COVID19 Art Memorials

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Social distancing is still in effect for many of us — probably most of us. And as I’ve watched from my home on the sidelines, the saddest news I’ve received has been the struggles of families who’ve suffered losses. Many of the stories I’ve heard or read in the media have involved inability to retrieve bodies of loved ones, or being states or countries away and having to video chat farewells or attend funerals / memorials / wakes via livestreams. Human culture seeks the solace of burial — a final celebration and ceremony of lives we were connected with. Closure. An opportunity to say our farewells properly or to just grieve.

Under normal circumstances, street memorials would be put in place or vigils held as friends gathered to remember. Flowers decorating a cross on the roadside… but this is COVID and we shouldn’t be gathering. Funerals are becoming something entirely different. There are articles about how coronavirus has and will likely continue to change mourning traditions.

Live while we can.
Laugh while we can.
Love.
While we can…

Things may seem bleak — and I’m sure social distancing and lockdowns aren’t really helping. Like many of you, I’ve been discouraged or even angered by local commentary which I sometimes can’t help but see. We see it all — from those upset by people not wearing masks to those who feel that wearing them is an encroachment on our human rights. It’s easy to feel caught in the middle of whatever arguments we’re seeing.

In the last few weeks, I’ve been reminded of a quote in the final episode of the first season of the TV show Army Wives. A Veteran’s spouse myself, I cannot help but draw comparisons between what the world is going through now and what many American military spouses go through daily. In the show, there’s an Army wife who works as a radio personality on Post. Her show is called, ‘Have At It’ with Pamela Moran. Here is the quote:

Pamela: [over the air on her show, ‘Have At It’] Ok, so in case you were wondering why it’s been so busy on Fort Marshall today, it’s because we’ve gone to FPCON Alpha Plus, and we know ‘Alpha’ relates to the global threat of terrorism. But…hell, we’ve been to Alpha Plus here before. We’ve bought the gas masks, we’ve stocked up on bottled water. But, there’s one thing we can never be prepared for, and that’s the fear. How do we handle the fear? My son Lucas once asked me if the ‘bad guys’ were going to blow us up. How do you answer that? How do you explain terrorism to your kid? How do you explain that at any time, any place, someone could just decide to take us all out? And that’s why terrorism works, because we can’t explain it, we can’t predict it, it can happen any time, anywhere, by anyone. So, all we can do is trust that the military has our backs, and then we let it go. Because the only way to stop the fear is by living. Just living, being with your family, your friends, your community. Look, there is nothing we can do about it – except to seize the day. We live while we can, laugh while we can, love while we can. And that, my friends, is how we beat terrorism. So, ‘Have At It.’

Pamela Moran, character on Army Wives, season 1 episode 13, Goodbye Stranger — Wikiquotes — underlining is my own.

How do you explain COVID to your kids — or to your own inner child? All we can do is trust. I put my trust, my faith, my hope — in God. But what if we don’t believe in Him? Or any god, for that matter? I would say to seek out healthy and fulfilling things in which to put your focus. Like yoga, meditation, eating healthier, growing a garden, taking more walks, or working to achieve a goal. Or even breathing. Breathing is awesome — I’ve briefly forgotten how a couple times since March, so I can assure you that air is gold… and not just because of pollen. The point is: Seize your day.

I’ve dedicated the cover art for this month’s bullet journal to the memory of those who’ve passed. If you would care to join me, feel free to use the hashtag #COVID19artmemorial.

Thank you Heroes!

For all that you have and will continue to endure on behalf of others. We love y’all! Stay well!

Thank you for reading.

FP

Raw Beginnings

Crafts, Uncategorized
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You may be surprised to see me DIYing literally everything about my business. My shop name is hand written on Kraft paper hangers for keychains and jewelry pieces. All artwork on the packaging is drawn by hand. Even my business cards are handcrafted, drawn onto index cards in my own, clear handwriting. I love offering this personal touch — but it seems society often demands an unnecessary ‘bells and whistles’ approach.

I’ve been creating some art since I was a pre-teen. People often asked if I sold my work – the answer was usually no – I had no idea how to start a business, much less, where I would find paying customers. I enjoyed making things for others just for the smiles on their faces — getting paid money was a rare and delightful bonus.

