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Reposting this from the dumbass shit thread:
I started maybe about 4 years ago, because I saw one of my favorite artists constantly post her journal entries from her hobonichi. I picked up a random small spiral notebook and I would just jot down things that happened that day. I was living in Japan at the time, and to this day I regret not starting sooner because I think it really would've helped my depression at the time, and also I just want to recall things with better accuracy! It bounces between being a place to vent (I like to think that when I'm writing depressing thoughts down, that the feeling is leaving my body through me physically writing it, so it's kept in the pages and out of my body lol it's lame but it helps me!), to just a place where I record things that happened (mundane or not) because I think it's fun to read these in the long, long future! I decorate all of my pages with washi tapes and stickers (I have a pretty good collection of tapes and friends will frequently buy me stickers as gifts), I think it really makes the pages pop!
>Whan kind of notebook do you write in?
Aside from my first and third journal (I'm on my 4th one atm!), I try my best to buy from indie artists. I used to attend a lot of conventions and would buy there, but etsy has so many too. There's no real reason for it other than that sort of… special exclusivity that I like. Like, a notebook that's a bit harder for others to find and most people I'll run into won't own it, so it's very special and unique to me. Nowadays I'm thinking of buying from my local stationary store just to make my life a little easier. I'd love to write in a hobonichi, but the pages are too thin and I write too much lol.
>How often do you write?
I try my best to write daily! I went through a period where I would only write if something happened that day (an outing with friends or something very unusual) because I wanted to save pages in my current journal that's very nice but only 56 pages, but it feels like a waste. So many days unaccounted for!
>How do you write about you day coherently?
If it's a really mundane day, I'll write about what I did in the morning. I have a dog so I'll write down if she was being really naughty or really cute or something. Then I'll just sort of write out everything else that I think is worth noting/can bother to remember. If I actually did something that day, I'll only write about that. If it's a vent, I'll just write out my thoughts. Sometimes it can be a combination of all three and then that day's entry can span like 5 pages or something lol.
>Do you worry about someone reading it?
Absolutely. I write a lot of meaningless stuff, but I also write down a lot of things that others might think is concerning, or I'll write really ugly vents about friends or something that might make them upset so of course I don't want them to read it lol.
(New) Attached picture is from the artist who inspired me to start journaling! I own a few of her washi tapes and my current journal is also from her.
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Anyone using a moleskine? Or any other higher end notebook? Is it worth it? I've been writing in cheap notebooks for years but I kinda wanna treat myself to something nicer for once.
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I don't decorate my journals at all. Blank notebooks are the best
What the fuck was wrong with your therapist??
When I started journaling, I bought whatever the fuck I could get from my local convenience store. I couldn't make it as pretty and nice as my current ones, but it's a journal that holds so much worth to me despite how bland and plain it looks compared to all of my current ones.
I really hope you start again anon! And don't let the fear of finishing a really pretty journal and then not being able to write anymore in it stop you from filling it up!! My favorite thing is looking at my journals when they're closed and half filled, and I can see all the pages I've written and decorated in become more adn more bulky and messy vs the clean and crisp untouched pages, and slowly the decorated chaos takes over the whole book. There's nothing more satisfying to me than seeing a journal treated well and used to its full extent. I'm sure if it was alive it'd be happy too! I love to look at new journals but my rule is that I can't buy a new one until I'm almost done with my current one (otherwise I'd have a neverending growing collection of new ones lol), but I loooooooooove journal shopping so much.>>475439
I really wanted a Hobonichi as a journal but the pages are too small and thin for me to enjoy it as one. I use it as a daily planner for work though and love it for that!
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I have 2 journals at the minute
one is for gratitude journalling which (when I started) I wrote the things I was grateful for daily. the other is for therapy related things from self help books including CBT exercises and the odd entry about how I'm doing in relation to my mental health. lots to do with positive affirmations too
both my notebooks are just simple lined notebooks both from TK Maxx. I like how I can pick up a cute notebook from there for like £5
I write a couple of times a week and at the minute my favourite pen is the sakura pigma micron fineliner in .02. I do like to use my lamy safari fountain pen too
I have quite a few cute stickers and washi tapes but I never use them cause I'm a perfectionist and don't want to waste them (as both my journals are pretty messy) I plan to use them soon in a bujo .I'm going to start a bullet journal soon and plan to buy either a dingbats dot planner or really splash out on an archer & olive one, not sure yet!
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I should just mention if anyone is looking to use watercolours in a notepad then, from my research, the archer and olive notepads are the very best with 160 gsm paper. in tests I've seen the paper holds up better than any other when it comes to watercolour. might be useful info for someone!
>>475318>What made you start?
My boyfriend journaled frequently in his youth. When he told me about his journaling escapades, I got inspired and decided to start some myself at 22. I have regrets not doing it in my youth because journals really do capture the past, and I’m all for nostalgia glasses. >What kind of notebook do you write in?>Where do you get your journals?
I want to get really nice journals but I’m stuck with dollar store crap. If anyone has recommendations, I’m all ears! (Goes for pens too. I usually use Bic) >How often do you write and do you have a preference with what you write with (favorite pens)?
I write frequently, maybe every other day. It’s turned into a weight loss journal lol>Any favorite stores/companies to get all your journals and journaling goodies from?
Someone give me ideas
Where do you usually get your stickers and washi tape? I want to see some stuff you anons consider cute/tasteful.
I used to collect stickers as a kid and although I should probably doodle more, using them sounds fun.
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I've bought a lot of tape and stickers from etsy. I've bought a lot that I just found cute (like little planner stickers of shiba inus haha) and at the moment I'm thinking of getting these from mt by Asanoha Karekusa
I used to collect stickers too, I'd buy sheets of the really bright, gharish and sparkly kind. so much fun
I journaled from about the age of 12 up to age 21ish. I stopped because I wasn't enjoying it anymore. I'm a mentally ill shut in with no friends so I didn't have much to write about. It just made me sadder and I wasn't finding any catharsis in it.
I kept a bullet journal in 2016/17 and it helped me mentally a little bit but it felt like a lot of effort for not much payoff so I stopped using that too.>>475358
I've had a few hardcover ones that I've tried to journal in but I find them kind of stiff. I have a big, soft cover one that I like to write notes, lists and doodles etc. in but I found the paper kind of thin for journaling. It's a shame because I find them aesthetically pleasing. >>475435
that was fucked up. I wish I could write at that kind of length. My favourite journals that I have are the €2 A4 notebooks I got in my school bookshop as a teenager.>>476065
I got a bunch from aliexpress. I know they're probably knock offs but I was really broke while I was still using my bujo. There's a massive selection and they're really cheap.
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Thanks for this anon!! Gonna look into one of these as my next journal!>>476007
I love Muji pens so much. I get the thinnest ones (I think .37) and change up what color I use for each entry.>>476065
I own a handful from Michaels and Daiso. Most of them I get from anime cons or from artists I find on twitter, the upside is they're very unique and pretty (gold foil washis are my foil heh) the downside is that they are usually crazy expensive. I'm usually selective and picky about the tapes I buy otherwise I would buy out my entire Michaels… My very first set I bought on ebay, it was a set of like 22 tapes for around $23USD for a bunch of beautiful, varied, floral tapes. I can try to dig up a listing if you're interested!
Great thread! Does taobao or aliexpress sell nice stationary?
