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I've been journaling for a long, long time now...ever since I was 9 or 10 (I'm 25 now). However, it wasn't until about 7 years ago that I started to journal every day. I was that type of journaler that could NOT settle on one specific type of journal. I'd switch them up after every volume and marveled over journalers who could stick with one specific type of journal brand. I never thought I'd find one that suited me, I've tried pretty Barnes and Noble journals and loved them, dollar store journals and loved them, I'd pick up faux-leather bound ones on sale at Rite Aid and prefer them over the beautiful handmade ones I got as gifts.

At the beginning of the year, I decided to start using some of the empty journals I've had for awhile. I picked up this three pack at Target sometime last year and ended up filling them all by mid-February. The size was perfect and I loved writing in them so I searched the internet for more from this brand and came up with nothing.

Amazon had these Moleskine Cahier notebooks and I figured they were about the same size so I gave them a shot. I fell in love. I found my journal brand, they were perfect. Around that time I started watching Cassandra Mae on youtube and was inspired to start pasting anything and everything I accumulated throughout the day into my journal. One Cahier would last me about two weeks and by the time it was filled, it had just enough bulk where it wasn't overwhelming and I loved how it looked/felt. After being such a fickle journaler for so long, I finally found my OTP of journal brands. And this is what I've filled up so far this year.

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I suppose the point of this entry (besides to gush, apparently!) is to ask you all...do YOU have a specific journal brand preference? Is there a brand you just keep going back to or do you switch it up constantly like I used to? Or what about journaling tools...like pens, pencils, etc? I'm pretty basic with my text and prefer just the standard black Bic Round Stic Ball Pen, but when I'm in my extra creative moods, I use different markers, colored pens and things of that nature.

Thanks for listening to me babble, journaling has become such a passion in my life and I've been a member of this community for YEARS now, it's helped me grow as a journal writer and given me so much inspiration. Thanks again and keep journaling!


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Aug. 2nd, 2014 05:20 pm (UTC)
Although my truly favorite brand is Moleskine, I do also like to switch it up not only because of the steep price tags on Moleskines. I love pretty journal covers and Moleskine doesn't have a big enough selection for me to try something new every time whereas if I switch back and forth between brands I can get beautiful covers like The Spirit of Flight (Peter Pauper Press) and a Wayne's World VHS box journal I got from Etsy. I also think it looks nicer on my journal shelf to have so much different stuff going on. It catches my eye whenever I enter my studio.

Thanks for sharing this post I loved reading it! I have a pack of three of these Moleskines setting aside waiting to be used- they're the three that are sitting on top of the photo you posted (blue pink yello pastels).
Aug. 2nd, 2014 06:47 pm (UTC)
I don't have a favourite brand (well not one I could afford on a regular basis). I do love browsing the shops for journals and picking up a bargain. I also make my own journals and they are good fun too because I can switch between plain and lined paper.
I prefer A5 sized journals. Smaller journals fill up too quickly whilst A4 ones are too bulky to carry around.
I like a Uniball black ink pen but if I'm using a journal with thin paper will switch to a Bic black biro.
I really enjoy Cassandra Mae on Youtube too.
Would love to see inside one of your Moleskine Cahier journals-thanks for posting.
Aug. 2nd, 2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks again
and keep journaling!
Aug. 2nd, 2014 10:31 pm (UTC)
i want them cheap!
i want to be able to use as much space each day as i need to express what i need
i hate walmart but they have the best price on sketchbooks with pockets - perfect
regrettably the paper keeps getting cheaper too
i've used the same brand for over 10 years - it has declined pitiably
but they are made in the USA which is another reason i stay with them
i use 12 to 15 books a year so price is important
the cover of the book has no meaning for me
i prefer it to be plain and generic
that way it totally expresses what i want for it inside
Aug. 3rd, 2014 10:04 pm (UTC)
I use Moleskine too, but only one a year - a day-to-page dated journal. (Which they've finally started doing in colours other than red and black!) I find it's a good incentive for me to write every day - I hate leaving blank pages. If I run out of space - which I usually don't, I'm a text only journaller - I just paste in extra pages. I also paste in tickets or other interesting bits, so it's pretty fat by the end of the year. :) The only thing is that it's too big to travel with, so I couldn't take it on holiday. In fact, I took one of the cahiers you mention, instead!

I've tried loads of pens but have settled on the newish Papermate InkJoys, either 500 or 300, in black.
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Aug. 13th, 2014 12:29 am (UTC)
Oh, yes. I have been writing in hardcover Moleskines (the 8x5 ones) since 2006. The line spacing is perfect. And pens? My preferred are Zebra Sarasa in .08 point, black ink.

Finding the tools that make you happy with your writing will keep you writing, I think.
The Journal CEO
Aug. 25th, 2014 08:11 am (UTC)
I just saw this post. :)

Interesting topic.

Yes, I have preferred types and brands of journals.

I used to prefer pocket Moleskines for years, but now I'm liking 5 x 7 inch Paperblanks notebooks.
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