Excerpts From My Notebook

February 14, 2014

I have an obsession with little black notebooks (I did a post very similar to this one in 2012 which you can read here). I've had one since junior high or early high school and unintentionally have found that they're one of the best creative resources in the world for me. I won't lie to you and say, "Oh, my goodness I write in it everyday and sketch and keep it with me at all time so I can record every fascinating idea that's ever crossed my mind!" No, that's definitely not true. However, they are so essential to me creatively that I even mentioned them in my designer toolbox post awhile ago.

It usually takes me a year or two worth of sporadically consistent (does that even make sense?) use in order for me "fill one up" and feel like it's time to start over with a new one. 

They're the perfect place for keeping lists and ideas and writing down quotes. I often sketch for projects (academic and personal) and use it for ramblings of all sorts. It's the perfect place for any rough idea or to-do list. I like my little black journals because they don't have to be anything except what they are. It's an unfiltered, no pressure space for me to do whatever I please...and I love that. I even love the time I'm away from it because then I can go back and get re-inspired by all the content all over again. These journals capture moments in my life in a different way than a traditional journal or blog (which I have one each) and it's good to have. Like I've said before in that previous post, "it's a messy slice of heaven."

So, this year I'm hoping to finish filling up my current little back notebook and share with you some pages throughout the year. I'm not sure I'll make it a regular feature, or anything like that, but I do think it will be a good way to show you little peaks into other portions of my life. 

I know this isn't a traditional Valentine's Day post or anything like that, but thanks for just going with it. I had my hopes of gathering up sweet red and pink inspiration, but wasn't really feeling it this year. Instead, I'm treating myself to a cupcake and planning on going to a baseball game. Nevertheless, I hope you're having a marvelous day. 

Do you keep a journal, sketchbook, or notebook? What does it contain? Let me know!

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