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The 19 Best Notebooks For Journaling in 2021

In my apartment, I keep almost every journal I’ve ever written, from first grade on. I’m not an obsessive journaler; actually, I’m consistently inconsistent about the frequency with which I write. But I’ve always maintained a notebook in some way, especially as I’ve grown older, and in 2019 I finally committed to a serious journaling practice. It is largely this reflective writing that kept me somewhat grounded amid the chaos that was 2020—and will hopefully continue to do so in 2021. I highly encourage you to consider starting a journaling practice this new year too, however big or small, as a reminder that each day was a whole, entire day that you lived, breathed, felt, grew, grieved, laughed, and loved, often in great emotional waves.

Of course, I totally understand that journaling can seem time-consuming, overwhelming, or like one of those things you always mean to do but never get to, like therapy or meditation. I felt that way for a long time too, because I hadn’t figured out the kind of journaler I was. Looking at my notebooks from my teens and 20s, there’s a progression from lined pink diaries that I used sporadically to small black unlined Moleskines, to even tinier, expensive, delicately papered ledgers that I ultimately never wrote in, since everything I wanted to write seemed too mundane (“Went to Trader Joe’s. Bought mochi. Went home”) or childish (“Does everyone hate me?!”) for its fancy pages.

At 28, after a diagnosis of stress-induced epilepsy, I experimented with different types of journals as a way of managing my anxiety and also to help improve my memory, which has grown spotty with the anti-epileptic medications I take (and with age). At 30, I landed on my magic combo: I now keep two journals.

The first is a page-a-day Moleskine planner in which I quickly note everything that transpired on that date, including the “boring” stuff. I also note my mood (on a fluctuating, subjective scale of 1 to 10 for anxiety), things I’m grateful for (a rare night of good sleep, my cat’s purr, a memorable meal, a new dress), and the weather.

My second journal is a larger, 9″ x 12″ Strathmore “visual journal.” It’s unlined, with thick paper that’s substantial enough that my markers and inks don’t bleed. In these pages I let myself really breathe. I doodle, paint, get mad, and write mad things in big, mad letters. I scribble down quotes, story ideas, lists, jokes, complaints, letters to myself, purposefully disregarding formal structure. This is my “feelings” journal. It’s less of a record and more of an imperfect unpacking of the chatter inside my head.

I like looking back at my journals periodically to see how much has changed, what the headlines were, how I was feeling. Certain themes and behaviors pop out over time, certain moments, conversations, exchanges with strangers on the street, that I’d forgotten and am thankful I saved for later reading. Even flipping back to January of last year, so much has changed (clearly), and carving time for reflection feels so important.

New journalers, try not to let a fear of writing or fatigue deter you. Your journal is a safe space, and it can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. Perhaps you just list bluntly what you did that day or draw an emoji. Perhaps you let yourself lose it over how uncertain the world is. Or maybe you start a novel.

Below, I share notebook options for those who want to begin a practice for 2021 or refresh their old notebook. Consider whether you want lines or no lines, whether you’ll be writing inside or on the go, or whether you prefer something large or portable. It’s up to you, but the important thing is, no matter whether it’s this month or next: Just start.

Diaries and Notebooks by Patricia Highsmith review – sex, booze and cold-blooded murders | Patricia Highsmith

When Patricia Highsmith looked in the mirror, she saw both a lover and a killer. Early on, the reflected face had a fetching feline allure, but out of sight another facet of Highsmith seemed to belong, she said in 1942, in “a terrible other world of hell and the unknown”. As she aged, what she saw through the “evil distorting lens of my eye” changed: now a gravel-voiced, fire-breathing ogre stared back. Highsmith knew that there are always “two people in each person”, and in 1953 a nightmare confirmed this duality. She dreamed that she was incinerating a naked girl who shivered in a wooden bathtub; the funeral pyre was set with papers, presumably Highsmith’s manuscripts. Waking up, she admitted: “I had two identities: the victim and the murderer.”

The characters in Highsmith’s novels accordingly come in pairs, doubles who are casualties of a fracture in what she called “the universal law of oneness”. Upright Guy and devious Bruno in Strangers on a Train begin as opposites but end as psychic twins after they exchange homicides. Tom in The Talented Mr Ripley kills the alluring Dickie, then assumes his identity. In the lesbian romance The Price of Salt, matronly Carol and girlish Therese merge, then are sundered by social disapproval: murders, which for Highsmith were “a kind of making love”, are here replaced by orgasms.

Highsmith regarded writing, liquor and sex as her addictive vices, and like a true decadent she valued sickness as an aesthetic boon: she wrote The Price of Salt while ill with chickenpox, and believed that the fever woozily sweetened her prose. Her diaries, unearthed in linen closets after her death in 1995, record alcoholic binges and erotic misadventures, casually noting the suicide attempts of women she rejects or betrays; she often encrypts the entries in foreign languages, perhaps to distance and disown her conduct. In her notebooks, a more lucid Highsmith incisively analyses her own neuroses and ponders the physics and metaphysics of a world blown apart in the 1940s by nuclear fission. “God and the devil,” she suggests in one entry, “dance hand in hand around every atom.” Those positive and negative energies continue their dispute inside her self-divided individuals, who think of love as radioactivity released by an explosion: Carol in The Price of Salt believes that Therese has been “flung out of space” to land in her lap.

