2018 was my first foray into full-on DIY planner/journaling; also known as bullet journal-ing. My book was a $5 everyday special from Michael's called a Purple Dot Journal by Artist's Loft. I loved this book. It held up extremely well to watercolor and Crayola supertips and the bevy of pens I tried in it. There were a couple of times where ink bled through to the other side but not enough to stop using the journal. I highly recommend this journal for people just joining the community and for all kinds of journaling.
The cover is hardback and plain. I decorated this with gold and silver paint pens, a black sharpie, and donated stickers of women from around the world and cute little owls from my BFF.
However, this year, I decided to make my everyday book a Seven Seas "CROSSFIELD" A5 Grid Journal. It has the famous Tomoe River paper and 480 pages of it. Now I can include all my research notes and endlessly drone on and on when I journal. I can't wait. The Tomoe River paper comes highly recommended for fountain pen users. It is the 2nd reason I chose this book. I am a calligrapher and like to write with actual calligraphy pens and ink, on occasion, and the Artist's Loft pages couldn't take it. I ended up gluing some pages together because of some extreme bleed-through.
I LOVE the crinkliness of the watercolor pages, the embossing gives the page texture, and I embrace the ghosting whole-heartedly. (Nanami has a fix for "show through", if you're interested.)
FIRST & SECOND
One of the very first things I do when I get a new notebook is to designate four pages in the very back for a Pen Test. It doesn't matter that I've tested the same pens in another book that is exactly the same, I do it again anyway. This serves 2 purposes:
1.) I use new pens I didn't have when I obtained the first book and
2.) It breaks the anxiety EVERYONE usually feels about first writing in a blank book.
Pen Tests let you know just how much ghosting there will be and if any of your pens will bleed through. Here are my pen tests for 2019.
I also run a water brush over all the writing to see if the water and ink from the pen will cause bleed through. It looks like I'm golden with every pen, so far. The next thing I do is a book blessing and protection.
Pinterest doodle collections have got to be one of the greatest things ever! I LOVE all of these.
For my weekly trackers, I've switched them with my monthly trackers. Instead of writing WSM or RWeb (client and web/social media) out practically every day, I put it in a small box. This first week, it is in the left bottom corner which made my elaborate day of the week names kind of mush together, so I'll be fixing that next week.
Super simple for Week 22 with some cute doodles I found on Pinterest. The green Crayola markers bled through as they usually do. For me, it's only the green... always. I glued a scrap of paper below the waving elephant because i was going to just start this week with Monday and draw in Tuesday when I was done. I listed some of the events and then just. couldn't. do. it. and drew in the other days.
Next month, I'm reversing my monthly and weekly trackers.
Week 19 was inspired by an Instagram post by @jashiicorrin - I'm not very happy with the interpretation I've done and see many ways I can improve it. However, I do look forward to what it will look like at the end of the week. I will try this layout again.
“When we make things with our hands we put into them energy which comes from our innermost self."
"There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends."
Erma has been drawing she was a small child. She received lessons in chalk pastels at age 7, taught herself calligraphy at age 11, and learned the basics of figure drawing at age 13. She became a professional calligrapher in 1995.
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