I archived several of my notebooks at the end of June and beginning of July. It’s always incredibly satisfying to close up a notebook for the last time and call it “done”, because it signifies the end of a season, a project or a chapter, but with the knowledge that it’s been well documented so I can revisit it another time.
In no particular order, these are the notebooks that are filled up and put away:
- Family Journal.I write this in a Traveller’s Notebook Weekly Diary. It comes as a set of two notebooks, January-June and July-December. In every daily space I write a few sentences about what everyone was up to that day. I paste some photos from each month in the first and last empty, or extra, pages. Mostly selfies of things we’ve done or places we’ve been.
- The Carbon Almanac project notebook. I used a large Moleskine Cahier with blank pages. You can see the opening quote page here, and some thoughts on using Moleskine here. The book was published on July 12, 2022, and while there’s still some work to do, it doesn’t need a dedicated notebook anymore.
- My Daily Planner. This is the Stalogy Editor’s Series Half-Year notebook. This one lasted me from March through June. (I mentioned that the black-covered ones were sold out locally in my recent wish list post, but I found some on Amazon Japan. A great source for good planners and other stationery. The exchange on the dollar makes up for the cost of shipping. I’ve always received my orders within a few days.) Anyways, when I’ve used these up I label the spine and keep them stacked on a shelf for easy access and reference.
- Morning Pages. Another Moleskine … the Pocket Lined version.
Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up into your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter, and lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.Jack London
Stationery in the Photo
P.S. Starting a new notebook is almost more exciting than finishing one.