April BuJo Review Video!

Come and hang out with me as I go through my bullet journal for April!  I find that a monthly overview really helps me to plan for the next month and reflect on how effective my planning and journaling has been.

April was a good month, but I can’t wait to see the adventures that May has in store!!

The supplies I used in the video above are the following:*
My Bujo: Leuchtturm1917 in Lemon Yellow Dot Grid
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.3mm for color
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.4mm black

Happy Journaling!

*These are affiliate links.  If you purchase any of these items through the link, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you.  I will only link to items that I have purchased, used, and would be willing to purchase again.  Thank you for your support!

 

Last Week in Bujo: April 18-24, 2016

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I try and post photos of my bullet journal, or BuJo, almost every day.  I get tons of questions about each picture!  How do I do this or that, what is such and such for, what pens do you use, etc.?  I love answering all of these questions, and I try to do so on Instagram as much as I can.  But, it’s a lot easier to add it and archive it here on the blog.

So without further ado…

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Just another finished spread of dailies. I still get a lot of satisfaction seeing the pages of my bullet journal fill up!

After this post, I got a lot of questions about wellness tracking, what are the dots on the right, what am I tracking there, etc.  For more information please see this post on using a radar chart for tracking wellness.  There is also an accompanying video on wellness tracking found here.  I’ve changed the format from a graph to these simpler dots, but the concept is the same.

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My sleep and contraction tracker is filling up pretty nicely. Of course the closer I get to my due date, the more contractions I have and the stronger they get! About a week ago they started waking me up in the middle of the night 😩 hopefully that’s a good sign that baby is almost here! I’m ready!

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I’ve got pretty much nothing but baby on the brain lately! I apologize if you are getting tired of these #babybujoposts 😆😁 but it’s almost time! In fact, there are less than 10 days left until my due date! I really wanted to do a different kind of visual countdown so I created this flower page. The first section has 10 flowers, then 9, then… All the way down to one big flower. As the days go by, I’ll add color to mark them off. What big things are you counting down to or looking forward to?

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#PlanWithMeChallenge 4.21: Using Color. I’m finally getting back to another challenge prompt! It’s been a couple of weeks 😁 I love using color… But sparingly. If my pages get too cluttered with different colors it gets a bit overwhelming for me so I try to keep it simple. I also run through my colors in a rainbow order and stick to one color per day. That way, everything for that day (my wellness tracker, completed appointments, habit tracker, etc.) are all matching. It makes it easier for me to keep track of what day I’m looking at.

This is where I record my daily wellness tracking scores for the month.  For more information please see this post on using a radar chart for tracking wellness.  There is also an accompanying video on wellness tracking found here.  I’ve changed the format from a graph to these simpler dots, but the concept is the same.

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The bottoms of these two pages had really big mistakes. I was trying to draw something and completely smeared the whole thing! It was awful! I left them there, started over on a new page, and debated about how to handle the big ugly mess. I figured, why deal with an ugly page that causes me stress when I can cover it up with a calm and beautiful collage that I love to look at? How do you guys cover up or deal with big mistakes?

The supplies I used in the photos above are the following:*
My Bujo: Leuchtturm1917 in Lemon Yellow Dot Grid
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.3mm for color
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.4mm black

Happy Journaling!

*These are affiliate links.  If you purchase any of these items through the link, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you.  I will only link to items that I have purchased, used, and would be willing to purchase again.  Thank you for your support!

Last Week in Bujo: April 10-17, 2016

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I try and post photos of my bullet journal, or BuJo, almost every day.  I get tons of questions about each picture!  How do I do this or that, what is such and such for, what pens do you use, etc.?  I love answering all of these questions, and I try to do so on Instagram as much as I can.

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From Instagram “10-day habit tracker restyle update: I switched to a much simpler style for my habit tracker this month and I am in love! 😍 doing colored dots rather than shading the whole square is faster, easier, and looks a lot cleaner to me. I think I’m going to be sticking with this for a while.”