She kept snails as pets, and smuggled them into England from France hidden in her bra, as if she were suckling them

The binary split that most tormented Highsmith was a matter of gender. As a primal practical joke, God or his diabolical double segregated us into male and female. Little Pat, however, protested by announcing at the age of 12 that she was a boy mistakenly assigned to a girl’s body. In 1948 Highsmith informs her diary that “I want to change my sex” and plaintively asks: “Is that possible?” At the time it wasn’t; instead, she placed her trust in the crude truisms of pop psychology and decided that she suffered from penis envy. Once at least she overcame her imagined deficiency: fantasising about her current girlfriend, she reports that “I had to go to the bathroom to relieve myself of a large erection”. In a meta-kinky episode she titillates the gay photographer Rolf Tietgens by posing as a male pin-up. “Yes, he fancies me a boy,” she smirks, “because my body is hard & straight. ” She did make valiant efforts to smooch with men, though it felt like kissing a flounder; she was even fitted with a diaphragm, which she describes as “the sign of the whore”.

Bedding other women, Highsmith saddled up to assume masculine duties. “Kissed her masterfully,” she says with a roué’s swagger; on another occasion she regrets that her partner “couldn’t tell when I came”, then disposes of maidenly pretence by guessing that “she must have done it before!” At her most promiscuous she resembles a male libertine keeping numerical score of his successes. Mozart’s Don Giovanni has his encyclopaedic list, and Highsmith drew up a chart that graded her lovers. Flagging a little, she asks: “My God, how many women do I want?”; like a man whose hydraulics are overtaxed, she protests”: “I’m not a machine!”

Such relentless tom-catting suggests that Highsmith’s motive might have been a will to power as much as amorous craving. “Having an automobile,” she declares at the age of 20, “is like having your own woman. ” This was truer still in reverse, since the female bodies she manhandled were vehicles driven by her. Gratification intensified if her conquests defiled themselves verbally: “when she uses dirty words, she excites me!” she says after a pleasingly X-rated romp. In 1968, enraged by Jacqueline Kennedy’s venal marriage to Onassis, Highsmith snarls that “women will sleep with anything”. Yet her problem was less misogyny than misanthropy: like Ripley, the psychopathic aesthete in her five novels about him, she was disgusted by the human species. On a walk through Central Park in 1942, she reduces her fellow New Yorkers to “amorphous subaqueous organisms”. “I am not interested in people, knowing them,” she sniffs in another diary entry.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law and Matt Damon in Anthony Minghella’s 1999 adaptation of The Talented Mr Ripley. Photograph: Paramount/Allstar

That ought to be a disqualification for a novelist, but Highsmith’s stark existential parables overlook our complex affiliations with friends, family and society at large. She found people intolerable because they were her versions of herself, and blocked her view of them by designing a virtually windowless house in Switzerland, where she spent her last years among the gaunt mountains. Acquaintances, discouraged from visiting, likened her home to Hitler’s bunker.

Anxious to outgrow lowly humankind, in the diaries Highsmith wishes that she could be a giant, and in a more grandiose reverie fancies becoming God. “One needs a wife,” she offhandedly remarks when settling into a new home, but for domestic company she preferred gastropods: she kept snails as pets, and smuggled them into England from France hidden in her bra, as if she were suckling them. Repellently slimy, they were fortified inside their shells like the increasingly crustacean Highsmith herself. Imagining a nuclear apocalypse, she permits snails to survive and to repopulate the irradiated earth.

She came closest to empathising with another creature when she dedicated a novel to her cat, Spider

Many of her short stories are beast fables that rejig relations between humans and species we think of as inferior. In one, a boy butchers his mother after she cooks a tortoise he has befriended; in another, the owner of a German shepherd kills himself because he feels shamed by the dog’s noble demeanour; a third tracks the career of a snooty cockroach, proud of the luxurious addresses it has infested. Highsmith admired animals because they were incapable of murder: on a visit to Ascona she watches a slim snake elegantly engorge a live frog – a natural process, not one of Ripley’s gratuitous executions. She came closest to empathising with another creature when she dedicated a novel to her cat, Spider, only to quash sentimental tenderness by acknowledging in a poem that her yellow-eyed pet can’t read the tribute.

The dualism that bedevilled Highsmith drives a wedge through this enormous volume. Her diaries, scribbled by a dissipated tomboy who aged into a cantankerous dragon, are ribald, chaotic, and – as her prejudices calcify – often nasty. The notebooks are clearer-headed, containing blissful love lyrics, airy surveys of European landscapes, and bold philosophical meditations. Highsmith, who wondered at the aplomb with which her snails slithered along the edges of razorblades, was intrigued by Kierkegaard’s account of the tightrope-treading anxiety with which we advance through life. However, she refused to follow the Danish theologian when he made his “leap of faith” into the unknown; instead, she challenged God by asking: “Have you the courage to show me hell?” Her chosen deities were savage and deathly, and one entry, luxuriating in sin, ends with a pagan invocation – “O Siva! O Pluto! O Saturn! O Hecate!” But she cautiously appeased the established religion, and while living in a village on the Hudson River she sang in the local Presbyterian church choir.

