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Joy of Notebooks, Journals & Planners

I don’t know what it is, but I’ve always had a love for notebooks, journals and planners. Every time I walk into a shop that has a notebook section, I could quite happily stay there for the next hour. My favourite type of notebook would have a dated, old beaten look and a bit rough around the edges. I love uniqueness and if there’s only one for sale or a certain quality like a bind I’ve never seen before, I have to have it. Massed produced notebooks can usually be spotted a mile off and although I don’t rule all of them out, I much prefer handmade.

Joy of notebooks

Checking out the range of notebooks, journals or planners is always exciting. From the cover to the paper stock, it’s always interesting to see how much creativity has gone into each one. I’m always intrigued to know how they were made and where they come from. Each notebook of mine has a story attached to it and some still sit in the cupboard waiting to be used. I’m currently on the lookout for the perfect box to keep them all in one place and neatly displayed.

What about Journals and Planners?

Even though all three seem to fall under the same umbrella, Journals fit the bill for a space to write about absolutely anything (personal, dreams, stories) whereas notebooks are much more free and easy as a place for ideas, sketches or to do lists. Planners on the other hand are a lot more ridged, used as a space for organisation. Recently, I’ve come across bullet journals, which is basically a planner, but without the restrictions of what’s already printed on the paper. You create your planner, according to what you need and when you need it, which is much more easy-going and puts you in more of a creative state.

My top five

Here are my current top five favourite notebooks, journals and planners with a little background info.

Above all, I think the joy of notebooks really come from the possibility of what you can make them into, what purpose they will serve and what memories they will hold in the future.

Hover over the images to get a closer look.

1. Leather Book

Type:
Journal / Noteboook

From:
Amsterdam

Bind:
Longstitch Bind

Size:
21cm x 15cm

Use:
Not yet known! I love the white pages for now.

2. Puggy’s Stationer

Type:
Noteboook

From:
Winchester

Bind:
Burst perfect

Size:
11cm x 15cm

Use:
Ideas book.

3. Travel Journal

Type:
Journal

From:
Thailand

Bind:
Burst Perfect

Size:
22cm x 14cm

Use:
Documenting my travels sound South East Asia for 5 months.

4. Daily Planner

Type:
Noteboook & Planner

From:
Thailand

Bind:
Coptic Stitch

Size:
14cm x 10cm

Use:
My daily planner and organiser where to do list can be found!

5. Penco Notebook

Type:
Noteboook

From:
Winchester

Bind:
Stitch

Size:
10cm x 7cm

Use:
Mainly shopping lists and anything that needs jotting down quickly.

Just one more

I couldn’t resist sneaking this one in! I found it in Chichester and love how cute and tiny it is. I have no idea what I’ll use it for, it would make a great little flip book, but for now, its just something nice to look at.

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