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February 2018 - Plan With Me

Well, hello everyone!  How is your February going? Mine is getting a little less hectic, since we finished off a marathon of four birthdays in my family, all of which were with a few days or weeks of each other.  There's hardly been a moment to stop and take a breath, but I'm happy now that I can get back to a somewhat normal routine.  

This means I have a new video and blog post for you: 

Here's a better look at each of the spreads for those of you who want to see them in more detail.

 First up is the previous month's memory page.  These types of spreads are my favorite right now.  It feels so good to sit down and document what's been going on with me and my family over the past few weeks.  Creating the drawings is super theraputic for me, since it involves coloring, which I've loved way before the adult coloring trend was even a thing! 

This spread may not vary too much each month...we'll just have to see how it goes.  For right now, I love having a monthly calendar and my video/planning sheet plopped in there.  While I've only been using the planning sheet for a week or two, it is really helping me to have that visual reminder and a way to write down what I want to to do.  If I write it down, I'm much more likely to follow through with my plan.   I love the colors here...so many pinks and purples! 

Since the last part of January and the first partial week of February were during the same week, you can find that weekly spread right here.  My first entire week of this month is what you see below. 
I made the pages look torn, which is quickly becoming a go to for weeklies, and did up this lettering myself. 

On the first of the month, I started taking Erin Nichol's (of The Petite Planner Blog) Rock Your Journal Class.  
 It's an entire course for anyone who wants to start bullet journaling, and those of us who've been doing it for awhile but still want to improve.  Erin has done an amazing job keeping the lessons doable, but still fun and interesting.  Out of the gate, I found myself learning something I didn't know, but not feeling like I had to practice for hours to actually get the gist of what was being taught.  I was able to practice and then have my first assignment posted in the private class Facebook group for class members.   I'm doing all of my practice in my BuJo, and here is the spread I did on my first practice session/assignment. 

Rock Your Journal Spread - Lettering

OK, and for those of you who took time to visit my blog, I'm posting some bonus page spreads I didn't show on my my YouTube video for this month.  You will only see them here!  These are spreads I did for the class that I finished after the video was up.

For this assignment, I was supposed to write my name using different lettering styles:

(a couple more pages coming soon)

What does your bullet journal looking like for February? Shoot me a reply or send me a picture or two...I'd love to see your pages.  I hope your day is fabulous!

2018 Bullet Journal Set Up and January Flip Through

I hope everyone is enjoying 2018 so far!  Around here, we are in the midst of celebrating birthdays and being happy that we don't have the type of winter we had last year at this time, when we had crazy amounts of snow.  I'm thankful for the mild weather we are experiencing.

I've also been busy getting my bullet journal set up for the new year.  It's been a bit challenging to get it done, with so much happening around here, but here is my video showing you the direction I've decided to go:

If you'd rather read about my pages than watch the video, pictures of each spread are below.  For most of the pages you'll see, I used the 2018 Planner Update Kit.   You can find this in her Etsy shop, and I think it's a great deal considering all the goodies you get in it.  I personally love the color scheme and her design style.

Here is my title page and key.  I used one of MissTiina's planner covers, which I modified a bit.  The page was titled "Everyday Planner, which I colored over and then wrote "Bullet Journal" instead.  I had a gap at the top of the page, since the cover didn't fit the BuJo page well, so I hand lettered the year in that space.  For the page, I popped in an insert that was supposed to be for notes, lettered a title at the top, an modified the banner printed there by coloring over words and adding in a heart.

I could've easily passed this kit over, because the titles and words weren't exactly fitting for it.  By drawing over the elements that didn't suit me so well, I customized it but still used the cute design elements I could still make use of.

 Here is a page spread I inserted from the kit.  It was intended to be yearly notes, but again, I modified it to become my index.  I colored white on the little banner flags so that these can be category titles instead of months of the year.  The title lettering is one I came up with myself, based on a year of practicing other styles.

I'm awfully proud of this spread!  I didn't use any pages from the planner kit --- I used the same color scheme, but everything else was created by me!  I drew it all and love that it ties in with the rest of the pages I'm showing today.  I felt like my future log from last year was way too boring, and this one makes me happy.  I will be looking at this a lot more than last year's.

