My Note Books

28 Apr

Earlybird gave me this idea: sharing my notebooks with you. 

I started using a notebook on the advice of the Open University creative writing course.  I knew at once that I should have kept one all my life.  I’m making up for lost time: since starting one back in 2008 I have filled thirty-seven:

I like to cover them.  I use interesting things I find and bind them with sellotape to make the covers stronger.

My first four were rather dull:

Then I decided to have fun.  I use newspaper cuttings:

Pretty ladies:

Souvenirs of happy days:

Funny birthday cards:

Sometimes the front and back are different:

And sometimes share a theme:

They reflect my interests:

My home:

And my love:

But most of all, they combine two of my favourite things: writing and sellotape.

28 Responses to “My Note Books”

  1. vivinfrance April 28, 2011 at 15:37 #

    I am flabber hyphen gasted. These are miracles of neatness. I’ve used up dozens, but they’re all a mess. The only thing they have in common with some of yours are that I prefer spiral bound books. I think I may turn over a new leaf having seen yours.


    • Tilly Bud April 29, 2011 at 22:06 #

      Not so neat inside…maybe I should blog about the innards one day.


  2. gigihawaii April 28, 2011 at 15:48 #

    Impressive! You seem to be brimming over with words what with your blog and your notebooks. I admire that. Keep up the good work, Tilly!


  3. flo April 28, 2011 at 15:54 #

    Tilly, I am mighty impressed!


  4. Paula Tohline Calhoun April 28, 2011 at 16:22 #

    I am in awe of you! My goodness gracious – what a wonderful thing to have done and to still be doing and what discipline! My blog has become my “journal, sort of – but your accomplishment boggles the mind!

    Only one thing: On your “pretty ladies” cover, I don’t see a photo of you! Remedy that, will you?”


  5. Alienhippy April 28, 2011 at 17:42 #

    I love your note pads Tilly. I keep journals.
    I do letter writing, reflective journals, poetic ramblings, a study journal and a prayer journal.
    So I have 5 journals going at all times.
    I too decorate mine and inside are a bit like scap books as visuals are SO very important to me.
    I love writing, I could quite happily spend all day writing. I wish they would have figured this out at school, I might have learnt to read sooner.
    Thanks for your post, I really enjoyed it.
    Love and hugs.
    Lisa. xx 🙂


  6. earlybird April 28, 2011 at 17:54 #

    Was this really my idea?! It’s a LOVELY post. And I’m SO impressed. They are works of art!

    I use my beloved computer far too easily and often. And since I’ve started blogging my notebooks are full of crossings out – meaning I’ve used the material!


  7. speccy April 28, 2011 at 18:46 #

    I do like this- so organised, so pretty, so personal. I use a notebook for all sorts, but don’t always keep them. Perhaps if I decorated them I’d hold on to them and the memories. Hmm…


    • Tilly Bud April 29, 2011 at 22:20 #

      It’s fun to go back through them. Plus, if I want to keep something, I write it in my notebook and I can always find it again.


      • Tilly Bud April 29, 2011 at 22:21 #

        Where are my manners?? Thanks for visiting 🙂


  8. slpmartin April 28, 2011 at 18:47 #

    So glad someone else has notebooks scattered all around the house…well I assumed that they’re scattered…perhaps that’s projection on my part. 🙂


    • Tilly Bud April 29, 2011 at 22:19 #

      No, no, I’m anal retentive. They are numbered and dated and filed together in numerical and chronological order 🙂


  9. nrhatch April 28, 2011 at 19:46 #

    Been there. 😀

    I had piles and piles of journals and notebooks written from my teens through my late 30’s.

    One day, I decided that I would NEVER go back and re-read them all . . . nor would I want anyone else to read them (since they were filled with personal musings and observations).

    So . . . I shredded them!

    Now, I have one journal at a time which I rarely write in. When it’s filled. I flip through for anything that I want to keep . . . then dispatch the rest of the pages to the shredder.


    • Tilly Bud April 29, 2011 at 22:18 #

      What a shame! I hope my grandchildren will read mine to give them a sense of family history. I hardly know anything about my ancestors and that makes me sad.


    • nrhatch April 29, 2011 at 23:02 #

      Maybe your journals are “better quality” than mine. I’m convinced that no one else would have benefitted from reading through them. 😉

      What I did do:

      A few years ago, I wrote a “memoir” called Shared History (abou 100 pages) with funny stories from my youth and gave copies of it to my brothers and sister.


      • Tilly Bud April 30, 2011 at 07:32 #

        That’s a lovely idea. The Hub videoed his Dad telling family stories which was also lovely.


  10. barb19 April 28, 2011 at 22:31 #

    I’m impressed Tilly – you are so neat, and so disciplined! Filling up 37 notebooks since 2008 is a LOT of writing!


    • Tilly Bud April 29, 2011 at 22:17 #

      There are other things as well, like clippings and what the weather was like on any given day (‘grey’ mostly, this being Stockport).


  11. viewfromtheside April 29, 2011 at 05:33 #

    goodness, what on earth do you put in them? I’d never even fill one.


    • Tilly Bud April 29, 2011 at 22:15 #

      I think I might blog about that to tell you.


  12. rebecca April 29, 2011 at 06:16 #

    Great post. Love the notebook idea. I think all mine are in plastic bags under the bed.


    • Tilly Bud April 29, 2011 at 22:14 #

      I love going back and reading the early ones to see how I’ve changed. And to mine them for prompts.


  13. Cindy April 29, 2011 at 06:48 #

    Goodness me, Tilly, I thought I was bad, but you take the cake!


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