Trunk Giveaway: Leather Moleskine Cover from Inkleaf Leathers

The Inkleaf Leather Co. crafts their fine leather goods in a small workshop in Colorado. This is a mom and pop operation in the truest sense; the company consists of a husband and wife team who make everything themselves, with their own four hands. They hand tool, hand dye and hand stitch everything they craft.  Their products are made with  4-5 oz Hermann Oak vegetable tanned leather and are stitched with waxed Irish linen thread, just like the top saddle makers use.

Inkleaf Leather Co. is giving away one of their large Moleskine notebook covers in walnut (an $80 value). Protect your trusty pocket notebook with handsome leather.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling us what you use your pocket notebook for.

Giveaway ends Nov. 17 at 10:00 pm CST. We will randomly draw one comment to be the winner.

Contest is over. Will be announcing winner shortly.

{ 526 comments }

Christopher Haire November 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I use mine not only for notes from Sermons or lectures. But to record directions, book titles that I want to do comparison shopping on, and important information about my fiancée (when she says she likes something, or had always dreamed of doing something, colors she likes, etc.)

Mike November 15, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I’d carry it and use it to jot down random ideas for my eventual dinner club, notes on fiction, vignettes that strike me, and thoughts for my grandchildren to read when I’m gone.

Abe November 15, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I use a small paper notepad to jot down anything that comes to mind; grocery lists, to-do lists, song lyrics, etc.

William Murray November 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm

I have a couple of different moleskines. One I use to take notes on my photography – I still use film so I note down exposure number, f stop, etc. as well as any creative-related notes. On my larger notebook I’ve used it to sketch out home projects, create to-do lists, jot down recipes, take wine notes, outline blog posts and sketch things that I see and want to capture.

Casey Holder November 15, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I mainly use my notebook for jotting down clients I talk to throughout the day interactions, important things to do, dates of lodge meetings, interactions with employees, etc.

bryan November 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm

i use it to write down topics for jokes that i use when doing stand up comedy on amateur nights. nothing like doing something that makes no sense, failing, and learning something to feel like a man. 90% of life is showing up. and my moleskine and its content is what allows me to show up.

Eric November 15, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I use mine for recipes. Lots of grilling marinades and ratios. Works great and I just leave it next to the knife rack in the kitchen.

Joshua Call November 15, 2011 at 6:44 pm

I use my pocketbook for a variety of things. I take notes on sermons, jot down notes, journal, write poems for my girlfriend, copy down recipes and song lyrics, and keep track of my workout progress. I have another one that I use as a financial ledger to keep track of my accounts; I always trust my records of my payments and it provides a quick glance at my financial standing without needing a computer. My Moleskine has my whole life in it.

Asher November 15, 2011 at 7:35 pm

I use mine for ideas, sketches, plans. And then its good for recipes, getting girls numbers, date ideas, and quick advice to re read throughout the day

Karl November 15, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I use mine for recording my musings on the day: things I saw, people I met, and topics for writing.

Jeremy C. November 15, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I’m on my second pocket notebook. I use it for jotting notes of stuff I should look up, directions, phone numbers, and reminders of stuff I have to do (or bid on on ebay). My little secret is I have a $5 bill stuffed in the back flap in case I need a little extra cash.

Brandon O November 15, 2011 at 9:54 pm

I use mine for ideas and details of business that I need to further my research on. Daily Details of Manliness and the like.

Greg November 15, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I’d use it for noting possible extra streams of income and resources to further educate myself.

Yuriy November 15, 2011 at 10:24 pm

I’d like to use the notebook in a theatrical production. I use my current one to write down an occasional poem or song in the moment of inspiration.

jamie November 15, 2011 at 11:19 pm

I keep my notebook on hand for any design ideas I get or inspirations I come across. If it’s a good idea I’ll develop it further and transfer it to my larger notebook at home. Of course sometimes you just need a place to write down what you need to get at the market.

