The Very Belated New Year, New Me….

 

 

This post is coming a bit later than I had wanted it to! My 2017 year has already been off to a hectic start. I left Colorado on the 30th for a impromptu trip to Minnesota to surprise my mom for New Years. Before leaving however I was so busy getting as many hours in at work as I could my Bujo went unfinished before the year was going to start. Since our drive was mostly during the night, and I also don’t trust myself writing in a car I didn’t get to work on it then either. While I was gone for the weekend I was both very tired and well all over the place visiting family and friends as I was only in town for a day and a half. I returned on the 2nd in the early afternoon and was suffering from an allergic reaction to Mold, I did not know I was allergic and wound up sicker than I expected. As of the 3rd I have been finally able to finish up my spreads and start keeping track of my new year.

I explained in an earlier post I was aiming for mental and physical health this year which will probably show in in my Bujo this year. I kept a few things from my previous collections but I have removed a lot of the extra collections in hopes to add them to their own Bujo that I will have themed around my social media and gaming lifestyle. For now though it’s time to start a walk through of my 2017 setup and how I plan to use things to create a better me in the process.

now first things first, I didn’t realize how dirty my Bujo was when I took this picture. I am not using my normal blue cover so it’s picking up all my eraser shavings and they love to stick to my vinyls I made for my cover. So I apologize for how dirty it  appears, it is new I’m just loving it and spending so much time with it that’s already turning a tad dirty :p but anyways….onward!!!!

dsc_0098So I am using a Essentials Grid-lined Notebook that I got from Amazon. My first impressions of the notebook would be good to say the least. I really like the feel of it, it is the same size as my LT1917 that I was using for 2016, however the paper is thicker and I like the blank graph pages it offers. The pages are also less yellow compared to the LT1917 however they are still not completely white. This book also does not include numbered pages, which I did find useful, but it’s not something I absolutely need to have since I can do that myself. After starting to fill things in I can already tell I might need another one later down the road for 2017 but I will cross that bridge when I come to it. I do wish the bookmark was a tad longer, I was unable to attach my Pentacle charm to this one on it’s own. I did however customize it using my Cameo to cut out a few different vinyls.

dsc_0099Of course I have been decorating the first opening cover/page. I want to add a quote to these but I still am working on that. I so far have used a lot of stickers and my “failed stickers” which are the paper flowers you see pasted in. Sadly my printer can not lift the sticker paper I had gotten but I still wanted to use the test page I printed somehow and I really love how I’ve scattered the flowers through-out my Bujo giving it a scrapbook style vibe like my previous bujo.

dsc_0100Right away I have my About me and Favorites page which was inspired by Twinklytanya . I have altered mine slightly based on my own personal hobbies as well my about me section. I also used my Cameo to cut out the header I used since I was feeling crafty. I am also using a lot more purple and pastel shades this time around. I will be sticking something in the lower left page, I just really haven’t had much inspiration for what just yet.

dsc_0101Something I did not have last year was a Key. I had a pull out key but I rarely had used it. I wanted to have a section for it this time around with a small color key for my time tracker. I left the under section blank in case I decide to add more throughout the year and as my tracking evolves. I also included an index of course. I really liked the one I saw from TheOrganizedBrain and wanted to do a similar style.

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Of course I have my Travel Tracker and my Bucket List. I really didn’t want to draw the USA map again so I opted to cut and trim the one I had drawn for my Happy Planner setup and then used removable double sided tape to stick it in. I did however have to rewrite the states since the actual pages are much smaller in this book compared to the Happy Planner sized. My Bucket List is also the same just rewritten with a cute header. I imagine it will grow as I grow older of course 🙂

