Happy Stationery Week! Okay all my fellow stationery lovers and notebook addicts… this post is for you! If you don’t already know, notebook hoarding is a real thing! I have an ever growing notebook collection. If you are like me and you have a large collection of notebooks, you probably are in the same predicament; you want to use them, but you are either unsure what you want to use them for, or you do not want to use them because they are too beautiful and you don’t want to ruin them!
There are so many ways that you can use notebooks that will help you to be creative or productive. So, if you are stuck for ideas, I have compiled a list of 39 creative ways to fill your empty notebooks.
1. Washi Tape Swatches
Swatch all of your washi tapes, it can be really helpful when you are looking for a particular tape for example to design a spread in your bullet journal.
2. A Journal
Use your pages to write as an everyday journal were you can record your thoughts, feelings and your day to day life.
3. Practise Lettering
You can use plain or lined pages to practise your brush lettering or your calligraphy; there are plenty of YouTube videos.
4. Positive Affirmations
Positive affirmations can be a handy tool in your mental health toolkit. You can list all your favourite affirmations for you to reference.
5. Brain Dump
Writing down all your ideas, thoughts, tasks, everything that is on your mind on a page each day, it can be beneficial when you are going to sleep.
6. Dream Journal
Keeping a dream journal can be a great way to keep memories as well as helping to boost your memory.
7. Favourite Quotes
Record all your favourite quotes and add to them when you discover new ones. They can be helpful when you are having a bad day.
There are so many lists that you can make to up level your life. Using your notebooks for lists can be super productive.
9. Recipe Journal
Write down and store all your family or favourite recipes.
10. Goal Planner
Do you want to track your goals? Well, the first step is to write your goals down. Then use those ages to plan how you will be successful.
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11. Reading Tracker
If you are an avid reader, you may have multiple books that you have in your ‘have to read’ pile; you can use your notebook to track your reading or even rate them.
12. Finances Tracker
Whether it’s your experiences, your savings or your subscriptions, writing down and tracking your finances can be insightful especially if you want to try and save money.
13. Pen Tests And Swatches
You can pen test or swatch all of your favourite pens and add each new pen you get. Writing down next to it the code number etc.
14. Scrapbook Journal
Scrapbooking could be your favourite pictures, interiors or your memories. It can be a fun self-care activity.
15. Gratitude Journal
Gratitude is an important practice it benefits your physical and mental health. Reflect on what you have in your life to be thankful for.
16. Art Journal
You could paint, colour, draw… any art you enjoy making!
17. Travel Journal
When you visit and travel to different places, writing about your experience can be a great way to keep those memories alive and it’s an opportunity to reflect.
18. Doodle Journal
Doodling can be calming especially of you are anxious. Being able to just pick up a pen and doodle whatever comes to mind can be a great way to quieten the mind.
19. Morning Pages
You can use a cheap, spiral bound notebook, or a hardbound Dingbats Notebook journal; it doesn’t matter. Write down your thoughts or whatever you want to even if you feel like you can’t fill 3 pages, the magic comes from pushing yourself to complete the pages.
20. Pregnancy Journal
Going through your pregnancy can be a unique experience, something you may want to document.
21. A Bullet Journal
A bullet journal is a form of planning that will help you to stay organised and productive.
If you are studying, using an empty notebook will enable you to keep your notes and revision for exams. I have been using an empty notebook for the course that I am working on.
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23. Spiritual Journal
Regardless of your spiritual journey, you can track and plan it all in one journal. You can write down prayers, meditations, tarot card spreads, hymns and much more.
24. Memories Journal
In a memory journal, you can keep tickets to concerts, travel tickets, receipts and any other things you have that relate to a memory you would like treasure.
25. Journal Prompts
A tracker can literally track anything you want. For example, you can track your mood, food, exercise routine, expenses… and much more!
27. Vision Board
Creating vision boards can be beneficial when you are trying to envisage a particular job, design or just what you want from your life each month, quarter or year.
28. Blogging Tasks
Tracking your blog statistic, blog post ideas or blogging task list will enable you to see where you are and what you might need to work on. Any tasks can be recorded in your notebook.
29. Event Planning
Do you organise parties for your family? Your kids? Use your empty notebook to keep all your events planned.
30. Paint Swatches
If you are a painter, swatch your paints it can help you keep a record of all your supplies.
31. Self-Care Planner
Write your own poetry or write down your favourite poems.
33. Mood Board
Making mood boards can be helpful in designing interiors, a small business or any creative reason.
You can sketch every day in your journal.
35. Food Journal
Record all your food; this could be for health reasons or a food diary to map patterns in your eating.
36. Creative Writing
Write the story you have always wanted to.
37. Junk Journal
A junk journal s a notebook or handmade notebook where you can use different cut offs o materials to decorate the pages. You are then able to write, draw or paint to record memories. It can be anything you want.
38. Nature Journal
Record your plants growing in your garden, fruit or vegetable patch, or record all the birds and other creatures who visit your garden… night or day! You could even keep pressed flowers or leaves on your notebook pages.
39. Health Journal
Recording various health trackers can be beneficial if you have a chronic health condition.
These are 39 creative and productive ideas for filling up your empty notebooks. So, now you have no excuse for having any remaining empty notebooks lying around! I am getting better at using up all my notebooks, stopping them from gathering dust and putting them to good use.
What ideas do you have for using up your empty notebooks? I’d love to hear in the comments.