Christopher Harris November 15, 2011 at 11:33 pm

I would use this notebook as a travel journal. I enjoy traveling and this would be ideal to use when recording my adventures. It would be durable and classy at the same time. Whether I was hunting in Wyoming or hiking a section of the Appalachian trail it would be an ideal notebook to use.

Matt Bunn November 16, 2011 at 12:18 am

Receiving orders and checking in furniture. Notes on damages and repairs. Buyers names

Rick November 16, 2011 at 1:48 am

I’d have a couple of different uses. I don’t have a cell phone so it’d be a phonebook. I love to write but rarely do I find a good place to put my ideas or musings. This book would collect them until I found them a true home (a novel or commentary). I also love to read but never have the time. I’d use my moleskin to store book and film titles of works that catch my intrest for later purchase or perusing. I could also see myself listing some of my great ice cream combinations in it

Mick November 16, 2011 at 1:59 am

I use a notebook for making a list of the jobs I need to get done on the farm each day. I also sketch out how I want to lay out new fences to make fed paddocks for the horses.

Tom November 16, 2011 at 7:08 am

There’s always a notebook in my jacket pocket or bag. Everything from shopping lists to the plot for that first novel I’m going to write someday, I write it all down in them. Those peculiar people who want you to call them yet don’t carry business cards? Into the notebook goes their name and details…

Clint November 16, 2011 at 8:00 am

I’d use mine to write down the manly words of wisdom for my two sons, while email is a great tool, there is nothing that compares to the written word.

Brenden Valks November 16, 2011 at 9:37 am

I use my pocket notebook to remind me of things(pick up milk, talk to my boss at work, set coffee date with a friend etc..) I use it to start blog post ideas, and journaling for devotions in the morning. My pocket notebook is a catch all for everything in life.

Thomas November 16, 2011 at 9:58 am

I use my moleskine for almost everything.
- notes during business meetings
- 2do lists
- diagrams to illustrate for clients
- drawings for my kids
- phone numbers to remember

My moleskine is simply a chaotic way to keep order…..

Kyle November 16, 2011 at 10:14 am

I use mine for random ideas that pop into my head and any notes I need to take.

B. Young November 16, 2011 at 11:16 am

I use the tan moleskine cahIers so I can take quick important notes if I’m in a real hurry right on the cover. Otherwise, I use it for jotting down Bible verses I’m attempting to memorize, sermon notes, personnel lists from my battalion, phone numbers and anything that ever pops into my mind that I would consider a new or innovative idea. More than anything you’ll find small 3-D drawings of crosses and botched attempts at calligraphy.

Grayson November 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I would use mine for sermon notes or sketching in the wild.

Isaac November 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I never go anywhere without a good pen and paper, and as a Legal Aid employee it’s always wonderful to have a nice place to take my notes for clients as we rarely have nice things, which I suppose is simply the curse of community service.

Jason F November 16, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I use it mainly for lesson plans, teacher observations, poetry, to do lists, random thoughts, and sketches. Plus ideas I like from aom

Corbett November 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm

My notebook is an extension of my mind.
Sketches of inspiring architecture, the name of an actor I’ve never heard of, a Kirk Douglas movie I didn’t know existed, punchlines I can turn into gag cartoons which will be rejected by The New Yorker, caricatures of the unsuspecting, measurements for that closet pole that has to go up, and lists of lists of lists of things I must remember—like when to check back to see who’s picked up one of these gorgeous looking Moleskine covers for free.

Lian November 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Crafts persons are their best.

Andrew November 16, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I use my pocket notebook to take notes in meetings and for composing letters to my loved ones – particularly my beautiful girlfriend.

Logan November 16, 2011 at 1:28 pm

I use my note book as a daily planner and any ideas or events that I have I write them down.

Ben November 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Some friends and I are going on a month-long trek through Europe the summer after we graduate college. I’d use the notebook as a journal during that month to keep track of what we see and do, and to write down any inspirations I may get for the novel I want to write.

