25th Birthday Bash! Day 4 Giveaway: Journaling!

I love to journal! And even more than that, I love awesome journals and notebooks. I hate writing in ratty old notebook that is boring. I used to take those old Mead notebooks and collage the hell out of them to make them somewhat inspiring to write in. I’ve always liked the idea of keeping a record of my life to pass on to my children. I will be the first to admit though that I am notorious for having an on again off again relationship with journaling. I have a desk that is pretty much the journal abyss because I decided that I need a new journal because I’m not inspired or because I’m at a new stage in my life.

So I made a really horrible vlog to show you the journals I have up for grabs today! HOWEVER, youtube was not uploading it and I got frustrated. I might put it up later if it decides to work. So frustrating because I wanted you all to see the detail of each of them. EDIT– It’s up.

Mind you I’m in the middle of a million different things, getting ready for a rehearsal dinner and I’m running on 3 hours of sleep! Please excuse the bags under my eyes and the incessant babbling.

Floriography Journal
Anna Sui journal (is about as big as my hand)
Floral Journal
Old School Ledger

Now that you’ve ogled those goodies, here’s how it is going down:

Grand Prize Winner: Floriography Journal & old school ledger
1 winner of the floral journal
1 winner for the Anna Sui journal

You know what to do by now..fill out this form!

And tell me about your journaling experiences– ie. have you been journaling for a long time? Are you inconsistant? What do you journal about? What does your favorite journal look like?

I’d like to thank Chronicle Books for being so awesome and sending me these journals for my birthday giveaway! For more awesome journals (and books!) go to www.chroniclebooks.com  

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About Jamie

Jamie is a 30 year old married lady who is in denial that she’s actually that old. When she’s not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, listening to music with oversized headphones and having adventures with her husband and dog.


  1. I've been journaling since the 3rd grade, when I got my first journal for my birthday that year. Its amazing how my journaling has changed as I've grown up!
    I journaled a whole lot more when I was unhappy than when I was happy as i got older.
    My favorite journal was a great hardback spiral bound journal with inspirational quotes and lined pages, they were tanish in color. I used to put stickers in there on some days if I wanted to express certain sentiments.
    I LOVE to write! I'm on a mission to find my NaNoWriMo notebook/journal for next month!

  2. Those journals are so cute! I have a friend who collects journals…she has a lot of really pretty ones. I have occasional spurts of journaling, generally over school breaks when I'm not already writing a ton for class. I have a few random spiral-bound journals that I've had for years…I don't write enough in them to justify buying cute ones that I see in stores.

  3. My journaling experiences are very up and down. I actually have one going where I am writing different life experiences…this journal is meant to go to my oldest child who is 20, and stuff in there is about things that we have not necessarily talked about but good to know. I hope to have it done by December.

  4. IngridLola says:

    I've been writing in a journal since I was 8! It's fun to go back and read them … and a bit embarassing, haha.

  5. Letter4no1 says:

    It's like your in my head with this post. I used to journal all the time through highschool but could never seem to fill up one journal before mocing on to the next one. I found it harder and harder to keep up with a pen and paper journal and two years ago went back to a blog I had on livejournal and have been consistent in documenting my life there. Last week I felt the urge to write about some of the minor things that have been upsetting me in my life, but didn't feel like I could go to the internet for that and didn't have a clean notebook handy. I cursed myself and promised I'd buy one of those cute little ones the next time I went shopping. I never wound up buying a journaling notebook, but every day for the past week I've felt I should be writing something down. If nothing else then for a personal creative outlet, and not like the public montage of my life that my livejournals become.

    WOW -this ended up being way longer then i meant it to be. Sorry!

  6. Jessi E. (The Elliott Review) says:

    I started journaling when I received a diary for Christmas when I was in fourth grade. I religiously kept a diary through middle school and high school, but I kind of stopped during the college days because of the advent of blogging with Xanga! I then got like a million blogs and kept up with none of them… I still start a journal every now and then in an attempt to analyze, but I start and stop … I really need to get back into it!

  7. Heather R. says:

    First, these journals are gorgeous! I also have an on again off again relationship with journaling. I got my first "Diary" in 3rd grade which I kept up with pretty good for about 2 years, then it was very sporadic throughout middle school and high school. In college I got back into it regularly because I was going through a rough time and then I met my boyfriend and got really inspired to do more of an artsy journal. I still journal occasionally, I always tell myself I'm going to write regularly but then there are always months (sometimes years) between entries. I have been keeping somewhat of a regular personal blog since 2003 between Livejournal and Tumblr.

