A New Book!

Posted by RichD | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 27-07-2009


I have spent more time than I normally do in the current book I am using for journaling.  I think its because I never really liked it.  When you get a book you like you connect with it.  You tend to fill it up faster. In keeping with my tradition of starting new books (and ending old ones) at the first of months, August 1 marks the change over to a new volume.  As I enjoy binding my own journals I decided to go all out this time and push my skills.

This book marks my first attempt a a classic, cord-bound, leather spine, codex.  If I do say so myself, I think its as fine a job as can be done with no special tools. Its got a good feel to it already.  I can hardly wait till this weekend to start it.  The rest of this week will be transferring important info from the last book to the new one.



10 Fast, Easy and NON-destructive Hacks for Your Journal

Posted by RichD | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 14-07-2009



One of the great pleasures I have in journaling is filling a book, therefore giving me the opportunity to buy a wonderful new book to write in. I go through many phases in my choices for journals. Sometimes I make a wonderful book, sometimes I purposefully make and “ugly journal.” Often though, I browse the bookstores in search of that perfect book.

Well, there is a lot of stress involved with owning the “perfect book.” It takes a while to get up the courage to even write in them. For this reason I’ve come up with a quick list of ten hacks for your perfect book. These are 10 things you can do with your journal that will make it even more useful and practical, without damaging or changing the book in any way.

  • 1. A rubber band — I actually use a black ponytail holder. All you have to do is stretch it around the book you are using and it holds the book closed, holds in any loose papers or ephemera and is a handy place to clip a pen.
  • 2. A zipper bag — I’m not talking about a food storage bag here, though I have used those to protect my journal while camping or hiking. What I’m referring to here are the plastic pouches you can get in various sizes in office supply stores. They are great for, not only protecting your book, but for carrying pens, pencils, scissors or any number of tools along with your journal for easy access.
  • 3. An envelope — shoving an envelope in the back of the book is great for keeping receipts, notes on napkins, collected business cards, ticket stubs or whatever. Its one of the features that make the Moleskine books so popular.
  • 4. Binder clip — Along the same lines as an envelope.  Clipping a binder-clip onto the front or back of your book is a great way to secure loose items.
  • 5. A bookmark (or several) — Another easy and useful hack. Not only can you mark your place in the book, but also if you use several marks you can mark important places in your journal, like lists or a current 2-page-spread.
  • 6. Divider tabs — Easy to find in office supply stores, these useful little dividers take the idea of bookmarks up a notch. Most are movable/removable so they wont damage the pages in your book but are a good way to delineate sections of your journal. Very handy if you are keeping several journals in one book.
  • 7. A calendar — you can actually use a calendar as a bookmark or just leave it stuffed inside the book. They are great for marking the date or counting down to an event or remembering the order of events when you are playing catch-up in your journal. You can find all sizes and forms online to print, cut to size and customize.
  • 8. Sticky notes — Keeping a small (10-20) stack of blank sticky notes on the inside cover of our journal can be invaluable for making random notes, jotting down numbers, marking pages, adding to older entries or any number of things.
  • 9. Cord shoulder strap — This is a trick I learned from an artist friend. He carried is sketchbook everywhere, when hiking or traveling he had an ingenious way of keeping his hands free while at the same time keeping his sketchbook at hand for quick work. Take a piece of cord and tie it into a big loop. Close your book over one side of the cord and snap a rubber band around it. Take the remaining section of the loop and drape it over your shoulder. Voila! Instant carrying strap for your book.
  • 10. USB Dongle — This hack is a bit on the hi-tech side of journaling, but it is the 21st century after all. I came up with a bookmark that consists of a short piece of craft hemp. On one end is a large wooden bead and on the other is a tiny USB drive. I keep it draped in my book. I suppose you could keep it attached to the elastic around your book or in the zipper bag or stashed into the envelope in the back. However you choose to ad it to your journal, they are being made so small today that you will hardly realize you are carrying one. You can keep all manner of digital info and ephemera on the drive. Links to sites, notes you’ve typed or copied from other sources, movies, photos, scanned documents and even a portable copy of journaling software. It keeps your classic, paper journal relevant in the digital age. Check out some of these.

And there you have it. Ten quick, easy, non-destructive, and for the most part inexpensive hacks to help you get the most out of your journal.

Fantastic Mindmapping Solution!

Posted by RichD | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 06-07-2009