Turning my Happy Planner into a Bujo.

I know I have been away for quite some time, I have been quite a busy bee lately and also under the weather. I decided that I would take some time today and share my current project with you all. I got myself a Happy Planner kit on Amazon thinking it might be a nice setup for my Bujo. With some changes of course, I’m not really much into “planning” as I am into tracking. I think the disc setup is neat and so far I have been enjoying it very much. It does add some nice versatility that I know I’ve been missing from my current LT1917. I haven’t progressed as much as I think I should have but with being busy and being sick spending time on my Bujo, let alone setting up a new one, hasn’t really happened lately. I feel bad as I’ve been being lazy the past few weeks with my Bujo but when I do find time I like to work on my projects and dive into my Bujo.

My pictures aren’t amazing as the lighting today is quite dreadful due to the weather but I hope you enjoy the start of my new Bujo with me. Currently everything is set up for 2017.

dsc_0002I don’t have anything too special yet in the front. I have some binder clips on the cover to add some weight and since I have found myself needing them as I make and add pages. My kit came with a set of sticky notes which I haven’t used yet but are fairly adorable. I also received 3 magnetic page markers. Under both of those I have a today book marker I made using glitter card stock and some stickers I got with my kit. DSC_0004.jpgHere is a better shot of my today book marker I made. My hole puncher was unable to go through the card stock since I doubled it (so both sides are pretty). I instead used a regular circle single hole punch and some scissors in order to replicate my Lavenger puncher. I opted to use a Lavenger hole puncher because it works very well with the Happy Planner and it is a much cheaper option than getting the Happy Planner puncher. DSC_0005.jpgI decided to print out some nice color pages with inspirational quotes on them for when I am feeling down or need a way to relax/occupy my mind. This was my favorite one I have gotten so far. I hope to add more but for now the couple are nice to have. I currently have them in the front but I’ll move them around between pages as I continue to set things up. dsc_0007I made and printed out my own Graph and Dotted paper, however I opted to use only Graph paper for now. I am finding I like it much more for my writing. One of the first trackers I make is my “lady tracker” which I use for my menstruation record. I decided for 2017 to add some changes which include how heavy my flow is and if I am intimate with my boyfriend, which used to be it’s own tracker. I thought making it one instead of two would be much easier to use. DSC_0008.jpgNext I have my mood tracker which I opted to name Moody Bitch, rather than Moody Lady for 2017. Seemed more fitting. I also decided to try something new, a weather tracker. I have seen this on a few different platforms but was inspired to do so after my friend expressed liking the idea. I wanted to keep my trackers simple and not overly decorated. I know that with the time passing I’ll add to my pages and make them pretty but for now I think simple is best. I still have quite some time before 2017 starts. DSC_0009.jpgI’m still not sure about this spread yet but I have time to change it, which is one reason I really do like the disc setup. I can remove and add pages at my will. If do choose to use this spread it will be used for my Top Ten Life, or easier put ten things in my life I wish to improve during 2017. The left will have what I want to improve on and the right will be how much I felt I’ve improved on that until the bar is completely filled up. DSC_0010.jpgNext is my favorite page by far. I find myself staring at it while I work on my spreads while I plan out my colors. I haven’t had white paper until now and I do love it. It makes the colors pop and I can’t wait to have my dailies all pretty and colorful using these gorgeous pens and liners I have. DSC_0011.jpgRight after I have my Washi tape and newly added Paper tape pages.  I hope to in time fill up these pages and add more. These are the current tapes I do have now that I use on a regular basis in my current Bujo system. DSC_0013.jpgIn the back I chose to keep the folder that came with my Happy Planner Kit. It is double sided and identical on both sides. I find it quite useful for storing stickers as well as loose papers I feel I might need at some point. DSC_0015.jpgHere are the lovely stickers that were included with my Happy Planner kit. I haven’t been big on stickers in the past yet but after getting these I find myself really excited and anxious to use them. I already used a couple to create my today book marker and they are very nice quality stickers. DSC_0021.jpgI wanted to also include the pages that came with the Happy Planner as well in this blog post. I am still not sure if I plan to use these so I currently have them stored away safely. They are color coded and all matching. The paper quality is nice and thick, almost like card stock. They include a monthly layout and then a weekly spread. I don’t find them useful to my needs at this moment but I think maybe in time I will find a use for them. Each tab page also has a nice quote on the front of it. I would have opted to use them in my Bujo for page dividers however the opposite side has half the monthly spread on it so I wanted to just create my own dividers as I see fit.

