My Journal

Behind the Logos
This website has two logos, kinda. There's a nice bit of history behind each one and how they work together. Here's how it all started...
The Making of Summer of Sketching Notebooks
New Video! The ninth edition of Dapper Notes was made in collaboration with Eric Friedensohn, to celebrate Summer of Sketching. While constructing the notebooks, Eric shot a lot of behind-the-scenes footage, and compiled it all into this one-minute, delightful video. If you...
New Summer of Sketching Notebooks are Underway, with a Free gift!
The first batch of Summer of Sketching Dapper Notes sold out very quickly. Unlike previous editions, this one is not a limited release but rather a timed edition. That means they'll be available through early August, at which point no new notebooks will be made....
How to get your hands on a sold out Dapper Notes
(Dapper Notes photo by @emmibee) Regardless of whether you're already familiar with Dapper Notes, or coming across them for the first time, one thing you'll notice right away is that a majority of the editions are sold out. How Dapper...
Win a Sold Out Dapper Notes
When I make my pocket notebooks, if they don't come out flawless, I won't put them up for sale, which leaves me with a handful of slightly-less-than-perfect notebooks. What does “a little off” mean? Most of the time it’s an...
Paper Performance: The Dapper Notes Paper, Ink, and Graphite Test
Every Dapper Notes has the same 70lb smooth paper inside, and while it always worked well for my penciling needs, I often get asked about how they perform with fountain pens and other inks. I'm not exactly a fountain pen...
All About Fabric Notebook Covers
Out of all the things that make Dapper Notes special, one feature that stands out above the rest are the fabric covers. If you haven't seen my notebooks in person yet, let me explain: How Dapper Notes covers are made When I decided to create a new...
This Just In: The Paper Chronicles Review
"The Cadillac of notebooks" "Elevating pocket notebooks to new heights" "Bergdorf Goodman all the way" These are some of the things Sarah of the famed Paper Chronicles called Dapper Notes, and I couldn't be more delighted. What a way to...
From the Dapper Notes Family to Yours, Happy Gifting!
Keep that just-opened gift-ey feeling all year long with The Bookhead Club: You get six editions of Dapper Notes, delivered every other month, and like one of our subscribers said, it's: "a ray of sunshine in [your] mailbox." Thank your...
How Dapper Notes Are Made
Well, this isn't the step-by-step how to make Dapper Notes from scratch. It's a video! For the sixth edition, The Runner, I filmed my process of putting together the notebooks from start to finish, and cut the clips into a...
Dapper Notes: Behind the name
Dapper Notes weren't always named that way. How my pocket notebooks were born Back in 2013 I was working on a print and tee business with a good friend of mine. We had lots of clever copy, and some fab lettering...
Making the First Set of Notebooks
This video is from when Dapper Notes were first made, at a time when they weren't yet called Dapper Notes (more on that here). Enjoy this behind-the-scenes process video, and a glimpse into the first video I ever edited:  ...