I have a slight obsession with paper. I’m always buying paper cards, notepads, and sticky notes…whatever paper good that inspires me. So naturally when I choose a journal I like it to be an aesthetic representation of myself and that will inspire me to write. Journals are arranged in a pretty display on a shelf in my living room integrating them in to my everyday life. This also serves as a visual reminder to use them. Bedside tables are also a great place to display your journal; I believe pretty little things shouldn’t be shoved in a drawer hidden from the world!
Where to Buy?
Now days you can find journals just about anywhere – TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Home Goods, Tuesday Morning, Anthropologie, Target and various online retailers. I am now the happy owner of a super cute Kate Spade “Penny For Your Thoughts” journal from TJ Maxx, and it came with an even happier price tag – $7.99! Compare that to the $24 retail price from Kate Spade and I was jumping for joy.
Here are some of my favorite online retailers:
- Paper Source – you can even personalize
- Rifle Paper Company
- Sugar Paper
- Day Designer for Blue Sky
- Declaration and Co
- Kate Spade
Feel like injecting a little DIY magic and really personalize your journal? Delineate Your Dwelling has a cute custom notebook tutorial and a simple painted notebooks tutorial. Amy will show you how to turn a blah looking journal into a personalized masterpiece! This is great for the person that just can’t seem to find the perfect journal. Make one for you and one for a friend! It would make a sweet personalized gift.
Think before you buy!
A journal aesthetically can be a representation of you, so choose one you love to look at. Also think about what purpose this journal will have. Is it going to be an art journal? Choose a notebook with no lines. Do you prefer spiral bound? Personally, I prefer spiral journals for note taking and journals that I use frequently (multiple times a day). Aesthetically I love the look of bound journals. What kind of cover do you prefer? Solid color, quotes, colorful, patterned, personalized, or has a drawing? There are so many options out there. Choose a journal that will inspire you to write.
Journals that inspire me
I’ve rounded up 9 journals that inspire me to write. I hope you are inspired too and make one of them your own!
Au revoir friends!
What kind of journal do you use and what does it look like? Share in the comments!