|My black n' red lab book|
I've been on the hunt recently for lovely looking A4 hard bound notebooks to replace my army of stores-issued drab lab books. Actually, what I wanted was a cream coloured notebook. Or even just a nice patterned one that wasn't too girly and childish and could be used in the lab. My requirements were than it had to be hard bound, not spiral bound, as anyone will tell you that the spiral bound ones will get ruined the first time you try to slip them into your bag. It had to be a nice(-ish) colour and it definitely had to be A4 size, large enough to stick in plots.
I have to say, it was much harder than I imagined. I didn't come up with much, particularly because I wanted one in A4 size, but here's what I did find:
WH Smith for less than £5.
|Moleskine large notebook|
These weren't for me though, as I wanted something a little bit more colourful. I tried Paperchase, but to no avail - they were all too childish or too girly, not really a great look in the lab. Though I am considering picking up a few of their cloth-bound smaller notebooks for other uses.
Pod, who do a beautiful array of notebooks if you are after them for home, rather than for work. They stock the Cavallini range, shown here. They aren't quite A4 but they are nice looking journals or notebooks.
At Papernation I found a gorgeous leather A4 journal, though in brown only and at a cost of around £80. (Update: Papernation seem to have disappeared since writing this)
Roger La Borde. They are still a bit girly and are plain pages rather than lined, but at £8.50 for the A4 ones, they are reasonably priced and will brighten up your day in the lab. I could only find the A4 notebooks at Paperfly and Papernation in the UK, my local stockist had recently stopped selling them. Do let me know if you find them for sale anywhere else.
And that was it - I didn't find anything else worthy of note. If you know of any fantastic hard bound notebooks which you'd like to share with me, do leave me a comment. I'm determined to spend my days writing in something more inspiring than the standard issue lab books!