Six Month Bullet Journal Review

As another bullet journal becomes full – my 5th in two years of this bullet journaling malarky – I really wanted to share my thoughts on what bullet journaling means to me and I would love to hear any comments or thoughts you have on how bullet journaling has helped you.

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Another completed Scribbles That Matter (and they do) Journal

I used to keep a diary as a teenager and have a total record of my life from the ages of 13 or so until I was around 18.  Then I stopped – not sure why, but clearly life got in the way!  That’s why, when I discovered the Bullet Journal method two years ago I knew it was for me – a ‘no boundaries’ flexible system where you could include what you want, leave out what you want, be creative, artistic, get down your ideas and thoughts and hope that in the future someone else might cherish it!

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Struggling with Menopause and no signs of stopping. Have to remain cheerful though!

I know that many use the system simply for being more productive and focused and this has certainly helped me at work – although you wouldn’t want to see pictures of my work ‘bujo’ as it’s dull and full of ‘to do’s’ and ‘to done’s’ but my personal Bujo, for me, is a journey of creativity which has been such a joy to fill in every day, as well as documenting my life as my boys grow and mature and start on their life journeys.

I feel that I am reaching a watershed in my life, so now is a great time for documenting it all in glorious (and inglorious) technicolour – one son graduating, one son off to univeristy hopefully, husband hopefully only a few years away from retirement, a time when I will be on my own for some of the week, a new puppy to keep me company, a new phase of my life post-menopause (I wish that bit would hurry up!!!) – so many changes and things to look forward to, rather than looking back!

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Beautiful Places to Visit
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The Sad and the Happy

So here is the last six months of my life – squished into various journal pages – all different styles, some more arty than others but all completed with love and thought, for posterity, for me! This is my time and I love every minute of writing it down!  Enjoy and please leave me a comment if you feel the same about journaling, or if you feel different about it – I’d love to know.

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Plenty to Do
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Mixed Media
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Final Thoughts

Until next time, let creativity be your happy place.

Jane 😁

Scarlet the Harlot – Introducing my latest Bullet Journal ❤️

As the title of my blog suggests, I do like a bit of colour and I recently posted here about the latest addition to my journal collection in the form of a beautiful Chic Sparrow cover – you can read about it  here.  Now, I love this journal cover and it lives in my handbag all the time but I was very cross with the nasty customs people for charging me a whopping extra £28 to import it from the States (after it was already quite expensive) so, as much as I love it, I don’t think my budget can stretch to that amount in the future!

So, a challenge; to find another beautiful cover but from a UK Supplier.  I am already the proud owner of a Startbay Notebook A5 Navigator in dark brown (review here) which I love but I was after something a bit more colourful – perhaps for the Summer?

After a bit of a trawl around Etsy I found the perfect solution – and she is BEAUTIFUL!  So, please put your hands together for…..

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This little Scarlet beauty from the amazing Meadowgate Leather and she certainly lives up to expectations, and then some.  The smell of leather when you open the package is gorgeous and she has been beautifully made.  This particular model is the Snowbell Deluxe and I chose a B6 size which sits slightly between an A5 and an A6 and suits my purposes very well.  Another bonus is the price – a LOT less than the Chic Sparrow and with none of the nasty customs suprises upon delivery!

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You have lots of choices with this design as they are all made to order and I chose the Scarlet leather with Navy stitching and opted for various additions including the pen loop, horizontal wallet configuration inside the front cover, additional name tag, thread and elastic in Navy.  You can even choose how much overhang you would like if you are planning on packing a whole load of inserts into it – the standard is 10mm but there are also options for 17mm and a whopping 23mm if you really want to jam-pack it!

Jam-packing it brings me on nicely to inserts – again, quite hard to source these in the UK, especially in the B6 size but a big shout out for The Idea Owl, which is where I get mine from – and they sure are pretty!  As you can see, I was working on a Summer theme here, with my Bikini notebook (available in choices including dot grid, squared, ruled or plain), but I was trying to match them all to the gorgeous Scarlet red and my lovely Mint Green Kaweko fountain pen, which I got from Cult Pens and which fits nicely into the pen loop.

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So there you have it – my latest addition and I am soooo happy with it – it is of the most beautiful quality, firm but soft at the same time and the smell ……..  did I mention the smell!  I just love the smell of leather – is that a bit weird? 😆.  All the links will take you to where I bought the products – I am not affiliated to them in any way, I just like these companies.

For anyone interested, here are all their Instagram accounts if you want to follow along. Is anyone else in love with their Meadowgate Leather journal?  I’d love to hear your comments.  Happy journaling and much love….

