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Pandora’s Boxed Set: Paisley Journals by Canson

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.

Journal Boxed set of Four by Canson

Journal Boxed Set of Four Blank Books by Canson

Journal Boxed set of Four Paisley Blank Books by Canson

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.

Journal Boxed set of Four Paisley Blank Books by Canson

Journal Boxed Set of Four Blank Books by Canson

Journal Boxed set of Four Paisley Blank Books by Canson

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?


  1. ‘Tis true we share the lust for paper, but you didn’t mention the sordid affairs we have with the pens as well. I am very glad you turned me onto the Precise pens, but oh… the green and purple ink pens I got are just so… so…. JUICY & LUCIOUS! I know you’ve said it doesn’t matter what you write with as long as you’re writing – and I certainly agree! – but I think that anything written with purple ink INSTANTLY makes whatever it is better! (Including checks paid to the cable company!)

  2. I have the same problem, I am forever buying journals, I probably have 15 or 20 blank ones right now. And paisley is my favorite! Oh no, I feel another purchase coming on….

  3. I’m a big fan of paisley, too!

  4. Oh, Kerry — you know I’m saving the pens for their very own entry. I totally agree that purple ink makes everything better. (Some would say it’s like bacon that way.) In fact – I pulled out my Pilot Precise V5 purple pen just the other morning to document this lovely spring weather!

  5. I, too, have a lust for journals! I also buy journals for the sake of having them with no real intentions to fill them up. I have journals that are 15yrs old!!!!

    I have fallen in LOVE with those Canson journals!!! However, I have searched and searched online and have no been able to find them! *so sad*

    • Kerrilynn – I also have journals that are 15 years old! I actually have one I received as a gift for my 18th birthday. So funny that it’s still sitting on my bookshelf unused but totally adored. There’s *got* to be a place to buy those Canson journals online. I’ll keep an eye out for you. Maybe I should start an online store – I’ve got so many tools I want people to have access to!

  6. Oh yes, PLEASE, do let me know if you find them again. I live near RISD so I’m going to check the RISD Store to see if they carry them. They carry EVERYTHING being an art & Design school!