In 2009, I started working to build a business out of my arts and crafts. I quickly learned that the standards some communities hold their sellers to seemed almost unattainable for me as an unemployed newlywed trying to make just a few dollars in spending cash. I suddenly felt a great deal of pressure to have more things…

  • a cricut machine
  • a printer and printable address labels
  • a fancy-ass DSLR camera because according to some communities, only the most finite detail and quality photo will do
  • a paper-slicer thing-a-ma-jig
  • pretty ribbon and wrapping / boxes for packaging
  • VistaPrint business cards
  • paid advertising
  • more recently, I’ve been told repeatedly that my products “won’t sell” unless I have multiples of each item [it’s rare for me to make the exact same thing twice].
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For years, I’ve beat myself up a lot over lacking or unable to afford all this and more… I felt it could be a reason I wasn’t making sales. It could easily manifest as nameless, faceless voice firmly stating my apparently obvious failures. But I also argued with myself that these aren’t needs. These are extravagances. This is a thing I can do and it’s a large part of what makes me happy.

It’s 2018. For the first time in my life I’m being told new customers will “definitely be ordering again!” and “will be ordering Christmas gifts” from me. It’s truly an honor to be so appreciated. To know that my work has hit it’s mark.

But get this:

  • my product photos are staged, me holding the item, laying it across my personal
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    desk or hanging it from whatever pretty jar I have available from my kitchen
  • I take every photo using the 5-megapixel rear camera in my Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime. Maybe it doesn’t pick up all the finer details of a speck of dirt, but is that really necessary for this? I think not.
  • I don’t edit the photos. I check to be certain they’re not blurred and that the color isn’t off by much and that’s it. When photographing products for the purpose of selling, I try not to use a filter.
  • I wrap my products in Kraft paper. I got a huge roll at Walmart for just over $4. My spouse has also used it to make origami boxes for items to be hand-delivered in.
  • My advertising is completely free. I took the time to connect my Google Calendar to IFTTT applets which share each of my products at least once every two weeks.
  • My shop at Spreesy is also free. I still plan to use Etsy again, but for now, am delighting in the work having a customer base has added to my schedule.

What is all this telling me? We long for simplicity. There is a hunger for a real, personal touch when it comes to the products we purchase. People want to know that time was taken and care given to making them the most pleased patron in the county. That’s what I’m here for. That’s why this is my work.

Have you also felt pressured as a crafter / artist? To market your products in a specific, fanciful way? I’d love to hear about your experiences — comment below, or feel free to reach out to me in some other way.

Thank you for reading.

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Paper Victory

Art, Crafts

Last week, my husband connected me with a new customer; over the weekend, we worked together to get the order packed and ready for delivery on Monday. When the customer’s co-worker saw what he’d ordered, they also made a purchase, so this week has been filled with packing and paper and simple arts applied to the packaging.

When I first started selling my crafts, I wasn’t very mindful about it. I treated it like a wham-bam-thank-you-mam project rather than a real business. To me it seemed it should be a very simple process where I make things, people buy them. The end. There are a few steps missing there, though… like:

  • how will an item ship? Especially if customer’s payment doesn’t hit my bank until
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    after the item is supposed to be shipped {a hurdle I created being newlywed and new to budgeting for a household}?
  • how will I package the item in an aesthetically pleasing manner?
  • how will I afford packaging and shipping when my business isn’t exactly thriving yet?

All of these questions and more had to be considered… and well, I sped right past them. I was excited to be creative. To use my talents to make others smile and — in some circumstances — perhaps use my creativity to be of active service to them.

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This year, I’ve worked to step back from the very messy ‘progress’ [can we really even call it that?] I’ve made in the past. I wanted to refresh my business and be more intentional with it in areas I hadn’t been before. One of the first steps was finding a packaging option for my products — these 2 orders are the first I’ve had since deciding on the wrapper.

I chose Kraft paper as my chief tool and I’m delighted with the results. Paper is so simple, basic, delightfully rustic in appearance and probably taken for granted — yet I’ve come to view it as a truly valuable resource. A hemp cord bow tied the envelopes shut, polishing the look.

Do you have any small victories to share this week? I’d love to read about them — comment below!

If you’d like to purchase some jewelry or hairpins for Christmas, now is the time to get your orders in early!!

Thank you for reading!

