April Bullet Journal Flip Through || Easter Theme

It’s my second month of using a bullet journal and I’m loving it. I decided to do an Easter theme, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. Firstly because I can actually draw bunnies and Easter eggs, and secondly because it’s so colourful.

The next pages have my mood tracker, habit trackers and monthly goals. I accidentally miscounted, so my habit trackers are too big.

Next are my weekly spreads. I find the first spread the best for me because it balances functionality and creativity.

This next spread was my favourite to draw, but it really isn’t the most useful.

Finally there’s my book haul and my monthly reading wrap up.

Let’s Chat!

What do you use to keep track of your life and your reading? Let me know in the comments below!

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March Digital Planner Flip Through

At the end of February I started a digital planner using the GoodNotes app. I posted a few screenshots along with my February Book Bujo last month because I hadn’t done much then. Since I used it for the whole month of March, I thought it warranted its own post. I still don’t think it’s as aesthetically pleasing as it could be, but I think it’s just one of those things that will keep improving.

For March I purchased Woodland Fox printable planner stickers from Plannersaurus and CCM Digitals’ Fall Digital Planner Stickers on Etsy.

So let’s get into it.

First up I have my calendar where I track my reading and blog posts, followed by a page with my monthly goals and TBR.

The next page has the new releases I’m interested in for the month, and I mark any I purchase.

My next page contains my habit trackers and my reading progress for each book I picked up this month.

Then, I finally get to my weekly spreads that contain all my appointments, to-do lists, weather and mood trackers.

I had heaps to do on Saturday the 16th, so I tried a full day spread to keep me on task, and for the most part it worked. Being able to block out parts of my day for certain activities helped me pace myself.

Since I had to overhaul my diet, I decided to do a page to note the foods I can eat, and the ones I should avoid, or have smaller portions of.

The next page is dedicated to my monthly reading wrap up.

My last page was used to sort out all the forms and documents I needed for a bunch of pet insurance claims. I like that I can add pages where I need them.

Pros

I’ve found having a digital planner quite useful, because I can change things around pretty easily when appointments or tasks change. I can also add or delete pages as needed to suit my purposes.

I can also make it as simple or as decorative as I like, and there isn’t the worry about having to use white-out to fix mistakes, or the annoyance of ink bleeding through the pages.

Cons

The main downside to the digital planner is the cost of purchasing stickers. If you’re creative, have the right tools (such as an iPad and stylus), and a vague idea of how digital graphics work (layers confuse me), then this shouldn’t be a problem for you. You can use a program like Procreate to make your own digital stickers using your own artwork. (You can also download free Procreate brushes, or purchase them from Etsy or sites such as Uproot, to help create your stickers).

While the CCM Digital Stickers can be imported directly as a full sheet of pre-cut stickers into GoodNotes, I had to use Evernote and Procreate to transfer and crop the fox stickers into my Boho Berry Sticker Book (also in GoodNotes), which frankly, was a bit of a pain in the ass.

My only other slight quibble is that I can’t create a cover page for the month, because the journal came with pre-set hyperlinks, so the first page is the calendar. I’m sure with a bit of experimenting, I will be able to fix this.

Let’s Chat!

Do you use a digital planner or some other kind of planner? Did you buy a particular brand? What do you like or dislike about your planner? Let me know in the comments below!

March Bullet Journal Flip Through

This month I decided to try my hand at a traditional bullet journal to keep track of my life. I spent a ridiculous amount of time setting up my March and April spreads this month, but I find it quite calming. The perfectionist in me who loves order and lists revelled in the whole process.

That being said, I was perhaps a little ambitious with my theme for March. I decided to do Autumn Foxes, which sounds cute, but had mixed success. My drawings looked pretty much like any animal except foxes, as you’ll see. What’s that saying? My reach exceeded my grasp? Yep. That’s me.

First up I have my guiding lines page, followed by my March splash page. My fox looks more like a cat… oops.

My first double page spread is my calendar where I track my reading and plan my blog posts for the month. I also pen in birthdays.

The next page has my mood tracker, followed by my habit trackers and my monthly goals.

Next is my TBR, and I mark which ones I’ve read, followed by March new releases, and I’ve coloured in the ones I’ve purchased. These pages are very minimalistic (I’d given up on drawing foxes by time I got around to decorating these pages.)

Next up is a double page spread for week 10, in which my fox looks more like an orange skunk. *Sigh* What I like about this spread is that there is room to draw (if you actually have the ability). There isn’t a lot of room for the actual bullet points (because I like them on one line), but I will probably use the same spread next month.

My week 11 spread features a wolf wearing fox fur. I don’t necessarily like how crowded it looks when I’ve got a lot happening in one day, but I like this spread overall because I can fit so much on the page.

My next weekly spread was pretty basic, but it’s probably one of the most functional ones.

