Sunday, December 20, 2020

New Year, New Bujo Layout!

 We are rapidly approaching the end of 2020, with a new year full of promise and hope ahead of us.  Twenty-twenty certainly tested all of us in some way.  I don’t think there is any person out there that can say they were not affected by the pandemic in one way or another.  For many, it offered an opportunity to bring their families closer, if not physically, at least emotionally. For others it was, and still is, a very traumatic time.

Personally, I don’t think I have been looking forward to a new year as much as I am to 2021!  I have not been negatively affected by 2020 as badly as some but it is hard seeing so many people I care for in distress.  Which brings me to the topic of my post: my January 2021 bullet journal layout!

I chose this giant camera and Polaroid frame for my opening page and because I really just wanted to use these stamps!  I honestly had no plan past this.  For the page facing my month title page, I decided I’m going to start doing a new 30 day challenge of some sort each month.  For January, I chose this 30 Reset challenge from Scissors & Sage.  I felt this would be a good way to start the new year off.

My original intention was that I would do a black and white them for January.  I wanted to separate the days in my weekly spreads with washi and the one I chose had pastel colors mixed in with the black.  Once I got a week into my weekly spreads, I decided to pick up the other colors in the washi.

I’m not much of a goal setter.  I often find it difficult to set SMART goals but after 2020 I decided I’d give it a go again.

Since this is a new thing for me, I decided I would take the pressure off and white them out for the blog.  I did split by goal page into four sections: Home, Health, Work, Crafty.  I also left plenty of room to add to them.  

For my weekly spreads, I continued on with the same layout I’ve been using as this seems to be working rather well for me.  I have found that I do better mentally with a consistent layout, rather than varying the layouts each month as some do.

As I have done in the past months, I’ve also included a Project page for the month, this time at the end of the month as that is where the page fit most naturally.  I did end up with a blank facing page that I’m not quite sure what I will do with yet.  I have a few ideas I’m kicking around but nothing has stuck yet.  Worst case scenario it will end up as a quote page and I’m okay with that.

Are you a goal setter? A resolution maker? Or do you fly by the seat of your pants?  

Until next time, happy crafting!


Sunday, October 25, 2020

November Bullet Journal


So, November.  How do you feel about that?  I’ve got mixed feelings.  I’m glad this particular year is almost over but, as with each year, I’m sad this year is almost over.  

As mentioned in my previous posts, I am a little frustrated with my lack of drawing ability so for November I decided to breakout my stamps.  I decided to keep this particular month simple-ish.  I did hand letter the NOVEMBER on the cover page and used 3 different colors of Crayola Super Tip markers to color it in.

When I stamped this page, I immediately noticed a bit of ghosting on the back side but didn’t think much of it.  On the backside of my cover page I will do a GRATITUDE page but haven’t quite decided how I want to do it.  I did discover my first month where keeping all the days within the month’s pages gets tricky as November starts on a Sunday. I could have thrown it in with the first week but I think I’m going to use the bottom of this page to do something else.  Also, I would not have had the GRATITUDE page at the front like I wanted.  Now, you’ll notice there were quite a few things I messed up on this month.  First of all, my stamp has 31 days but November only has 30. Ugh!

This time, I thought I would try my Daisy White ink pad from Close to my Heart.  Well, it worked meh. But look closely and you will see another oops - my stamps from the following week are really starting to show through. Double ugh!

I love the stamped leaves.  I love the 4 different colors.  I don’t love that the two darkest colors are bleeding through the paper.  I tried a couple of different pens to write the date on these and didn’t hav much luck with that either.  Not thought through at all.

I haven’t decided what I’m going to do on the FREE page in the above photo but you can see the rest of the month is pretty much the same - stamp ghosted/bled through, ink on stamped image for date doesn’t show up.  Ugh!  BUT, I do love the color scheme.  And it was so pretty in my head!!!

I hate it when something works out like that - better in my head than in reality.  But I’m learning to roll with it.  I’m not perfect.

Until next time,


Sunday, September 27, 2020

October Bullet Journal


October’s bujo spreads were a bit challenging.  I thought I would try my hand at making my own doodles. Let’s just say next month will probably be more stamps than hand doodling.

I’ll show the cover page last because that was the last page I created and is literally my 2nd favorite page for October.

Because October starts on a Thursday I decided to put my PROJECT page at the beginning, facing the first week.  How do y’all do your calendars when they fall like this?  Do you put the last half of the week with the previous month or do you keep the month together?  I’m going to try to keep the month together but I don’t know right now.  I can already see where this might be troublesome.

