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January Flip-through

Hi! I’m so sorry I’ve been a bit awol the last week or so, turns out keeping a blog is hard work! Maybe I should make a tracker to help me?

So today, on this fine Sunday evening, I thought I would go through my January Flip-through video in a bit more detail. Some of you maybe have seen the below video, so as promised, here is the accompanying blog post!

Starting with… the header page!

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So, January was a bit of a trial month for me. I have loads of goals set out for 2017, but I wanted a month without loads trackers just to kind of ‘feel out’ how this year is gonna be. I normally use the header page to set out my monthly goals, however this month I used some reflection prompts to change it up a bit. It’s funny looking back at these and comparing them to how I’m feeling now. I’m still eating a lot of shit, and still thinking about Paris, however I have managed to not eat as many sweets at work! (my work provides a ridiculous amount of sweets and the fact that they are just there makes it so easy to eat them all the time!) I’ve not used these prompts again in February, but feel free to try these out for yourself!

Monthly Log

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If I do say so myself, I am very happy with how this monthly log has turned out! When I first started bujo’ing, I laid my monthly log in the way that Ryder Carrol suggests here, however I personally found it a bit clinical and felt it needed jazzing up! Since then, I have done my monthlies like this. It still gives a good month overview, and gives me more space to practice lettering. The only downside is that I can’t fit my goals for month on the same spread, hence why they go on my header page!

Weekly Spreads!

January was the month that I finally found a weekly spread that suits me. I don’t do much in the week (basically work then gym), so I don’t need a whole lot of space to log tasks or appointments.

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You can see they get more elaborate as the weeks go on! However, having them laid out like this gives me ample space to decorate and embellish, as well as giving me space to write weekly goals and track my spending (which is what I’ve blurred out in the images). I’ll likely continue this style into February, because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Lettering Challenge – #Januaryletteringmotivation

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So, some of you may know by now that I always do a hand lettering challenge every month, and of course January was no exception. This month I tried ‘January Lettering Motivation’ and I absolutely loved this challenge! I like to do this as one spread because firstly, I’m not that good at lettering so doing a stand alone piece each day wouldn’t look as good, and secondly, I love having one complete spread at the end of the month – it just keeps things neater! This one in particular was lovely, because now I have a page of motivational quotes to look at whenever I’m flagging or need that little push to make me feel better. I would recommend lettering challenges because it’s a great way to add some creativity to your day, and also it helps develop a really valuable skill!

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I normally like to include a couple pages of general hand lettering practice as well as a challenge, so this month we have quotes from Sherlock and also (kween) Linda from Bob’s Burgers. Not integral to to the core function of the Bullet Journal, but it helps make it more individual to you!

Trackers

This month I only had two trackers, whereas normally I would normally have a few more – but it was nice to have a ‘tracker detox’!

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I did, however, track my Birchbox order this month. I signed up to their beauty box subscription, and this was a nice addition to my bujo. I’m not completely convinced by Birchbox if I’m being totally honest (and I am being totally honest, because this ‘review’ is in no way affiliated with Birchbox!), I was a bit underwhelmed by what I received! Here’s hoping that February’s box will bring me something good!

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This month I also added a new tracker for my instagram followers. I still think it’s optimistic to track up to and beyond 4000 followers, but hey, a girl can dream right?

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Something new that I tried this month was trying to log my dreams. This was a fun exercise but it’s not something I’ll be continuing because It just couldn’t see the point of it! I initially started it because I was curious to see if there was any themes that presented themselves, however the only ‘theme’ from this particular week was dreaming about my teeth falling out – which isn’t something I particularly want to relive! However a positive that came from this spread was that it got me writing every day, and this is something that I’d like to start doing more of.

And Finally, January Review

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I know I always bang on about reflection, but I believe it’s really important! I always include a month review because the end of the month brings a great opportunity to look back at what I’ve achieved, and look forward at what I’d like to do. January has been a really positive start to 2017, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into February, not only because it brings me one month closer to our trip to Paris(!!) but because it’s a fresh start to work on some new goals and have some new adventures!

TTFN,

Lotti

Reviews

What’s in my Bujo Box?

Helllloooooo everyone!

I’m back with a new post, albeit a few days late. This is a big’un so it took me a few days to get everything together. Today, I’m going to show you everything that I keep in my ‘Bujo Box’ and give you a bit of an insight into why I like it. Just to clarify, this post is in no way affiliated with any of the items I’m writing about, these are just honest opinions based on my personal experience. Hope you enjoy!

First things first…The Box!

