Saturday, March 26, 2011
Which Size of Notebook Do You Prefer?
Do you like your notebooks to be large, small, or somewhere in between? Would you prefer a notebook that takes up your entire desk space or one that can be hidden away in your pocket?
Large notebooks are expansive, allowing you to stretch your imagination, make big plans, draw complex maps and diagrams, or fill the page in a passionate outpouring of words. But they can be awkward to carry around, are hard to hide (if you need to hide your notebook), and that large expanse of blank page can be intimidating to some.
Small notebooks, on the other hand, are portable, personal, and private, ideal for jotting down your innermost thoughts or for making a brief grocery list. But when you have many things to write, a small notebook may feel cramped and inhibiting. And, although a small notebook can be more easily hidden, it can also be more easily lost.
But perhaps for you the ideal notebook is neither very large nor very small, but somewhere in between. It fits perfectly into your hand and into your bag or backpack. Perhaps you haven't found it yet, but you're convinced that it's out there, somewhere...
For a written journal, I like a small notebook myself, although not too small. My small Quo Vadis Habana at about 4x6 inches feels about right. For sketchbooks, art journals, and notebooks that stay at home on the shelf and don't get out much (that sounds a lot like my life, actually, but never mind), I like something a bit larger, perhaps around 6x8 inches. Notebooks much larger than that just feel too cumbersome, while those that are very small just don't have enough space.
What about you? Which size of notebook do you prefer? Does your preferred size change depending on the purpose of the notebook? Do you prefer different formats of paper (plain, lined, or graph) for the different sizes? (For example, I often prefer lined for medium-sized notebooks and plain or graph for large or small notebooks.) Do you use one size exclusively or experiment with different sizes?