Moleskin journals?

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Posted 1/27/2013 by jenkitty in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:24:49 AM
Hey friends,

I've been debating whether or not to get into scrapbooking (card maker here) and I realized that frankly, my life is just not interesting enough right now. I think soon I will want to delve into PL, but right now I wouldn't have anything to scrap. I love putting my stamps and washi tape to good use, though, and I really want to do more writing than scrapping. I was thinking about a big moleskin journal to write in and then just add cut accents like journal cards, stickers, stamps, tape, etc. Kind of like a Smash Journal, but I don't want a Smash Journal.

Anyone used moleskins? If so what thickness? There are so many different kinds! Or do you have another recommendation?



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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:36:22 AM
My hesitation would be how thick it would be in the end after adding things. If that doesn't bother you, go for it!

I will say I'm doing a mostly-written project for a Kerri Bradford class, and I'm using a small (like 8x5) Avery binder with lined pages and dividers that I got off Amazon. I wanted the small size but with more flexibility (to take things out or add them) than a bound book would give.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:27:57 AM
I say go for it! I am using my own journals for smash/PL type projects. One was just everything and anything that took my fancy. Ended up pretty thick but that's what I love about it. I have started another for travel memories and it has an elastic that keeps it's a paperchase notebook. And I LOVE that it can get as thick as I want but the elastic will still keep it in check. What I love about this hobby is you can totally adapt it to your own style and make it your own. Have fun!!!
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Posted: 1/27/2013 8:10:33 AM
Mine are hardback and would not do well with a bunch of 'stuff' in it. The spine has no expectation of expansion, so I would not think that Moleskine would be a good choice for you.

What about a composition book?

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Posted: 1/27/2013 9:03:09 AM
You could try and make your own. This lady that I am posting on her youtube , made a journal I am trying to make myself. worker4ever123 is the user name... is the video...

Marion Smiths hybrid journal on youtube is were I got the download from then I took it and had Office Max print it out for me. It takes a bit of ink to print but I thought it would be better if I took it in to have them do it... is where I got the download.

View the first one first but Marion also has hers that she did...


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Posted: 1/27/2013 9:12:41 AM
I love Moleskine journals to write in, and would recommend going to a store to feel the different thicknesses and find one that works for you. I know Barnes & Noble carries them. I don't think they'd hold up well to a lot of bulky additions, though.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:01:26 AM
Thanks for all the input- definitely helpful!

Yeah, that's the one thing I was worried about with a journal that's *not* sprial bound . . . whether I could even open it enough to work.

I think a composition notebook might have too filmsy of a page and I don't want something lined, but maybe they make other varieties.

Thanks, everyone!

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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:11:50 AM
I like to use the Moleskine Sketchbook (the one with the bluish purple band). The pages are thick enough for some paint. I like it when my journal gets thick and won't close flat. It feels "special".

If you type in "Moleskine Scrapbook" in Google Images, you will come up with a lot of images of people using their Moleskines the way you want to.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 1:06:58 PM
I love Running Rhino journals. They're spiral-bound, heavy paper. Some of them are lined, some unlined, some have lines on one side of the page and blank on the other side. You can buy them here: Parkside Papers. Scroll down to see the journals.

You also might be able to find RR journals in a store near you. Here's the link for the manufacturer and store locator: Madison Park Greetings.

I've only used the RR journals as journals...I've never tried to use them as a smashbook type of journal, but I think they'd work really well.



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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:40:24 PM
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Posted: 1/28/2013 12:04:48 PM
I art journal and while I don't use moleskins for that, a lot of art journalers do. They hold water colors and other paints better than plain paper, like the drawing paper I use in mine. I'm cheap, I just let my water color pencils warp the pages. Other art journalers use gesso.

If you aren't playing with wet mediums, I wouldn't pay the extra expense for moleskins. But it sounds like you would really enjoy art journaling. There is an art journaling challenge posted here every week, but you will find more good stuff if you look around on a blog called

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