I wanted to share my new journal/notebook with you. For many years now, I've loved keeping a blank book nearby. A catch all, of sorts. A place where I can jot down notes, thoughts, things to do or get, a recipe, a book to look for. So much more portable and accessible than my homemaking binder workhorse; tucking these books easily into a bag when I'm on the go or by the bedside to reach for when a thought strikes.
I have an assortment of these old journals sitting on my shelf in my sewing room. To me, they are treasures. They are an intimate part of me, my life, and my history. Like dear friends, they can transform me back in time just by a quick glance through. Most of them have been inserted in this leather cover I picked up three or four years ago. I found it in the discount bin at Swiss Days (a local festival and craft fair) in the Rustico booth. So very happy I found it.
After all this time, I realized that I needed to find a way to make these blank books work more efficiently for me. I was inspired by this blog post not too long ago. Yes, she was on to something! Something that could work for me.
I needed a way to make separated categories so I could organize my thoughts and go back to them for easy referral later. Just like how binder tabs would work. It didn't dawn on me that I could do this with a journal. I loved the idea of the washi tape like Molly used, but I couldn't find any locally. I knew I could order some, but I wanted this done now! Plus, I wanted something a little simpler and more affordable.
So while I was at Target one day, in the scrapbooking and journaling aisle, I found some very fun possibilities in these SMASH products I'd seen before. I loved this pen with it's perfectly smooth ink flow, which I look for in a writing implement. That, as well as the nifty glue stick built right there on the other end. So handy for gluing in little scraps or mementos I want to insert in my journal. It fit perfectly into the built in pen holder in my leather cover. Wow!
I saw these really nice SMASH fabric tabs that came in a set of assorted colors. 12 in all. Enough for my categories, even. And in one package, too. These heavy weight fabric ones, I know, will sure hold up better than Sticky Note book tabs would, and so much more aesthetically pleasing to me.
I approximated how many pages I needed for each category, marked them up, and stuck them right on the paper.
Here's the breakdown for this journal listed on the very first page so I can see and remember the order in which everything can be found.
Ah. A place for everything!
(I still use my other bigger homemaking binder calendar, the family calendar on the fridge, and my print out weekly planning page, but this is a place where I can jot down things impromptu style to help me remember when I don't have access to those other ones.)
(a place for listing things to buy or get)
(to jot down if I find something I want to try in a borrowed cookbook or blog)
(real journaling, musings, deep ponderings)
(a place when I want to capture a concept or idea from a book, a talk, or lecture)
(I love quotes. Poems are good here, too.)
(ideas that might be good to write about.)
(a place to record books I've already read or movies seen, as well as a place for ones to look into for the future)
(an ongoing list. No more scraps of paper or random lists floating around here and there.)
(plans, notes, and evaluations. Like what I did here.)
(ideas to celebrate and acknowledge holidays and the rhythm of the natural world.)
So there you have it. I'm so happy I've found something that works for me. There might be some tweaking here and there, but for now, I'm loving this journal.
And you. Do you do something similar? Do you have any nifties to share in your journaling adventures and/or habits?
Tell me. I'd love you to share!