Ripley collects paintings and plays the harpsichord. Highsmith both painted and sculpted – typically she did her best carving when angry, using her implements as weapons – and was also enraptured by music. In the notebooks she overhears a preview of the afterlife in Mozart’s Requiem, giddily rotates to Viennese waltzes, and rebukes the “sacrilege” of a young man who wants to have synchronised sex while listening to Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. “Music,” she concludes in 1973, “establishes the fact that life is not real” – for me, the most striking sentence in these thousand pages. Elsewhere, she undercuts that romantic sublimation. A 1949 diary entry asserts that “there is no reality, only a system of expedient behaviour… by which people have come to live”. The contradictory formulations are voiced by the two people who were resident inside Highsmith. One side of her wishfully transcends the world, like Carol and Therese in their brief flight from conformity. The other, imitating the vengeful Ripley, condemns the world as a mausoleum and adds to its stock of corpses.

It’s a pity that Highsmith’s daring, disturbing novels have been upstaged by a few admittedly excellent film adaptations – Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train, Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr Ripley, Wim Wenders’s The American Friend (based on Ripley’s Game), and Todd Haynes’s Carol. Although some of her work first appeared in the grubby pages of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, her models, she always insisted, were Dostoevsky and Kafka, and the notebooks demonstrate that she belongs in their vicinity. But you should brace yourself before reading: Highsmith likens herself to “a steel needle”, and her insights puncture complacency as if piercing flesh. She is the murderer, and we are all the victims.

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How to Make a Successful Notebook or Journal to Sell

This post was inspired by Melissa Schulz, founder of Branded Licensing, and sales agent for Pattern Observer.

Melissa Schulz has worked in the licensing world for 25 years and has extensive experience in designing for journals and other paper products. So when it comes to creating a notebook or journal with some profit potential, she knows what it takes.

For Melissa, getting the theme right is the most important thing. Most notebooks and journals that sell well have a particular theme, purpose, or central focus that shapes content, layout, design, style, and even your timing for selling.

Make it Personal

“Sentiment-driven products are a particularly popular trend that I don’t see fading away any time soon. Consumer tests and studies show that while it may be the artwork or design of a product that grabs the customer’s attention, it’s sentiment and meaning that makes them reach for their wallet.”

A good way to weave meaning or a particular sentiment throughout your notebook is the use of inspirational quotes or motivational words and phrases to accompany your images.

What’s the Point?

“Its crucial to envision how your notebook or journal could be used and keep this at the forefront of your mind as you’re designing the layout and choosing images or text. Will it be used to take notes? Is it a sketching journal? An idea journal? A gratitude journal? A travel journal? A pregnancy journal?”

Knowing the answers to these questions will help you create a notebook or journal with a clear, tangible benefit that will help it sell successfully.

Seek Inspiration

“As with any product development process, it’s essential to explore what’s already out there and selling well. But don’t restrict your research to other notebooks and journals alone. I would also recommend looking at successful trends in the stationery and greeting card industries. Look out for popular colors, styles, and icons that you could apply to your own product.”

Identify what’s already selling well and add your own unique twist to create a notebook or journal that will stand out on the shelf.

Take Advantage of Holiday Sales

“For a lot of products, big holidays and seasons dictate when you promote and sell. Most notebooks and journals will be relevant and sought after all year round, however the holidays offer a great opportunity to meet customer demand for unique gift ideas.” 

If you plan ahead, you can leverage holiday shopping trends and adjust your marketing tactics accordingly. Positioning your notebook or journal as the perfect holiday gift will help to boost your sales at this busy time of year.

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90,000 Susan Sontag Reborn. Diaries and notebooks. 1947-1963 “

Joint publishing program of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and Ad Marginem

Susan Sontag’s candid early diaries. An opportunity to learn the thoughts of a young woman who will become a famous philosopher and critic.

The diary is the locomotive of my sense of self. In it, I appear emotionally and spiritually independent.
Susan Sontag

Before us is a diary in which art is perceived as a matter of life and death.
David Riff (Foreword)

The early diaries of Susan Sontag – the famous American writer, critic, cultural philosopher, author of the best-selling book On Photography – were first published in the United States posthumously, in 2008. Sontag kept a diary from the age of 14 until the end of her life exclusively for herself, and would hardly have published it herself: her judgments about herself and those around her are too frank and sometimes merciless. However, her son and custodian of her legacy, David Riff, found it important to let readers “see Susan Sontag as a young woman, quite meaningfully and decisively creating herself.This is the attraction of her diaries. ” For this reason, Rieff titled the book Born Again, using a phrase written on the front page of one of Sontag’s early diaries.

Sontag believed that she was able to re-create herself, to go beyond the circumstances of her upbringing and education. In her diaries, she is strikingly convinced of her gift and destiny, the consistent creation of her own personality. From an early age, she enthusiastically engaged in self-education. She wanted to become a writer and “keeper of culture”, and she eagerly listened to music, peered at paintings, read great works of American, European and Russian literature (she especially admired Kafka, Tolstoy and Thomas Mann).The long lists of books from her diary include not only fiction, but also works on philosophy, cultural theory, history of Christianity and Judaism. In her notes, you can often find the judgments of the Sontag critic – about books, about European and American theater, cinema, visual arts (Cezanne, Kandinsky, Pollock, etc.).
In her diaries, Sontag also writes about the issues of being that worried her: about the search for truth, about justice and mercy, about virtue and responsibility, about language and thinking, about freedom, death, love, marriage and raising children, about faith and religion.

