Make Your Own

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People constantly try to customize various agendas to fit what they really need to have with them. Sometimes, it’s impossible, so they end up making their own. This was the case for John Berendt, author of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and most recently, “The City of Falling Angels.”

After years of having to put up with an unwieldy multitude of diaries, address books and notepads (“I have a lifelong fight against clutter”), he decided to devise his own. He printed up all the letters and numbers he would need to spell out the months and days of the week and sent them to a company that makes rubber stamps to order.

Once they arrived, he set to work with a ruler, ink pad and red pen in a clothbound Clairefontaine notebook. The result is a triumph of custom publishing; a yearlong diary that combines notebook, agenda and phone book that is intuitively easy to use and very portable. “It really reduces my frustration level. If I can’t put my finger on what I’m looking for instantly, I get totally scatterbrained.”

Here are two places to start for custom rubber stamps – Meer Image and Simon Stamp.

Use rubber stamps to dress up your Quo Vadis planner with personal reminders of notable dates. I love mermaids, so using a mermaid stamp is a fun way to keep track of how many times I go kayaking.

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  1. I would love to see photos of his planner to see what it looks like inside! I am constantly trying to find the planner that will work best for me.

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