Bullet Journaling- Part 1- what is it and what do I need?

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This sounds over dramatic but I really mean it when I say bullet journaling has changed my life. It has helped me become so much more organised and together. I honestly don’t know how I would have made it through my final year of uni without everything all in one neat little book like this.

After seeing beautiful photos of them all over instagram and reading peoples high praise of the organising method, I decided to give it a go myself last August. I found nice notebook in my collection- just a simple lined one. I popped out and brought some washi tape from ASDA, fished out some coloured fineliners from my stationary hoard and dove straight in. I did a bit of googling to figure out the basics and got experimental from there.

At the start I did feel some pressure to make my bullet journal perfect and include all sorts of different charts and lists. But that’s the great thing about bullet journals- you make them up as you go along so you can change your mind and methods as many times as you want. It didn’t take me too long to figure out exactly what works for me. I’m now onto my second bullet journal and tend to stick to a fairly simple set up, which I think would be very helpful for beginners.

In this part I’m just going to explain what a bullet journal is and suggest some supplies for getting you started. Then, in my next post, I will teach you the basics and show you how I lay out my bullet journal these days.

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Before I get stuck in I’m gonna quickly explain what a bullet journal is for anyone that doesn’t know. A bullet journal is a simple notebook that brings together the ideas of a journal, planner, notebook, list book and calendar. The method was devised by a guy called Ryder Caroll and has a few basic principles that help make it such an effective organisational tool (I will go into those in my next post). Once you have the basics down you can get creative and add anything you want to your bullet journal! Art, collages, lyrics, memories, photos-whatever, it’s yours to play around with.

Tools! All you really need to start a bullet journal is a notebook (dotted or squared is best but lined or plain works just fine too) and a pen or even a pencil. You lay everything inside out yourself so you can adapt it to your needs and preferences. Everything I do in my journal could easily be achieved with those two things and maybe a ruler to help keep things tidy.

Heres a list and links to the thinks I use for my bullet journal:

This all adds up but you can make it as cheap or expensive as you want. You can use any stickers for decoration because boy can planner stickers be pricey, luckily my lovely Mum brought me the ones I have for Christmas. Little hand drawn doodles can bee great for decoration too if you don’t want to use stickers. Any pen will do, although I would always recommend a fineliner of some sort. I didn’t use stencils or watercolours at all in my original journal, they just add a nice touch.

Right- that’s it for now! In my next post I will break things down for you and show you how I organise my bullet journal. Trust me, it’s so easy! I have literally no artistic talent and I manage to make mine look pretty good and more importantly functional. This method of organisation really has changed my life and maybe it could change yours too so make sure you check out my next post!

Toodles.

 

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Rad In August

Holy fuck it’s September already! Having said that I feel like August lasted forever which has got to be a good thing cause I had a lot of fun this past month. I liked it so much that I’m gonna bring back my monthly favourite list! This is gonna be things I’ve been loving including shows, music, articles, random crap, just anything really. Hell let’s just be honest here, I’m totally making this up as I go along. Sorry if this post doesn’t read amazingly, I’m having a 90’s dance party while writing and my mind tends to wander when I listen to music.

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Bullet Journaling

Bullet journaling has been something I’ve been aware of for a while now but for some reason in August I decided to take the plunge and start my own. I started with the basic model ideas from the Bullet Journal site then got creative from there. It’s really helped me organise my life and goals. Because it’s all in a plain notebook and you organise it as you go it means it’s super flexible allowing for anything to be added. I might write a whole post about my experiences with bullet journaling in a few months when I’ve had a bit more time to refine my personal style.

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Typography Apps

My two favourites are Font Candy and Typorama. Both are free to download and use but you can pay a few quid to get access to more fonts and other fun things. It’s just such a fun way to spruce up your instagram photos. The 4 above examples are all my own photos edited in the app to create awesome images.

This strawberry baked oatmeal recipe.

I made it once and it was so yummy and filling. I think it will be great for when I go back to uni. I can make some up on Sunday night then just grab a slice before a leave for the bus throughout the week.

Youtube

I have been so in love with 3 youtubers in the month of August. Deligracy  is an awesome Sim’s gamer who mostly posts house builds and lets plays of The Sims 4. I just finished binge watching her 6o part “Twins” let’s play. So much drama and story development! I got so invested in the characters and the storyline, that girl has talent! Annie Elainey  is so open and honest and I just love watching her videos. She vlogs about her life, chronic illness, social justice, movies, hair and much much more. Annie has also inspired me to start adding captions to all my videos to make them more accessible. Stef Sanjati is a Toronto based makeup artist who has bags and bags of personality and style. She posts makeup tutorials and challenges along with regular Q&As and updates on her personal experiences transitioning. Stef has such an infectious personality and her smile just makes me melt!

Music

This 90s Party Playist is my jam right now. I am raving to it right now and keep getting distracted by the tunes. This feel good playlist my Mum put together. Clearly this playlist shows where I get my fabulous music taste from. This playlist is the perfect mix of modern hits and classics creating a perfect happy summer vibe. I am also really digging the Suicide Squad soundtrack album, so many great songs in a neat package. If I have this playing through my headphones while I walk somewhere I instantly feel like a total badass and start subconsciously strutting my stuff.

This interview with Laverne Cox about the Rocky Horror remake

As a die-hard fan of the original I was somewhat sceptical about the modern remake but this has put all my fears to rest and I now can’t wait to watch it!

Yaaaasss! Destroying the mentality of being “not like other girls”

This post just gives me life. Being a girl isn’t a competition. We need to stand by our sisters and support each other.

And finally these two totally unrelated videos that just make me smile so much

 

 

And that’s that! I hope you all enjoy my recommendations, let me know in the comments.

Toodles!