Not surprisingly, Moleskine is one of our most popular notebooks at Milligram. The Moleskine Evernote collaboration has also proven extremely popular, with lots of people loving the idea of the digital/analogue notebook partnership. If you’ve yet to try the Moleskine Evernote notebooks (and now 2015 Planner/Diary and Moleskine Evernote Sketchbook) then we thought you might like to know a little more about how it all works. So we took one of the Moleskine Evernote notebooks for a test drive and we’ve shared the results here in this article.

You can browse the entire Moleskine Evernote range at Milligram.

The Moleskine Evernote notebook

We started with a set of the Pocket Evernote Squared Journals, with the Kraft Cahier cover. This pack comes in sets of two, include a free month of Evernote Premium Access, and cost only $13.99 at Milligram right now. (The cahiers are also available in ruled, and large and extra large sizes, all in a two pack.)

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Signing up for included Premium Access to Evernote

The first step is to access your included Premium Access with Evernote (every Moleskine Evernote includes 1-3 months of premium access via an included code).

There are several benefits to premium access to Evernote but one is that the speed of searching your handwritten notes is apparently improved.

Signing up for the premium access only took a minute, as I already had Evernote installed on my smartphone – I’ve been an avid Evernote user for over a year. The Premium Access immediately registered on my App after it synced, so it was all quite seamless.

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Making a page of notes and getting it into Evernote

You start with a blank page, as you would with any notebook. You can then just take notes as usual in your notebook.

Once you have your page, you can also add a “smart sticker” to “tag” your note, or simply upload as it is. You do this by taking a photo from within the Evernote app on your phone. The photo is saved as a “note”.

You can then edit the note’s header, but the idea is that the text included in the uploaded image becomes searchable later.

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What handwriting works best with Moleskine Evernote?

Printing is supposed to work best. Although, while some of the online tips suggested cursive wouldn’t work, it actually did with my handwriting (perhaps because it’s extremely similar to my printing). Evernote doesn’t “convert” your handwriting to text, but it does make a handwritten note searchable – which feels a little like magic to me!

An example of my search for “evernote” in my own note’s page can be seen below. I found the searching worked most times – but if you were wanting to be 100% sure, I’d recommend using the smart stickers to help tag your page of notes.

You may like to check out some other Tips and Techniques on the Evernote site.

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Stickers as tags

There are six styles of stickers that come with your Moleskine Evernote purchase. You can use these to “tag” your pages and notes, for faster and more accuracy searching at a later date.

The stickers have existing meanings BUT you can edit the meaning of the tags in your own Evernote. We think this would make the most sense, based on how you are using the notebook. For work, these existing tags might work, but if you’re using your Moleskine Evernote to help you study, or capture thoughts for a book, changing the tags would be useful.

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 In summary

I think the Moleskine Evernote would be really useful if you’re a copious notetaker and need to potentially search those notes in the future, without having to type them up. It would be great for meetings, notes for a book and taking notes for studies. Like most tools, however, you do need to invest a little bit of time to make it work best for you and your needs.

Shop the Moleskine Evernote range at Milligram.