Notebook for the New Year

Hello everyone! I want to share the newest addition to my ever expanding collection of notebooks, journals and planners. It’s from the folks at Word Notebooks and it’s called the Standard Memorandum.


It’s a small, daily diary with room to write a few sentences about your day. (They actually have a great video all about the Standard Memorandum that you can find here.)


It measures only  2.35″ by 5.25″ making it very portable. You can tuck it in a small pocket in your bag, inside your planner or even in your back pocket! Since I already have a journal that I use (more on that in a later post) to write in and an art journal, I needed a reason to buy it.

So I decided to use this little book to find the happy in my day. I think it’s so easy to only see the negative…it almost becomes a habit, a routine. So each day I am going write down something about my day that made me happy. I am going to do this each day in hopes that it will become easier and easier to find. I might toss in something I am grateful for from time to time as well.

So here I was…pleased with my ability to find a reason to buy the Standard Memorandum when I stumbled across the leather cover for it.  I tried to talk myself out of it…I did, I really did. The Memorandum is $11…pretty reasonable in my opinion. The leather cover…well that’s a little bit of splurge at $45.


But of course I splurged! There are three choices…black, tan or brown. As you can see, I chose brown. Monogramming is included.


The leather is similar to the leather on my Midori Traveler’s Notebook. It feels great in your hand…and smells yummy. It will be interesting to see how it ages. It has a simple design and allows the Standard Memorandum to just slip inside the back pocket.

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I liked these little books so much that I thought they would make great stocking stuffers so I picked up a few extras. And I thought it would be fun to give one away! So if you would like a chance to win one…just be a follower and leave a comment on this post. I will announce the winner here on the blog next weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!


33 thoughts on “Notebook for the New Year

  1. I love your new blog! The tulips are perfect (my favorite…. read “Welcome to Holland” by Emily Perl Kingsley c1987).

    I would love a chance at winning the 2015 Standard Memorandum !!! I love how you are going to use it! Thank you for a chance to win this giveaway!


  2. Hi there! Congratulations on your new blog. I have never heard of these little mini memorandums. So cute and so handy. By the way, I look forward to your face to face video next year. Do not be anxious. You could have pink polkadots on your face, but it is your heart that shines through. God bless, Sandra


  3. Congrats on your new blog! Sure are a lot of changes in your life right now! Change can be difficult! Try to think of it as an unknown adventure! The best to you always. Love all of your videos!


  4. Cara – what a great idea! Sometimes it’s easier to see the bad stuff… We forget to look for the good stuff. My husband always tells me to HTGS (hunt the good stuff). Your new journal is a perfect spot to remember good happens every day! Good luck with your new endeavors!


  5. Hi Cara, this neat little pocket journaling tool appeals to capturing creative thoughts & ideas at a moments notice. So very thought provoking & inspirational; TYFS! Good Luck in your new adventures & journeys as well Hugz!


  6. I would love the chance to win a little notebook – they are great. I’m really looking forward to your new style YouTube videos and I am loving your new blog – keep up the good work!


  7. Love this little memorandum! Thank you for the chance to win one! I love your YouTube channel, even if you decide to remain anonymous, that’s ok! Btw, I’m Feralredhead on there. I’d love to see some pics of Alaska on your new blog, the northern lights make me want to water color!
    😊Happy Day!


  8. I found one of your videos a while ago and liked it so much that I went back to watch most of them. Now you are one of a few people I that I have subscribed to that I keep up with on a weekly basis. I don’t know how many scrapbooking products, stamps, pens, websites I have purchased from because I heard about them or saw them on your videos. I have purchased planners, pens, stamps and other supplies after you have mentioned them on your videos. I have also found others to watch because you have mentioned them. It will be fun to follow your blog from the very start. I even now own 5 filofaxes, one was yours at one time, my beautiful pink pocket Chameleon.
    I will look foward to reading more and to see you on video too.


  9. I think the notebook is really cool! The idea of a journal to write down happy thoughts is nice. Really makes us realize we can always find something, right? 🙂 anyway, awesome giveaway and notebook! Looks great!


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