Also, I bought my first few dotted notebooks but I can't figure out how people colour their drawings without bleeding through the acidic papers dotted papers tend to have. Halp.>>476096
Actually, people with no friends can journal a lot better because they have more time and room to be actually themselves, most normie journals seem to be just another facebook or instagram update but on paper. And it's still possible to have a fun day alone actually, but it's definitely a learning curve. But you shouldn't be forced of course, and everyone who journals takes breaks regularly.
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idk why but recently I really like Japanese stickers of food/household items. These ones by MindWave come in the cutest vending machine packaging!
Some of my fav places for stickers/washi tape/cute supplies:https://www.cutethingsfromjapan.com/https://www.etsy.com/shop/DubuDumohttps://shop.mochithings.comhttps://www.yozocraft.com/https://www.aliexpress.com/store/3627091
I learnt that to not mention the book people will think it's another school assignment notebook if the rest of your stationary is cute. After a while they just don't care anymore. If you have roommates however, rip because they will take a peek, not gonna lie about that. Lock your door if they are brainlets and don't know how to unlock it with a spoon.
I think using a notebook to write suicide notes constantly isn't necessarily unhealthy though, but if you're afraid it ruins your cute notebooks just get a separate one for garbage thoughts.
They have different cover types so the ones that cover their larger journal size or have real leather on them are very expensive, and then there are collaborations followed by the plain color covers. Some Etsy sellers have the covers alone and that makes it a little cheaper (Hobonichi site sells them separate too but the shipping is high.)
Idk if they are made in China but it looks like knockoffs are on Etsy and eBay with the same stitching and pockets for a lot less.
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The roterfaden stuff looks interesting because you can carry around multiple sketchbooks and notebooks, swap them out- but the price is 70€ for these covers, oof
ohh!! that looks very interesting.
Does anyone know of more of these "multiple note/sketchbook in one" brands?
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ahh I hate the shape of that notebook. It's so odd, I'm not sure if I could get used to that.
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Has anyone used their bullet journal as a notebook for journaling as well? I'm considering making a month of weekly pages and then use the following pages for journal entries, although I've been writing less since doing this
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how do you guys get over the feeling of embarrassment after you write down your thoughts and you realize you can't even express yourself without sounding like an overly perky idiot, and for what?
What have I been doing with my life? I regret buying it at a store. Ok alipill me about the pens and markers now? (very important) What about snailmail supplies? Artsupplies? The dotted/grid notebooks itself? Sorry for the questions, I just want the cheapest alternative.>>476649
by not caring lol
let yourself be an overly perky idiot, anon
who's judging you except you?
The pens are really good too, smooth writing and inexpensive and nice designs too they're usually a fine tip. The white gel pens are priceless they're really opaque. Watercolour markers have nice brush tips and the alcohol markers are cheap but don't tend to have brush tips.
Not sure about the notebooks but the memo pads are great for the price too 70p/c or so. Wooden stamps are stupid cheap for really pretty designs.
It's just really addictive because it's so cheap you end up with a dragon style hoard of stationery that's incredibly cheap but still feels special.
I haven't gotten a dotted notebook from aliexpress, but the ones i've seen aren't much cheaper than amazon. I know the sketchpads aren't great quality paper. Honestly, the notebook itself is the only component I'd spend a lot on. You can't really tell the quality of things from ali until you have it in your hands. Leuchtturm and Rhodia are two good quality, reasonably-ish priced brands you can get on amazon.>>476866>It's just really addictive because it's so cheap you end up with a dragon style hoard of stationery that's incredibly cheap
yep>but still feels special.
I just feel overwhelmed by it, and I don't even have that much.
I looked it up and woah, you weren't kidding! I think I'm going on a AliExpress stationary haul soon.
sorry for going slightly off topic but this really makes me wanna get a penpal to send ~aesthetic~ snailmail to
Ay thanks for the answer(s)! I'll try ordering on aliexpress soon, good thing I dodged that cute store today to avoid buying another overpriced stationary haul.>>477015
I think it'd be better to just go on instagram for that, though. But maybe the ones who already made friends with each other through the discord (?) could just ask if they'd be interested in snailmailing. I feel with the lurking men here and whatnot it wouldn't be safe and it'd be one big paranoiafest, but I may be wrong.
what is the shipping to the uk like with alliexpress? do you have to pay import tax? where do they ship from?
I'd like to make an order but I'm concerned because I have no experience with the site.
My first thought was considering it's highly discouraged to post selfies on here should I really exchanging addresses with anons from lolcow? Obviously I wouldn't throw my address straight into a thread here, but still. Is this a dumb train of thought? I'm just cautious there might be people with ill intent using this to doxx lolcow users.
How would you confirm each other's identity?
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I really wanna get some of these pretty botanical stamps!
this is a really good idea. i have sort of the same problem anon, i'm obsessive and jealous over this unattainable guy to the point at which i've ended up hurting myself over how attractive his wife and daughters are, or whenever i know he's been speaking to people who aren't me. i know need serious help but i can't get it. maybe journalling would be a good way to start challenging these invasive thoughts. i'd die if anyone found it though.>>476450
just wanted to say thanks anon, i love these but didn't know what they were called. i've ordered one and some inserts. can't wait to start using it. i'd been using a fake moleskine type thing for all my work notes but i found increasingly i was just spending meetings writing about my fee-fees and drawing, so it'd be nice to have something more personal/personalised…
can i ask what anons generally journal about? i know it's probably a dumb question and you can journal about anything you want but it annoys me when start writing and it's always an unstructured, unreflective mess. i want it to be like an actual diary, just a chronicle of my life at this point i guess. how do you structure your thoughts? how do you write in a way that doesn't make you cringe later? what's worth writing about and what isn't?
I journal to get all the mess in my mind on paper. The goal is to empty my mind and through that achieve peace and structure in my mind, if that makes sense? So whatever I write on paper doesn't have to be structured or cohesive, that's not the goal.
I also don't believe there's such thing as things that are worth and are not worth writing about. But if I really had to differentiate between worth and not worth writing down: anything you might forget is worth writing down. And that's a lot, the human memory sucks.
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whenever I try to write I always cringe so much when I read it back that I want to tear the paper to pieces and I feel so embarrassed
How can I get over being so judgemental of myself?
I'm the same, my embarrassment mainly comes from the fact that I'm afraid that someone would read it.
So I downloaded a cute journal app on my phone, so that I can be as cringe as I want and will be sure that no one will ever see it. I can also get rid of it very easily.
you just gave me an idea
and i will be downloading that now
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The Midori traveler's notebook is so convenient for a planner and writing whenever, but I really hate using a surface that doesn't lay flat. Anyone know of refillable books that lay flat? The hobonichi techo is tempting but I like how traveler notebooks can have separate planner and unlined sections
Also Apica makes refillable stuff albeit in B5 size
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I've been wanting to start a bullet journal to help me with my goals and general organisation and I'm gonna start this november. I just ordered this notebook (dot grid) from lemome. it's supposed to be real cork but a lot of the reviews were dubious about how true that is. either way it looks nice even if its just printed fabric! I'm looking forward to starting it. I ordered a couple of those muji gel pens too since people rave about them
I'm gonna watch a bunch of vids from amanda rach lee for inspiration. I like her vids cause her setups aren't too perfect and I like the way she rolls with little mistakes in her setups plus she's just nice to watch/listen to.
anyone else use a bullet journal set up?
Sadly i'm horribly uncreative, any pinterest boards, blogs, or images you guys use for inspiration and tips? I wish my journals could look like aliexpress samples>>476238
nta but thanks for sharing these shops!does this thread belong in /g/ more?
