The Notebook(s)

January 26, 2013

While looking through my drawer, I came across a whole pile of notebooks that I have 
owned, through the years. It's funny seeing how much I've evolved from drawing stick figures
to realistic animals, or writing about my day to telling a story. I just wanted to share all eight of
 them to you, because I think that was what the little me wanted my older me to do.

#1: Journal no. 1 (2006-2008)
I was quite embarrassed of my own self while I was looking through the pages. Sure it's 
cute, sure, I was still a little kid back then, but I had wrong grammar and my handwriting and 
drawing skills needed a lot of improvement. Also, I liked Barbie and the Magic Pegasus; what 
if I still do until now? (okay, okay I'm kidding)

#2: Quotes Notebook (2009-2010)
It was a whole lot of fun making this notebook, using only highlighters and a pen to write 
down quotes of any sort. Some of them could actually be a really good reminder to the older me 
of the things I need to take note of in life. Some of these, in fact, I made up myself (not because 
I wanted to act all wise, but because I wanted to take up space and know that I didn't google 
these quotes)

#3: Journal no. 2 (2008-2011)
This has been the most filled-up notebook I ever owned. I started this right after I finished
up my first journal, because I was just that excited in writing about everyday. I couldn't really
 believe I used this for three years, sticking papers and drawings in them, which used to be
 my most prized possessions. I literally remember all of the things and memories I wrote down 
in that notebook, and I just smile at my old self and how i treated my journal as a real person
 (quote, "I am so sorry for breaking your spine, my dad and I bought superglue to fix you up!")

#4: Comic note-Book (2009)
This was the first ever notebook I owned that had only drawings in them, and this was when I
 thought fart jokes were quite funny (I'm not saying that I don't find them funny now..) Most 
of my drawings were from the comic strip "Cyanide & Happiness" because I was a huge fan of 
them at the time. When i showed the book to my cousins, my brother pointed out I copied it
 right from the comic strip! Oops, I must have forgotten to put credit.

#5: 60 Things You Don't Know About Me (2010-2011)
This might be my favorite of all my journals/notebooks. It's basically a collection of doodles
of myself, describing the things most people do not know about. Oh yeah, did you know I'm
a messy eater? I even asked my friends, classmates, and family to sign it on the inside cover,
I guess that goes to show how proud I was of it, heh.

#6: Sketchbooks (2010-2011)
When I was just grade 7, I would grab my sketchbook (I used to have only one) right when
 I get home, look for a picture on Flickr that I could draw, and spend the whole afternoon on 
that page. When I went to art class last summer, they provided us another sketchbook which I 
then proceeded to fill up as well. Comparing my drawings from this sketchbook to my first 
journal, I would say I improved a whole lot.

#7: Wreck This Journal (2011-2012)
I was (and still am) a huge admirer of Keri Smith and when I got this book it was so exciting,
(when my dad looked at it when we were about to buy it, the pages still empty with a few
 instructions written on the pages, he asked "this isn't even a book, do you really want to buy 
this for 500 bucks?", yes I really do) and I tried to do all the pages once I got it. I brought it 
once to school, and immediately all my classmates and friends wanted to do some pages. My 
best friend, smeared it with canteen food (stain log), brought it out when it was raining, 
broke the spine, and viola, it was literally wrecked.

#7: Journal no. 3 (Dec. 2011-2012)
This is my latest journal, if I must say, and I got the notebook as a Christmas gift. I found 
it really pretty and wrote--and drew on it whenever I had the chance to do so. I stopped 
updating it (the last entry was June 11, 2012) because I think, I found a new thing that I
could use to share ideas, thoughts, life, and little things to.

.... and this time, I'm not talking about a notebook.

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p.s. I just watched Les Miserables with my friends yesterday, it's just simply beautiful (i cried 3 times)
p.s.s. blogging is awesome ;)

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  1. I really like these! I have a bunch of notebooks but only because I'm obsessed with catagorising things, one type of work goes in one, one is another etc! I wish I'd kept my diaries from when I was a kid but I can bet they're super embarrasing!

    Love Lauren

  2. Cool! Awesome that you have these.

  3. Thanks for giving us a peek into your notebooks! I love how artistic and creative you are with them.

  4. I love these! Your "60 things you didn't know about me" notebook is such a cute idea. :)

  5. I love these all!! Note books are favorites of mine and I think its awesome that you have so many different ones. :D

  6. Lovely notebooks! :-D I like the last line, ".... and this time, I'm not talking about a notebook." :-)
    I still remember when Audrey brought it out in the rain, haha!

  7. This is awesome! What a great way to reconnect with yourself. :)

  8. wow i love your notebooks!

  9. I know this is an old post but I just wanted to say how much I love it. Your blog is gorgeous and I love the arty way you show the journals with two divided pictures. I have 15 or 16 journals (mostly composition notebooks) and I think journaling is the best!