Jane 💛

Meadowgate Leather ❣️ The Idea Owl ❣️ Startbay Notebooks ❣️ Cult Pens ❣️

 

 

 

A Little Chic Sparrow comes to the UK 🇬🇧

A HUGE treat arrived in the post yesterday, nearly three weeks after leaving the States to make its new home here in the countryside in Norfolk, United Kingdom.  I’m very excited to announce the arrival of a Chic Sparrow planner, the Deluxe Pemberley in Aubergine, size B6 Slim.  What can I say – it is gorgeous! 💖

Not the cheapest on the planet (and certainly not after the nasty customs people stung me for extra tax) but I must say the workmanship is gorgeous and the extra money was not the fault of Chic Sparrow!fullsizeoutput_40f8

Just look at that amazing colour!  I paid a little extra and had an inscription put on, which I love and it has been done really well.  The stitching is immaculate and the quality overall is very high.  The leather is soft and squidgy, and thick, and smells amazing!

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Of course, I needed some inserts for my lovely new planner and these I found by a British supplier called The Idea Owl – who stocks a load of planner inserts (for all sizes)as well as washi (obsession of mine) and some pens and stationery.  I was really pleased with the four notebooks I bought – two are dot grid and two squared.

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The Pemberley B6 Slim measures 7 ½” top to bottom x 5 1/4″ wide (when folded closed) so it is just slightly smaller than A5 which is a great size for your handbag.  I’m not sure exactly what this planner will be for – I’m thinking my every day planner as I will be able to take it to work with me and then use it for list making as well as journaling but I am only part way through my Nuuna notebook at the moment so until then I will have to find another use for it!  Any ideas?

Do you have a Chic Sparrow?  Or maybe a FoxyFix – the latter was also on my list but the one I wanted was not available, so I went for the Chic Sparrow.  What’s your favourite planner?  I’d love to know, so leave me a comment below.

Happy Planning!

Jane 💛

 

Bullet Journal – Styles for Weeklies & Dailies

As we all know in this amazing Bullet Journaling community, there are no rights and wrongs – each person has their own style, whether it be pared down and simplified or colourful and detailed, both are right and both are fine if that’s the look you want to achieve.

I find that sometimes I want to do more of an ‘art’ page for my dailies and sometimes more journaling – the huge benefit of a blank notebook and a few pens is that  you can do exactly that – just turn the page and start afresh.

I still like my pages to be practical though, which is why I always include a weekly page, so that I can see at a glance what I have to do and what I have coming up the following week – although I still include a pop of colour because I can’t help myself!

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I also love a bit of washi tape to decorate my pages – in fact, it’s a bit of an obsession with me – it’s all so pretty and there’s so much of it – what’s a girl to do 😉

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I do try to stick with a colour theme though as this makes each day stand out so you can see at a glance what you need to do.

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My weekly is a bit of a ‘moving feast’ as I amend it as I go and tick off the things I have achieved, adding in other things that come up as the week progresses.

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There are so many inspiring accounts on Instagram and my art style pages are put together with ideas from other photos on Instagram and Pinterest that I find to inspire me – particularly @sdionbakerdesign (whom I could never emulate if I tried!) and also @digplans , @helen.c.stark and @jose_naranja (stunning work).

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I love to use stickers (and yet more washi) and catalogue the day, filing snippets of my life which are interesting (to me).  And that’s the point – I journal because it gives me pleasure, because I like to write a few words on the days events and because I would like to look back in the years to come and smile at the good, the bad and the downright ugly!

Why do you journal?  Who’s your inspiration?  I’d love to know so please leave me a comment – I may well find some new ‘inspirers’ to follow.  Have a great weekend.

Jane 💛

Instagram Madness and So Much Love 💖

The whole Bullet Journal community on Instagram and Facebook and elsewhere is simply amazing – I have ‘virtually’ met the kindest, most complimentary, supportive and downright gorgeous people in the whole wide world – and I mean the World as they are from all parts of the globe.

This week saw my ‘following’ on Instagram hit 1500 people, which amazes and humbles me – I’m so grateful that there are that many people interested in what I do and the artistic creativity and inspiration this provides is awesome.  So thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

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Through the InCoWriMo challenge (not strictly an Instagram thing but showcased there) I have had ‘snail mail’ from around the world and this culminated this week in two of my favourite Insta mates, Helen (@journalwithpurpose) and Jacqui (@nutmeg_cottage) sending me the most amazing stash of goodies, including stickers, paper and a beautiful handmade art journal which takes pride of place in my Startbay Notebook!

All of these amazing people share a common interest in journaling and are extraordinary with their support and praise which, although virtual, makes this one of the best communities to belong to on the whole wide web!  Sorry for the gushing, but it is so heartfelt!

