Journals, journals, journals

It’s fair to say I’m a little obsessed. Over the years I’ve collected a number, most of which are still unused, and yet they continue to pile up. Here are a few of them:

I say ‘a few’ because it’s actually not all (not featured are the ten or so journals I filled up in my high school and college years.

Now, journaling itself is not such a big thing for me anymore (last year I made a resolution to pick it up again and made it- impressively, I think- almost through March writing every day before I stopped).  Nowadays I use my journals for poetry (the two bottom left and the far bottom right are filled with rough scribblings), and occasionally to record ideas (the top left and top right have some questionable brain matter recorded inside). The one with the typewriter on it is used for letterboxing, and the middle far right with the fairy was a journal I kept for a week in Ireland.  That leaves eight blank journals , some of which (I’m looking at you, leather tree journal second from right on the bottom) I’ve actually just resigned myself to looking at in admiration and fear of besmirching the pristine pages. I do all my brainstorming, run-on thought process stuff in plain spiral bound notebooks because in my mind it’s not worthy of wasting pages in these beauties. In fact, I’ve never figured out just what is ‘worthy’, which is why I still have so many  unused journals. Oops?

Like any enthusiast, I have favorites. My personal favorite breed of journal is the sort-of-pricy but more-than-sort-of worth it Paperblanks variety. The journals below are all Paperblanks and they. Are. Amazing. Sometimes I visit the website ( just to stroke the screen and murmur sweet nothings. Most of these journals feel like that untouchable, popular kid that always seems to feature in teen dramas, so you have to make the valiant effort to get over their obscene beauty in order to write in them.


What are your favorite journals? Do you have a burgeoning collection that you’ve yet to use or are you the type to seize life by the horns and actually write in nice books you paid good money to write in? LET ME KNOW.


p.s.  ironically, my love of beautiful journals is rivaled only by my love of cheap pens. When will I ever go through 100+ basic papermate/bic/random hotel pens? WHO KNOWS, at least it’s not draining my finances any. The future is thrilling.


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2 responses to “Journals, journals, journals

  1. hpetty42

    A nicely made, hardback notebook is a thing of beauty and hard to resist. I have a chunky A4 colourful spiral bound book for my main novel notes and an A5 hardback Star Wars notebook for my private thoughts. A purple cloth bound book for my spiritual notes. A small orange spiral bound for carrying around in case of moments of inspiration. Plus several that I couldn’t resist and haven’t been written in yet. Choosing is difficult. Follow your instinct.

    • xcaallenx

      I love your organization! Choosing is definitely hard, I’ve spent a good half hour deciding which blank notebook to use for what at times xD I’ve tried to adopt the practice of carrying around a little notebook too, in case of surges of inspiration, but it never stuck (mostly because I don’t usually carry anything I can put it in!)

      Thanks for the follow, btw 🙂

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