Bullet Journal Update! (February through April)

Alright! It’s been a while, so I think it’s time for a bullet journal update! Please refer to my past bullet journal posts because I will probably be referring to them often!

Short recap: Logistically, regarding the notebook itself, again, it is a cheap dot grid spiral bound notebook from Daiso and yup, I still hate spiral bound notebooks. The paper is really thin, but I was right and using the Frixion pens didn’t ghost through so much that it annoyed me. I started using my Frixion Marker for headers which also didn’t ghost through too much and I am using a lot of stickers. It’s awesome!

Small change! In the key, I wrote down the dimension of the dot grid, so how many squares across and how many squares down. It helped out a lot in planning layouts and stuff! I saw it in someone else’s bullet journal flip-through and decided to include it in mine. Check it out:
Bullet Journal Update!

For this journal, I’m alternating where I tape in my inserts so that the tape doesn’t build up in one area. I taped the first month (January) at the bottom of the page and the next month (February) at the top of the page. Check it out:
Bullet Journal Update!

Here are February, March and April monthlies and dailies (I know I forgot February’s monthly! I’m too lazy to go back now!):

Details: I used a lot of stickers in my monthlies and dailies. In March, I expanded the food log to fit the entire daily entry. In April, I gave my dailies more room to breathe and just simplified every day to have half a page (22 squares for the top, 23 squares for the bottom). In April I also started tracking my time, even though I’m at work almost all the time.

I took a video of this as a flip through and then decided I hated it so I took screencaps and am posting it as images. Sorry for the crappy pictures.

How are you guys changing up your bullet journals and planners? Y’all like my stickers? :D

Thanks again for reading, everyone!

Notebook Obsession: My High School Notebooks

Notebook Obsession

I’ve been obsessed with notebooks ever since I can remember. As a result, I have many different notebooks and wanted to share my collection with fellow notebook lovers! Please let me know what you think!

I started off with my first video for the blog! I just went over the three notebooks I could find from high school, one notebook from college, a binder I had in high school and some bonus pens and pencils I had used in high school. Hope you like it!

Pen Showcase: Platinum Preppy, Fine Nib (in Black)

Pen Showcase

Starting a new series on my blog about the pens I have! I was kinda going for a pen review, so that’s basically what it is! I’ll try and highlight things I like and dislike, and then things I’ve heard from other people (probably other reviews, or the Pen Addict).

Pen Showcase 2 - Letter

And finally I wrote some pangrams down on a little Rhodia Dot Pad I got:

Pen Showcase 2 - Pangrams

I wrote them on different Rhodia pads. Here are the two pads together!

Another #PenShowcase will be up on my blog soon! This time I used the #PlatinumPreppy, fine nib in black!

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I bought this pen because I heard good things about it on the Goulet Pens podcast, so I bought it on JetPens here. I also watched this how-to convert video, so I also bought these O-rings and silicone grease on Goulet Pens.

Notebook Obsession Introduction

Notebook ObsessionAfter starting the Pen Showcase series I realized I couldn’t really do it without doing a series about my Notebook Obsession! I briefly talked about it in my Stationery Love post but here’s a more indepth introduction.

One of my favourite material things in the world is books. I love having a physical book in my hand when reading or writing. Ever since I started reading, I have loved them. I felt like I needed them even when I didn’t. I think I just really liked paper because I remember just having a lot of scrap paper around the house.

For notebooks, I like the aesthetics and the texture of a page. For this reason, I have a lot of notebooks. I love the blankness of an empty piece of paper, especially if it’s dot grid paper or graph paper. Obviously, one starts buying notebooks for school reasons; so most of my notebooks started out as notebooks with ruled paper. Then I started buying notebooks with cute covers, and now I’ve kinda moved onto just nice paper (but cute covers still get in every once in a while). Sometimes I feel like I just buy notebooks to collect them (ex: I need all of a specific brand!) but sometimes I will need a notebook for a specific reason.

Here are some pictures of all my notebooks I have at the time of writing this (and I’m sure I gave forgotten some already!).

All Notebooks

These are all my notebooks that I could find at the time of taking the picture. There are at least two that are missing that I know of!

And here’s a gallery of all the full size notebook pictures:

And bonus, here’s my Instagram picture from when I was assembling the notebooks together:

Currently: writing an intro to a #notebook obsession series! Up on the blog soon, check out the link in my profile!

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In my next entry, I’ll start with the oldest ones: high school notebooks! Which ones of my notebooks do you have? Do you hate them or love them?