I messed up on the mini calendar.  I got thrown off having 4 days on the right side.  I originally stamped this with a Friday start date.  As I was stamping the last one I realized I had messed up.  Label paper to the rescue.  You will see, though, that this month follows the same layout as September, with a different theme for each week.

While most of the themes for each week this month were not difficult, they were time consuming.  Not being that type of artist, it is difficult for me to draw something without a photo to go by.

I will say, I was quite happy with my NOTES sections on each page.

The Candy Corn theme (below) is my favorite spread of the month!

Now about the cover page.  By the time I got here, I decided it was time to use stamps.  The entire month took quite a bit longer than I had anticipated and I had way too many “accidents” with my layouts.  I’m quite happy I decided to use my stamps.  I’d never used this stamp set from Close to my Heart and I love the way it came out.

Isn’t that cat adorable? Okay, let me know what you think!


Sunday, August 23, 2020

September Bujo

 It is so hard to believe that it is almost September!  There have been days that have flown by and there are other days that feel like they have dragged on and on and on, especially with this pandemic.  What a year!

I have not been very good at keeping up with much this year - my blog, my projects, my bullet journal, my diet, etc.  But I’m going to try to turn that around.  I feel that I need to get better organized.  Who’s with me?  

I sat down Saturday and worked in my bullet journal almost all weekend.  I got a new one because I felt like my Leuchtturm1917 wasn’t exactly what I wanted in order to make a full commitment to my bujo.  I finally found one I was happy with and it came in last week and I was itching to get started on it! Thankfully, the family didn’t need much attention this weekend. 

Welcome to CELEBRATE SEPTEMBER.  I chose this theme because, well, it’s my birthday month!  We recently took a family vacation to a lake house.  Each morning I sat on the porch drinking my coffee with my bujo (my old one) making notes of exactly what I wanted to include in my new one. It was really kind of soothing to plan it out.  I decided on the layout below for my weekly spreads.  I find I do best if there is some consistency to my weekly spreads.  

Starting on the left at the top is a mini calendar for the month, with the current week highlighted.  Beneath that is a health tracker for my blood sugar and blood pressure and my habits tracker.  Below that is a mini menu planner for my lunch.  

I did a different theme for each week and we’ll see how long that lasts.  While I do believe I am creative, I am not one who does well drawing her own images.

For each day, I put a little marker to assign a chore (just realized I only wrote CHORE on the first week!). This will be my weekly, monthly, or yearly chore.  I’m trying out a new system I’ve seen around the internet where I clean a day.  This way my weekends will be free.
On the right side of the page are the last 3 days of each week (Friday through Sunday).  I know there are mixed feelings out there about whether or a not equal space is needed for the weekend but for me the answer is yes.  At the top right corner is my laundry chart.  Again, this is something I am going to try to do daily, one load each day.

Below my laundry list is my dinner menu plan.  I tried making the lines free hand.  I’m not sure if I will continue this or if I’ll use a ruler in the future.  I’m trying to not let the little things bother me but I do like a crisp straight line.

Finally, my last spread of the month is shared with a PROJECT planner page.  The goal is to pick one project to tackle a month.  For the next few months that project will be one room of the house each month to get completely unpacked, pictures hung, decor completed.  I do not want to have another house that we finally get perfect just to put it on the market shortly thereafter!

I’m pretty happy with how this came out and can’t wait to work on October.  

Let me know what you think!

Thursday, May 28, 2020

June Bujo (continued)

Just popping on real quick to show you the rest of my June weekly spreads for my Bujo!

I decided I was going to alternate ink colors.  For the first week in June, I did the weeks in Distress Inks Abandoned Coral and the lists in Twisted Citron.  So I flipped that for the second week.  I decided I did not like the days colored in so I just used the opposite color to highlight the day of the week in the date box.
For the third week, I flipped it again and really like how it is coming along.
For the fourth week, I did another flip but this time I used the yellow to highlight the day in the date box.  I decided I liked this better as the yellow really is only used as an accent color and I feel this ties out the theme better.  
You’ll notice I have not finished the top portion of the weekly spreads yet.  I wasn’t completely happy with how the first one came out and want to practice some lettering first.  

Do you bullet journal?  Have any tips for me?  I’m still on the lookout for a good dual tip marker so leave me a comment if you have any suggestions!

Until next time,

Monday, May 25, 2020

Bujo Weekly Spreads

Good morning bloggerville!  Let me start by first thanking all of those military who lost their lives during service to our country and their families.  Memorial Day seems to be one of those holidays that get lost in the shuffle of everyday life.  I don’t feel that it ever gets the attention it deserves.

I took advantage of the extended weekend to get a jumpstart on my June layout for my bullet journal (bujo - such a cute little nickname!).  I had been searching Pinterest for just the right weekly spread for me and stumbled across this article.