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I went to my favorite stationary store to pick up a hobonichi refill before they went on break (closed for like 2 weeks into the new year lol), and I made the mistake of looking through their other products. I came out with 3 new rolls of washi tape (took so much self control to not buy their entire stock), and looked through their pen collection. They have a limited edition one by Sen Handmade that is exclusive to their shop, but it's a hefty $140 so maybe not… I almost came out with a $20 pilot pen though. Those extra fine lines really fuckin get me. They have a lot of kaweco pens and now I'm itching for one ugh. I use a lot of the stationary I buy and it really brings me joy to use them and make my journal and planner fun and pretty with them, but FUCK they're so expensive.
I can't imagine bullet journaling works for anyone, not even the original simplistic design, you gotta jot down tasks quickly and a ready to use template with dates and all is only the best, get a weekly diary, they usually give you enough space to jot down your entire daily tasks.
You can still decorate your weekly planner, I'd say go for scrapbooking or maybe decorate your personal diary? Or maybe snailmail.
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I really dislike my handwriting, mostly because I'm a lefty and write slower than most. Is anyone keeping a digital journal at the moment? I find that it eases my privacy fears and I get more written down faster (especially using speech-to-text), but I wish it was as cute as paper journals. I was thinking of doing mine in Microsoft Word as opposed to GOogle Drive (where it is now), but my student account is gonna run out soon, oop.
Any anons found a good balance between digital and highly personalized journals? My priorities are definitely on accessibility (through a cloud system) and efficiency.
I used to write in code in my diaries if it was something important (my mum/brother read my diaries so much I ended up burning them in the fireplace)
in my mums diares from the 70s she wrote in shorthand. looks pretty cool but couldn't understand it for the life of me.
i'm sure there's a simple code you can use/find online. I remember in Witch Week a kid wrote in his journal using cafeteria terms (i.e. potato for his principal, butter for his crush idk can't remember)
I wish I could remember the code I used, was so fucken simple if you knew it you could pretty much read at the same pace and not have to fuck around too much decoding.
I have roomates and want to start journaling too so I'm gonna look into it myself, will post back if I find something simple enough.
While I was looking for an easy code to use, I had an idea.
I'm not a kboo anymore but I still can read and write the Korean alphabet, so I'm going to use it. To be honest I thought about using hiragana or katakana first but hangul is more convenient. Thank you, anon, if it weren't for you I'd never think about this.
Another idea for a code is the phonetic alphabet. It's pretty easy to read and write, main problem is that some of the symbols look like the normal alphabet so it might be possible for someone to read it.
I used to use it for taking notes, just to practice.
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kinda wanna buy MD 1day 1page notebook because i find the layout clear and nice (monthly planner for uni shit, undated daily entries for dear-diary-tier whining and to do lists), however, i'm apprehensive about the soft covers… alternative is sticking with moleskine day to view planners but sometimes i don't have to write/plan anything for days at a time so i end up with blank pages.
any anons with soft cover planners, how do you cope, any tips/hints/tricks?
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How do you guys store your journals? Throwing all of mine under my bed has made them get all bent and worn. I've been wanting to find something like a vintage metal box with a lock but have been trouble finding one nice enough that's also the size I want. Pic unrelated.
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update, got this planner after all! and besmirched the cover with some stickers kek. despite the a6 size it's rly nice and yes, I do love the layout lol. having 2 bookmarks is nice too! the paper is on the transparent side but it's smooth and doesn't catch etc, plus my pens don't bleed. the soft covers do bother me a bit so I'll look into covers, ty >>499822
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Hobonichi anons how's the paper like? Is it hard to get used to? I'm thinking of getting Weeks but the pages look yellower so I might look for dot grid journal substitutes instead.
this is probably my fav thread on lc
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Recently bought the Kaweco AL Sport in rose gold and I'm absolutely obsessed with writing with it! I told myself just one fountain pen, but now I want another one… I'm really eyeing the same pen in the midnight black color, or maybe a TWSBI pen so I can have a pen with a converter. Someone recommended the J. Herbin 1670 anniversary ink and it looks sooo beautiful with the gold sheen…
I have trouble thinking of what to write in my journal some days, but using this pen just makes me want to write whatever. Even the most mundane shit. I don't care I just want to write!!!
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i want to get back into journaling and recently bought a hardcover spiral notebook in light pink. then yesterday i found myself overthinking the color i have chosen, worrying it would get ugly over time. that led me to looking up planners/notebook covers. does anyone here know of cute planners/covers, preferably with a zipper? i did manage to find some cute ones from cocoapaper on etsy, which i probably will go for if i don't find other options
found it! I think I'll start with a cheaper book first, get used to it before throwing down 25 bucks on it.
I'm excited to start though!
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What do you guys use to write with? I've just been using a regular mechanical pencil but I hate how it feels and my fingers fatigue quick, and I feel like I have to press so hard. I like using ink better but I'm prone to mistakes and I take a lot of pleasure in making my shit look neat. Everyone seems to rave about the Palomino pencils, are they any different? They're pricy af too but if they're THAT nice to write with then I'd be fine with paying it.
I'm not artsy but my I write in different blue and black pens and that's worked out. https://www.instagram.com/bluepapertrail/?hl=en
You can find cool ass accessories at jenpens.com too, I like the signo um [something something] pens in 0.5 or 0.3 mm but right now I use pilot juice multi colored pens for physics notes. They're also not going to write weird if I drop them.
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Ameru (on twitter) has always been my journal inspo. I can't draw for shit but I love looking at how she decorates her pages. My default is to use washi tape on the edges of the page, but I change up their placement for every journal entry. If I happen to finish an entry in the middle of the page, I'll use washi tape to create a border between two entries. I try not to repeat using the same tape on two consecutive pages because I want to differentiate between them at a glance, and I also switch between pen colors between each entry. Sometimes I'll leave a chunk of space at the bottom of my pages and do a little watercolor painting of plants or leaves or some shit. My friends know I'm super into journaling so they tend to buy me stickers a lot and I'll decorate my pages with them too.
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Another example of Ame's journal but using washi tape this time too.
Even just a strip of washi tape down the side of the page, or as a border on the top and bottom give such a nice pop to each page.
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Nta but I love her Journals too! Same with maruti bitamin (whenever they post theirs) I love the little illustrations they use to accompany their thoughts. I started doing the same in my journal and it helps me keep the habit of drawing often. I also tape in cute drawings/tags/receipts/notes from friends into my journal to help me remember what happened that specific day. Really spices up the journal!
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A friend of mine showed me these bottled inks and I want to buy them so bad aaa. The packaging is gorgeous!!!
I love switching between ink colors with every journal entry, it makes things so colorful and pretty lol.
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- What made you start?
When I was young I thought it was elegant and seemed like an intellectual thing to do. Now I do it to release emotions, gather my thoughts, remember something funny, or jog ideas. I don't go back and read anything, it's horrible.
- What kind of notebook do you write in?
I'm partial to the Leuchtturm1917 in A5. Hardcover, 2 ribbon bookmarks, usually blank pages, comes in lots of colors. I also want to try a Bindewerk notebook so bad!
- Where do you get your journals?
I used to get them at my college's bookstore. Now I get them online.
- How often do you write and do you have a preference with what you write with (favorite pens)?
I love fountain pens. I have pens from Lamy, TWSBI, and Kaweco as well as a Pilot Vanishing Point. I have various bottles of ink from Noodlers, Diamine, and Pilot. Never tried this brand >>606886
but fuck that's cute. I love Blackwing >>505998
- Do you decorate your journals? If so, with what and how?
