All Kinds of Delightful Journals (Part 3 of a Journaling Series)

Besides the classic journal, as I call it, where you write about every day life, there are all kinds or types of specialty journals and today we are going to touch on three of my favorites…

These journals were purchased from Deseret Book, which has a wonderful selection.

The travel journal: This is a journal where you keep track of your vacations and travel adventures. Consider including-

  • the planning stage
  • your travel companions
  • the travel route and mode of transportation
  • the accommodations
  • weather and location of each day
  • tours, attractions, local sights
  • photos (If you have a polaroid camera, that would be a fun size and you could pop it in right away.)
  • ticket stubs and receipts
  • favorite memories from each day
  • nature sketches
  • travel quotes and memes (Create your own!)
This journal (top left) has kraft pages.

Choose a journal with sturdy pages if you’re adding mementos. Consider blank pages if you want to sketch.


The study journal: This is a journal that becomes a personal study tool. It’s a place to keep your study notes. What you include will vary depending on the type of study, but consider-

  • vocabulary and definitions
  • favorite verses and quotes
  • timeline of events
  • doctrines and principles
  • memes, pictures, sketches, doodles
  • your thoughts and insights
  • your questions and answers or conclusions
  • lessons to learn from others’ experiences
  • your own experiences and lessons learned
  • your testimony
This composition book is one of my scripture study journals.

I prefer composition notebooks for this kind of journal. A spiral notebook works great as well. I like to use a variety of colored pens to make it fun and to break up my notes.


The gratitude journal: This is a journal for the purpose of positivity. 🙂 It’s a place to record your blessings and works best when you write in it daily. Consider including-

  • your favorite part of each day
  • memories which bring a smile to your face
  • acts of kindness and service bestowed upon you
  • acts of kindness and service you give to others
  • things and situations you are grateful for
  • people who bless your life
  • uplifting quotes and verses
  • your doodles and sketches
  • photos of your friends, family, and pets
This specialty journal features encouraging quotes. It’s pictured in the first photo above and is entitled: Three Moments of Joy.

Select a quality journal with a beautiful cover or custom make your own cover of a spiral or composition notebook (Mod Podge your favorite quotes and memes). A plainer journal can be brightened up with colored pens, stickers, and washi tape.

♥ Stay tuned for a guest post on bullet journaling, which is something I’ve yet to try. Do you keep or have you ever created a travel journal, study journal or gratitude journal? If so, I’d love to hear about it. What would you add to my lists? ♥

17 thoughts on “All Kinds of Delightful Journals (Part 3 of a Journaling Series)

  1. Since I was in high school, I’ve also kept a separate poetry/musings/creative writing journal. This is usually a notebook with a fun design, but has at times been bumped up to a higher end, bound journal or sketch book.
    I love your theme! It is so cute!

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  2. I used to keep Travel Journals…or start them, then get busy and fall into bed at the end of the day and forget to catch up.

    I kept a daily journal for awhile, but it too fell by the wayside, and a book journal. I wanted to track all the books I’d read in my life, but it too fell by the wayside.

    I keep little notebooks and fill them up with inspirational quotes, and quotes that strike a chord with me, but I’m really not good at keeping up with journaling.

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    1. I bet a lot of us can relate, Deborah! I know I can. I like your little notebooks with uplifting quotes. Make sure you keep those as they will be treasures to your grandchildren someday. 🙂

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  3. I loved this post! I think journals can be so helpful to all of us! They allow for us to get our feelings out without any ridicule. I am going to be SO honest with you. I started a bullet journal at the beginning of the month, but with as bad as I felt last week I dropped the ball a little. I am going to try to do better next week. I am looking forward to your thoughts on bullet journals!

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      1. You’re so sweet, Alyssa! I wish you all the best with your bullet journal in August! I’ll be right alongside you with my gratitude journal (that’s the journal I’ve dropped the ball on 😉 ).

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      2. Thank you Camie! I believe I will get my bullet journal back on the right track in August, oh goodness that is tomorrow! I might not have liked the layout I had for July, so I guess I have learned something! That is exciting to do a gratitude journal! I wish you lots of luck, but I know your bullet journal will be amazing!
        I have a silly question! How do you add a smily face to your comments?

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      3. That’s not a silly question! You just use the colon followed by the round right bracket (mine is over the zero on my keyboard). So : followed by ) without a space in between. 🙂

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