Amazon Haul!

I have never made a post or video sharing the things I have gotten. At least not in great detail. I am super excited to be switching my Bujo to a Traveler’s Journal style and I got most of my things today! I really wanted to share my new fun things with you so here we go 🙂

First things first, I did get all these items from Amazon and all are with Amazon Prime.

dsc_0216I didn’t get a whole bunch, just a few things. I will have 2 more Moleskine Chapters arriving tomorrow before I get started. I will still need to get a backing and elastic though to create my insert for holding my books into. I would like to continue using my current Bujo cover if possible. dsc_0218I had not realized how tiny these were until they arrived, they are actually quite cute. They are just paper tape, nothing fancy. I thought some not decorated washi would be a nice addition to my Bujo.

dsc_0219I also got a few new stencils. I try to not stencil when possible however circles are my downfall. I picked this for the circles however having different sized squares will be quite handy. Triangles I’m not so sure about yet. They were fairly cheap though and seemed like a nice addition to my collection of art supplies.

dsc_0220I was probably most excited about these new pens. I am in love with Staedler Fineliners. I have the set of 20 and after realizing I’d love a pastel purple I caved and ordered this set. I have since fallen in love with all the new shades. I say new because the gray and aqua are already in the set of 20. I am however very excited to use these in my new Bujo as I decorate it and get it ready.

dsc_0226I tried to be a little more “fancy” with my photos. I love photography and decided that straight up and down shots aren’t always fun. I am in love with the Moleskine chapters already and I haven’t even opened it yet. The binding is a really adorable coral pink. It’s not super thin and it has a nice feeling to it. It has 128 dotted pages as well as chapter pages that have to-do lists on them ( I will probably decorate over if I don’t find it useful ) I was very nervous because most inserts you can order are either really flimsy or don’t have much pages to offer. I have ordered 3 total, 1 arrived today. I will have 2 that are this gorgeous green/coral color and then my last will be a cardboard/blue color combo. If I decide to get a fourth for sketching in or something else I will be getting their dark burgundy one next. I have loved Moleskine since I got a sketchbook from them a few years ago and now that I have used a pocket for my Bujo back in July, which was sadly just too small.

dsc_0227Lastly I wanted to share a size difference between my Moleskine Chapters and my A5 Bujo case that holds my Leuchtturm 1917. They aren’t much different. Height is almost the same and width is just a little over an inch less. I have never had a Midori but from watching videos and reading reviews I have heard these are slightly bigger than their inserts, however not owning one I can’t be sure. As far as comparing it to an A5 it’s not too much of a difference. I will be getting elastic and backing to create my insert to hold the journals into this cover.

For now though I will still be using my current Bujo. I want to set up my Traveler’s for 2017-2018 usage but might opt to use my daily when I feel ready. I will be sure to share my creations as I go.

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Traveler’s Journals?!?

So I have been using a Bullet Journal since June. I have in the short months since starting changed my methods quite a lot. I started with a cheap lined notebook from Office Max since they didn’t have any dotted options available. Shortly after I got a dotted Moleskin, however I got a pocket not realizing how small it was. I used it for almost three weeks before switching to a spiral bound dotted notebook. The paper is amazing but the binding was a tad annoying with my line drawing which I use a ruler for. I soon after tried a Heidi Swapp Planner but soon found the rings were a tad annoying for me. I love the idea of a planner because you can pull things out and replace them with ease. My issue is the rings are quite large and it became too tedious to hold the paper in the middle of the rings to close it properly. I have since used my Leuchtturm 1917 Dotted and have been in love with it.

However….I have been quite envious of the concept of a Traveler’s Journal but for my Bujo. I have already begun to realize that I don’t enjoy transferring my collections from journal to journal. I also don’t like things being tossed around in my book without the ability to control their placement. Using a Traveler’s would give me the ability to use separate notebooks for specific things. I have been actively admiring them from afar and debating if it would be a good move for me. Since I ordered a Moleskine Chapters for my fitness journal I decided to instead order 2 of them for now (I will order 1 more once I get my next paycheck) and use them to start my own Traveler’s Journal. I will no longer be doing a fitness journal and I’ll be incorporating that into my Daily Book and then into my Yearly/Monthly book.

I hope to have 3 books for my base, They will include my Collections, Yearly/Montly, and Daily. I will be making my own insert however for a drawing book to just use for sketching in. I am not sure if I’ll add more but overall I’m having a lot of fun planning. I am hoping to make a nice backing to attach elastic too so I can keep my main Bujo Cover and then switch out my Yearly and Daily books as needed. I can’t wait to document this adventure with you all! I want to work on this one for awhile before actually using it. I will be preparing it for 2017-2018 rather than using it for the rest of 2016. I might use my Daily when I feel ready before 2017 but I will still use my current Leuchtturm 1917 for monthly layouts until the end of December.

