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Why I Switched to Bullet Journaling

I made the switch from a filofax ring planner to a bullet journal back in April of this year. I felt that my Filofax, A’s much as I loved it, just wasn’t fitting my life at that moment in time and had become to ridged and inflexible in my life though I still loved writing down my plans and things that mattered. It was hard to properly realise and accept that the system I had been using for years and truly loved just wasn’t working for me anymore . So I sat down and thought long and hard about what I needed in my life at that point and after doing some research and looking at tons of pictures and posts on Facebook, reading blogs and generally poking about at the ton of information on the web, I came up with a few things that I wanted in a new planning system. For me that was something that was flexible – somewhere that I could play around with layouts, make notes, use a day per page if I decided then flip to a week on 2 page spread should I choose, a place to track life statistics – sleep, steps and mood are big ones for me and useful to track as I have anxiety and stress and need to be able to be able to identify links between these things, and I wanted something that I could be creative in – I’ve not really done much art (painting and drawing mainly) since uni and wanted something I could doodle in and decorate with my own art, it had been suggested to me at a Stress Management course that doing something creative can help dealing with stress and anxiety levels. This is where the bullet journal came into its own for me…it offered me all the things that I needed in my life, everything in one place, something that can change with me and gather everything together, a more true version of me.

So, which bullet journal did I choose to purchase and make mine? I did a lot of research online and cross referencing prices and a whole host of other features and decided that the Leuchtturm1917 was the bullet journal for me. I chose dot grid paper and the medium sized journal in azure blue (I really was undecided on the colours, there are so many beautiful colours to choose from!). I ordered from amazon and as I am a prime member I got it a few days later.

Since it arrived I have been filling it with monthly layouts and weekly spreads, doodling and drawing in it, using watercolours, pencils and pens to add colour to my pages. I pick it up at least a dozen times in the day and add to dos, daily logs, notes and all matter of other things that are important to me. And it makes me feel so much better and a lot calmer.

I’d never knock the filofax, it will always be my first love and I will go back to that format of planning at some point I’m sure, but right now, with only one job to monitor along with my health and well being, the bullet journal is the place for me to lay my thoughts, it feels like I’m home – anything goes and it’s not judgemental if my pages are full or empty, pretty or a mess. It has taught me that not everything needs to be perfect or fit into a certain section and that you can be creative in the smallest way. The only thing I do miss is being able to easily remove and move pages around like you can with a ring bound planner, but that’s where your index comes in handy!

Here’s some pics of pages I have done

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Posted in Stationery Loves

Ink Pens

Aside from my Parker IM Roller Ball and Fountain pens the only real ink pens that I love are Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens.  I forget when I first came across these pens but it was a long time ago, it feels like they have always been in my life and I forget how many different ones I have purchased over time, though I do know that I have gone through 3 of the 10 pack of pens in the time that I have been purchasing them.

So what makes me keep buying them?  I love the range of colors for one, there seem to be so many different ink colors and tones to choose from, that you can buy the pens as singles or in larger sets, that the writing line is just 0.3mm – so truly fine, which makes for some pretty creative and tight doodling or really small writing!  I love that the pens don’t seem to bleed or fade and I love that they make my writing look a lot neater than other pens!  I love how the pen barrel is thin and triangular which can minimize hand fatigue when writing and that the pen is really light and smooth to use.  Basically, I think, what I am trying to say is this range are the perfect pen for me!

I use these pens for everything too, from doodling and writing my plans in my Filofax, color coding notes and drawing images to just brightening up a page with a few simple boxes drawn in a bold color, they are the perfect addition to my filofax and bullet journal (more about the latter soon!)!

Here’s my collection at the moment (what I could find of them – my go to ones!)

Posted in Other Inserts

Plans

Plans is a sub category that I used a lot when I was in college and University, it was similar to a to-do list but more specifically orientated around things I wanted to do rather than things that needed to be done in a certain time frame, for example, things like watch xyz tv show, rent out movie to watch one weekend, visit museum, etc.  I started a Plans section so I could group all these random wants together as a sort of brain dump and ideas page for when I was bored or in need of inspiration.  I don’t have a Plans section any more which I thought was a good thing, I use my week on 2 pages and post its to write things down on but I loose ideas and things I want to do/watch/visit/look at/read/make within those pages and forget to flick back through to obtain the data I want.  Perhaps it is time to bring the Plans pages back?

