ScoutBooks: Good People, Good Notebooks

ScoutBooks Invade Paris ThreesomeI’ve been meaning to write this post for roughly five months and am just finally getting down to it on my “to blog” list thanks to an inquiry we received recently about Bound v ScoutBooks.

If you are a professional athlete it is not unlikely that you will watch game tape of other players in the league or players from the past to help you up your game.  Not every player is a source of inspiration but every now and then you encounter a player that drives you to push your game to higher and higher levels.

Making notebooks is basically the same thing as being a professional athlete, as I’m sure Lebron James or Leonel Messi would agree.  To that end, I spend hours in stationary stores and poking around the Internet to see how others are doing it.   Usually I come away anything but inspired, as this post on a notebook company you’ve probably heard of indicates.

That said, every once in a while I find a group that pushes me to stay true to the vision that got Bound started in the first place.   Despite they are in many ways our one true competitor I feel compelled to highlight and commend ScoutBooks on this very blog.

ScoutBooks are a product of Pinball Publishing which, in their own words, “is a creative manufacturing company located in Portland, Oregon.”  (As I’ve always said, if you can’t live in Durham live in Portland.)  Their claim to be “fueled by a love for print, collaboration, and the making of meaningful things” comes through in every step of the process from the website to the product in your hands.

Like Bound, ScoutBooks are made in the USA using  100% recycled paper and can be customized inside and out.   I have actually referred more than a couple potential bulk customers to ScoutBooks over the years when I think they’d be a better fit.  When is ScoutBooks a better fit?  Or, conversely, when is Bound a better fit?   After much reflection I have this Punnett Square to help me explain:

ScoutBooks Punnett Square

When you look closer at Bound and ScoutBooks you realize the overlap isn’t as great as it seems initially.  For one, ScoutBooks focuses solely on the “memo” style notebook, whereas Bound has two hardbound notebooks in our portfolio.  Furthermore, ScoutBooks keeps it simple with a max of 2 colors on the cover and fewer content options.

ScoutBooks_Bound Notebook Comparison

In the end, for all the similarities, the two are really different products for different needs.  If, based on the breakdown in this post, ScoutBooks turns out to be right for your needs I simply could not recommend them more.

How can I be so confident?

Well, a while back I ordered 50 little memos with a super duper clever cover born of my obsession with Invader.  I’ve been using them as my go-to pocket notebook for a while and can say they pass the test.  It doesn’t have the calendar and checklists I love in my Bound Memo but it is a terrific notebook.

Get One for Free.  From Bound.

If you want to try out a ScoutBooks pocket notebook for yourself, I’ll mail the first 5 people that tweet to @boundcustom with the hashtag #invadeparis one notebook that you see pictured here.  

Oh, and give @scoutbooks a shout out while you’re at it.  Making notebooks in the USA is where it’s at.

ScoutBooks Invade Paris

 

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“Someone’s in the Kitchen with Kierkegaard” Giveaway

If you’re like me, you think twice about picking up a book titled “Fear and Trembling” or “The Sickness unto Death.” On the other hand, if you’re like me you don’t at all think twice about picking up a book titled “Menu.” Well, you and I are in luck because now we can slide into the former via the latter.

A couple years ago we had the good fortune of receiving an email from one Rachel Moran inquiring as to whether or not we might participate in a philosophy conference in Northern Virginia. It was a great experience, sparked some good thinking, and we both went along our way.

Kierkegaard CookbookWell lo and behold if that same Rachel Moran didn’t go out there and write a chef’s-eye-view of one of my true heroes of philosophy, the “Father of Existentialism,” Soren Kierkegaard for the 200th anniversary of the great Dane’s birth. The book is called “Philosophical Food Crumbs: A Kierkegaard Cookbook” and is currently available through numerous outlets including Amazon.com.

If the name Soren Kierkegaard has ever peaked your interest but you’ve not been sure where to start, this is the place.

