The first step in your Daily Pages creative habit is choosing your notebook. There are so many great notebooks to use for Daily Pages out there for you to pick up, each with their own pros and cons.
If you’re feeling crafty, you can also DIY a notebook so that you have the exact paper, size, and number of pages that you want — but honestly, I wouldn’t attempt this until you’ve completed a couple of Daily Pages notebooks. This way you’ll know what you like and what you don’t like, and you can use that info to craft the perfect notebook for you.
If you’ve got a spare notebook just lying around at home that you think might work, that’s definitely a contender! I’m always a huge advocate for using what we’ve already got before going out and buying new things.
A huge part of this project is figuring out what works for you. So don’t worry if you don’t find the perfect notebook on the first try, and let me say — I’m not even sure there is such a thing as the perfect notebook — just the one you’re using right now.
Here are a few of my favorite notebooks to use for Daily Pages
I’ve created more Daily Pages notebooks inside Field Notes than any other notebooks. They are sturdy, easy to handle, and they come in so many interesting designs. I really do want to collect all of the different notebooks.
Field Notes are 5.5” high and 3.5” wide. About the size of an index card. Various Field Notes notebooks come with different paper types inside, either lined, grid, dot grid, or blank.
I personally love the dot grid. I absolutely hate lined. It does not work for me. There were a couple of books that I tried with lined paper, and I struggled so hard.
Now I know what I enjoy, and I’m better for it on the other side of the struggling through that book.
One of my favorite things about Field Notes is the variety of notebooks that they create throughout the years, through their quarterly subscription service, their collaborations, and whatever other projects they choose to pick up.
It means that I get to have a variety of ‘different’ journals without really changing all that much up on my end.
Scout Books are a great place to start out with Daily Pages. They are my favorite starter notebook. This is exactly why they are the notebook inside the Daily Pages in a Box kit.
The Scout Books are slightly smaller than Field Notes in every way. They measure 5” high and 3.5 inches wide. They generally have fewer pages than the Field notes books as well. This means you’ll finish your first Daily Pages notebook first and feel that endorphin reward from a big win.
They also perfectly fit (with a border) 3×4 pocket page journaling cards. If you think that you’re going to be doing a lot of Daily Pages with old pocket page cards, this is a great option.
Using up your stash can be one of the best parts of Daily Pages. So grab a notebook that lends itself well to your stash!
EEC Notebooks are 4×6 inches in diameter and they are made by a one-woman company out of Berkley, CA, and Manilla, PH. Her books have very high-quality paper and come in a number of different inside page designs.
These books are amazing if you need help getting started on your Daily Page design and don’t love the blank page.
I love that can write and stamp with zero worries about bleedthrough. The 4×6 size is also especially fun to make use of your scrapbook supply stash.
As part of making this project work for you and your life — choose to notice points of friction without judgment. We can do hard things and enjoy them, or choose to make it easier whenever we want.
If you have any questions about Daily Pages notebooks, please feel free to leave a comment below!