Do you record your plans separately?  What do your pages look like?  Mine were always a jumble of different colored pens and scrawled writing and crossing out

Posted in planner uses

Uses -Portfolio

This post first appeared on my art blog back last year (15th August 2016).  I had decided that I wanted something portable that I could carry with me to show off my artwork.  I thought the mini sized Filofax Classic in French Navy was the perfect choice…Here’s the post for you all to read 🙂

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I have been thinking about ways in which to show my work to people in the flesh – not on my phone screen, but actual printed images so they can get a full idea of my work and how it should be viewed.  While I am a fan of sharing my work on social media it’s not how I envisage my work to be seen long term.

I decided that I wanted to make a portfolio for my work to go in which I could then take with me places and show people what I actually do but…it needed to be transportable, fit in most of the bags I own, look neat and tidy, professional, easy to add to or change the works I want to carry around and be durable – not a lot to ask is to?  I first thought about a ringbinder A4 is pretty portable but…

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Posted in Weekly Layout

This Weeks Spread (for week 27th Mar – 2nd Apr)

This weeks spread uses a kit from Filofabulouss that I purchased not long after Christmas!  I did look for the same kit to post a link but the one that Sarah now sells is slightly different to the kit I purchased.  I added some purple glittery washi to the kit to become my hole re-enforcer strip and also some silver strip tape which I used to cover the printed type on my filofax diary inserts.

Here’s my layout

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And here’s a peek back at last weeks spread…

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You can find all my other weekly spreads here along with the details on the kit I used last week.

How have you decorated for this week?

xoxox

Posted in Weekly Layout

This Weeks Spread (for week 20th – 26th Mar)

This week I have gone for one of my favorite subjects ever – pirates!  I bought this kit from The Ginger Cat Co .  Here’s my layout…

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I got recommended The Ginger Cat Co on a facebook group when I was looking for a new shop to buy from.  There were so many stickers that I have enough to do a few more layouts later on in the year.  I did have to cut down the checklist stickers as they were a bit too long for my day spaces but that just means I now have even more to use later on!  These stickers are lovely and really nicely printed.  They are printed onto matte adhesive paper and came away from the backing paper really easily and stuck down well.  I have bought days of the week stickers from Shona (who runs The Ginger Cat Co) which will be popping up on a spread in the near future!

Here’s a peek back at last weeks spread…

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You can find all my other weekly spreads here along with the details on the kit I used last week.

How have you decorated for this week?

xoxox

Posted in Weekly Layout

Archiving Layouts – 2

I wrote a post on the 10th March (you can read it here) about archiving my layouts, my initial idea had been to gather all my pages together and keep them safe until the year was over, then put them together and attempt to create a book with them.  This all sounded really good in theory but, and its a big BUT at that, I have a really bad tendency to switch my planners about, from pocket to A5, and not to mention the layout, so trying to create a book with the actual pages could prove to be a nightmare.  Plus, I would need some way of protecting the pages from things like damp, bugs, mold, yellowing and general paper disintegration (planner paper is not really acid free or archive quality).  So, it was at this point in my thought process that I found myself when I found an advert by Saal Digital on facebook) asking for persons to review their photo book.  I applied and was accepted, received a £40 voucher to spend on one of their photo book products in return for a review.  The first post I wrote focused on the ordering process and their software that is used to create the photo book which I wrote straight after I had placed my order – that post was written 4 days ago!  I have now received my product and am really happy with it!

I shall be sharing some pictures of my photo book in a moment but first, I am really impressed in the turn around for this product, to go from order to physical product being delivered less than a week later is amazing, (I’m sure some kind of magic is at play!).  I have ordered similar products with other companies and the turn around for them has been up to 3 weeks for delivery!

