The Making of the One Line A Day Journal
It has been 5 years since we first published our beloved Five-Year Memory Book, One Line a Day, and we thought what better time than on it’s 5-year anniversary to share with you the story of how it came to be! Often times we look to the past for inspiration. We’ve found treasures that have inspired many of our titles at flea markets, antique shops, and even in our own family homes. Six years ago one our editors at the time, Carey Jones, brought in two of her great aunt’s diaries from the 1920’s-early 30’s. Below is an image of One Line a Day (the blue one in the middle), with her diaries. The smaller diary on the left was started on January 27, 1923 thru New Years Eve 1927. The larger diary on the right was started on January 1, 1928 and was kept through December 31, 1932.
A group of us quickly fell in love with how charming it was to see year after year a glimpse into the daily life of this woman. From recording everyday events such as getting her hair done and “waved” and with whom she lunched with or “called on” to more special occasions such as how her family celebrated birthday and holidays with family and friends, it’s a time capsule of sorts for generations to come as to what life was like during this time.
On the title page of the smaller diary A Line A Day in the image below, there is a passage that perfectly explains the idea behind keep a journal or diary like this:
“Within these pages every night,
Brief memories of the day I write;
A little word, a single line,
Is jotted in this book of mine—
Not mighty deeds, just common things,
The tasks and pleasures each day brings.
And yet I hope that when I look
Over the pages of this book,
’Twill be (and, if so, I’m content)
The record of five years well spent.”
We are all so busy and moving so fast today, we felt that today more than ever, keeping a record of reflection is important. Not only for our own benefit, but also for (as we discovered with these original diaries) generations to come. We are living in such interesting times that it would be so wonderful to look back and look at the life we led. It was this idea of being able to simply record what happened during your day that inspired us to create our own version of the Five-Year Diary, which we titled One Line a Day.
As you may have noticed, we were also very much inspired by the look of the original diaries—especially the gold foil treatment on the cover of the larger journal and the gilding on the edges of the pages. As these are journals that we hope people will keep year after year, we very much wanted to the design of them to be simple, timeless and precious.
May your next five years be filled with love and laughter and that as you look back on them, you too realize that you have lived a life well spent! Happy memory-keeping!
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