Welcome back to what appears to now be an annual post here on the blog! For the past two years, in November I have shared with you the notebooks and sketchbooks I’ve been using. This year shall be no different, even though there are a few less than in previous years.
It wasn’t until the last week or two that I have finally whittled my books down to the main three that I use. As you can tell from last year’s post, I had quite a few, and now not so much. Now, the question I know you’re all dying to know the answer to: what are they?
First up, the one with my name stuck on it, is my bullet journal. I’ve written a post or two here on the blog about my bullet journal, and I actually haven’t started the one pictured yet. My current bullet journal has about 20 pages left, and that will see me to the end of November and I’ll start this new one in December, just in time for the New Year. The notebook I use for all my bullet journals, new and old is an A5 dot grid Leuchtturm 1917.
Next up, pictured at the bottom of the pile, is the one and only sketchbook I’m currently using. I’m a demon for jumping in and out of several sketchbooks at once, but I recently completed the 100 Day Drawing Project, and through doing the whole 100 days in one sketchbook, I somehow developed a habit of staying in one sketchbook at a time. This one is an A5 Moleskine Sketchbook. I started this one in October with the intention of participating in Inktober, which started well, but then I lapsed. Only last week I decided to pick up where I left off and continue Inktober in November. I’m also not allowing myself to get or start a new sketchbook until I fill this one, so I aim to do that by the end of December!
Finally, in the middle, I have what I call my “commonplace journal”. Essentially a commonplace book is a journal into which notable extracts from other works are copied for personal use, but I’m using it for more than that. It isn’t a diary per say, but I do log things in it that I might find of future interest. For example I recently read Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon and there was loads of snippets that I found really interesting, so I took a page of my journal to write all those into it. It’s essentially a catch-all notebook where I write anything and everything into it!
There you have it folks! My 2017 notebooks and sketchbooks–short and sweet, yes, but I’m trying to keep things minimal, and not have myself so spread out through too many notebooks or sketchbooks.
Do you keep any notebooks or sketchbooks? I’d love to know! 😀