Starting with the spiral bound Mead sketchbooks in 6th grade and going through phases of kraft paper, antique, and handmade books. I've recently settled on Moleskines but am looking for something new. If there ever was a fire in my home I'd want to be sure to get these out. For me, they capture and evoke more memories than my journal and most photos. There is a time and place, weather, sound and emotion attached to nearly every page of them. They are my life.