Would you believe that this photo is not an actual flatlay photo but a scan? Yup, this is actually a scanned photo, with the cover left open while scanning. I actually discovered this ‘hack’ by accident since I didn’t want to close the cover and squish the binding of my new hard cover sketch book. 😉
By the way, that is a Limelight sketch book. The quote was written using the some of the tools in my post about starting pointed pen calligraphy (Tachikawa T-40 nib holder, Brause Steno 361 “Blue Pumpkin” nib, and sumi ink); the quote itself is from the book Golden by Jessi Kirby. The designs on the side were done with various colored pens.