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Hi again! A few questions!!

Hello everyone! I'm back with a couple of questions, I hope you don't mind!

1. Has anyone used/heard anything the moleskine Evernote notebook? If so, what did you think?

2. Does anyone journal more than once a day?

3. Just out of curiousity, does anyone have a journal with like, a certain theme throughout?

I'm thinking of getting a new moleskine, I recieved a 10$ off coupon for the local stationary supply store so I'm excited to use it. Which brings me to my fourth question.

4. What do you think is one of the best plain moleskine a to get for journaling? I'm mostly text only but would love to add paint/sharpies withougt bleed through.

Thanks so much, and I'm really sorry if these have already been posted before!!



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Mar. 22nd, 2015 05:48 am (UTC)
In seasons that I journal regularly, I usually journal more than once a day... In the morning, before bed and whatever moments in between. I take my journal with me everywhere and usually finish them within a month or so.

I've had themed journals... A "frilly" book, a Harry Potter themed journal, a rainbow journal, various Disney journals, a Titanic journal and my most recent one is heavily mermaid themed :) I really enjoy them because even if nothing exciting was going on, there was still something to do with the theme that I could work on and add to it.
Mar. 22nd, 2015 08:06 am (UTC)
I usually journal when I get up and at the weekend I journal throughout the day and during the week I normally write a bit before bed.

I've done a whole journal in about 10 days before during a trip to Atlanta (I'm in the UK so it was a big trip). I'm doing another dedicated journal for my trip to Seattle in September. But I don't really have themes beyond that. I'm my current journal I'm only using brown inks but I'm not sure that counts!

The paper in regular Moleskines isn't great and I've had bleed through with fountain pen ink. They do a sketch book with thicker paper which might be better if you're planning on using something like paint and sharpies.
Mar. 22nd, 2015 10:34 am (UTC)
I've never use the Evernote-Moleskine combo. Looks interesting though.

I try to write every morning. I'll write again later in the day or before I go to bed as well. It could be just a "What I did today" entry or something more substantial. I can never predict how much I'll write.

I don't really have themes. I have some dedicated journals/notebooks, though. I have one just for poetry. I keep that separate from my wandering/rambling journal entries. I use separate, smaller journals for trips. I have another small journal for my Tarot card entries. I choose a Tarot card from my Tarot de Marseille deck, read about it in various books that I have about Tarot and write down those authors comments and insights, either paraphrased or quoted. This is a kind of exercise. I may or may not journal about it in my main journal. I don't use Tarot for divination but more as a way to think about things in life, what's on my mind, what's not on my mind but should be, etc.

Mar. 22nd, 2015 10:40 am (UTC)
Oh, I have to agree with Sirvinya re the paper quality of Moleskine. I've only ever used their lined journals (not any blank ones for drawing). I think the a paer is really different. I used a lined one as a daily "to do" / day planner last semester. It definitely isn't good for fountain pens and even a lot of my gels bled through. I think I read somewhere that they have changed the quality from "the old days". I've seen videos of their unlined dedicated sketch journals and they look like they can handle lots of inkiness. (Amazing things people do with those!)
Mar. 22nd, 2015 09:10 pm (UTC)
I take my journal out with my and write when I have a spare moment. I used to "timestamp" each of my entries back when I was in sixth form/uni but since I picked back up out here, I just leave a gap between Sessions.

I used to LOVE moleskines, but these days I'm mostly a text journaller and the pages just don't hold up to fountain pen inks :( Even the sketchbooks, I felt like they didn't take fountain pen ink well (and when I used Sharpies on them they showed through even the sketch paper). In the past few years, I've used maybe two moleskines - one when I was journalling exclusively with ballpoints three years ago, and another last year after I got my ink drop subscription and was writing exclusively with fountain pens. I was so excited to be done with that journal! I love the feel of moleskines, though, so I'm not saying don't use them, but maybe do a test page in the back? If you have any bleed-through, just stick the pages together, or stick a patterned paper on top.

I actually got some of the Evernote Cahiers last year for work stuff but they're actually not that different to regular moleskines :| Other products I've tried similar to Evernote (we have ShotNote here...) have marks at the corners of the page to help with the alignment but the moleskine doesn't have that; just a little box on the back page where you put business cards and things you want to scan. I was a bit disappointed overall :/ THOUGH I will take the opportunity to add - I unwrapped mine and the first page had a massive fold down it. Sent moleskine a "How did this even happen...?!" message and they sent me an apology bundle, including a squared cahier, moleskine Pen, and moleskine pencil box. It took a while for them to get it to me but bless moleskine!
Mar. 23rd, 2015 09:34 am (UTC)
The artist Missy Dunaway uses large Moleskine sketchbooks, which according to her hold up perfectly for acrylic inks. Maybe you can even ask her how they hold up for fountain pens or whatnot.
Mar. 23rd, 2015 02:18 pm (UTC)
I usually journal throughout the day as things happen or I think of things. Sometimes I do something artsy, other times I write quotes and stuff. It really depends on what's going on.

I own three moleskines and though I haven't used them yet, I've noticed that the paper feels a little thin. If you used gesso I doubt paint would show through, but I would do a little test page in the back for testing out different pens, inks, paints, etc. just to see how well they hold up.
Mar. 24th, 2015 06:26 pm (UTC)
I have never had a Moleskine, though if I suddenly had some money would love one or something like it--especially with thin but amazingly non-bleed-through paper.

2. Does anyone journal more than once a day? {Yes, I often turn to it when I am nervous, been out of a job forever, had lots of anxiety problems, so mine usually is stream-of-consciousness.}

3. Just out of curiousity, does anyone have a journal with like, a certain theme throughout? {For a long time I would more or less have a theme and put in a quotation on my first page. Lately that has become a burden, so I let it go for a while.}

Mar. 27th, 2015 05:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks everyone for the imput! I decided to just get a smaller version of the moleskine im using now. Just a small plain black one. I really wanted a pink or green plain one but they don't carry too many. But on the otherside of the isle across from the Moleskine's there was Poppin' journals. I think someone on here is currently using one. I have never seen them before and they are beautiful! So colorful! I just wish they had unlined! I really want to start a themed journal just because I think it would be fun. I just don't know what theme I would use!! But thanks again everyone!!
Mar. 30th, 2015 10:03 pm (UTC)
I have to agree with everyone else. The moleskin I used though it was several years ago was not quality paper and it was a blank page book. There was still bleed through so I lost a few good pages to draw on. I find that using a good sketchbook with this paper is best for any sharpie work as I use that as well. I tend to use heavy sketchbooks and I spent extra money buying a pattered leather cover that I use on everything when I finish one book I take it out and insert another. The leather is strong and can take a beating since I am rough on my books. This way I never have to rebind them.

But that's getting into something else entirely.
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