How Long Does Your Moleskine Last You?

“I ask because I’ve used moleskines for a while now for my notes – and one blank notebook could last me quite a while. Now I’m using one of the sketchbooks for drawing, and it looks like it’s going to be filling up quickly. I’m not sure I want to go through 1 notebook or more a month. Ok, I might do less than one a month, but still . At that rate, I’ll have to have a whole library soon just for my moleskines!

What do you do? limit yourself to one or two pages a day? buy lots of notebooks? use other notebooks?”

Michelle @ Moleskinerie/ORKUT

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7 Responses to How Long Does Your Moleskine Last You?

  1. No limits – but a notebook can last as little as a weekend, and as much as half a year, depending on degree of enthusiasm.
    I use a big box for the filled-up ones. It’s really hard to get so many that it’s not possible to find what you’re looking for…

  2. Troy Pesola says:

    I’ve only been using a moleskine for just over a month. I expect mine will last roughly 6 months. It would depend heavily on how you use it. Personally, I keep several different journals and fill quite a few pages collectively. My moleskine is my where I track my spiritual journey as a follower of Jesus.

    I consume a page every couple of days, sometimes several pages a day.

    QUESTION: Do you label your moleskines? I’ve been contemplating using whiteout on the binding once it is full to describe the topic and date range captured in the notebook.

  3. Michelle says:

    That sketchbook moleskine ended up filling up relatively quickly… and I’ve moved on since to a grid-style moleskine that’s lasting quite a bit longer. I’m using a different type of sketch book now — one available here in Japan — that has a binding you can push different types of paper pages into to mix-and-match your own choices of paper. Not only that — I went down to the store to pick up a new sketchbook and they were all out. They had the others — Japanese style, infobok, addresses, pockets… but no sketchbooks!

  4. Shells says:

    Wow Michelle. Amazing how a simple question can get you thinking…

    Used as a daily notebook for work and stuff, I go through an A5 notebook (200-odd page) in about 4-6 months. In it I jot my notes, instructions, ideas, notes from phone conversations… it’s my brain, my “PDA” ( eg I sent that thing when? What was the con note number? When did they want that flight booked? etc). They are spiral now, because I like to have them flat in a desk-type job. They go back years, but I don’t keep them forever.

    I also use small (A6) yearly diaries, although next year I’ll be using a small week-per-opening Moleskine diary. On the spines of these I write the year in one of my wife’s silver craft pens. Troy, you are spot on with this – it’s a great help and looks good on the shelf over the years.

    My Moleskine – a small lined one – is mine only, not work’s or anyone’s. What’s in it is nobody else’s business and it won’t make sense to anyone else yet.

    I’ve always kept a notebook about me, ever since it was pointed out to me as a teenager as a useful habit. Not a diary – that’s separate – but a book for keeping things you want to remember – accounts, sayings, ideas, who has their coffee made how, instructions, all kinds of things.

    For example, when I was a runner on feature films, I used to buy a proper hip-pocket notebook at the start of each film, and inside the front was the coffeemaking instructions for all the principals – main cast, director, cameraman, first assistant etc. And then whatever I needed to do went in there, with a line through it when it was done. Absolutely invaluable – saved my backside hundreds of times.

    I’ve used all sorts of notebooks, usually whatever I could grab when I needed it. I avoid plastic sleeve-type ones – they fall apart.

    They have to be able to go into a pocket easily – and in Australia, that’s not a jacket pocket, it’s usually a shirt or the hip pocket on jeans – and they must therefore be strong. I liked the Alwych – the traditional English birdwatcher’s notebook, and then there’s Denbigh, etc.

    But now it’s Moleskines. Always pocket-sized. A volant for “shopping-list” stuff (like how the cameraman wants his coffee), which is with me always; and a pocket-size (lined or squared) for more permanent stuff. I never time how long they last. When they’re full they’ll go on the bookshelf with the others, and I’ll keep them forever.

  5. Sounds like a fun job, Shells. 🙂

  6. Joy says:

    I was thinking about this yesterday. I’m on my first Moleskine. Started on 9 May, and it appears to be about 1/4 filled. As long as I have a few in inventory, I feel safe.

    I’m also looking forward to using a 2005 “week at a glance” Mole. My current calendar–an A4 sized, spiral bound I bought at MOMA isn’t working out. Has lots of lovely photos of NY, but it’s just too bulky. It has a Mole-style elastic band, but it doesn’t work well.


  7. Lohr says:

    A sketchbook used as a notebook…maybe 6 months. A grid-ruled notebook… 7-9 months… I do keep several journals/notebooks, so the little Moleskine in my briefcase every day will last a while…

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