I should be starting early this week so I can’t wait to share and document how everything goes. I hope this will be the method I use from now on. I also hope to stop pasting in pre-perfected layouts and get better with drawing them in by hand the first time around.

Frappuccinos! What more could you want?

So I’ve been hard at work on a few new trackers and pages before starting my October month. I have been inspired by a few different sources this time and I’m super happy with my results. I have also decided to start a separate journal that will be fitness based. My best friend Sam actually inspired me by sharing her Fitness Journal with me. Thanks to Amazon Prime I should be able to get started on it early next week. I will be using a Moleskin Chapters for this and I can’t wait to share my progress and layouts with you as I work on it….but anyways…

dsc_0212First I’d like to share my Frappuccino Tracker! This was inspired by Courtney Gunn in the BJJ group on Facebook. She had a wonderful Starbuck’s tracker and I fell in love. I chose my own flavors I’d love to try and colored in the ones I have…and well s’mores is obvi my favorite. I also added some blue washi to border my two trackers. dsc_0214So I used the same color design as I did for my previous two trackers. My new and completed page is 20 Things to Start Doing and was inspired off Pinterest and I really do love it. I didn’t add drawings or anything because my handwriting is fairly big. I still like how it turned it out. It’s nice and simple. dsc_0215I am working on a page set between my trackers and these pages. I will be sure to show that when it’s done but for now it’s in progress 🙂 Here however is the start of my October. I decided to tape in a word I had drawn off a pinterest post. I am doing the same orange colored washi for this month as well. (I’m limited and pink/purple/blue just didn’t seem fitting for this month.) I will probably add more to these as I go like I did for September.

That’s all for now. I am currently working on some new things today and then well into next week when I can start my new fitness journal. Oh a lot of my pages seem pasted in…that’s because I either messed up underneath or I needed to practice the layout to get it right. Also I like the scrapbook feel it gives my journal. I don’t do this for everything, just new things I’m working on that I’m not sure about.

Creating some new pages

I have been actively working on some new trackers and pages for my Bujo and I couldn’t resist a share. I did skip enough pages to finish up my weeklies for September as they come and these pages will rest between September and October. I know a lot of people prefer to throw new things on the next blank page, sadly my perfectionism won’t really allow me to do that without feeling annoyed that my weeklies are broken up. I am still adding more but this is my progress from yesterday while at work.

dsc_0208First is my Instagram tracker. I have seen a few of these and couldn’t resist one myself. I am a huge Instagram lover and I use it for well quite a few things, ranging from selfies to pictures of my Bujo. I also post pictures of my cats, food, my photography, and even the mountains around me. I wanted a nice way to keep track of how many followers I have gained. The page to the right will be another tracker I am working on and will be shared in the future when completed.

dsc_0209Okay so this one is a bit more random but I really couldn’t resist. I have seen a few of these before and wanted to do one of my own. I have been actively trying to grow my own hair out for a few years now. I have never had long hair so this is a first for me and has taken a lot out of me to not cut it. I thought this would be a nice way to motivate myself more. The page to the right is a page I am working on as well that will be shared when completed. To give a hint I’m doing a “20 things to start doing” right there 🙂

dsc_0210My last two new pages I worked on include my Waiting For list which is just a tracker for packages I have ordered so I can keep an eye on my mail for packages. I order quite a lot since I run a home business for home made candles as well as ordering things for my Bujo and BJD hobbies. My next page is a Fall Bucket List. I saw this on Pinterest and fell in love. I thought it’d be perfect to start around October so I thought now was a good time to add it to my Bujo. I am still decorating this page and adding to it as I think of things I would like to do this fall.

 

I hope you enjoy my new pages. I will be adding more of course as time goes on. I love being able to share these with you all here.

Today is a good day!

So this is a more personal post but I felt it was okay to make. I have been actively trying to get a job at the Post Office. I even studied hard to pass the testing months back and I did. Well after constantly checking the openings and applying at a few to be rejected I finally got an interview today at a Post Office Distribution Center and it’s next week.

I am very nervous but super excited. I know that my life long goal is to be a florist and sell candles but until I can save up enough for my certifications in floral design I wanted to work in something that would be a good career move if my plan a doesn’t happen.

I normally have issues with job interviews mostly due to my social anxiety and awkwardness but I’m more than excited to go on Thursday and find out if I can land this amazing job. It would change so much in my life. My boyfriend and I could move out of our, well awful apartment. Moving out of this place would make our lives a lot better. I just hope that this is finally my life picking up after being pretty far down like it was.