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What I’ve Learned: Bullet Journaling

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Some time ago, I started bullet journaling — I chronicled some of my first bujo in a post entitled Simple Bullet Journal. That was a few years ago now, and having started another new journal, I decided to share what I’ve learned.

 

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A list page including books, music, shows, and things I’d like to learn.

“Do You” — take some time to honestly evaluate your specific situation and planner / journal needs. This may take trying a few different methods with a bullet journal or planner to figure out — if something doesn’t work one month, change it the next. Here are a few questions to ask yourself — my own answers are in italics as examples.

  • What type / style of planning do I prefer? Time-blocking my days is too constricting, I like a fast and loose format that is aesthetically pleasing and enjoyable to work with. 
  • What will draw me in and keep me coming back to the planner / what keeps it from becoming a chore? Fun activities perfectly designed for me…
  • What do you do with your time? I work from home as an artist / blogger and home maker.
  • How might your plans affect others living with you? It’s just my spouse and I with our pets — no children.
  • Additional factors? We don’t have a vehicle and use public transit — bus transfers often make what would be a brief trip to the grocer a 4 hour wait-n-trek.
  • What makes for a hectic day? Any day I make a trip requiring transfers between buses. My day is practically gone the moment I leave the house.

Using the answers to these questions and any others you may choose to ask yourself, you should be able to identify your top priorities for a bullet journal. My priorities are as follows:

  1. Have pages showing each month’s holidays, plans, birthdays and anniversaries.
  2. Include space for me to list daily or weekly activities. It’s not important that I have a ‘to-do list’ page, as we’ll discuss below.
  3. Lots of blank space for me to brain dump, journal, or practice whatever I’m

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    Here, I can see each month at a glance.

    learning presently [right now, I’m having fun with art, learning more about colored pencils… the art activities are what keep me coming back to the book].

To-Done
Usually, in the time it takes [for me] to create a to-do list, everything on it is to-done. So when it comes to creating lists of this nature, I maintain them as follows:

  • Daily / Weekly / Monthly chores are listed on a piece of Sketchbook paper currently mounted on our fridge. We have a few chores to do every day, which are listed at the top. The second row includes our chores throughout the week, listing them the exact day they’re to be done. Lastly, some chores are only done once or twice monthly. There’s a specific day of the week for it the final week of the month.
  • Long and short-term, one-time goals are written onto an index card kept close at hand as a reminder of what to do when I’m bored.
  • Everything else – goes into the bullet journal after careful consideration.

 

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I chose to include some art in my own journal.

Miss Use — take proper precaution when utilizing any bullet journal or planner. In previous bullet journals, I tried to do it all… I had the index page(s), the year at a glance, a key, the entire month mapped out in such a way I could list out my daily to-do-list, I had trackers for literally every good habit I was supposed to have… And. I. Failed. So miserably. I failed because the upkeep of the journal itself took time away from the very activities it was supposed to aid me in finding time for. So I’ll leave you with these final tips:

 

  1. Don’t plan the entire year in advance. If you map out the entire notebook, there will

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    Here, you can see that I’ve mapped a whole month out as 4 weeks. I write the week’s activities into it’s bar and I can paper clip any longer-term to-do lists here as well.

    be less room for things like my activity pages or in your case, perhaps notes from an important staff meeting. Which smoothly sails us into #2…

  2. …it’s okay if you run out of room in your first bullet journal before the year is done. If you choose to keep them, just label them super carefully. There are some things you may need to transfer from one to the other, but I promise, if you’re careful, those things should be few, and easily portable. I suggest index cards or post-its and some paper-clips.
  3. Take it one month at a time. Use the pages following each month as activity pages or for notes until a new month starts. This way, you’re not stuck with the exact same trackers on repeat after deciding against some of your New Year’s Resolutions.

So, what has your experience been with bullet journaling? Are you trying anything new in the coming months? Do you have a favorite spread style or bullet journaling related youtube?

Thank you for reading!

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This Dragon Breath

Art

This past week, my 100 days began. A friend of mine recently mentioned having heard a podcast host explain how she sets aside 100 days to learn a thing. In a sense, this is what I’m doing — with some vague differences. See, I can relate to both the Tortoise and the Hare in the fable. Quick to speed ahead actively planning, while taking forever to bring those ideas to fruition. It’s easy to never be ready for overdue change. Frightening to acknowledge when it’s time to move forward from a comfort zone.

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The original, index card version of Dragonbreath.

