I could never image how it could be important for me to have the kind of right notebook for my learning log. When I started doing my first course at the OCA, I got a few notebooks, but, for some reason, I did not like writing in any of my them. Their pages were too white, or the lines were too blue, or the notebooks were too hard or they were too soft and so on. I ended up with a mess of digital notes in my learning log.
This time I was going to to use a few tried and tested apps on my iPad to keep a digital learning log only. However, I’ve found a notebook I love.
I saw this notebook in a shop a long time ago and immediately fell for its textured cover. Unfortunately, it was so pricey that I could not justify buying it. However, I could not forget its lovely cover. I thought it would be interesting to take a picture of it for my texture collection.
The other special thing about that notebook was its integration with one of my favourite web services: Evernote. This notebook made by Moleskine had a very special paper that made it possible to search in the digital version of handwritten notes. However, even that could not persuade me to splash out 20 quid or so.
As I said I was going to get it one day, so every now and than, I checked on special offers for that notebook. Just when I was waiting for my course materials to arrive, I spotted that a large ruled Evernote notebook was on sale. Half price was probably the best offer I’d ever seen and taking into account that I would also get a few additional months to my current subscription to Evernote Premium and the new Evernote Document Camera offered an easy way to digitise notes in this notebook, I added it to my usual grocery order.
I got the notebook and decided to try out Evernote’s Document camera. I made a few notes, took pictures of them and sent them into my account. Yes, I was able to search and find notes containg certain words, but it was hit and miss. I think the readability of handwriting was the key to success. Also, Document camera was not really great for me. I found it a bit tricky to get a good picture with my iPad although the process of digitising notes looked so easy in the video on the Evernote website. Probably, scanning the pages can do a better job.
Surprisingly for me, I’ve made a lot of notes in the note book. It seems that I love writing in this notebook. The pages are not too white and the lines are not too blue. It’s not too soft, it’s not too hard. It’s just right for me.