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*cat sold separately

My Bujo box is from a shop called Flying Tiger, and if you have one near you I would totally recommend visiting because It is a veritable haven for bujo supplies and everything is a really reasonable price. Before I got this, I used to use a tiny rectangular wicker basket, however that soon got full and nothing about it was portable so it was time to invest in some proper stationery storage. As you can see the box is basically a mini suitcase, which means (so long as everything is wedged in there good and proper) you can do it up and carry it around with you. There are no compartments inside, however I personally don’t find this to be an issue because it is pretty much like Mary Poppins’ handbag, and looking through this post I can hardly believe everything here fits into this little box!

As you can see this also doubles up as a chair for our cat, Little. Though, to be honest, everything does in our house!

 

 

The Journal

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I’m currently using an A5 Rhodia Webnotebook with a dot grid inside, and boy do I love this journal! There are many great aspects to this particular notebook, but the paper is my favourite part, and the main reason I love the Rhodia so much. So far I have experienced minimal ghosting in my day to day use and this is a real plus for me. I’ve even been able to use watercolour paint in this notebook without it seeping through to the next page – how crazy is that?! However, I’m not going to divulge too much here because I am planning a separate blog post about this notebook – so if you’re interested in the Rhodia notebook then watch out for this!

The Pens

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So these are what I would call my ‘essentials’ in terms of writing utensils (essential utensils?) and you will find them bursting out of my pencil case at any given moment. So we have:

  • A cluster of Biros. I’m not fancy when it comes to what I write with. I naturally press very hard when writing, so a fountain pen would NEVER work for me, and I find it difficult to make my handwriting neat with fineliner style pens (like a Micron, for example) so a standard biro is what I’ve come to favour! My only requirement is that they have to be black – cannot be dealing with blue ink.
  • A ruler, pencil sharpener and rubber. Just generally a good idea to have these on hand to be honest!
  • Stabilo Fineliners. I LOVE THESE. These are probably my most used pens and they work beautifully with the Rhodia paper. They can feather a tiny bit if you press hard but generally these are a 10 out of 10 and I would recommend getting a set!
  • Faber-Castell Watercolour pencils. These pencils are lovely and pigmented and smooth on the paper, and when you add water they dissolve nicely to give a good, uniform colour. They can also be blended super easily and built up to achieve darker colours. However, they can be quite pricey for a set so do a bit of research on these first!

Now, the pens in the below picture are still classed as ‘essentials’ however I feel they deserved their own section!

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Tombow Fudenosuke Pen in Hard (front) and Soft (back)

These Tombow Fudenosuke pens are absolutely wonderful and changed my hand lettering game practically overnight. I am by no means a pro when it comes to hand lettering, however these pens helped me get the hang of light upstrokes and hard downstrokes. The ink doesn’t bleed or feather, even when holding the pen in one place, and the nib literally glides across the paper when you’re using it. I would recommend these to anyone looking to get better at hand lettering. Another plus for these pens is that they are surprisingly cheap as well, each one cost me about Β£3 ($3.75.) I personally prefer the hard tip pen because you can get some super thin lines out of it and this was the element of hand lettering that I found the hardest.

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Here we have an assortment of marker pens, brush pens on the left and Crayola Supertips on the right.

The brush pens are a mixture of Tombow Dual brush pens, and the WHSmiths version of them. Begrudgingly, I have to admit that the Tombow Dual brush pens are the better of the two brands (even though they are essentially the same pen.) I desperately wanted to like the ones from Smiths because the price is much less eye watering, however the Tombow cannot be beaten. The difference comes in the flexibility of the brush, and despite trying my absolute hardest, I could not get a good differentiation in line thickness with the pens from Smiths. In addition to this, the Tombows are easily bendable and versatile, and work very well for brush lettering. I currently only have the grey-scale set but I would definitely look to get more colours in the future. The Smiths ones are a good starting point, and if you’re just starting out, these are a safe way to go before splurging on the Tombows!

The Crayola Supertips are a solid ‘meh’ from me. I find these quite hard to use and in my experience the colours can be quite patchy when they dry. What I will say is that one pack does give you a really good range in colours, and they are very very easy to blend with – if that’s what you’re into!

Washi Tape!

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I would definitely consider myself addicted to Washi tape. I currently own 65 rolls of Washi, but no doubt this will grow and I’ll probably have to buy a second bujo box dedicated just to Washi tape. This tape is by no means necessary to starting up a bujo, but I freaking love this shit! I find that it is a nice adornment to any of my pages, and adding Washi tape was actually the main thing that helped me break away from Ryder Carrol’s standard bujo layout and start making my own style and spreads. This stuff is also great for masking off areas when you’re painting, and helping you create that perfect eyeliner flick. (In case you were wondering, yes, I’ve genuinely done this)

Embossing Kit

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So I have recently got into embossed lettering because it’s a lovely touch to add if you are making a card, or generally if you just feel like being super fancy and sparkly. The Versamarker (the black pen) is the better of the two pens, but I find on both pens that the ink doesn’t flow as consistently from the brush end, which means you might find your upstrokes become a bit non-existent. This can be remedied with the other end of the pen, or even just practicing with the brush pen some more! I find that the solid colour powders work the best (so in this image, Gold Sparkle and Silver Sparkle are the best ones.) I still haven’t quite worked out what clear embossing powder is for, if anyone wants to tell me that’d be great.