I decided I didn’t really want a monthly spread as I feel it is repetitive. Unfortunately, I mis-measured and mis-counted on my first weekly spread.  Instead of tearing it out or glueing pages together, I decided to embrace my one little word for 2020 - progress, not perfection.

What I was looking for was something that had room to do my meal planning as well as any appointments or specific calendar items.  I also wanted this to leave room for my a chore list and habits list, as well as a to do and to purchase.  I know, a tall order, but I think I will be happy with this.

I did realize very quickly, though, that my ink was bleeding through.  Luckily I left a couple of blank pages for my monthly cover page.

 I completed all of my weekly spreads before I decided on a theme for June.  In the end, I decided to just go with some flowers.

Then it was time to go back and do the top of my first weekly spread.  One of my goals this month is to start practicing some lettering.  I’m great with Word and coming up with printed fonts, but not so much with altering my own handwriting.  I’d really like to work on that.
 For my color palette for June, I’m using Close To My Heart inks in Honey, Pear and Sorbet.  For markers, I realized my daughter had destroyed a lot as her younger self.  She used to write very heavy!  So I ended up with ShinHan Touch in Y222 and Tim Holtz Distress Markers in Twisted Citron and Abandoned Coral.
 The stamp sets I’ll be using are Close To My Heart Beloved Bouquet and It’s the Little Things.
I’ll give this spread a couple of weeks to see how it works for me before I start on July’s.

Let me know if you have any tips/tricks!

Until next time,

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

List Lover Discovery (Part 2)

A couple of months ago a friend suggested I try a bullet journal.  You can read more about how the trip down that rabbit hole began here.  I have become obsessed with Pinterest bullet journal ideas.  My board “Journal-y Stuff” is quickly getting large.

In my search I found this habit tracker and wanted to do something similar for my habit tracker.  I decided I would use my Vicki Boutin honeycomb stencil and ink to make mine, thinking it would go a lot quicker.

I’m pretty happy with how it came out.  My only complaint is that on the bottom right grid, I got a little heavy with the ink and it bled through the page.

I’ll have to figure out a way to cover that up.  Now, let’s talk about notebooks while we are on the subject on bleed through.  I have discovered since I purchased my Leuchtturm 1917 that I need to look for a notebook that has a higher gsm for the paper.  So, sitting in my Amazon cart right now is a Scribbles that Matter notebook.  

I think I am going to go ahead and pull the trigger on this purchase and keep my Leuchtturm as a practice layout book.  

Ok, check back over the weekend to see what progress I’ve made with my Masha Plans class! It is truly inspirational!

Monday, May 18, 2020

List Lover Discovery (Part 1)

I love planners.  I love lists.  I love checking things off of a list.  I will literally add something I have just completed to my To Do list just so I can have the satisfaction of marking it complete.  I know, a little overboard, but hey, that’s me.  I have tried several different planners over the years and, as my life has evolved, so have my planner needs.

During a discussion with one of my best friends about how my current planner wasn’t working for me (only a month into it) and I couldn’t find one that struck me as useful, my friend suggested I try a bullet journal.  This is a new trend where you basically build your own planner or journal each month with the items you need.  There are a ton of resources on Pinterest for this.  It can be a little overwhelming, but I decided to give it a try.

I started with a monthly layout and decided on a honeycomb theme.  Perhaps a little too ambitious for the first time out.  It was more time consuming that I wanted and with the days staggered, it is a bit confusing to use for planning the month.

I am happy with the general layout and look of this spread.  But in the future I doubt I would use a layout like this where the days are staggered.  It is just confusing to me for planning purposes.

One of the many reasons I thought A bullet journal would fit my needs is for the routines I want to get better at keeping.  So that is the page I worked on next.

Another thing I realized is that for my routines I would prefer being able to check them off each day.  I suppose that goes back to my whole list-loving-check-box-completed obsession.

And that is when I stumbled upon this free class  from Masha Plans.  I am thoroughly enjoying it!  I am a few days in to the course and have discovered a wealth of inspiration.

I’ll be back later in the week with more progress from my class!

Until next time!

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Send Cheer, Spread Cheer

This little bit of history we are living through right now is scary.  I am not an overly anxious person and I truly feel for those that have bad anxiety. I do not think there is one person that can truly say this pandemic has not affected them in some way.  There are many organizations trying to lift spirits.

While watching Hallmark channel one day, I say an advertisement that if you go to the Hallmark website they will send you 3 cards to send to others.  When I received my cards, I immediately had an idea of how I could help brighten people’s moods a bit.