As David Riff put it, Sontag “all her life, from youth to old age, fought the same battle – with the outside world and with herself.” Hence the deep introspection: the study of childhood memories, antagonism and painful attachment to the mother, love for the son, reasoning about marriage and “free love.” Sontag also writes about his “schizophrenia of feeling” – the struggle between the intellectual and emotional spheres, the life of the mind and the life of the senses.

A significant part of the diary is occupied by reflections on writing.Sontag dreamed of becoming a writer worthy of her idols: “I write to outline my limits — an act of self-creation — part of the process of becoming. In dialogue with myself, with writers alive and dead that I admire, with ideal readers … Why is it important to write? Primarily out of selfishness, I think so. I want to be this person, the writer. It’s not that I need to say something. But why not? Thanks to a little construction of my “I” – for example, such a fait accompli as a real diary – I will be able to believe that I have something to say, that I have something to say.

Susan Sontag – Reborn. Diaries and notebooks 1947-1963. read online

Susan Sontag

Reborn Diaries and notebooks 1947-1963

Susan Sontag Reborn

Journals and Notebooks


Edited by David Rieff

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

New York

Edited by David Riff Translated from English by Mark Dadian

This publication was produced as part of the joint publishing program of the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture and Ad Marginem Press LLC

The publisher thanks The Wylie Agency for help in acquiring the rights to this publication

It always seemed to me that one of the stupidest things that we living people say about the dead is the phrase: “The deceased would like to arrange things this way.”At best, we are guessing; more often than not we are guided by pride, no matter how much we hide behind good intentions. It is impossible to know. So regardless of the response to the publication of Reborn – the first volume of an anticipated three-volume edition of Susan Sontag’s selected diaries – it should be said right away that she would hardly have published this book herself (if she had agreed to publish her diaries at all). In fact, I alone am responsible for the decision on the publication and composition of the book.Even in the absence of censorship, the literary dangers and moral hazard of such an enterprise are clear. Caveat lector [1] .

I would be glad if the decision was not for me. My mother died, however, with no control over the fate of her personal papers or of unpublished or unfinished manuscripts. Perhaps this circumstance does not fit with the character of Susan Sontag, who was so strict with her writings, zealously checked translations of her own works even into unfamiliar languages, and expressed very competent opinions about publishers and magazines around the world.However, despite the lethality of myelodysplastic syndrome (the blood cancer that killed her on December 28, 2004), she continued to believe, almost until the last weeks of her life, that she would survive. So, not bothering herself with thoughts about how others should handle her manuscripts after she left (as a person who resigned to the nearness of the end, perhaps, would have done), she enthusiastically talked about returning to work, about everything that she to be done after discharge from the hospital.

As for me, I personally believe that she had every right to behave in the face of death as she saw fit.During the last battle with the disease, she did not owe anything – neither to future readers, nor even more so to me. But her decision also had unintended consequences, the most important of which was my responsibility to direct the publication of her manuscripts. As for the essays published two years after her death in the collection “And At This Time”, things were quite simple. Although my mother would undoubtedly revise the essays for the second edition, they were all published during her lifetime or presented as lectures.Her intentions were quite clear.

It is quite another matter – real diaries. She kept them exclusively for herself with a certain consistency, from her youth to the last years of her life, when her enthusiasm for computers and e-mail seemed to diminish her desire to write in a diary. Susan Sontag did not consent to the publication of a single line from her notebooks and, unlike a number of famous authors of diaries, she never read from them to friends, although her relatives knew about their existence, as they knew about her habit, having filled out one notebook. to place it next to their predecessor notebooks in a large closet of their bedroom, where other treasures of a completely private nature were kept, for example, family photographs or souvenirs from childhood.

By the time of her last illness in the spring of 2004, there were about a hundred such notebooks. New ones were also discovered, as her last secretary, Anne Jump, Paolo Dilonardo’s closest friend, and I sorted out her things in the first year after her death. I had only a vague idea of ​​the content of the diaries. The only conversation that I had with my mother about this occurred shortly after the onset of her illness, before the belief was revived in her that she could defeat blood cancer – as she had overcome cancer twice in her life.The conversation consisted of her only phrase, uttered in a whisper: “You know where the diaries are.” She didn’t say a word about what to do with them.

I cannot say for sure, but if my decision did not depend in any way on external circumstances, I probably would have waited a long time before publishing the diaries or even refused to publish it altogether. At other times I wanted to burn them. But this is pure fantasy. Susan Sontag’s physical diaries do not really belong to me. While still in good health, my mother sold her papers to the library of the University of California at Los Angeles, and, according to the agreement, they were to be transferred to the library after her death, along with other papers and books.And that was done. And since the contract concluded by my mother did not contain an explicit prohibition on access to papers, then I soon realized that the decision was mine. I had to take on the job of putting the diaries in order and publishing them – or else it would have been done by someone else.

However, forebodings never leave me. To say that her diaries are synonymous with self-exposure is to say nothing. I have included many of my mother’s extremely harsh judgments in this publication. She was quick for “punishment”.But the discovery of this quality in her – and these diaries are full of revelations – inevitably draws the reader into the discussion of herself. The main dilemma here is that my mother, at least in the last decades of her life, was not at all revelatory. In particular, she refused, as far as possible, from any discussion of her homosexuality (although she did not deny it) or creative achievements. Therefore, my decision, frankly, definitely violates her privacy.

