Yesterday on a rainy, blustery afternoon, my friend Kerry and I took refuge in the University Bookstore. “I need a new journal,” she informed me. And then in the hushed and titillated tone normally reserved for the discussion of Häagen-Dazs or porn, she asked, “Want to go to the U Bookstore?”
“Let me get my coat.”
I’m lucky to be surrounded by friends who share in my paper lust. The basement of the Bookstore is a treasure trove of writing, crafting, and art supplies. It’s best to go in with a friend; we provide moral support for one another. Left to my own devices, I might sacrifice my retirement fund for a really sweet boxed set of journals.
Luckily, the boxed set I quickly became obsessed with was on sale – half price. I wanted to share it with you. I’ve already been kicked out of the Bookstore for taking photographs in there, so I was forced to buy one. And Kerry was forced as well. It was terrible.
The Canson boxed set pictured here came in five or six color themes. Kerry picked up the darker, broodier set. A strategically cheery polka dot set in shades of watermelon was also available, and a gorgeous leafy set in four shades of green. All the sets came in mini journal size, 3″ x 5″, and full size, 5″ x 8″.
I originally intended to get the nature-inspired boxed set because I’m a sucker for anything with leaves on it. But it was also embossed with the world “Lord My Saviour” all over it for some reason. I’m not sure Jesus would jive with the sordid adventures sure to fill those pages; I’m already living in sin.
The inside of these journals is beautiful, but I don’t know if I’ll even write in them. As I’ve mentioned before, I allow myself to collect blank books and journals whether or not I intend to fill them up. They bring me such joy, even just sitting pretty on the shelf. This boxed set would work well for a journal theme project. They could easily be divided into seasons or similar.
Aren’t these just beautiful?