a tour through my journals

I really like journals. And journaling. Whether it's writings, entries from day-to-day, quotes, etc., I've pretty much accumulated a journal for every category. So, today I thought I'd give a little tour through the journals I currently keep.

1. See that one that's bigger than all the others? That's called a Smash Book, and I highly recommend you get one. It was a birthday present from my grandparents this year and it's been a lot of fun to fill. I've put magazine pictures and articles, little bits of this and that, a few pictures, doilies, etc, etc. in it. Sometimes a whole page is filled up in a day, other times it takes a couple days.

2. Now for the little black book. I got it at Staples. It's my "everyday" kind of journal. Events from the day, things that are going on, are all recorded inside. I don't always write an entry everyday, but try to keep it pretty up-to-date. I've had it since October (when my other one like it, except in brown, was used up) and it's about one fourth of the way full.

3. This is a journal that I got from my pen-pal in the birthday package she sent me. I use it as my prayer journal for following along with the KBR Ministries plan that is included in their 2013 calendar. Within every entry, there are four categories: Worship/Praise, Confession, Requests, and Thanksgiving.

4. This journal is kind of hard to describe. I've put a lot of things in it from quotes, writings, poems, and more. This is a journal that I recovered with black paper and instagram pictures, then covered the spine and edges of the cover in pretty tape. (I used this tutorial for inspiration.) This journal is very worn from use.

5. This is my most recent one. I found a notebook lying around, tore out the few pages that were written on, and painted the whole cover in gold metallic paint. When it dried, I put some pretty tape on the spine and painted black lettering on the front cover. I keep quotes I like inside. This idea actually came from not wanting my whole Smash Book to be filled with quotes, but still wanting to write them down and keep them somewhere handy.
What kind(s) of journals do you keep? Happy Wednesday! xo.


  1. That's so cool to hear about all the kinds of journals you keep! :)
    I kind of have for everyday things, one I started with a list of things I'm thankful for, one for my devotions, I write what's on my heart and what I think God is teaching me, and the fourth pretty much just for creative writing. I'm so bad at keeping them all up to date though. ;)

  2. i have a red smash notebook. i love all the little art like pages in them so much sometimes it's hard for me to glue anything onto them ;) I'm also planning on getting a new journal asap for everyday entries, poems and thoughts, the one I got three months ago is nearly more then half way full. gosh darn it I love to write ;)

  3. That's so funny, I didn't know you keep more than one journal! I do too! I have an everyday journal for daily events and such, a book jounral where I chart books I'm reading, my thoughts on them, quotes, etc. {I write in this one most often ;D} as well as a spiriritual journal for recording devotions and such. I've only really gotten into being a faithful journaler in the past few months, and often don't write as often as I'd like, but I still enjoy it! In fact my book journall is the pretty pink one you gave me for my birthday! :) Funny how you are also using the one I gave you too! So glad you are able to use it for the KBR challenge :)
    I've really been wanting to get a Smash Book, and can considered buying one. They seem to be really fun! On Pinterest I've noticed their are lots of really cute tutorials for dressing them up. What a blessing for got yours for your birthday! :)

  4. This is so cool.
    You inspire me, darling.

  5. ahh. these are so pretty! I especially love the cover on #4. I am hoping to buy myself a smash book in a couple of weeks, I am so excited. I have one journal smashed full of my thoughs, daily happenings, my fears, dreams and that sort of thing. And I have two other "journals": one has special Bible verses, and devotional notes and the other one is a decorated composition notebook where I have my "to-read" book list, specific goals, and other brainstorms. :)

  6. i love journals so much. i like your instagram one! ☺

  7. Okay, so I'm not the only one who keeps multiple journals?!?!

    I am seriously considering a Smash Book. I've flipped through a few of the different styles and they are just so much fun. I love the quotes book you have there and may just have to "steal" your idea for covering it :)

  8. these are lovely. my favorite is number four. :)

  9. AHH journals are my favourite.

    oh, and I have wayyy to many journals: journals for lists, journals for random thoughts, personal journals, journals for school, journals for wishes, journals for quotes, etc.

    love this SO much, haley.'

    xx acacia

  10. i keep an ''everyday journal'', which does not at all get written in everyday, & a inspiration journal that i post quotes & inspiration in. thanks for sharing this! :) xoxo

  11. A journal for quotes!! Duh! *smacks forehead*
    That way I don't have a bunch of random sticky notes all over. A simple idea but I never thought of it. o.0
    I'm so glad you posted this, I am inspired to write more now. I never heard of a "smash" book though, I'm gonna check those out!


  12. Oh, I think I have the brown version of your black notebook! Is it "Markings by C.R. Gibbons" or something like that?? I love mine.

    I have to admit, I'm bad at journaling but I've always wanted to be good at it!

  13. Great blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers?
    I'm hoping to start my own blog soon but I'm a little lost on everything.
    Would you propose starting with a free platform like Wordpress or go for a paid option?

    There are so many choices out there that I'm completely confused .. Any ideas? Bless you!
    My site -

  14. This is so cool! Love all your journals!

  15. I love your journals! Especially the one that filled with quotes and the smash book. I have had my everyday journal since january this year and I love it. I think I would love to buy a smash book. Thanks for sharing, Haley!