Commonplace Book

Years ago when I saw a Walk to Remember, I loved that Mandy Moore’s character had a book from her mom with favorite quotes, bible verses, etc. that her mother had written down. So When Carter was born I bought this little leather journal to keep my own “walk to remember book”. I would put bible verses, my favorite quotes, song lyrics. Then I kind of forgot about it until Presley was born and then I would add a few more things to it. It wasn’t until recently that I found out my book had an actual name, a commonplace book.

Wikipedia defines a commonplace book as: “a way to compile knowledge usually by writing information into books. Such books are essentially scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas. Commonplaces are used by readers, writers, students, and scholars as an aid for remembering useful concepts or facts they have learned. Each commonplace book is unique to its creator’s particular interests.”

Since I have two kids I thought it would be nice to have two commonplace books. I have the original one I started which I figure will go to Carter since it is plain and simple. I started transferring what I had so far into a travelers notebook (which I am obsessed with putting things in travelers notebooks because they are super functional and transportable). The traveler’s notebook just has a little more flair which is more Presley’s speed (mine too!). You can really use any medium you want for a commonplace book from just a word document to a fancy leather journal. Use whatever strikes your fancy and reflects your personality.

Today is a great day to start a simple and meaningful legacy for you and your family. As mentioned above you can really put anything you want to document in your commonplace book. I have everything from Bible verses to quotes from Frank Sinatra. You can also include letters to your children or whoever you may be passing this treasure along too.

in grace and love


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7 thoughts on “Commonplace Book

  1. I have, since I was 8 had a “journal, note-keeper”. Hadn’t heard this before and it’s awesome that you shared it! Thank you.

  2. Oh my goodness! I LOVE this blog post! I have never been a huge journaler but recently have been doing a bit more and I love this idea of having a commonplace book for all these treasured thoughts and insights. Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. This idea is amazing! It’s a great way to document your life and pass that on to your children. I’m sure it will be a treasured gift they will forever hold onto.

  4. Oh my goodness, I love this idea! What a great way to leave your legacy. I love al the things you could include. It’s like there are no rules. Great info graphic!

  5. Oh my gosh, I absolutely LOVE this!!! I have so many empty journals just lying around, and I think this will be the best way to fill them. I’m not one for day to day retelling of that day’s errands and deeds. But this will be a fantastic way for me to share my thoughts, feelings, and what have you with our daughter. Fantastic!!

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