Blank journals and notebooks are beginning to pile up, so it’s imperative that I remember all of the fun notebook ideas that were written in this post from 2012. The oldies can be goodies!
In this post, you’re going to discover some awesomely creative things that you can do with an empty notebook. Even though I’ve made many mistakes in these notebooks, it’s A LOT of fun to sit down and go through them every so often. It has inspired me to organize and arrange my collection by year.
Surely it can’t be a surprise that creative individuals tend to have more notebooks than others. We are collectors by nature, of ideas, of pretty things that inspire more ideas and having somewhere to store those ideas and inspiration seedlings is a marvellous thing. Let’s get cracking with these notebook ideas to help us fill the dreaded blank notebook with different ways to keep track of our lives.
Keep A Goals Notebook
Goal setting is the true secret to success in pretty much all areas of life. Even though setting a goal may seem simple, a lot of people actually never achieve their goals.
Why is that? Because you need to know exactly what you want to achieve, all the steps required to achieve that goal and what you are going to do about it. All of those notes are great to store inside one notebook.
If you want even more help with goal setting, I cannot express how much you need this planner by Nadalie Bardo from It'sAllYouBoo. The workbook is a digital printable PDF file with lots of prompts, help, motivation and a real insight into what successful goal getters track and monitor. Even though it's a printable file, you can always use the digital version and fill out all of the details in a notebook that you already own.
See inside the workbook inside this post about starting your new year right.
Blog Planner for Blogging and Work at Home Entrepreneurs
Use your notebook to keep track of all of your blogging brainstorming sessions, editorial calendars, collaboration ideas and execution! You should divide your notebook into sections to make finding everything much easier. It means that you will be able to fill the notebook much faster and not have to waste time numbering pages or creating an index.
Morning Motivation Quotes Journal
Keeping a quotes journal is an excellent idea for hand letterers, or beginning hand letterers. Even if you are simply trying to improve your handwriting, keeping a quotes journal is an excellent way to practice without getting bored. It can be incredibly repetitive to practice shapes and strokes; it could easily be turned into a mindful exercise.
Notebook Ideas | My Family Cookbook
Having a journal like this is a GREAT idea! Now, this list IS for you to fill blank notebooks you already own. I've added all of these extra journals because of a lot of pre-formatted pages that you may or may not want to take inspiration from. If you couldn't be bothered formatting all of your pages in this way, it's no problem. Do it in a way that suits you.
Fabric Swatch Notebook Printable
I did keep a fabric swatches journal when I had an Etsy store that sold fabulous vintage/retro sheets from here in the UK.
That store is now closed and there are no plans to re-open as a fabric store.
It was an EXCELLENT reference when any enquiries came through.
I’d be able to tell them much more by being able to actually see and feel the material they were after.
Digital Knitting Project Journal for Goodnotes and Noteshelf 2
I thoroughly enjoy keeping a yarn stash catalogue that triples up as a knitting and crochet project planner. If you have a notebook with grid paper, then it's ideal for creating projects and patterns.
Notebook Ideas | A Doodle Journal
I love the thought of keeping a little doodle journal! You can use a grid journal if you want to practice your shapes and improve doodling skills. Go watch the video to see the best advice I could possibly give to help you doodle anything. That way, you can fill up your first doodle book in no time at all.
Keep A Lettering Practice Notebook
A lot of my notebooks are for hand lettering practice. It's an excellent way to improve your handwriting, improve your lettering skills and fill one of the three hundred empty notebooks that you own. I had a large (a4) size grid paper notebook from Pip Studio that I’ve started to use for handwriting practice.Related Posts:
Keep A Daily 'To Do' List
With a bullet journal you can keep track of anything, you want to. You can keep of your usual grocery list, use as a travel journal, a monthly habit tracker of your daily tasks. If you have a spare grid or dot grid notebook, you can start a bullet journal easily. Image by ChicStudies.
Keep A Commonplace Book
A commonplace book is only a term I had discovered recently which seems so bizarre since it transpires that I've always kept one. Whether you know it as an inspiration journal, an art journal, or a junk journal, it turns out that a 'commonplace book' is a thing. The term dates back to the 1600s. Seriously.
Keep A Gratitude Journal
Keeping a gratitude journal can be a key part of living a creative, happy life. Acknowledging every single thing that we appreciate will quickly get your brain to actively seek out and intentionally notice positive things. Express appreciation in writing. For the unlikeliest things; an example of mine was that I saw a cow who had his entire head in the centre of a hedge and it looked so ridiculous, it really made me laugh. Having really simple things counts, because it brought joy for a moment. So find a way to appreciate the most basic things and record them in your notebook.
You can make your own notebook, or you could just write up your own and use the Literary Emporium as a source of amazing book related inspiration. However, I do think it's a stunning little journal. If you do need to buy more notebooks, consider this fabulous little number.
Journal Prompts Book
If you struggle not knowing what to write in your journal or what to create in your art journal, using prompts is the way to go. It's how I journal and art journal every day. I print and cut out prompts, fold them up and store them in a box. If you need things to write in a lined notebook then you're totally sorted!
- Goals Notebook
- A Blog Log/Blogging notebook for notes
- A Quote Journal
- Favourite Recipes Book
- Fabric Swatches
- Yarn Stash Catalogue
- Seasonal Art Journals
- A Doodle Notebook
- A ‘To Do’ Daily Notebook
- Typography/Lettering Practice
- An Inspiration Journal
- A Gratitude Journal
- A Brainstorming Book
- A Reading Log
- Journal Prompts Log
- Garden Planner
- Rubber Stamp Log!
I’m also using a mini kraft moleskin but the paper isn’t the best quality for stamp ink.
Let’s Recap With What To Do With Empty Notebooks:
Do you have any more ideas for using up the gorgeous notebook collection I have! Things are starting to get a little crazy 😉
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