Thursday, February 25, 2010

16 Pages.....

Current Journal in use - a Blank Paperblanks

16 pages... that's how many pages are left in the above journal and it's frustrating the beans out of me.

I am less intimidated staring at a book of blank pages than I am these final few. I don't write in my journal every day, so I get antsy anticipating the start of a new one while I still don't have the words to finish the one I'm currently on. And this one has been taking longer to finish than normal. I usually run through a journal in about 2 months yet I'm almost at the end of my third with this one. Granted its one that's larger than I'm used to, at 7x9"and that's a bit more space to write in in comparison to the typical 6x8" size I prefer.

Larger books take me longer to write across the page and I think it gets a little tiring for me - less sense of accomplishment in finishing a page or two when it would be 3 or 4 in a smaller journal. Come to think of it, I remember struggling to finish a similar sized hardbound Clairefontaine journal about a year ago.

Hardcover books get a little awkward to handle in their last few pages as well. I almost always write on my knee or in my hand and when all of the paper is on the left hand side of the book it becomes clumsy and awkward and I just don't want to use it as much.

The whole thing in my eyes comes down to whatever your choice of journal, you have to love writing in it all the time, from the first page to the last. Though I really like writing and doodling in the blank off-white Paperblanks paper, this will most likely be the last time I use one of their journals in the Ultra size.

Then comes the big decision on which journal to pick next as I've got quite a few different ones on hand. I like trying new books, and I've got one of the new Leuchtturm journals here, and also an Eco-System. Decisions, decisions.....

So which is easier for you? Starting a new journal or finishing one with 16 pages to go?

16 comments:

lady dandelion said...

How nice to read that someone else also has the same problem. My itch to switch starts when it is about 1/4 less to go. I have begun to accept finishing a journal when it is about 10 pages left.

Anonymous said...

I have a journal that I only seem to write in when things are going badly. After reading your blog, it has inspired me to dust of the journal and write in it everyday.

Stephanie said...

Finishing is so hard. Because then you have to choose a new journal! And figure out how to finish and begin a new one! I tend to draw out finishing one just because it's so hard. (I have two pages left in my current journal. Gulp.)

travis said...

starting a new one is always the hardest part for me - especially when i really am loving the paper - i have a quadrato artists journal i bought when i was in italy and it is beginning to end so now i have to think about the next one and what major thing will prompt it's beginning pages

Anonymous said...

I've got about 60 pages or so left in mine, and I honestly can't stand to finish it. I've enjoyed writing in it, but I've got the next one ready to go, and it's a sketchbook (versus a lined moleskine) and I just don't want to deal with the lines anymore. What my worry is, is it wrong of me to want to just walk away from a book without finishing it?

if i'm not enjoying it anymore, what's the point in keeping on?

Hmmm....

LizB

Lanz said...

Hard to say, since I've never actually finished one. Sketchbooks, I always have multiple ones going and never seem to find the last page of the oldest ones. Journals, I have always lost the motivation and not finished, then when I want to do it again I start in a new one.
But lemme pick up on this - Paperblanks considers 7x9 as "Ultra" sized? To me, 7x9 is about the minimum useful size. I seem to be completely out of sync with the wider journaling community. O_o

Millie said...

I rarely actually finish a notebook, because about 1/4 from the end I get "new-notebook" fever and writing in the present notebook becomes a struggle. I have piles of notebooks where the last 10-20 pages are either blank, or have inane doodles on them (so I can feel less guilty about wasting the paper!).

Anne-Sophie said...

Even blank pages make a statement in a journal.

One could fill the unused pages with dried flowers or candy wrappers from Valentine's day. A clipped picture from a magazine, a postcard or printed from a digital page.

Using color, unusual shaped or themed paper clips to hold things could also make a statement.

This way no pressure to write anything.


My solution is to journal in loose leaf and figure out a binding whenever I feel like it.
It brings peace of mind. :)

Biffybeans said...

Lady D - Ok, yes. I agree. I get itchy in the final quarter for sure.

Biffybeans said...

Anonymous - Writing when things are going badly? I can understand that because it becomes a place where you can be open and honest and work through your issues. But to write regardless of your situation- that allows you to express all emotions, hopes, aspirations... as well as to reflect. Kudos to you for deciding to use it more often.

Biffybeans said...

Stephanie - I ALWAYS struggle with picking a new one - every single time. Blank, lined, large, small, white pages, off white pages.... But sooner or later I just end up grabbing one and beginning anew.

Biffybeans said...

Travis - oooohhhh a Quatro.... Fabriano makes some really nice products. I have a large Artist's Journal that I pretty much use only for creating mandalas.

Biffybeans said...

Liz B - Once in a while I'm in that boat where I can't stand it anymore and I just want to switch... Maybe I hate the paper or I want to work without lines... But on only one occasion did I totally abandon a journal. I had about 30 pages to go and I decided on New Year's Eve (My Birthday) that I could be granted a reprieve and could just let it go.... Though later I did go back and use those pages to do some ink tests.

Biffybeans said...

Lanz, I too have about a dozen sketchbooks in use at any one time, and several "idea books" though only one journal...

Biffybeans said...

Millie - I've done the "doodle to fill the book" thing as well. Sometimes I will write various healing mantras over & over and over....

Biffybeans said...

Anne-Sophie, love your suggestions! PS - haven't heard from you in a while! Have missed you!

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