Crossing my fingers and hoping for luck!!! 🙂

My Bujo

Only a few months ago I started my own Bujo (Bullet Journal) after seeing a few online. I didn’t actually follow the original “guidelines” when I first started and well I don’t now either. For those of you curious about what a Bullet Journal is, please be sure to check out Bullet Journal for more information. I will be using this post to explain my current Bujo and my failures along the way. I hope you enjoy.

So I guess to start my journey was a fairly normal one, I stumbled upon a gorgeous hand drawn planner while on Pinterest. I clicked it and it took me to a blog (I sadly no longer can remember nor did I save this post to share with you today), this blog was a tour of this girl’s Bujo. I was instantly in love and wanted one for myself. Rather than going the way most people do I just hunted and hunted on Pinterest, Google, and even Youtube looking at all the different Bujo’s people had. Getting ideas for what I wanted my first one to be.

I started out with a large lined notebook and very quickly learned I didn’t like having lines, so I got a Moleskin on Amazon. I use a Moleskin blank for my drawing book so I thought it’d be a nice idea. I however didn’t realize pocket meant, well, pocket. I used it for almost three weeks before I caved and got a spiral bound dotted notebook and I had used it up until three weeks ago when I ordered my first Leuchtturm dotted notebook along with a matching notebook case. I have been actively in love with this current notebook setup and have used it since it arrived.

I have had quite a lot of trial and error as I have grown the past few months and recently realized I don’t like mistakes, big mistakes especially. I will use my dotted spiral bound to practice layouts, trackers, and even drawings before I actually insert them into my Bujo. I will cut around the finished product and then glue it into my current Bujo. Now some might think of that as cheating, I personally really like it. I have had quite a few mistakes and this has kept me from regretting these mistakes in my favorite notebook.

I am still learning and growing, so please don’t judge me too harshly. I will not include anymore links since almost all of the inspiration I drew can be found on my Pinterest “Bullet Journal” Board…my Pinterest being linked with my other social icons.

I guess we can get started with the pretty pictures now 🙂

dsc_0188This is the cover to my Leuchtturm notebook. My cover includes 2 bookmarks as well my Leuchtturm having two of it’s own. I tied a Pentagram to one of these as well as used lace tape to add decoration to the border of the case. I also thought a cute Elephant would be nice. It has 2 pen loops and a few pockets inside. I can insert multiple pens into these loops. I have the main blue pen I use for tracking water and sleep and then a grey pen I use for tracking work hours. My black pen is used for almost all my writing. My chosen Mildliners will change each month based on the color palette I have decided to go with.

dsc_0189My first page doesn’t have my name or anything like that. I decided to instead use a postcard that my mom had gotten me and some pretty washi tape. You can see my key in the upper corner as a pull out so I can easily use it. I also have instax sticker covers that I use for not only my instax but also for decorating my pages. The mood color chart is for my mood ring, not Bujo related but it fills that pocket for now and adds color. I also made my own tabs with washi and I only use the Pentagram bookmark, the rest are tucked in the back.

dsc_0190The next two pages were white and placed before my Contents. I chose to decorate at random. I slowly add to this page as I go. I used my favorite photo of my best friend since I was 10, myself, and my friend who lives in another state. I have decorated this page with my own drawings, stamps, tape, and a color page of a bird. I will add more to this as time goes on, I just add to it as I see fit.

next is my table of contents pages. I added a mermaid color page to fill the blank space and then decorated the pages with pink washi tape. As you can see I have some lines blocked out with washi tape, this tape matches my August month and those pages are now taped together. I decided in time that I did want to track things that way or use those challenges in my Bujo. I have since taped over them and altered my monthly ( I will explain more later). On my last pages of my Bujo I have my Washi Collection and my Pen testing page. I added those at the very bottom of my contents just to keep track of them.

dsc_0193These two pages were blank for a long time before I finally decided what to put here. On the left I did a cute bunny yoga routine I found on Pinterest that I actually do quite enjoy doing myself. On the right I have a simple page with my name, some drawings, and then a quote my Grandmother always told me growing up.

dsc_0194This is my lady/love tracker, which is pretty self explanatory. I left the one page blank in case I am still using this Bujo in 2017 so I can add that there. for now though I have my 2016 tracker starting in June when I started my first Bujo. The top tracks my “love” which is times me and my boyfriend are intimate and then the pink tracks my menstruation. I don’t have much else to say about it really other than that.

