Hi all, I know, it’s been ages since I did a new blog post but what can I say, I’ve been super busy with my growing Etsy Shop. I’ve been getting creative (mainly with my shop photos) and I’m still very much a bujo and creative journaling addict but, I’ve let my blogging slide. What can I say, something had to give and unfortunately, this was it… sorry!
But, I’m back and I would so love to hear from each and every one of you with a mini update of your creative / plannery life and what your priorities are right now.
So, here’s some of my (best) reasons for being AWOL, AKA what I have been dedicating my precious time to:
Planning and having a creative Monday – two or 3 hours, most Mondays when I shift focus from my shop to getting messy. I’m talking brush lettering (I’m a leftie so I always get covered in ink!), colouring in, drawing (I’m getting better, slowly), painting, cutting and sticking (AKA collage) and anything else which takes my fancy and can be crammed in to my time.
Making daily plans. I’ve discovered I work best if I sit and create a daily timetable each and every day. This is drawn up in my bujo during my quiet, focused time that I dedicate to planning and preparation before I start work on my Etsy shop.
Putting into place ideas from my two favourite (and newly discovered) books on productivity. (see below – one is on my Kindle so I’m making notes in my bulging bujo as I like to record most of my learning so I don’t forget!)
Reaching out to other planning and journaling addicts both IRL (Bev, that’s you my lovely!) and virtually (UKPA you are an amazing, wonderous group – where would I be without you!).
That’s it for now, but I (pinkie) promise, I will be back with another post very shortly (you can berate me in the comments if I don’t!).
Much love and best wishes to you and your loved ones for the Christmassy period.
As many of you who follow me on social media know, I got a gorgeous Webster’s Pages TN in fuchsia for my last birthday and have been using my handmade inserts to design my own planner layouts. I also add my habit trackers, shopping lists and meal plans in there as well as a notes section at the back. As I hand stitch my notebooks, and use premium paper, I was finding that the maximum thickness I could make, without the booklet looking too bulky, was about 24 pages. So, as I needed a WO4P (week on four pages) I was getting through a lot (and I mean a lot!!!) of notebooks throughout the months and kept having to transfer key information from one to another. I also had about 5 other notebooks on the go all at the same time and, unsurprisingly, I was becoming a bit overwhelmed by my system. Don’t get me wrong – I love notebooks, the prettier the better, but I was craving a set up where everything was all in one place.
So, fast forward a few months, to when I ordered a gorgeous Scribbles That Matter notebook from Amazon and became obsessed with watching YouTube videos and their related blogs on BuJo systems. I also started searching out creative bullet journal peeps on Instagram to follow for inspiration (there are so many amazing set ups out there). My favourite and most informative YouTube channel and blog has to be Kara’s at Boho Berry and you’ll see why when you check it out.
My A5 Scribbles notebook is amazing. Here’s a list of its main features:
A bullet grid for all of your amazing layouts
A page to write your key, including any colour coding you might have decided to use.
3 index pages
Page numbers so, with the index, you can find all of your collections easily
A space at the back for testing all of your pens (well, maybe not all of them, but the ones you intend to use!)
A fantastic pocket at the back for keeping stickers, receipts or whatever you want to keep with your planner / journal.
Two ribbon bookmarks (I’ve got mine marking my index and what will be my weekly page when May comes)
For my first bujo, I decided to keep it simple with some highlighting (using my fab new Mildliners – also from Amazon), some brush lettering (using my Tombow Fudenosuke hard for smaller text and Tombow Dual Tips for larger titles) and a few stickers (from Pebbles). I might also add some washi as the months go on (after all, I have plenty of it in my stash!).
Here’s my set up for May. It’s not perfect, but I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out.
I started colour coding in my Traveler’s Notebook system a few months ago and loved how effective it was and how colourful it made my planner. I’ve stuck with the same 5 colours and I’m continuing to combine personal and business goals and tasks. As well as running my Etsy Shop I also volunteer for the RSPB once a fortnight by going into schools to deliver sessions to primary aged children with a focus on giving nature a home in the school grounds. I get bookings and have to keep in touch with my line manager regularly so I gave my tasks their own colour.