Rachel Moran partnered with Copenhagen native Emma Sorgaard to produce this “fun and alternative way into the works of Kierkegaard. Through food and history (recipes, anecdotes, and quotes) it tells a small piece of the story of the man and his times-the thoughts and the culture that shaped Kierkegaard as a human being and into a world known philosopher.”

What’s more, they decided to make some Bound notebooks to go along with the book itself – taking full advantage of content like our recipe pages, micro-journaling, etc I might add.

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Bound Kierkegaard Cookbook MemoWhat’s even more, Rachel and Emma are giving away a signed copy of the book AND the accompanying Bound notebook to readers of this here blog.

Your mouth is watering, I’m sure, so how can you get a chance at sinking your teeth into some fresh-cookin’ philosophy?

All you have to do is re-tweet the @boundcustom tweet I’ve just put up with the hashtag #SK200.

I’ll pick a name at random from all the retweets and put you in contact with the author herself(ves) for delivery.

 

Oh, and before I forget.  If the cookbook only leaves you hungry for more Kierkegaard, checkout this course through Coursera “Søren Kierkegaard – Subjectivity, Irony and the Crisis of Modernity” taught by Jon Stewart of the University of Copenhagen.   You can learn all about Coursera, find out what “MOOC” stands for, and get more information about the course with this great Prezi presentation by Timothy Hall, a fellow North Carolinian.

On behalf of possibly the greatest Danish journaler of all time, I bid you to enjoy the food for thought and belly.

Joel

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Foodie and Webby Notebooks from OFFSET

One of the best parts of life here at Bound is that we can experiment with notebook ideas to our hearts’ content.   It’s fun to think of new ways to combine cover designs with content from our section type library.  I just added a couple options to the OFFSET workshop store this afternoon to share in addition to the graduation memos from a couple weeks ago.

OFFSET Workshop Notebooks

The Webby Notebook has a clever little web finger wallpaper pattern on the cover and an assortment of browser templates and grid pages for your designing pleasure.
Webby Notebook

Browser Template Notebook

The Foodie Notebook has a sharp “Market Day” photo across the full cover spread taken by the one and only Julia Parris with 24 grocery list and 24 recipe pages inside.

Market Day Foodie Notebook

Market Day Foodie Notebook Spread

grocery list recipe notebook

Well, back to work…

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Help Upgrade Mercury Studio in Durham

Mercury Studio is just one of those places you want in your town.  A staple item like a good coffee shop, grocery store, bar, and walking trails.  Mercury Studio is just one more reason why Durham is Durham.

Mercury Studio opened its doors as a co-working space where artists, writers, and entrepreneurs of all types work along side each other in an awesome downtown space.  Since then, they’ve added all these great events to their activity board:

  • Art Salon: Local artist gather to present their current work and receive earnest and specific feedback from other artists, patrons, and curators. These events are cohosted with Laura Ritchie, the Gallery Director at The Carrack.
  • Listening Room: We bring in local songwriters for an evening of music and conversation. The artists play one set of original music for a rapt crowd and then have the opportunity to talk about their craft and process as well as take questions from the audience. It’s a unique and intimate event, enjoyed by all parties involved.
  • groundworkk: All attenders contribute $5 to a mason jar, listen to a few pitches from local groups or individuals who have a project idea, but need funds, ask questions, and then vote. Whichever project receives the most votes, gets the cash.
  • #CinemaSeries: With the help of movie-buff community members, we screen and discuss movies ranging from documentaries to mainstream favorites.

Now they need to upgrade the space to keep up with demand and are running a campaign on Indie GoGo to help raise the money they need.

How you can help.

MAKE A CONTRIBUTION

SPREAD THE WORD

  • Social Media: Post the link to this page on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, bulletin boards, or your forehead – whatever you use!
  • Personal emails: Email this campaign link to anyone who you think might be interested in participating. Friends, family, coworkers! We’ll never know if they want to help unless someone asks them! Think about it. If you get two people to contribute what you contribute, you’ve tripled your contribution!
  • Listservs: Have a neighborhood listserv? A knitting listserv? An any kind of listserv? Send out the link!
  • Community Challenges: Really want to up the stakes? Issue a challenge to people in your community (office, neighborhood, etc.). Let them know what your contribution is and let them know how much you think your community should be able to raise. Also, let us know if you’re doing this and we can come up with a prize for the community who, together, makes the greatest contribution!

GIVEAWAY

We’ve designed a Durham-themed, Mercury-Studio-branded Memo just for the campaign.  We’ll pick FIVE people at random who spread the word about Mercury Studio.    Here’s how to enter:

  • Share on Facebook and mention “@bound custom journals” in the post
  • Share on Twitter and mention “@boundcustom” in the tweet
  • Send an email and include team@boundforanything.com in the bcc

You can do all three to be entered three times.  On Monday, June 17 I’ll compile all the names and select 5 random winners to receive a Bound Memo with a street level map of Durham, lined pages, grid pages, and checklist pages on the inside with this cover:

Mercury Studio Durham Notebook

 

Hope to see you at the Studio sometime!

Joel

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The Hottest Speakeasy in Town is Your Own Home

There are a finite number of establishments at which to get a truly delicious cocktail in the United States and, statistically speaking, you probably do not live within 30minutes of any of them.   It’s a discouraging thought so allow me to cheer you up with some good news:  Now your own house and home can be such an establishment.

http://vimeo.com/66772755

I want you to think about all of the people you know.  Now think, which of these people would I most trust to make me the perfect cocktail?  Now imagine a person that can make a cocktail 100 times better than the best person you can imagine.  Then, imagine that latter person creating a line of mixers so that you could have one of his delicious concoctions anytime you want (after noon on weekdays, 10am on weekends at least, just for propriety).

Imagine no longer and order yourself a bold mixer from Durham’s own White Whale, the brainchild of geniuses Dave Staples and Corey Mason.  They’ve recently launched with a three-mixer lineup just in time for summer:

Your Older Brother (Just Add Vodka)

The Filthy Liar (Just Add Gin)

Auntie’s Old Fashioned (Just Add Bourbon)  

Pick yours up online at Clyde Oak or stop by a shop in the Durham area.

 

White Whale Bold Mixers Notebook

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Behance Portfolio Review: Chicago

It’s a pretty simple idea.  If you are a creative person creating creative creations you will eventually want another creative to critic the creative creation you have created.  But how?

It’s easier than ever with Behance’s Portfolio Reviews held worldwide throughout the year.

Behance Portfolio Reviews bring members together at events in cities and towns around the world — organized by members, for members. Attend a Portfolio Review to present and get feedback on your work, hear from experienced professionals, and meet your local creative community.

Reviews are happening all over the world next week from May 13 – 20.  Find one near you.

We have teamed up with Jen Kablis of Alice Graphix, organizer of the upcoming review in Chicago, to create a great Memo notebook for the event and offer a lucky raffle winner 10 free Memos featuring their own artwork on the cover and any interior content from our library their heart desires.

Jen posted a great picture of the notebooks we made together – complete with an “L” map on the inside cover – to flickr and instagram.

Chicago Behance Portfolio Review Notebooks

She also posted a great picture of the many raffle prizes in the pot awaiting the attendees.

Behance Raffle Prizes

Good luck from all of us at Bound to all the creatives creating creative creations in attendance in Chicago.

-Joel

 

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NYC, San Francisco, DC Graduation Notebooks through OFFSET

It’s a fact*, 97% of Americans that know more than one 2013 graduate know a graduate heading to New York, San Francisco, or DC this year.   If you’re part of that 97% we have good news for you.  You can get that person a notebook commemorating their graduation and providing practical help navigating and recording adventures in their new city.   Handy, thoughtful, affordable – like a graduate in notebook form.

Pick yours up today for just $7 in the OFFSET Workshop

I Graduate City Notebooks

I Graduate NY Notebook

I Graduate San FranciscoI Graduate DCI Graduate Cities NotebooksCongratulations Graduate from Bound Notebook

Bon Courage!