I’m falling in love with art again. I have no real plans for it — let me repeat — I. Have. No. Zip. Zero. Nada. Plans for it. I cannot tell you how delighted I am about this very minor factor. And that’s what my 100 days is for. It’s 100 days of ‘no real plans‘ with creative drive and spirit. Just me, arts, crafts and a little community.

This is the last week These Faces will be hanging in the library on W 5th St. in Winston-Salem, NC. I’ve loved having it there so much, but am looking forward to finally having some art on the walls of my home. And when it arrives, another piece will be joining it on the wall.

Seated at my desk on Monday afternoon, I tangled a mashup of Dragonair and

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Progress on my latest artwork, Dragonbreath.

PZenplosion Folds on a background of Knightsbridge [for those unaware, I recently read The Great Zentangle Book and learned that each tangle in Zentangle has its own unique title]. I had such fun coloring it in, I decided I had to do a larger version of the piece, with a few minor tweaks [I added a 4th tangle, entitled Narwhal] and color edits just for my wall here. I’ve been at it for five days now and only just began coloring it last night. I cannot wait to see the finished piece.

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Dragonbreath

It began as a pencil sketch; now I’m playing with my Crayola coloring pencils, blending the shades, and using Staedtler Fineliner pens to outline each section. I’m looking so forward to finishing it and beginning a new piece.

I’d love to see what you’re up to! Share in the comments below, or follow along via my Instagram!

 

 

Thanks for reading.

FP

These Faces

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Art shown above by several local [Winston-Salem, NC] artists. This particular exhibit currently located at the Forsyth Central Public Library in Winston-Salem, NC until August 31st, 2018.

If you follow my Instagram, you may have noticed I’ve recently taken up tangling.U I picked up two books about Zentangle from my library and have been practicing various tangles in efforts to improve upon my techniques.

At first, I was a little skeptical, as we often are when trying something from a new perspective. But, as I learned Zentangle designs, I also began noticing some patterns in the messages I wanted these particular tangles to express. As I highlighted and shaded the images, there was one phrase which came to mind repeatedly.

U“Whatever is behind the faces of others, we can’t see it…”

There is so much there, behind your face. Direction at your core, imagination bursting forth. Calculations both meticulous and carefree. The beauty they wear in the positive moments. The roads they’ve walked no matter how rocky, painful, dusty and confused. The ribbons of thought and the braided – sometimes fraying – remains of what we’ve inherited and carried with us.

We don’t know what a person’s been through. Sure, they’re marked from the battles. They smile at their triumphs. But the rest of us know nothing of that struggle or it’s effects on the individual. We have to take a moment to dig deeper — exerting time and efforts. And our own faces are designed and colored by these experiences. U

What will you find behind your face? Behind those of others? How will you express it today?

To see more artwork free of charge, drop by Winston-Salem Central Public Library and visit the 2nd floor. 

To see more of my personal artwork and crafts, follow me on Instagram.

Thank you for reading.

 

FP

GIMP / Threadless Tutorial

Art, Uncategorized

If you are designing / drawing for print on demand, you may have struggled [as I have] to find GIMP tutorials… One of the most frustrating aspects of searching for directions was time wasted on lengthy introductions to not-so helpful tips which focused largely on anything other than GIMP — so, let’s dive right into your work, shall we?

What you’ll need:

  • Your artwork
  • Scanner – I use the Notebloc app on my Android smartphone. I’ve used several scanner apps and this is the best I’ve found to date. I’ve also found it easiest to scan in my local library in front of large windows that let in plenty of natural light.
  • Device with GIMP loaded [I use GIMP 2].

Setting up GIMP:

  1. Projects like these need air. Open a window. Specifically the Layers window… assuming it’s not already open. You’ll need more windows open, so add the following tabs via Windows, Dockable Dialogs —
    1. Channels
    2. Colors
    3. Fonts
    4. Selection Editor
    5. Tool Options

They don’t have to be in this order — I simply found this order the easiest.

Let’s turn your art into a png I’m going to use this cupcake design. You’ll notice, the design is just black, penciled line-art. There is a different technique if this cupcake were colored in. Refer to image below as a brief guide as you progress through the instructions.

