Confessions and Obsessions of a Paper Crafter

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Part 2 of the Bullet Journal Experiment

And so the saga continues....

After deciding I must set up my own bullet journal, I spent too much time looking at Pinterest and Instagram, checking out the many versions people have created.  And the same question kept coming up....

What the heck would I put in this journal?

Well, I am a list maker, so likely lists.  And I work, so probably my work schedule.  Appointments would be good.  And maybe birthdays, and any family parties or events.  I was on a roll!

I must admit, after watching Ryder Carroll's video on setting up the bullet journal, I was already changing up his version to suit my own needs.  For example, he suggests starting off with an index.  I am not doing this.  I know I won't keep it up.  I do like the "year at a glance" page, and I'm setting up the monthly page like he did... only with a bit of colour.

So I will admit right now, these layouts are ideas I got from Pinterest.  I saw those cute little day of the week boxes, and I just had to copy them.  Who knew a tiny black triangle could add so much?  I am sorry I cannot remember whose site I saw them on, so I cannot give credit. 

Now the next problem I'm having with this journal, are the "collections", things like gardening journals, books to read, and lists of UFO's (unfinished objects, of which I have many) to complete, etc.  These are things that I may still need to refer to, once the bullet journal is complete, and I've moved on to the next one (hopefully that happens, but we'll see). 

So I've decided to create a collections bullet journal as well.  This one will have an index.  And what better place to marry the two.... than in a Midori type journal!  Both can co-exist in the same journal, separate but together.  And when one is finished it can replaced, without disturbing the other.

Oh boy..........  Here we go again!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bullet Journals - An Old Idea in a New Age?

Bullet Journals - An Old Idea in a New Age

First of all, let me say that time flies, and I had gotten so busy with life that this poor blog has been neglected, and I'm sorry about that.  I've had many distractions, probably the most time consuming being Pintrest. 

And today I was there again, checking on what's new and exciting. What caught my eye was "bullet journaling".  What could this be? I had to know!  The word "journaling" is like a magnet to me!

Several hours and many, many pins later, I had my answer. It's pretty much a daily planner - on paper!  Plus you can make all kinds of lists and tables and trackers. If you have a "paper problem" like I do, this is another excuse to buy more journals, pens and washi tape and create to your heart's content. 

As I read, it occurred to me that not that many years ago, all we had were paper based planners. Then came the "electronic age", and computers, "Palm Pilots", cell phones and tablets, with built in calenders, reminders, lists and apps that led us to believe that paper was passé.  Oh yes, I admit I've had my fair share of electronic devices, but I've not had much luck with inputting dates and such. Mostly it seems like too much work, by the time I've found the edit button, edited the wrong day, fixed that, fought with autocorrect and then lost the date in the app somewhere....

How novel to be able to just pick up a pen (or pencil, or crayon or whatever) and just write down your date or list or event in your planner! And if you want to change or delete something, you can just erase it, or cross it out! And best of all, no autocorrect! (Pinterest has scads of autocorrect disasters!)

Well of course I felt I needed to jump on this bullet journaling bandwagon.  In fact I've already started.  I have a Moleskine journal that I was using for "event planning" (events like grocery shopping, packing lists, etc).  And I already have pens and pencils (how many and what kinds we won't discuss), and I might just have a roll or 2 (or 20) of washi tape around the house.....

To be continued......