March Plan With Me | Free Printable

Come plan with me and see how I set up my bullet journal for March 2019! This month, I created an evergreen forest theme with some ideas for adapting this for more spring-like leaves as well.

I know that the start of Spring is technically in March, so this theme might seem a bit too winter-y, but it’ll still be a while until it really warms up where I live! And I think it actually worked out perfectly because there’s an option to switch some of the pine needle illustrations into more spring-like leaves halfway through the month. There’s also the option to use these leafy branches instead of the pine needles on the cover page! I also really wanted to include a little cabin illustration because I’ll be going on a little getaway to a B&B in the forest at the end of March so I thought that would be a fun element to include :)

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This month’s cover page is available as a free printable, which you can get by signing up for my newsletter (and you’ll also get all my future printables straight to your inbox too!).

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On the other side of my cover page, I quickly lettered a quote that has really been encouraging me lately: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” It’s a good reminder that when things are hard, that’s just the price you have to pay sometimes to see some results - and they might be long-term results, so don’t give up!

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As always, I created all my weekly layouts for the month in one sitting, but this time I switched things up a bit and did different variations with the same basic blueprint. The first one follows most closely with the monthly theme with two borders of pine branches going down the sides of the pages. I used a Tombow dual brush pen and my Uniball Signo white gel pen to create the headers for the days of the week.

For a quicker variation, you can run two strips of washi tape instead of the branch illustrations, like I did for my 2nd layout. It gives a very different but equally pretty effect :) I love this mushroom washi tape I got in this washi set from Amazon.

The third week of March was a perfect time to bring in those leafy branches I mentioned since the first day of spring is that week! Drawing these branches is similar to the pine needles but with leafy oval shapes instead of little strokes. I love that you can get such a different look by just changing one little element! This layout was the perfect way to transition to spring while still looking cohesive with the beginning layouts of the month.

My last weekly layout was another quick washi one, using another roll from that same washi set.

Next, I created a page for me to keep track of tv, books, and music for the month. I just drew some freeform boxes and decorated with more pine branches and some dropshadows. Super quick and easy, butI love how this came out! This layout would can be easily adapted for any little things you need to keep track of for the month!

Finally, I created a space for my monthly favorites - this is usually where I include the things I’ve been eating most that month, my favorite of the books and movies I’ve read/watched, the makeup/clothes I’ve been wearing that month. Just random fun stuff :)

And that’s all for this month’s bullet journal setup! I hope you enjoyed and that this gave you some ideas. Happy planning!

SUPPLIES USED:

Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Nordic Blue
Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Nordic Blue

AMZ
Micron Pens - Variety Pack
Micron Pens - Variety Pack

AMZ
Uniball Signo White Gel Pen
Uniball Signo White Gel Pen

AMZ
Tombow Dual Brush Pens - Tropical
Tombow Dual Brush Pens - Tropical

AMZ
Antner Washi Tape - 12 pcs
Antner Washi Tape - 12 pcs

AMZ

10 super easy HEADER STYLES for your bullet journal

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing 10 super easy header styles to use in your bullet journal/planner! These are great for beginners or if you just need something really quick while starting a list or page.

For this first set of header styles, I wanted to stick to the most basic styles - so NO brush lettering or script, crazy design elements, or adding in different colors (although I do throw in a white gel pen for one example). Many of the examples use drop shadows because they are the easiest way I have found to add some weight and interest to my text.

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Above is a photo of all 10 styles together, but you can watch the video below to see them in action:

Would you like to see another video in this series? Let me know in the comments below what kind of lettering you’d like more ideas for (script, block letters?)

Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Nordic Blue
Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Nordic Blue

AMZ
Micron Pens - Variety Pack
Micron Pens - Variety Pack

AMZ
Uniball Signo White Gel Pen
Uniball Signo White Gel Pen

AMZ

DIY Valentine's Day card with minimal supplies

Hey guys! Today I have a REALLY fun tutorial for some DIY Valentine’s Day cards! Or any occasion really - you can see I actually created multiple kinds of cards with this technique. This project reminds me of one of my favorite things growing up - my Crayola crayon maker. You would melt down little bits of crayons and create your very own tie-dye crazyon! Did anyone else have that thing?? It was amazing.

