I also loved seeing the mass of notes I took for courses. The hours I spent in class, the differences in abbreviations I used and the handwriting are all interesting and fulfilling to me.
So I bought new notebooks today and a set of pens. And it's this thread's fault.
I blame this thread on some upcoming purchases I'm planning. Between European Paper, JetPens, and My Maido, I've picked out a few things I want and it's just a matter of seeing how badly my restraint fails when I actually sit down to buy something. European Paper appears to have the biggest selection of paper, but I've also noticed they seem to be the most expensive--they overlapped with JetPens on a couple items, and JetPens had them cheaper. But, where My Maido overlapped with JetPens, My Maido was cheaper, but they have the smallest selection overall. Oh trust me, I've made lists and diagrams and so forth already.
For JetPens the strength seems to be the ability to buy single pens of lots of different types and colors. I might get 10 individual pens, each different, in my favorite color to see how I like them. I would stick to the cheaper pens so that would probably be roughly $20, is all.
JetPens is also good at bundles of paper. One single notebook might be $8.00, which seems a bit silly to me, but then you can buy a bundle of 10 of those notebooks (all the same color though) for $35.00, which more than halves the cost per notebook. So if you know you like something and want a lot of it (all in the same color though, you can tell this bothers me), that's a pretty good deal.
I really, really want the Clairefontaine 1951 B5 notebooks. I want one in every color. I want two
in every color, and I want to stack them in the rainbow like they do on the websites. But, I will start with buying a pack of two in the same color from JetPens. Because you never know. My mom is as obsessed with yarn as I am with notebooks, and we browse yarn sites and drool over things together.
There was a yarn that looked really good on the screen and came in many beautiful colors, and with great wisdom and restraint she decided to only buy one skein of it to get a better look. Turns out, it's too thin for her, even though the official "thickness number" looked good. So, just imagine the disappointment if she'd ordered the two dozen colors we wanted, and found it was too thin.
So with that lesson in mind I am willing to start small, one notebook from each company I like to see if they are really what I want. And, just owning them is not necessarily the end, I really ought to write on them first before investing in more.
Take Black & Red, for example. They have this brand at office supply stores and they look pretty classy. Nice hard covers, spiral or bound. But the paper is a little... slick, is how I would describe it. My gels and roller balls smear more on it, and I don't tend to smear when I write. So after using one of their notebooks I'm going to give the others a pass.
I like the tactile sensation of feeling my written-in notebooks too.
I think that's why I really prefer composing in a notebook as opposed to on the computer, even though it would be so much more practical to go straight to the computer. I like to flip through the pages, feel the indentation of the handwriting, look at where my handwriting got sloppy and think, "Oh yeah, I was trying to write in the car on the way to..." Sometimes I just go through and look at/feel the notebooks I have, even the ones I haven't used yet, and think, "I'm gonna get you soon!"