Spiral Notebook V Laptop/PC


Spiral Notebook V Laptop/PC


In todays modern and fast flowing environment we all rely on gadgets and technology to last the pace and keep organised.  It’s fair to say we have probably forgotten an era when the humble pen and paper was the norm. Indeed they do say the pen is mightier then the sword.  Shorthand writing is probably a skillset on the decline which is a shame.  The days of people turning up into a meeting room with just a pen and paper are long gone, now we see more and more people with laptops.


If you view university classes nowadays you will see it’s full of people with laptops taking notes and not just pens and pads.  So here at Clipmatic we are on a mission to bring back the humble pen and notebook. We want people to re-engage with their creative side again and let nature take it’s course. Some great people of our time and also during our history have all just ha the pen and paper to take notes. From film directors to scientists the notebook has served them well.


So we thought we would start by comparing the for and against of the pen and notebook against it’s rival, the laptop. We like to think we are open minded so we can understand how the laptop has rightly taken it’s place as a tool  for everyday use, but we also want to remind people about the beauty of the pen and pad.


Let’s start with the laptop:



  1. Transferable files and documents.
  2. Instantly send files via email worldwide.
  3. Can attach to a screen for wider audience.
  4. Can create folders.
  5. Less work transferring work to other platforms.
  6. Quick and clean input process.



  1. Bulky laptop for carrying around.
  2. Battery life can affect matters.
  3. Takes minutes to boot up.
  4. Can take up all space on a table.
  5. Lost work due to crashing.
  6. Not as portable as a notebook.


Now for the Spiral Notebook and Pen:



  1. Light and portable.
  2. Never runs out of battery.
  3. No boot up time waiting.
  4. Don’t need wifi.
  5. Takes up less space on table then laptop.
  6. Easy to pass notes around meetings.
  7. More relaxed note taking.



  1. Have to transfer notes taken to PC or laptop.
  2. Have to buy new notebook when full.
  3. Damaged if gets wet.
  4. Need to have a pen handy.
  5. Spelling mistakes can’t be corrected.
  6. Can’ drop in images or direct links like on a PC.




If we are honest our head says laptop however our heart says notebook. Nothing can beat being sat in a nice coffee shop with latte and a pen and notebook letting the creative juices flow. In todays modern climate there will always be room for both and what’s more, with our handy Clipmatic accessories your Spiral Notebook can become quite a powerful tool, for both work and leisure.


Indeed we see no reason why they both can’t be used at the same time and to compliment each other. Each brings it’s own unique advantages to the table and when combined you get the best of both worlds be it for work or personal use.


Reasons To Use A Spiral Notebook


Reasons To Use A Spiral Notebook:


Throughout history the humble Spiral Notebook has proven to be a highly useful tool for many an artist or business person. If you follow our social media accounts you will see we post regular facts  with examples of famous people from all walks of life going back centuries and more who have all found the notebook an essential bit of kit.


From simply jotting down song lyrics to film character names, many a person who has created something we know now has used notebooks to help their creative flair prosper. So, what other daily functions can the Spiral Notebook help with? Below we highlight some examples of how useful it can be in everyday life.


Work and Business:

When you combine a spiral notebook with our handy accessories you have quite a powerful tool for work and business. You can split into sections and document any piece of information easily for when you need to go back for reference. Yes your trusty laptop ha sit’s place in your work life but combine it with a notebook and you have all you need. Notes during meetings, random musings and last minute thoughts and ideas can all be instantly jotted down rather then wait for your PC to boot up or if you are out and about.


Personal Life:

We are all so busy nowadays and it can be easy to forget things, appointments, small errands to run etc. The handy thing about a spiral notebook is it can fit in your bag so you always have an instant tool to jot down things. A notebook is also far more discreet then opening up your laptop.


Christmas Shopping:

Nothing says “we need a list” more then Christmas shopping.  Every year people are more and more determined to not leave it until the last minute to complete their shopping. What to get who can quickly become a stressful time.  Making a list is a handy way to keep track of what you have bought and what you still need to get.

