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I’m planning to take seven subjects for this semester. The problem is that none of my books have the right number of pages that can be divided into seven sections.

What are your weird notebook habits?


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I love technology. It is my life. My family is technology-savvy, so I was exposed to everything from tape players to Windows 98. But I’ve always enjoyed picking out, buying and using stationery, even if it was only for school. But I had no idea why I love it and thought that I was the only one.

However, it is only recently that I started to indulge in pretty notebooks since Kristin of Journaling Saves and Nifty of Notebook Stories say that having a stationery fetish is normal. And I discovered my love for writing with a pen on paper.

In my childhood I typed up my stories. But I’d constantly feel that they weren’t good enough, so I’d abandon them and eventually delete them permanently (which is a big mistake. They’d be useful now because I want to develop my writing skills). When I got a laptop, I forced myself to complete my stories. The ratio between incomplete and complete is probably 1:4 but it was real progress in my writing ability (the completed fan fiction can be read here [please let me know what you think]).

I also tried to keep a journal, both in notebooks and a Word document. But my parents read (in the past tense) my physical journal and I kept getting distracted by the other programs in the computer. I also felt detached from the electronic entries.

And then I discovered Jim Carroll. He was a diarist who wrote the memoirs The Basketball Diaries and The Downtown Diaries. I thought that if a male can keep a journal when most people think that it’s a girly activity, then why can’t I? My first “real” journal is a large exercise book with coloured pages. I didn’t write in it much because it didn’t give me a joyful writing experience. But then I started buying beautiful notebooks, and the rest is history.

Now it’s your turn. How did you get into stationery?

(This post was written by hand.)

Dream Notebook

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My dream notebook would need to have the following qualities:

  • Durable yet flexible cover. I abuse my belongings by taking them everywhere so a hard-wearing book would be very-nice.
  • Colourful design. Pretty notebooks motivate me to fill them up.
  • Lined pages. See why here.
  • Right amount of pages. Thin enough for any bag that I own yet thick enough to give me plenty of room to write.
  • Right paper size. Right now I use a folio-sized notebook but have discovered that such a book is not practical to carry around. But I also want adequate room to write.
  • Pure-white paper gives me a feeling of cleanliness and new slates.
  • Numbered pages so I can see how far into the notebook I am.
  • A spot for writing dates. This is essential.
  • Non-spiral binding that allows the book to lie flat. I love spiral notebooks but I never really noticed how annoying they were until today when I was writing in one. Still, they come in lots of yummy colours!
  • One blank page at the front so I can write my name and draw my signature there.

What are the criteria of your dream notebook? You can leave the answer below.

Expensive Versus Cheap

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The type of notebook I like to buy is very important to me. I must have notebooks with colourful covers and plain lined pages or else I would be too lazy to use it. Exercise books, even beautiful ones, have never been my favourite because they wear out so easily and the staplers can and do come off. Being able to use a high-quality notebook is a joy. The writing experience is so much smoother. I can put anything into both cheap and expensive notebooks, but I’ll always take the latter because they are finer in quality, a delight to look at and last longer, which makes my writing experience that much more enjoyable.

What about you? Do you prefer a cheap notebook or an expensive one to write in?

Lined Paper

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Aaah… Lined paper. My favourite paper format of all time. It satisfies my need for routine, neatness and reliability. Since I’ve been using it from the time I started school (don’t we all use this kind of paper?), I rely on the comfort that it has always been there for me. I love how it keeps me in line (pun intended) because I can’t write neatly on unlined paper and graph paper would slash my handwriting, therefore making it unreadable. It is also the most-common paper format, so I don’t need to worry about its availability.

What’s your favourite paper format and why? Leave a comment!

I Can’t Sleep at Night

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So I have this thing for completed sets. I must have it or I can’t rest easily. And this notebook company I love has a set of notebooks that come in four different designs. Unfortunately, I have only two of those four, and the stationery shop said that I must wait until February before I can get the remaining two. I get anxious easily just because I don’t have these two notebooks.

What are your stationery worries? Leave a comment below!

Update: The stationery store I bought the flowery notebooks from had tried to order the books but the distributing agent had run out of them.

Writing Tools – Update

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I learned how to take a picture and count and found out that I’m using ten notebooks at once as of this post.

So how many notebooks are you using at once?

Update: I have added three new notebooks to this repertoire.

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