  8. Journaling is completely new to me, as in I started a month ago. I usually just write about once a week. I use my blog more as my personal journal πŸ˜€

  9. I'm like you, in that I love the idea of keeping a record, but then I keep abandoning one journal and starting a new one! I adore journals themselves, though, and have quite a few just waiting for me to be inspired again!

    My book blog is the first "journal" I've managed to keep for more than a few months since I was a kid. I've recently started a physical notebook full of quotes and such that I love from books I read. It seems if I give myself a predefined topic, I'm better about writing! And I figure, if the books I read and the passages I enjoy don't give an accurate picture of who I am, nothing will πŸ™‚

  10. I am obsessed with journaling! Typing on a computer is not the same! I love the feeling of filling up a notebook because then i can go buy another one! Thanks for this giveaway πŸ˜€ These are all so pretty! I'll go check out Chronicle Books whenever I need to buy a journal πŸ™‚

  11. I am a really inconsistent with my journal, but I do enjoy it. My favorite is a red leather one. It has all sorts of bits about my life in it.

  12. I was way into journaling in HS (I filled 9 journals in 2 years!) but I've kind of slacked off lately. I think a nice, new, lovely journal would be just the motivation I need to start up again! πŸ™‚

  13. Christina/Book Addict says:

    I love journaling! My students have a Writer's Notebook/journal as well. I always put ideas in my journal, book quotes, places I want to travel, etc. Oh, and I also am obsessed with lists. I was laughing out loud when you said you like the Ledger Journal for lists- b/c that is totally me. Good job on the VLOG! I am impressed. And we need to plan to hangout at a bookish event soon!!

  14. I love journaling! I'm really inconsistent, though, and I think it all deals with what's going on in my life. If I'm overly happy, in love, excited, etc. I journal all the time. At the opposite end of the spectrum, if I'm overly depressed, sad, mad, or "bleh" I journal to complain! lol. I went back and read some of my "sad" entries from junior high, and they were so funny. I do love keeping a record for my future children. Hopefully I can get myself to start journaling more reguarlarly, because it's so therapeutic and fun to look back on!

    Loved your video, by the way! It's fun to see and hear people sometimes, rather than just "read" them! Happy birthday again! I love this birthday bash. πŸ™‚

  15. I am so inconsistent with my journaling. I wish I could maintain it more! One of my 'fears' is that someone will find my journal and read it so when I do journal it's never too deep or anything.

    I don't remember when I got my first journal but I do remember having one of those cheap little diaries with the locks that would break easily. For awhile in high school I just made collage journal entries. That was so much fun but time consuming!

  16. JessiKay89 says:

    I LOVE to journal. I've been journaling since I was younger, but I journal pretty inconsistently. My journal (currently) is a leather journal handmade in Italy with a sheet music design on the cover. It's so beautiful! I tend to journal just whenever I get the urge to write. (And let me just say, this post really has me wanting to write!) I also keep a little notebook for quotes I find as I'm reading or surfing the web.

  17. Christine Marie says:

    Along with book blogs, my other obsession are blogs about notebooks, moleskine art etc. I just love how you're free to write anything without anyone having to criticize you. I've always kept a journal with me. It lets me face all the crazy stuff without having to throw things in the air. It's also nice that more and more people are going back to the old school writing. You'll probably agree that not all things are "blog-able" πŸ™‚ Lovely giveaway!

  18. Happy birthday yet again, and thank your for the giveaway again.
    I am an on-again off-again journal type. I kept a diary really regularly for awhile, but then I realized that my life really wasn't interesting enough for me to write about, so I stopped. I'd really like to get started again and keep a book journal, and maybe a dream journal too, because I have some pretty awesome dreams sometimes. I think a good quality notebook is the first step in motivating myself to keep a journal. Maybe this giveaway will help with that!