Most of them have a few stickers from my travels to Europe, from artists, etc. No tacky Redbubble-tier shit though.
- Any favorite stores/companies to get all your journals and journaling goodies from?
Goulet Pens, JetPens, your local art supply shop
I like OneNote and just plain Notepad++ for its tab system
You can't go wrong with a dollar store notebook for physical notes imo.
nothing special really. i just use blank documents on notion (a nice, minimalist writing app kind of like evernote and bear) where each page is a month. at the end of the month i upload the page to a drive folder and then start again. i haven't seen any fancy online journal setups the way people do for handwritten ones, which i miss>>609697
i use onenote for uni so that i can have individual notebooks for classes and then subsections for papers, assignments, and note taking. i used to be really into muji, moleskine, and leuchtturm notebooks when i used handwritten journals
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I've journalled since I was 6 semi-regularly but since coming to uni I've found it so hard to pick it back up, so hopefully this gets my motivation going again!
>What made you start?
I honestly don't know, but I used to like the princess diaries and barbie diaries as a kid so I guess the idea of spilling out my thoughts and secret into a pretty notebook really appealed to me. I got a diary with a padlock on one of my birthdays and I guess it went on from there.
>What kind of notebook do you write in?
My first one was a really shitty pink one with those generic padlocks that can be opened by loads of keys. I moved on to more and more sophisticated notebooks, eventually sticking to blank moleskins (which I no longer use because they are kinda overrated).
>Where do you get your journals?
Mostly any stationery shops or bookshops. For a while, I would get them exclusively from Paperchase because they had a specific type of blank journal I really liked - but my current one is just from WHSmith (stationery shop here in the UK)
- How often do you write and do you have a preference with what you write with (favorite pens)?
I used to write every day without fail and loved it. That being said I was really lonely lmao. Now I have a more active social life and less time to think about stories, shows/music I'm enjoying etc, I've barely been writing and I even started doing buller journal style stuff to "get back into the mood" of journalling.
The pen I use depends on the paper of the notebook - for thicker pages I LOVE Pilot G2 pens, if I want thinner ink writing I use standard Muji 0.25 ink pens and my current notebook calls for a ballpoint so I like the standard BIC ballpoint pens which are really good to write with.
>Do you decorate your journals? If so, with what and how?
I used to never decorate my journals except for little doodles to describe my writing. But then at uni I did a deepdive into aesthetic bullet journalling, which was fun for a while but wasn't quite fulfilling since I started micromanaging the spread design instead on focusing on the journalling process… I've banned scrapbook-style spreads for the time being in my journal and am focusing on the writing process now!
Wow I didn't expect to write so much on this, but journalling is one of the few things I've properly stuck to since I was a kid and I'm weirdly proud of it.
I tried journaling before but my handwriting, while not ugly is inconsistent and all the pretty photos of good journals makes me not want to do it. I definitely can't write a whole notebook worth of content without switching between cursive, print, and slanted print.
Usually, I write into text files on my computer since there's more editing flexibility and an option to print copies.
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I need advice. I've been really struggling with being stuck between digital and analog diary. I'm much more comfortable expressing myself when I write on paper, however it greatly unsettles me that half of my journal entries from the past are digital only. I guess I would like to keep a digital copy of whatever I scribble down. The problem is that OCR doesn't work and taking pictures isn't the same as having text pasted in a note. So am I stuck with either sacrificing my writing quality for convenience or writing everything twice (in diary and typing on keyboard) or is there some other solution that I'm not seeing? It's stressing me out like crazy.
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This is sort of autistic but whenever I journal I find myself sounding pretentious and try hard for some imaginary audience. Obviously nobody will read it besides me but does anyone know how to escape this and write more honestly/earnestly? I’ve heard that writing in a language that isn’t your mother tongue can help, but any other tips would be appreciated.
Write it directed at yourself, the only person is going to read it is you so know your audience. You already know you aren't cool so don't even try
I can keep stuff brief because I know my own references and have fun low key bullying myself but also write little love notes to my future self
Just let go.>but that's easy for you to say and hard for me to do!
Okay then, but have you heard about morning pages? Mentoned it some time ago here >>>/ot/668209
. You can get the ebook on libgen and just read the related chapter or google 'morning pages'. The basic idea is for you to write freehand (or type, if you must) 3 pages of text without looking back (so 500-750 words). It's super helpful when you doubt yourself!
Man, I really miss journaling
I had a journal, black hard cover that had some silly stickers on it, white thick pages. I used to write in english to practice and also cus I'm paranoid that someone would find and read that embarrassing stuff.. it was a dream journal. I would draw whatever I could remember too. Most of the drawings were so bad and wonky, shit like spaceships, aliens, monsters and robots, these were the most common themes of my dreams at the time. Also elevators.
It had lots of dreams that were very detailed and I later made a digital copy of the dreams I liked the most. Some passages were just a few lines though, the most interesting parts of the dream and bullet points so I could write the details later.. Don't recommend, you gonna forget all that shit unless you write it while it's fresh.
One day I woke up to find my journal on the floor. My cats decided it was garbage and used it as a litterbox, not even the hard cover saved it. It was open on a puddle of piss and the biggest shit you can imagine. RIP.
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Is anyone getting a Hobonichi for 2022? Their full lineup is out now. https://www.1101.com/store/techo/en/lineup/
I'm tempted by the Inuyasha "successor" one, but the weeks format works a lot better for me and I don't like the cover for the weeks Inuyasha book lol. They also have an animal crossing one this year! I might get picrel, the "Dandelion Pappus" weeks book.
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Aww geez, being a poor fag I've only every had bootleg hobonichi but pic rel is really tempting me. I'm a MOTHER fan too so I'm always wistfully looking at the Hobonichi shop…
>>892568>I'm a MOTHER fan too so I'm always wistfully looking at the Hobonichi shop…
Same! I really want a Mr Saturn one, but the cost is a bit… IDK. Maybe I can ask for it as a X-mas gift. >>892571
I second the bootleg question!
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This thread reminds me that I need to get back to journaling! I've been wanting to come back for a while now but kept pushing it due to my new study routine or lack of
I've bought some cute stamps to try and motivate me, they should arrive next month, I'm guessing. It's the acrylic type and I never used it before, hopefully I'm not too dumb to do it
I've been trying to write more! I've had my current journal since November of last year and it's not even 1/3rd of the way full… I'm trying to force myself to record more things down, even if it's just mundane tasks or about the weather. I want my future self to be able to read all sorts of things from the past, not just special events or days where something happened.
Where did you get your stamps from? I want to get some too, but I feel like it's just opening another new rabbithole for me (already own quite a bit of washi tape)
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AliExpress, but I've also gotten stamps from local stores, so that isn't of much help lol there are some stores here that make custom stamps, I've ordered some when I used to sell art with friends at events and such.
I believe you could find it locally as well if for custom stuff, but here's some Ali links!https://a.aliexpress.com/_ms5QqrVhttps://a.aliexpress.com/_mqFkCF5https://a.aliexpress.com/_msJrqlt
Justified it to myself as a way to spend less on stickers lol
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Other anon's video is relevant, but if you have a dip pen/glass dip pen (pic rel) then yes you would directly dip into the ink bottle.
