Tag: Bullet Journal

Pirate Map Weekly Layout – ‘X’ Marks the Weekend!

We celebrate a random holiday. We started celebrating it before we found out that Krispy Kremes celebrates it too – with free doughnuts. Now we just celebrate more. Pirate costumes and swarthy accents are a staple at our house. I have to admit, the kids have now outgrown their pirate costumes, so we need to get our act together and get new costumes, because… International Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19! I had to make my week pirate themed in my bullet journal in honor of such a great day. Bring on the silly puns, the tri-corn hats, […]

Colorful New York City building silhouette at sunrise and reflection | Bullet Journal Inspiration | Weekly Log

New York City Skyline Weekly Layout

I found a new love. Skylines. I sometimes play a game called “Cities: Skylines” but that is another story. For an Instagram challenge this month, I’ve done a couple skyline outlines and, well, it carried over to my weekly theme. My weeklies start on Monday. As I was planning the weeks, I noticed that 9/11 was on a Monday this year. The date stuck out to me. September 11 is very emotional to me. I truly consider it “the day the world stopped turning”. I remember watching in horror when the second plane hit the building after the first was […]

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Random Thoughts and Great Ideas Collection

If you are like me, there are a lot of thoughts bouncing around inside your head all day long. Some of them are pretty creative. Few are deep. Some are reflections of the past or regrets. Others are just random, funny thoughts. I wouldn’t mind keeping those around once in a while to distract from the crazy of life. Most thoughts are fleeting, but others I would like to develop and see if something bigger will come of these individual thought nuggets. I had never organized these golden idea droplets into a common space, they were all haphazardly written in […]

Autumn leaves sketch for the weekly planner spread in my bullet journal. I can't get enough of September and Fall.

September Week 1: Autumn Colors and Fall Leaves

Keeping with the monthly theme of “Heck Yes! It’s Fall!” September’s 1st week has an autumn look with the changing colors on the leaves. See the September monthly spread here I knew when drawing this out, that the leaves were small and wouldn’t hold a lot of tasks. Maybe I’ll just take the week off and relax. Probably not, but here in the US, Monday the 4th is a holiday, so I will just take one day instead. I am a ‘sketch it out before painting’ kind of girl. So to create this weekly log, I found a simple leaf […]

September Set Up

September is here! Ok, well almost. My September set up is here!   Hello, September. How I’ve missed you. Fall is a time that gives me the…well warm fuzzies. Even though September is not yet full-on fall, there is a certain deliciousness that comes with the crisp nights and cooling weather, the warm hues all over the tree tops as the autumn colors dot the horizon. The reds, oranges, yellows, soft browns, and PURPLE! Purple is a fall color I swear. Apple strudel is definitely on the menu. I don’t care if I have to eat the entire pan by myself […]

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Easy School Lunches Need Two Things: the Right Container and a Plan

Making school lunches is a chore no more with a plan and the right container. If you are like me, the first day of school hits and I repeat over and over in my head “YAY! School is back in session! The kids are not driving me nuts anymore” That lasts all of 2 minutes. Because it hits me now: I have to make lunch for those munchkins because for one reason or another – school lunch is not an option in our family. Making school lunch is the bane of my morning. It is SUCH a chore! I have […]

Eclipse weekly spread with close-ups

Eclipse/Space Layout – Shield Your Eyes!

The Eclipse is Coming! The Eclipse is Coming! Warning: Shield your eyes from what you are about to see or make sure you have the proper viewing spectacles for your eyes. Nevermind, you can look. Monday is the eclipse across North America – and we are very near the total coverage area in the south. We are checking the kids out of school and trekking our way to a better viewing area. Thank goodness we have family in the area and don’t have to find lodging. If I owned a hotel, I would crank up prices because people would pay them […]

minimal weekly squared layout 12x12 squares down the center of the page with lettered days of the week

Minimal Open-Side Square Weekly Spread

Minimal Open-Side-Square Weekly Spread {with Monday Start} Great layout for a minimalist design the names on the side added variety to change-up the layout.   The day-to-day planning is down the center of the page (except Sunday) and all the other planning is on the edge of the pages. I left a big part of the page on the right for a quote or to do list. You’ll notice that the week starts on Monday. Not typical for the calendar I use, but I’ve really been liking the Monday start to the week. Whether it’s in my head or not, […]

