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12/16/2014 08:39 am ET Updated Dec 22, 2014

15 Adorable Notebooks That Will Make You Want To Put Away Your iPhone And Write

Joan Didion had a thing or two to say about the merits of keeping a notebook -- which she spelled out beautifully in her aptly titled essay, "On Keeping a Notebook." Writes Didion:

I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind's door at 4 a.m. of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends.

So, regardless of whether you aspire to write an earth-shattering novel, keeping a personal journal has clear perks. Enough, in fact, that The Atlantic spelled them out in an article early this month, citing "increasing control and creativity, decreasing anxiety, depression, and rage" as a few. The piece goes on to explain a new app called Emojiary, which allows users to log their daily activities and feelings using, you guessed it, emojis. The idea is to simplify the cathartic process of actually writing your thoughts down, but the benefits are dubious. Instead, we suggest journaling the old-school way. Here are 15 beautiful notebooks to get you started:

  • Hand-embroidered Moleskine notebook
    In case your Moleskine wasn't twee enough, this Etsy user has adorned a handful with adorable cross-switch patterns. 

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    In case your Moleskine wasn't twee enough, this Etsy user has adorned a handful with adorable cross-switch patterns. from LesFilsRouges
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    Notebook aficionados are likely to have some skin in the Moleskine versus Leuctturm1917 game -- both are sleek and simple, bu
    Notebook aficionados are likely to have some skin in the Moleskine versus Leuctturm1917 game -- both are sleek and simple, but the latter has a few cheerier palette options. From Leuctturm1917
  • Pictorial Webster’s Artist and Writer’s notebook
    Each page is adorned with a 19th century Pictorial Webster's illustration, from nests to vases to swordfish. Let the daydream
    Each page is adorned with a 19th century Pictorial Webster's illustration, from nests to vases to swordfish. Let the daydreaming commence! from Chronicle Books
  • Hard bound cloth notebook
    To give your scrawling some heft, you could record it in a cloth-bound notebook.

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    To give your scrawling some heft, you could record it in a cloth-bound notebook. From Whitelines
  • The Pocket Dept. notebooks
    These smartly designed notebooks come in various sizes to fit various-sized pockets, including t-shirts and backpacks.

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    These smartly designed notebooks come in various sizes to fit various-sized pockets, including t-shirts and backpacks. from Princeton Architectural Press
  • Embroidered cat journal
    "Dear Journal,

Today, Skittles took a nap, hid under the bed, then took another nap."

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    "Dear Journal, Today, Skittles took a nap, hid under the bed, then took another nap." from FabulousCatPapers
  • Under the Sea Decomposition Book
    These notebooks aren't just attractive, they're good for the environment, too! The covers are printed with soy ink and the pa
    These notebooks aren't just attractive, they're good for the environment, too! The covers are printed with soy ink and the pages are composed of 100% consumer waste. from Michael Roger
  • Stars notebook
    This cut-out design is cutesy and customizable -- you can choose your own color palette!

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    This cut-out design is cutesy and customizable -- you can choose your own color palette! from the ivydesign
  • Patchwork notebook
    Double down on the tactile feel notebooks provide with this patchwork design. 

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    Double down on the tactile feel notebooks provide with this patchwork design. from SEASONPAPER
  • Refillable felt journal
    This hefty journal comes with two paper refills, so it's worth the investment. 

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    This hefty journal comes with two paper refills, so it's worth the investment. from PapergeekMY
  • Personalized notebook
    You can personalize just about everything about this notebook, including the color, pattern, and embossment design. 

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    You can personalize just about everything about this notebook, including the color, pattern, and embossment design. from LetterLoveDesigns
  • William Faulkner journal
    ObviousState has turned their beloved posters into little, collectable notebooks, with quippy quotes from your favorite class
    ObviousState has turned their beloved posters into little, collectable notebooks, with quippy quotes from your favorite classic authors. from ObviousState
  • Metallic Shadows journal
    Why yes, this journal is made out of metallic paper and gold foil. Use it for your most delicate thoughts. 

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    Why yes, this journal is made out of metallic paper and gold foil. Use it for your most delicate thoughts. from Anthropologie
  • Paseo Embossed notepad
    This embossed notebook takes the scrappy journalist pad up more than a few notches. 

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    This embossed notebook takes the scrappy journalist pad up more than a few notches. from Christian Lacroix
  • Botanical Collections notebook
    These notebooks may pose a problem: They're so adorable, you won't want to fudge them up with anything less than immaculate h
    These notebooks may pose a problem: They're so adorable, you won't want to fudge them up with anything less than immaculate handwriting. from Rifle Paper co.
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