The best journal to suit your personality type? Find out in our complete guide
Since its invention, the journal has represented more than simply a place to store ideas. For some, it is home to messy scribbles and sketches; for others, it’s a carefully organised space of future plans and dreams.
One thing is for sure - there’s a journal for everyone, and there’s a clear correlation between style and personality type. In this quick guide, we explore the best journals for seven distinct groups of people. Where do you find yourself? Will you find your dream journal here?
For the Busy Bees
We all know someone who just can’t stop moving; busy bees need journals that can keep up. For this personality type, a notebook that can be thrown into any bag is essential, and added organisational features will never go amiss either.
Mark's Storage.it range of notebooks provide a perfect, understated solution. Behind its smooth, recycled PVC covers sits layflat pages to contain your thoughts and notes. A gusseted external pocket safely keeps small items such as a pen, for those on the go. A slim A5 number, this is ideal for throwing in a handbag or backpack before a big day.
For the Dreamer
Dreamers may need more space and time to properly capture their thoughts. If you’re this personality type, you’ll likely spend a good amount of time making mind maps and sketching ideas.
Ola’s layflat notebooks are wonderful for this, providing plenty of room for dreaming and doodling. With their slim, soft covers and layflat binding, they’re the best solution for big ideas and daydreams. Sprawl out and get creative!
For the Writer
Another personality type sure to need a lot of space, writers need journals with plenty of pages to capture their prose and poetry. An aid to the troubles of writers block, a good writer’s notebook will be smart and stylish, respectful of the masterpieces that could fill them.
The Yamama Side Coloured Notebook is ideal-a real homage to the act of writing. Hardback with coloured edgings in gold, green, and red, this also lays flat to provide ease when writing. Made with 206 of the highest qualty paper from OK Fools paper, this is a journal budding authors can really get stuck into.
For the Organisation Obsessed
Love the satisfaction of getting organised? You’re probably looking for a tidy journal that makes it easy to keep everything in place. Alongside a range of binders and an enviable stationery collection, you’re sure to love something like Poi Co’s Log Journal.
Available with either dotted or ruled pages, they have a space for the “subject” with each entry making it easy to see at a glance what every section is about. They’re also slim enough to fit in any laptop case or bag.
For the Traveller
Organisation can also be important when travelling, but a travel journal isn’t a travel journal without an inspiring design. Those filled with wanderlust will undoubtedly love cute journals like those from The City Works' range.
With a range of different cities hand-pressed into their covers, these are the perfect place for memories and reflections from trips away. They even come with a cute Hello World template that helps you draw and colour in landmarks.
For the Fashionista
Looking to make more of a statement? If you’re the type of person who loves to have a small notebook tucked into their purse, you’ll be looking for something as stylish as you are…
Fashionista’s can’t go wrong with Octaevo’s range of passport notes. Inspired by the colours of the Mediterranean, these are incredibly beautiful and sleek. The meaning behind them also gives them an edge with the inspiration for them deriving from philosophers and writers, gifted artists and artisans.
For the Journal-Lover
Last but not least, we had to include the journal lover. The collectors, the rare-find searchers, those who look for journals that simply look great and are great to write in...We’ve got you!
Soon to be released again after selling out, the Bespoke Letterpress Linen Bound Journal is already a classic. Featuring full colour decorative illustrations on both the internal front and back covers by Sarah Gordon, it’s a unique take on the typical hardback journal. With gold foil printing, gold gilded edges and two satin ribbon markers, this is one you’ll save for your best work.
A match made in heaven…
Which journal is set to be your new best friend? Will it be one of the ones on this page or perhaps one from our wider collection?
Keep an eye on our blog for more guides to journals and other stationery.
Written by Beth Longman