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I read there's a learning curve but I haven't gotten to try one yet… I've been looking for one with a cap! My favorite stationary store has one but it's like $300 lol
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Bumping because of the CP, scroll carefully
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Samefag because I forgot picrel. I got this at a dollar store btw, now it's on eBay for 80 dollars.
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The bootlegs are Hobonichi covers you can find on AliExpress! I have one like picrel but with an MOTHER2 design (similar to the new MOTHER3 one that's coming soon). >>892782
Thanks for the vid, nonny
!! I recently got a Platinum Preppy for dipping my toes into the world of fountain pens. Pilot Kakuno is so cute too… I'm interested in using waterproof inks for drawing, so this vid has been very usefull.
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Sorry anon, it's not available anymore. I got mine more than 1 year ago. There's definitely way less Hobonichi bootleg on Aliexpress than there used to be. If it's any consolation, the material is ugly and bumpy.
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Wholesale Product Snapshot Product name is General A6 journal sheets 128P dots/lined pages 10.5*15cm suit for normal journal DIY notebookhttps://www.aliexpress.com/snapshot/0.html?source=app&orderId=8003720809651040&spm=a1z65.orderlist.0.0&statusBarHeight=87&_dognoseId=WDM4NnR5NjlNNEFEQU1veUJKV0Jxdm8Be4gXbLphbGlleHByZQAAAHAL&_currency=USD&_lang=en_NL&fromApp=true
Whew, what a link. Usually I got this one in A6 with dots. It's just OK. These days I mostly use Leuchtturms197 B5 dotted notebooks. They're not too heavy. I like buying 2nd hand shitajiki/pencil boards from Mandarake to go along with my B5 notebooks but I give a lot of them away to friends when they realize how nice shitajiki are lol
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>Be my parents
>Have a big fountain pen collection
>They are all the cartridge type
Gah, I wish I could use them right now. I don't like cartridges.
Anyone here have a nice converter type of fountain pen recommendation from AliExpress? Nothing too expensive, I'm a noob so there's no need to be super fancy or anything.
I'm ordering some cartridges already though.
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Bought myself a hobonichi on a whim (pic related) and fml that was an expensive whim. Anyway I feel like my life just isn't busy enough to really make good use of it, what sort of mundane planning/tracking do you guys do if you don't have real plans?
Though maybe it will inspire me to make more plans, that would be nice after all this time locked down.
You should use it to start new hobbies, set some career goals, or do self directed study! That’s a very cute journal btw
You could also use some room to keep a diary
The official hobonichi site has a free printout for learning vocab:https://www.1101.com/store/techo/ja/download/#detail-1-oboeteokitai
The free download page is worth a look (jpn only). Of course you can use these with any notebook,not just hobonichi…https://www.1101.com/store/techo/ja/download/#list
It's nice you're learning Japanese too. my techo is in japanese so I'm thinking of translating the text for practice.
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What unpopular supplies do you like for note taking or journalling? I’m not a fan of the gel ink pens that everyone is obsessed with, I prefer ballpoint since it dries instantly and doesn’t dissolve or smear with water. I’ve been using Bic Atlantis pens. They have a multicolor pack.
I want some cute binders to organize all of the notes I take. I was thinking about those Kurifit binders (picrel) but with the price and ship time of the special paper refills I’m not sure if it would be practical. They’re also soft cover, which I haven’t tried before. Anyone have experience with soft binders? I really wanted cute hard binders but what is essentially a re-organizable spiral notebook does have a certain appeal
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I exclusively use erasable pens for any writing I do. Being able to erase mistakes so easily and neatly is a game changer, I don't care how it looks or feels (though it feels smooth enough).
i'm lefthanded so i can only use pencils or ballpoint pens, anything else smears and if i tilt the paper my handwriting looks like shit. i finally invested in a nice looking pen and bought refills that i like (a lot of them say black but then turn out to be gray) and it was the best decision ever.
i can't think of anything else but i do have popular supplies opinions… mostly that moleskine and leuchtturm suck and the price does not justify that horrible, flimsy paper they use. i have two leuchtturm notebooks here, a dotted softcover one in the rising sun color and a ruled hardcover one in the bellini color. the colors are lovely, but the ruled layout looks so horribly cheap. i could get the same shoddy quality at any dollar store. i just hate how everyone hypes leuchtturm and moleskine when you get nicer journals for half the price off amazon.
what do you journal about. like what do you actually write in it
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Im a poorfag taiyo matsumoto, Jfc i want the cat over kanda cover so bad but i cant justify paying the shipping costs from the official 1101 site. I hope my usual stationary store restocks it eventually. Where do other nonitas order their Hobonichi goods usually?
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>>1005671>I'm also trying to give myself little progress reports at the end of the day based on my daily goals
I do this! I write WDIDW (where did I do well) and HCIIT (how can I improve tomorrow). my planner for 2022 has a big space after each week so I'm going to just do weekly 'reports' from now on, as opposed to daily. I also like to use stickers, but am one of these people that think they're too nice to use/don't want to waste them kek I need to get over that, I've got these cute corgi ones I'm want to use in 2022 (picrel)
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Matsumoto's Cats in the Louvre made me bawl like a baby,if you like this art please please read it>>1008380
Thanks for the tip!! I know the a5 edition will restock in februaru on official 1101 shop but I will bother my fave webshop as well just to make sure
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Are you 12? Diary/journal has always been interchangeable but using "journal" is trendiest, right now, and is the keyword to use for searching for one. Diary just makes me think of something like pic related. Which I did own because my parents love me btw, my secrets were SECURE.
Is this you, talking to yourself, after having a meltdown over all the things you've bought that you never used? If so, no shame
Before you think I'm a journaler, I usually scroll past this thread. I'm just curious as to how something this innocuous could elicit this kind of reaction. Your post seems personal all over
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Does anyone feel like 'fancy' journals inhibit their ability to write? I just got a nicer journal (like 17 bucks but I usually use gifted ones and grocery store composition books)and I feel like I can't go all out insane schizo-ramble like I do when I'm writing in some cheapo throwaway shit. Like my want to make it cute and aesthetic-y is interfering with the actual expression it's intended for. Also its just hard to write in lmao
That's a good idea, I hadn't thought of going in afterwards. I think what mostly puts me off is the whole journaling social media culture around showing off your 'aesthetic' journal with zero actual substance to it. IMO journals are supposed to be soley for your own thoughts in a private space and showing them off/acting like its going to be shown off defeats the purpose. Decorating is cute tho.
Potentially even more schizo but I feel like by buying a journal with a pre-designed cute cover its 'not really mine' or something. I overthink things too much I'll probably just decopauge onto it kek
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I've been bullet journaling since 2020, and it's done an incredible amount of help for me in remembering recurring things/chores, but now they live inside my head completely rent-free and I realise that the mental load for women in a relationship is very real lel but I digress.
This coming year, I will be moving away from the bullet system and start writing day by day like I used to! I used to love journalling and write for hours and hours on end, I want to have a habit of recording a stream of consciousness and still bang some washi tape and cute winking cat stickers on top of it, the best of both worlds.
I love this place, it was so relieving to find that I'm not alone in feeling weird recording uncomfortable emotions.
I got a 6 minute diary before any of the bujo shenanigans and I think I'll be stealing some of the prompts for daily check-ins that help me inject positive self-reflection into the journal. (picrel)
I think it's the nonny
who always feels the need to precise that she is black in each one of her retarded offended posts. Saw her sperging on /g too
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I hate seeing male journaling channels. Stop pretending you have deep thoughts and go to war.