dsc_0103I really wanted to go simple with my reading list this time around. I felt having something over complex made me feel pressured and stressed about filling it in. I also thought it was perfect to keep track of the movies I watch this year. I was inspired by GrangerGrades GoodReads Challenge layout. dsc_0104It wouldn’t be a new year and new Bujo without a Level 10 Life! I didn’t succeed in my goals last year as I felt they were over the top I guess….I just had a really hard time focusing on them. So something I decided to do this year was try to slim down what each one category had included within it. I really liked Boho.Berry’s spread and her simplicity of her goals which very much aligned with my own, for the most part. I opted to follow in her footsteps like I did for many of my pages this year. I am starting off this year blank and I will fill it in as I feel I’ve grown in those areas. dsc_0105Next I have another Boho.Berry spread along with a Miracle Morning Spread (sadly I am not sure where I found this as I had copied this out of my Hobonichi I drew out earlier in November, I apologize for this). These are fairly self explanatory but something new to this year. I really wanted to work on starting my days off on a better note. I tend to wake up and the first things I see are bad posts on facebook, something I want to avoid right away in my morning. I want to work on starting out my days on a better note away from my computer, working on myself emotionally and also physically. dsc_0107One of my first spreads I finished was this and I’m very proud of it. I really want to focus on a healthy me and eating cleaner is one of the ways I want to do that. Of course I had to use Pageflutter’s beautiful spread! I continued to use this on the following pages as well …. dsc_0108I kept the same style but I then used missynoodlez Healthy Snacks spread along with my own additions. I opted to leave the pages blank so I can add more snacks I come across through the year. Next is my own creation … Trigger Foods….basically things I can’t have :c because I love them too much, they just don’t love me back lol. I am still working on this list and as you can tell I haven’t added much yet. For the most part I do eat fairly healthy so I’m hoping this doesn’t grow too long. dsc_0109Next I have another spread from Boho.Berry . I really love her positive way of living and I haven’t done affirmations before, this is my first year attempting to include them in my daily routine. I stuck my Lady Tracker right next to this mostly because I felt it was cute together. I opted to cut my Lady Tracker from two to one, so my intimacy tracker is now included in my menstruation tracker. I also decided to track my spotting and other things as I’m growing older and my hormones are being all wonky…but that’s on a more personal note. dsc_0111I of course did include a weather tracker since I’m very excited to see how this turns out come next Jan 1st. I also decided to include weather icons, I am not sure if I’ll be using these but I thought it was just super adorable and something I could work on when I’m just feeling like creating some doodles. dsc_0112One of the things I really wanted to do this year was save money so I can work on going to certification classes for Floral Design. I love the idea of a 52 week plan, I however am not doing the normal amounts that most of them have. I instead am going to put away a minimum of 5$ away a week, and if I have more then I’ll include that as well! Just so long as I have saved 5$ then I’ll be very proud of myself. I also wanted to do a no spend tracker but have a whole year view of it so of course I made a yearly tracker! already you can tell my spending habits are on fire! and burning away all my money lol. dsc_0113I left about 5-6 blank pages between my no spend tracker and the start of my 2017. I really wanted to keep collections in the front so I left some space to include them there if I wanted to add more later. I am keeping them sectioned with a cute Happy Planner floral magnet page marker. I haven’t decorated my 2017 page much and I kept my Calendex fairly simple. dsc_0114I really loved this spread from pureplanning_bymj. I added some color and stickers to mine of course but I really like how it turned out. dsc_0115My January page is fairly simple. I haven’t fully decided on how I want to decorate my pages yet so I’m sure they will evolve with time. dsc_0116I really love how this turned out! My month at a glance page is probably the one I had the most fun drawing up. I am sadly not sure where I got the inspiration from but I tried my best to make it own as well. dsc_0117My habit tracker is probably my favorite. I really wanted to include a lot of things this time around and rather than have a year in pixels since I felt it was too simple in moods. I decided to instead aim more for a health styled habit tracker inspired by a post I saw on Buzzfeed, sadly they did not link to the original creator, at least that I could see. I have since altered it to include my own needs. I also wanted to keep it simple color wise so I’m only using grey and pastel pink which I think look lovely.

