Dapper Notes designed by Gustavo Jaimes
plum-colored book cloth, and a screen printed lokta plant paper
tattoo notebook, ilford hp5 film, and camera lens
pocket notebook spine, macro shot of purple thread sewing station
layflat knolling of pocket notebook, topo chico, hp5 film, tattoos, stickers, and an olympus 45rc
tattoo art by Gus (Tavo) Jaimes of sand clock with heart and wings
detail of faux leather fabric, with imprint of coffee
headshot of gustavo jaimes, aka gus aka tavo aka @gusj714


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

Edition #25 Notes

Designed in collaboration with Gustavo Jaimes, a tattoo and visual artist from Anaheim, California. Gus grew up next door to Disneyland, an inspiration that continues to show through with joy in his work. This edition was named in honor of Gus, his friendship, and family. I am always in awe of his kindness and creativity, and get as much inspiration from his designs and photography as I do from his actions.

The design for Jaimes was created from Gus's tattoo flash sheets, and printed onto a thick pleather material that looks and feels like the real thing. 

You can catch Gus in a weekly hangout with VGHC's Hammer Time podcast, hear his rolling laughter, and gather some positive energy to start your weekend every single week.

(Also available in Junior size)

Fray level: None

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

Orders are shipped within two business days. If I'm away for any reason, you'll see an announcement on the top of the website noting as such.

Some items are made to order, which you'll see noted in the product description. 

Once shipped, most domestic orders take anywhere from 2 to 10 business days to arrive depending on the efficiency of your local postal service. International shipping delivery times may vary between 1 and 12 weeks.

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Jaimes specs

Tattoo flash sheet
Gustavo Jaimes
Online at
Cover Material
Material Fray
Endsheet Design
Bloom screen print
Endsheet Material
Lokta plant handmade paper
48 graph on 70lb smooth white
Title Inspiration
The artist
February 2020


Work of art

Literally. Gus is an incredibly prolific illustrator, and every single thing he draws is just marvelous. Lucky us we get to have several drawings on a single notebook cover.

Tattoos, cameras, coffee

If you asked Gus to sing his favorite things, tattoos, cameras and coffee would top that list. Making Jaimes the perfect notebook for drawing a new tattoo, scouting photo spots, and journaling coffee tastings.

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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