Stamps

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It’s always useful to have a collection of stamps, and these ones in particular are so cute! everything here is either from Flying Tiger or Hobbycraft (which is my home away from home.) I have found recently I haven’t been using them very much but I think time is a huge factor in that, because these aren’t exactly quick to use if you’re setting up daily pages. However, these do add a ‘handmade’ touch to whatever you’re crafting, and I love using these when I’m scrapbooking. Also, January’s Birchbox is the perfect place to keep all of my inks together!

AND FINALLY. Paints.

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So, as previously mentioned, I realised recently that I can paint in my Rhodia without any adverse effects. Here are the paints that I use! The palette on the right is by Windsor and Newton, and the other 3 are Prima Watercolour Confections. In the back I have a bottle of white acrylic, as I find this works better than watercolours for painting lettering onto a dark background, and also some Pebeo Drawing Gum, which I have recently been experimenting with. I have various size brushes and also 3 Pentel Aquabrush pens – which are a must for hand lettering! All 4 of the palettes are very pigmented and in particular I absolutely love the ‘Tropicals’ set, which is the one furthest back. The benefit of all 4 of these are that the half pans are replaceable, and therefore, more cost effective as you wont need to buy a whole new set if you run out of one colour. I have posted swatches of the Prima palettes on my instagram, so do have a look if you want to see them in more detail.

Ok. We did it! That is everything in my Bujo Box! I hope you enjoyed this post (if you made it this far!) Let me know if you want some more info about anything I’ve talked about here, and pop on over to my instagram if you’d like to see how I use some of these items!

TTFN,

Lotti

Reviews

Notebook Review: Nuuna

Happy Sunday my lovely littles!

Today’s blog post will be a review of my Nuuna Notebook (NN), which I used as my previous bujo before I got my Rhodia. Just to quickly say, this post is not affiliated with Nuuna in any way, and I have not received any payment in return for my review – this is simply my honest opinion based on my personal experience.

Right, lets crack on!

The design

Ok, lets not beat around the bush here, the NN looks cool af. This was one of the things that actually drew me to the Nuuna, because I loved the designs and there was a lot choice on the website, which means the chances of you finding something to your liking would be quite high. I also particularly like how the design continues onto the edges of the paper, and overall they look very unique and individual. I went for the Banana leaf print which features a black cover with an embossed leaf print. I did find that over time, the print of the edge of the pages did fade, however this wasn’t a huge issue for me.

The outer cover is made from smooth bonded leather, so whilst it’s robust, it’s not vegan friendly. Nuuna do make notebooks with ‘jean material’ covering, so perhaps opt for one of those if you’d rather. The notebook itself generally feels heavy and well constructed and you can tell it will survive being taken out with you on a day to day basis. However…

The Size

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Nuuna (bottom) vs. Rhodia (top)

This notebook did not fit in my handbag. Such a shame for me because it meant that i couldn’t take it out and about , and this made some of the planner/diary features of it a tad redundant! Having had a tiny journal before this, I went for the ‘L’ size to make sure I would have enough space to spread my metaphorical bujo wings and create some lovely spreads, and you can see from the image on the right that you do get a lot of page space. The size comes in at 165 x 220 mm, so it is just over a standard A5 size, however this coupled with the thickness meant, for me, it just wasn’t as portable as I would have liked. I mean, having this notebook would be a legit reason to buy a new handbag, but then is that really a good idea? (yes. yes it is.)

The Paper

I’m gonna give you a tiny bit of background here. For those of you who don’t know, paper is measured in GSM (grams per square metre.) The higher the number, the heavier and thicker the paper is.

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*shudders at horrendous ghosting*

The paper in the Nuuna comes in at 120gsm, which means it will stand up to a good amount of wear and tear, and in comparison to the LT1917, which clocks in at 70gsm, this is pretty heavy stuff. Before buying the Nuuna, I’d heard loads of brilliant things about how, because the paper is relatively heavy, you don’t get any ghosting at all! HOWEVER. I’m sorry to say that I had dreadful ghosting and feathering with many of the pens I use regularly, including my Stabilo Fineliners (which I use all of the time on pretty much every spread I make) so obviously was quite disappointed by this. If you are an avid fountain pen user, this is NOT the notebook for you. This works very well with a standard biro pen, however anything ‘inkier’ will struggle.

The Nuuna has a very small dot grid (which you can see from the above image), and I found that this worked well for spacing my writing out nicely. The dots also match the cover design you choose, so you could end up with neon orange dots if you go for a neon orange cover!

