Little Notebook

"No..." Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/70 sec, ISO3200
“No…” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going today?

So I’ve been using my Passport-size Traveler’s Notebook for almost a year now, and I still enjoy it, but I realize that it’s a little limiting. Basically, it’s great for taking notes, but it’s a bit small for sketching. I think it’s difficult because the pages don’t lie as flat as I’d like.

However, I don’t like big, thick sketchbooks either. My preferred size is A5, with spiral binding, and no more than a centimeter thick. The Muji notebooks I bought a few years ago are perfect. I use the dot-grid version for general note-taking both for personal stuff and for work stuff (I have one notebook for each). The paper is smooth and fountain pen ink looks great on it. It’s also nice for sketching!

I’m pretty excited because we’re going to the Muji store in NYC this summer so I can stock up!

I’ve been looking at that Roterfaden A5 notebook and it seems like a perfect solution, but I can’t justify spending that much money on it. I’m sure there’s a cheaper A5 alternative out there that I can use. I just need to do some research! In the meantime, I’ll use my Muji notebooks.


Today’s photo is a sketch I did in my Traveler’s Notebook. I just drew on an old page that I had written on before. Can you guess what those words mean?

To see all the sketches I’ve been working on, you can check out the Flickr album “My Sketching Journey”, or my Instagram account barron.sketches which I created just for posting sketches, watercolors, and stationery items.

I hope you had a great day!


Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter Organizer System @

This leather and felt “Bestseller” organizer by Roterfaden looks amazing. But wow, it’s pricey!

I’ll stick with my Travelers Notebook Passport for now.

Everyday Notebook

"Everyday" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5, 1/4 sec, ISO320
“Everyday” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Tonight’s photo is of my Traveler’s Notebook. I bring this with me everyday in my bag to work, and I have my Pilot Kakuno and LAMY Safari attached. And recently I added my Uni Kuru Toga pencil to the kit.

In my notebook, I like to jot down things, like song names and random ideas. I also use Google Keep for notes, but it’s fun to write on paper even if it is not available “in the cloud”. I think it’s kind of cool that these little bits of information exist only in one place, and they can be lost forever. Eventually, all things come to an end, and so it will be with these notes. Isn’t it neat that they will exist only for short periods of time? It’s liberating to know that all things end, and not to get too tied up in trying to make things permanent.

It’s funny to me that I am trying to keep objects in my life that will last until I die, but then I don’t worry about things being lost? I don’t think it’s consistent but I am not going to think about it too much. Maybe it’s like the theory of relativity vs quantum mechanics. Who knows? Someday I might discover a unifying theory. 😆

Ok, time for bed. I hope you had a nice Thursday.


Pens with My Traveler’s Notebook

"Kakuno and Traveler's Notebook" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/40 sec, ISO3200
“Kakuno and Traveler’s Notebook” Cedar Park, 2017

Hi all! Here’s a quick post about how I carry my two preferred pens on my passport-size Traveler’s Notebook. There are actually loop attachments for sale to which you can attach a pen, but I read that most of those mark up the cover of the notebook, so I decided to see if there was another option. Plus I’m cheap and didn’t want to spend money! 😅

"Kakuno and Clips" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/50 sec, ISO3200
“Kakuno and Clips” Cedar Park, 2017

I already had a bunch of these cool little binder clips on my notebook, and I positioned them so that the handles form little guides for the pen. This combined with the elastic band keep the Pilot Kakuno snug and secure. I also positioned a third clip (the pink one) so that the pen cap rests on it, and it centers the pen so that the top or bottom don’t stick out.

"Notebook and Pens" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO2000
“Notebook and Pens” Cedar Park, 2017

I think the Pilot Kakuno is a good choice to use with the passport-sized Traveler’s Notebook because it has a cap (no accidental pushes on a push-button pen) and it’s just a couple millimeters shorter than the notebook. The perfect size!

"Pens and Traveler's Notebook" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/75 sec, ISO3200
“Pens and Traveler’s Notebook” Cedar Park, 2017

If I want to, there’s also room to put my other favorite pen, the LAMY Safari, right on the front. It’s a pretty simple system, but I like it, and it’s free!

I really like this set-up and think I’ll be using it for a long, long time. 😌