dsc_0119I of course have a Gratitude log, which is very simple with my logs so far but the beginning of my year was pretty crappy since I was in a car then sick from mold. However I want to make it more complex later so I am more specific about that days actions rather than just the basics. my brain dump is super simple as well. it is also blank right now. dsc_0120My main spread of course is my weekly spread. I had a hard time with this and it was the last thing I completed in my Bujo on the evening of the 2nd. as you can tell my time tracker is all over the place with the numbers, I still am not sure the best way to write them and I don’t know if I’ll use this spread next week. I do still think it’s cute though. I used a post it that I washi taped in (the post its kinda suck) so I can write down the things I need to purchase without having to take my whole Bujo to the store with me.

Somethings I did not include were my cleaning tracker as it is very basic and I am still working on it. I also did not include my fitness tracker since I am still working on those and am fairly stumped still with that. Also I sadly forgot to include my Pen test page but if you are curious you can find it on my Instagram 🙂

 

I am really excited to start this year and I can’t wait to grow as a person. I still have a lot to add and even more to decorate but I really hope you liked what I’ve done so far. I’m very happy to finally be sharing it with you all. I’ve been spamming my best friend with pictures as I complete my pages. I haven’t been as active on my Instagram lately as I’ve been so busy with things in my life but I really can’t wait to share my random Bujoness and even random craftyness with you all on there as well.

 

HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR AND BEAUTIFUL 2017. Thank you all for inspiring me and helping me grow as a person. I hope this year is even better than the last for everyone ❤

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Just something random….

This isn’t going to be a long post, so please forgive me. I know I have been away for well quite some time, mostly I have been quite busy and haven’t been able to find the time to sit down and write. With the new year fast approaching and after turning 26 earlier this month, I realized a lot of things about myself. Things I want to change, improve about myself. So here I am. . .

I have decided that I will be making drastic changes to my life and the way I live it in order to become a better me. I also made the decision that I want to not only continue to use my Bujo but I wan’t to become more active with my blog and how I use it.

As you might have noticed my url and username are currently being changed over to Juniper Smiles this is to match my new Instagram I created the other day. I will be using my new IG to share my BUJO related creations. I will also share the occasional fitness updates/inspirations and my random crafts. I will however keep selfies and random things on my old IG that I was using previously. (once I figure out how to fix my IG widget that will be readded, until then please use my circle link to find my IG if you are curious)

….onto other things, I wanted to talk about my Bujo a little bit more, since that is of course the main reason we are all here. I have had quite an adventure picking a perfect Bujo for 2017. In my last updated I was using a Happy Planner, well not long after I made that post I soon realized I wasn’t a fan of the discs. I then hunted and got a Hobonichi. Unfortunately I was sent the A6 instead of the A5 I had ordered. I attempted to work with it, loving the paper, but finding it much tooooo small for my liking. Since I really wanted graph style paper but wasn’t a fan of the LT1917’s graph pages I opted for a Essentials Graph Notebook. The same Bujo my BFF swears by.

Well I recently got mine earlier this week and I have been in love with it. The pages are thicker than my LT1917 which makes me much more confident with my pens and highlighters. I really like the graph pages, however I do miss my numbered pages. I have since been actively planning and working on spreads for the new year. I will be posting a Bujo walk-through when it’s complete (for the most part) here, you can still see quick snapshots on my IG of my currently completed spreads.

I chose to focus on a few key things this year. These things being what I want to improve about myself the most. I will be altering my Bujo to include things focusing on mental and physical health, fitness, food, and my normal daily tracking. I want to start eating better, working out more, improving myself mentally as well since I admit I am far from perfect but I hope to work on those imperfections and make them easier to handle. I also want to focus on my art and crafting more as well, I feel I spend too much time on my computer playing video games which I will still do but hopefully less.

This post turned out much longer than I expected, I guess I had more to talk about than I thought. I will be sure to include much more information when I share my Bujo walk-through, hopefully soon. 🙂

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.

 

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.

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.