In turn, these diaries are closely connected in Sontag’s life with her youthful self-knowledge of the nature of her sexuality, with the early experiences and experiences of a sixteen-year-old student at the University of California at Berkeley; they also talk about two big novels that happened in her youth – first, with a woman here called G. (whom she met in her first year of study at Berkeley, and later, in 1957, lived with her in Paris), and, secondly, with the playwright Maria Irene Forney, whom my mother met in Paris that same year (Forney and G.were previously mistresses). Her relationship with Forney developed in New York from 1959 to 1963, after my mother returned to the United States, divorced my father, and moved to Manhattan.

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Two master classes “Notebook and diary with your own hands” ~ To Needlemen from Natalia Rukodelnaya

There are often situations in life when you need to give something and usually it is urgently needed!

Or a situation when you need to make a lot of gifts, for example, for the New Year.

And then such master classes on making a diary for travel notes and making a notebook or album come to the rescue.
Using the advice from these master classes, you can not only quickly make a gift, but also NOT spend a lot of money and effort.

I came up with a video from MK on a cookbook and a master class on making a diary myself, putting together everything that I saw and read on this topic. The second master class is my translation of the master class from a foreign site.

I did my diary making master class when I needed to make a present for my mother before her trip to Europe, so that she would write down her notes. In addition to notes, I decided that inserts for photos of especially favorite places would not interfere with her, or directly during a trip, inserts can be used to store maps, necessary notes, hotel business cards, etc.
When I started making a diary for travel notes, I tried on for a long time and thought over the technology of its manufacture, but so on.Since I’m not a big fan of long-term productions, I decided to make my own simplified version. And here’s what happened.

To make a diary with your own hands, you will need:

Notebooks in a box
Threads and a needle
Blade or knife for cutting paper
A small file
A4 paper
Cardboard is not very thick
Album for photographs, which is not a pity tear out a few sheets

Separate the notebook from the cover

Cut it in half with a blade


Fix our diary with clamps, mark the holes and file them with a file

Now we need to file

served us longer. We take the thread and start sewing from the right edge, leaving a tail of centimeters 5

We reached the left edge, put the second part of the diary, stick the needle from the outside in and when the needle comes out of the second hole, grab the thread from the first block (as in the photo). And so we sew all the blocks and when we have finished the last block we tie the left tail with the main thread.

Here you see only blocks consisting of notebooks.It was during the manufacturing process that the thought came to me that in the diary for travel notes there must be pockets for photographs. Moreover, for a long time I have been gathering dust with an empty and useless photo album, someone’s next gift “get out”.

Digression: I don’t understand people who donate useless things on holidays!
Take photo albums . I am sure that many in our time, a long time ago, take pictures with digital cameras or phones / smartphones in general and store photos on a computer, on a disk or on a flash drive. Personally, I’m more interested in watching good photos on the big screen of my TV or on the same computer. If I especially liked some photos, then I print them and put or hang them in frames or upload them to an electronic photo frame. I finished collecting photo albums back in the year 1990 and now, well, I don’t see any point in them at all. BUT for these 22 years I have been given them periodically. The latter was presented last new year.
Other very common gifts for women are soap, foam / bath salt, shampoo, hair balm or shower gel .Well, how does a person not close to me know what exactly I use? What scent do I like? etc. Moreover, my loved ones don’t give me such nonsense, because: I don’t use ordinary soap, only liquid and a certain kind. I don’t lie in the bathtub at all and then I don’t need foam or salt. Shampoos and hair balms are generally very personal and highly individual things. Well, I buy shower gel only for dry skin, i.e. softening.
There is also a bunch of such gifts, as I call “get off”, which are given by people who are acquaintances, but who do not want to bother and think a little about what to give.
And if you think a little, you can find a pleasant and often much cheaper gift. For example, you can give me anything for needlework and I will be happy! Yes, even a skein of yarn or a set of gouache. Better than a box of chocolates in this case, or flowers with a funny postcard.
Well, that’s me … I rested a little and distracted you from work 🙂 let’s continue.

As soon as I realized that this diary simply needed pockets for photographs, I immediately tore off the number of pages I needed from the album.They turned out to be very convenient for bending and stitching

Attached the thread to the main blocks

and sewed pages to the already sewn diary

At first I thought of making pockets at the end of the diary, but then turned them inside out so that they would be inside … The pockets turned out to be a little larger than the main pages, but that’s okay, let’s make the cover bigger.

Now we start gluing. We take A4, fold it in half and glue it on the outside to the first and last pages of the diary.I pasted it with a stationery pencil UHA

When both pages are glued, we put some weight, for example, a book, and we begin to deal with the cover. I took from the same photo album the denser blue pages and part of the Whatman paper. I cut out the first ones to fit the diary. And from cardboard I prepared the spine of the diary, drawing lines on it at an equal distance from each other and then along a ruler, drawing along them with the not sharp part of scissors so that our spine would bend better along these lines.