I don't know, but I don't think it matters what it is or isn't technically. If you enjoy putting your random thoughts on a blog you should do it.>>1016204
I can relate to that. Writing it down makes you face things you don't really wanna think about, at least that's it for me.
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Has any of you struggled with gratitude journaling?
I've decided to add this section to my bullet journal since everyone recommends it, including my therapist, but even when I'm writing things down it feels weird, I don't know, forced? I can't help but cringe re-reading them and when I feel bad they actually make me feel annoyed, not better. Is it something that requires getting used to or am I just too mentally ill to do and benefit from it?
Not sure how long you've been doing gratitude journaling, but it sounds like you're pretty new to it. In the beginning it feels so cringeworthy and that's because it is
forced to an extent; you're not used to thinking of very small things and actively acknowledging that you're grateful for them. It gets easier with time, and also I think everyone can benefit from taking a step back and being grateful for the things in life we so easily take for granted. You're not too mentally ill for it anon.
I have gratitude on my daily/weekly pages. Write one tiny thing per day I’m grateful
for. Can be as dumb as a warm blanket or vidya. Then, just never read it again, there’s no reason to. Having the thought in the first place is the only purpose to the practice
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I agree with >>1041626
, I used to draw every page in my journal to decorate it, but it became time consuming and a bit overwhelming, so I switched to decorating with washi tape and stickers and it's become a much more fun process for me because I'm not stressed over drawing nice looking shit. You don't even have to go crazy with it, just a few stickers and matching tape in a simple layout can look very nice, picrel.
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Seconding >>1041109… gratitude journaling is so helpful. It's like a low effort version of CBT? Whenever I need to pick it up again is when I feel like doing it the least: when I'm in a negative spiral it feels pointless and stupid to focus on the positives. But I also know it's been immensely helpful in the past and it helps me reset these thought patterns.
However I dislike clogging my regular journo with gratitude entries so I bought a separate planner on sale for that purpose. Each day fits about 3 entries and it's cute, I love using it which makes it easy to turn it into a habit. Anyway I wish you good luck!!
good luck, nonny
, this is the exact same reason why i started my journal! also once you start writing more, your handwriting will both improve and you will get used to it. i used to not write much because my handwriting was ugly so i also never practiced after i was out of school. but now that i'm used to my handwriting, i'm super neutral towards it and people often comment how pretty and even it looks. sometimes i still wish my handwriting was less curvy/round and more "grown up", but alas.
I started writing, but my desk is a mess because I put my TV on it so my handwriting won't improve just yet I guess. I don't mind it actually but that does actually sound like a good way to practice my handwriting.>>1042361
What do you mean by delete? You type on a computer or a smartphone instead of writing on paper?
This is exactly the style I use in my journal. A few stickers there and corner doodles there but I don't kill myself trying to make the ultimate aesthetic bullet journal.
Also for when I scrapbook I use sticky tape where I can easily pick things up and rearrange if I look at it with fresh eyes later and dislike some aspect. It stresses me out less. Perfectionist tendencies suck, I get mired down. I am that girl that would sometimes redo her homework to look neater. I just decide I'm going to write and now I let it be
I just started mine so right now I'm writing about anything significant that happened to me until then. I'm basically reminiscing over a lot of different stuff. The first shit I wrote was a list of video games I've played and a list of what I've sold because I started decluttering my shelves in 2020 and it felt very cathartic. I think after that I'll probably just write about important events and about traveling because I would love to travel more.
By the way, I love taking pictures but I do it with my phone. Is there a way to make them into stickers, or do you just print them with one of these small bluetooth smart0hone printer and normal photo paper and put them in your journal just like that?
I have many journals. One for writing and ocs, one for cooking and recipes, one for drawing when i feel it, one as a vent journal, another for scrapbooking and a bullet journal. Most are random notebooks, some are handcrafted (scrapbooking, vent, draws and ocs) but my bullet is a canson notebook with 120gr paper if i remember it well. Is pretty nice and it even holds posca pens without bleeding. i write in them when i feel it, mostly, with the exeption of the scrapbook that is an once-in-a-year thing where i do a collage with all the tiny doodles, notes, and random shit that i did that year. That scrapbooking journal is my oldest project, im doing it since 2015. The rest are from the last few years.
About stickers/decorations i even do my own ones. Now i stick to print stuff, but as a teen i even used to drawn them o or even use cuts from magazines kek. Also i did my own washi tape from a while. Is not that im a poorfag, i just liked to diy everything. I would still DIY all my decorations/journals if it wasnt for college. Nowdays i just ocasionally buy some washi and pre-made stickers, and print a bunch of stuff when i have time.
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Gel and rollerball pens are so grossly overhyped online. Why waste your life on pens that smudge and have all of your notes melted because it once rained outside the window where your journal was sitting in a desk? The worst part is when people insist on gel pens but don’t even use needle tip sizes.
Ballpoint all the way, I have picrel for fun color coding. The only gel pens I use are super bright and milky or glittery gel pens.
What oft shilled products do you think are overhyped? What unrecognized journalling supplies do you love?
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agree so hard. gelpens are seriously not all that. i think washitape cutters are the most ridiculous things that i always see in hauls, maybe not overhyped though.
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i absolutely agree. i'm a lefty and the ink always smudges for me, so my only choice are ballpoint pens or pencils. also agree with >>1107096
isn't the selling point of washi tape that it can be ripped without any scissors? then again, one of my favorite supplies is those collapsible japanese scissors like picrel. i love how little space they take up.
as for overhyped stuff, i don't get stamps and wax seals and stuff like that. i guess it's useful for pretty letters for penpals, but i'd be annoyed if the pages in my diary became bumpy because it makes writing difficult.
I have journaled for most of my life and it was either in notebooks, "typical" diaries with a lock, and even word documents. What I use now and like having is a hardcover notebook without lines where I write/draw whatever the fuck I want in it depending on how I feel. I mostly write pages and pages of analysing thoughts that bother me or my emotions. I initially wanted to take the ~aesthetic~ journal route but it is so high effort while all I want to do is dump my emotions. I just write with a pencil and idgaf about colored pens, washi tapes, stickers etc.
I know this is just how the internet shows stuff, but the way journaling is presented online is like some sort of art project that has to look presentable and pretty and well-maintained and honestly, for me, this is a big waste of time. The problem with making things pretty and consistent is that it "feels" like it has to have a continuity and if you divert from it, it's just "ugly" and you have to start over or something. When I realised that the journal is for ME and not for anyone else and stopped giving a fuck about how it would look, it became better for me. I just want a blank page to be honest with myself(ok not TOO much in case someone finds it kek)but it's good enough for me. Idc about my writing looking ugly because, well, IT IS and it's not like my emotions are "pretty" most of the time anyway.
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Just got these uni emott sign pens. The colors are really cute and they write so well!
I’ve been wanting to get into journaling again, like some other users mentioned I ended up feeling pressured to “make it pretty”. My depression makes it difficult to be consistent in projects and I just end up feeling overwhelmed by how I want it to look and “have the ~aesthetic” and I end up giving up and just stopping after a few entries. It would be nice to pick it back up again, just for me, and not pressure myself to have that perfect Instagram aesthetic. >>1232456
Oh these are cute!!
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>>1232728> my journal consists only of rows after rows of black text and that's an interesting aesthetic on its own to me.
Zoomers, I swear… bet you think brushing your teeth in the morning is an aesthetic too, huh?