The last weekly spread was also very functional, and had I the inclination, I could have decorated a bit more.

My next pages contain my March Book Haul, my monthly recommendation list (retconned, because the post is quite a few days away), and my monthly wrap up. This month I did both a reading and watching wrap up.

Finally, I’ve included a page for my blog posts, and a page to list what I can eat, and what I should avoid with my new diet.

Overall, I really enjoyed my foray into bullet journaling. I found it quite calming, and having a place to write out plans and lists appealed to the perfectionist in me. I also liked that I could be creative with colour and images, although next month I’ll be a bit less ambitious and draw things within my ability.

Let’s Chat!

Do you bullet journal? What do you do to keep track of things? Let me know in the comments below!

February Bullet Journal & Digital Planner Flip Through

So this month I continued my bookish bullet journal, and I started a digital planner. The content is essentially the same, but I’ve added a few more organisational, day to day things to my digital one.

Bullet Journal

I kept the same set up as January for my bookish bullet journal. I chose to keep theme and colour scheme pretty simple too. Again, it’s heavily inspired by Amanda Rach Lee. I also purchased some Washi tape and started to play around with it a bit.

I’ve got a separate title page, and have my monthly goals and TBR on a page together.

I track my reading on my monthly calendar spread, as well as planned blog posts.

I have a single page to note new releases that I may be interested in, and I mark the ones I pre-order or purchase. The next page is my TBR for VaLITines Readathon.

I’ve got a full page for my book haul, and one for my reading wrap up.

I also have a recommendation list based on a theme that I’ve compiled, which is Fairytale retellings for February. On the following pages I have a list of my favourite Korean Dramas, with the rating in the heart.

Finally I have my Fairytaleathon TBR, with the books I read marked.

Digital Planner

I purchased a 2019 Monday Start Portrait Planner from Boho Berry, along with some digital stickers for banners, weather icons and habit/mood trackers.

I’m using the app GoodNotes on my iPhone, although any PDF editing program should work if you want to give it a try.

For February I purchased Valentine’s Digital Planner Stickers from CCMDigitals on Etsy, but I haven’t done much with them because I only started my planner on the 23rd.

Most of my pages are the same as my bookish bullet journal, and since I haven’t decorated any of them in my digital planner, I won’t bother posting pics of all those spreads this month.

The one thing that my digital planner has that my bookish journal doesn’t have is weekly spreads for appointments, events, tasks, etc.

I’m pretty excited to expand on my digital planner next month, and my theme is autumn foxes (it’s Fall in the Southern Hemisphere). I’m also starting a physical bullet journal for planning/organisation, as well as a pre-printed bujo, so I’ll probably do a post comparing the three methods at the end of March.

Let’s chat!

How do you keep track of your reading? Do you also use a planner for everyday stuff? What works best for you? Let me know in the comments below!

I Started a Bullet Journal! || January Flip Through

I’ve been watching tons of bullet journal videos on YouTube lately, and it’s kind of my new obsession. I love watching other people’s monthly spreads, and how creative they are. There’s something really calming and satisfying about it. I especially love Amanda Rach Lee and Inprint.

Anyway, I decided to start my own. It’s a bit of a mish mash at the moment, and I’ve taken inspiration from a lot of other videos (I’m estimating at least a hundred, but I could be grossly overestimating) and some pictures on instagram, of which there are way too many to name. Sadly, I am not the most creative/artistic person myself, so I don’t feel like it’s terribly original. If I have copied any ideas and you want me to give credit, let me know and I am more than happy to do so.

Anyway, on to the pictures!

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Firstly, here’s my cover page. I wanted to go for fireworks and lanterns for the new year. I took a lot of inspiration from Amanda Rach Lee’s January spread, which you can find here.

Next I’ve jotted down by monthly goals, my monthly TBR, and new releases I’m interested in coming out in January. If I’ve completed a goal, or purchased a book, I’ve marked it.

Next up is my Calendar. I didn’t decorate it much because I was terrified of going overboard and making it messy. I’m a bit of a perfectionist… I’ve tracked each book I read during January, and I’ve planned my blog posts. I changed them a lot, so there’s quite a bit of white-out tape… as you can probably tell…

Next up – my ridiculously long book haul, followed by my January wrap up. I had a pretty good reading month.

Next I wrote some recommendation lists, continued my book haul (because I went nuts in January), and some blog discussion ideas. I’ve been really hesitant to post my genocide in SciFi/Fantasy books because I’m worried it’s too morbid and triggering. (Apparently I didn’t even finish writing it in my journal. Whoops. The Fever King is by Victoria Lee in case you’re wondering, and it will be released 1 March.)

Overall I’m pretty pleased. My writing is all over the place, but it is what it is. I plan to practice hand lettering and calligraphy over the coming months. So hopefully my journal will look better as time goes on.

Do you also have a bullet journal? If not, how do you like to keep track of your reading?