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Adding to my notebook addiction


Hello, my name’s Carie, and I have a notebook addiction.

I also rather like pens but pens come and go and run out and get lost in the bottom of my work bag and get stolen by the children. Notebooks, they’re treasured.

Right now I have, let me see, one, two, three, four in use; my Blogtacular planner, my Blogtacular notebook from last year which I’ve nearly finished, a spiral bound one from BritMums many moons ago with a picture of the sea on the front of it, my beautiful Essie one, oh and this year’s Blogtacular notebook which makes five.

And if I count the sample planner that’s very nearly full up, and the journal planner that I dip in and out of, that makes seven. Ah. That may explain a lot.

Space for the Butterflies - Bookblock Original personalised notebook

Even with seven notebooks on the go I’ve still got a little stash, just in case of notebook emergency; the teeny tiny one I made at the Berylune craft party, a little pile of spotty ones, two gorgeous exercise books that are the perfect handbag size, and my birthday present from the girls, a little black book with rainbow pages.

So when the lovely people at Bookblock got in contact and asked whether I’d like to try one of their Bookblock Originals the answer was an easy “Oh very much yes”.

A little scoot through some of my recent pictures, I emailed off a favourite and waited for the letterbox to thump the joyful sound of exciting post.

And exciting post it was.

Space for the Butterflies - Bookblock Original personalised notebook

The only possible reaction was “Wow!”

My picture of my little trio, wrapped all the way around the cover, so that Kitty and Pip are on the front, and a giggly Elma on the back. It’s a soft matt cover, and incredibly tactile, and the colours are beautiful and vibrant.

Space for the Butterflies - Bookblock Original personalised notebook

Inside the pages are blank, which suits me perfectly, with a book mark to hold my place, and an elastic band to hold it all together when I inevitably stuff little extra bits and bobs in between the pages.

Space for the Butterflies - Bookblock Original personalised notebook

I love it. In fact the only problem is knowing that nothing I ever write in a notebook could possibly be good enough for it. In her Blogtacular talk, Kirsty of Eeh Bah Mum suggested that the best thing to do with a brand new blank notebook is to give it to your children to scribble on to get you past the hump of that perfect first page feeling but I’m not sure I can do it, not with this one.

Space for the Butterflies - Bookblock Original personalised notebook

Although, it did cross my mind that if I got a notebook with the children on every year that might encourage me to use it while they’re still roughly that age!

So while I work out how to convince H that this is a need not merely a want, let me know I’m not alone – how many notebooks do you have on the go at once, and have you ever had one too pretty to use?

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  • Sally 29/06/2016 at 10:14 pm

    Yes! I have a couple of notebooks with fabric covers that I can’t bring myself to use yet! The notebook is fantastic and it would be a great idea to get one every year or so

  • Anna 29/06/2016 at 11:06 pm

    Yes I know that feeling of not wanting to begin with a new notebook. I have lots of notebooks on the go too! I just received another four for my birthday from friends… That one is so special having your children on it. My daughters write or draw in every one of my notebooks at some point but I don’t mind since it’s always very sweet and plenty of ” I love you mummys”, so I can’t really be cross 🙂 Yes, good idea to let them do a few little drawings to christen it. Enjoy!

  • sustainablemum 30/06/2016 at 9:57 am

    I have lots of notebooks but they are all in use……

    Having looked at them all I see that mine are practical and not in the least bit pretty, perhaps it is time for a change?

  • Lee Cockrum 01/07/2016 at 2:15 pm

    I think you absolutely need at least 1 a year!!! Of the photo ones!! More of others! I used to save them, and not use them… Still have a leather bound that I haven’t written in! But a few years ago I decided to use them. Life is too short. If you need to write things down anyway, might as well have a pretty book/pad/paper to use!! I also buy pretty little books for my dear retired neighbor, because they make her happy. Her husband would make her little pads of cut up used paper stapled together! (I love him too, and frugal has its place, but I also love giving her little surprises!!)

  • Angela @ Little Apple Tree 07/07/2016 at 11:20 pm

    Oh, this is wonderful! I’m a huge fan of the Leuchtturm1917 notebooks but having one’s family on a notebook is rather special. If they do dot grid or square grid paper inside I might be tempted. (Although I did just buy myself a lush emerald notebook for when my current one runs out!)