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!