So now that you know a little more about what should actually go in your notebook, you might have some questions about how to actually create your notebook. Often people ask me "how do I make a notebook?" or "what should my notebook look like?" The great part about your poetry notebook is that it is yours and you can do anything you want with it. You can make it out of any type of paper you want and with any type of cover you want.
Some people like to you spiral notebooks. These are easy and cheap and you can write on the covers or even decorate the cover if you want. Some people like to use loose-leaf paper and binders. The plus side to using this is that you can make different categories and you can keep the poems inside more organized. You might separate according to poem type, author, etc.
Some people decide to use fancy notebooks and journals for their poetry and this is okay as well. But remember not to get anything that you are not going to feel comfortable writing in or that is "too nice" to write your poems in. You want to feel comfortable to be able to write freely in your poetry notebook. You might decide that you want to decorate your notebook, draw or paste pictures or stickers in it or in some other way spruce it up to your liking. This is of course, all up to you. But the more comfortable you feel with your notebook, the more you will want to use it.
I went through several notebooks and types of notebooks over the years to find a good method that works for me. I tried the things mentioned above. I even used construction paper to design a cover that fit my mood at the time. Sometimes I used binders with cover slots in the front of them. Sometimes I typed and printed my poems but most of the time I wrote them out by hand.
The way that you put your poems on paper doesn't really matter as much as what you do with them once they are on there. You can make notes, use highlighters, different colored pens and more all to mark notes in your poems.