If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen me post pics of my commonplace book! I have gotten a few questions about it so I thought I’d dedicate a post about it! This is the notebook I use for my commonplace book. You can use any notebook you would like! Mine is a journal by the company Markings that I picked up from Targe’ (that’s Target for those of you who are giving me the side eye right now!) for about $15. It has thick lined paper and the cover is soft and flexible. It also lays flat when open and has a ribbon bookmark. There is very minimal shadowing, That’s when you can flip the page and read the previous page through it, which I cannot stand! I LOVE this journal and I will probably buy another one for my daily journal when I’m done with my current one. Sidenote: I added the project life card and washi tape to the front of the journal!
Now that I’m done raving about this journal, let me show you what I write in my commonplace book!
My interest was peaked when I came across Ellina’s Instagram profile (@ellbrt). She has the most amazing commonplace book! The notebook she uses was a little pricey for me though. Plus I am not a fan of the shadowing in the Tomoe River paper so I knew I wouldn’t like it anyway. (Again, find a notebook/journal that would make you happy to write in!) I fell in love with the concept, did a little research, and started my own commonplace book. I hope to fill it with information that represents me. Many people may read it and think “why would you need to know that?” LOL Well that’s the beauty of a commonplace book. It’s unique to each individual, much like the bullet journal (see my bullet journal post here)! I think that’s why I love these two concepts because I like to stand out and be unique!
Many people already keep a commonplace book and just didn’t know it had a name! Most people refer to it as a brain dump. This is also considered a form of journaling! So, after reading this, do you think you will start your own commonplace book? Do you already keep one? If so, I would love to see pics! Leave your Instagram name in the comments below!