Keeping a personal journal might sound reminiscent of our childhood or teenage days, but it’s something that adults alike are increasingly enjoying. Studies have also found that keeping a journal can offer numerous health benefits too; aiding with anxiety and stress and helping to achieve personal targets or goals*. The Open University states that reflecting on one’s experiences is part of everyday learning and therefore can contribute to an individual’s development or personal growth**, an essential tool to master if studying.

Like writing a blog – but without the need for technology – journals, scrapbooks and personal diaries are a wonderful way to articulate oneself and preserve memories. They also hold a permanence and nostalgic quality that web blogs may not, due to their physicality. And even if you don’t feel yourself to be much of a writer, expressing yourself through sketching, mind-mapping or list-making can be just as creative a way to document day-to-day life or special experiences.

To help inspire you, we’ve rounded up our favourite journals and notebooks that leading high street retailer Ryman Stationery has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a traditional-style journal to encase a daily record, or a scrapbook for keeping special memories and jottings safe within for years to come, we’ve got something for everyone. Let the flame of your inner Bridget Jones ignite and start putting pen to paper. As William Wordsworth once said, “fill your paper with the breathings of your heart”. 

Journals and Diaries

Journals are a charming method of preserving memories and documenting a day-to-day diary of happenings. Whether you choose to fill yours with a daily record, note down thoughts an observation, or even pen a fictional memoire, choose your journal to reflect you best. Afterall, what could be more individual than you? 

Add some sparkle to your writing with one of these gorgeous Ryman Sparkle Notebook Journal Ruled Medium (£9.99). Ideal for notetaking or as a daily journal for 2019, spoil yourself to one or gift it as a luxurious present for the writer in your life.

Are you an animal lover? As matriarch of the family, treat yourself to one of these beautiful Dingbats Wildlife Journal Notebook Dotted A5 Grey Elephant (£13.95). Or why not treat Daddy or Baby bears to a Dingbats Wildlife Journal Notebook Dotted A5 Brown Bear (£13.95)? With dotted pages perfect for writing or sketching, a ribbon marker, expandable pocket and a pen holder, ensure all your precious doodles are kept secure and in one place. 

For a touch of deluxe, why not indulge in a Ryman Suede Effect Journal Notebook Ruled Medium(£9.99). In a choice of blue, peach or pink colourways, there’s bound to be one to suit you. With 192 lined pages and in a medium A5 size, it’s perfect for popping in your handbag and taking with you, wherever you choose to go. 

Becoming a mum? Why not plan your pregnancy with ease with the help of this Mum’s Pregnancy Baby Diary (£14.99)? Record memories from your pregnancy, whilst organising the lead up to birth with checklists and to-dos. It will no doubt be a journal to treasure and look back on, forever more. 

If you fancy giving the organisational trend of bullet journaling (or BuJo as its aficionados affectionally term it) a go, but are wondering where to start, look no further than The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll (£16.99 reduced to £11.99), creator of the Bullet Journal. Helping to inspire and explain his simple but effective method, Carroll helps you to track your past, order your present and plan your future.

For the bullet journalists amongst you, this Leuchtturm Bullet Journal Notebook A5 (£16.50) is a perfect way to carry out this technique of journaling. Featuring a page marker and elasticated enclosure band to keep your jottings safe, it’s ideal for those who crave adding structure to their personal journal. 

For the list makers, the My Listography My Amazing Life in Lists journal (£6.99) provides a beautifully illustrated book with numerous lists to fill in. Best and worst travel experiences, pet names, career highlights. The possibilities are endless.


Perfect for storing photographs, cards, favourite recipes or even for planning a memorable event, scrapbook journals are an artistic way to create and preserve your memories. Perfect for whatever age, all that’s left to do is fill one with your most intimate and precious moments. 

Ever wondered what it might be like to look back on your life, as the years go by? Perhaps you’re struggling to find that perfect present for the newest addition to the family? Look no further than the My Life Story 100 Year Diary (£29.99). record every precious moment, from infant to adulthood. Write, draw, store photographs, tickets or invitations all together in this stunning book, to keep your irreplaceable mementos and memories in one safe place. Don’t let treasured reminiscences float away. 

Making memories together is priceless. Why not create a memory book with your little one and start tapping into their creative streak? The La De Dah Hopes and Dreams Journal and Glue Pen(£12.99 reduced to £6.49) has the ability to be refilled, alongside photo pocket pages and a ring opening binder to allow for page movement. The ultimate way to produce a personalised journal, together.

Are you a globetrotter or an ardent explorer? Planning the trip of a lifetime? The perfect companion for adventurers is the My Travel Journal Book (£15.99). The hardback cover means it’s durable enough to last the distance in your backpack, whilst its beautiful design and purpose makes it a thoughtful gift for a jetsetter. All you need now is your pen and passport! 

There’s nothing quite as beautiful as special memories. Remind yourself of your favourite moments with this First Edition Beyond The Shore Scrapbook Album 8 x 8 (£11.99 reduced to £4.49). Alternatively, why not give as a gift and present it your loved one filled with your most precious memories together.

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