My Journal Collection

I love collecting notebooks. Over the years, I have accumulated quite a lot of number of notebooks/journals but some of them are given to my sister, some are lost, some I had to throw away ’cause they’re all beat up and just can’t be used anymore and then one of them was soaked with rainwater that got into my suitcase when I went camping last two years. Still so sad about it. It was an A5 Monologue sketchbook and oh it was fairly beautiful.

The collection you’re seeing here isn’t my entire notebook collection. I have many sizes of notebooks but the ones I’m going to be showing you are the ones that I use strictly for journaling be it bullet journal or just for normal dear-diary journaling. I started writing in primary school but unfortunately I lost all of those notebooks I used to write on. Maybe I put it somewhere around my house, I’m not so sure but if I found them I’ll be doing a whole nother post about it.


Unicorn A5 dotted notebook (RM<20)

I have the soft cover notebook for my 2016 bullet journal and the hard cover one for 2017. I did a post about how I use my bullet journal here if you wanna check it out. These are great notebooks for bullet journaling and I really recommend them because it’s very inexpensive and it works for me. They’re basically the same notebooks but with different cover and the paper in the soft cover notebook is a little bit thinner than in the hard cover one.

Where to get — You can get them at Tesco or MPH but I’m pretty sure most stationery shops carry them.

Miquelrius Spiral Notebook (RM<50)

I purchased this notebook in 2010 but I’ve only used it halfway through the book. I am left-handed and spiral notebooks are not suitable for left-handed people like me because I always have problem writing on the right side of the book because of the spiral bound. It’s a tear-out notebook so you can take the pages out if you want to but I personally don’t do that to my notebook. I don’t think you can get this specific notebook anymore ’cause I bought it so long ago.

Where to get — ISETAN, KLCC or at

Deja Vu Notebook (RM<40)

This is the current notebook I’m using for journaling. I actually got this in 2014 during post-breakup of my previous relationship so I wrote a lot of emotional stuff in there. I’m the type of person who uses one notebook for one major event in my life and when that event has passed, I kinda ditch that notebook and buy another one just because I don’t like writing about new feelings on a notebook that’s full of my old feelings. I hope you get what I mean here. I found this notebook last week in my drawer (I hid it there, shhh) and I still have 3/4 of the notebook to fill.

The cover of this book is actually plain brown with jersey-like texture but I pasted some cutouts from magazine and I wrapped it with clear wrapping paper because I don’t wanna ruin the cover. It’s very soft and delicate so don’t get your notebook anywhere near wet places. It’ll ruin the cover, trust me. Nonetheless, I enjoy writing in this notebook a lot. I really recommend it if you’re looking for a thick notebook for school or journaling or whatever you feel like.

Where to get — MPH / Made by GrandLuxe

Han El Sanatları Notebook (NA)

My boyfriend got this notebook for me in 2015 during his visit to Turkey. Maybe I’m biased because he got it for me but this is my favourite notebook of all time! It’s a little bit smaller than A5 notebook but the size is perfect for me. The cover is actually fabric and it’s really nice to touch. What I like the most about this notebook is its pages! The paper is super soft and thin, just what I like in notebooks. I love writing in it with gel pens and the ink doesn’t bleed on the next page. I didn’t have any blank pages left so I had it opened to the page of my makeup palette stain log.

Vintage Style Nautical Spiral Notebook (RM<40)

Can we just take a moment to appreciate how vintage-looking this notebook is?! I know I said spiral notebook is not for me but who could resist this type of notebook, honestly. It’s so pretty. I can refill the paper if I’m running out of pages and I can add whatever I want in it. This reminds me of those time a hundred years ago when people write in their journal all the time and they have all these letters and notes that they keep in their journal. I aspire to be inspired by them! I love these kind of stuff.

Where to get — I got it from a booth during a monthly bazaar at my campus but I found it online here

I’m not too nit-picky with the pens I use but I do prefer gel pens and preferably a 0.5mm point. My 3 favourite pens are the Pilot Super Gel, Pilot Wingel, and Faber-Castell True Gel. I’m still on the hunt for a 0.38mm point pens but I couldn’t find them anywhere! The o.5mm Pilot Super Gel is finer than 0.5mm Wingel and True Gel. I don’t know why they’re different like that but nonetheless I do enjoy them. I actually used Pilot Super Gel for my SPM examination and I had loads of it as backups. I loved it so much! For now, I’m really enjoying Faber-Castell True Gel and I already have backups in case I lose the one I’m currently using (yes, I use my pen one-by-one.)

