Yeah, I bought a Moleskine, too. (Mea culpa to all who disagree.) It's sort of a combination journal, logbook (weather, locations, etc.), repository for grocery lists, errands lists, measurements for household stuff, general musings, a few "YOU MUST DO THIS" items.
I've been using plain composition notebooks (the wide ruled, 100 sheet variety) as journals. I've been wanting to try a Mokeskine, but just haven't yet...
I use my journal to recap daily events, capture thoughts, document plans, and as a general sounding board for issues and problems as they arise. I always feel better equipped after having fully considered (and "documented" my consideration) of a topic.
The Moleskines are good, but expensive.... I have been researching, and found out that Borders sells Piccadilly notebooks very similar to Moleskines, at a way cheaper price. Reviews online seem good, so I am eager to get one.
Amazon do pretty good reductions on Moleskine notebooks, that's worth checking out. I think they're not bad products but the marketing's just deceitful and I'd be happier if they focused on the good points of the notebooks (and there are a lot of good points) instead of saying that Hemingway etc used a different notebook produced by a now defunct French company that had the same name.
I'm a big fan of having a wallet sized notebook that goes in your pocket everywhere with you. It doesn't need to be a brand name, writing paper tends to be writing paper. If you're drawing, painting etc on it the paper really matters but if you're writing down notes falling to use great quality paper is not going to ruin your shopping list or phone message.
About twenty years ago (I know, dating myself), I had a pocket notebook that was just about perfect. I actually had three sections: a weekly calendar, an address book, and a pad of paper in the back. The binding was wide enough to accomodate a thin ball point pen or mechanical pencil. Damn, it was nice! I haven't seen one, or the replacement inserts since. The closest I've managed to come (for the calendar and address book anyway) is my now ancient Palm Pilot VII.
Nope. All I know is that they just disappeared from all the office supply stores in my area. Worst thing was the manufacturer/brand name was stamped on the outside, not embossed, so after about a year, I couldn't tell who made it.
I know a guy who liked a particular notebook - I think it was originally a design for filmmakers working on storyboards. Little box for sketches, lines for notes, a space for scene references, etc etc. Really complex and unique.
Years later, he made up a PDF and uploaded it to Lulu. Maybe you could try that? Especially if the layout is hard to find elsewhere.
I use a sort of small spiral hardcover notebook with a picture of a forest on the cover as my journal. I am planning on buying a Moleskine sometime to use as my journal. I pretty much just write my thoughts, ideas, and observations in my journal. I recap daily events, and write about my thoughts on them. I also find it very relieving when I write about problems that I have at the moment, as it really relieves stress to get those problems down on paper.
Mine is a Moleskine-esque (Miquelrius) notebook with graph paper in it. I don't like being confined to lined paper but blank pages seem too open to me (weird, I know) so the graph paper lets me draw, sketch, whatever when I want and still keep an nice neat line when I'm writing. Mostly it's a dumping ground for thoughts and ideas. Keeps me sane to vent or think "out loud" in the book rather than bottling it up. I keep one of those little tiny spiral bound notebooks for lists and random things.