Lisa Congdon Pattern Design Sketchbook
Inside the Start Today edition, blue bookcloth, pink endsheets
Fabric pattern design by artist Lisa Congdon
Thread sewing station notebook bookbinding enon
Dapper Notes and Lisa Congdon Journals
Lisa Congdon rainbow Dapper Notes notebook cover
Find Your Artistic Voice by Lisa Congdon, shown with Dapper Notes
Geometric pattern by Lisa Congdon - thick lines

Start Today

Regular price$17
Paper Style
  • Cotton & bookcloth cover
  • Hand-made in Fair Lawn
  • In stock, ready to ship
  • Made to order

Edition #23 Notes

The cover for Start Today is a fabric designed by artist and activist Lisa Congdon. Her work has an inviting bright palette, and when I saw this fabric pattern I knew I had to turn it into a Bookhead Club edition.

I admire Lisa's designs not only for her visual style, but more so for the ideas carried throughout her work. She makes it her mission to uplift both socially and emotionally, and designs around phrases like "make your own path," and "use your creative power for good".

To that end, Start Today invites you to carry on the message, open a blank (or lined) page, and make today the day where you start something new.

Fray level: Very High

Most Dapper Notes covers are made using fabric, which naturally frays with use. Each material behaves differently, and this meter will help you gauge how much fraying to expect from your notebook. Read more about fabric covers

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Start Today specs

Abstract pattern
Lisa Congdon
Online at
Cover Material
Material Fray
Very high
Bright blue
Endsheet Design
Endsheet Material
48 pages on 70lb smooth white
Light umber
October 2019

Start Today

Bright like sunrise

Today is a new day, and we're going to make it the best it can be.

One of a kind

Each notebook has a unique portion of Lisa's cover design, and no two are the same.

All in the details

Can you pinpoint what inspires you to write, to doodle, to journal your everyday? No matter the source, your Dapper Notes was made with extra care for all the little details, and is ready for you to capture life!

How Dapper Notes are made

Every Dapper Notes notebook is made by hand, from scratch using a variety of materials including: a fabric cover that's bound to bookcloth, a decorative end-sheet, all sewn with waxed thread. Watch this video to see how they're made, step by step.

Dapper Notes notebooks are

Fabric covered

Every notebook cover is made from two materials: a good looking fabric on the outside backed by book cloth inside.

100% made by me

Straight from my studio in Fair Lawn, you’re getting premium paper, wax coated linen thread stitching, glue and a little love.

Shipped everywhere

My hand-made notebooks can be sent directly to you to any location in the world where USPS delivers.

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Dapper notes are the antidote to the digital age. Every item is handcrafted, hand-sewn, and designed for maximum delight.


Highest quality construction and materials, keen eye for detail, and delicious design, month after month.


Dapper Notes are the best quality pocket sized notebooks you can get. The textile cover and thread binding means the books will hold up through time. I love the thick paper as well; good for fountain pens.


I am a lover of texture, both visually and physically, so the different book covers are perfect for me!


Wow, beyond beautiful. They are very well made and sweet. Thrilled to have these gorgeous notes.


Beautifully made, exceptional craftsmanship, wonderful customer service!


I love this notebook. It's beautifully hand crafted, very sturdy, and makes a great conversation piece. 10/


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