Original Post: Aug 1, 2020 - Planner + Journal = Plournal - Thanks to Kell S.
The month of August begins with the Wiccan sabbat holiday of
Lughnasadh / Lammas: The First Harvest.
"If not us, then who? If not now, then when?"
"The SIN which is unpardonable
Original Post: Jan. 7, 2020 - Planner + Journal = Plournal - Thanks to Kell S.
Erma's Plournal 2020
I decided to switch from an A5 size to the B6 Slim. I did stick with Nanami Seven Seas brand of books. Nanami also offers inexpensive plastic covers which I utilized to display some of my favorite things. great thing is, I can change it up anytime.
My 2019 Plournal was a Nanami A5 with 480 pages of which I have over 100 pages untouched. The B6 Slim only has 384 pages.
I also didn't have time in the last quarter of the year to do much of anything, including journaling, so this year I decided to make all my months up front, including a monthly to do checklist. Hopefully, without having to take the time every month to set up the next month, I'll at least be able to take a few minutes to do the most important part: to record the memories & thoughts I want to preserve.
Last Years A5 and this years B6 Slim Nanami SevenSeas
See individual months
Original Post: Sep. 12, 2019 - Planner + Journal = Plournal - Thanks to Kell S.
eptember begins the 3rd month of a new style of journaling I've adapted to. I've moved entirely away from creating weeklies to penning dailies as I need them (or am able to do them). It is ever-evolving and I look forward to it changing even more as I hone in on "my style." Notes pepper in and out of the dailies as I find information I want to record or events I want to record. Sidebars are left for current events and memes! Doodles and sketches have scaled back however, which is the only downside, for now.
Original Post: May 02, 2019 - Planner + Journal = Plournal - Thanks to Kell S.
May 2019 Journal Headers & a Holiday
May 2019 Week 18
May 2019 Week 20
May 2019 Week 21
My friend Kathryn just passed over. She was a beautiful & kind soul. She gave people tree readings. She said mine was the monkey pod tree.
May 2019 Calendar & Details
Original Post: April 02, 2019 - Planner + Journal = Plournal - Thanks to Kell S.
April 2019 Journal Entries & a Feature page
April 2019 Week 17
Week 17, not 19, Header
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” ~William Wadsw
April 2019 Week 16
Week 16, not 18, Header
“The world is holy. Nature is holy. The body is holy. Sexuality is holy. The imagination is holy. Divinity is immanent in nature; it is within you as well as without. Most spiritual paths ultimately lead people to the understanding of their own connection to the divine. While human beings are often cut off from experiencing the deep and ever-present connection between themselves and the universe, that connection can often be regained through ceremony and community. The energy you put out into the world comes back.”
-Margot Adler, April 16, 1946 - July 28, 2014
Drawing Down the Moon
April 2019 Week 15
“It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.“ Happy Birthday, Mr. Jefferson - Week 15 header
April 2019 Week 14
April 2019 Calendar & Details
Original Post: February 28, 2019 - Planner + Journal = Plournal - Thanks to Kell S.
March 2019 Weeks 11, 12, & 13
Dollar Store find: there was a single page a day tear-a-way calendar for coloring at the dollar store. I pulled about a dozen pages out and donated the rest to a random kid. Here’s the first one. A little glue from a stick and voila! So pretty!
March 2019 Weeks 9 & 10
March 2019 Calendar Details
The month of Martius, for the Romans, was the beginning of the season of warfare. It was the first month of the year until 153 BCE.
Original Post: February 8, 2019 - Planner + Journal = Plournal - Thanks to Kell S.
February 2019 Miscellaneous
February 2019 Week 5
February 2019 Monthly Calendar
Original Post: January 3, 2019 - Planner + Journal = Plournal - Thanks to Kell S.
One of my greatest loves is science fiction. It probably started when my dad gave me these pulp novels about a guy who would get into a machine naked and get transported to other worlds with women in fur bikinis and saber-toothed tigers. Best novels ever! Especially when you're only 8-9 years old. Since Jan 2nd is Isaac Asimov's birthday, I went with a sci-fi theme for the monthly calendar. The robot from the movie, I, Robot with Will Smith (flying a kite in honor of Ben Franklin) and the Dune sand worms and quote are my favorite pieces... so far.
January 2019 Week One
January 2019 Monthly Calendar
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.
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.