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I've been putting together my own book and am definitely including a lot of these suggestions in it-- I really feel that writing on paper what you do, materials you use, the conditions, the results, etc. not only records it for future reference, but also imparts your energy and intent somehow. Call me crazy, but I just always feel that I'm "charging" my book and that it's like an extension of myself. I'm really enjoying creating it, because it's like very specific "me time." And by the way, my book is a ringed notebook with dividers that I got on sale at Rite Aid lol. Nothing special to another person... just to me.

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Very nice job Onyx! Your book is beautiful.   :)

Thanks NatureMama, My book is my journey with only stuff that resonates with me.

I also have correspondance books and three ring binders full of early Wicca stuff. Oh! The horror! We all started somewhere.

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Recording every little thing is something I've never felt like doing. As in, keeping an actual journal of my workings. It just seems pointless, mostly. The only record keeping I've done is something I started about a year ago. I began to actually write down my spells. Up to that point I've always just memorized everything, but then I realized there are a lot of spells I've taught myself which I never really use, but I wouldn't want to forget them either. So, I began to write everything down.

 

I've used a normal notebook, mostly, and also copied everything into my computer, to have a back-up in case something happens. Nothing fancy - not at first, at least. Then a friend of mine gifted me two of those fancy leather-bound, handmade journals with a pretty hook clasp to lock them with, along with two bottles of handmade ink and two quill pens. So, what was I to do? They were gifts, and surely I had to use them for something!

 

Long story short, I made those leather journals into my fancy back-ups. Copied everything again. Those journals sure are pretty, but damn how hard it is to write in them! The hook clasp on the front cover makes it almost impossible to write anything on the pages on that side of the book, because it just won't lay flat unless I put something in between the cover and the first pages. The handmade paper is sometimes very thick, sometimes so thin the ink almost seeps through. Because of these two problems, I decided to only write on the pages on the right. Makes it easier to write, and leaves some empty space for every entry in case I want to add something later.

 

I have to admit, though, quills are nice to write with. Shame they aren't very practical nowadays.

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Your Books sound marvelous! I think they may have handmade paper in them, which is very absorbent. You might have to change your ink into something more permenant and less absorbent.

I would ask at your local stationary shop about inks and fine permanent marker type pens.

writing on one side only is actually a great idea as you can save the left side for drawings diagrams and pictures of your altar etc.

One thing I personally would have a problem with is the clasp, Your book will expand with adding pictures etc, so I guess you would have to limit yourself to drawings only.

As a tip I would suggest that you write your own crafted spells onto nice paper, noting Date, Day, Correspondeces etc. This can be kept in an envelope or plastic pouch. I tend to reuse good spells. These cards are a great Aid Memoire.

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I do the same thing, I'll write on scrap paper first then copy it into my notebook. Even things I did during the day will be kept because usually down the line it becomes helpful in either jogging my memory or, an event that I didn't really think much about will then click. I'll either learn a lesson or something deeper will appear. 

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Your Books sound marvelous! I think they may have handmade paper in them, which is very absorbent. You might have to change your ink into something more permenant and less absorbent.

I would ask at your local stationary shop about inks and fine permanent marker type pens.

writing on one side only is actually a great idea as you can save the left side for drawings diagrams and pictures of your altar etc.

One thing I personally would have a problem with is the clasp, Your book will expand with adding pictures etc, so I guess you would have to limit yourself to drawings only.

As a tip I would suggest that you write your own crafted spells onto nice paper, noting Date, Day, Correspondeces etc. This can be kept in an envelope or plastic pouch. I tend to reuse good spells. These cards are a great Aid Memoire.

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Yeah, the paper is handmade. I actually have two kinds of handmade ink and I've been trying them both. One is walnut ink, and the other... something else. I don't remember what it's made of anymore. It's the other ink that's a little bit thicker and has a darker color, and doesn't get absorbed into the paper quite as much. Still, not as good as a standard ballpoint pen would be. That would definitely have been a more practical choice, but eh... If I'm going fancy, let's go fancy all the way. Quills and ink it is!  :D  It's not like this is supposed to be practical - that's what the computer exists for. This is just for fun.

 

Those cards sound useful, though. I'll have to keep that in mind for other note-making purposes. I do a lot of writing as a hobby, and my notes for all the stories I have going on tend to get lost in dozens of notebooks and pieces of paper. Something like this might help me organize them a little better for later use.

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