I skipped one stage – I was very carried away with gluing 🙂 At this stage, you need to attach the blue sheets to the diary so that they are the same with the most protruding parts, in my case with photo pockets. Secure them with paper clips. Then attach the spine close to the edge of the diary, also fix it with clamps, and now you can safely glue the blue sheets to the spine, without fear that the cover will be small. In fact, even if it is a little small, it’s okay, because the outer cover can still be corrected.
I chose linen for the outer cover and cut out the cover with fold allowances. And pasted my blue and white inner cover to it. I pasted one page at a time with a transparent gel so that there were no bubbles and irregularities

and the final moment: I glued the diary itself to the cover with the same gel moment (although now I bought Titan glue and would have glued it) and put it under oppression at night. I already had fasteners for the strap on the material, so I decided to beat the diary in this way

The second master class on making a leather album or notebook with my own hands

And so you will need:

Eight sheets A4
Leather or suede in A4 format and the second piece of A5
Thick thread
Large strong needles
Sewing machine

I will immediately introduce my ideas:

– the cover does not have to be suede or leather, but if you want just this, then take a closer look at old boots or bags, even if the pieces are small, then they can be sewn on a typewriter with a zigzag stitch and then cut to the required size. By the way, it seems to me that it will look even more interesting this way. Well, about leather jackets and coats, you yourself will guess. Just don’t cut off a piece from a good thing 🙂

– the cover can be made of fabric, but then, of course, it will have to be glued to something. I think that for this, for example, a hot-melt interlining fabric is suitable, you just need to press it to the fabric of your choice or first stitch it on, turn it out and then press it on. Or you can iron your fabric with a cobweb (it glues two materials) to some dense fabric (drape or some other dense).

– it is good to use jeans, then there is generally a flight of imagination. You can also paint on jeans with special paints for fabrics or sew or glue something positive. Suitable as a gift for young people.

– insides. If you don’t have plain paper, take a notebook paper. You can even use used notebooks if there are blank sheets left.

In general, I have a lot of ideas, for now I will dwell on this.

But back to the original master class:

Let’s start with cutting paper.Fold all four sheets in half and cut. Fold them again, but this time you don’t need to cut

You will have four small books. Fold them in two, so that you get two books of eight sheets each. Make the typewriter stitch slightly larger than usual and sew both books

Now add 5 points with a pencil. Make sure the dots on both books are the same and do not put them too close to the edge

Use an awl to make holes, then a thick needle and thread to sew both books.

Now cut the cover out of leather or suede

Round the edges a little and this is what we got

Cut an oval or circle from the second piece of leather and cut a spiral

holes on the cover

And sew the cover to the books

Cut the threads, hide the knots and our album is ready

MK taken from HERE

90,000 Personal diary on your computer – it’s easy! Programs for keeping diaries on the computer

Personal diary is a very useful thing. Every great person had a diary. Maybe that’s why they became great?

A diary is a means of self-control. He helps to organize his thoughts and ideas, analyze actions …

Let’s drop philosophy and standard phrases. You will feel the full value of keeping a personal diary (that is, you will feel it, with every cell of the body) in years. It’s like a photo album of your life, only hundreds of times more powerful. Get an old, family photo, or some small thing from the past.Yeah, do you feel? Do you want to amplify this feeling many times over? To tears? Surely you tried to start a personal diary once – find it !!!

Over the years, memories are erased, only scraps remain. We are not able to remember everything. The diary will help us. Humanity has not yet come up with another way to preserve thoughts and feelings. First love, first kiss, first disappointment, resentment, hopes, fears … – all this will keep your personal diary. You will be touched by your naivety, cry and laugh. What about your child’s first steps? Personal victories? Convinced to start a diary?

It’s never too late to do this. Any age. I know it’s hard to force yourself, but you have to. Then say thank you to yourself.

Today you have a huge advantage over the past. Agree, few people want their personal diary to fall into the wrong hands. But it couldn’t be easier. Start it on your computer. Close with a password and that’s it – no problem. This is where you need the program “ Diary “.

This is a simple, lightweight and free program in Russian. You can add photos, pictures and music to your diary. Emphasize emotions with live emoticons. Everything is convenient and with tips. Forward!

Here is a short video overview of the Diary program:

Download “Diary”: 5. 7 Mb


Installation and operation of the program in pictures

A very powerful help system is at your service, there is even nothing to describe – all the answers are in the program itself.

Well, that’s all for today.

Yours faithfully, Sergei Trofimov (not a singer)


And one more article – with different diaries!

Long-term memory: diary programs

Many users start to keep a diary on the Internet and then leave it. Perhaps they need a special diary that does not require Internet access. Read about the most interesting diary programs in our review!

As a rule, when a person starts a personal diary, he subconsciously wants the notes made to be read someday.However, there are situations when a personal diary is started not in order to trust him with personal secrets, but for completely different purposes.

In this review, we have collected a variety of diaries – from business diaries and “glamorous” notebooks to medical journals and diaries of child development.

DiaryOne 6

  • Developer: PIMOne Software
  • Size of the distribution: 6.6 MB
  • Distribution: shareware
  • Russian interface: no

DiaryOne is a classic personal diary program.With its help, you can create both text and voice recordings. You can insert various content into the text – graphic files, tables, flash-animation, animated emoticons, you can also associate any files with records. When creating a record, you can specify the current weather, record information about income and expenses, and also select music that will be played in the future when reading the record. DiaryOne supports changing the interface using skins, and in addition, you can choose the design of the work area.The program has several dozen design options – from a beach with palm trees to different options for paper textures.

