I’m very brand-loyal. When I found the right brand of pen, you bet that’s the only brand you’d ever see me buy. Same goes with cosmetics. And laptops. And journals.
Picking up my first Peter Pauper Press journal was random. I got the first blue floral-printed journal that caught my attention from a pile of stuff at a FullyBooked counter at the start of 2011. Since then, I never bought any other brand of notebook other than PPP.
I had a total of 7 journals last year, including the one I’m writing on right now. Allow me to share photos of them because they’re just too photogenic! And they’re actually prettier in real life than the ones you see on their product catalog!
It’s difficult finding them here in Manila, so when I was in New York, I hoarded a couple of pieces from Barnes and Noble. Later on I learned that if you looked hard enough, you’d find them at some National Bookstore, Power Books and Fully Booked branches. I love them so much I started buying them not just for myself but to give to some friends as well.
To make it sweeter, I’ve so far made sure I didn’t get the same design twice. (Hover over the photos to see the captions.)
Their paper is usually plain white and finely-ruled, but once in a while you get yourself a little surprise. Some of these notebooks come with dainty little prints like these:
I’ve made myself visible online all these years, blogging, twitting, posting here and there; but nothing still compares to writing things down old school way—paper, ink, and heart. My journals are the keeper of my most honest thoughts and musings, my most daring prayers, and even my dried-up tears on its pages.
I love the thought that long after my blog sites are abandoned, my eyesight too blurry to see the computer screen, and my hand too shaky to type on a computer keyboard, I still have trinkets of my life preserved in a box-full of journals, which, hopefully, I’d get to hand down to my kids.
I loved my Peter Pauper Press journal! :-) I discovered it by accident, and it was Php 399 at the time (2011). The paper quality and binding were something else! :-) Great post… and such a pretty blog! :-)
I have been looking for something about PPP on the Internet, and I found your blog with these amazing pictures! I love them so much. Im quite addicted to writing journals and I want to do it in beautiful notebooks. I’m from Poland. Here it is not so difficult to buy notebooks of this branch, also others as well, unfortunately they are little expensive. I like their size, suitable for my purse ;) (I travel a lot) – I can take it everywhere and jot down some things while having coffee or being in the plane.
In my opinion the one thing is missing – the ribbon mark, so I have added to my notebooks :). Regards from Brazil and all the best for you and your family :). Kasia
Pretty collection. I like the variety and cute colors. I recently discovered Peter Pauper Press myself, and your collection made me go out and buy a few more. :) I wish all of them had slightly decorated pages inside. What’s the green/blue flower one?
The green/blue one has plain papers only, but I love the cover print too. Would love to see your Peter Pauper Press collection. I bought 3 new designs, I should blog about them soon. :)
Cool. I haven’t been able to find the blue/green one… I couldn’t find the name of it and it appears to be discontinued. 3 new designs? Fun… I would like to see them. :) I’m planning on doing a Peter Pauper Press journal collection on my youtube channel so. My journal collection video was from a few months ago before I got into Peter Pauper Press.
Can you tell me where I could find them please? I have to start using a planner again, and I really like the ones from Peter Pauper Press, but I just saw them in the internet and I don’t know where to find them!
I got myself a PPP planner once too. Came across one in Fully Booked Trinoma. Wait, are you in the Philippines? Coz if you are, you’ll randomly find them in National Bookstore and Fully Booked. Recently, they’re becoming more and more hard to find. But if you’re elsewhere, I think they’re available in Barnes and Noble outlets. That’s where I got some when I was in NYC. :)
I really love reading your blogs. One of the websites I visit before I start my shift..heheheh
Thank you. I feel pressured to write more now, haha. But really, thank you. Comments like yours inspire me like you can’t imagine. God bless! :)
Pretty, pretty journals! Most of my paper journals are used as prayer notebooks, which I don’t mind. I would want to get my hands on something like these, too…if I didn’t have too many notebooks at home. Maybe when I see some, I can gift that to myself. =D
And your handwriting is really pretty. :)
Hello Tina, my journals are my devotion/prayer journals too! Gone are the “Dear Diary” days, these ones are pure “Dear God” entries from cover to cover. If there’s anything I’d want my grand children to remember me by, it’s this crazy exciting faith walk I had. :)
Grace Anne says
I love your response here Riz! I can really feel that these string of thoughts came straight from your heart. :)
And I love the cover of these journals from your photos. Very good choice and these journals are very very “Riz”. :) Take care always and God may be with you, always, all ways. ♥