Guess who has discovered Bullet Journals?! If you said Wonder Woman, you guessed wrong. For right now, I’m testing this out to see how I like it. If it sticks, I thinking of teaching a workshop on it for work.
My first venture into Bullet Journaling was just a single sheet activity/habit tracker:
After a few days, and taking a look at several bullet journal blogs, I made this little book last week just so see how I would like it:
So far, I can say that I’m finding it helpful to have all my little notes I make to myself in one place. If I think of something that I need to do or buy; I know exactly where to write it instead of just making a mental note or jotting down on a scrap piece of paper that I’ll just dump on my desk when I empty my pockets.
I have always wanted to own a Moleskine journal but, since I’m a bookbinder, I straight up can’t justify spending money on something I can make myself no matter how much I can hear them calling my name every time I pull into the bookstore parking lot.
I’m ready to make a second small journal to begin decorating for the month of February but I didn’t like the dot paper I printed for my last Bullet Book. I decided to create my own printable paper with much lighter lines and a grid instead of dots. The dots were my first choice but I found that I just kept writing things where I kept drawing boxes. I also wanted more lines per page than the previous paper. I thought there may be others that would find this printable grid paper useful so I’m sharing my file here. It is two pages of 8.5 x 11 so you can easily print double sided if you have access to a printer with the double sided function.
Click here to download or right click and save file:
Paper Kitty WordPress Grey Grid 8.5 x 11
I also created a file for 8.5 x 14 paper (which is the size I’m currently using).
Paper Kitty WordPress Grey Grid 8.5 x 14
To make the journal, I simply cut the paper in half, then folded it in half with card stock, and bound it using a simple pamphlet stitch.
This weekend’s studio time was spent finishing the book I started a couple of weeks ago. Last fall, I was given a big box of old Reader’s Digests and, though I don’t intend to read them, some of them had really great covers. These books are just begging to be given a new life. I tried it out on this one first. The book was originally from 1989 (most of the others are from the 60’s) and I wanted to start on a newer one to test it out.
I’m mostly happy with how the book turned out. I hadn’t used the long stitch in awhile so I thought I’d brush up my stitch skills. The only thing I’m not too thrilled about is that the paper I used for the spine wasn’t the same color throughout (it was printed brown and the white is in between) so it makes the holes used for stitching the pages to the book noticeable and messy looking. I think if I use a paper spine again, I’ll cut away small sections instead of poking holes.
I really like the size of this book and since I have a box full of these, I’m going to have to make a paper order soon because most of my current stock is not large enough for a book this size (thus the notebook paper that I was lucky enough to find a stack with short grain). I’m not going to put this one up in the shop because I’m not 100% happy with how it turned out.
Now that I’ve given these books a test run, I’ll be working my way through the box and hopefully putting them up in the shop soon.
I had another proper weekend and I tried to enjoy it to the fullest. Saturday morning I spent some time in the studio getting started on a recycled book project.
This little guy needed some cuddling while I was waiting for glue to dry.
Saturday afternoon, I went to the town festival with my mom and then went shopping with my husband. The town festival ended with fireworks which me and Raisin watched from the front yard.
We spent today at the lake swimming and soaking up some sun. I love the feeling after a good day of swimming in the sunshine. Time spent at Jacobs Creek always clears my mind and soothes my soul.
I added 13 new books to the shop tonight! I have more to list but I need to take photos. This stack of recycled journals were part of the update though. Go check it out!
At first, I didn’t like this binding. After the book was finished, I really love it. I’ll be using it again.
Title: Sunny Days
Inside: Warm Sunny Days, My Front Porch, Becomes The Perfect, Spot To Dry Yarn & Paint
I do not like this binding. I don’t anticipate using this ever again.
Inside: No, Never, Nope, Won’t, Ever, Use, This, Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Binding, !
This was an interesting construction. I was inspired my my octopus stamp again.
The inside has the lyrics to Octopus’ Garden by the Beatles
Title: Octopus or Cthulhu?
I had a little fun with watercolor making this one.
I’m calling this one the Little Sewing Room Book.