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Oops this was supposed to be a tutorial, really!

I planned to do a tutorial on a hardcover traveler’s notebook/bullet journal, but I realized that the references I used basically explained what I was about to post. So this will be a listdump instead, as well as a look at my current bujo and the one I am going to use next year. I really didn’t mean this to just be a post where I show off my notebooks, I swear! I’m a little sad I can’t do my tutorial now ^^; I had progress photos and everything all ready. Oh well.

Current (red on the left); blank for 2018 (kraft on the right)
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I’ve tried other planners but they either couldn’t stand up to the test of time (apparently I’m a little rough with my notebooks) or got too fussy, since I like to customize my pages and sandwich things as folders, etc. Before all this, I only really used those freebie personal planners, or the academic ones back in school, so I’m used to a no-frills/this-is-strictly-business format. The point of a planner is to be organized and plan properly, no?

Left is standard hardcover (fiction novel) with custom B6 paper. Right is a smaller hardcover (non-fiction in Spanish) with original-sized paper of 4″x6″.

Which is why I love dot grid paper and the traveler’s notebook format. Dot grid gives me the flexibility to make any layout I need on the fly, regardless of where in the notebook, and the actual booklets can be swapped in or out as needed in the cover. It takes a little more time to set up, but it saves me a lot of time and headaches in the long run as well.

Bonus to book covers – the sleeves can be pockets for notes, and to attach paperclips and little notepads. 

To keep organized and sort my thoughts, I try to use color and washi tape at a minimum. I like 1/8” grids since my writing isn’t really big, so it helps me measure things better and keep things more legible.

 

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I don’t write down my full-time hours unless it’s a change in schedule because..well…I remember to be there 5 days a week lol. 

 

 

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I wonder what I’ll make at my next office potluck?

 

My favorite bujo pages are for the video games I’m playing (knowing that I eternally will have a backlog!) as well as books I’m reading; this is my second spread actually, and I’ll likely hit another set before the end of the year too. I mainly read non-fiction like crafting or cooking, but you’ll see some fiction titles in there too.

 

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I plan to reformat this in my next bujo, since I play a lot of Vita/PSN apparently and ran out of room! Btw I’m also on Backloggery!

 

 

 

 

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Titles marked with “♦” were personal favorites of mine. Come to think of it, why didn’t I mark ‘Off to Be the Wizard’ as one!? Gasp.

 

Of course, if there’s a format you dig for your own bujo, feel free to copy :). I’m no notebook police so go ahead! Do you have a page or list you like in your own bujo or planner?

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Navigation changes and a new poll!

Just a small update regarding the blog. I cleaned up the menu navigation (yay for following the alphabet!) and added/removed some subjects based on the current flow/demand of the site here nowadays. Now you can find free stuff easier! Have no shame, I always run to the freebies too.

I also set up a poll because I kinda forgot WordPress does that too. (What doesn’t it do?) Since Spoonflower already has a nice handy reference of their fabrics in their recently added online catalog, I felt it was kinda moot to do a video, so I need ideas for my next tutorial. As I’ve gotten a lot better with craft foam lately, I also removed my old tutorial for my Bullet gauntlets.

There’s no real time limit on it, and multiple votes are allowed, just be sure to comment anything specifically so I have an idea of what you’d be curious on seeing. Once I see a landslide winner I will pull the poll until the next time. So go on ahead and vote! 


Also, I will lend a shoutout to a new program I grabbed for my designs, and so far I love it! (Normally I don’t do pitches like this but I’m just really excited!)

Normally for my fabric designs for the shops, I use Illustrator first and then tidy things up in Photoshop. After a while though, I got tired of fighting with antiquated versions of Illustrator and decided I needed something new permanently. (Photoshop seems to be fine for basic stuff even as far as CS2. Wait, you didn’t know CS2 is free from Adobe? If you’re a student, you should especially hop on that train!!)

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source: https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/designer/

That is when I found Affinity Designer, a fellow vector imaging program by Serif. Not only is the same program cross-platform to tablet and mobile, you own it forever at a one-time price for the fraction of the cost of Adobe! Right now they are having a $10 off sale on top of that too, wowza! AD works and feels similarly to Illustrator as well, so it a much easier transition for me than GIMP. I’m stoked to make some new designs with it!

Giveaway winner announced!

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a good Easter and Passover! The bunny had me hopping around different errands yesterday, so I wasn’t able to draw the giveaway winner until the evening.

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Congratulations to…. Nick B (@randomenough4u), chosen by random number generator as the giveaway winner!! He has since been notified and claimed his prize :).

Thank you everyone for entering!

Perler bead keychains now available at the shop!

The Payday-themed keychains I was working on the other day are now finished and available at the shop! As usual, customs are also accepted.

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I’m also in the process of making cute camera-themed magnets! Besides the pastel lavender here, I also have a cool Instagram-themed one all finished up! More colors and themes will be done as well before being listed.

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Also as a quick update, the shop logo and banners will be getting another redesign. This blog and my Instagram aren’t added there yet, and aside from the Tumblr that no longer exists, I also will be getting rid of my deviantArt as well. By my next update I’d like to have these all done (and hopefully a custom theme for this blog to match!).

Also since my tutorials on dA are no longer there now, they will be reposted here over the next couple of weeks in case you miss them :).