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4 Journals I use at the moment ~ With tips!

4 Journals I use at the moment ~ With tips!

4 journals
Journals, you know I love them! I’m now on “normal”  journal number ten and this is not going to be the last one I make!

With normal journal I mean a journal, no whether what I will always write in it and that is the most important notebook for me. But I don’t write in just one notebook, I do in several ones. And I really want to show you what notebooks I use at the moment to keep my mind sane!

I write in notebooks as long as I can remember. When I was little I was nuts about notebooks, friendship books and went to the library very often. I don’t have any diary left from when I was at that age, because they were all filled till page 20 or something and blank from that page on. So mostly I threw them away, a waste when I think about it right now. I would have loved it to read about what was on my mind at that moment!

But back to this what this post is about!
So I don’t only have these journals, but also use some others:

1. The one I shared the most

Like I said, I’ve never been that good with keeping a diary at an early age, but since I started journaling, I never stopped doing it! So yeah, what is the difference between these two and why does it seems easier to write in a journal then a diary? Well I think this post is going to be way too long if I get into the details, but I think a journal is something more open, accepting and less too personal.

The most beautiful thought about journals I think it’s  that it doesn’t have to be only for me. I know my mom and grandma have diaries from long ago and I would love to read them! Only I know they rather keep it for themselves and ofcourse I do respect that. But (almost) everyone can take a peek into my journal if they want to.

2. A regular A4 notebook

An another notebook I regularly use is a normal A4 ring bound notebook. Here I write down the thoughts that I want to get rid of, but rather not write it in my other journal. Those are more personal and I know that I would want to throw those pages away some day.

Something I also use this notebook for, are Morning Pages. If you have never heard of this, it’s something Julia Cameron created and wrote about in her book The Artist’s Way.

So the whole idea of this is that you wake up, make yourself a nice cup of coffee or tea and sit down to write down three full pages of everything that’s on your mind. Yes, three is a lot and I actually never write three pages. Mostly two, then my head is clear and ready for the day! Also I don’t write them that often, because on work days I really don’t have the time for this in the mornings. So I rather write Morning pages of free days and in evenings to write about everything that happened that day.

Some time ago, I started something new. You may have read about it in my last post. I made a free printable that you also can download and use, filled with writing prompts to have everything something to write about. I always have loved it to use these kinds of printables and it’s really fun to make one myself and use it!

3. Blogjournal

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop” it says on the front of this notebook. I’m not crazy about quotes, but this is something that is really “true” for me. There are days when your motivation is far away and you rather watch netflix then make a new blogpost (yes I’m very guilty of this) . And sometimes it is good to do something else, to get a break from everything, but you also need to keep going on for the same reason you started doing it in the first place!

So generally I use this notebook for notes about social media and articles for my blog. Regularly I make notes to get to know more about the beauty of blogging!

4. Workbooks

There is something that I always loved so much to do, and that is writing in books. And now I’m not talking about notebooks, but workbooks. And no, not those from school, but really fun ones you can buy in the bookstore. You might have heard of “Wreck This Journal” from Keri Smith. I have had this book, never did much with it, sadly, but I did like to flip through it and writing in it!

Nowadays I own workbooks like the “Mindfulness workbook” from Flow Magazine and I’m working in a dutch workbook named (in english) “I can achieve everything I want to” from Gewoon Jip. I bought this book at creative life last march. So in this book you are working on a specific dream or goal you want to achieve. And throughout the book, you are actually realizing the dream or goal. These books are so much fun to work with!

Some tips for you to keep a journal:

– Buy a notebook and take it everywhere you go. Write in it when you feel like it and use it to write down thoughts or just notes.

– Use my free printable! More ideas to fill up the notebook you just bought 🙂

– If you are going to save this journal for many years, be sure to invest in a really good notebook. I love to use Paperblanks but I’ve also heard great things about Moleskine. They are expensive, but they will last you a long time!

– Stick not with only one brand. Honestly, if I would have a regular black journal time after time, I would be done with the book a lot faster. So be bold, choose a design you love and don’t be afraid to try out different brands! I have journals that come in various sizes and I love each and everyone of them!

– Do you think that only writing is a bit boring? Well I can understand it because I share the same feeling. That’s why I use scraps of paper, colorful pens and washi tape to bright up my pages!

– Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram are great sources to boost your inspiration and motivation to work in your journal! I especially love to use Instagram, I always find so much inspiration for new pages and new ways to make my journal pretty  🙂

Do you have journals? And did you get some more inspiration to fill up your pile of blank notebooks?


Much love,


April writing prompts

April writing prompts


April is right around the corner (it has already started when you read this) with hopefully lots of beautiful spring days to come.
Maybe you can already see it, here you can find a link to a printable I made.
This is something I’ve done some months and I really liked it doing it! Now I wanted to make one myself and ofcourse share it with you guys!

So have you always wanted to do more with pen and paper but have no idea what to write about or where to begin, this will help you get some inspiration to get through the writers block for journalers!

What you’ll need

A notebook, a pen (or several kinds of pens, markers, pencils and go on) and this printable.

Ofcourse I’m going to use this in April. I don’t think I’m going to write them in my normal journal, but in a A4 notebook.
And I would really love it to see you using it! So please do share it with my in your story on Instagram or just in a post. Mention me, You would make me really happy!

I hope April has much planned for you, nice moments to look back to and that there would be many good days❤


Do you like the printable?