I made a Year-at-a-Glance page, as well as a more YouTube/Blogging schedule for this year as well.  The calendar is from MissTiina, but everything else on this spread my work.  I find that I can't just rely on my future log...I need to see where days of the month fall, especially if my family and I are planning a trip, event, etc.  I'm such a visual person, and so this alternate view helps me so much.  I also decided to plan out my YouTube blog posts for the year so that I try and be more consistent.  I have a harder time staying on track if I don't write it down, so here' hoping I can post more regularly for you guys!

Once I got done with the yearly set up, I finally was able to move into my January spreads.  I did my monthly calendar, as per usual, but also decided to put in a monthly plan for filming videos, since doing this often goes by the wayside as I try to keep up with my daily family responsibilities.  I'm trying to break it down into chunks that I can fit in with my daily routine so it's more manageable.  We'll see how it goes!

I was only able to get in two weekly spreads for January.  I did borrow a lettering style from the Pinterest Board I curated on hand lettering for the second spread, but otherwise  the rest of these spreads are my original work.  I chose to keep them simple since the end of the month was drawing near, and I wanted to make sure I got February's spreads done on time. 

Alrighty, guys!  I believe we've reached the end of this post.  Thanks for sticking with it until the end of the post.  Let me know what your 2018 BuJo set up looks like, if you feel so inclined.  I hope you have a spectacular day!

Plan With Me For December 2017

Hello everyone and how is your December going?  I hope your holiday season is enjoyable for you so far, no matter what special day(s) your are celebrating.   This month is busy for me, as expected, but it has been pleasant at the same time.  And, because I want this season to remain a happy time and not get too crazy, I decided to keep my bullet journal simple with fewer entries.  And, like last month, my spreads may look a bit atypical.  I won't have any weekly logs and have replaced them with other types of entries that work better for me at this time.

I used the Holiday Memories Planner Stickers Digital kit, by Little Bit Shoppe, on some of these spreads. You can find this store at the DigiChick digital scrapbooking site.   You can watch my planning video here:

If you'd like a good look at my pages,  here you go:

My holiday "brain dump" page will stand in for my weekly spreads.  I would rather just have a place to write down things I think of spontaneously and need to get done.  This list will be comprised of non-Christmas tasks, appointments, and other things that I need to remember and get done.  None of the weeks in December will be like my "normal" weekdays, I think I will find it easier to just have one place to write down things I want to do during the month.

This is another spread that I think will serve me better than weekly spreads this time around.  I have a running to do list of things related to the holidays that I want to get done.  Having my holiday tasks separate from my everyday chores and appointments helps me to not feel so overwhelmed, and I can check them off as I go. 

Additionally, when I get bogged down between daily and holiday to do lists, I often forget fun things I want to do like watch my favorite Christmas movies and shows, and making treats with the kids often goes out the window.   I'm glad to have this written down in one spot so the fun stuff won't get neglected. 

I love advent calendars and counting down the days, so I couldn't resist putting one in my BuJo.   I decided to write down one scripture a day through Christmas.  If scriptures are not your thing, you could easily write down a holiday quote daily, or holiday song lyrics, or your favorite things about the holidays.  This page spread is easy to customize. 

Remember when I said I would be doing fewer spreads?  Well, that's all of them for now. 

My goal for my next blog post is to show you how I'm setting up my Journal Your Christmas album for the 2017 season.  Stay tuned for that and it's coming as soon as I can pull it all together!

Enjoy the magic of this great time of year!

November 2017 Bullet Journal Flip Through

Hey guys!  Do you ever get the itch to just tackle a project that has been bugging you?  It doesn't happen everyday for me, but when that urge hits, I know it's time to follow to go with it!  In late October and most of November, I was on a mission to edit my closet...or purge it of stuff I wasn't wearing or didn't need...or dejunk it.  However you want to put it, I knew it was time to give it a good cleaning.  

I spent time deciding if I wanted to do a capsule wardrobe (see my wardrobe Pinterest Board Here), or if I wanted to make it a little smarter and easier to work with.  In the end, I just couldn't bring myself to do a capsule wardrobe.  I felt like I would get super bored with such a small collection of clothes. 

I didn't know exactly where to start, but I was lucky enough to find two great bloggers who gave me some direction.  

