30 Of The Best Ideas To Fill Your Blank Notebooks
Filling blank notebooks or coming up with ideas for how to fill blank notebooks is something that a lot of people struggle with. Over the years I’ve written a lot of posts with ideas and inspiration for how to fill your notebooks but it became apparent that they should all be in the one place, so here it is! A comprehensive list, with photos.
- Goals Notebook
- Blog Log
- Quotes Journal
- Favourite Recipes
- Fabric Swatches
- Crochet/Knitting Project Book
- Seasonal Art Journal
- Doodle practice book
- A ‘To Do’ Daily notebook
- Typography/lettering Practice
- An Ongoing Inspiration Journal (nothing pretty just stick in magazine cutouts and jot down notes)
- A Gratitude Journal (explained in post)
- Brainstorm Book
- A reading log
- Journal Prompts
- Gardening Planner
- Rubber Stamp/Ink Pad Log
- DIY Planner
- An Envelope Scrap Mini book as a gift
- Home Makeover Plans
- To Shoot/Photograph List Book
- Moodboard Notebook (Similar to No.11 but dedicated to the mood board format)
- Colour Journal
- Craft Supplies Inventory
- Christmas Planner
- Fitness Journal
- Food Diary
- Books To Read
- Bible/Scripture Journal if you’re that way inclined
- A Book Of Lists
#1 A Goals notebook
(created in my art journal at the beginning of 2012, inspired by a Lettering Class I was taking under the very talented tutelage of Stephanie Ackerman).
#2. A Blog Log
A blog notebook is a notebook full of tasks, things to do and update with relation to your blog, checklists and/or tracking sponsored posts etc.
#3. A Quotes Journal
After taking an online lettering class last year (Love Your Letters, I talk about it in this post), I started a quotes journal.
I can jot down my favourite quotes that I see for future lettering reference.
If you find an incredible recipe, then keep it in one notebook.
Keep that notebook with your recipe books or in one particular cupboard so you always know where to find it.
#5.Fabric Swatch Notebook
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.
6.Crochet/Knitting Project Log
This is a great idea to keep a record of the projects you will actually make, aside from storing lots of great projects on Pinterest Boards.
You can download and print this and stick it into a notebook if you like:
7. SEASONAL ART JOURNALS
Would be a great idea if you have notebooks or journals in similar sizes you would want to use.
#8. A DOODLE BOOK
A sketchbook/notebook purely for doodles and drawing.
I’m going to fill in the rest of my 2011 sketchbook with 2012 drawings and doodles for classes I’ve started ^_^
9.A ‘TO DO’ DAILY NOTEBOOK
When you have done your tasks just tick them off.
You could lay it out very pretty like I did with a little a7 handbag sized notebook* last year with little boxes on every line to tick.
I also wrote the day and date on top of every page.
Whatever I didn’t get done transferred to the next day.
#10 – Using a Grid/Square paged notebook for lettering practice!
You can view more via this post and how I learnt decorative writing.
11. An inspirational journal
Somewhere for you jam in all your magazine tear outs, random doodles, words you think about.
I am absolutely IN LOVE with Walk On The Wild Side (WOTWS) blog.
I’ve featured the beautiful desk space before but I absolutely adore the journal!
12. A gratitude journal
This is a great idea.
For days that aren’t too fantastic, it’s a good idea to list 5 things at the end of the day that you are grateful for, so you will end your day on a slightly positive note.
As of 2017, I’ve kept a gratitude journal daily. I write in it in the morning and evening. Does wonders for ones mental health.
13. A book of brainstorming
My idea was that each page would be a brainstorm page.
Like that shown above.
I don’t suggest you have a journal or notebook for every single topic but more to inspire you to pick and choose which you prefer. I tend to use mind maps and lists of word association brainstorming.
14. A reading log
Record books you have read, your personal rating, quotes or info you want to remember, words you want to look up in the dictionary etc.
You could also have a section at the back for books you want to read.
This is an AWESOME and totally FREE printable reading log!
You can make your own notebook, print out the sheets and stick them in or you could just write up your own and use Modern Miss Darcy as a source of amazing book related inspiration.
Because this post is over 2000 words, it has been split up into two pages for slightly easier digestion.