Anyway, today’s card is going to use very minimal supplies - things you probably already have around the house or are very easy to get. You’ll need:

  • Crayons

  • An iron

  • Cardstock

  • Wax paper

  • an old tshirt or a dish towel

  • X-acto knife

To start off, you’re going to cut your cardstock into the shape you want. Since this is for Valentine’s Day, of course I went with the classic heart!

Then, pick a few colors of crayons you want to use. I made a couple of hearts in traditional pink and red colors, but I also made a version with yellows and greens and I LOVE how that one came out. One thing I would suggest is to use just a little bit of white with whatever color scheme you choose. It adds so much to the contrast and values of the colors and creates more dimension.

Using your xacto knife, carefully create small shavings of wax from your crayons and sprinkle those over your shape. You’ll want to cover most of the area, but don’t worry about covering it up completely. When the wax melts, it’ll spread out a little - and you can also add more later if you want to.

Then I placed my shape in between a folded double layer sheet of wax paper, which I then placed inside a folded dish towel (or place it in between the layers of your old tshirt). I ran my iron (set to low) over the area for a few seconds, using more tapping motions than gliding motions.

After the first few seconds, I like to check on my piece and see how it’s melting. Usually, the wax will start to melt towards one side, so I’ll cover it back up and run my iron over again, this time using firm pressure to push the melted wax the OTHER way so that the entire shape is covered. Try to do this in as few passes as you can, because it creates a more distinct marbled pattern. Or if you want it to look more smooth, you can let it dry for a bit and then melt it again later.

Set the wax sandwich aside for a few minutes to dry and harden. When it’s done, you can peel back the wax paper to see the beautiful design underneath! There will be wax hanging off the edges but it’s easy enough to just run your fingers over it to break it off.

I finished off these simple cards by mounting them to card bases. For one, I just wrote the sentiment in script and for the others, I used a sentiment stamp set from My Favorite Things.

So easy and fun, and you get such unique results! I hope you try this technique out, and let me know how it goes in the comments or on Instagram!

SUPPLIES USED:

Hero Arts Black Dye Ink
Hero Arts Black Dye Ink

HA
Mini MISTI
Mini MISTI

HA | MFT
Ranger Multi Medium Matte - Mini
Ranger Multi Medium Matte - Mini

MFT
Precision Tip Glue Bottle
Precision Tip Glue Bottle

MFT
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero - March 2018
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero - March 2018

HA
My Monthly Hero - April 2018
My Monthly Hero - April 2018

HA
My Favorite Things Essential Sentiments
My Favorite Things Essential Sentiments

MFT

February Plan With Me with FREE Printable! | Bullet Journal Setup

Hello everyone! Today I’ll be showing you how I set up my bullet journal for February.

This month I actually created TWO printables! The first one is free and you can find it here (you will receive an email that has the download link. Make sure to check your spam folder if you don’t see it!). The second one is available for purchase for just $2 - and the PDF will also include a version of the artwork without a February calendar in case you want to use it for a different month or just as artwork to hang up!

As you can see, this month’s theme is a moon and stars theme. I wanted to pick one that was easy to replicate for beginners - everyone can draw stars, and the moon is pretty easy as well!

For the monthly layout, I did a slightly more involved layout than usual by drawing a box for every single day (instead of a simpler grid). It’s more work, but I really love the look of it. Feel free to simplify the grid if you’d like! Another new thing I included is a section for “next month” because I always find myself having future notes or to-do items that I’m not quite ready for yet but don’t want to forget.

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I tried another new weekly layout because I’m experimenting each month to find what works best. For this month, I created four large squares on each page - seven are for the days and the extra one is for meal planning. Along the top, I have a to-do list and on the right side, I have a condensed version of a habit tracker.

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Instead of doing a complete habit tracker spread this month, I’m choosing five things I want to focus on most and including them in my weekly spreads instead because I find it hard to keep up with monthly habit trackers.

