Work Smarter, Not Harder…with SmartPicx®!

Allow us to reintroduce our SmartPicx® Boost!

What is SmartPicx®?

SmartPicx® is a digitally printed image embedded with a hotspot that can be scanned using smartphones or tablets for immediate access to specified web pages. SmartPicx® can be added to any of our ImageBooks, as well as any full-color boost added to our calendars and Perfect or WireBound journals. It’s extremely versatile in that it will link to any website of the end user’s choice. This allows for quick access to web content that may not fit into a journal by simply scanning a hotspot. By linking directly to a webpage, it makes website navigation easier, taking users to information directly pertaining to the topic they need.

How can end users use SmartPicx®?

The concept of linking to a website opens a lot of doors, so we got to thinking: what are some specific ways to utilize SmartPicx®? While it can be used in any industry, we decided to focus on just one to demonstrate creative ways to incorporate this feature into several products. Keep reading to see how a hospital could use SmartPicx®, whether handing out their journals to patients, nurses or trainees.

South Pacific Access Health Hospital is opening a new cardiovascular wing, which requires training a new office staff. They will be implementing new procedures that even veterans of the industry may not be familiar with. To assist in this process, they have decided to create a training journal with information their trainees will find helpful in learning their new role. They have decided to go with our always popular ImageBook SeminarPad – or SPIB-84, with an added SmartPicx® hotspot on the cover.

By scanning this hotspot, trainees will be taken to a landing page for the new wing, which has general information about the hospital, including its location, contact information and which insurance providers are accepted. The book is divided by four tab inserts for different aspects of training, each with their own SmartPicx® hotspot. For example, the first tab insert links to a page that covers cardiovascular conditions, along with what treatments and which medical providers are available to treat patients for each condition. The remaining tabs link to training pages for handling patient paperwork, check in and check out procedures and schedules for nurses and doctors in the wing. Trainees can keep the journals on them to take notes about each category and use as a go-to resource for pertinent information, even beyond training.

While the hospital has an app where patients can view their charts from appointments, they wanted to create a tool for patients to bring with them to take notes or to write down any questions they may have during their visit. The ClearView JotterPad – JP-600CVO – is perfectly portable, allowing patients to have it on hand for their appointment. The first insert page has a SmartPicx® link that will take patients to the patient chart hub, so they can have their personal notes and charts easily accessible. This book also features a custom filler with a list layout for patient questions and doctor answers, as well as a section for any medication notes or important information the patient needs to remember. The other half of the book is lined filler for patients to use as journal for tracking symptoms and reflect on their experiences with their conditions.  

All in all, SmartPicx® is a great way to merge technology and analog systems. Journals with this boost make information easily accessible, while still having the benefits of taking handwritten notes. It’s a win win! Call our Sales Team and get your next project started!

Mental Health Awareness: Let’s Talk About It

As we continue adjusting to a new way of life, it’s important to pay special attention to mental health as an essential aspect of overall health.

In the past, it may have been easy to believe the stigma that mental health is only an issue for the 1 in 5 adults in the US experiencing mental illness, but we are understanding more and more every day that everybody is susceptible to challenges that impact mental health. There is no better time to discuss this topic than now, as May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

Beginning in 1949, Mental Health America dedicated the month of May to raising awareness and educating the public about mental health issues. Each year, MHA chooses a different aspect of the subject to highlight, with this year’s focus being Tools 2 Thrive, specifically during the COVID-19 crisis.

Many people are experiencing a newfound sense of isolation, depression or anxiety due to the pandemic. Staying at home and social distancing has cancelled plans and prevented scheduling new ones, not to mention created economic uncertainty. This is a lot for anyone to process. Some ways to combat these feelings and keep your mental health in check include:

Getting a Mental Health Screening

The MHA’s #MillionInMay campaign was designed with the goal of getting 1 million people mental health screening during the month of May. They have 9 verified mental health screens available at These screenings offer a quick, private mental health evaluation to get ahead of any potential problems – for free!

Staying Connected

While we’re social distancing, that doesn’t mean completely isolating ourselves. Video conferencing, chatting on the phone, emailing, texting or even going old school and sending letters in the mail are all great ways to keep in touch with loved ones.