You can watch my video or get more info from what I've shared below the video window: 

The first blogger I found is Rebecca Jacobs. 
If you sign up to receive her emails, you can get a free style worksheet.  It takes you through some exercizes to figure out what your personal style is, and I found it to be so helpful.  Although her intention is for you to print the worksheet and write on it, I simply took her questions and ideas and used them on pages I created in my bullet journal.  While my pages don't look like hers, the content is the same.  I enjoyed having them in my journal rather than having to go to a separate document in another app.   I like going back and looking at these spreads when I'm out shopping and can't remember what items I still need to buy.  Here's what I came up with for these pages:

This spread was all about brainstorming things I liked, including colors, fabrics, looks, etc.  Based on the word cloud, I wrote down what is at the core of my own style, and what clothes I feel confident in, and so on.  I highly recommend you get the workbook if you'd like to revamp your closet.

This spread with the pie chart helps me identify the activities in my life and the clothes that go along with it.  I'm a stay at home mom, so obviously, business suits and work wear won't fit my lifestyle, at least not at this point in my journey.  The green section of the pie chart is dedicated to being a mom, and then the other smaller areas of my life are the other pieces of the pie.  I wrote down a list of what clothes are and are not comfy for me and my where I am right now.

For this next set of pages, I used a wardrobe guide that you can find on Corinna's blog, Now That I Can Do, Mama!  I was so thrilled to find this blog, because it is for moms who want to look, feel and dress nice.   I love Corinna's approach because she isn't telling busy women to take hours to get ready, to deal with a fussy system, or spend crazy amounts of money on a wardrobe.  She encourages moderation, thrift, and keeping things doable.

One of the first things you'll see when you visit her blog is a free year round wardrobe guide that you can download for free.  This PDF file will guide you through finding pieces to make a cute, stylish wardrobe that is also comfortable and practical for the everyday life of a mom.  This guide is only a preview, but you can purchase the full guide from Corinna.  I opted to buy the guide and I really enjoy it.  I used the shopping guide and the wardrobe plane to make the spread above.  I chose a main color scheme along with neutral and accent color groupings to help me create a cohesive wardrobe.  

I could have done this all on a paper print out of her plan, but I used the print out to brainstorm and get my ideas down, then I transferred my final shopping list, color schemes, and other notes here in my journal.  I don't want to have to worry about losing papers or having to store them somewhere.

This was the sole weekly spread I made for November.  I am really proud of this one and love the color combo especially.   I didn't make other weekly spreads simply because I was so immersed in going through my closet.  I decided to let my bullet journal reflect what I was most interested at the time.

Here's my calendar/What I got done page.  I'm still really liking this format so far!

And last but not least, I also kept my monthly memories page.  November didn't seem like a busy month at first, but when I look back on this spread, I can see I was on the go a lot!  Maybe that's why it seemed to go by really quickly!

That should do it for this post.  Let me know what you guys think of these pages.  Did you like it?  Was it too weird for you?   Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. 

I always appreciate you taking time to read my content.  Have a wonderful day!

Plan With Me --- October 2017

Here I am, showing you my BuJo spreads for another month!  And don't fret if you are wanting digital layouts or hybrid cards...I promise those are coming as well!  But for now, here's my latest video:

Now, if you want a better look at each of my spreads, just keep reading. 

 Here are my first two weekly spreads for the month of October.  I've followed similar formats before, but remixed them with little ideas I had along the way, like the swirly box headings I added to the lower layout.  Lettering styles I used from my Pinterest board include Coeur (top spread) and Skinny Letters (lower layout).

As usual, I'm showing you this month's gratitude log and doodles.  Just to let you know, I created a printable that I used for this month's gratitude log...stay tuned for details on how to get that printable goody in an upcoming video and blog post.  I'm excited to share more about that!  

My doodles for this month are still based on Erin's prompts from her blog, The Petite Planner.  Instead of drawing out my grid, I downloaded one from her resource library.  You need to sign up for her email list, which you can do here.
This doodle sheet had a title, but I cropped it out in Morpholio and made my own heading, because I wanted to include my own hand lettering.  If the thought of hand lettering makes you queasy, you will probably prefer to keep the lovely lettered title that's already on the sheet.  

And finally, here is my spread for my October Memories. 

I just kind of quickly lettered the title --- it's not based off any lettering style I found online.  The monthly memories spreads are my favorite.  I love being able to look back and see what things made the month special. 

Thanks a ton for stopping by to read my post and enjoy your day!