Take Note - guest blog by Sew Yeah aka Christine Leech

I love notebooks, I don’t think I’ve ever completely used one up though as I always seem to buy a new one before I’ve properly finished the first (and being a grown-up I don’t have to prove to anyone I’ve used every last page like I used to at school when I wanted a new exercise book). I also don’t like to mix my notebooks so every time I have a new idea for a project or a design I have to find myself a new book and a new pen before I can start recording my ‘genius’.

Imagine my delight when the lovely people over at Quadrille Publishing asked me and Hannah to design our own stationery range to compliment our book Everything Alice.

The range consists of notecards, a cake stand and my favourite, these notebooks.

We originally came up with countless designs but settled on this set of three (not big, not small, kinda handbag size) books; each one with a ‘helpful tip for an easier life’ quote from a character in Alice in Wonderland or Alice through the Looking Glass. These books have everything I look for in a notebook (well, when you’re the designer I guess that’s the point). Three in a pack, check, one lined, one plain and one grided, check, brown card, check, screen-printed and a little bit embossed? check and check.

Thing is my love of notebooks hasn’t been satisfied so I’m already trawling the net for my next fix… and this little lot are on my list …

1. A&7. Want? get here

2. Alphabet book. Want? get here

3. Blue and brown paper scrapbook. Want? get here

4. Dastardly nefarious plans for world domination. Want? get here

5. Orla Kiely flowers. Want? get here

6. Lisa London.

Want? get here

Oh yeah and Everything Alice Wonderland Notebooks.

Want? get here

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The next book from Christine and Hannah Read-Baldrey will be entitled Everything Oz and will be published by Quadrille in July 2012!