Look Forward to the Future

It doesn’t do well to dwell on the negative – while things may be glum right now, better times are ahead! Taking this time to write a list of things to do when this is over could do wonders for mental health. Having something to look forward to has been proven to boost happiness levels and promote overall well-being.

And last, but certainly not least…


Whether it’s through practicing gratitude, mindfulness or tracking feelings, journaling has been proven to put people in a better headspace. Writing helps acknowledge and understand feelings, while also helping create healthy habits. Coloring falls into a similar category. It may seem simple, but coloring decreases stress and helps refocus the mind.  

Visit Mental Health America’s website to learn more tools for managing mental health.

Take care and remember, we’re still here for all your journaling needs!

Top: Left – ColorMe Notebook (CM-928) with Geographic Filler, Right – Bohemian Journal in Teal w/ Tip In (BJ-880FC) / Bottom: Health Jotter (HJ-570)

The Eco Echo

Working Towards a Brighter Future with Eco Journals

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Film-version of Albus Dumbledore had a point. While it may seem like there is no upside to a situation, you can always find something if you look hard enough. In our current state, everyone staying inside means the environment is thriving!

Los Angeles Smog Before and After Quarantine

As human activity decreases, so does the carbon footprint we leave behind. With people at home and off the roads, dozens of countries have experienced up to a 40% drop in carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide, resulting in improved air quality and reduced risk of disease. There has also been a decrease in seismic activity, as well as noise pollution, specifically in large cities and industrial areas. While this dramatic drop is temporary and certainly does not solve the world’s environmental issues, it is eye-opening to physically see the difference with and without human movement. This is a great time to consider how we can work together to keep levels from rising all the way back up and make our planet a cleaner place to live as we get back into our normal routines.

Purchasing eco-friendly products is one small way to help keep the momentum going. JournalBooks has selected a group of eco-friendly journals to be part of PCNA’s EcoSmart® initiative. PCNA has partnered with 1% For The Planet, donating one percent of EcoSmart® sales to environmental non-profits. Purchasing these items is a double contribution to a better world.

Top: EcoColorPop (ECP-58FC) in Turquoise w/ Deboss & Work From Home Insert
Bottom: Ambassador Journal (AMB-58FC) in Natural w/ Foil Imprint & Work From Home Insert

We have customized a few of our EcoSmart® options to feature in our EcoSmart® Kit, including the Eco ColorPop and Natural Ambassador CaseBound Journals. Both of these journals are made with natural hard covers, primed and ready for an imprint of your choosing. We also have completely custom journals made right here in Charlotte, North Carolina! All of our Perfect and WireBound Eco Journals come in a variety of colors and materials. Be sure to check out our new materials – Concrete, Kraft and Wrought Iron, available for any Eco PerfectBook. Add boosts to any of our Eco options, including our Work From Home Insert!

Top: Eco SeminarPad (ECO-800C) in Natural w/ Deboss Imprint and Work From Home Insert
Bottom: Perfect Eco NotePad (PEC–700EB) in Wrought Iron w/ Deboss Imprint
and Work From Home Insert

The following items are included in the EcoSmart® program:

We’re excited to do our part to help our planet flourish and look forward to helping your clients do the same! Reach out to the JB team today to learn more about our eco options!

Mindfulness Matters

Using Journals to Reduce Stress and Gain Perspective

The recent changes in society have been an adjustment, affecting daily life in unimaginable ways. For most people, this has been a stressful time of twists and turns, where routines are interrupted with many aspects of life coming to a halt.

During times like these, it is more important than ever to pay attention to personal well-being. While this may look different from person-to-person, there are a few actions that have been proven to help reduce stress and promote a positive outlook. Journaling just so happens to be one of them!

We understand that physical distancing is critical in preventing further spreading of COVID-19, but it can also feel lonely and isolating. Journaling is a great way to release these feelings and thoughts.

TravelerNotes Notepad Tripac (TNP-728TP) with Foil Imprint and Graphic Wrap
Top (L-R) – Classic Covers Green, Natural and Yellow w/ Gold Satin Foil
Bottom (L-R) – Curious Skin Covers Orange, Magenta, Lemon-Lime w/ Holographic Foil

Our Well-Being TravelerNotes Notepad Tripac is a great gift for employees or customers to send the message that a company cares. This set of three books includes one for each topic: mindfulness, gratitude and goals. Combining these wellness practices refocuses the mind by gaining perspective on the current situation and focusing on the future. This set can be customized in a variety of colors to suit any mood. We have shown them in muted tones for calming, as well as bold colors for inducing excitement. They come bundled in a GraphicWrap that can display your client’s personal branding and message.