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As usual, I created all my weekly spreads for the month in one sitting so I’m all set for the month. And I decided not to preplan any other spreads that I usually do (gratitude, favorites, habits) so that I can decide what to do as I go.

That’s it for my February setup! Pretty simple this month, but I had fun experimenting with some new setups!







5 Tips for your First Bullet Journal

Wow, can you believe January is already almost over? 2019 has been flying by! How have you all been doing on your resolutions this year? I know that this might be a time when we are all losing some steam on our goals and if you just started a bullet journal this year, you might be struggling with how to keep it going. I hope that these 5 tips I have for you today will help you stay on track!

1. Always keep your bullet journal with you.

If you don’t have your journal with you, you simple won’t use it! If you’re not used to using on a planner, it might be quite an adjustment to remember to refer to it or use it. But if you always have it with you - even if you’re not expecting you’ll need it - you are bound to use it more. That way, the next time you have a few minutes while waiting for an appointment, or have some quick thoughts while on the train, you’ll actually have a place to write it down! And maybe soon, you’ll be like me and start freaking out when you DON’T bring your journal out with you.

2. Don’t get too caught up in the supplies.

I say this with a caveat, because if stationery and pretty pens are what truly bring you joy and you are picking up bullet journal mainly as a creative outlet, go for it! But if you are way on the other side of the spectrum, don’t believe you are creative (which, by the way, I truly believe you are!), and are totally new to the whole crafting scene, then all the supplies available might just be overwhelming. All you really truly need is a journal and a pen. That’s it. And you can do SO MUCH with just that - so many lettering styles and simple illustrations, and even just drawing boxes with some drop shadows.

3. Practice pages before/separately.

Ok, again, a caveat - I know that some of you might be thinking, “This chick is crazy. Not only am I supposed to keep a bullet journal going, but I need a SECOND journal just to practice??” No, you don’t. BUT - if you are a bit of a perfectionist and find a blank page to be intimidating (it often is for me), it can be so reassuring to just sketch out a layout you’re thinking of first before you go in and draw it into your journal. Or line it in with pencil first. Not everything has to be perfect on the first try in scary black ink as I’m sure it seems everyone on Instagram and YouTube shows it!

4. Make all your weekly spreads for the month at once.

If you’ve watched any of my Plan With Me videos, you know that I always do this. I find it so much more efficient to do all your weekly spreads at once rather than one at a time. Sometimes we simply don’t have the time or inspiration at the end of the week to draw all those boxes and grid lines. Plus, it makes planning much easier because you can plan a few weeks ahead of time instead of just a few days.

I also like to stick to just one layout design for all the weeks in a month - it makes the setup go a lot faster, which is great because sometimes I find these pages to be very tedious to draw in. It will also make your journal look a lot more cohesive when you’re flipping through it later on.

5. If something’s not working, ditch it or change it.

In the end, bullet journaling is about finding a system that works for YOU. Just because everyone else’s journals has certain spreads doesn’t mean yours has to if it’s not relevant or helpful to you.

For example, one type of spread I’ve tried to force on myself for months is habit trackers. I love the way they look and the idea behind habit trackers. But when it comes to the day to day of using them, I just find it to be so tedious. I don’t really want to be going through a checklist of 15 things every day, and if I skip a day or two, just forget it because there is no way I’m going to be able to remember what I did three days ago.

For a few months, I just completely stopped trying to use habit trackers and I just felt so much freer when I was journaling. I didn’t have to worry about keeping track of things just for the sake of keeping track of them. After a few months, I decided to revisit the idea but with a twist - I turned the tracker into an illustration that wasn’t so nitty-gritty. It refreshed the idea and was more tailored towards my own style.

So think about any spreads you may be using that you’re not completely enjoying - is there something you can change about them to make them more fun or effective, or is it worth it to just ditch it for a bit?

There are my 5 tips for bullet journaling! I hope this helps you to stay on track with your journal because once you get into it, it can really improve your life. Comment below if you have any other helpful tips!