My Journal

VGHC's Hammer Time gets personalized notebooks
I got to create a set of personalized notebooks for my friends over at the Violent Gentlemen's Hammer Time podcast. The notebooks are largely inside jokes and and only one of each design was made.   I made three of...
Custom notebooks for Adorama's Create No Matter What campaign
By creatives, for creatives When Adorama reaches out to create a custom notebook, I'm always happy to comply. This time around we created a special edition for their #createnomaterwhat campaign, inspiring creatives everywhere to share wonderful things with the world. This...
Mama's Sauce Creates Custom Notebook Packaging for Dapper Notes
For six years, every single Dapper Notes notebook was wrapped in a belly band and then placed inside a clear plastic sleeve, with a little thank you note inside. The process for packaging each edition took a long time, and...
A brand new day for Dapper Notes
Welcome to Dapper Notes 4.0 The website you’re looking at right now has been months of work in the making, and there’s so much to share, I’m frankly not sure where to begin. So I guess it would be best...
2021 Recap and What's Coming Up Next
While 2021 recaps are flowing into your feeds, and since time is linear here's what I've been working on and what's coming up next: Pictured here is an AMAZING mascot illustrated by the very talented Manny Aguilera. Over the last...
The Music Behind the Notebooks
A lot of my work is inspired by music. I make an earnest attempt to listen to as many genres each year as I can, oftentimes fighting the streaming service algorithms in search of something new. Many Dapper Notes editions...
Vulfpeck, Musical Inspiration for Dean Town
Naming a new Dapper Notes edition almost always happens at the last minute, and there's a good reason why. Several reasons, actually. Names are hard Coming up with a name for something that is appropriate, has the right vibes, and fits the...
The infinity ampersand: a seven-year journey
I guess it's about time I revealed what was in the December mystery edition. Years in the making, I finally refined my infinity ampersand design and created an edition to celebrate its journey.  Below is the cover for the mystery edition,...
Celebrating Five Years of Dapper Notes
By Enon Avital, January 11th, 2021 Today marks the fifth anniversary of me selling my very first handmade pocket notebook. It was when the first one sold, but not the first one made. I'm going to walk through some highlights of this very rewarding...
Guest Post: FOMO No More
The following is a guest post by Gary Varner, proprietor at Notegeist.com The world of cool stationery goodies has never been better. There are limited editions throughout many types of items, but most notably in pencils, pens, and notebooks. Creating...
Dapper Notes Masks: Why Now?
It's now September 2020, and it feels kinda late to start making masks. We've been in need of protective coverings when out in public for a while now, and sure, we have a long way to go before we can see each...
New: Get a Sneak Peek Behind the Scenes
Your feedback A short while ago I sent out an email where I inquired if anyone would like to get updated with some sneak peeks, and see the process of upcoming editions as they're being made. I thought it would be a...
Paper Type Preferences
Last month John Morris posted a poll on two stationery Facebook groups. He was curious about everyone's paper preferences, and asked what pattern everyone enjoyed having on their pocket notebooks, if at all. As a pocket notebook maker I was naturally curious to see the...
I'm Starting Up Again - Here's How
Your Survey Responses A short while ago I recorded a podcast episode with Stuart from Nero's Notes, where I explained that I had covid, I fully recovered, tested negative, and then asked for your feedback. I was hoping to hear from you how...
Black Lives Matter. Period.
Hi, friend. I'm glad you're here. I am Enon Avital, the sole creator behind Dapper Notes, and this is where I stand both personally and as a stationery brand. This isn't even a stance. It's a reality, and I'm voicing this here...
I Need Your Help
Towards the end of March I shared the news that covid-19 hit my household. I wrote a blog post where I've also continuously posted updates whenever there was something new to share. While everything was on hold, I spent the...
Dapper Friends — Independent Creators to Support Right Now
While Dapper Notes is on hold, here are some independent creators to support right now. Follow #dapper_friends, and share the artists to your stories. 1857Snakeoil Provisions Vichcraft Delicious Design League Mizyan Ebone Junell DKNG Studios Marmalade Bleue Bear Brains Gus Jaimes Atomic...
March/April 2020 Status Update
Posted March 25th, 2020 (updates at the end) Hi everyone. It's hard to know what to say at a time when we're overwhelmed with news and updates. It seems like every day there's another company we haven't thought about for years that sends...
A New Day for Dapper Notes
15 min read The last podcast episode of 2019 ended with a promise: that I'll return in the new year with an episode that chronicled changes I made in February 2018. After making that announcement, I started thinking about the current state...
Fine Conversations with 1857
My favorite companions for when I'm making notebooks, the 1857 Podcast, were kind enough to have me on for a chat. The conversation went in MANY directions, and I gave some behind-the-scenes into Dapper Notes, a list of things I like...
Instant Rewards, and a New Referral Program
Did you know this shop has a rewards program? That's right. I created the program in the first place because I wanted to have a chance to reward you for being my best hand in spreading the word on what I'm...