i use one of these notebooks for my mailing list at boutiques, and another to take notes in and sketch designs. i also use a 3rd for homeschooling notes. you can use it as a journal, grocery list, honey-do list, or put one in your kid's backpack! these take note-taking to a whole new level! each covered notebook comes with a composition notebook and is removable to replace the notebook once it's filled. it closes with a button and elastic closure and has a pocket on the inside flap for pens/pencils.