Monday, May 9th, 2011

Paper Rituals

Stephanie

Since 2005, (when I started journal writing on a regular basis) I seem to have developed certain rituals surrounding the start of a new book. The first pertains to the selection of the book itself.  I always have at least 2 or 3 options on hand so I have to decide… plain paper or lined, white or off white, size of the book, color of the cover, etc. I just went through this- having recently finished a large blank Webbie and contemplated a move into either another one of the same or one of the small Habanas with plain white paper. (no longer available as they now contain off-white paper) I opted for the Habana.

After choosing the book, sometimes I will hold off the actual “start” of the book for a few days if there is a significant date somewhere in the near future- like this past Webbie which I started on the 1st of this year. (Actually, it’s more common that I will pace the ending of the previous book to coincide with the start of the new.) If not, I just dive right in… but not before a bit of customization.

Most of the books I use contain a back pocket, so I will look into the pocket of the book I am finishing to see if there is anything I wish to carry forward into the new book and then make the transfer. I write my contact information at the beginning of the book, then some kind of personal statement, mantra or inspirational quote to set a positive  intention for the new book. A doodled mandala on one or both of the beginning/end pages is not out of the question.

This process makes it easy for me to get acquainted with this new book of blank pages- like walking around the house with a new pair of shoes to break them in before taking a long hike.

Do you have any kind of rituals that you perform when starting a new journal or notebook?


18 thoughts on “Paper Rituals

  1. I take a picture with my Instax camera every time I start a new journal – just of something wherever I am at the time that looks colourful – and glue that onto the inside front leaf. The Instax takes credit-card sized “polaroid” type pictures, though it’s quite bulky so you can’t carry it around all the time.

  2. I take a picture with my Instax camera every time I start a new journal – just of something wherever I am at the time that looks colourful – and glue that onto the inside front leaf. The Instax takes credit-card sized “polaroid” type pictures, though it’s quite bulky so you can’t carry it around all the time.

  3. I write a specific quotes on the first page of every journal. Each time the list grows. Though on my current journal I have written the quotes and important information separate sheets of paper so I can transfer it to each new notebook.

  4. I write a specific quotes on the first page of every journal. Each time the list grows. Though on my current journal I have written the quotes and important information separate sheets of paper so I can transfer it to each new notebook.

  5. Funny you should mention this… I just began a new journal myself. About the date for starting… I have a completely unfounded concern that I will be in the middle of a great thought when the first journal ends, so usually end with a margin of a couple pages-finishing one book at the complete end of a thought/entry so as not to run the risk. New book…usually gets flexed about a bit to warm it up–have been fond of Clairfontaine Basics clothbound for the last several. The last page is always dedicated to pen tests and gets an inaugural swirl or de-blop mark. For regular notebooks–Rhodia LeCarre is a current fave and in my satchel as I type–I also think a first use sets the tone. This time around, it is lists of Spanish vocabulary.

  6. Funny you should mention this… I just began a new journal myself. About the date for starting… I have a completely unfounded concern that I will be in the middle of a great thought when the first journal ends, so usually end with a margin of a couple pages-finishing one book at the complete end of a thought/entry so as not to run the risk. New book…usually gets flexed about a bit to warm it up–have been fond of Clairfontaine Basics clothbound for the last several. The last page is always dedicated to pen tests and gets an inaugural swirl or de-blop mark. For regular notebooks–Rhodia LeCarre is a current fave and in my satchel as I type–I also think a first use sets the tone. This time around, it is lists of Spanish vocabulary.

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