For those who like not only to keep a diary, but also to view their notes, DiaryOne offers a navigation bar that provides one of two viewing options: by date or by topic. In addition, there is a full-text search for diary entries, the ability to add entries to the “Favorites” list. Diary entries can be sent by e-mail directly from the program, as well as printed.By connecting free plugins that can be downloaded from the program’s website, you can also save all the recordings as CHM or PDF files, as well as burn them to disk.

All diary content is automatically saved to a backup folder. It is worth noting that DiaryOne provides separate passwords for the general database and for the backup, thereby increasing the security of information storage.

Smart Diary Suite 4 Medical Edition

  • Developer: Programming Sunrise
  • Size of the distribution: 11.7 MB
  • Distribution: shareware
  • Russian interface: no

For a person who monitors his health, it is very important to keep statistics of various indicators – record blood pressure at the same time, measure temperature, regularly measure his weight, etc. e. It is convenient to keep the recorded values ​​of these and any other parameters in electronic form. Tabular data can be printed and shown to your fitness trainer, sent by e-mail to the attending physician, etc. In addition, electronic statistics makes it possible to quickly track changes that occur in the human body. And, of course, this diary can also be used as a regular planner.

Despite the fact that the program has a lot of different functions, its interface is thought out so well that it is almost impossible to get confused in them.For convenience, Smart Diary Suite has several sections that are presented in neat tabs. The first of them – Overview – displays the most important information entered in other sections. This tab is shown when the program starts. The number of entries displayed on the tab is configurable. In addition, it is possible to change the markup of this page. Conveniently, to edit records or add new ones, you do not need to switch to other sections – everything can be done directly from the main window.

The Diary section is intended for adding regular entries. You can use the capabilities of the built-in text editor, work with templates, insert files of different types into records. In addition, by adding each entry, you can fill out a small table in which you can indicate your health status, weight, mood, medications you are taking, food items that are part of your diet, etc. Which items will be in this table is entirely up to the user.Based on the data entered into this table, the program can build graphs. Entries can be organized into categories, and also selected according to various criteria.

In addition to its main function of helping to keep a diary, Smart Diary Suite also offers many auxiliary ones. So, the program can be used as a full-fledged organizer with the ability to add one-time or recurring reminders of different events, a tool for keeping track of planned tasks with the ability to set their priority, as well as indicating the percentage of completion, a tool for adding notes that can be organized by category.

Since the program is aimed at people who care about their health, it has a separate Nutrition section dedicated to recording recipes. Working with a database that contains not only information about cooking methods, but also about their calorie content, the amount of salt, as well as proteins, fats and carbohydrates, you can successfully plan your diet or daily menu for the whole family. And when you have made a list of foods that would be nice to cook next week, the program will generate a list of foods that you will need for this.All that remains is to print it and go to the supermarket.

The functions located on the Medication tab will be useful for people who have to constantly take medications. The Smart Diary Suite can store a database of prescribed medications, as well as information on how much and when to take them. The program can remind you to take a pill at the specified time, as well as that it is time to consult a doctor and update your prescription for medications. Note that such a database of medicines can be useful not only for sick people, but also for healthy people, because even the most vigorous of us sometimes have to turn to different medicines. By compiling your list of remedies for helping the body, you can always remember in time how much soda you need to put in a glass of water to make a solution for gargling. And there is no need to even talk about what kind of service such a list can serve for a young mother.

Advanced Diary 3.0.1

  • Developer: CSoftLab
  • Distribution size: 11.1 MB
  • Distribution: shareware
  • Russian interface: yes

In appearance, Advanced Diary is a regular diary that allows you to quickly select the date of entry using a neat calendar, edit text using the capabilities of the built-in editor and navigate through the diary using a tree-like category view.The power of the program is hidden in the database capabilities. So, using Advanced Diary, you can create several independent databases, access to each of which can be password protected. You can quickly switch between databases and even work with several at the same time. To increase the level of security, databases are not only password protected, but also encrypted.

Much attention in the program is paid to the possibilities of printing diary entries. For example, you can select the end dates of the records that you want to print, or the categories to which they belong.In this case, the records will be inserted into one of the selected templates, where, in addition to the text itself, headers and footers are also present. By default, Advanced Diary has several templates, and any of them can be edited as you like. A printable document with records can be exported to RTF or HTML files, preserving formatting.

Despite the fact that the capabilities of a text editor are not much different from those offered in other similar solutions, there are some interesting findings.For example, by pressing a single button, you can insert the current date or date and time into a record, set a link to a web page or file stored on your hard disk or in a local network.

Note also the fairly wide possibilities for customizing the appearance of the application. This is changing the color scheme, and switching between the standard presentation of commands and the Ribbon style, and the ability to change the location of the main elements of the program window – the calendar, the area for entering text, the navigation bar.

MemPad 3.41

  • Developer: Horst Schaeffer
  • Size of the distribution: 140 KB
  • Distribution: Free
  • Russian interface: yes

Of all the programs with which you can keep a daily diary, the MemPad utility has the smallest size – just over a hundred kilobytes. In addition, the program does not require installation, so it is very convenient to keep it as a handy notebook on a USB drive.Finally, another plus of MemPad is the free diary status.

In fact, MemPad is a text editor, the distinctive feature of which is that you can create a hierarchical system of pages with records in the program. The content of the diary is presented in a tree structure, so that you can quickly navigate through the notes made. When adding new text, you can use the commands of the program context menu, toolbars, or hot keys. MemPad can automatically insert a date stamp into messages and contains a convenient diary search.The program can set the background color for the contents of the directory and for each nested branch with entries. The utility can regularly save data every few minutes.