I hope you enjoyed this post! What’s your favourite notebook? Do you journal and what are some of your favourite pens?

  • I miss my old time when i always write almost everything (basically just sad story), now i just spill anything and share with my friend.
    I don’t have a favorite notebook, but i want the leuchtturm1917 so badly! I also prefer dotted one to do journalling. For pens, pilot 0.5 is my favorite!

    • leuchtturm1917 is sooo pretty but i couldn’t justify spending 100++ for a bullet journal 🙁

  • My mum always bought me the spiral notebooks too and they were really hard to use since I’m also left-handed. I would just secretly pass them to my sister who has tonnes of diaries and I’ll use old exercise books to jot down my plans T_T

    That Han El Sanatlari looks really nice by the way 😡

    • maybe you should tell her that spiral notebooks aren’t suitable for you bcs you’re left-handed? there are tons of cute notebooks that you can use for planner, though. and thank you! it really is pretty 🙂

  • Dayana Batrisyia

    I love your vintage notebook! Eh sama lah kita suka pakai gel pen jugak hehe

    • i love it too! gel pen cantik sikit kan hehe

  • I absolutely adore the Nautical vintage looking notebook. It’s so sweet that your boyfriend got you one from Turkey, it’s super cute too I love the patterns.

    Beckie xo // The Pale Tails

    • thank you! he knows i love notebooks so he’s always buying me notebooks if i’m running out of one xx

  • The nautical spiral notebook is just stunning! I’m also obsessed with them, I always have to stop myself from buying more x

    • thank you so much! my weakness is cute notebooks xx

  • Mrs. A

    Mrs. A pun suka jugak simpan notebook kebanyakannya dapat free jer… tapi bila dah ada anak-anak habis ntah ke mana anak-anak ambil hehhehee.. currently adalah dua jer…
    Kalau kat office Mrs. A guna ball pen aje faber castell 0.7.
    Kalau kat rumah selalunya guna pilot super gel macam yang Erin punya tu

    • faber-castell dengan pilot tu memang best!

  • Siqah Hussin

    Love all your notebook Erin especially your Vintage notebook and the one that your bf bought in Turkey 😀 Siqah sekarang ada dah notebook, hehe, cuma kecik je. Itu pun takdelah spesifik cam erin. Currently ada review buku dan new English words je. Siqah plan nak beli notebook yang saiz besar.nanti terjah MPH 😀 kat Shoppee pun tengok banyak gak notebook cantik <3

    • thank you siqah!! haah kat shopee banyak yang cantik cantik. geram tengok! 🙂

  • OMG I’m in loove with the vintage style notebook you got, it is soooo nice!
    I myself love to buy/diy notebook for no reason 🙂

    • thank you so much Lya! yes i love buying notebooks too 🙂

  • I love notebooks, they’re my fave form of stationary and your collection is giving me major envy haha! I love the styles and patterns they have! Have a great weekend 🙂

    Trishna xx

  • omg erin. you got so many awesome notebook meh.
    im freaking in love with the last one!
    btw, im a bit picky kalau bab nak pilih pen ni tau.
    memang sanggup habis banyak untuk pilot punya brand.
    so far itu paling berkenan dihati.

    • thank you Hafiz! haah Pilot punya brand memang best but tu lah, beli 2 pen dia boleh beli nasi lauk ayam haha

  • I love the unicorn dotted book, murah dan senang nak buat kotak kotak, hehehe, geng lah left handed! Pen Fable Castell tu pun antara favorite pen juga, hihi.

    • haah unicorn tu best kan and murah, lepastu banyak color jugak hehe. best faber-castell tu 🙂

  • I always know I got this weird soft spot for notebooks so knowing there are others made me feel so happy. Haha. I restricted it though since I felt guilty not using it. But honestly, if I found that dotted notebook, I’ll would definitely get it.

    • i really recommend the dotted notebook for bullet journaling x