You know that terrible feeling as a great idea slips away because you couldn’t find a pen in time? Here’s a quick trick that will help you avoid that from happening again.

Other solutions:

The Leuchtturm Pen Loop
The leather pen holder by Quiver

Image by: Alejandro Escamilla

About Ryder Carroll

Ryder is the creator of the Bullet Journal. He's a Brooklyn-based digital product designer and art director.
  • Helga Murray

    I love using quad ruled composition books and had difficulty with transferring the L adhesive pen loops from one to the next securely, and also tend to prefer thicker pens that are an awkward fit for the loop. So I started using duct tape. I make a sort of pen-sized sheath out of two pieces of tape, near the spine on the inside of the back cover when I start the notebook. Easy and cheap, and not ugly given all the fancy duct tape options out there.

  • cathi rosengren

    This was so simple I had to watch it twice.

  • Patrick T. McWilliams

    Unfortunately I find that this stretches out the elastic band :/

    • Rob

      Has this ended up loosening the elastic for you? I’d be curious to know the long-term effect.

  • The simplest thing to do is to attach your pen to the elastic band at the top between the front and back cover with the pen on the inside of the elastic (touching the pages) and the clip on the outside.

    I’ve done this for years and it’s great because I put notebooks in my bag so the pen is at the top. This lets me easily find and grab the pen if needed.

  • Bridgette Boudreaux

    That was genius!

  • lol I was googling “small pens” and crap like that until I googled this. Very simple and effective