Then we come onto the food list! The most important meal of the year is quickly looming and nothing is worse then on the big day realising you have forgot an essential item.  We’d say a list is essential to make sure this doesn’t happen. A small notebook in your bag or pocket is an ideal tool to help you with this.


Health and Fitness:

Keeping track of things like weight loss, diet, training schedules could help with any new fitness campaign and increase your chances of sticking to it. Remembering when you last weighed yourself can be great motivation to continue.  If you lift weights then keeping a record of your improvement can be useful, same for  running, we know there is Garmin and other options but a simple 5 second jot down of your PB and latest times gives you  quick access from your kit bag of your aims for today’s session.

Keeping track of your diet can help with things like health and well-being and help you resolve things like fatigue and so on. Knowing what you have eaten and when can help form good habits too.


Children’s Development:

Children grow so quick and things like height are all a fun part of this. Children love to be creative so you can chart progress in all manner of areas such as development, learning and more. Setting   tasks or puzzles in a notebook is a cheap and fun way to encourage growth and development all whilst having fun.

You could also use the notebook for chores and encouraging children to complete these and tick off as done. Earning pocket money in the process.


Food and Diet:

Keeping track of what you have eaten can help wit all sorts of problems, financing food bills, tracking weight loss, diet and allergies perhaps.  Keeping a daily record means you can compare different days when perhaps you felt tired or had more energy. All useful information. If you are on a calorie controlled diet then a daily record can help with this.  Dieting and weight loss can be easily tracked too. You could use your notebook to pre-plan meals ahead so you know what you are eating for the week ahead, perfect for a busy lifestyle.


Money & Finances:

The one thing that most of us worry about is money and finances. Simply having a few lists or notes can make all the difference when it comes to managing money, like knowing when your next payday is or when the largest bill is due out. Also keeping track of spend such as food bills, eating out, commuting costs can all be easily tracked and recorded in your small notebook.

We know there are plenty of applications on your laptop or phone to help but when out and about keeping a record of impulse buys or unplanned spend can help you run your finances smoother.


Spiral Notebook Facts


Spiral Notebook Facts:


Everything we are surrounded by, from dishwashers and cars to the books we read and the clothes we wear, probably started with someone jotting down an idea on a blank page. By having a dream and ideas, creative people throughout history have made our lives that bit easier.


Alas, there’s one secret item that’s always been used together with a creative mind, the spiral notebook. It’s a safe place where the only limits are our own imaginations. We can draw, write, stick things in and come back to them when we want.


Below, we look at some interesting facts you might not know about spiral notebooks and how they have played their part in history in some way.


Mark Twain

If you think you never sound as clever as your heroes, take a look in their notebooks and you’ll find out that witty sayings are often not as spontaneous as you might have thought. Mark Twain, who is well known for his snappy statements, used to draft and re-draft them many times in his notebooks to get the phrasing just right.


Film Writers

Top writers such as Quentin Tarantino, Neil Gaiman and Stephen King favour pen and paper over writing on a computer. Tarantino says: “It’s a ceremony. I go to a stationery store and buy a notebook – and I don’t buy like ten. I just buy one and then fill it up.” If it’s good enough for the creator of Reservoir Dogs, it’s good enough for us.


Harry Potter

It’s pretty well-known that the first parts of Harry Potter were written in cafés while JK Rowling was a struggling single mother. What may be less well-known is that the author plans novels using a simple pen and paper, plotting out key events in each chapter and the development of important themes.


Baby Growth

There have been special books for recording your baby’s first words, steps and other achievements for some time, but journals for parents to record a more warts-and-all experience are becoming increasingly popular, alongside the growth in blogs charting the trials of caring for kids. Parenting journals provide a place for mums and dads to record the beautiful moments, challenges and occasional disasters of helping young ones grow up. They are a precious record of years which fly by all too quickly.


