Notebook Obsessions

I have a bit of an obsession with notebooks. I buy way too many of them. I am often afraid to write in these pretty notebooks for fear of messing them up. I have issues! 

I added this darling notebook and pen set to my collection the other day. I promised myself that I would use this one so I don't have to feel guilty about buying more when I see them. Notebooks are a great tool for documenting everyday life and also a fun place to record inspiration. I found these at a cute little shop in Cedar City, Utah but you can get them from amazon.com here and here. I especially like the deconstructed spine on the notebook because then it opens up completely flat which makes it easier for writing.

I seem to have passed on my love of notebooks to my daughter. She loves spiral bound books and this one spoke to her.

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I giggled when I saw this notebook and debated several times with myself about whether or not to get it. My daughter encouraged me to buy it, but I had guilt over the unused stash I already have. I'm still thinking about it. I found it for sale on this website if any of you are feeling tempted.

Before you think I was too hard on myself by not getting this notebook, let me show you a bit of my collection.

This set was sold in a bundle at Target a year or two ago. They were cheap and pretty. I don't love them because it's hard to get them to lay flat when they are open. Love the Paper Mate profile pens though. Did I mention pens get me too? Really, it's office supplies in general.

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I couldn't say no to this colorful little set of notebooks I found at the container store. They look great sitting on my office shelf.  I have to admit these are purely for decoration at this point. These Pilot Fixion color pens are also erasable. Bonus!

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When you love Harry Potter as much as I do, you MUST buy a deathly hallows notebook when you see one. Oh, and a keychain too! These pencils are the most amazing mechanical pencils I've ever used. They are expensive but I bought them for sketching. I actually read a few books on sketching and researched what type of pencil to use. Same with the erasers. I'm a geek like that! I bought the notebook several years ago at Barnes & Noble and I still haven't written anything in it.

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I found this darling notebook in the dollar spot at Target last fall. I also sent one to my daughter while she was on her mission. It's small and I love it because it is filled with graph paper. One of my better purchases! And how about these pencils? Adorable, right? I'll admit that I bought them because I thought they would look cool in pictures. I buy a lot of things for that reason.

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Little notebooks are fun and I use them more than the bigger ones. I tuck them in my purse and pull them out during meetings for doodling and jotting down notes. I always keep one with me. These are two of my favorites and I have actually written in them. Yay! The bird one on bottom was in a bundle at Target a few years ago. The passport notebook is an indulgence from the Rifle Paper Co. Have you ever been to their site? You will thank me and/or curse me for pointing it out to you. I basically want everything from that site!

And the Bic mechanical pencil? Just a great standard pencil to have around.

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I found this gem in a used book shop even though it was a brand new notebook. I had big aspirations to keep a movie journal. Haven't done it. Still would like to. I'm a fan of Pilot G-2 pens and I think everybody needs a gold pen in the house.

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This thin notebook was another find from the used bookstore. I've almost filled it with a variety of misc. notes. I also adore sharpies. I have them in my office, our kitchen (great for labeling food) and I keep one in my travel bag.

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This spiral bound notebook is probably not something I would have picked out for myself but it was given to me as a gift. I love it and have used it to write down blog ideas. It has a really sturdy back cover which makes it nice for writing on the go. The silver pens are also Pilot G-2.

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Another used bookstore find. I'm a sucker for quotes like this. I also think Micron 05 pens are fabulous for journaling and illustrations. They last for ages too!

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Hello LEGO! This LEGO Moleskine was a no-brainer for me. I have never figured out what I want to use it for, but I love it. It's fun that it has a baseplate embedded in the cover to use for standing up LEGO minifigs. I even have LEGO erasers. I'm a LEGO maniac!

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Another used bookstore purchase. I intended to use it as a gratitude journal but I forgot that I had it tucked away. Glad I found it and I'm going to use now! The pen is from Mochi Things. Another site you'll be happy to discover if you've never been there. Cuteness overload!

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I've recently gotten interested in BuJo (Bullet Journaling) and this notebook was recommended by several artists because of the dot grids on the paper. I have big plans for this one and I'll include more in a later post. 

If found the paintbrush pens in a theater gift shop and wish I could find more online because I think they are so fun.  I wish I would have bought more of them!

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This notebook might be the only one where I've truly filled every line of every page. I sat down at the beginning of this year for a brainstorming session and I used the entire thing! I want to make that an annual tradition now for the first week in January. It was super helpful and inspiring! I usually have a great memory for details but for some reason, I can't remember where I got this notebook. It's something I had kicking around in a drawer for a long time and finally decided it would be great for planning out the year. I adore my Marvy LePen set and I color coded all the ideas using these pens. I also added the sticky notes throughout to keep it visually interesting. I think that is when I really understood how powerful a notebook could be!

How about you? Do you still use notebooks? Do you have as many as I do (please someone say yes!) or only a few? Have you ever thought to photograph them? I'm glad I did because now I feel more motivated to use them. Maybe if I fill a few more I will feel justified for buying some new ones. I sure hope so because I have a hard time resisting!