Writing Notebooks

Once upon a time I dreamed up using a refillable binder as my writing notebook. So one day, after filling up bound notebook after expensive bound notebook, I decided to make one of my full-size Mead Flex binders into a writing notebook. You can briefly read about it here.

The black flex binder has long term pieces in it: book ideas, longer nonfiction piece that I add to still.

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My pink flex binder has been many things over the years: school binder, planner, project manager, life notebook, and a catchall notebook with loose leaf paper. It is currently set up as a catchall notebook. I use it to write out blog posts. I was going to try writing out my blog posts in my journal, but wasn’t working the way I wanted it to.


So far, this set up is working for me. And this is an example of one way you can organize your writing, whether you’re writing blog posts, fiction pieces, nonfiction pieces, etc.

© Cori Large June 2, 2015

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lindsay
    Jul 20, 2015 @ 08:17:46

    This is a great idea! I love binders and require my students to have them because they’re just the best.


  2. Dana
    Jul 20, 2015 @ 08:46:08

    Great organization!!


  3. Becky @ Disney in your Day
    Jul 20, 2015 @ 09:11:14

    Good idea! I too have filled up many notebooks.


  4. Cynthia
    Jul 20, 2015 @ 11:37:40

    I love my disc bound notebooks!


  5. Anne Campbell
    Jul 20, 2015 @ 11:57:02

    This is a great idea–binders take up so much space, so it’s neat that these are more compact and still able to be rearranged and added to. Thanks for the tips!


  6. Jen
    Jul 20, 2015 @ 15:02:01

    I really like that these are pretty flat and compact. I use my moleskines because they are compact enough to stay in my purse and can always be right there with me.


    • caendicott
      Jul 21, 2015 @ 07:46:10

      If you like the compactness of a moleskine, then you might be interested in the Mead Shopping OrganizHer notebook. (I’ve done several posts and videos on this item.) It is compact, takes 8.5 x 5.5 paper, the punch is a regular 3 hole punch where you use the top and middle holes, and it has an elastic strap to keep it closed. Check out some of my older blogs posts for more information.


  7. Mary Hill
    Jul 20, 2015 @ 16:04:44

    Do these stand the test of time? They seem more pratical than my larger binders. I will have to look into them. Thanks for sharing.


    • caendicott
      Jul 21, 2015 @ 07:44:02

      Of the first two I bought at least 5 years ago, I still have one of them and it is still in good shape. If you’re hesitant because of the price, I recommend waiting until school supplies go on clearance (Oct-Dec). This is when I usually stock up. I have 5 in reserve right now.


  8. Justine Y @ Little Dove Creations
    Jul 20, 2015 @ 16:34:48

    I’m glad that you’ve found something that works for you. 🙂 I know so many people love using electronics and typing things out, but there is just something I love about being able to write things out on good old paper. 🙂


  9. Nastasia
    Jul 20, 2015 @ 16:47:41

    I took a creative writing class this past semester and have been inspired to write more ( including my blog.) Never thought of myself as a writer either! Love this idea in your post!


  10. Mionna
    Jul 20, 2015 @ 17:19:20

    This is a great idea. The fact that they’re reusable speaks for itself!!


  11. Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie
    Jul 20, 2015 @ 20:37:34

    What a great idea! I love how much thinner it is too. Thanks for sharing!


  12. Melanie Pickett
    Jul 20, 2015 @ 21:48:43

    This a great, much less expensive idea. I have tons of notebooks and this is a cool option.


  13. Betsy @ Happily Ever After, Etc.
    Jul 20, 2015 @ 22:22:18

    I love to fill up an empty notebook… I tend to keep one on hand for blog posts as well! I like that writing out a post long hand let’s you really think through it… then think through it a second time when you type the post! It’s like built in editing!


  14. shelby
    Jul 20, 2015 @ 22:46:11

    That’s awesome. I love buying new notebooks!


  15. Kristy as Giftie Etcetera
    Jul 31, 2015 @ 09:01:27

    I agree with the comments about the lightness and better carry-ability than binders. I miss being a student. Back then (in the Dark Ages…ha ha) there were only huge binders and cheapo, easy-to-rip notebook covers.


    • caendicott
      Jul 31, 2015 @ 09:55:43

      When I found these binders, I thought I had died and gone to Heaven. And when I found out there was a smaller version, I died again!


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