  1. With your line art open, go to the Layers tab; add a Transparency layer. Now click Adobe_Post_20180724_132753.jpgon the layer containing your artwork to select it.
  2. Switch to the Channels tab. Right-click the Blue Channel and Duplicate it. Turn the duplicate channel on by clicking the box to the left of “Blue Channel” — the box should have an eye in it. Turn off all other channels.
  3. Click the pink box in the lower right of the Channels tab. You should see marching ants around your image.
  4. Switch to Selection Editor tab. Invert the selection.
  5. Switch to Layers tab. Delete your art. Switch back to Selection Editor tab; click the red x near the bottom left to dismiss selection. You should see your drawing on a gray checkerboard background.

I’ve found I don’t always need steps 3-5 for line art.

If you need to darken the lines of your image, hop back into Layers tab and duplicate the art layer. Do not duplicate more than 3 times, or you may lose some of the integrity of the image. If it doesn’t darken enough, open a New document, transparent background. In your original document, be certain your art layer is selected, then click Edit, Copy Visible. In the new document, click Edit, Paste Into, then click the New Layer button and your image will appear. Duplicate the layer once or twice and you’re good to go.

Colored art is different than line drawings — I’m going to use the Waffle Cake design for this example. This one is a little tricky, but it can be done. Let’s say you have a piece of white paper, and you color in a square in the center of it. The goal is to remove the white background, making it transparent so that you can then place the image on whatever background you need. Refer to image below for a brief guide.

  1. Add a transparent “alpha” layer. Go to Layers — Add Alpha Channel [or right click Adobe_Post_20180724_141340.jpgon the layer, it should be in the drop down].
  2. Go to Tools — Selection — Fuzzy Select. In your dockable dialogs, click on the Tool Options tab. Click the Add To Selection box. [2nd pink square next to “Mode:”]. Click the background to check Threshold. The higher the threshold, the more background is selected by clicking.
  3. Now, press the Delete button on your keyboard and watch your background fall away.
  4. In your tabs, click on Selection Editor. You’ll see that a black copy of the image shows up in the Dockable Dialogs. Click the red X at the bottom of the Dialog and the marching ants surrounding your image will disappear.

Looking to take your colored art to the next level with further steps to accurately smooth and balance it for print? Check out this awesome tutorial from GIMP Tips.

For more information and tutorials, I recommend checking out Artist Shops tutorials on Threadless.

Thank you for reading, and if you’ve additional questions the above links don’t cover, please let me know in the comments below. Even if I don’t have the answer, perhaps we can find it together.

FP

Bernat Yarn Cake

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Before the holidays, I got the opportunity to give Bernat yarns another chance. I’ve only worked with it once before, and was a little disappointed. The feel of the yarn was nice, but I love color… and if one relies on the shelves at the local WalMart, they might believe Bernat never strays from the soft pastel baby blanky colors. [It’s not your fault, Bernat. I don’t get to Michael’s often enough. Seriously, I walk in, go to the first employee I meet and with a wild look in my eyes, whisper “WHAT YEAR IS IT?!”]

20171213_160057.jpgSo at any rate, I was super excited when my local WalMart decided to sell yarn cakes, including Bernat Pop! I chose the Paisley coloration. I ended up making both a hat and a cowl with it. I wished there had been a bit more to the ball of yarn than there was. This came as a slight shock [despite the yardage being listed on the label] as I’ve been working with Lion Brand’s Mandala a lot lately. This yarn would be perfect for a hat / scarf set for a child. As it is, the cowl I made is not as long as I might have liked, but I know someone will adore it!

I loved the colors in this yarn, specifically the eggplant, plum and leaf shades, but found the color transitions to be quite abrupt. Fortunately, the hat turned out fine [I was amazed]. I found the transition from blue to pink to be particularly interesting. With the cowl, I decided to trim out the transitional bits.20171213_155654.jpg

To sum up, I’m on the fence about this particular yarn. The transitions bugged me, but the colors are weirdly nice together. The yarn is exceptionally soft and plushy feeling, but there were some flaws in the yarn where it had been cut and the ends randomly knotted together — I’m not too bothered by this sort of thing, but if mishandled, it can create an issue with the integrity of the final piece.

All in all, I’m quite pleased with what I made, and Bernat has redeemed themselves [thank you!!]. What are your thoughts? Have you worked with Bernat Pop! or other Bernat yarns? What were your experiences? I’d love to read all about it.