 

I haven’t done too much yet but I will be adding more and more as time passes. I want to get it nice and ready for 2017 and include a lot of extra pages that I’ve been tossing around in my head. Thank you for reading if you made it this far. I don’t often make my posts this long. Until next time, Happy Bujoing!!!

The perfect spread?

Something I am starting to think is almost near impossible to achieve would be the “perfect spread”. As a Bullet Journal Junkie I spend hours and hours just planning the perfect spread trying to decide what I need, don’t need, colors, stickers, well everything. Having only started my journey this year in June I have been changing my spreads a lot in that time trying to learn what works best for me.

After having tried many upon many layouts I can say that after tweaking my go to spread to include some different things I felt I needed and wanted I finally feel quite content with my spread. For the first week of October I tried a different spread that required me to draw them out the night before rather than a weekly view. I found very quickly I didn’t care for this style and soon decorated the blank spots so I could start a new week the way I preferred.

My go to spread has been shared in the past, I love it because it has my entire week on two pages as well as any trackers I need that aren’t included in my monthly, and any extras I feel to be useful. After spending some extra time last night planning and tweaking my goto spread I finally came out with a spread that I am quite proud of and think I might be using until I feel the need to change things up again.

fullsizerenderNow this picture isn’t as great of quality as my others, I used my cell to take a quick snap rather than my Nikon. As you can see I got a little bit more friendly with a few stickers I have. I also did some more bright colors and moved some things around. I removed my fitness tracker as well as my mini month view. I changed my snapchat/instagram tracker to instead include a goal for the week (filling in all the bubbles before the week is out). I also added a brain dump which was originally on it’s own spread but I felt it was more unused that way so this seemed much easier to use rather than page flipping. Lastly I added a 7 little boxes, these will be used for the Drawlloween Challenge. I like the idea of the challenges being on my weekly spread rather than their own. They are much smaller and cuter looking.

I really like my spread this week. I couldn’t resist sharing it. It’s a lot more colorful than I used to do and I think it has inspired me for how I want to continue my Bujo. I know I’ll make changes as time passes but for now this is perfect!

October….hello fall!!!

So I know most people consider September fall but for me fall starts in October when everything is turning orange, golden, and just gorgeous. Also it means Halloween!!! So who shouldn’t be excited? I am quite excited to share my newest spread I have worked on for longer than it should have taken me.

I messed up a few times and when I finally managed to complete my layout it was nothing like I had planned. I am still using my Bujo and haven’t started my Traveler’s (I actually have decided against those after realizing how thin the paper is). My colors are not really “fall” themed, in fact I used my pastel fineliners so I went way off fall colors entirely. I however loved how it turned out and I’m anxious to continue using the same pastels and simpler layouts. dsc_0228First is my October Overview. I do intend to add more under my Bills section, I just haven’t decided what yet. I tried to make this as simple as possible. I also decided against pasting in my tracker for extra paper support (prevent bleeding) also trusted myself more to draw it out the first time. dsc_0229On the next two pages was something new I wanted to try and had seen on Pinterest. I will be doing a food log here rather than on my weekly/daily spreads. I think it will be a better way to get an idea of my eating habits vs how I did it before. I basically just kept this page simple and didn’t get too overboard with decorating.

dsc_0230Next is my weekly/daily. Not sure what to call these pages since it’s my daily but in a week layout. This took me the longest…not to draw out but to decide how to do. This is MUCH different than my normal daily layout. I think it will be a cute way to change things up. I went for super simple and I’ll be using a time tracker to track more than just sleep and work this month.

I really aimed for simple. I imagine I’ll draw and decorate more throughout the month on my pages like I did for September. For now though I’m happy. Also I apologize for my table….we have a small apartment so our only tables consist of my desk (which is covered with gaming stuff for my computer) and then our two foldout tv trays which are fairly old and beat up. Also cat hair tends to travel around my home a lot. I normally try to have a nice pretty table but failed today XD Hopefully pretty Bujo distracts enough.