If you already got a recommendation for sketchbooks, I apologize. I like ProArt and Pentalic brand books for sketchbooks. Both have heavy, durable white paper that will take several layers of dry media and tolerate erasing well. They also manage well with markers, fountain pen ink, and a bit of wet media like ink wash or watercolor (the paper tends to warp if using lots of water). Also, they aren't as expensive as many other brands, page-for-page. So, as a daily sketchbook for practice, you can use a bunch of books per year and not break the bank. They're also available in multiple sizes, so you can choose whatever works for you. The hardbound books have nice, sturdy covers, and the binding puts up with a lot. They don't fold completely flat, so I use a big elastic to hold used pages at the front of the book to the front cover while drawing. I have several brands of wirebound sketchbooks, but tend to grab these for daily use ... For everything but things that will be given away. If you leave a bit of space against the spine, you can scan or photograph the pages. The same brands are great as journals, too, as long as you are OK with putting a lined template behind each page to write. They are great with even "wet" pens and inks.