Choosing the Best Journal for You

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There are so many options when selecting the best journal for your needs.

In this Journaling Saves video, I discuss the different kinds of notebooks and my experience with them, the pros and cons, and some items to consider when selecting a journal.

I use my excessive/obsessive array of journals to illustrate. I created this video in 2010 and the only thing that’s changed is I now have over 75 Blueline notebooks filled. Enjoy!

Additional Resources

Some helpful entries on the topic of choosing a journal:


  1. Jennifer L.

    Oooh, this was fun! I love notebooks. Nicely done. This would be really helpful for a newbie journaler.

  2. Sharon Korkes

    Great job! Awesome content, too. I am also a notebook junkie. πŸ™‚

  3. Julie F.

    Awesome video! I’m looking forward to seeing more now that you have the new video camera. Thanks for sharing with all of us!

  4. kim

    SO glad I found this website.. I am a total stationery geek. So bad in fact, that on planning a trip to Barcelona, I immediately looked up local stationery stores to buy more paper from.

    I have a five year journal and it is hard going. I am on my second year, and sometimes the commitment is scary, but it produces so many patterns I wouldnt have otherwise noticed, its worth doing.

  5. Kristin

    Thanks so much for the feedback, ladies! I really appreciate you tuning in. I always feel all warm and fuzzy to know that there are other notebook/stationery/paper addicts like myself out there. πŸ™‚

  6. Dale Anne Potter

    GREAT vlog Kristin…..was alittle hard to hear, had to turn up my speakers all the way. Otherwise, GREAT job!

  7. Kristin

    Good to know about the volume. I was planning on investing in a lapel mic – sounds like that’s a good idea. “Sounds” – ha ha! Get it? Thanks for the feedback!

  8. linda

    Thanks for sharing…nice to see all the variations and think about the different aspects to choose from.

  9. Antoinette

    Really cool. This video made me so excited to go pick out my next journal. I like your hair, I think it is pretty.

  10. Kathy

    You did a great job with your video. Very interesting. I prefer spiral notebooks myself. Nothing wrong with your hair. LOL try having frizzy curly hair!

  11. Susan M

    LOVED the Vlog!!! New to your site and I found you by accident or it found me because I was in search of a different venue for self expression. You inspire me and I appreciate you and the time you take to share your love of journaling.

    Thank you thank you thank you!!!!


  12. Leah

    Kristin, I’m impressed by the volume of your journaling work! I admire your discipline, too. Twenty-plus years’ worth is an impressive achievement. Pat yourself on the back!


  13. Christina

    What a great video!! I loved it!
    You know, I probably have about as many blank journals as you have filled there on your shelves. There are a few in my collection which I have started to write in, then given up halfway through. I feel bad about that, though. I should really finish one journal before starting another.
    I totally agree about the Clairefontaine notebooks! The paper is awesome. And I also agree with you about the Mead 5-star notebook with its scored pages. I want my journals to be more permanent, even if it’s only cheesy stuff that I write. I don’t want pages fluttering out on their own!

  14. Kristin

    Susa – thanks so much! It’s actually YOU folks who inspire ME.

    Leah – it’s not so much discipline as compulsion. I don’t take too much credit for it. πŸ˜‰

    Christina – you are in good company with the half-full journals. You and me and everyone else. I don’t think it’s too bad unless you’re doing it constantly to avoid being present with your current situation.

    Thanks so much for the feedback, ladies! Keep it coming. <3

  15. Kristin

    Linda, Antoinette + Kathy – thanks for your feedback as well. And the comments on my hair. It’s part cockatiel and part hedgehog at the moment. πŸ™‚

  16. Katie

    This makes me wish I was a paper journaler instead of an electronic journaler (I <3 my Alphasmart). A lovely new journal is so wonderful. My hand cramps too easily to make it my method though. That said, I do have my own stack of paper journals from when I was a kid and in high school.

  17. Kristin

    A note for folks who mentioned that the volume was not loud enough — you may also want to make sure that the volume control on the actual video itself is turned up — the bottom right of the video window has a series of bars you can click on to make it louder. This is in addition to your speaker volume. Try that first!

  18. Liz

    To Kathy with the frizzy hair. I have naturally curly hair and I have finally found something that works. I put straighteners (actually 3 different straitening products) in my hair before I put in a soft curl gel. It seems to be working because I have been getting so many compliments. Sorry that I don’t have a picture.

  19. Victoria

    I love this one. And I mostly sometimes, okay always, just watch it for the paper lust.

  20. Rachel

    Oh my gosh! I have been scouring the planet for a solid journal for the past 3 months. I’ve been to Target and CVS and looked online a million times to find a simple yet durable and still sort of sexy looking journal. I found your site just by random clicking links from google. I looovveee your site! I have written in journals before and the journal itself (spiral notebooks) has seriously annoyed me to the point where I stopped writing. This video is a great help! Those Blueline A9’s look awesome! I’m excited to give them a go. Thank you <3

  21. Eric

    Hi Kristin,
    Great video! I like the way you explained the pros and cons of different makers of notebook. Although, I haven’t seen that notebooks personally because I’m not living in the USA, I am informed anyway. I thought I’m the only one who doesn’t buy expensive notebooks for fear of messing up the beauty of the notebook with cheesy thoughts, liquid paper and ball pen corrections.
    I love your hair! with a dash of glitters….it would be perfect!

  22. Emily

    This really helped me as I have tried and been through sooo many journals that weren’t right for me but i can’t wait until my new blue line notebook arrives because for me it ticks all the boxes. I love your posts and videos they have really helped me through journalling please keep them coming, they have been a real lifesaver. You are so lovely as well you really understand people, Kristin Donovan, I am your fan πŸ™‚


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