Social Distancing CreativeSpark (PCS-830)

A great way for people to take their minds off the stressors of the world and find a way to check out – and maybe even laugh a little – is with our Social Distancing CreativeSpark. This product is perfect for any age! We’ve created coloring pages and activities to spark joy with tongue-in-cheek images and phrases about everything from washing our hands to introverts thriving in this environment. It helps us take a step back and find the upside of being isolated.

Vienna Journal (VA-57) w/ Loose Gratitude Insert

Full-Color Inserts are an easy way to customize our products. They can be added to any of our products, including the Vienna Journal that we’ve shown here. These inserts can include any information or message your client would like to pass along. We have created new stock options with content aimed at assisting people while they’re distancing. Along with our Work From Home Insert, we created an insert for gratitude journaling, featuring a list of prompts to get the user heading in the right direction for encouraging thoughts and mindfulness.

Vienna Journal (VA-57FC) w/ Loose Things To Do Insert

Additionally, we recognize the importance of how kids must be feeling amid everything. They are also in a confusing situation with new schooling environments and less social interaction. Staying busy and productive will help them keep them occupied while also keeping their minds off the immense changes they’ve had to make – not to mention keeping them from yelling ‘I’m bored!’ every 5 minutes. Our Things To Do Insert was designed to be hung up and referenced whenever a kid has seemingly run out of ideas.

We hope you share these ideas with your clients and reach out to the JB Sales Team if you need further ideas on spreading some joy and mindfulness during this time!

Reach Out and Touch Base

Maintaining Customer Relations from Afar

Just as we at JournalBooks want you to know we’re still here for you, your customers feel the same way about their own audience! In such times of uncertainty, sending a reminder that their company is still available – or will be back in operation soon – is a great way to reassure any audience that a brighter future is ahead! With everything changing so rapidly, journals can be a useful tool to not only build a relationship with clients or employees, but also give space for peace of mind.

Journaling reduces stress and serves as an emotional escape from the weight of real world. Gifting someone a journal gives them the opportunity to write their thoughts and feelings about trying situations, commonly leading to processing, understanding and moving forward in a positive way.

Top: WindowFlex NotePad in Tangerine Shimmer w/ Blue No. 5 Foil Imprint & Ribbon Bookmark / Bottom: WindowPad NotePad in ColorFleck Ink w/ Green No. 6 Foil Imprint, PenPort, Elastic Closure and Athen Pen

Any of our journals would be great for this purpose, but we have focused on our custom NotePads for demonstration. Available in either perfect- or wire-bound, our NotePads come in a wide variety of colors with numerous boost options. The examples shown here are the WindowFlex NotePad, which includes a ribbon bookmark, and the WindowPad NotePad, which features a PenPort, Athen pen and elastic closure. Both include a fun image as an insert and convey a positive message.

Clearview NotePad w/ PenPort (NP-700CV) w/ 2-Color Screen Print on Front Cover, w/ SmartPicx® Boost on insert and Cougar Pen

A great way to build a relationship to your client’s audience is through our SmartPicx® boost. Adding SmartPicx® to any of our full-color covers, inserts or graphic wraps gives quick access to a web link of your client’s choice. A great way to utilize this to keep customers informed and connected is by linking to a page with company status updates or a video message from the CEO or President.

Connecting to an audience now could make all the difference for your customer in the future. Be sure to share these ideas and reach out to your JB Sales Rep to get your project started!

Reclaim Your Life!

Tools for Creating Work-Life Balance at Home

The world has been full of twists and turns lately. We’re experiencing things that nobody ever has before. Social distancing has resulted in the majority of the work force working from home. While working remotely offers plenty of benefits, ranging from scheduling flexibility to wearing sweatpants every day, it also presents challenges.

Did you know that 4.3 million employees in the US work remotely for at least half of the week? Globally, a little over half the workforce works remotely at least once every week. These people are accustomed to being independently productive, but for the remainder, this is uncharted territory. One of the biggest challenges workers are faced with staying at home is separating work from home life.

