I was first introduced to Leuchtturm journals, notebooks, and sketchbooks as I was learning a bit about Bullet Journaling®. I discovered that if you’re serious about keeping a Bullet Journal®, a Leuchtturm 1917 notebook is the finest surface to work on. They’re high quality and made with great care, giving you a book to archive and treasure once you use all of the pages.
I also discovered that they’re marvelous for more than Bullet Journaling®. As is often the case, my creative path has a tendency to wander away from the usual. My initial foray into working in one of the B5 sized softcover notebooks (dotted pages) proved this when I decided that rather than a traditional bullet journal I would use mine as an event planner.
In addition to attending trade shows as a buyer, I’ve begun to work on the other side of the booth. Previously I’ve worked several shows, helping other companies by demoing in their booth. In January this year we exhibited at Creativation, the annual arts and crafts trade show.
In July I’ll be in Salt Lake City exhibiting at the SPC Mixed Media show. As much as I can be a “by the seat of my pants” kind of artist, my alternate role as business owner requires a bit more organization. Toward that end I appropriated a couple of the journals; the B5 softcover version with the dotted page and one of the hardcover sketchbooks. Both will help me keep my ideas and plans organized. You’ll see both in the video, I’m using the sketchbook to record ideas for stencils, stamps, and other products I want to bring to market. Best of all? Though the weight of the paper is right around 80#, if you are thoughtful about how much wet media you use, a sketchbook can be used with paint and sprays much in the same way I would use pages in an art journal. Being able to mix my mad scribblings with more traditional art journal pages means I can really use the sketchbook on a regular basis.
The larger dotted pages of the B5 journal allow me to enjoy the drudgery of planning the booth layout, keeping track of which days I should be in a certain place, accomplishing a particular set of tasks, and doing mundane things like making sure I have flights in and out of the city as well as a place to sleep. You’ll also see that I’ve brought in my beloved PITT S (superfine) tipped pens in a bunch of colors in addition to black. If I’m gonna plan, I’m gonna do it in color!
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