In MemPad, you can customize the font for text and content design, use links in the text both to network resources and to local files and directories. The created diary page can be blocked – in this case, further editing of the content will be unavailable for the user.It is also possible to encrypt records with restricting access to information in the diary by means of a password.

Another useful function of the diary is the ability to use the “memory” of the program. In the process of reading records, the application remembers the user’s movement through the pages and makes it possible to navigate “back” and “forward”, similar to how it is implemented in browsers.

Baby Diary 2.5

  • Developer: Aktisoft
  • Distribution size: 4.08 MB
  • Distribution: shareware
  • Russian interface: yes

For almost all parents, there is no greater joy than watching their child, seeing how a child becomes independent and how he takes his first steps in this adult world.While the little man is ingenuous and naive, he does a lot of funny and amusing things. Over time, all these positive moments are erased from memory, leaving prints of the highlights in photos, videos and personal notes.

The Baby Diary utility allows you to collect together all the information about your child. The program, as you might guess from the name, is configured for convenient maintenance of “offline LJ” dedicated to the baby. The default diary already contains a lot of categories for organizing all information about the baby and family concerns – childbirth, first steps, holidays, and so on.In Baby Diary, you can use the graphing function, which is very important if you are monitoring the physical development of your baby. Making regular measurements, for example, the weight of a child, after a while it will be possible to view the graphical dependence and draw a conclusion at what speed the weight was gained. If necessary, graphs can be printed to show to the pediatrician. Diagrams can be scaled, and measured parameters can be invented by yourself.

On the pages of this diary, you can post videos, publish photos, in addition, you can use voice comments in the program.Images collected in the program can be viewed as a slide show. A huge number of multimedia formats are supported: JPG, GIF, WMF, EMF, TIFF, PCD, PNG, EPS, PSD, PDD, TGA, VST, ICB, VDA, WIN, PSP, PCX, PCC, SCR, PPM, PGM, PBM, CEL, PIC, BW, RGB, RGBA, SGI, CUT, RLA, RPF, AVI, MPG and more.

In Baby Diary, you can use a special ruler, which will automatically show the age of your son or daughter. If the birth is still ahead, such a counter may not show the age of the child, but the weeks of pregnancy.

The utility supports a multi-profile mode that allows you to keep diaries for several children at the same time. Based on a ready-made template from the collected parental records, you can export information to a ready-made blog (in the program this function is called a web-book), dedicated to the child.

For a program of this kind, it is very important that Baby Diary has a Russian interface – everything is extremely clear, and what is not clear can be clarified in the Russian-language documentation.

MiLife 1.4

  • Developer: BravoBug Software
  • Distribution size: 6.46 MB
  • Distribution: shareware
  • Russian interface: no

Usually, we do not include applications written for the Mac OS X platform in the software review, but in this case I would like to make an exception. The fact is that the electronic diary MiLife fits perfectly into the quintessence of Apple software and therefore is designed for a specific user.

Since the cost of Apple products is disproportionately higher than the prices for computers running Windows, users who prefer the brainchild of Steve Jobs are guided, as a rule, by several reasons. Firstly, a computer on Mac OS X is stable operation and almost complete absence of a virus threat. Secondly, a computer with the Apple logo is stylish and beautiful. The MiLife program has a clearly defined audience that is guided by this last argument.Such users are lovers of everything glamorous.

This diary really looks good and has tons of different functions. And in the arsenal of the program there are really useful tools, and outright excesses in the form of all kinds of interface “decorations” designed to impress an inexperienced user. But here’s the paradox – if in Windows for each additional convenience of the interface you have to pay with a decrease in performance, in the Mac OS X operating system such excesses often not only “get away” from the user, but also make you feel the convenience of the fact that everything works without a hitch and with this has a nice look.All of the above applies to the MiLife electronic diary. It has a very attractive interface, but it is fast and stable.

The appearance of the program is stylized to resemble a real diary, and when adding new entries, you can even hear the pencil lead creak. The program has a built-in “mood and weather analyzer”, with which you can track the statistics of the diary owner’s state of mind, as well as the weather (unless, of course, when adding each new entry, he noted his mood and indicated whether it was raining).To help the user completely relax, MiLife can include sounds from nature, such as the monotonous sound of rain or the soothing rumble of the ocean surf.

The program can export individual pages or the entire diary to RTFD format while preserving styles and attached images. You can also save your content as an HTML file or a Microsoft Word compatible document. MiLife can create and backup your diary using ZIP compression.The diary can encrypt data – for this purpose, the strong AES-128 algorithm is used.

The diary has a special mode for viewing the contents – Toggle Backdrop. When using this function, the program shades all areas of the desktop, focusing the user’s attention on the text of the diary. A very similar function is available in Apple’s Safari browser.


Despite the fact that a diary is a purely personal thing, psychologists say that when a person turns it on, he subconsciously wants someone to share his thoughts entrusted to the diary.This is confirmed by the huge popularity of online diaries, which can be created on almost any entertainment portal or social network. But the offline diary has one big advantage over the online twin – you can always keep it close at hand, and it does not depend on the mood of the provider. In addition, specialized diary programs may contain useful functions to keep track of your health, organize important information, or remind you of upcoming events.



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