Simple black notebooks with signature rounded corners and an elastic band to keep their contents nicely secured; Moleskine journals have been a trusted companion to creative minds for years. These legendary notebooks have a long tradition in the artistic community; recording details, storing ideas and capturing feelings.
Today the Moleskine brand has expanded beyond those simple notebooks and offers a wide range of journals, diaries, planners, address books and specialized notebooks.
Ever since I discovered Moleskine journals I’ve been using them to keep track of my ideas, write down my thoughts and generally help me remember what I’ve done and what I have yet to do. I keep a journal in the kitchen to jot down recipes and notes for the blog. I keep one in my bag at all times and use the weekly planner to organize day-to-day activities.
There’s something special about having a tangible, personal archive to refer back to that makes Moleskine notebooks very appealing, not to mention the extraordinary craftsmanship of the journals themselves. I like being able to flip through my recipe journal, for example, and see where I adjusted ingredients while recipe testing and the notes I jotted in the margins. These journals are keepsakes in the making.
So I was quite eager to learn more about the newest additions to the Moleskine Passions line. The Passions journals are topic-specific notebooks that help you organize and collect information on a variety of topics such as: Recipes, Wine, Books, Music, Wellness and Film.
The newest additions to the line are: Art, Beer, Chocolate, Home and Restaurants. Moleskine generously sent me a few of these notebooks to check out and I was immediately impressed with the layout and design.
Each journal offers a different layout based on topic that includes: a series of themed pages with areas for recording notes divided by pre-selected tabs, a series of additional pages with blank customizable tabs, and selected charts, glossaries and adhesive labels (to further customize your journal).
The Recipe Journal, for example, has tabs for: Appetizers, First Course, Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Desserts and Cocktails, while the Restaurant Journal has tabs for: Restaurants. Bars, Cafes Etc…, Takeout, At a Glance (for quick notes about restaurants) and Direct from the Chef (for recipes you’ve gotten from restaurants).
For chocolate lovers like me the Chocolate Journal is a dream come true, with sections to write notes on tastings, recipes, events and even keep track of favorite shops!
With just a bit of pressure the notebook stays nicely open and flat, making it easy to leave open while taking notes. The black covers of the Passions line are embossed with a selection of images related to the theme of the notebook giving each a unique look. They come with three different colored attached ribbon bookmarks so you can mark your place in multiple sections of the journal at once.
A clever organizational feature are the numbered pages and corresponding index at the back of the journals that allow you to create your own personalized index to refer to. This makes finding old entries a breeze once you’ve filled the notebook. I think the quality in craftsmanship of these journals matches the same high standards of the rest of their line of products and I was very happy with them.
And so that you too may discover the beauty of these journals, Moleskine has generously offered to send TWO Gourmande in the Kitchen readers a selection of their THREE favorite Passions Journals.
HOW TO ENTER:
Required Entry: For a chance to win leave a comment here, whatever you’d like. For example tell me what your 3 favorite Passions Journals are.
The required entry must be done otherwise any extra entries will not count.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED
The winners are Randi Durham and Jessica Warfield. You have been contacted by email. Enjoy your journals!
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Giveaway starts on 3/5/2012 and will run until 3/13/2012 at 11:59 pm PST.
To enter leave a comment.
Two winners with a valid entries will be selected at random. I will email the winners and they will have up to 3 days to claim their prize or another winner will be selected.
Two winners will be selected at random to receive a choice of 3 passions journals each.
The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.
Sponsors are as follows: http://www.moleskine.com
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Disclaimer: I was provided with the Passions Journals for the purpose of doing a review and giveaway. All opinions are my own. All Images (expect for top one) courtesy of Moleskine.