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Journals Galore – #JusJoJan

Can one have too many journals? If you are a writer or an artist, I would think your answer, like mine, might be no.

I am a sucker for a beautiful journal. The cover, the weight, and the binding and stitching are important. If I intend to use the journal for writing, it must open fully and lie flat. Please, none of those poorly machine-made journals that lose their pages upon opening.

When I take a writing class, I favor a spiral notebook. I rarely think what I write in a class is ready for a pristine journal. The exception is when I studied The Artist’s Way – I had a large 8.5×11 hard back journal I used for my morning pages. I may destroy it someday as I have other journals in my life. Journals that include therapeutic writing sometimes have a limited life. Once through traumatic times, I feel no need to keep the words that now serve as painful reminders of things I have overcome.

I have small journals from a time when travel was possible. I like having something small and easy to tuck in a pocket or a backpack to record life as it unfurls

Artists love sketchpads – each having their own weighted and textured paper. But I also use small unlined journals for sketching. The smooth paper allows for quick sketches and I love the portability.

Of course, I love a good bookstore. I always tend to end my visit by visiting the journal section. I love a journal with a good inspirational quote, or a soft pliable cover with good paper and a strong binding.

I wonder how many journals I have on hand? Probably more than one might think necessary, but then I might just disagree with you.


Written as part of Linda Hill’s JusJoJan.

Prompt word today (journal) submitted by Scarlet from Scarlett79.

10 thoughts on “Journals Galore – #JusJoJan”

  1. I have kept journals as far back as fifth grade when it was a diary with a key. I have a file cabinet full of old ones. I have used everything possible, but have the easiest time on sheets of notebook paper put into a file folder. I am a sucker for beautiful journals, but I rarely use them.

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  2. I just looked, and I have three on my desk today. One is for story ideas, the other for dates to remember, and the third is currently blank, waiting to be used.
    I also checked a desk drawer, and I have two more in there. One has such a nice leather cover, I almost don’t want to use it. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. I’ve never had a journal. I do love old bookstores, but they are getting scarce. Just the smell of the books, brings back warm memories.

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    1. They are scarce, Ron, especially given the pandemic. We have a great bookstore in Asheville. It is filled with books old and new. I. The town where I live, there is a small shop owned and run by collector. He is quite the bibliophile and often spends his time searching for books for others. He’s great with kids, too, inspiring them to read.

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  4. I like journals, too, and have several. Though I have not written in any lately, I sometimes like looking back and realizing how far I’ve come. Now, when I find a pretty journal, I buy it for my daughter or granddaughter.

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  5. I love this post, Maggie! You won’t be surprised that I have all sorts of journals, from small blank ones with attractive covers, flat lined notebooks for various note-taking (they have travel theme covers), pedestrian journals for writing projects, and handbook journals for reflections. And this doesn’t include sketchbook kinds of journals. I’m a sucker for them.

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