As 'Stationery Blogger of the Year' I've been lucky enough to review and recommend lots of stationery items this year, including many diaries, journals and notebooks, in all shapes and sizes. If I'm being totally honest, I struggle to find a diary that totally suits my needs so I tend to mix-and-match with a diary and bullet journal plus reminders on my phone. There are, however, some stand-out items in journal land so I've collated them to help you choose your diary for 2018.
Word. Standard Memorandum but also a wide variety of notebooks, including left handed memo pads. They also have added a selection of pens, pencils and accessories.
I wanted to give Mustard Gifts a little mention here even though I'll be focusing more on their offerings for my 'Stationery Lovers Gift Guide' because they have a fantastic range of notebooks, including dot-grid paper in their T-Rex range - fantastic and fun for your bullet journalling.
Simple Daily Planner which would work brilliantly as a journal and the Un Recueil D'essais notebook which is undated but the layout reminds me of a Hobonichi. They also have a fun quiz on their website which helps you decide what your pen says about you!
I was lucky enough to see the 2017 version of the Trigg Life Mapper and then win a copy of the 2018 edition this week!! This is a page-a-day productivity companion that forces you to plan and move towards your goals for the year with prompts and reflection points. It's a chunky little number and more likely to stay on your desk or side table than be carried about with you.
2018 diary selection comes in various sizes and also includes Filofax-compatible inserts. I've already got the calendar up in the kitchen and the desk diary at work. Have a look around the website for notebooks and project organisers too.
If you're a Filofax traditionalist then you will already know which insert suits your needs the best - my preference is the 'week to view with notes' - but my hero of the year from Filofax is their refillable notebook. I've used both the A5 and the pocket version - each come with 4 dividers and a selection of paper - and they are both sturdy and practical.
Hope House Press
recommended their 'secret code' diary cover creations however you can personalise any of their diary or notebook collections and they've even added accessories such as pens and pencil cases, some of which can also be personalised.
Can you not find that diary layout that works for you? Maybe a Toad Diary is the way forward. The whole journal, from cover to cover, can be designed by you including when your diary starts, the layout and the colour scheme. They also have different styles of diaries to choose from such as monthly planners and fitness journals.