What do you do if you have a surplus of notebooks and start a new hobby? You start a journal dedicated to your new hobby! Keep reading for how to make a gaming journal! 

I had wanted to start gaming again (I mean, can I really say again when the last time I “gamed” was when Gameboy was still a thing??), and then I watched The Last of Us. I knew I had to play this game. I ordered the game and the first time I played,  I knew I wanted a notebook to keep track of everything.

I grabbed a journal I got from Cricket Paper Co and got to work!

Of course, I had to make the opening page a dedication to Gameboy. I had to have one when it came and saved up my babysitting money until I was able to afford it. And Tetris. Because who doesn’t love Tetris? I sketched out the Gameboy and then used Tombows to color it in. I also attempted a pixelated font. 

Next, I made a simple cover page for The Last of Us, using HBO posters as inspiration for the font and virus. I drew out a PS4 remote and did a key for what each button does for this specific game. I don’t always remember what everything does and this has been a great help! I can review it before I start and keep it open next to me. 

My first section is for tips. There are tons of in-game tips and more on the internet. After tips, I made a chapter and checklist tracker. I can keep track of what I’ve completed and if I found all the items and pendants. Because I missed the first few pendants, didn’t even know I should be looking for them!

I made a spread for artifact locations. I thought it might be easier to reference in my notebook than trying to google at the moment to make sure I didn’t miss something. I did the same for the walkthrough info. I can make quick notes from the websites to reference while playing. 

Lastly, I made a play log to track the dates I play and what I accomplished that time. I thought it would be fun to look back at and compare if/when I playthrough again!

What would you track in a gaming journal? Do you keep notebooks for your hobbies? If so, what do you track?

Watch the video walkthrough of my notebook here. 


Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.