Bullet Journal: January 2016

Time for a bullet journal update! From my last bujo post, I showed you my setup for January and now I’m here to shows you how I filled it out!

Here are some of the details of the process I went through after my last post:

So first, I had a hard time deciding where to paste my monthly and weekly inserts. I ended up taping them to the sides of the pages where they kinda get inconvenient, but they’re fine. The most annoying thing, actually, was getting g used to the spiral bound notrebok style. I haven’t used a spiral bound notebook since college, and I forgot how annoying it was. (I won’t get into the itty-bitty details now, but yeah. Hate it.) In retrospect, I shouldn’t have put them on the side, because I use the side-color indexing system… I remedied that with thin washi tape though so it’s not that big of a deal I guess.

Second thing, I put my Frixion Marker to good use! I used it for headers, dividers and boxes! I’m happy with it on the thin paper.

Thirdly, I’m trying to use all my stickers (can you tell?) so I’m using them everywhere!

Lastly, I got these awesome Essenti dry highlighters! When I write out my day, I kinda go stream-of-consciousness, whatever-comes-first kinda thing, so I wanted to make the most important task of the day really stand out. I got the pastel colors, and they do the job, but I think I’ll get the bright colors next; the pastel ones did not pop as much as I wanted them to.

Anyway, here’s the whole gallery if you want to look at it!

New Year, New Bullet Journal

Along side all the rest of my “new year” posts I have to post my new bullet journal!

To welcome the new year, I made up a cheap dot grid journal I bought from Daiso, which is a Japanese dollar store. Honestly, I still had enough paper in my old BuJo to do two more months, but I wanted to start the year off fresh. Plus, I wanted to cut out the extra paper for scrap grid paper because I love drawing on grid paper.

First thing I did in the new Daiso notebook is I tested the paper — not good with markers, but the Frixion pens are fine, so I guess that’s what I’m going to be using for this BuJo! I thought the markers looked okay and when you see the table of contents, I did try to use them and ignore the shadowing, but I couldn’t bare it, so Frixion pens are the way to go. For $1.50, I’m not gonna complain about the quality of this paper, and this was the only dot grid notebook Daiso had so I bought it even though I really, really hate spiral binding.

I usually decorate the cover with stickers (I did this months ago), and add an envelope for more stickers on the inside back cover (if there isn’t already one)

Next I write out a legend and put it in with washi tape, and fix up the table of contents. Then I start writing out the month.

Since taking these pictures, I’ve added more stickers and filled out the goals, NYR, and (obviously) started recording my days already. I also added my monthly and weekly inserts (and I’ll keep doing this until I’ve run out). I’ll take more pictures at the end of the month!

How does your planner or bullet journal look for the new year? Did you start in a whole new notebook, or did you keep last years?

Bullet Journal 2015

Hope everyone is having a good year so far! Continuing on with my summary of 2015, here’s the rest of my year in my bullet journal! If you want a summary, here’s my first bullet journal entry which has a summary, an explanatory video, and my Bullet Journal spread for July, the first month I tried out the system. In this post, I cropped and blurred pictures because this time I took it with my fancy camera (though some pictures are still blurry, can’t do anything about that).

Here is what my BuJo (what bullet journallers call it) looked like on the outside. A not-so-secret: I LOVE stickers.

Here was August. I went for a hexagonal theme for the headers and I really liked it! Probably my favourite font for my BuJo in 2015. You can see I also did a journal challenge which I talked about here.

Here is September. I went for a college/school theme for the header font because it’s back to school for a lot of people! Also, I tried something a little different, this time I left the entire right side blank (after splitting the two sides in half horizontally) for sketch paper. I didn’t really use all of it, so it was kind of a waste. You can see my sketches for October here!

For the month of October, I went for a gothic font, and for the main header, I used my calligrapher pen to write it. It came out awesome! For the rest of the month, I made a more simplified version with my drawing pen. We also started planning my friend’s bridal shower and bachelorette party, so you can see my Post-Its for that. And lastly, you can see the progression of my little bat logo from the second picture (a terrible bat) to the fourth picture (an awesome looking bat!). Based off the Batman logo.

For November, I went for a classic-ish serif font with a thick “middle”. It was fun to draw, but I spent a longer time concentrating on how it looked and not a great lot of concentration on spelling, so you can see my terrible mistakes. (Novemebr!) And my number always came out looking awful. I also started doing day separators! Those are always fun!

