Bullet Journal

Creative Outlet

Yes. I’m still bullet journaling. And I’m not bored, in fact, I’m pretty fired up about this. I’m having a blast! I’ve found my groove and though it still looks like crap when compared to other bullet journalers out there, I’m okay with that. It works for me, I’m enjoying myself and it will be something fun to leave behind for future generations to make fun of. Ha!

I have found spreads that work for me. Nothing much has changed since the last time I wrote about my bullet journal but let me share what works for me.

The beauty of bullet journaling is that it’s customizable. You can do whatever you want, however you want, it all depends on what your wants and needs are.

After experimenting with many different mediums, I’ve determined that what works for me are stamps and stickers.

I was going to make a video on my bullet journal but honestly, I don’t have the fancy equipment to hold my camera above my desk and I can’t be bothered. So photos it is.

This my cover page for May. I’m digging pictures for my cover page. I find these pictures on Unsplash, in case you’re interested. The only spreads I’m really interested in are: steps,

sleep, weather …

books read that month, world news, (because it’s fun to look back on what was going on in this crazy world) …

and journaling. That’s it. I’m more interested in the journal part of bullet journal and I haven’t missed writing down a day yet, (this year). I use the rolling weeklies inspired by the Plant-Base Bride’s YouTube channel and I LOVE this process. I write my weekly to-do list on the side and every day, at the top of the day, I write down my mood and use an emoji stamp to reflect that mood. I tried using a mood tracker for a while but honestly, I have so many moods I didn’t want to limit myself to four moods and I wanted to know what sort of day I was having that caused that mood.

And that’s it. Though I’m going to add some detailed journaling pages at the end of the months that we go on vacation. Yes. I document those trips here on the blog but there are some things that are too private for the Internet.

Sorry.

But the biggest reason I wanted to talk about my bullet journal is because I stumbled onto a YouTube channel that I’m absolutely obsessed with right now. It’s called My Little Journal.

The reason I’m really digging her channel is because she works in nearly all stamps and stickers and she does a bang-up job of putting her spreads together. She never fails to inspire me and I discovered so many cool resources through her channel. For instance, Studio Calico.

I LOVE clear stamps. They work so much better than the traditional wooden stamps – crisp and clear.

I’ve already spent a fortune on stamp kits.

I bought the road trip set, the camping set, the May calendar set, and the June calendar set.

And yes, I have every intention of collecting all of the months, eventually.

And crap, I just noticed they have a new lake set. MUST. HAVE.

Anyway. I’m having a ball using these stamps throughout my journal and it motivates me even more to continue journaling. In fact, I’ve done so well with my journaling that I’m close to finishing this journal and will need a second journal for the second half of the year. I might break down and buy some Archer and Olive journals next year.

Watch this video from Heba and tell me you’re not motivated to try some interesting stamps in your next spread.

Oh, and I’ve already figured out the rest of 2022’s monthly cover pages – here they are, if you’re interested.

If you buy any stamps, let me know where you buy them, or if you would like to share pictures of your spreads, feel free to drop a link in the comment section! I would love to see what you’ve been up to.

And if you haven’t tried journaling, I highly recommend it. You don’t have to get fancy. You don’t have to buy stamps or stickers – you can do whatever you want. But it’s nice to to have a place to purge your innermost thoughts, worries, and triumphs because it frees up space in your head to tackle other life issues. Journaling encourages you to be honest in a private space. You can be real, raw and true to yourself. It’s quite cathartic.

Anyway. I wanted to share this valuable resource in case you needed some creative inspiration.

Happy journaling!

Giveaway/Contests

Giveaway: Father’s Day Journal

**Just leave a comment and tell me one (or more) great things about your man/dad.

A few days ago, I mentioned a giveaway.

I know, I know. I told you I was going to ease up on the giveaways, and I WILL, right after this one. 😀

Father’s Day is coming up. Duh, right? Well, I’m a big fan of filling out the memory journals, you know the ones, the pretty hardback books that you fill in the answers to all sorts of life questions? Yeah, those. They’re awesome. Can you imagine coming across a journal your grandparent, or even your parent left behind? Talk about a touching reminder of that person.

So … I thought it would be fun to give away a memory journal about dad.

Now wait, I know what you’re thinking. “Dad?? I’m lucky if I get the man to talk at all, let alone reminiscing about his past.”

Right. Well, what if you bribed him with …? I don’t know, you fill in the blank. You know your man/dad better than I do.

Or, if the bribe doesn’t work, play the guilt card. “But honey,” as you bat your pretty lashes at him, “think of the kids. Think how much FUN they will have reading over your entries later in life. You’ll be a hero!”

The hero thing seems to work sometimes, too. 😉

Seriously, it might be hard to get your man/dad to particpate in this book, but he might if you sit down with him and coax him to remember things (or write it down for him). I’m betting the time he spends with you is a motivation for him to fill this book out, too, and think of the memories you’re creating by doing this with him.

I know whenever my husband talks about his early years or shares funny stories from his past, our boys are just RIVETED and love hearing about what he was like before he became their dad. When I asked my own husband if he would fill something like this out? I received a “no.” But when I said, “I’ll write it down for you,” I got a “okay.”

See? The men in our lives just want to spend time with us. What a great way to spend a few hours documenting his past!

Have I convinced you? Excellent. Then if you would like a chance to win A Father’s Legacy

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for your man/dad, then leave a comment and list one thing that is awesome about your man/dad. Just one (or more, if you want to). I’m sure you can come up with one thing. *smile*

I’ll announce the winner (and notify him/her through email, please supply a valid email address) using the random generator on June 16th.

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