  19. Mollie Katie says:

    I'm kind of all over the place with journaling. I kept a written one as a kid until my sister found it and wrote her comments in the margins(over and over…I'm no good at hiding things). So I've had an personal LiveJournal online since 2001. I also keep all of my school planners and notebooks of to-do lists. Last Christmas my Mom got me this gorgeous journal with the ruby slippers from "The Wizard Of Oz" on the cover that I'm working on filling up. I was Dorothy for Halloween in grade school and my Mom made me those slippers with nail polish and glitter…it took her HOURS every night for a week to get it JUST RIGHT. Definitely one of my favorite memories.

  20. Mollie Katie says:


  21. I LOVE journals. I am not super talented at filling them, but I love them all the same. I had to cut myself off from buying them. I am only allowed to get them as a gift now…or a prize…so, thanks for the giveaway (even if I don't win). Happy Birthday!

  22. Misha1989 says:

    I started journaling when I was 13. I used to write in it atleast 5 times a day . I have stopped journaling now sadly because I just don't have the time for it between blogging and college work.

  23. KindleObsessed says:

    My journaling is kind of abstract. I don't talk about myself or my day they are full of book/movie/song quotes and doodles. Then… I have 1 very small pink & black flip journal I keep in my purse that's my bucket list. Its pulled out several times a day and added to with random things like:

    β€’drink coffee at the base of a pyramid
    β€’hand out free copies of Pride and Prejudice in Times Square.

    πŸ™‚ misty

  24. teaandliterature says:

    I started journaling when I was five and have continued to journal when I found the "embodiment" project at Livejournal where you try to journal every day for a year. I am also a prolific creative writer so I jot down lots of thoughts like that.

  25. These journals are all so pretty. I used to journal every day but since I came to college I have stopped. I think I stopped because I've taken quite a few creative writing classes so I don't feel like journaling as much, and blogging is sometimes like journaling for me. I wish I could keep up with journaling like I used to because I love returning to those old journals now.

  26. I am totally touch-and-go with journaling, though I do use gorgeous notebooks and nice paper products for all my list-making, note-taking, etc. It makes those chores seem that much more fun, and at least I like to look at my notebooks.

    I did just buy the 5-year journal of one sentence a day from B&N, which I'm hoping to start Jan 1 and actually update daily for 5 years. I figure I can commit to one sentence at a time, right? We'll see!

  27. IdentitySeeker says:

    I bought my first journal when I was 12 (and paid a helluva lot of money for it!) but it was worth it and I haven't stopped journaling since. Though I've grown rather inconsistent (my hands are usually too sore to write after taking lecture notes and making study notes all day!) I hold my journal as an important part of me and usually write about all that happened in a day or a week, especially the life- changing major events and I especially love writing when I'm trying to study and have too much on my mind. Writing it down ensures that my head gets cleared without forgetting any of the important stuff. Journaling is a way of life for me.


  28. I absolutely love these journals! How beautiful. And thanks for sharing the link, I'm adding it to my bookmarks.

    I've been journalling since a wee little tyke. And as a teacher, I try to instill that in my students. The first semester we all keep a journal and I write back and forth with them. It's fun to get to know them and for them to see that I'm not just this scary adult. πŸ˜›

    Happy anniversary.

  29. Er I meant to say happy birthday. LOL. Oops.

  30. KatieCan86 says:

    I've been writing in a journal since I was 13! I have tons of them lol. πŸ™‚

    I also tweeted:


    Katie Smith

  31. Enna Isilee says:

    So here's the sad thing. I LOVE journals. I have a TON because I collect them and just love to hold them.

    Why is that sad?

    I don't write in any of them. I know. Bad me. But… I just like the IDEA of writing about my day, more than actually writing about my day.

    Happy birthday!

    ~Enna Isilee

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/Enna_Isilee/status/28363934202

  32. The Blue Bookcase says:

    Hello again! Old follower here πŸ™‚ I love journaling — I wrote every single day for about 3 or 4 years, but lately I have not been very good! Maybe winning your giveaway would inspire me to get started again πŸ™‚

    We tweeted about your contest!http://twitter.com/#!/TheBlueBookcase

    Happy birthday πŸ™‚


  33. Christina says:

    These are so pretty! I'm afraid my journaling story is a sad one:
    I loved journaling until I LOST a journal that I'd been writing in for almost 3 years. It was my first 3 years of college- some seriously formative years. I left it on a train between Germany and France, and I was heartbroken. Thinking about it still makes me want to cry. Since then I've had a difficult time motivating myself to be really good about it; I just write when I have some huge life event to report.