Here is some of the amazing goodies I have received:

@journalwithpurpose on Instagram – check out Helen’s amazing feed….

@nutmeg_cottage – and Jacqui’s amazing work can also be found on Instagram.

Have a lovely weekend, one and all and make sure you share the love! 💖

Jane 💛

Are You Joining In?

I decided that during February 2017 I would participate in InCoWriMo.  What? you ask – well it’s a writing challenge where you send a piece of snail mail (in the post, with a stamp, real, not virtual) to a different person each day for a month.  And it’s been a challenge alright!

However, it’s also been a huge amount of fun.  I’ve posted to Australia, Canada, USA and France as well as here in the UK and at the same time received some amazing messages from people who chose to write to me.

And I’ve had lots of fun making cards and little pieces of art to enclose with my letters. Who said the art of letter writing was dead!  Well, not in the journaling community.  Here it is thriving and long may it continue!

Now I just need a challenge in March!  Any ideas?

Jane 💛

Happy Mail – Sent with Love 💖

If, like me, you love your Bullet Journal and enjoy brightening it up then the motivational cards I made for mine will be just the thing to inspire you.  Mixed media art, which is how these are made, means that you can utilise scraps of paper from around the home and in magazines, and with a bit of paint, flair and imagination, turn them into little cards to remind you of the good things in life!  And they are such fun to make.

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The sky is the limit – add paint, stencils, hand lettering or stickers and then use them as inserts in your journal.  You could also send them as cards to a friend who needs a hug or just to brighten up their day.

If you don’t want to add any words, then just use some watercolours and permanent micron pens, add a bit of glitter and  you have a card,  made with love and ready to send in the post – happy mail at its best. 😄

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Have a lovely Saturday

Jane 💛

First Signs of Autumn beginning to show

I feel we are in a transitional period from the end of Summer to the beginning of Autumn and on my trips up the lane with Monty the dog I have definitely seen evidence of this.  My Eastgate Project, showcasing the beautiful spot on earth where I am lucky enough to live has been going now for 13 weeks and it is amazing how much change there has been.

From the May Blossom….

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Through sunny summer days…

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And now the first signs of Autumn are upon us – berries ripening in the lane and the cheerful Rudbeckia brightening up a grey sky…

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It’s good to take a moment to appreciate how lucky I am, living here in #myspotonearth and to remember that there are many less fortunate than me.

There’s still time to join in if you want to show where you are in the world.  Just take some photos, each week and tag them on Instagram with #myspotonearth. Tag me @crafthippy so that I can see where you are.  Happy Saturday everyone.

Jane 💕

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Blast From The Past.. a very old stationery addiction!

I just had to mention this on my blog as it made me laugh!  Years ago (and I mean at least 20) when I first met my husband we were spending the weekend away with some friends.  Filofaxes were clearly in fashion (first time round) and our trip away must have involved a visit to a craft fair of some sort.

Anyway, my friend bought an amazing wooden filofax cover,  handmade and utterly gorgeous, and my husband-to-be bought me a glass pig.  Yes, I know, a glass pig!  I was clearly so in love with him I was thrilled with this gift but I must admit I have always secretly coveted the filofax cover instead!  The pig had a 5 pence piece in it (not sure why!)

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I know, beautiful isn’t it (this will be appreciated by the Bullet Journal minded!)

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We have just been away for the weekend and the amazing filofax cover was out on the kitchen counter!  “I remember that from year’s ago” says I.  “Didn’t you get a glass pig” says my friend!  Stationery envy rears its ugly head and we dissolve into fits of laughter!

Yes, the filofax cover was/is amazing.  But so is my husband and so is my pig!

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which stands proudly on the display unit and has done for the last 20 years!

Have a happy journaling week my friends…..

Jane xx 💖

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What’s happening in your part of the World?

Summer is rushing by, at least it seems that way.  I’ve been on a week’s holiday to Kefalonia in Greece and now I’m back at work so the days seem to go by so quickly – the only person relishing all this time off is my son who has done his exams this year and is eagerly awaiting the results at the end of this month!

One day I was walking up the lane with Monty and the field was full of barley – the next day it had been harvested and the straw bales were all lined up ready for collection!

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Having said that, the field directly next to my house has these strange things growing in it and for ages after I moved to this beautiful part of the world (from the city) I thought they were parsnips!  But they’re Sugar Beet which are harvested at the end of the year and go off to be made in great British sugar!

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So we will be mid-August next week and I wonder what secrets the lane will give up!  I hope you’re having a lovely summer wherever you may be in the world.  If you want to join in the challenge – which you can at any time – just take a photo from your little spot in the world and tag your photos on instagram #myspotonearth.  I look forward to seeing them!

Jane 💕💕

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