Danza del Cielo
Danza del Cielo
Danza del Cielo
Danza del Cielo
Danza del Cielo
Danza del Cielo

Danza del Cielo

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

Edition #50 Notes

Designed with Menka Desai-Crawford, an architect turned artist who paints designs in brilliant colors onto paper, and often adorns the artwork with embroidery, beads, and other dimensional objects.

Menka painted two images of adorable toucans, that will eventually become a part of a larger mosaic that works as either individual pieces or one big piece as part of Mensa's personal work. You can already see some of the other birds on her Instagram. For our collaboration we used two connecting panels as the front and back of the notebook cover's design. The thread, bookcloth, and endsheet colors echo tones from the cover illustration, altogether making for a vibrant design.

Fray level: High

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Danza del Cielo specs

Menka Desai-Crawford
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Cover Design
Toucan series
Cover Material
Linen cotton canvas
Material Fray
Endsheet Material
Lokta handmade paper, bordeaux
70lb smooth white
Crimson Rumped Toucanet
Notebook Size
3½ × 5½ inches
April 2024

Danza del Cielo

Taking flight

Menka's toucan series is the perfect fit for my home where birds can be found tweeting all day. My friend Jen Reyes came up with the very fitting name Danza del Cielo: sky dance.

An optional interactive cover

For our notebook collaboration, we wanted to offer a beading experience similar to Menka's art process, and created an optional add-on in the form of a glass beading kit, sold separately. Inside each kit are four colors of delicate glass Miyuki delica beads, some of the finest beads in the world. There are plenty of beads for a notebook cover beading project, along with delicate DMC beading needles, a threader, and five DMC threads.

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 Danza del Cielo was 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.


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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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