I keep a journal - remnants of a 5th grade writing assignment, if you can believe that. My journals span two dozen-ish books and there are gaps of several years. The nuns would be horrified at my penmanship; I can barely read some of my entries. But how often do you hand-write anything these days? Still, I love the way that pen-on-paper feels, so I still write in my journal.
I find it difficult to locate a new book that I will enjoy writing in when I have finished with the old: it needs to be fairly narrow ruled, a binding that opens flat, not too thick, but not so few pages I'll be done with it in a year, it needs to have a cover I like. And generally, it needs to be inexpensive. It's not an easy combination to find.
I recently bought a refill journal that matched all of my requirements, except I don't have a cover that requires a refill. Coolness! An excuse to sew something. I had the perfect material on hand, too: some tea-themed fabric for a table runner that never quite materialized. I Googled some instructions and cobbled together a pattern.