It is worth noting is that the paper is white, not off white like you get in the Rhodia Webnotebook or the LT1917. This was a plus for me, because I like to do a lot of drawing and colouring in my bujo, so I liked that the paper didn’t affect how the colours came out. Another pro is that this notebook has 256 pages for you to fill with all of your bujo goodness. I managed to get 4 months out of my Nuuna, and that was inclusive of collections and all sorts of other shit that I like to keep in my bujo so these notebooks have a good lifespan.

The Price

Ok, I’m going to preface this part by saying: Mum, please don’t judge me.
This notebook came in at Β£27 (about $32.) yikes. Don’t get me wrong I think that the Nuuna is great but I would have expected a couple of extra things based on the price point, for example: Numbered pages (because numbering them by hand was a nightmare), a bookmark, an elastic closure, a back pocketΒ  (I could go on). There are definitely cheaper notebooks out there that do just as good, if not better job at being your bujo.
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Looking back on it, I absolutely loved my Nuuna. It was my first ‘proper’ bujo and I’ve got a lot of fond memories of it. Would I buy it again? Doubtful. Maybe to use for something else but it personally just doesn’t work for me as a Bullet Journal. That being said it does have some great qualities that I haven’t found elsewhere (e.g. the fantabulous covers.)
Do you have a Nuuna? What do you think of yours? Let me know in the comments or on my insta!
TTFN,
Lotti
General Musings

Sunday Reflections: Then and Now

Hello everyone! Welcome to my very first blog post!

For my first post, I thought it would be a lovely idea to spend some time reflecting on my bujo journey so far, and think about some goals for 2017.

I started bujo’ing (that’s a word, right?) on the 8th June 2016. At the time I had just finished university for the second time, and still had no clear direction about where I wanted to go, or what I wanted to be when I grew up. I actually remember the day very clearly; that morning I had an interview for a job I desperately wanted and it was basically perfect for me in every sense. It went really well, and they were very impressed with the research I had done and the pitch that I gave and generally I totally smashed the whole thing. I left feeling quite proud of myself, but not 20 minutes after I got home I got a phone call to say I hadn’t got the job. I did everything wonderfully, they said, but there was just someone there on the day who did it better. I was absolutely crushed, and cried for about an hour. This wasn’t just a job rejection to me; this was confirmation that I would spend the unforeseeable future unemployed, confirmation that going back to university as a waste of time, and confirmation that the next few months were going to be generally quite shit. So there I sat, in my shame spiral. (Don’t worry, this does get less depressing so stick with me!)

Later that afternoon, I went back to job hunting. During a procrastination break, I googled: β€˜how to get organized’, and amidst the plethora of search results, I saw the phrase: β€˜Bullet Journal.” It was a phrase I had seen floating around a few times and had never really paid much attention to, but before I knew it, I had spent over an hour watching videos and reading blogs on how it can benefit your life. I pretty much ran to my nearest Waterstones and picked up the prettiest notebook I could find, and as soon as I got home I set up my very first bujo.

My first bujo was very sparse and minimal; I hadn’t quite got the hang of how to make it beautiful like the ones I had seen on instagram and the picture below is an example of what my daily spreads used to look like. (I’ve blurred out some journal prompt responses because they are cringey af.)

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My first ever daily spreads, complete with messy writing and my handmade bookmark!

However, I soon started developing my own style and found new ways to incorporate creativity. If I were to impart any wisdom from my time bujo’ing, I would say don’t be intimidated by the beautiful spreads you see on instagram and facebook! Everyone has to start somewhere and the wonderful thing about Bullet Journaling is that it’s totally personal to you. You can make it as minimal or as over the top as you please, as long as it helps you to be more productive.

So, back to present day. Things have completely turned around, and I put it all down to bujo’ing on the regular. I am now employed, exercising regularly, saving money and generally just being a functioning adult – something that I have struggled with despite being almost 25. I would 100% recommend starting up a bujo because, for me, it has been the best decision I have ever made!

Now, this wouldn’t be a post about Bullet Journaling if I didn’t include some goals for the year. So, in 2017 I would like to:

  • Completely fill a journal. Now, don’t get me wrong, I always nearly fill them up, but I get excited to use a new one and often leave blank pages, which is just a waste of good journaling space.
  • Get better at hand lettering (because hand lettering and Bullet Journaling go hand in hand!)
  • Maintain this blog! One of my ’30 before 30’ goals was to start a blog (which I have now done!) but maintaining it is a whole new challenge.

Lets keep our fingers crossed eh?

That’s all from me today folks, I hope this post has given you a bit of insight into my bujo journey, and maybe even inspired you to start your own. If you are interested in starting a bujo, check out this website!

 

TTFN,

Lotti