Notebook Organization

Because of the new year (and my new Starbucks planner), I’ve decided to try to organize the notebooks I’m currently using and try to streamline how I’m using each one. I have also realized that I will never be a one-notebook woman, I love compartmentalizing stuff too much to stick to just one notebook.

Anyway, I know I’ve had a post about the notebooks I was currently using last time, but I think it’d be better to just compile everything now into one post, even if it seems repetitive.

All the notebooks I'm currently using

All the notebooks I’m currently using

2nd row, L to R: blue 2012 planner/notebook, Blackberry Scribe notebook, crafty/organization notebook, quotes notebook, eon pad (glued at the top so it’s pages are detachable. The paper’s pretty nice. I use it for notes to other people, sometimes), yellow Starbucks planner, Alunsina journal

1st row, L to R: scratch pad (the innards of a notebook I dismantled because I used the cover for a craft project) and my Victoria’s Journals (VJ) fauxdori.

my current journal from Alunsina Handbound Books

my current journal from Alunsina Handbound Books

I love this journal. I find it a bit small (it’s 5″x7.5″) because I’m used to A5-sized notebooks, but I love everything else about it a lot, so I’m learning to get used to the smaller size.

first page of my journal

first page of my journal

I normally put a quote on the first page, I copied this quote (layout and all) from here. I also have my name and contact number (blurred out in the pic), and when I end the journal I put the start and end dates on this page too.

month view in my journal

month view in my journal

I’ve added a month view into my journals that I put events in because I like seeing an overview of fun times. I use the washi tape for labeling and for prettiness.

a journal entry

a journal entry

My journal mostly has writing, but sometimes I put pictures and ephemera in.

journal index at back

journal index at back

I’ve got a journal index at back with the journal title plus some other ‘tags’ that I use for my entries (sorry for the blurry pic). I add to the index once I finish an entry.

my Starbucks planner for 2014

my Starbucks planner for 2014

I love the Starbucks planner for 2014, but I keep this A5-sized planner at home because it’s a bit bulky to carry everywhere.

planner month view

planner month view

I use my planner for forward planning mostly.

a week over 2 pages

a week over 2 pages

I also do some random mini journaling in it (they start with //, a hold over from my coding days).

My Muji notebooks

My Muji notebooks

The blank B5 notebook is crafty stuff on one side and the other side is mostly organization stuff at home. The lined A5 notebook is for quotes.

inside Quotes notebook

inside Quotes notebook

Just random quotes mostly. If a quote strikes me, I copy it in here.

my VJ fauxdori

my VJ fauxdori, the notebooks inside are pocket-sized (3.5″x5.5″)

The mini ballpen is for emergencies, the other clasp houses my USB normally (currently with one of my friends). You can also see the beads I’ve added to the elastic, plus the charms I have at the ends of my bookmarks.

VJ fauxdori planner page

VJ fauxdori planner page

Since I bring this almost everywhere, I put expenses and random notes in here. I keep this and my Starbucks planner in sync when it comes to appointments, but that’s about it.

random notes

random notes

The second notebook is mostly for random notes. I put to do lists and write whatever stuff comes to mind in this notebook when I’m out.

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The last notebook is my dreams notebook. Lying asleep dreams, that is. I try to journal the dreams that I remember when I wake up. I don’t usually remember them, but sometimes a dream sticks in my head and won’t stop bugging me until I write it down. (I also do an index in the back, like in my journal)

scratch pad contents

scratch pad contents

This is mostly to do lists. I plan on merging this with my random notes one in the VJ fauxdori once I finish with this.

notebooks for stories

notebooks for stories

The notebook on the left is an old planner with a whole section for notes. I’m mostly using it for story fragments. The one on the right is a Scribe notebook and I use it for character notes and storyline ideas.

9 notebooks in total (if you count the fauxdori as just one). For some people that might be a bit much, but this system works for me.

Oh, and just one last thing:

topic index for journals

topic index for journals

I’m currently working on making a topic index for all my journals. Hopefully, this will make reminiscing down the road more fun. I’m on the 4th journal at the moment (out of 7 filled journals).

Do you guys have multiple notebooks ongoing too? (or am I the only notebook-obsessed person?)

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Current Notebooks

Here’s the current set of notebooks I’m using. I’ll also be discussing how I use my journal and my Victoria’s Journals faux-dori after.
2013-11-30 16.06.53 HDRfrom left to right: Muji B5 blank notebook, Muji A5 ruled notebook, Green A5 Daycraft signature sketchbook (blank pages), Alunsina Journal (blank), Grey A5 Daycraft signature sketchbook (blank pages), hardcover faux-leather journal (lined pages). Also, there’s an envelope that you can’t see that holds my journal master index

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Notebook Collection

I know I haven’t been posting about crafts lately, but life has been really busy, and I haven’t really gotten around to doing much besides Christmas presents (which will probably be getting it’s own post after Christmas).

I do think it’s about time I did an updated post on my current notebook stash, so I finally got out my notebooks and decided to take some pictures and share them with you guys. I’m also planning to do another entry on the notebooks I currently use (which aren’t in the picture below) and how I use them. 🙂

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1: Old journals. More or less filled up, I think. The first and the fifth from the left are handbound notebooks I made.

2: Paperthinks pocket notebook 3.5″x5″, 256 blank pages. I used this as my EDC notebook and jotted down to do lists and other random things in it.

The next two rows are all unused notebooks.

3: 2 (from a pack of 3) B5 Muji blank notebooks

4: pack of 5 of A5 Muji lined notebooks

5: A pursebook from Mori Notes. (This is made in the Philippines!). It’s a notebook with an integrated zipper pocket to the cover flap. I won this in a giveaway raffle over at Manila Shopper, and I’m still waiting for the perfect time to use this. The paper absorbs ink a lot, so I don’t think I’ll use it as a journal, especially since I use gel pens, but I think it’d be a gorgeous travel sketchbook (if only I as better about sketching regularly)

6: My current favorite notebook for journaling. These notebooks are from Alunsina Handbound Books. Another handbound notebook maker from the Philippines. I am absolutely in love with their notebooks. The rightmost notebook is already lined up as my next journal. (Here’s a link to their etsy shop for an idea of their prices, but it’s better to check out their Facebook page)

7: Monologue Sketchbook. A5, 96 leaves. I really like this notebook. I like a bit of friction in my paper, and this is the perfect roughness for drawing or writing. I was supposed to use this as a journal, before I found Alunsina notebooks, but I’ll use it eventually I think, somehow. (Also, the name’s a bit misleading, the PU cover isn’t really soft, but I like the stiffness it has without being an actual hardcover notebook)

and 10: These are both Zequenz 360 notebooks. They’re both blank and have 140gsm paper. The larger one is their medium size, around 5″x7″ I think, and the smaller is their mini size, around 3.5″x5.5″. Their mini size is the perfect notebook to carry in the back pocket (although I’ve lost one of these before because it fell out of my back pocket >.<)

11: An Ogami quotes (writer) notebook, mini size, from QuirksPH. Made from REPAP, it’s waterproof. I’m hoping to use this either for dives or if my friends and I push through on that mountain climbing trip.

12: A bunch of mini notebooks for my Pelle Journal from Victoria’s Journals. It’s a knock-off, of sorts, of the Midori’s Traveler’s Notebook (I like to think of it as a faux-dori). The cutesy ones on the left (which I’m not really thrilled with because I like my notebook covers plainer and they have ruled pages while I prefer blank) are Victoria’s Journals mini notebooks while the plain black and red ones are notebooks I bought at National Bookstore (and they’re the perfect size for the VJ faux-dori!)