What goes into my notebooks can vary a lot, but I will share a few things that are pretty consistently included
|The Tao of Pooh = Awesomeness|
Here is a list of some of my other lists:
- A check-list of steps to get my teaching credential
- The word for "blue" in different languages
- To do list (sail away w/ a crew of pirates; take up with a caravan of traveling gypsies; enlist in the french foreign legion..)
- Things that are iredescent
- Invisibility aids
- Friends & family's birthdays
- Comic book alliterations
- Places I want to go
- Final consonants which are not usually silent in French
I usually to do this for one of two completely opposite reasons. Some notebooks I get attached to and feel sad when I have to move on, like the one I kept right before my Smash*book.. So I included a page from it when I was altering my book because I liked it so.. On the other hand, there are notebooks that I've had so much disdain for that I"ve completely taken them apart for scraps!
|page from last notebook glued in :)|
|letter to my younger self, on pages from an old childhood diary|
This is something that seems to be really different about my notebooks. My friends have ALWAYS read & written in them. My very first notebook was bought as a pair with my sister Beth's & we both wrote in each other's notebooks. When I was a little older my friends & I would use my notebooks to write notes back and forth at school or during church (yes, I know! Very bad!! lol but we did..)
I still have friends that write notes or comments in my notebooks. They write encouraging things or add details to events that I might have forgotten and add comments about pictures.
And no, I don't mean those little packs of do-dads that are sold in scrapbook stores (altho I DO use those too!). Just in case you're not sure, ephemera refers to "printed paper items that were originally meant to be discarded after use". So gift tags, labels, used postage stamps, programs from plays, movie tickets (ok, so I haven't actually been to a movie since The Half Blood Prince.. but when I DID go, I kept the tickets). All of those things usually end up glued in my notebooks.
I don't really keep photo albums or scrapbooks, so most of my photos either end up on The Wall or in my notebooks.
Things that are said in text or online tend to get lost & forgotten. So when my friends or family say something funny or cute that I want to remember: I write it down!! I had a friend whose texts were so funny & uplifting that I always saved them and they completely filled up my phone's inbox (I have an ancient, un-smart cell plhone!). I ended up deleting most of them to free up the space and he passed away less than a week later.... I SO WISH I still had all those messages. So now I write those things down.
All the previously mention things, can also be a form of abstract journaling. A lot of my quotes are there because they express more eloquently how I feel. I often draw or paint my feelings too. Photos, ephemera, snippets of conversations are all forms of journaling without having to do a "dear diary" type entry.
Do you keep any kind of notebook or journal?