Much love,


APRIL writing prompts

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Review ~ Zebra Mildliners

Review ~ Zebra Mildliners

For such a long time I have seen the Zebra Mildliners taking over instagram. I wanted them for so long, but something was holding me back.

You can’t order them on dutch websites and I have find it a bit scary to order something from across the broad. I had one time when I ordered a sweater and I had to pay so much import duties that I never did that again.
But some weeks ago, I saw a discount code from @Peachystudy and I decided to just order it and to see how it goes!
Last week, my order finally came in the mail and I want to show you what kind of beauties these markers are!

I ordered from

review zebra mildliners

review zebra mildliners    .

The price I payed

I payed $12.60/€11.85 total with the discount.
So in the end, I didn’t had to pay import duties what makes me really happy!
You don’t have to pay extra when the total price (with shipping costs) is under €21. (This is in NL, It can be different in other countries.)
This is an amazing price with the discount in my opinion.

review zebra mildliners

review zebra mildliners

The product

First of all, you can choose between three different colour palette’s; Pastel, Warm and Cool. I chose for Cool because it all had colours I love.

In this palette you get five colours, there’s green, blue, grey, purple and a pink/red one. The pink/red and blue one are already mijn favorites!
The pens are double sided, with a bold tip for marking and a fine tip for writing.
You can see that the colour looks different on the tip of the marker than what you get on paper. On the tip the colour is more bright, but you really get a nice mild colour when used!
The material of the marker is very nice. It’s all made from plastic and it feels very stable and high-end in your hands.

review zebra mildliners

What am I going to use them for?

I am intending to use these pens in my journal (ofcourse) for writing and maybe some drawing.
Like when I still was at school, it loved it to write all my notes down. Now I don’t need to do that anymore ofcourse, but I still like to make lists. Lists for todo’s, movies to watch, books to read, and so on. These pens will definitely make my notes and lists more beautiful. 

Do you have these beautiful mildliners and do you like them?

Much love, Joy

Birthday Giveaway! (CLOSED)

Birthday Giveaway! (CLOSED)

Yesterday I turned 21! Finally a grown up they say, but not for me. I think it’s important to never lose the child inside of you! Play, be crazy and live your life like you want to do, because being a grown up is just boring, right?

Because of turning 21 winters, summers and everything old, I’m hosting a giveaway for you guys! You may have already seen this coming up my Instagram, but if you haven’t:

(Note: You can only attent this giveaway by Instagram)


What you can win:

1. Paperblanks mini journal
I got many lovely messages about my new journal, so now you can win your own!

2.Stabilo Boss highlighter in pastel pink
A lovely one, secretly wished I could have him for myself haha

3.Ecoline Brush pen
I have one of these, and have used it on my trip to Austria. I loved it so much! It has a very deep and beautiful colour but doesn’t bleed through the paper in this journal, perfect, right?

4.Some washi tapes
To decorate your pages 🙂


What you need to do to get a chance of winning:

1.Live inside the EU. I’m sorry I really want to do a international giveaway someday!
2.Follow me on IG @JOURNALBYJOY
3. Like my picture
4. Tag your bestie in the comments!

That’s it! 


This giveaway will end on the 16th of February.



Good luck everyone, and as always;
Much love, Joy


Gisteren ben ik 21 jaar oud geworden! Eindelijk volwassen zeggen ze, maar niet voor mij. Ik vind het belangrijk dat je nooit het kind in jezelf verliest. Doe gek, speel en leef je leven zoals jij het wilt! Volwassen zijn is toch maar saai.

Omdat ik 21 winters, zomers en alles ben geworden, organiseer ik een winactie voor jullie! Misschien heb je dit al op mijn instagram langs zien komen, zo niet, hier wat je kan winnen en wat je moet doen om te winnen:


(Je kan op instagram meedoen aan deze winactie)

Wat je kan winnen:

1.Paperblanks mini notitieboek
Ik heb veel hele leuke berichtjes gekregen over deze journal en nu kan je ook je eigen winnen!

2.Stabilo Boss highlighter in pastel rose
Ik zou hem bijna willen houden, zo mooi vind ik hem!

3.Ecoline Brush pen
Ik heb al één van deze, en had hem ook gebruikt op wintersport. Ik vind hem echt geweldig! Hij heeft een hele diepe kleur, maar drukt niet door in het notitieboekje dat je hier kan winnen.

4.Een paar washi tapes
Om je pagina’s te decoreren 🙂

Wat je moet doen om te kunnen winnen:

1.Binnen de EU wonen.
2.Mij volgen op Instagram @JOURNALBYJOY
3.De foto van de winactie leuk vinden
4. Je bestie taggen in de comments!


Dat is alles!



Deze giveaway loopt t/m 16 Februari.


Heel veel succes en zoals altijd;
Veel liefs, Joy

Travel journal accessories ~ Trip to Austria

Travel journal accessories ~ Trip to Austria

You guys, I’m so excited because next week, I’m going on a trip to Austria! We are going to skiing for a week and I can’t wait to leave already!
Ofcourse I’m going to take my journal with me and I’d like to show you what I take with me on this trip.Travel journal accessories

Some time ago I made my own journal for traveling, but this time it’s just for one week. I don’t know yet how much time I will have to write and make my spreads, and because I already had bought my new journal lately, it’s going to be in my Paperblanks journal!Travel journal accessories

We have been skiing since I was about six years old and they are the holidays I enjoy the most. Sun and the beach is okay for me, but what you get me really excited about is snow and beautiful mountains.

Travel journal accessories

Have you ever been skiing or snowboarding?

Much love,




Travel journal accessories