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From Instagram: “When you combine not feeling well, waking up late, and a super busy day at work, what do you get?? An empty daily! Sometimes, life just gets in the way. But now I find myself asking, “if it didn’t get written in my BuJo, did it really happen?” The subtle mysteries of life!”

I still get a lot of questions about the dots at the right of each daily.  This is how I track my overall wellbeing.  Please see this post for more information on how it got started.  I streamlined and simplified the recording process and that is outlined here.  I also talk about it in my Plan With Me video for April.

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From Instagram: “#PlanWithMeChallenge 4.11: Travel Planning. It’s not exactly travel, but it’s probably the most important overnight bags I’ve ever packed! Keeping a list of what I’ve packed, and still need to pack, for delivering the baby is a necessity because I can’t seem to remember from one hour to the next what I have already done, lol!”

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From Instagram: “My newest bullet journal page is a collection of my home improvement wish list. As we come up with more improvements, I’ll add them to the bricks. Right now each brick represents about $100 so that we can easily look at what our next home improvement savings goal should be. As we complete it, I shade in the bricks. I’m still trying to find a good way to record small home repairs… Any ideas?”

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From Instagram: “I hope you are all having a lovely Sunday! Be sure to take some time to do the things that make you happy! I’m catching up on my weekly planning with a warm pot of orange jasmine white tea and listening to the wind blow through the trees. Weekends are the best!”

 

The supplies I used in the photos above are the following:*
My Bujo: Leuchtturm1917 in Lemon Yellow Dot Grid
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.3mm for color
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.4mm black
Fountain Pen: Pilot Metropolitan Fine Nib in White
Midori Traveler’s Notebook

Happy Journaling!

*These are affiliate links.  If you purchase any of these items through the link, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you.  I will only link to items that I have purchased, used, and would be willing to purchase again.  Thank you for your support!

First Impression: MD Grid Notebook from Midori

As you all know, I have a gorgeous new Roterfaden and I was online searching for quality A5 notebooks to use as my next bullet journal.  I love the Leuchtturm1917, but I also dearly love trying new things.  I’ve been curious about the MD notebooks from Midori so I thought it was high time to try one out!

Here is my first impression video…

Overall, I am very impressed with the paper quality.  Midori has some of the nicest paper, in my opinion.  I love the paper for the Traveler’s Notebook and official Traveler’s Notebook inserts and the MD notebook did not disappoint.  None of the pens and markers that I tried bled through!  None!  I am still stunned!

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As compared to the Leuchtturm1917, the pros and cons are…

Pros

  • MD has better paper quality
  • No bleed through
  • Grid guidelines every 2 (dash)  and 10 squares (dot)
  • More grid boxes per page
  • Less expensive

Cons

  • No page numbers
  • Less pages (just under 200 as compared to Leuchtturm’s 250)
  • Only 1 ribbon marker

Neutral differences

  • Slightly yellower paper
  • Grid rather than dots
  • Bluish markings rather than grey
  • No hard cover
  • Exposed spine, I personally like this

 

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Personally, I am very excited to finish my Leuchtturm and start using the MD notebook for my bullet journal.  A big part of that excitement is not being so limited in my pen choices due to bleed through.  And not having page numbers is just fine with me, I rarely use my index as it is and I prefer having the extra grid boxes for journaling.

Once I fill up my Leuchtturm and get to switch over, I will keep you all updated on how it holds up over time.

The pens I used for the pen test are*:
Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica black in 0.4mm
Pilot G-2 black 05
Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen in Fine, Pilot black ink
Sakura Micron 01
Staedtler Triples Fineliner
Stabilo Point 88
Paper mate Flair M
Mildliner in purple

My current bullet journal is a Leuchtturm1917 Dot Grid in Lemon.

The MD Notebook by Midori in grid.

Happy Journaling!

*These are affiliate links.  If you purchase any of these items through the link, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you.  I will only link to items that I have purchased, used, and would be willing to purchase again.  Thank you for your support!

