For anyone who's a writer or an artist, the right tools and the right ambiance can set the stage to promote creativity. Artists and writers who love their notebooks and sketchbooks can turn a trip to Office Depot into a great adventure. Attitude is everything.
There's a brand of bound notebook called a Moleskine that seems to inspire special creativity and brand loyalty. The Moleskine company produces many sizes and types of blank books, ruled and unruled, some with pockets bound right in. There are even Moleskines in storyboard format for artists and filmmakers.
Moleskines have spawned creative communities and fan websites. The best-known of these is Moleskinerie. This site celebrates the creative life, publishing pages from artists' and writers' books, offering writing and organizational tips, and Moleskine lore. It also links to sources for purchase. If you own a Moleskin, even just to list grocery needs, it makes you feel like you're part of that great creative community.
Moleskine also has spawned Yahoo groups, a Flickr group, a LiveJournal group, a MySpace group, an Orkutt group, and a GoogleGroup. The Moleskinerie site also links to all these groups.