The blank page/canvas is a foe not easily defeated. Many years ago I started drawing an image of an exploding tree on the first page of any new notebook I acquired. The tree is unimportant, it could as well be an airplane, a self-portrait or any other mundane subject - the point is to defeat the blank page. This notebook is much like any other notebook and I will treat it in the same fashion. So I begin with an exploding tree.