Moleskine notebooks are Italian handy pocket-sized books available as journals, notebooks, planners and sketchbooks. Perhaps because of their long history, they have gained quite a following. According to the Moleskine website, " Moleskine is the heir of the legendary notebook used for the past two centuries by great artists and thinkers, including Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Bruce Chatwin." You can read more of the history here.
Moleskines are available all around the world from various sources on the web or in person, particularly at booksellers. More sources can be accessed here.
You can recognize a Moleskine by it’s distinctive black cover, either hard or soft, although there are tan ones as well. There are lots of ideas available for altering your moleskine from covers to the inside. There is actually a traveling art exhibit featuring altered moleskines. You can also submit your works to be included in an exhibit. One of the submissions is by Emi, shown below right.
The moleskine shown above is mine. It has evolved from originally having only a label on it to becoming more embellished as I come across things to add. There is a stapled on piece of printed twill on the cover as a tab, a glued on piece of paper from an old book, a favourite photo (a traditional Irish cottage from a trip to Ireland) and a little paint as well. I wrote, "This is Mine," on the label and originally meant it to mean the book is mine, but when I came across the cottage photo I thought I’d dream a little and pretend the cottage was mine too! More ideas are linked up below.
Photo at left is from Heidi Illustration showing some of her altered Moleskines. She does some beautiful work with cut outs in the cover to reveal intricate illustrations inside. Check out her Etsy shop here. Love this cutie and this one also.
If you have an altered Moleskine you’d like to share with ScrapScene readers, just shoot us an email at scrapscene @gmail.com. We would love to see what you have come up with!