Last Week in Bujo: April 3-9, 2016

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I try and post photos of my bullet journal, or BuJo, almost every day.  I get tons of questions about each picture!  How do I do this or that, what is such and such for, what pens do you use, etc.?  I love answering all of these questions, and I try to do so on Instagram as much as I can.

I thought it would be nice to have those questions answered here as well and do a quick weekly wrap up of my Bujo.  I hope that you all find it useful and not too redundant.  I’m also trying to brainstorm reorganizing the website to make content easier to find.  So, look forward to that coming in the next few weeks.

Without any further ado, here is Last Week in Bujo: April 3-9, 2016!

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The image above was posted to the Instagram #PlanWithMeChallenge as my best planner hack!  I wrote an entire blog post around it, which you can find here along with a list of supplies.

 

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From Instagram: “I only have a little over 3 weeks left until my due date! The doctor said that having contractions, or Braxton Hicks, is good, normal, and I should keep an idea of how often they occur. That way I can tell them if the frequency is increasing, decreasing, etc. of course that meant needing a way to track them in my bullet journal! I was inspired by the daily time tracker by @logthatlife to create a sleep and contraction tracker. Whenever I have a contraction, I just add a dot for the time of day. I track my sleep as well so that I know why there aren’t any contractions. Do you guys use any daily time trackers?”

The supplies I used in the photo above are the following:*
My Bujo: Leuchtturm1917 in Lemon Yellow Dot Grid
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.3mm for color
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.4mm black

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From Instagram “#PlanWithMeChallenge 4.6: Functional. I thought a lot about this challenge prompt and how to interpret it. And for something to be truly functional and work for you, it has to be useful and honest. It seems that sometimes we are most dishonest with ourselves and I want to fight that as much as possible. For me, the most functional parts of my bullet journal are those things that force me to be honest. Truly honest with myself. Only then can I intentionally work on improvement. Tracking my pregnancy weight gain and my overall physical and mental wellbeing is my version of this and I continue to find it to be the most functional part of my bullet journal.”

After this post, I got a lot of questions about wellness tracking, what is the graph, how do I determine what score to give myself, etc.  For more information please see this post on using a radar chart for tracking wellness.  There is also an accompanying video on wellness tracking found here.

The supplies I used in the photo above are the following:*
My Bujo: Leuchtturm1917 in Lemon Yellow Dot Grid
Pens: Staedtler Triples Fineliner for color
Pens: Sakura Pigma Micron 01 for black

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From Instagram “#PlanWithMeChallenge 4.7 and 4.9: Favorite Supplies and Simplifying. My whole focus this month is on simplifying my life, my routine, and my bullet journal so I have pared down my supplies to the bare minimum basics: the journal, pens, washi tape for my dashboard, and my Roterfaden notebook holder. I have eliminated markers, stamps, stamping ink, ruler, etc. and I absolutely love how much easier and faster my planning routine has become! And after using quite a few different pens these Hi-Tec-C Maica ones are my absolute favorite!”

The supplies I used in the photo above are the following:*
My Bujo: Leuchtturm1917 in Lemon Yellow Dot Grid
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.3mm for color
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.4mm black

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From Instagram “The idea for this awesome Game of Thrones reading chapter checklist came from @craftyenginerd and as soon as I saw her page, I loved it! And I knew I had to make one for myself! I’ve been trying to get back into the habit of reading and the 4th GoT book has been sitting on my nightstand for longer than I care to admit. But it’s high time I get back to it! This is a great way to keep motivated! As I read each chapter, I add color to the flag banner to mark it off. I can’t wait to see it all filled in. Thank you for the great page idea @craftyenginerd !!!!!”

The supplies I used in the photo above are the following:*
My Bujo: Leuchtturm1917 in Lemon Yellow Dot Grid
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.3mm for color
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.4mm black

Happy Journaling!

*These are affiliate links.  If you purchase any of these items through the link, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you.  I will only link to items that I have purchased, used, and would be willing to purchase again.  Thank you for your support!