Master Project Checklist More efficient to do list-ing

Eliminate the Same To Do List – Create a Master Project Checklist

I love ‘to do’ lists. They help organize my brain. Once I get it down on paper, I’m free to think of other things that could be put down on a different list. But to do list-ing (is that a thing?) is tedious if you record the same ‘to dos’ for every project.   In an earlier post, I showed you how to set up a habit tracker in your bullet journal – tasks done every day to form habits. Read the post here. I thought about that layout and decided to transform the same format into a framework for […]

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Arrow Doodle Vertical Weekly Layout

Arrows in my weekly layout remind me to keep my focus and aim true to my goals In addition to the reminder the arrows served, I loved doodling the arrows. I never realized the sheer variety of arrow types! There are so many things around us to distract our attention from what we really want to do with our lives. I think arrows may become this needs to become a ‘thing’ in my life as a daily reminder to aim true and fly straight towards my goals. Believe it or not, the quote “The art of writing is the art […]

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Tips for Erasing Pencil Marks – Without Eraser Fluff

If you are like me, your paintings/drawings/doodles start out in pencil and progress to other non-erasable mediums. It’s necessary for my life. Because, you know, #imperfect and that is totally ok. But if you are also like me, you hate eraser fluff. You know, the stuff left by erasers after erasing. It gets all over everything and is generally annoying. Then I remembered a little secret I had known in my high school art days. I had completely forgotten about these magical erasing devices. Mold them, shape them, and erase with them. They leave no eraser fluff. What else is really nice […]

June Creativity Challenges 2017

June 2017 Creativity Challenges

I think of a challenge as something that stretches your limits, makes you better, identifies points of weakness to enhance and perfect. June 2017 was my first month of participating in any sort of challenge on Instagram. I found several that I really enjoyed. Follow me on Instagram to see them as they happen! I participated in several challenges. I came in late to the game for a couple of them and I didn’t participate all days for all events so here are all my ‘entries’ if you may. I really look forward to future challenges and may eventually create […]

4 ideas for your bullet journal to supercharge your habit tracking

Four Ideas to Supercharge Your Habit Tracker {that you may not have thought of before!}

Don’t do a habit everyday? Cross out the days you don’t track, to show how often you REALLY fulfill that habit. Implementing any of these 4 items could increase your habit tracker effectiveness – and help you achieve even more! Ever heard the quote “What gets measured, gets managed”? Logging month-to-month totals and/or percentages creates a quick overview of your habits each month. Implementing any of these 4 items could increase your habit tracker effectiveness – and help you achieve even more! Ever heard the quote “What gets measured, gets managed”? Logging month-to-month totals and/or percentages creates a quick overview […]

Intro Graphic - How to Create a Bullet Journal Habit Tracker

How to Set Up a Habit Tracker in your Planner

Do you like the idea of a Habit Tracker in your Bullet Journal, but don’t know where to start? Do you run out of room when numbering in a month? (Yes, I have done it too.) I’ve put together some best practices for planning, laying out and implementing your horizontal Bullet Journal/Planner Monthly Habit Tracker. Best Practices I like to create my Habit Tracker horizontally (long ways) So since I am starting with the horizontal layout, so I turn my journal the way I will view the habit tracker – it makes it easier to create and visualize what I […]

Do not push the annoy mom button

I’m Not a Bad Mom…But More Gratitude Please

There are days when I feel like I have a giant “annoy mom button” and pushing it is the most tempting thing in the world. My kids (ages 7, 5 and 4 months – but this is about the 7 and 5-year-old), like to tease each other and tattle on each other and do the things that siblings who are 2 1/2 years apart like to do. The problem is, they drag me into the mix! When they are finished annoying each other, they see a new, fresh target and set their sights on easing their boredom by asking me for […]

Live life more fully today than you did yesterday

Discovering My Inner Muse

Live life more fully today than you did yesterday. Original quote by me. I have seen many YouTube videos and read {the excerpts of} books suggesting to choose just one word to theme your year/life around. I liked this sentence more than I liked just a word for a mantra. But I guess if I were to squash that sentence down into one word, it would be “INSPIRE”. I want to help other people grow into more than what they were, see that they have the potential to do so much more than they have been. I think I have […]