Giving up the blogging?

I am sure everyone has moments when they are like “argh, I don’t want to write” and feel slightly overwhelmed. I have been feeling like that at the moment. So much is going on with major changes at home, changes at work and lots of commitments taking up my time. I like to try and keep everyone happy. It is usually me to ends up not as happy.

Last week, or maybe the week before I was like – I am not blogging any more. That put me in a bad mood and since then I have not been relaxed enough to write anything. I am hoping that in a few weeks my life will be calmer and I will be able to relax and write again. However, looking at my schedule for the next three months…. I am not so sure.

Until calmer times…

This is getting ridiculous…

I now have so many counsel notebooks. Both all over my desk, and all over the house at home.

Today, I have decided to start labelling them and putting them in the filing cabinet:


These are just the ones that are full.

The active ones are still dotted around the place…. Is there a better solution to using counsel notebooks in the workplace? I only use them because work provides them – I spend enough on notebooks both at home and in the workplace for my own personal enjoyment as it is.

Stickers on the cover of your Filofax?

Yes or no?

I complained last year when my mother “defaced” my Filofax by sticking a big apple sticker on the front of it (to match the iPad). 8 months later I have gotten used to it and couldn’t be without that “little bit of personalisation” on my Filofax.

My new Malden however – is NOT for customisation. I wouldn’t dream about defacing such a beautiful product (not that my metropol is not beautiful in its own right).

Do you customise your cover? Or just the interior?


What do you find is the best way to store magazines?

The number of magazines lying on and around my desk is building up and quite frankly it is a mess. Some organisation is required. I usually store magazines in magazine holders at work (and the good old magazine rack at home).

However, when I was younger I used to have binding strips to put my magazine collections in binders/lever arch folders – that way I had one per magazine collection (organised chronologically of course).

I have not seen any of these in a while and was wondering of people still used them? I will have to hunt some down and report back properly.

Any alternative suggestions for how to store and organise magazines would be appreciated?

Why are board games boring? Write in them instead!!

On my #dailycommute this morning I was listening to the radio as usual and they were debating whether board games were boring and why we kept insisting on playing them – monopoly in particular. Personally I am not a huge fan of monopoly, but it is the classic board game, the one everyone has, and the one that seems to keep reinventing itself? Monopoly City anyone?


The discussion reminded me of some great monopoly notebooks I had come across a while back. A particular favourite is the “bright ideas” one (pictured – picture credit). Something to add to the wish list I think as it reminds me of my childhood days.

And for those of you who make their own notebooks – if you have not already tried it, why not up-cycle/re-cycle a board game for a hard back cover.

Photography meet notebook, notebook photography

I love printed photography – when I was younger I used to have collages of photos over every gap on my wall. Creating memories, being artistic – whatever took my fancy -usually with a disposable camera. Now my older house/room sharing self fills photo albums and scrapbook instead (although as always I have a few trips to catch up on).


The photo journal pj128 by magma books caught my eye, as it is a notebook and scrapbook in one. I saw it while browsing the Tate Gallery shop moments before closing time.

A neater/tidier idea than a scrapbook but with space for photos, dates, comments and memories, has the potential to become a very treasured notebook.

What is you book of choice when it comes to photographs: album, scrapbook, notebook, other? Or with the majority of cameras being digital do you stick to online albums such as Facebook or Flickr?

K is for… Killer Apps #atozchallenge

Fellow readers – we clearly all love our notebooks, the feel of a pen, the texture of paper under the nib, but whether you are a fellow blogger or simply a reader we have one further thing in common – a love for the Internet (otherwise you wouldn’t be here). Today I thought I would take this post “online”.

Consider for a moment: online notebooks. There are plenty out there one note and circus ponies to name a couple of software favourites, but today I want to consider the apps.

I frequently blog using a pen and one of my monthly notebooks, before migrating to either my iPad or laptop. I feel very much like I am still a n00b when it comes to the iPad app collection, i still prefer the feel of pen and paper and so have only collected the most basic of iPad apps. E.g. WordPress

So the questions I put to you today dear readers are:
– which killer apps do you use?
– Should I be using them or stick to the paper?

Tid-bits from my Blog

I’ve been debating the future of my other blog this week. With a lack of posting and another change in job I wasn’t so sure whether I wanted to continue. I decided to have a browse of some of my older posts and discovered just how many notebook postings I did prior to starting this blog (which is of course what prompted me to start this separate blog). This has now reinspired me.

I decided to share some of my older posts from my other blog here as regular notebook lovers would have missed these:

Moleskine diary (to do list)
How to: survive the rush hour crunch (study notebook)
Improve your writing
Keeping Track (page a day diary)
Sorting out my Notebooks (notebook eye candy)
Design your own Textbook
My Study Project
Puss in Boots Notebook

On another note I am debating whether to make the a to z challenge a double whammy and enter both blogs.

Discuss: Should you write your personal information in your diary? Do you?

It is the first of February today and this morning I got out the second notebook in my Colour a Month planner. I opened the first couple of pages and proceeded to write in my contact details and personal information without a second thought.

Then that second thought came.

We live in a world where everyone is concerned about their data, particularly on their computers and over the internet. You “play it safe” with minimal information, hiding your birth year or email address on facebook, and giving fake addresses when you sign up to websites. Of course these choices are not solely for security issues, but concerns about such issues (e.g. ID theft and fraud) have an influence.

Do we translate these concerns to our pen & paper bubble?

What happens if our filofax/diary/planner (with all our personal information, our schedule, our home address and all sorts of personal reminders from passwords to pin numbers) gets misplaced? Sure it may not matter, but there is a what if – what if it falls into the wrong hands? After all there is no “password protection”.

So it may be a bad idea – but what is the solution, is the solution that we write in code/shorthand, simply not write all our personal info in one place, chain ourselves to our diary?

I have no straightforward answer and would be interested in hearing other people’s views.

Do you reveal too much personal information? Do you consider this to be a realistic concern?