For a while I had been using this beautiful notebook I had picked up from amazon for $13.45 back in January of 2013. I loved the cover and the feel of it in my hands. It made me happy to just hold it.
Then I started using it and I discovered there were some issues. First of all it is blank inside, which I knew it would be when I bought it.
So that meant that I needed to write in all my own entries about my reading. Which I did for about 8 months before I said screw it! It was a major pain in the butt for me for some reason, probably just that I am lazy.
I still loved the book but it just wasn't meeting my needs, I then put the journal in a drawer and began taking book notes on my phone, easier to transfer to my blog sometimes, but it didn't have the feel I wanted. I wanted a book journal. I knew there had to be a way to revive my little beauty. So I began searching the internet and Etsy for something I could use. On Pinterest I stumbled across a free journal by the Modern Mrs. Darcy. I joined her mailing list and was emailed a PDF of the journal. I did not use most of it, I admit that. But the parts I did use were PERFECT!!
There are 5 pages near the back of the journal that were just what I wanted as headers for my journal pages. Each page had 6 copies of the box I wanted, so I printed the pages 3 times to get enough to fill out my journal and pasted them into it. There were also these great literary quotes at the bottom of pages, 18 each so I pasted them into my journal on every 5th page, just to give me something to look forward to reading.
I had this small close pin that I am sign a place marker.
I also used the front quote from her journal and pasted onto the front of mine. That way anyone who looks at it will know exactly what it is.
And Viola, a wonderful custom reading journal that makes me smile every time I pick it up!