6 Different Uses For Your Empty Notebooks And Journals

Posted by Hayley Remde on

Hey! It’s @hayleyremdeart here, and I’m a journal hoarder. Do you have a habit of buying journals but not using them too? I once read somewhere that buying journaling supplies and actually using them are two completely different hobbies, and I have to say I definitely agree. I see pretty journals, buy them, and then never get around to using them! Lately I decided I wanted to start filling some of them up, so keep reading to find out all the ideas I’ve come up with.

Journal Stack

Recommended Supplies:

  • Journal – As always, it will be no surprise to you that my pick is the Archer and Olive Journal. The lovely and thick pages have no bleeding or ghosting, so you get a clean start for every project spread! Also, it means you can decorate the spread without worrying about it.
  • Pencil – To carefully plan out your ideas so you can make sure your spread has everything you need.
  • Fineliners –My favourites are the Unipin fineliners as they’re waterproof, affordable and have a strong nib.
  • Decorative Touch (optional) - This could be anything from washi to watercolour, or of course, nothing! I usually like to add a personal touch to my spreads so they’re more fun to use and look at.


Bullet Journalling

Future log spread

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If you’ve somehow managed to completely miss the bullet journal craze over the last couple of years, then I’m here to tell you it’s the answer to all your planning needs.

Weekly spread

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Created by Ryder Carroll, all you need to start a bullet journal is a journal (usually dot grid) and a pen. The completely flexible system means you’ll be organised and motivated in no time. My favourite spreads to use are future logs, yearly goals, monthlies and weeklies. So, if you want to find out more head over to the official bullet journal website!


Memory Keeping

Marsha memories

[Image by @mashaplans on Instagram]

One thing I realised lately, is that I do not make enough time to remember and celebrate the small moments. Last month I was extremely proud of myself for finishing a big project, but in a few months that memory will fade and I’ll have nothing to remember it by. Do you feel the same way?

Hayley memories

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I was recommended by @mashaplans  to start a memory journal. There I plan to document my memories by lettering in words to remember happy moments, stick in pictures and hold on to mementos. That way I can flip back and see it all I one place!



Diary image

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I’d say this one used to be the most common use for a journal, but I really don’t know many people who keep a diary anymore. Keeping a diary can have many benefits on your mental health, and it’s another way of looking back on old memories. Therefore, I made it a challenge to stick to a diary for 1 month, doing a small entry each morning or evening. So far, it’s really going well and I know I’ll continue way past the month!


Practice A New Skill

Elizabeth art journal

[Image by @elizabeth.kramer.art on Instagram]

One of the best and most useful ways to fill a journal is to learn something new. Maybe you want to get better at lettering or painting? Or maybe you’re studying something and you need a place to take notes? I personally have started a journal for watercolours as it’s something I want to improve on.

Handwriting drill

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Having a journal dedicated to that skill it really useful as it means you have to space to practice practice practice. Take lettering for example, you can commit to filling one page a day of drills. You’ll be improving in no time!


Travel Journal

Travel plan spread

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So I know we’re not travelling a lot lately, but it’s definitely one of my favourite things to do. And you always make some of the best memories with travelling! That’s why it’s really useful to have a dedicated notebook just for planning and recording your holidays.

Travel memories spread

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I usually use mine to plan everything from packing to sightseeing, and then do daily diary entries whilst I’m there. It’s so fun to look back on, and useful to ensure you’re all organised before you head off!



Gratitude journal

[Image by Gabrielle Henderson on Unsplash]

I don’t know about you, but lately (during the pandemic especially) it is way too easy to focus on the negatives. Doing a daily gratitude has made me realise that even on a really bad day I have something to be thankful of. Sometimes I just write down one word, others a few sentences. As well as being nice to look back on, two minutes a day it makes me reflect and focus on something positive. I really recommend a gratitude journal to anyone who finds it too easy to focus on the negatives!


Anyway, I hope I’ve given you some help and inspiration on how to fill those empty journals you’ve been hoarding. If I have, I would love to know, so tag me on Instagram (@hayleyremdeart) and use #hayleyremdeinspired to get the chance to get your creations featured in my stories!


  • These are great ideas. I use a separate notebook to practice my Spanish and French and a separate notebook for my yoga practice

    MArsha on

  • I recently started one to try out BUJO and ended up making it into more like a weekly activity journal with photos. I write what we did daily in the boxes. And then add at least one of two pix to each weeks spread with my sprocket printer. It prints perfect 2×3 photos from my phone with a. Sticky backing to stick it right in my journal 🥰

    Lei on

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