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lessons learned from bullet journaling - prepare for take off - January 2018 monthly calendar set up + process video

Ready for Take Off: Lessons Learned – January Monthly

Lessons Learned from Bullet Journaling Every month I learn something new from bullet journaling. This month is no different. This month, one of the lessons learned from Bullet Journaling I’ve learned is that open boxes are fun. I did it in my January future log and continued the trend in my January Monthly Calendar. Not all boxes have to be perfect or closed off. The background art took up more room than I wanted to give at first. But then the colors just seemed so beautiful I couldn’t let them go. So I didn’t fight it and just let things meet where […]

Bicycle Weekly using objects in your bullet journal designs

January Week #1 Bicycle Weekly – Using Objects in your Design

Using Objects in your Weekly Layout Bicycle Weekly I love the idea of using objects as functional pieces of my layout. I call this one ‘Bicycle Weekly’. Just so it adds some extra flair to the page and changes it up. Especially for the weeks I don’t have a lot of plans. This week was perfect because the kids wouldn’t go back to school until Thursday. So I used the big wheel from the bike to track weekly ‘to dos’ and appointments, the small wheel for dinner meal plans. I’m not saying that every week should be like this, but it […]

You'll Shoot Your Eye Out themed week in my Bullet Journal - Planning for the week before Christmas, handlettered & watercolor painted

December Week 4: Official Red Ryder Air Rifle – You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out

The Theme of the Theme! But Don’t Shoot Your Eye Out! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah the reason behind A Christmas Story movie – the Official Red Ryder carbon action two-hundred shot range model air rifle. How could I have A Christmas Story movie theme without paying homage to “you’ll shoot your eye out”?! I had a lot more included in the sketch – I had a quote from the original Red Ryder, but the drawing didn’t come out right, so I didn’t include it. Have you seen those gorgeous hand-lettered pieces of art where the text makes the shape of something (in this case, […]

December Week 1 - Fragile

December Week 2: Fragile

Fragile: It Must be Italian – Weekly Spread Probably the most iconic scenes from the movie, A Christmas Story: The Leg Lamp “It’s a Major Award”. Of course, my monthly theme from this movie needed a spread dedicated to this fragile mistress. I love how the wife is completely embarrassed. And how the demise of the lamp would be a source of family controversy for years to come. This spread was probably the most fun to draw and yet, the hardest. This Spread was Fragile in so Many Ways! I wanted a long, lean looking leg lamp but it got […]

December Weekly 1: It’s a Pink Nightmare

Fresh Start to the Month: Partial Week If you watched the December set-up video, (click here if you’d like to see it), you would have noticed that I start each month fresh. Meaning I might have a couple of weekly spreads with partial weeks as I start on the first day of the month for a weekly spread. This provides a clean break between months, even if that means I have 2-3 days on a spread. That’s the case for the first week of December. Instead of starting on Sunday in my weekly plans, I  also keep my weekends together. […]

December Monthly Log + Santa's Naughty & Nice To Do List

December Planning: Monthly Log

Monthly Log: Why Repeat if it Didn’t Succeed the First Time? I failed miserably with this layout in September. You’ve never seen it – I turned the page on that spread, used a box-grid calendar and glance at it only occasionally. And no, I didn’t give this spread a C+, that is simply a nod to A Christmas Story – which is my monthly theme for December. So why did I go back to this Monthly Log Spread if I didn’t succeed the first time? Well, there are a couple of reasons: First of all, I really want it to succeed! […]

December Sneak Preview - A Christmas Story Theme - Plan the planner + Video walk through

Plan the Planner: Introducing the Theme – A Christmas Story

December Here Already?!? It’s nearly December and almost the conclusion of 2017. The end of the year always makes me reminisce and this is time is no different. 2017 has been extremely eventful. I had my 3rd (and most likely last) baby in February, just after we were getting back on our feet from my husband being out of work for 5 months in 2016. My parents spent several weeks going between my house and my sister’s house due to the baby, weddings, missions, etc. They managed to catch a few of my nephew’s sporting events too. Summer was a […]

Give your Goals & Plans a Defined Timeline

End of Year Planning – Don’t Leave it to the Last Minute Start Early on Next Year’s Planning with a Super Simple Planning Spread – Give Your Goals & Plans a Defined Timeline. November seems like a great time to set some goals for next year. Specifically the first two weeks of November. Why then? Well because Halloween has come and gone and Thanksgiving or other holidays have not come yet. Visiting family will not arrive yet, and if you are vacationing or leaving, you have some time before the packing begins. There is a certain quiet about this time […]

Weekly Horizontal Bullet Journal with mini-time blocking and cute pumpkin doodles

Weekly Layout – Mini Time Block + Pumpkins & Mummy Text

Simple Weekly Horizontal Spread with Mini-Time Block with Pumpkins & Mummified text It is nearly the end of October! What happened? This month went by faster than September! This month has had some ups and downs. I think I take on too much emotionally. I internalize everything. Journaling has helped me overcome this and get me out a slump or help me pull myself back up and keep moving on. I created a simple weekly spread with a larger place for daily ‘to dos’ and a small area for time-blocking – focusing on just the area of time that I […]

Fall weekly log/layout with wooden signs, apple collection bucket and ripe apples for the picking!

Wooden Directional Sign & Apple Orchard Weekly Layout

Wooden signs, apple collecting basket, give me a Pumpkin Spiced flavored drink because IT’s FALL and I can’t get enough of it. Feeling inspired by my apples and apple pie on my October monthly welcome page in my bullet journal, I decided to continue the theme on my weekly log with an apple orchard feel.  Directional signs point you towards each day of the week. A tasty apple is a good place to record your meal plans. This apple orchard weekly layout is sure to provide plenty of space for accomplishing your fall bucket list. The apple basket acts as a […]

Positive Perspective - snails painting and learning to look on the bright side, even after the worst seemed to happen

Look on the Bright Side – It’s About Perspective | Life in Comics

Life in Perspective So this happened yesterday. No, I did not randomly come across snails painting Mona Lisa portraits, but a painting of mine got smudged by a well-intentioned significant other. It was a painting for someone else. There’s no saving it, I will have to redo it. I went to bed last night trying to control my anger. I tried to keep things in perspective – that there are bigger problems in life. However, my subconscious was serving up dreams that would have said that I was angry. My vibrant dreams were riddled with me running away and crying. Perspective is […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Power Word Art

Power Word Art

If you don’t know by now, I am a font nut. I love finding new fonts of all shapes & sizes. So participating in a lettering challenge affords me the opportunity to use a variety of fonts.  The @happyletteringchallenge #happyletteringchallenge for July has one word to letter everyday. Today was “Power”. I found a new font called Savaro Typeface on Creative Market that really fit the word ‘power’ in my opinion. Power to me means strength, authority, and confidence. I am not referring to power-hungry people, or those who use power for ill-will. But the power I think of is […]

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 […]