Monday, August 16

Memory Keeping & Journals & Pretty Notebooks

I LOVE journals and all things paper related. I find them a little hard to resist ...

But ...

I don't "journal." I know! Do you? I like the IDEA of journaling. I just don't seem to have the time for Jack Handy type "deep thoughts." Anyone with me? I don't really even know which ones are considered notebooks and which you'd call a journal. I'm a rule breaker, anyway, so I call 'em and use 'em as I feel led. :-)  I've been slowing filling pages in a couple of my blank books/journals/notebooks in assorted ways. Here's how:

1. This paper book was a fabulous handmade Etsy find that sat on my shelf for almost 2 years before I decided its purpose. First of all, let me say I HAD to have this book with THIS Candyland cover because the two children featured are the spitting image of MY two children – blue-eyed blondies, boy and girl very close in age and size. It was too cute – with covers made from actual board games. The pages inside are blank.

This is now a memory book hopefully to one day be filled with drawings by my munchkins. I have them draw anything of their choosing three times a year. Spring birthday, late summer birthday and Christmas. The goal will be to see their artistic ability grow over the years ... and oooohhh and awwww over the ones they did as little tikes.  :-)

2. AND, did you see the one tucked behind? Spiral bound lined notebook by Curly Girl - love Leigh's stuff! Just got it!

3. I received this bound journal with a photo of Yosemite National Park as a gift a number of years ago:

I started to write in it after my daughter was born. This is my Memory Book of all the sweet, cute, funny things my kiddos have said ... the ones that I remember to write down. :-) I write about our special adventures and milestones. But mostly I write sweet mommy lovey mushy thoughts I have towards my two angels.

4&5. These two spiral bound notebooks have been in use since about 2001:
I use them for trade shows, business meetings, product sketches and development.

6&7. The yellow "Idea Log" in the back is from Anthropologie and is what it is. The floral aqua design journal on top was just too cute to pass by:
It's a fun place to collect quotes and the page designs are assorted – lines, checks or just illustrations:
8. This "New York"journal with retro pages, well, it just jumped into my hands and begged to leave the store with me:
I have no idea what it's purpose will be .... any suggestions?

What about you? Do you keep a daily journal? Do you collect pretty notebooks? Do you use a Prayer Journal? That's one I'd like to do with the kids. Anyone have tips for me?


Debbie Petras said...

I've journaled for over 15 years now. Blogging simply became an overflow of something I was already doing. Some of my journals are pretty but many are simply plain notebooks. But when I look back, I can see the answers to many prayers often in ways I never anticipated. And it reminds me that God is faithful.


Southern Gal said...

I, too, love the idea of journaling. I was so bad at it. Then I started blogging and there you go. I do love pretty notebooks. I tend to keep them for years and years, not giving up on them until they are completely full. I love the Candy Land notebook!

Tabitha@InspiredByGiving said...

I totally agree with you! I have so many journals, that sit unused. I think I will go thru mine and decide, like you did, what to do with them. I have a beautiful red leather journal with a heart on it that I was keeping a record of my love story with my husband for other generations to see. I want our kids and grandkids to see what a beautiful marriage and love story looks like. Since the birth of our first child, I haven't been able to keep up! But you just inspired me to get back to it!! God Bless you!

Jennifer Vanderbeek said...

I'm an off-and-on journaler but I love pretty notebooks. A few years back I bought a pretty red one and started carrying it with me everywhere. I'm on my 3rd red notebook in 4 years (one last 2 years because I didn't make as many notes) and they hold everything from my monthly budgets to to-do lists, blog ideas, conversations I had and everything in between.

Natalie said...

Funny you should mention prayer journals. A dear friend is a co-author at and just posted about her prayer journal.

There is also a post about graphic organizers. It can be seen here:

Jess @ Reclaimed Marketplace said...

I have.. let me count..4 very pretty journals sitting around our master bedroom right now! But that is about all they are is pretty. They are completely empty. I agree, I love the idea, it just doesn't happen. Although I am loving blogging! I remember when Oprah talked about about doing a thankful journal, just an idea for those of you who are good a journaling.

Holly Campbell said...

I love journals and sketchbooks and notebooks too! I do have a journal that I write in from time to time. In a way, it is my prayer journal, because usually what I write is about thanks, or concerns, or thoughts that I might need His help in figuring out.

I also use a journal/sketchbook for sermon notes during church. Sometimes I find if I draw a picture based on an idea or point in the message, I can recall more. . .

Patricia said...

My grandson and I keep a notebook (journal) going, where he writes to me, then I write back to him. It can be whatever we choose, a drawing, a special note of good wishes..just whatever. I love it and I believe he does too. He is now 8 years old and still checks to see if I've written him a note or he will ask me if I've checked "our" notebook. "Our" notebook was started when he started kindergarden, has been kept in the same place, and it is just ours. No one has ever read it but the two of us. It is a special thing we share. Love it!

Teresa @ ♥ Too Many Heartbeats ♥ said...

Hi, I'm stopping by from SITS! I wanted to share a little comment love this morning.

I {{heart}} all things paper/stationary related!! I just love to look at it, feel it and sometime smell it! :0) I have always loved to send cards, lots and lots of cards. I was taught as a young child to send thank you notes and then it grew from there. Now, journaling is a little different. I was never one to keep a diary that much as a child/adolescent. However, as an adult, I have started so many different ones, I probably have a stack just like you. I will go a long time writing in one and then put it down and never look at it again for weeks or even months. Then, I'll pick it up and start again. I would REALLY love to start a prayer journal. I DO pray a lot, for myself, my family and for many, many other people. However, I often tell others I will pray for them and then, I hate to admit it, but I forget who all I've committed to praying for. I'd love to have a journal where I could write down all the names so that I wouldn't forget AND where I could actually write out the prayers. I think it helps us when we write things out, just like when we blog.

Well, I'm sorry to ramble on and on. I really like your blog. I can't wait to read more. I will definitely be back!



Teresa <><

jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas said...

Wow - thanks for all these neat thoughts and great ideas, ladies!!

Patricia - that is so special how you are sharing a journal with your grandson!!

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