Hi Gabrielle, I love your blog and I have a question for you. I want to create a notebook for all of my redecorating ideas. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks, Ashley

Design Mom Answer:
Oh. Ashley. I love decorating notebooks! But I find this kind of thing very personal. Not personal as in private, but personal as in what works for one may not work for another. So I’ll tell you what I do, but I can offer no guarantees that you’ll like my simple system as much as I do.

My favorite thing for this kind of project is a medium size notebook that I can fit in my handbag. It needs to have an elastic closure, so that when I tuck bits and pieces of paper in they don’t fall out. In addition, if I’m really working intensely on a decorating/inspiration notebook, I like to keep a small container of paperclips and a roll of double-sided tape in my handbag as well. I like Clipiola clips, because they come in a cute, petite container, that closes securely.

Several companies make notebooks of the size and variety I prefer. In fact, See Jane Work carries a great selection of elastic closure notebooks, but my two current favorites are probably the Bella Journals and Cavallini Notebooks.

Best of luck putting together your decorating notebook. I’m certain Design Mom readers will add some brilliant ideas.