Leonardo da Vinci

Parachutes, machine guns, tanks, helicopters and robots – if you think these things belong to the twentieth century, think again. Leonardo da Vinci’s amazing notebooks show he had ideas about how to build these things way back in the 1500s. Many of his thoughts were prompted by sketches and notes about nature, such as bird flight – also jotted down in notebooks.


Katharine Hepburn

Old address books like those of actress Katharine Hepburn can be fascinating historical documents. Hepburn’s Panama brand books, customised with her initials in gold lettering, are snapshots of old-time Hollywood: details for Tony Curtis, Frank Sinatra and Spencer Tracy sit alongside the phone numbers of less exciting contacts, such as the company which provided Hepburn with chickens.


Star Wars

Star Wars creator George Lucas always carried a pocket notebook with him when he was drafting the screenplay so he could record ideas for dialogue and plot angles at any time. While mixing the sound of another film, Lucas was asked for R2 D2, meaning Reel 2, Dialogue 2. Lucas liked the sound of the words so much, he used it to name his humanoid robot character.


Beatrix Potter

Beloved children’s author Beatrix Potter usually did a quick pencil sketch or watercolour painting in a notebook to create her famous characters such as Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and Peter Rabbit. Potter sometimes used old school exercise books, writing stories and sticking in pictures she liked. Much of her writing in the notebooks was in code, to stop her snooping mother from reading it!


Anne Frank

When Anne Frank began writing a diary in a notebook in 1942, her initial entries were about childish things: friends at school, going to parties and being a chatterbox. A few months later her family went into hiding in an attempt to escape Nazi persecution, and her journal became a timeless record of a young girl trying to maintain a positive spirit in the face of adversity.


Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution revealed the origins of life on Earth. The theory was drawn from observations made in notebooks kept by Darwin during sea voyages and expeditions, but they are not purely scientific. Mixed in with diagrams and measurements are shopping lists, snippets of conversation, personal reflections and even financial information.


Captain Robert Scott

Facing terrible weather, illness and with dwindling food and fuel supplies, Captain Robert Scott knew he may never return from the 1912 South Pole expedition. His handwritten journal is a moving window into the journey and the tragic series of setbacks experienced by the explorers. Scott wrote in his notebook: “these rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale.”


Marilyn Monroe

The tragic, enigmatic Marilyn Monroe was also an intelligent woman struggling to be recognised as more than just a beautiful starlet. Her notebooks have helped complete our picture of this complex and interesting historical figure; they are packed with poems, notes, reading lists and reflections. For example, aged 29 in 1955 she noted a New Year’s resolution: “Try to enjoy myself when I can – I’ll be miserable enough as it is.”


Pablo Picasso

Have you ever looked at a wonderful painting and been in awe of how the artist came to create it? Notebooks such as those of Pablo Picasso provide a behind-the-scenes view of what an artist was influenced by and how his or her ideas developed. Drawings and pen sketches sit alongside diary entries and reflections, giving an insight into the thoughts and feelings of the artist.


Kurt Cobain

When he took his own life aged 27 in 1994, Kurt Cobain was the leading light of the grunge generation. The music made by his band Nirvana remains popular today. Cobain kept many notebooks filled with drawings, self-recriminations and ideas about everything from culture and sexuality to music and feminism.


Queen Victoria

No scrappy foolscap for Queen Victoria – the long-reigning monarch enjoyed using a diamond-studded Faberge notebook presented to her by Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra as a Christmas gift. The gem-encrusted book is inscribed: “For dearest Grandmama from Nicky and Alix, Xmas 1896.” Queen Victoria’s diaries detailing her life in Scotland with beloved manservant John Brown were a best seller when published in 1868.


Freddie Mercury

The chaotic lifestyle of a rock musician means lyrics are often scribbled on odd pieces of paper and lost. In contrast, Freddie Mercury kept a spiral-bound notebook between 1988 and 1990 – a period in which he was secretly fighting HIV. The notebook is packed with 19 lyrics including anthems like ‘Too Much Love Will Kill You’ scrawled in scruffy handwriting and red coloured pencil. It’s a testament to a well-loved singer who worked for as long as he was able.