I hand wrote my calendars for my future log but I messed up with the numbering (and I didn’t use a Frixion pen!) so I had to create little stickers to cover up my mistake. For this, I worked on Microsoft Publisher, creating tables for each month for the rest of the year.
I deviated from the original Bullet Journal monthly set up, preferring to use a grid format:
And finally, my first weekly plan, which is now on just two pages. I’m hoping the rapid logging system means that I need much less space for each day but I can always change my layout if it doesn’t work. I have, however, swapped over to a 0.7 pen so my writing might not be small enough. If anyone knows of a decent fine pen which you can use Tombows or Mildliners over the top of, let me know in the comments!
If you’re new to bullet journaling and have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. And, if you have a must see blog, YouTube channel or Insta account which you want to share, I would love to hear from you.
Thanks for reading,
p.s. If you are worried that my gorgeous Webster’s Pages TN is going to sit unloved on a shelf collecting dust, don’t be – it’s now full of my creative journals!
I’m excited to see that Spring has finally arrived in Sunderland now – the sky is blue (today anyway), the Sun keeps popping its head out and the daffodils in my garden are starting to open up. I even have washing on the line which is actually getting a little drier than when it went out. Yes, the clocks went forward a few weeks ago, but the weather certainly wasn’t matching with my expectations and I found the dull, cloudy, dark and dismal days providing me with little motivation to do anything!
But, hopefully now, with a little sunshine and a lot more light, we can all feel happier, more awake and ready to meet our goals and challenges each day. We can also spend some much needed time outside, perhaps getting some gardening done or going for breezy walks in local parks and countryside without the need to thermals and a woollen hat and scarf.
One of my goals for 2018 is to work on my brush lettering and get to the stage where I can form all letters and their swirly bits from memory without having to copy from the various alphabets I have pinned up in my craft room and get my script flowing and looking neat and generally impressive. Over the past few months, I’ve been practising almost every day using the tutorials and worksheets from Destination Decoration, click here to find out more. After a while, I felt confident enough to try out some words and have been adding bits of brush lettering in my planner and my journals. Then I decided it was time to try out doing longer pieces of writing in the form of motivational quotes. And, as luck would have it, on this very day, my friend Michelle Webb posted a link to some fantastic worksheets on her Facebook wall. They’re by Dawn Nicole Designs and are absolutely free to download. You can find a wealth of her awesome hand lettering stuff here.
The worksheets are printed on my old Epson deskjet which I’ve had for years but is still going strong. I used lovely thick paper Navigator 120gsm which I seem to recall I picked up from Wilkinsons. It’s really smooth and there’s no bleed through with my Tombow Fudenosuke hard tip pen.
I also decided to make a simple background using my cheap watercolours which I picked up a few months ago from Tiger. The paper wasn’t particularly wonderful for this and I found that if I worked it with the brush too much it kind of developed bobbles on the surface (I’m sure there’s a more technical term for this – please enlighten me if you know!).
I used some crinkle cut scissors to add a bit more interest and double sided tape to stick the quote down. I’m quite pleased with my first attempts but there’s definitely plenty of room for improvement. I have lots more quotes left to do – I think there’s about 11 pages worth in total.
What do you think? Are you currently working on your hand lettering and what have you found to be the most useful resources for learning?
I’m glad you’ve found me! Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you I love planning (and decorating those plans with washi, stickers, clips, charms and anything else pretty), organising, writing lists, journaling and sharing my crafty makes. I also love writing down my thoughts, plus taking and sharing photographs (particularly of nature). So, I thought, why not share my passions with others in the form of a blog which I can add to every few weeks and maybe give a few tips on living a creative and crafty life whilst I do?
Only problem was, I knew practically nothing about the process of creating a blog. So I made a to do list (on pretty paper of course) and popped it in my planner (which is currently a gorgeous 40th birthday present from my parents – a Webster’s TN in Fuchsia which I absolutely love!) As you can imagine, my list was a long one and being the impatient person I am, I didn’t get much crossed off before diving straight in and getting typing.
So, here I am taking inspiration from the following quote:
Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt.