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A New Notebook

January 7, 2011

There is nothing quite like the feeling of a fresh clean start.  I made a few goals for myself this year, and one of them is to write everyday.

stack of resolutions

This is my stack of notebooks that I use each week.  Each one is for a different project or purpose, and no two of them overlap.  And this stack right here is why it will be impossible for me to move to a digital organization.  Besides, I can’t doodle in a digital notebook.  Last year I started a blog notebook, which is just what it sounds like.  It’s a place for me to keep all of my ideas of things I want to blog about, or reminders of posts I want to write.  I have a few pages for each month, plus a lot of blank pages to fill up.  This year I WILL post about my very favorite Valentines tradition!  I’ve been doing it for four years and I still haven’t ever blogged about it because I never think to take pictures and write about it before V-day.  This notebook is probably the one thing that has helped me to be able to write new posts each day for the past six months or so without it feeling like an absolute chore.  It really has helped make blogging easy for me.  Something about all those lists makes me OCD heart very happy.


I bought my 2011 blog notebook back in October on a post back to school sale.  It was less than a buck.  And it looked nothing like this at the time.  It was garish and terrible on the outside, but inside it was nothing but clean new pages.  And I’m a total sucker for clean new pages.  I knew I wanted to do something to improve on the covers, but I couldn’t decide what.  Until last night.  First I removed the covers (carefully slipped them out of the wire binding) and lightly sanded down the shiny ugly surface.  Then I sprayed them with two coats of primer and painted them with acrylic paints.  It was a really fun project.  This morning I finished them off with two coats of spray on polyurethane to help protect my paint job, and give them a new shiny finish.

notebook and camera

There are already dozens of pages full in this book, and I can’t wait to fill up the rest of them.  As for the rest of that stack?  Well, one of my goals this year is to write everyday, in at least one of those journals.  I love having an online journal in the form of this blog, but there are somethings that I like to keep a secret between me and my pen.  (Like in one of these little books I have a list of gifts to make for birthdays/mothers/fathers days this year.  And I’ve already finished my Christmas 2011 gift list and have already started creating those little and not so little surprises!)  We are one week into the New Year and so far I’ve managed to write each day.  They say it takes 21 days to make a habit, and I’m 2/3 down.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 7, 2011 8:13 pm

    Congratulations! You’re well on your way. Sweet notebook make-over. I’ve read about and heard a lot about “morning pages”, but I can’t wake up early enough to do that before having to hustle my kids out the door, so never started. I stay up too late sewing! The only lists I seem to be keeping these days are the names of people signing up for my retreats.

  2. January 7, 2011 8:42 pm

    Love your stack of notebooks! (and that clock!)
    have a nice weekend!

  3. January 8, 2011 1:24 am

    Looks good. Thought I was the only one with that many notebooks. But I was wrong.
    I only use Moleskine notebooks, but since their new collections with pac-mans on them and all i’ve been a bit put off by them. I just love the paper inside it. It’s so soft and it greets me with so much warmth. Inspiring.

    Once again thanks for the timing on the posts. Two thumbs up for that. Still my reading material every morning. Yay!

  4. January 9, 2011 6:51 am

    Loved this post! Felt like I had just discovered PinkSuedeShoe again. Was all excited when I was reading it! What sort of things do you write in the blog book? and How does it help when blogging?

    Hope you had a lovely christmas and a good new year. (And are feeling better, you poor little thing!)

  5. January 10, 2011 9:02 pm

    This post totally inspired me. I love notebooks too but assume they always have to be for traditional journals. So alot of them go unused. But I got one out tonight and decided I would use it for a menu journal. I can record or plan what we had for dinner,where I got the recipe, and if everyone liked it!
    I have another new notebook for my organizing notes and plans/lists. And I have my trusty graph paper spiral for my sewing/quilting sketches and ideas. I think I need a blogging planner. You are a genius and I want to be like you someday! Will you be my Jedi master?

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