Erik November 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I carry two, Personal and practical, that I restart at every new place that I move to. Personal is almost a journal with quotes, memories, and thoughts often related to my present surroundings to remind me who I am, where I came from, and where I’m going. Practical is a collection of notes that grow from common things to help me adapt to my new home like where stores are and local activities into cultural notes, recipes, languages, and how-to items.

Eric November 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I use my pocket notebook to write down sermon ideas — it’s a great way to record thoughts and observations that I’ll use at services.

Temba Simba November 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I use mine to tell my partner Amy that i love her more than any amount of wealth because without love your life is useless; no matter how manly you are.

Joe L November 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I would use it to record my next deployment in Afghanistan. Always need a lot of information at my side.

Farva November 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I use mine to jot down anything and everything I think might be important, just incase I forget.

Jake Jackson November 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I use mine to express myself properly; written words last much longer and seem so much more sensible than anything I could say. My notebook is always with me.

Joe Oswald November 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I use mine for meetings and conference calls on the job. It is much faster for me than typing my notes.

Ray Abel Losoya November 16, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Hello. I use my moleskine for everything. I have about 120 pocket moleskines that I have been using since high school. They tell tales of baseball practice, science fair projects, reviewing for Physics examinations, drink recipes, falling in love, falling out of love, camping, coordinates for beautiful things I have seen, my recent expeditions to the Aztec Ruins, late night adventures that last days, love letters to my fiancee, timelines, notes, addresses, quotes, investments, basically the story of my life. I will forever use these notebooks to keep on and past them on to my progeny.

Scott P November 16, 2011 at 5:49 pm

I use mine for all kinds of things: meeting notes, phone numbers, email addresses, lat longs for geocaches, interesting quotes, thoughts, even autographs of interesting/famous people I meet. Sometimes, I will record an important date in it until I can enter the meeting or event into my Outlook calendar. I use the pocket to hold business cards, mine and those I receive.

IvanR November 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I use my notebooks for everything, work, journalling, quick jotting down of notes. I am lost without my notebook, like today, I forgot it at home. :(

David Guba November 16, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I’m in the Air Force. I am a combatives (hand to hand combat) instructor. To supplement this, I am also a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu student. I keep a notebook I call my jiu jitsu journal, with notes on every class I have ever attended, every technique I have learned, diagrams, etc. Taking scrupulous notes helps me go back to something I covered a long time ago, and may better understand in light of learning new things.

Andrew E. Ullman November 16, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I’m a songwriter, so I’m constantly jotting down any idea that I think might be valuable inspiration. I’m currently operating on a three-notebook system: a pocket-sized moleskine for random tidbits I come across during my travels, a cheap spiral notebook which I use to organize my raw material into actual lyrics, and a large hardcover moleskine which houses all of my completed songs.

John B November 16, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I use my notebook to jot down everything. When I am going to meetings I jot down my own agenda with things I want to say. I use for sermons, talks, prayer points, to-do lists, directions, projects that need completing, and general bits n pieces that I need or want to remember.

Joseph A November 16, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I put down all my good ideas for things worth doing, (shooting, playing with fire, relaxing in nice armchairs) and I’m trying to build that list into an orderly life plan.

Randy Curtis November 16, 2011 at 8:32 pm

The front three quarters I’d use for recording inspiring thoughts and Bible notes. The rest would be used instead of my redneck palm pilot. That particular palm pilot loses memory every time I wash my hands. Got to say I would have to carry one of my fountain pens every day if I were to carry this notebook.

Joseph koch November 16, 2011 at 9:54 pm

I would use it for my notes. I will be:

a. taking another go at growing tomatoes and other produce in the spring,
b. working on beer, wine, mead making
c. working out if I can begin a small scale patch of industrial hemp plants for the making of cordage, plastic, and possibly fuel
d. small scale processing of “c” above

Matthew November 16, 2011 at 10:16 pm

I would use mine for a book I am working on, to write wen out of the house. It would work much better than the tiny one I have now!

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