ugh, remember when your english teacher used “journaling” as a verb? used to drive me absolutely crazy! that said, i seem to be on a journal kick of late…i just keep seeing examples that make me wish i were one of those people that carries a notebook everywhere i go. i mean, as a writer, isn’t that de rigeur? in the hopes that some of this intent will morph into action, i thought i’d share a few styles that i can’t resist.
first up is the keel’s simple diary, which literally just debuted over at taschen, one of my favorive publishers. i’ve only had it for a couple of days, but i’m already smitten. i love the bright colors, the totally portable size, the back pocket for stashing…whatever. but mostly i love that it’s already filled out for you! this is truly a diary for those who think they have nothing interesting to say – you’re virtually guaranteed to sound utterly witty and brilliant. each page contains a few random questions – multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank…i even spotted a graph. you pick a page – go in order or don’t, there’s no judge here – answer the questions, ponder the extremely random quote on your page, and move on with your life. i love this because i know once i get started, i won’t be able to resist it on a daily basis. check out a few sample pages here, and grab it in any lovely color (each one means something about your personality, so choose wisely!). this is most definitely going to be my go-to gift this year…stylish, clever, and only $15!
of course, there’s also the classic moleskine. if it was beloved by hemingway and matisse, who am i to argue? i yearn to be one of those people furtively sketching away in my moleskine at the hippest coffee shop in town. sadly, mine tend to mostly end up filled with names of websites i mean to visit, or brands i happen across while shopping. but i’m thinking if i had one of these amazing engraved leather covers from engrave your book‘s new artist series for my moleskine, it would encourage all sorts of creativity. each one’s designed by a well-known graphic artist, then laser-engraved onto untreated calfskin. they’re a little pricier at $60, but you can refill them with a standard moleskine forever, and that lovely leather will turn the most beautiful shade of honey brown (or be covered with coffee stains…but doesn’t that just make you a true artist?).
all that said, something tells me these to-the-point little notebooks from orange beautiful are still the most appropriate for my typical state of mind. don’t we all need to be reminded to stop whining every now and then?
so, what do you think of these sweet new journaling options? are you a journaler by nature, or are you inspired to give it a go?
happy friday, everyone!