So to all my crafty friends out there, I challenge you:  #SendCheer, #SpreadCheer.  The concept is easy - make a card and send a spare for the recipient to send to someone.

I selected 10 people that I have sent cards to along with a spare card for them to send to someone else.  I made it simple on myself and chose two layouts and made 10 of each.  Below is the card that I wrote a short message to my recipients.
On the left is the card front, using the Garden Tags stamp of the month from Close To My Heart to create the tag, then adding a few embellishments.  I used a technique from Vicki Boutin to watercolor the background of the stamp before I stamped it with the tag stamp.  On the right I used another Close To My Heart stamp set, Have A Happy Day, for a simple sentiment.

For the one for my recipient to send out themselves, I used the same technique for the tag to cover a piece of watercolor paper and create an entire background.  Then I used the Close To My Heart Let’s Stay Home set to stamp a sentiment in the bottom right corner.
I used the same Have A Happy Day set for the inside sentiment also.  This card looked pretty without the sequins and rhinestones but I wanted to add a little something to make it special.

I put these in the little cellophane bag and added a sticker to the back explaining my intentions.
I’m really excited to get some feedback once these go out in the mail on Monday!

So here is my challenge to you:  if you are a crafty person, make cards and send a spare as I have done.  If you are not crafty, next time you go to the store to get your groceries, pick up a card to brighten someone’s day.  

Post on social media using the hashtag:  #SendCheerSpreadCheer and let’s lift each other up!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Stash Busting

I have always loved making paper crafting kits.  It was a kit club that got me started scrapbooking those many years ago.  I had a brief stint on the design team of the Counterfit Kit Blog, which helped feed my love of kitting.

With the stay at home orders in place with the COVID-19 pandemic, I decided this was the perfect time to make a game plan to use up some of my collected (aka never used) scrapbooking lovelies.  During my brief stint as a Close To My Heart consultant, I acquired quite the stamp collection - and I'm not a huge stamper.

I decided to start there.  I took the stamps that I haven't used or only used once or twice and divided them up into stacks.  I ended up with 5 stamp sets per stack.

Next, I tackled my Close To My Heart ink pads.  I split those up into complimentary stacks of 5 each.

I put the stamp sets into a resealable bag with a sheet of paper.  On the paper, I wrote the month the stamp sets should be used and listed the ink colors to use that month.

Then I used one of my ThirtyOne totes to store all the packaged up stamp sets and placed them in a visible spot in my craft room.
I started with the month of April since March is almost over but I couldn't wait to get started.  When I sat down to create with my newly created April mini kit, I realized I should also add some washi to these kits.
I stamped up some embellies to use over the next few weeks.  I even played with my watercolors on one of the stamped images.
What are you doing these trying times to keep your sanity?

Stay safe and happy crafting!

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Progress In The Little Things

There is this online class I've taken for the past few years that I absolutely love.  But I'm going to admit this right here right now:  I'm a terrible online student!  I am.  I never seem to finish online classes.  Once, after my first child was born I thought I'd go back to school and get my degree in accounting.  That was when they were just beginning to offer online classes.  My very first class cost $500 - and that didn't include the book.  I would sit in the spare room after she fell asleep, while my husband watched TV and study.  It got old really quick and all I wanted to do was go to bed.  I don't even think I made it to my first test.

Over the years I've gotten better, but I still fizzle out before completion.  This year I am determined to finish this class through.  What class is it?  It is Ali Edwards' One Little Word.  The premise is you select a word - or a word chooses you - to help guide you through the next year.  Some of my previous words have been:  believe, choose, sparkle, nurture, and just last year, journey.

This year I was driven more by a phrase than an actual word:  Progress, Not Perfection.  I feel as I am getting older I am getting more bogged down with the little details, and as a result, not getting the results I want.  This year my goal is to just reach my goals.  Not worry about every detail being perfect.

My first test came while actually creating the first page for my album.
Its hard to see, I know.  And this is the kind of thing that would normally bog down my process.  There are two little spots where the adhesive smeared and they show up on the acrylic page.  As I was using some Undo to try to get these spots off, it struck me that I was wasting precious crafting time on something no one would notice but me.  I literally stopped in my tracks, threw away the paper towel and snapped this photo.  So what does the finished page look like?
I really love the way it came out, smeared adhesive and all!  So what about the other pages for January?  Again, not perfect, but completed so I'm happy.  And as I look back over them, I love the way they came out.

I'm off to start working on my February prompt now - a vision board!  This is where I quit last year.  This year, I'm looking forward to this one.  I've already purchased the magazines and starting cutting out photos.  

What about you - have you ever taken an online class of any kind?  How do you feel about online learning versus a physical classroom setting?  

Until next time, happy crafting!