-Joel

*The “97%” statistic is not, in fact, a “fact” per se.  It is a fact that I think the fictitious statistic made for a compelling post opening.  If you were confused thinking I meant the statistic itself was the fact to which “It’s a fact” referred I apologize for the misunderstanding.

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Bound to Graduate: Card+Gift=Notebooks

Now available in the OFFSET Workshop for a limited time. Get yours theirs.

Graduate Pocket Travel Atlas

It’s a conundrum we all face every year at graduation time.  What do you get the graduate(s) in your life?

Card? Gift?  Card and Gift?

A decent card can run you five bucks or more easily but will at best be in a pile of cards for aeons and at worst in the trash after the initial “Aww, what a great card.”  A gift will run you $10 at least if you don’t want to look cheap, not that you are.

Combine the two and you’re saying “I am proud of you but not THAT proud” until you spend $30 at least.  It’s just a fact of commemoration life.

Life is a Gift Memo Notebooks

This year, get your graduate a Bound Memo.  Think of it as a card that won’t be discarded <ahem> or a gift that needs no card.  It’s unique and two-in-one:  a concept that works better here than it does with shampoo+conditioner or pool+ping-pong sets.

Pick Up Yours Theirs Today for just $7 in the OFFSET Workshop.

I Graduate City Notebooks

Each notebook also includes a special message to graduates from us at Bound.

Bound to graduate,

-Joel

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STITCH: Weaving the Fabric of Durham with Words

Stitch_Durham_Street_Level_Downtown

Let’s cut to the chase:  Back STITCH on Kickstarter

Why?

If you have set foot in Durham, NC even for a moment (which is getting harder and harder lately if you don’t live there as you’ve probably spent the majority of your time hunting for parking), then you know that we Durhamites are nothing if not passionate about making Bull City what we believe it is meant to be.

But what is that exactly?

That’s the question indeed.  Answers vary to say the least but what they all have in common is the use of words.  That might sound obvious but words have great power to create future reality, not just articulate the present or recount the past.

Akira & Dipika of Orangutan Swing (Durham, NC of course) are making sure Durham harnesses that power not just effectively but beautifully as well with an exciting Kickstarter campaign.  Don’t take my word for it, Good Magazine agrees.

The duo have brought together citizens and artists to transform words about Durham into art for the good of the community.

Back STITCH on Kickstarter before the deadline on Monday Apr 29, 8:00am EDT.

If Stitch hits its goal, 10 backers will be randomly selected to receive one of 10 free custom “Stitch” Bound Memo notebooks made in, you guessed it, Durham, North Carolina.   The notebooks are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled, acid free paper and contain a street-level map of Durham, lined pages, and grid pages.

STITCH DURHAM BOUND MEMO NOTEBOOK

 

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HB Hospitality, or “Clients and Notebooks I Love to Love”

I met Danielle, Principal & Founder of HB Hospitality, in a quintessentially Durham-Raleigh-Startup-Community way. Without going into the details let me say it involves both the Startup Stampede and Triangle Entrepreneurship Week.

Such connections are rarely as perfect a fit as this has proved to be though. We worked together to create what I consider to be the most top-shelf notebook we’ve produced to date. If you’re lucky enough to attend one of her events you can hold it in your hands for yourself.

HB Hospitality Journal Page One

Events? What events you say? What does HB Hospitality do?

HB Hospitality connects exceptional people to extraordinary experiences. I was going to try to write something original here but, having plagiarized the preceding sentence, I decided that I probably wasn’t going to do much better than Danielle herself:

“HB Hospitality’s goal is to produce a seamless experience for clients by partnering them with HB’s prestigious portfolio of resorts and helping them to design memorable meetings and events that align with their organization’s strategic goals and objectives.”

She’s professional, intelligent, and great to work with. Look for more masterpiece notebooks this year. Oh, and speaking of Masterpiece, don’t tell me what happens in the Downton Abbey season finale. I still haven’t seen it.

Hotels and Resorts I Love to Love NotebookHB Hospitality Journal AdYearly Calendar NotebookProperty List Notebook
HB Hospitality Journal AdHB Hospitality1

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