dsc_0195This is my moody lady page where I track my moods. I was inspired for this from “year in pixels” and originally wanted to call it Moody Bitch but decided Moody Lady was more optimistic. I also have my page for the Grounding Method. I haven’t decorated these pages much yet but they have been very helpful. I started this Bujo and on the first day I was quite angry as you can tell from my tracker. Since then I haven’t had a bad day or felt much anxiety to where it upset my day.

dsc_0196Next is my Bucket list and my Reading list. No judgement please on my choices, I actually don’t read as often as I’d like and my bucket list is full of childish dreams since I was deprived and lived on a farm. I wasn’t really deprived but I didn’t get to go to all those fun places many kids get to so I hope to even when I’m old. I will be adding to these as time goes on. These are some simple layouts I did when I first started this Bujo and hadn’t started really decorating yet.

dsc_0197I had fun with this layout, this is my Travel tracker. I hope to travel to all 50 states and someday other countries. This is to help me keep track of all the states I have been too.

dsc_0198This is a new one for me since I wasn’t entirely sure I wanted to use it yet. This is my Level 10 Life layout. It is quite basic but does what it needs to do. I have some pretty basic goals right now, I had only started this last month so I’m still fairly new to the concept. As I took this picture I realized I reached some goals so I’m happy to be filling some of these in a little more today.

dsc_0199This is my August page, I will not be showing what is inside of August since it was fairly messy and I had some failed experiments along the way. I will show you these two pages though since they were my first actual decorated pages when I started this Bujo last month. I was inspired to do the 7 Rules For Life from Pinterest as well and really am happy to have included them. I decided to match the design with my August layout.

dsc_0201Jumping right to my current month I have a page of things I love which has well some random things. I included a broom and snitch for Harry Potter, books since I like to read when I can, an Alpaca because well they are one of my all time favorite animals and I hope to have one someday. A sims icon, a camper, rain, a camera and a Polaroid. Lastly two aloe plants in love that have both my boyfriend’s and my own initials followed by our anniversary underneath. The following page is my September page, I have slowly been decorating this page. It was just September with a partial empty box. I recently was sparked on what to do with this page and have since been adding small details.

dsc_0202Next is my September overview, originally this was not even here and I did it much later on. So I had started my September month almost a week before September was going to start. I had done a few pages of trackers, challenges, and that sort of thing. I left these two pages blank and then started my weeklies, in case I wanted to add anything here later on. Good thing I did because after a week I realized I didn’t like the trackers I had made, I never did the challenges anyways, and I didn’t like flipping through all those pages. I hunted around and finally came up with a plan, turn the two blank pages into a overview page. I taped the pages shut which then inspired me to decorate my month with this pretty orange color for Autumn. I am quite happy and it really works well for me. I will not be including the Insta tracker though as I have incorporated it into my new weekly.

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I skipped ahead to my current weekly since I think this is the one I will be using with some slight alterations. I have a 24 hour clock to track sleep and work, I also have a water bar so I drink more water daily. The arrows will not be there next week, I changed my mind after making them what I wanted them to be for. I will be using them to track my teeth cleaning habits instead. I also have a fitness tracker which is new for this week as well. The snapchat and instagram tracker will track how many posts per day I make. I also have a food log to keep track of my lunch and dinner that day. I removed a few things from my old weeklies including weather and steps tracker. I will be incorporating those into my daily boxes rather than a chart of their own.

dsc_0205All the way in the back I have my Washi Collection, as you can tell I don’t have a lot of washi tape. I only had the first three gold shades up until a week ago so I’m super thrilled to have a set of pretty shades. dsc_0206On my very last dotted page I have a pen testing page, some of these were a failure and I will not be using, but most were fine. I am quite happy with this page mostly because it is quite helpful is seeing what a color looks like on my paper as well as the bleed through it might have. dsc_0207At the back of my book you can see I have a dot counter, this is to help me not count dots every day all the time. I also have the spare bookmarks back here tucked away with pockets of random stickers or printer color pages I haven’t used yet. I also keep my stencil back here, I don’t use this stencil often actually but it is nice to have. I much prefer my ruler but that is a big plastic blue one you get for a first grader but it matches my Bujo so I really like it.

 

That is the tour of my Bujo, the only page I use that was not included was my brain dump. It’s not anything special to look at and it has a lot of personal info. I also did not show the tab labeled Contact, this is because it is my personal information in case my Bujo is lost. It has my address and phone number on that page. It is a tab post it note though if you are curious, I actually don’t use them otherwise and prefer my pretty washi tabs.

I hope you like it. Some of my pages were removed from my old Bujo and glued into this one and some were practiced over and over to be glued in that’s why a lot of pages look glued in or added later. I liked a lot of my first pages and decided to keep them and other times I wanted to make sure I got the trackers just right before adding them to my Bujo.