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Is there any digital app (preferrably for PC) for journaling? I know people keep buying iPads but I wonder how reliable and -worth it- it is in the long run (I feel like I am surrounded by people with them which disturbs me, its nothing but aesthetic nowadays). I am just looking for a digital journal that would let me customize or at least draw stuff on. Even if I would get an iPad I would mainly use it for my artworks or studies.
This post made me laugh. So true.
Loving this thread, just got into journaling and I feel my pages are a bit plain, so I think I'll decorate them all cute since I have a bunch of leftover stickers from my consoomer days. (divorced myself from buying so many cute things I definitely don't need but I'll cherish what
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i love journaling but i hate the way my entries suck because my hand immediately cramps and i have to take a break after like every sentence. i finally decided to give fountain pens a try again and bought picrel. i love the sleek design and i think my mom had a similar one when she was a student? wish me luck, nonnas, i'm left handed and it'll probably be disastrous. i never managed to not smear my ink, even when i tilted my notepad in the weirdest angles.
No one understands our lefty struggles, nonnie
. Are you an under- or over-writer? I love fountain pens but I'm an under-writer so I don't smudge as much.
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I always write in 1 euro notebooks and whatever ballpoint pen is laying around, I wanna treat myself to a nice journal, pen and some ink for a change. Any recommendations for pens and ink that are good for writing? I'd prefer to get a pen that uses bottled ink over ink cartridges because having to buy fitting cartridges seems annoying?
Pen: TWSBI Eco/Eco-T
Notebook: Rhodia or Leuchturm, Moleskine is a scam
Most cheap fountain pens take cartridges/converters, but the TWSBI Eco series is piston-filled and retails for about $30 something in burger money. Plus, they're demonstrator pens, so you can see how much ink is left. I like Noodler's, but basically any good fountain pen ink that people rave about will do. Be aware that you will need to write on thicker paper if ink bleeding bothers you - something like 120g/m^2 or more.
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I'm not particularly partial to any specific notebook brand (used a Clairefontaine for my last journal, currently using a Leuchtturm1917 one right now, used random ones I bought from artist alleys before this), but I do switch between Muji pens and my kaweco fountain pen. I have a lot of Jacques Herbin inks, some ink bottles (their anniversary inks) and some in cartridges (normal colors, and they fit my kaweco). I also have a kakimori rollerball which I will put my fountain pen inks into for when I feel like using a more traditional pen but want to use one of my fun colors. I'm not so well versed in inks/pens to tell a difference in quality, but I love using all my pens kek.
My only gripe is (and I found out this was an issue others have) some of my kaweco nibs just fucking suck. They feel scratchy. When they're good, they're good
. Smooth as fucking butter. But when they suck? Ugh, awful. There's really no telling whether you've got a good nib or not until you write with them. Not sure if other brands have this issue. I want to buy a TWSBI and a Sailor pen, but I have a lot of pens already so it feels too indulgent to own so many kek.
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Thanks for your detailed posts, very useful! I looked up the TWSBI and saw it has different nib sizes. What do you recommend? The fine or extra fine look nice to me.
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Also I forgot to mention! I also have some samples of sailor manyo inks, and I love them and recommend them. If you're like me and just love using lots of different colors to write with, I'd recommend only buying ink samples. Goulet Pens sells 2ml samples and you can get quite a lot out of a single sample. My other favorite store is Yoseka Stationery, and you can pick to either get 3ml or 5ml from them. Even though I have a couple of bottles of inks, I do kind of regret buying them because I literally don't think I could use them all up in my life time kek. I only get samples now.
High recommend against
Ferris Wheel Press inks. I almost bought them because the bottle/packaging is nice, but I've heard very mediocre things about their inks.
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I'm going back to journaling. In February I bought a nice looking notebook and wrote a few pages, then had no time to write more, and when I had more time to do it again I just put it aside for next time. I just started writing a new entry to vent about a lot of shit and plan things ahead for the next year. I even bought a few stickers and a washi tape months ago and yet didn't use them yet but I'll do it soon I think. How do I stay motivated to keep writing on a regular basis instead of writing super long texts once a semester? Because it's not like I'm gonna keep whining on social media all the time given how they're declining more and more, and I want to be able to go into details whenever I want.
What helped me ease my way into it was either making the journal very accessible (out of sight, out of mind), or making it really easy to journal a ton at once. I had a very small journal the size of my palm that I'd stick in my pocket/bag. I also use a voice recording/transcription app when I just want to vent and dont want to write/type it all.
I've also fallen off the journaling wagon but I'm starting again (fingers crossed), and definitely hopefully will break my journaling streak less in 2023!
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Love your idea of taping the tracker to a wall! I don't think your system is too much.
I don't use an app, but consistently use:
1. an a6 dated journal to write a summary of the day… I hope that it helps keep me grounded a bit.
2. an undated one to write "precious" memories and events. things that I want to recall in the future. i like printing&pasting photos in there too.
3. vent throwaways. i just use whatever crap from my notebook hoard and do not ever read these again.
Also I'm a sucker for Hobonichi (pic rel is my cover) but I'm also looking into Kinbor since I don't think I need fancy Tomoe River Paper for EVERYTHING.
>>475318>What made you start?
I had a journal in childhood that lasted a few years, I came back to journaling in high school because I thought it’s a good way to preserve some memories. I also liked the idea of writing more and decorating the pages, as it’s a different thing than writing a blog. >What kind of notebook do you write in?
Just some bigger notebooks I find in shops near me. >Where do you get your journals?
Usually in one of the shops in my country that offers various stuff, ranging from books to stationery, games and gadgets.>How often do you write and do you have a preference with what you write with (favorite pens)?
It depends on the period, sometimes I write very often, sometimes I make longer pauses if I don’t have time to write. I don’t usually write everyday but there were times when I could do it more frequently. I write my notes with black pen, occasionally I write some words with colorful gel pens (such as quotes, titles of books and movies, something that should stand out in a particular entry). >Do you decorate your journals? If so, with what and how?
Yes, I use stickers and washi tapes. I also make drawings inside sometimes. My diaries are also filled with various magazines clippings. These clippings are about media I like or some events related to the entries. Sometimes I also look in various magazines or advertisements for “aesthetic” pictures. A few times I made themed collages from these. >Any favorite stores/companies to get all your journals and journaling goodies from?
Most of my journals are from Paperblanks. As for the writing stuff, I don’t have a favorite company, it depends on what kind of pens and other goods I like.
Maybe you can focus on writing more frequently when you have periods of more free time? Don’t force yourself to write when you don’t feel like it or don’t have best atmosphere for you.
Maybe you can make shorter notes and reflect more on these activities in your longer entries. Or you can have a separate space for short notes, to not forget something, and then make a proper entry based on it in your journal when you’ll have time and energy.
Personally I’m not writing everyday but I enjoy making more meaningful entries in good atmosphere too.
Maybe you can set yourself some basic things to write on, as a small summary if you really need to write frequently. Otherwise, you can just relax and write more when you are able to do so.
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I'm happy I found this thread! Had to delete + repost because I forgot to greentext the last question.
>What made you start?
I needed a place to vent my feelings and also write poetry in, so I got really into it in August. Having a shitty crush also kinda exacerbated my obsession as well. It's now my little comfort hobby that I love the most.
>What kind of notebook do you write in?
A limited edition Moleskine with a lucky cat on it. I really like how this journal has held up over the past few months, aside from cosmetic damage, so I'm probably going to stick with the Moleskine brand.
>Where do you get your journals?
I got mine for $12.99 at TJ Maxx, which is a pretty good deal.