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First Cake

Art

Over the last few weeks, I’ve attempted [rather poorly] sharing my work on social media. I’ve been going through an odd introvert-phase in addition to the imported posts I’m Ubringing into Route427. It’s a weird growth spurt for me…

With Fall practically here [she says with glare at the sweltering Carolina sun] I’ve been taking in some yarn and making some things. This year is all about learning to make a few things I never have before, so I began with this beautiful triangle scarf from Strings & Things.

Ever the rebel, I did my scarf a little differently. When crocheting, I like for the finished project to be utilitarian, exuding an unassuming beauty, and well-suited to the user. My goals for this particular project were:

  • a ‘blanket scarf’ feel for really cold nights outU
  • a fashionable, utilitarian shawl to pair with some of my favorite outfits on those iffy chilly, but warmish date-nights
  • a small throw for vegging out
  • something to easily wrap a kitten or puppy in; though I suppose a baby could fit, too…

For my scarf, I used 2 full skeins of Mandala Genie by Lion Brand. I found it very pleasant to work with. The scarf came out very warm, the perfect length for what I needed. This was my first ever yarn cake, and I loved every minute of it!! I’ve learned [from other bloggers and yarn reviewers] that some yarn cakes have abrupt color changes. While there were a couple of interesting ones in the scarf, they’re not noticeable, which I greatly appreciated from this pattern.

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Pattern edits I made for myself include:

  • length – mine is about 62 rows instead of the suggested 28
  • no tassels – they’re pretty, but not well suited to me and I have cats
  • at the end, I did a single crochet in each stitch to strengthen the edge a little

If you’re a knitter or a hooker, be sure to drop by the Strings & Things shop to pick up a pattern for your next project!

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Simple Bullet Journal

Art, Lifestyle

In recent weeks, I’ve been thinking about schedules, time management; the mess we make it. Sometimes I feel in over my head, which can quickly mire up my mission and goals. So, in order to identify and weed out the unnecessary committments in my life, it was time to do something a bit more drastic; enter the Bullet Journal.

I don’t use schedules as they [hourly, in particular] legitimately upset me. I’m not fond of being controlled by an inanimate entity such as a dayplanner. Sure, I set up Google Calendar alerts for important appointments as they occur, but I don’t allow time much, if any room to control my day. The clock hands may move forward, but I will join them of my own volition. -sticks out tongue in rebellion- And that’s how I’m staying 27 forever! [Warning: this practice is by no means an eternal fountain of youth.] We would all do well to take heed to the level of power granted that prominent figure, the calendar.

Though I’ve not been at this long [barely a week], I decided to share a couple pages of my design / spreads after watching several Youtube videos on bullet journaling. I was disappointed there weren’t many with simple, minimalistic structures that were also lightly artful, with little sense of permanence. I want my own journal to be a thought tool. A basic collection of the things I need and need to do. It may at times double as a writer’s notebook, though I find great satisfaction in chucking any completed journal with a thump of finality. That doesn’t mean it can’t be artful as well, or that I cannot preserve some special aspect of it.

Credit goes to Ryder Carroll who came up with the bullet journal system I’m using. I love that he coupled a video with a reader-friendly instructional (see above-linked website). Comparing the two helped to figure out some major components of the system and how I wanted to implement them in my own notebook.

Here are some things I did a little differently from the model provided:

  1. Zero Page is not the Index. It’s a handwritten copy of To the Mother of All Loss — this journal is a place to write out the bones of some creative writing attempts, editing more deliberately, also…
  2. …I’d like it to be similar to a writer’s notebook.
  3. The Month Log seemed redundant to me at first, but I’m using it to write in immediate events. For example, bill due dates, birthdates. This would also be where I would log the fact that someone else’s kid threw a basketball through the glass in my back door [because if the cat was frightened into pooping the floor, my landlord should know why]. 
  4. I also chose to edit my Task Log (above, on the right page) a bit. I split it into 3 boxes (similarly to the Future Log) and wrote Daily, Weekly and Month in the top corners of each box. For the weekly box, I added a checklist to mark off items as they’re completed each week.

Looking for a sampling of my favorite simple office supplies? Find inspiration at this Pinterest board.

Daring Feat Challenges:

  • Create your own qualifiers.
  • Try out a 3-item to-do list using bullet journaling OR just try having a 3-item to-do list and converse about it below.