My Journal

So How Long Does it Take to Make a Dapper Notes?
Well, how long does it take? Great question! I'm so glad you asked. This is one of the first questions that comes up when folk learn that I make Dapper Notes by hand, one-by-one, from scratch. It's a very good question,...
Interview with Art Supply Posse
I had the pleasure of telling the story of Dapper Notes, and lots of other tales on the Art Supply Posse podcast. It was a blast talking stationery and going off on many tangents. Go give it a listen:   Also available for...
How to Get Free Shipping, and Other Shipping Tips
As of January 2018, USPS changed things up and made it much harder to ship orders affordably. Shortly thereafter, I partnered up with Nero's Notes to make shipping to the UK and Europe both faster and more affordable.  If you're in the U.K....
And the Goodtype Tuesday Winners are..
🎉🎉CONGRATS🎉🎉 to all the challenge winners, and thank you to every single one of you who joined #GoodtypeXDapperNotes this week. The three Goodtype Tuesday winners are   View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gia Graham (@iamgiagraham) on Jul 10,...
A Goodtype Tuesday Collaboration
Two years ago, I collaborated with Eric Friedensohn on the Summer of Sketching Dapper Notes. We met through @goodtype, and decided to give back: $1 per book towards the Goodtype Stay Sharp Scholarship fund. Who's Goodtype? It's the only community account...
How Do Dapper Notes Perform with Fountain Pens?
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...
New Video: Making a Hardcover Journal Step-By-Step
New Video! Over the last few months I've experimented with a variety of styles to fine-tune a journal that feels just right. There are ten new designs launching December 2018, all inspired by my generous friend Maggie Enterrios, who is also the designer of the...
Just Covers This Time
Years in the making Before I started selling Dapper Notes (which were then called Hebrew Type Books), I was already experimenting with making notebook covers. No, not the kind that are hand-sewn into Dapper Notes notebooks, but rather covers that can hold a...
Holiday Releases and Saving on Shipping
Over the past few months I've been tirelessly creating stationery products for the Dapper Notes lineup. This holiday season I'm releasing several new products, notebooks, accessories, and other exciting things.  Since I won't be dropping all items at once, I wanted...
To Meaningful Rewards!
Did you know this shop has a rewards program? In a recent Instagram stories poll I found out that about one out of five people knew. What I saw Prior to running the above poll, I've noticed two things happening with the program. 1) Fewer...
Process Isn't Perfect
The sixteenth edition of Dapper Notes is for subscribers only. Here's Why. Everything is an experiment Every design I create is a brand new experiment. I try to find an interesting combination of cover materials - usually fabric and book cloth -...
Making a Dapper Notes Pocket Notebook
If you ever wondered what goes into making Dapper Notes, I filmed and edited a look into the full step-by-step process, from fabric roll to packaged notebook. Every edition is made a little differently, and I normally do some parts...
Enonspiration 19
This is a special edition, and the 19th installment of #enonspiration, where I celebrate a few creatives who inspire me. Coinciding today with #GoodtypeTuesday, where the prompt is to letter their names. So I did both, carving the usual hashraa (השראה) “inspiration” in a kiwi, and lettering four artist’s names on the outside.
A New and Faster Way to Get Dapper Notes in Europe
The U.S. P.remium S.lowness This past January, new USPS rules went into effect that limited the use of their most affordable international shipping option. Instead of being weight-based like all their other offerings, one could only use that service to send actual letters....
Behind the Scenes of this Site's Realignment
It was time. Over a year in the making but for the most part not being made at all. This site was overdue for a makeover, and what you're looking at right now is the fresh coat of paint. Here's what I changed and why I did it.
Enonspiration 18
Starting up February with the 18th installment of #enonspiration, and celebrating a few black creatives who inspire me. Go check them out and show them some well-deserved love: @dblj05  Jarrett’s mantra “anything is possible” happens to be one of my...
2nd Anniversary Giveaway Celebration!
Thank You On January 11th, 2016 I sold the very first Dapper Notes. Two years later I'm able to continue experimenting and making these products I love, thanks to you. Three Gifts, Two Winners To celebrate, I partnered with two...
Enonspiration 17
Starting the year right with the 17th installment of #enonspiration, where I share people who inspire me. Go check them out and show them some well-deserved love: @kayla_stark  Kayla creates deceptively simple illustrations with oh-so-nice textures. Whimsical ftw!   A post...
2017 Lookback, #typewipe Edition
 2017 was a wild year in many respects. Before it began I decided to make Dapper Notes my main focus, and at years' end I'm happy to say that all my efforts have paid off. I: Redesigned the main Dapper Notes site Announced nine...
Gift Wrap Your Dapper Notes with Printer Paper
When you need to gift a pocket notebook or few, all you need is: standard-sized printer paper, scissors, and tape. That's it! Watch the step-by-step video to wrap your notebooks perfectly every time, and use these templates as your guide. You...
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...