As we are now all confined in the corners of our own homes, finding a work-life balance is more important than ever. It’s easy to get sucked into the duties of work and neglect our minds and bodies in stressful times. Or maybe it’s the opposite for some people, where being in the comfort of their own home makes it harder to sit down and focus on work, with children needing extra attention and household chores glaring them in the face.

Fortunately, there is a journal for every problem! Everything has gone digital, especially now, so a journal provides a necessary break from the screen. Planning, compartmentalizing, organizing and practicing mindfulness can all be accomplished with a JB journal.

Nova Journal (NB-58FC) with Holographic Foil Imprint, Work From Home Insert & Annabelle Pen

Journals are multifunctional when working from home. Any of our journals can be used to take notes, make to-do lists, practice gratitude or simply…journal! It’s a stressful time for everyone and having somewhere to write your experiences and thoughts is incredibly therapeutic. To help with the adjustment, we created a Work From Home insert that includes tips for managing your time while working remotely. This insert can be added to any JB product, but we have shown it here in our Nova Journal. The Nova is one of our most popular Casebound journals, as it looks great with any of our imprint methods and comes in 9 vibrant colors – perfect for any brand!

Ask Me Later Full-Color TravelerNotes NotePad (TNP-728FC) w/ Printed Inside Cover and Dot Grid Filler

While navigating working remotely, it’s important to set boundaries and schedules for work and play. This means for kids too. Whether they’re doing school work or playing games, if it is time for the adult in the household to focus on other tasks, kids need to know when it is appropriate to ask questions. Using our Ask Me Later Full-Color TravelerNotes NotePad is a great way to teach kids boundaries and how to be self-reliant when working individually. This book comes allows kids to track every thought that pops into their head, while saving it for a better time to get the full responses they desire and deserve.

Here’s hoping these ideas can help your customers find some sort of calm during this crazy time. Remember, JournalBooks is still here to help! Contact a JB Sales Rep to get your next project started!

Sellutions – Holiday Packaging

Journals are perfect accompaniments to any organization during the holidays. They’re perfect for trade shows, gifts to employees, themed events and more. What’s the easiest way to amp up any gift? Packaging! Wrap your favorite perfect-bound journals in a GraphicWrap for an instant custom TriPac, or package any notebook in a glassine, 2-piece gift box or cinch bag for the ultimate holiday gift set. Take a look at the case studies below to see how we’ve incorporated different packaging options.

Chilcott, a Lake Tahoe bed and breakfast, wanted to add a festive holiday keepsake to their gift shop. With the assistance of our inside sales team, the custom sparkly Luster TriPac was created as a great memento for those staying during the holiday season. This custom Luster TriPac includes three 5” x 7” PerfectBooks with flexible, wraparound paper covers in Rose Gold, Gold and Silver. Adding “Happy Holidays” in matching luster foils and a holiday-themed GraphicWrap set the tone for the cheerful season. To make it extra special, the notebooks sat nestled in a silver foil-imprinted gray Cinch Bag completing the holiday gift set. 

Customization Tip
Switch up the filler by adding custom quotes to the filler pages.

Owners of an online outdoor and lifestyle retailer Spruce wanted to have an item that would pair well with its “Connect with Nature for Mind and Body” holiday gift theme. Paired with a few of their most popular apparel and camping items, they chose the beautiful blue and gray plaid StenoPad Imagebook (STIB-770). The journal came in a glassine envelope which kept the journal looking crisp and new during shipment to customers. This gift was the perfect pairing to the brand’s aesthetic of functionality and outdoor style. 

Customization Tip
Maximize your client’s messaging by adding a matching Stretch Pen with an imprint.

The owner of a popular techno bar in Miami wanted a fun and trendy gift for her employees. Her distributor spoke with our inside sales team and came up with a journal that definitely fit the techno vibe: the Holographic Rainbow Journal (NP-7DHR). The iridescent glow of the cover and the foil imprint aligned perfectly with the club’s atmosphere and was exactly what the owner had in mind. She added a 2020 calendar and 100 sheets of ruled paper for bar events and notes. A splash of pink neon color on the elastic privacy closure made the entire journal pop. Wrapped in an accompanying gift box with matching blue foil on the cover and onyx tissue paper gave the employee gift an extra fabulous touch. 

Customization Tip
Upgrade even further by adding a loose thank-you card.

sending you good vibes
-Johane Hirschfield