Planner Hack! Using a blotter and cheat sheet

Do you guys participate in the #PlanWithMeChallenge on Instagram or Facebook?  It’s hosted by @Boho.Berry, @TinyRayofSunshine, and @PrettyPrintsandPaper and they post planner challenges for each day of the month.

The prompt for April 4th was ‘Best Planning Hack’ so what I posted was a brief description of the blotter and cheat sheet that I use when planning.  It had such a big response on Instagram that I thought I should share it here.

The best planner hack I’m using right now is my blotter and cheat sheet!  The last few pages of the Leuchtturm notebook are perforated for easy removal.  In my last video, I briefly mentioned that I use one of them as a blotter for when I’m planning on the go and don’t have time to wait for my ink to dry.

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But, I also have a blotter that doubles as a Leuchtturm cheat sheet.  I got so tired of counting dots and spaces.  And of course, I always lost count halfway through and had to start over again.  To make my life simpler, theres that simplicity thing popping up again, I took one of the perforated pages that I use for a blotter and numbered the horizontal dots and spaces, marked where the center line is, numbered every 5th vertical dot, and marked out on which dot I start writing for my daily banner setup.

This way, I rarely have to count!  It makes planning, writing, and updating my bullet journal a lot faster!  And I can use the rest of the page to lay out new headers or test boxes, banners, etc.  When it gets too dirty, I’ll just throw it away and pull out a new one.  What planner hacks do you use??

The supplies I used in the video above are the following:*
My BuJo: Leuchtturm Medium Hardcover Dots
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica

Happy Journaling!

*These are affiliate links.  If you purchase any of these items through the link, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you.  I will only link to items that I have purchased, used, and would be willing to purchase again.  Thank you for your support!

A new Roterfaden for holding my bullet journal

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I have embarked on a new journey!  After having a Traveler’s Notebook for so long, I really enjoy having a leather notebook holder and the biggest drawback of the Leuchtturm1917 notebooks, for me, is the aesthetic of the outside of the notebook itself.  I thought about decorating it, and I still might, but I really wanted a cover that can age, grow, and change throughout the journey, like a Traveler’s Notebook does.  In comes the Roterfaden!

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I’ve been debating on purchasing one for months now, even before I bought my first Leuchtturm, but it is more of an investment that I could make.  I’ve been saving up to buy myself something special and the Roterfaden won!  I was so nervous that I wouldn’t like it in person, or that it wouldn’t fit my bullet journal, or it wouldn’t be what I was expecting, etc.  But it arrived the other day and I am in love!

The Roterfaden uses a unique clip system in the elastic spine so that you can insert any kind of notebook.  I purchased the A5 version since most of my notebooks are A5.  For a simple stitch bound notebook, the clips will hold them right down the center like a Midori.  But for the hardcover Leuchtturm, I had to do a slight modification.

The clips will slide out of the spine so that you can move them around.  I removed one set of clips (it came with 3) and put the second set in the very last hole in the spine.  Then attached the Leuchtturm at the back cover where the pocket is.  And, it works perfectly!

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Both notebooks fit without problem.  I may try using one of the softcover Leuchtturms next time to see if it means I can hold 3 notebooks, but for now, this is good enough.  Unlike the Midori, the Roterfaden lays completely flat!  And it doesn’t prevent the notebooks from laying flat either, which is one of my biggest pet peeves with the Midori system.  It also has pockets on the front and back cover, has an amazing leather smell, and surprisingly sturdy felt inner lining.  There is also a red elastic pen holder and a red elastic to hold it closed.

The only drawback, other than the cost, that I see right now is the physical size.  It does add a good bit of size and weight and it will not fit into my small purse.  But, I’ve been wanting a bigger purse…  Lol!

I ordered this one from Baum Kuchen, but you can also order directly from the Roterfaden website.  On the Roterfaden site you can completely customize it: felt color, pockets, leather color, how many clips, etc.  It’s a lot of fun to play with their designer!

I’m curious, do you keep your notebooks in a holder?  If so, what kind of holder do you prefer?

Happy Journaling!