March 2018 - Plan With Me

Happy March, everyone!  I hope you enjoying the fresh start that comes with the beginning of a new month.  I feel like I'm on a roll, staying consistent with blog and YouTube posts.  I feel like I'm starting to find my rhythm for planning and following through, and I hope you've noticed! 

Here's this month's planning video, if you'd like to watch: 

If you'd rather read about this month's spreads,  you can see them below.  Before I get started on the new month, I usually find myself going back to finish the previous month's memories.  This spread was greatly influenced by the Rock Your Journal Mastermind Class  I took from Erin Nichols, who blogs over at The Petite Planner.  I took it during the last part of January and pretty much all of February and learned so much.  On this spread, the title treatment and the pink banner are two elements are I learned how to do during the class.   I've struggled a bit with banners --- curled banners especially.   It's so nice now to be able do one up myself without having to use a premade one!

Another one of my class assignments that I completed last month was this page.  We were asked to do a special collection page, or in other words, a spread created for a distinct purpose other than the normal pages that are created each month.  I wanted to make sure it was a set of pages that would be useful to me, as I'm not needing tracker pages, etc.  I decided to make pages for date night ideas, since my husband and I are often struggling to find something to do besides dinner and a movie.   I was happy after this list was done and look forward to trying out some of these with my hubby.

Instead of using the premade calendar I created, I decided to draw out this month's spreads, using a format suggested in Erin's class.  I didn't think I would like it, but plunged ahead anyway because it looked so cool in the class samples.  The flower doodles are things I also learned in the class as well.  I love how it turned out.  If I find this format works, I may just make up a premade sheet for this, too!
I really wanted some soft, spring colors for this month, and love how it looks.  I'm so ready for warmer weather and pretty blooms, and this spread reflects that.

Here is the first weekly spread of the month, which I topped with folded banners.  I need to work on keeping both page banners similar in proportion, but I love that I drew them!  I'm proof that a person can better at something with continued effort at learning new skills and practicing them.  If you learn nothing else from reading my blog, I hope it's that you don't have be perfect to learn something artistic and enjoy it.

This last spread is the weekly that I'm currently working in.  I've been in the mood for some curvy, swirly-ness to my standard spread design, so I added some to these pages.  I'm also looking forward to tulips blooming, so I added a few small tulip embellishments as well. 

Let me know how your bullet journal is coming along so far, and if there are any new techniques or skills you are trying out.  I hope this is an awesome month for all of you!

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