Anyway, on to the product.

I ordered

  • A5 (15 x 21 cm) sized book
  • Portrait in orientation
  • Glossy pages
  • Glossy, padded cover
  • Bar code removed for aesthetic purposes
  • 26 pages

Here are the images of it

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The images are true to what how they were taken on my camera and how they were uploaded (so no interference from anyone with regard to color/tone/brightness), what you upload is what you get in terms of the image quality.  I love the thickness of the pages – the images have been printed onto card like pages which means they will last and survive being looked at by loads of people!  And I really love the glossy page finish, it makes the finished product feel more professional.  And I really like the text that I was able to add really easily to the pages, I know exactly which week is which and where I bought the weekly kit from too.

Overall I love this product, it has solved, for me the problem of archiving my pages.  I can’t wait to finish another 10 weeks worth of spreads and get another printed and begin a little collection of books!

How are you archiving your layouts?

xoxox

***disclaimer*** while I may have been offered a photo book as payment for this review and subsequent reviews of the actual product (once received) I have NOT been paid to form a biased opinion.  All thoughts, opinions, words and ideas expressed in this blog and about this product are my own and I express them freely.

Posted in Planner Girls Collective

Gift Ideas

Welcome back to the latest installment of the Planner Girls Collective posts!  This is my tenth post in collaboration with Planner Girls Collective (you can find all other posts here) – a group of like minded planner girls who will be blogging each week on the same subject and then linking to each others posts afterwards.  Today the topic is “Gift Ideas for Stationery Lovers”.

  1. Washi Tapes, if you know a stationery lover and their birthday is coming up then you can pretty much guarantee the gift of washi tape will put a smile on their face! For bonus points why not get a few rolls of different thickness, Hobbycraft have a great range that you can co-ordinate.
  2. Sticky notes always make a fab gift for the stationery lover, and whats more is there are so many different, fun designs out there, whether you search in high street stores, your local supermarket or online, there is sure to be something to appeal to them!  Check out Paperchase for some super fun designs!
  3. How about a set of pastel highlighters?  These ones are super cute and are erasable as well!
  4. Cute notebooks, whether it is just one, or a set, they always come in handy!  I love the Paperblanks ones.
  5. How about a pretty but functional desk tidy?  One with drawers makes it even more handy.  This one is lovely!
  6. You could get a pencil case and fill it with all manner of stationery items.  Smiggle does a brilliant range!
  7. You can’t go wrong with a mug, it can be used for drinks or as a plant pot or for keeping stationery together, Kiki-K have a lovely one, or for something truly unique how about browsing on Etsy?
  8. And while we are on the topic of etsy…have you seen the lovely ranges of stationery related jewellery that is available?
  9. A journal to track life and thoughts makes a perfect stationery lovers gift.  This Kate Spade one is perfect.
  10. And finally how about a planner charm?  If the Stationery Lover uses a ring bound planner/Filofax, or a planner of any kind then one of the ones I make would make a brilliant gift for a stationery lover!

Check out the other girls lists for more inspirational gift ideas using the links below

Emma-Louise

Kerry

Michelle

Debbie

Louise

 

Posted in Weekly Layout

This Weeks Spread (for week 13th – 19th Mar)

This weeks spread is inspired by St Patrick’s Day which falls on friday this week.  St Patrick is the patron Saint of Ireland.  I wanted something that had elements of the Irish in it and chose to purchase this weekly kit from Oodlemadoodles for its use of cute pots of gold, rainbows and four leaf clovers.  As always, I am totally in love with the spread and am really enjoying having my planner open on my desk to peek at during the day (and use of course!!!)

Here it is all stuck down in my Filofax Malden Personal in Kingfisher Blue 🙂

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Here’s a look back at last weeks spread…unfortunately I came down with a cold (I keep refferring to is as Almost Flu, because it was almost flu but couldn’t have been as I have had the flu jab…) so I didn’t really do much last week except sleep and cwtch up on the sofa under a blanket.

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You can find all my other weekly spreads here along with the details on the kit I used last week.

How have you decorated for this week?

xoxox