Thursday, March 31, 2016

My Current Obsession - Bullet Journaling

Bullet Journaling...it's become really popular recently, even more so than the Erin Condren planner or the Filofax. The system, for those as yet unfamiliar with it, was created by Ryder Caroll. He developed a simple way to keep track of tasks, lists and reminders with just using a notebook and in doing so has created a community that has taken their planners to the next level. It is planning in it's most basic form and yet is one of the most functional ways to stay organized. To view his system follow this link.

For others, like myself, it has morphed into a mix of a bullet journal, sketch book, planner and diary. It reminds me of when I used to doodle in my notebooks in school, when I  kept a diary tucked away from prying eyes and then, when I got married, using notebooks to create cleaning schedules and other tasks that I had to keep track of. Since the age of 16, I have used some sort of planner or another to keep track of important dates and appointments, most times they were simple, cheap yearly planners that were very boring (this was before I found the planner community). My biggest problem was that I was purchasing a planner every year but was not using it to it's fullest potential and would get so bored with it that I would just give up on it 3 months in. 

My old planners... pretty boring right?!

Once I discovered the planner community with their vast collection of washi tapes, stickers and pens I was hooked! I loved all of the creativity that I saw, the way that people were decorating their monthly and weekly spreads, not to mention the dashboards and the way that they decorated their planners in general. I so badly wanted a Filofax or an Erin Condren of my own but I couldn't bring myself to shell out the money for them. So at first I experimented with a Mom Planner from Day Timer (see below). It wasn't a Filofax but, since I was using it as a test run, it served my purpose. As with any new hobby, I loved it at first. I didn't have time to decorate it, nor did I want to spend the money to buy stickers that wouldn't even work for this type of planner, but just the feel of it in my hands made me happy. Let me explain, for me there is something magical about holding a book in my hands, it brings me joy. The fact that this was a book that I could customize to my liking was even better. However as the months went by I found myself not wanting to lug it around with me everywhere I went and after 5 months I just never bothered with it again. 

Mom Planner by Day Timer
Inside the Mom Planner

It was during this time that I had discovered the bullet journal system through Pinterest. I was intrigued but not really interested in it at the time. It wasn't until I was trying to find a way to keep track of tasks at work that decided to give it a try. Around this time I had also found Kara Benz from Boho Berry on YouTube, her bullet journal was just amazing so I implemented some of her ideas into my own bullet journal (or BuJo for short). I loved the way that it simplified my life so I decided in January of this year to do a separate personal one. All I can say is that I don't think that I can ever go back to the regular annual planner. Never before have  I felt the freedom to use a planner as I see fit. It is tailored to my needs and if I get bored with the design I just turn the page and design something new.

Journal Key and Index

Year View Calendar

Part of my collection of lists

Monthly Calendar View

Part of a weekly view and my monthly tracker.
Aside from tasks,  events and appointments I tend to record 
the weather, holidays,  quotes and doodle in the extra spaces. 
The way that I do my BuJo is not to everyone's liking, it is time consuming but I find comfort in the ritual. I don't use washi tape or stickers and I rarely use any color other than a black gel pen but I do decorate my journal with doodles and quotes, usually related to what I am feeling that day. I want these journals to be a reflection of me, something to look back on as I get older. What influenced me, what concerned me and what was most important to me at that moment in time. There is no one way to do a bullet journal, it is what you make of it and how you make it work for you.

For those wondering, I use a Moleskine squared notebook and a Pilot Precise V7 RT pen. I get my quotes and my inspiration for most of my doodles from Pinterest. I have a board dedicated to planners, I hope you follow it!

         

Next week I'll try to post a quick spread of April's layout as well as go more in depth about my collections that I keep in my BuJo. I hope you come back to check it out as I will be changing my design up yet again! 

Thanks for stopping by and we hope you come back real soon! ♥XO (Love, Hugs & Kisses)

L. 

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