>How often do you write and do you have a preference with what you write with (favorite pens)?
I write every single day. Poetry, lyrics that inspire me, summaries of how my day went, some deep thoughts I needed to get out… I'm also a zoology/entomology major, so I have some random insect-related stuff written down, like field notes, pinning tips, facts on certain species I come across, etc etc etc… I use just regular ballpoint pens, but my true obsession is with highlighters. I LOVE the Zebra Kirarich glitter highlighters, my only gripe is that they have to dry for a minute or two or else they smudge. Stabilo Boss highlighters are nice to grip and they don't bleed through. I recently caved in and bought 20 of the Zebra Mildliners and I love them so far. They make journaling so much colorful. I swear most of my leisure spending money goes towards pens and highlighters.
>Do you decorate your journals? If so, with what and how?
My journal is white and super dirty, so I put stickers and decals over it to personalize it and distract from the scuffs and marks. Never get a white colored journal nonas. I have this gigantic "Don't panic!" sticker on the front, which is fitting because my journal is like my personal Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Mega autistic, I know.
>Any favorite stores/companies to get all your journals and journaling goodies from?
Michaels and Staples for pens and highlighters. Hobby Lobby is amazing for tiny stickers to decorate with. I might start ordering more stuff from Amazon. This thread is a good place for me to find more stuff to eventually purchase.
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Also nta but it's no different than opting for a $1 knife vs a $100 specialty knife, or a ball point pen vs a fountain pen. You don't need
the more expensive version and it won't really do anything for you, but for people there's a definite difference in quality and something people are willing to pay for.
All hobonichis have tomoe river paper iirc, which just feels soooo smooth to write on. It's especially great if you like to use fountain pens- you never have to worry about the ink feathering or bleeding to the other side! The paper is very thin, so you can see the writing through the pages, but it's never bled through for me.
Paper aside, the bulk of the cost of hobonichis comes from their covers. You can pay upwards of well over $100 for a leather cover because… well, it's leather. There are cheaper ones too. You can just buy the planner books every year and swap them out using the same cover if you'd like, but I know some people who buy a new cover every year too. They also have big collaborations. This year it was One Piece, last year they had Animal Crossing and Inuyasha, and I think there's always some Mother pieces thrown in too. It's very much for a specific market.
I write in a leuchtturm journal but I have a hobonichi weeks to keep my life in order kek. I'm just used to it, and I like the format and size, plus I love using cute things so I always look forward every year to what kind of cute covers they'll have.
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Nonniiiies what stationery have you bought lately?? Debating on one of these
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>What made you start?
This is really embarrassing, but diary of the wimpy kid made me start journalling and speaking more in general as a child, I started at 9. I have a diary for each year till I was 11. I dropped it because cringe but went back to writing on and off again when I was 16. I have 7 books in total from different parts of my life now.
>What kind of notebook do you write in?
I always prefer notebooks that are A6 to B5 size. When I was a kid I would use books with ring binders, when I got older I hated using them. Picrel is all the books I've used over the years. I had a complete notebook when I was 16 that I liked but wanted a campus one that I couldn't find in store at the time. Same with the graphilo notebooks I got in 2018 and 2019.
>Where do you get your journals?
My local daiso, primarily.
>How often do you write and do you have a preference with what you write with (favorite pens)?
My kid notebooks all use pencils or mechanical pencils except for the one when I was 11, that one used any random pens I could find lying around. I regret using pencils because they're a little faded right now. But from when I was a teen onwards, I ONLY use the same black pilot signo pen. Line thickness varies based on what's available in the store however.
>Do you decorate your journals? If so, with what and how?
Never, they're as plain as day, just black text handwriting on white. I've never been able to make pretty journals or notes…
>Any favorite stores/companies to get all your journals and journaling goodies from?
Daiso, because cheap Japanese notebooks are great.
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Fuck!! I lost one of my fave FPs recently (Pilot Prera) but luckily the yen is weak now so I just ordered a new one.
Fountain pens can be such a consoomerist rabbit easily (as evidenced from the fp subreddit) but I'm glad I purchased my grail pen early on so I don't feel the need to buy more lol
Any nonnies here have have/want s specific grail pen?
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I use Wise to create a digital CC which I use to order from Amazon Japan!
Any Sailor inks you like in particular? I only have Studio 970 but it's one of my favorites!
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Thanks! I've had a good dozen or so Sailor samples, but I definitely lean towards the paler and pastel colours. The #1 I really want is Manyo Ha-ha.
That said I can't figure out how to use amazon japan for the life of me. But I realized I have to pay customs when ordering from outside the EU so it probably won't be cheaper down the line anyway I think.
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That ink is absolutely stunning!!!
Amazon JP calculates customs beforehand and you pay them up front. Most items are cheaper ordering directly from there even accounting for shipping and customs… But it's always great if you want to support a more local biz instead of Amazon.
However!! I will most certainly be ordering picrel Midori Planner there at the end of the month. The illustrations on the inside are so cute. There's many other designs too, including a really adorable dog themed one.
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Oh, I love that ink! It's so pretty but I dislike wide nibs so the range of colors barely shows in my writing. With my medium nibs and good paper it still looks very pale and barely legible. I still want to get nekoyanagi one day though
>What made you start?
I've been trying to get into scrapbooking and fell into journaling from there. I really wanted a place to make my feelings tangible, so my rants wouldn't just remain trapped in my head. End of last year, I was rearranging a bookshelf and found a little journal I bought years ago. This thread really helped me out too! I've been journaling regularly since the beginning of this year, and in the time it took me to fill one small A5 journal(3 months), I had quit my previous soul-sucking job I was at for 2+ years and started a new one! I'm going a little bit slower with my second one(Clairefontaine), but I'm doing a lot more to get my life moving forward.>Where do you get your journals?
Just the local bookstore. I love writing in the A5 size, though.>How often do you write and do you have a preference with what you write with (favorite pens)?
I was writing every other day, but now I've slowed down, my frequency changes, though, just depends on how much I want to rant. One rule I keep myself to is filling a full two-page spread for each entry, and if I go over, I have to write through the next full page spread. I use it to keep some consistency in my journal. Also, I just use whatever black ballpoint pen I have at the moment.>Do you decorate your journals? If so, with what and how?
Not really, I'm still just focusing on getting my feelings down without stressing over design. I have the supplies and want to get into, but I haven't yet. One bit I do to encourage me to draw more is to draw one rabbit per page (two rabbits per entry) because it's year of the rabbit. I plan to do the same in 2024 but with dragons.>Any favorite stores/companies to get all your journals and journaling goodies from?
I listened to you nonnas here and bought all my washi tape from aliexpress.>>1621253
I typed this out and then realized I misread your post. I don't RP as a character, but I give my journals silly names and refer to them when I'm writing like they're my unwilling therapist.
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This is the peak pen for me (in black color)
Uni-ball is just SO SMOOTH and thick and visible, and doesn't break through the papers I use for uni or journaling
I tried pentel energel, but it's kind of grayish and the pen I have penetrates the page more with its tip and leaves traces on the back of the page.
Pilot G-tec C4 gets a honorable mention, the only issue is that the ink distribution isn't even.
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The mini planner fits in the Passport sized Midori Traveler's Notebook (I just tested it myself with my TN dupe).
But you don't really need to do that since the planner comes with its own cover and loop (picrel).>>1628240
Jetstream supremacy!! When I'm in Japan I always buy a ton to gift to friends and family kek