My best tips for using extra notebooks!

Hey guys! If you’re like me, you love anything to do with writing or creativity, and collect all kinds of pens, pencils, paints, notebooks, stationary, sketchbooks, workbooks, and so on! The thing about that is … I end up with tons of extra notebooks stacked in my already-messy closet!

So, if you’re like me, and you want to use your gorgeous notebooks, but you don’t know how, then please, by all means, read on to see my tips on how to use your empty notebooks!

1. Journal! I try to keep a daily journal, and I have ever since I turned 13. (Its been 3 years?! Aaah, I’m getting old! 😂) But there are SO many more things you could journal about! Workouts, bible study, creative arts, even a songwriting journal would be so cute!

2. Write stories. Maybe you love stories and constantly get story ideas! Write down the date, then your idea. Or write an entire story in one notebook. I did this once and it was so much fun! (Although the story was rather predictable and immature!!)

3. Keep lists. You could make wish lists, to-do lists, bucket lists, goals, etc. If it’s a spiral notebook, you can write down your to-do list and rip it out if you want.

4. Dress up the covers and give them away to friends as a gift. I know I LOVE getting notebooks from friends, I don’t know, there’s just something about it! 😄

5. Make a devotional or an encouragement diary and give it to a friend. I have been toying with this idea for a while and I’m planning on trying it out. It would be so much fun and you’d basically be writing a book!!

6. Keep an inspirational idea journal. This is different from plain journaling because it involves everything, literally every good idea, quote, sketch you come across in a day. Carry a mini notebook around with you (like I do) and you’ll see what I mean. The ideas just come to you and you’re caught scribbling madly before you lose the spark!

I hope you enjoyed! What other ways do YOU use your empty notebooks? I’d love to know! Maybe I’ll add your ideas to the list!


20 thoughts on “My best tips for using extra notebooks!

  1. Jasmine Rose

    I loved these ideas! I have a few empty notebooks I have been meaning to use. I love the inspirational journal and the story idea! I always get life and story ideas I would love to jot down like a mad writer before I lose my spark.

    As for the journals I keep already; I gave a gratitude journal and day to day journal. I also keep a journal for note-taking and mindmaps. It’s helpful for when I watch speeches and lectures and want to retain the information.
    I love this post! I feel like journaling now! 💙

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    • makaylajesalyn

      Oh yayy! I’m so glad you liked it! 🤗 Yes, us writers have to be pretty fast scrawlers!😂 That’s great that you do all that journaling already! Sometimes it’s the best way to organize our thoughts!😄

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  2. infinitelyadaydreamer

    Thanks for these brilliant ideas Makayla! I definitely have my fair share of notebooks that I would love to use but don’t know what exactly to do with! I either use my notebooks for journaling, writing quotes and religious verses in or for jotting down random musings. I tend to just use my phone for more random things like scheduling in activities and writing out blog post ideas! x

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  3. annikascreativitycenter

    (My goodness. This was posted in October. I’m late, but who cares!)

    You can also slip into your natural form as a bookdragon and put all those notebooks in your loot.

    Okay, maybe you don’t want to scare anybody when you exit your cave, but these are all really great ideas! I do keep a journal, but I haven’t written anything in it for MONTHS. I’ve been considering doing it again after reading a blog post about journaling over a month ago. Maybe this post will encourage me to write in it again.

    I love writing stories… but I always do it on the computer or iPad because my handwriting will eventually become too messy to actually read. Plus, it’s faster to type than to handwrite. And I end up changing sentences, linking helpful websites, keep changing character details, put down random notes as to what should happen next, etc.. It’s chaotic, okay? And I have tried to put inspriation and research into “designated” notebooks, but then I end up just typing them on some sort of device.

    But something that I’ve tried to do in the past is to write down prayers in my “Prayer Journal.” Again, there’s not many entries, but that’s what I’ve done in the past.

    Great blogpost, Makayla!

    God Bless,

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    • makaylajesalyn

      Thanks Annika! Wow, so many ideas! I love them! 😄 Yep, in spite of making this post, my lair is STILL full of my hoard! *facepalm* Oh yeah, I definitely identify on the writing stories part! The computer is way better for that … especially for those of us who like to edit our stories half to death! 🤣
      Have an awesome day!🤗 And strength be to you with your workout! 🤣

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      • annikascreativitycenter

        I FEEL you. The endless notebooks, the endless or looming editing to come, UGG. It’s the world’s biggest struggle. Out of curiosity, what do you like to write?

        May you have an EPIC day! And I’ll need all the strength that I can get, lol. Here’s to a better new year.


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      • makaylajesalyn

        I haven’t written anything but a few scraps (and essays!) in a while … but I’m really in my element with writing something i’m passionate about, (like life!), or adventure/mystery/romance fiction. Normally only short stories, 20-30 pages … I have yet to work up the courage to write a novel!

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  4. annikascreativitycenter

    YESSSS. Although romance isn’t my favorite genre, I love romantic subplots, and I also LOVE adventure and mystery! And although I don’t read many short stories, I love them when I do. Keep writing what you love, and you’ll succeed!

    It is scary writing a novel. It’s even scarier to think about writing that second draft. But you know what? It teaches you so many things. Yes, how to write subplots, different POVs, and all that jazz, but it also teaches you things about the world or yourself. Everyone’s different, and some people like to write different forms of fiction than others, but all-in-all, it’s super rewarding. All lengths of writing teaches you something different, as does each story.

    I encourage you to keep writing, and to try out new things. That’s the only way a person can grow in their craft. As long as you love doing it (despite all the times the characters misbehave and makes us want to rip out our hair), you’ll never write a word that’s a failure.

    I hope that you grow in your writing, but most importantly, that you’ll keep loving to write.

    God Bless,
    (P.S., there’s an annual cyber challenge to write 50K in a month. It’s called NaNoWriMo, and it happens every November. Just thought I’d let you know.)

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    • makaylajesalyn

      Aw thanks Annika! I loved your long comment!! Thanks for the encouragement as well … you make me want to go and write right now! 😄 By the way, what do you like to write?
      Yesss, I’ve heard of NaNoWriMo! It’s sounds like so much fun! Maybe after I graduate I’ll have enough time in a November to join! 😂

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  5. annikascreativitycenter

    You’re quite welcome, Makayla! And to answer your question, my top three genres I like to write are: #1 Fantasy, #2 Sci-Fi, and #3 Mystery. One of my current stories is an urban fantasy/mystery cross, it’s great.

    YESSS! You should totally join NaNo! I haven’t done it before, but it sounds INCREDIBLE. Utterly tiring, but incredible. I think you’ll like it before you scream into a pillow when your excitment melts away and burnout comes (lol, joking).
    God Bless,

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  6. annikascreativitycenter

    Everybody has their strengths and weakness, so embrace both of them. Write what you love, and don’t be afraid to experiment in short pieces of what you aren’t good at. (Also, I’m glad that you got a laugh out of my joke!) *hugs*

    Wishing you a blessed rest of the year,

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