I always thought it would be cool to collect something. I’ve moved over 15 times over the years, so I’ve never had enough space or patience to deal with having a lot of stuff. In fact, every few months I go through our house looking for any clutter or things we’re not using that I can donate to a charity.

If I were to collect something, I would collect journals and sketchbooks, hence the name of my blog: Terri’s Notebook. I have never been without a notebook. My mind is constantly working, so I try to write everything down as ideas, inspiration, and to-dos come up.

Ever since we had to create our own sketchbooks for my Concept Development class last semester, I’m addicted to all sorts of notebooks, journals, sketchbooks, and moleskins. I especially love to make my own and learn new techniques for bookmaking.

I’m happy to report that I actually use the sketchbooks I collect, and have been filling them up with regular drawing practice.

My latest favorite is this colorful sketchbook I bought at Blicks. The cover is a collage of Pantone color chips.

The inside pages are graph paper with blank space at the bottom of each paper.

I also realized that I love eye shadow palettes, so add these to things I collect. I am usually drawn to them for the cool packaging.

But they also have to have a selection of colors I will use.

My husband reminded me that I love lip balms, so I guess I collect those too!

My collections are not very big, and I use all these things regularly, so it’s not so bad after all, is it?! (shush and just nod your head in agreement!)