And finally December! I went for a simplistic san serif font because I wanted to draw lights but it came out kinda terrible. I also tried a new monthly plan, drew little logos like pine trees, snow men, holly, and presents! I also went sticker CRAZY and added a little bit of washi to my weekly planner papers.

December was probably my favourite month because I branched out a bit and expanded what I could do with my bullet journal! I used this great blog post over at Boho Berry for inspiration and tips! It was a fun read and I had a lot of fun planning thanks for that post!

Well that’s it for now! I’ll be back for a resolution wrap up post soon!

Bullet Journal for July

I saw Sowmya last Thursday and she really liked my bullet journal, so I decided I wanted to show off my spread for July!

But first a little history!

The Bullet Journal system is a simple journal system to sort out priorities and to-do lists. I have recently talked about the bullet journal system on my blog and the WTW podcast. July was my first month trying the bullet journal system, and the best part about it is, is that it’s flexible. You don’t waste any notebook or planner space on lines for a to-do list that you’ll never use. It’s so easy! Here’s the video:

My improvised system is a combination of a bullet journal, a brain dump journal, and a journal for note-taking. I’m basically using one notebook for everything. I love gridded notebooks, so for my first bullet journal experiment, I decided to get this National one on Amazon. It was too big, so I turned it sideways, and just split the page in two columns. I also put in a envelope for a sticker pocket! Because you gotta have stickers for planning!

I decided July’s color was blue, and the theme was arrows. I took a monthly spread I mentioned in my stationery post and taped it in for any future planning I needed to do. Anything more than a month away I put in my online calendar. On the bottom is a standard bullet journal month list with dates and days of the week, and next to that is my “Tasks” list. On the bottom I put a “Wants” list, but I decided not to include that for August. I liked having it in one place, but it’s unnecessary, and I found I needed more room for “Tasks.”

I was watching other planning videos, and someone had an “Expenses” page and I thought this would be the most effective way for me to keep track of how I spent my money. It really helped! For August, I’m going to try to color code the expenses to figure out what was necessary and what wasn’t. I had a “Goals” box and a “Schedule” box but neither were needed, so for next month, I’m just going to have expand “Expenses”. I already had to expand “Expenses” for July, so I’m hoping, for August, I stick to one. I also wanted to do an “Expense Planning” page but decided not to do that.

For July, I tried to stick the dates and plans on the left, and my notes or journal on the left. For August, I’m just going to keep it all under the same date. In mid-July, I started putting the weekly spreads in there too. For August, instead of having it on a separate page, I’m putting it together on the same page to save room. Sometimes, there are just random notes on the top.

I also included my legend for July; as the days went on I found I needed different icons and I wanted a daily blog checklist, so I made a new one for August (and beyond).

Anyway, I’ve covered up anything too personal so, finally, here is my July spread!

Stationery Love!

Another topic from My Facts post and definitely something I’ve been obsessed with for years, stationery!

I think, for as long as I can remember, I have been obsessed with stickers, pens, and paper. Even as a child, I wanted them in every color, size, and type, and multiple copies so I could collect one copy and use the rest. I wanted to look at them and touch them and admire them and feel them. I don’t know what it is; maybe I enjoy the color combinations of the ink on the paper, maybe I like the creativity that the stickers provide, maybe I’m just a weirdo. We’ll never know for sure (but I do coo over the colors of pens and paper, and the adorability of stickers…).

Before I realized my obsession, I used to want notebooks for the sole reason of owning them. It didn’t matter how many plain Mead notebooks I already had, I didn’t have that one in that color. Thankfully, my mom didn’t indulge me on my every whim, but as soon as I got an allowance, the first thing I bought, after a quick 7-Eleven trip, was some cute stationery from a Korean store called Morning Glory. I had some of friends who were also into it, so we bonded quickly over brands like Blue Bear, Babu, and White. I still think the best, and cutest, one is Blue Bear. Another thing I bought as a kid was a Blue Bear planner, and filled it with cute month/week spreads, and even cuter memo paper.

Nowadays, I’ve moved on to stores like Maido and brands like Strathmore, but I’m still a huge fan of all stationery, especially cheap (but cute) stationery, so stores like Daiso are the epitome for an addict like me. I am also really into bookbinding and other DIY notebooks! I can’t wait to share my future projects and notebooks with you!

That’s all I can think of right now! I hope this provided a little insight into who I am and what I like to talk about!