I don’t spend a lot of money on clothes or shoes or purses or jewelry. I don’t eat out a lot or get expensive coffees every day. I don’t get the works done to my hair every eight weeks and I don’t get my nails and toes done with any regularity.
What I do buy is good supplies. I love notebooks, binders, portfolios, pens, pencils, papers, pouches, and anything that’s a pretty workhorse.
I saw this bag first when I visited Shaunna in Florida. It caught my eye, but I didn’t ask her about it.
When she visited me a couple of weeks ago, I admired it again and this time asked about it. It’s the Alem Backpack in Cognac. Well, it wasn’t a day or two later that I ordered it. She has owned hers for a couple of years and has traveled with it extensively and it was still in great condition. It has beautiful details, like a stitched handle and leather pulls on the zippers. It has a modern design, but a vintage feel.
And it’s not huge. It’s just big enough to fit a 15″ laptop along with notebooks, books, pouches and pencil rolls that can fit in either the two larger zippered openings or the smaller front pocket.
This summer, the boys have joined a climbing team, so I spend a lot of time sitting at the climbing gym. This bag is perfect to haul my computer if I need it, or at least my notebooks and sketching supplies, so I can do writing or sketching exercises.
It’s so perfect, I’m going to take it with me to Europe this fall. It’s a little bit bigger than the leather backpack I took last year, so I can fit my DSLR camera in there along with other things for day trips. These straps are padded, which will be a bit more comfortable, too.
One other recent purchase was a leather binder for my custom daily & weekly planning sheets. I ordered it HERE on Etsy and had it monogrammed. I use this every day as my planner and I love that it’s pretty and personalized.
(Since several people asked, HERE is the link to the pencil/brush roll as well.)
And I’m still enjoying my Wandering’s Notebook from Amazon. It’s a leather notebook that holds three inserts. I have one dotted for notes, one blank for sketching, and one lined for journaling and creative writing. It’s a system that works perfectly for the way I collect ideas.
For me, my supplies, tools, and work environment are all a part of the creative process. They can either add to it or detract from it. So, it’s my mission to have pretty, practical things that make my work even more enjoyable.