A few weeks ago (before I had a huge stack of school work to finish), I began the ‘Pen to Paper’ series. I am passionate about writing and wanted to share why and how I journal. Part 1 explained how I got started and my journey of developing how and why I write. Part 2 explained different formats or styles I use when I’m writing and what kind of tone I use. Today I’d like go into detail on the tools I use for journaling.
Full list of pens
- Uniball Signo DX .38
- Pilot G2 .38
- Staetler Fine Tip
- Lamy Safari Extra Fine Nib
- Delfonics Ballpoint
- Le Pen
- Pilot Hi Tec C .3
- Sharpie Pen
My two current favorites are the Pilot Hi Tec C and Pilot G2.
For my creative journal, I use a black dot grid Rhodia notebook. Bruce introduced me to this notebook, and then we began to carry them in Chirps & Cheers! I snagged this black one a few months ago because I filled my previous creative journal, a thin Rifle Paper Co. journal. The dot grid is perfect for writing, small or large, and doodling how I want to layout an image or post. The elastic closing band keeps loose paper in and can be used diagnoally across the journal to hold a pen on the side too! Also, there is a folder in the back cover, which I have found is perfect for holding little notes from Bruce. In my creative journals I take notes on content ideas, notes of inspiration from my favorite bloggers, quotes, tricks or tips to help me with design, fonts I’ve found and want to use, and colors I love including their RGB codes. Special note to my friend Patty here because when I mentioned I had taken note of my favorite colors she thought I literally had a page where I had written ‘blue, green, red…’ to remind myself of colors I liked. I will always giggle about this, Patty!
For a day planner, I use the Russell + Hazel mini-smartdate system. I love the weekly pages and the the month tabs. I keep filler paper in the back to write notes, journal entries, or random doddles and lettering. I’ve used this system for the last two years, but now that I am no longer in school I may be switching to something new. YAY new planners!
On-the-go, I use a variety of apps that do exactly what I need. In the photo above, I am using Drafts. This app allows you to jot something quickly or write a lengthy post, sync it to iCloud or Dropbox, or send it to any number of my other favorite apps. (I went into more detail here!)
Other apps I use are Day One (which I described in a previous post and Byword. I enjoy using Byword to write the first drafts of my blog posts. It syncs my writing to Dropbox; so no matter where I start writing, I can always pick up where I left off from any one of my Apple devices.
Happy Summer and happy journaling!