|Stillman and Birn Beta series hard bound notebook|
Journals and notebooks have been a large part of my life for many years. In the late 1970's when I first considered 'journaling', which at the time was probably called having a 'diary', I just added notes to a calendar. From there I progressed to having a day planner that gave me more space to write - a small page a day. Next came the real journals (which I have tried blank, ruled and squared).
Finally, when I began to do 'visual journaling' more often than not I found that I needed more than one kind of notebook. I now use a 'regular' journal for my daily writing, to do lists, things to buy or look for, books to read, films to see etc etc (see my favorites below) as well as a mixed media journal.
My mixed media journal needs to have good quality, nice paper that is tough enough take the demands of wet media and, at times, 'distressing'. As always I had grand time trying a variety of brands. I finally found what I consider to be the best hardbound mixed media notebook around - the Stillman and Birn Beta series notebook. It's beautiful, clear white, 180# paper that holds it own against any mixed media or water techniques that you might want to use.
|A mixed media piece in the works. I have used glues, lots of water and distressing on this page already with absolutley no bleed through or warping|
My daily journal writing, list making, note keeping journal also has a set of special requirements. I use fountain pens exclusively - so the paper in my journals needs to be fountain pen friendly with no bleeding , or worse yet, feathering issues. My long standing favorite daily journal/notebook is a Quo Vadis Habana journal. The are available as blank (my favorite), and ruled and come in three different sizes. I use the larger size. Quo Vadis makes a large variety of planners and notebooks...too many to include in a post. I love the paper in Quo Vadis Habana notebooks - it's so smooth! Writing in them is a dream - thoroughly pleasurable.
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|Quo Vadis Habana journals - Luxurious paper and a soft, warm to the touch cover and I love the color choices! My personal favorite is Anise - guess which one that is!|
Another brand that I enjoy is the long time standby, Moleskine. Moleskine is touted as being 'the' writers journal" and was used by writers such as Hemingway, is is a "go-to" brand for many folks. My favorite thing about this brand is the size of their large size journal which comes in a soft cover or hard cover in blank, ruled, grided, colored, patterned, plain or 'character-ed' covers. It's fits easily in my carry all. There is nothing not to love about Moleskine, and I have used them a lot throughout the years.
The only 'con', for me, about Moleskine is that their paper is not the most fountain pen friendly paper in the world. There is a significant amount of bleedthrough. I generally try to ignore it and use both sides of a page, but one could always just use one side to obviate the bleed through issue. Moleskine has such a large line of notebooks/planners and journals in colors, characters and multiple sizes that one could never go through them all. Check them out!
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|Moleskine - long standing quality and vast selection of formats.|