Opening post is one of the joys of receiving post. It's like a mini Christmas. Plus it's even more exciting when it isn't a bill or a circular. Or when you can't guess exactly what will be in it just from looking at the envelope.
One of the exciting bits of every month is packing up the Ace box orders ready to ship all over the world. It's wonderful to handle all that lovely stationery. Choosing what tape and stickers we will use on the envelope is also pretty cool. Additionally it's a great opportunity to have a natter about everything from bullet journal to favourite ink colours. We've started making 'boxing' videos showing us packing what goes into each month's box. The time lapse style amuses us no end. It makes it all seem so frantic!
Boxing up for February
Unboxing February – opening the post
By contrast unboxing videos are much less frantic. But there's no less love for the contents. Erika, from Diary of a Bibliophile, made this unboxing video (it's in italian) showing the February selection.
If you miss the feeling of anticipation when the post arrives then order yourself some goodies. Naturally, stationery can be justified as a necessity! You can receive the Ace selection as a one off or as a subscription for 3 months, 6 months, 12 months or forever! Or you could pick up something from our shop. Our 345 selections as available in yellow and pink and include 3 stationery items for just a fiver.
Hooray for (slightly) warmer days. Hello lunchtime strolls in the park. Welcome to green shoots. Ideally we'd be suggesting that you got away from the screen and headed off to get some fresh air. However spring weather is never predictable so you can save these links for one of those damp, grey days.
Links to distract you on chilly spring days
- Love a good to do list? So did Leonardo Da Vinci. How does his list compare to yours?
- So you've got tons of awesome stationery. Paper, envelopes, cards, pens and stickers are all available in abundance. Who are you going to write to? No idea? Try this list to give you a bit of inspiration.
- Feel overwhelmed by your reading list? Worried that you'll never get through it. What do you think to these tips for making a dent in it?
- Alternatively if you're short on reading materials then Adventures With Words have some cracking suggestions.
- Interested in glass dip pens, country houses and notebook reviews? – all good reasons to get over to Notes of Life
- And finally stop hoarding washi tape and do something interesting with it. The personalised twist ties were our favourites.
Have a delightful rest of the month. We'll be spending time looking at spring flowers, enjoying being cosy (but not frozen) and working on not saving our stationery for best!
Intention pages in a bullet journal were something I really struggled with. I hoped when I started with bullet journalling that I’d uncover hidden artistic talents and start drawing amazing daily pages. The truth is I’m more of a minimalist (although I do like coloured ink) with a focus on tasks.
I really liked the idea of having a monthly intentions page to make me look at the bigger picture rather than focusing on my to list. My initial attempts left me with either an overcrowded page as I tried to use the headings from my weekly spread or daily spread. Or I sat there looking at a blank page because I could decide what to focus on. Puzzled I spent hours disappearing down related rabbit holes on the Internet, looking at hundreds of spreads.
Filled with inspiration I created a January intentions page with 4 items. If I feel overwhelmed by what I need to do then I look at the page for focus.
Try these 3 things to help with creating intention spreads
- Less is more. It’s better to have 1 intention to focus on than 10 that you won’t do. You want to be able to know what your focus is when you glance at your page. I found having a formula helped (an inspiring quote, a task focus, something to read and something from Happiness at Home, which I am working through month by month).
- Start cutting images from magazines that catch your eye. It was a small quote from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and an artist’s impression of Google’s headquarters that inspired my January spread. I keep my cuttings in a bag by my desk and empty them out at the start of every month to help me figure out what my intentions should be.
- Get inspiration from others. Add a load of bujo blogs to your feed, or start following them on Instagram. It’s not about copying an entire spread but picking up an idea here and another there, then bringing them together to create something that works for you. Bujos should be useful and beautiful.
How’s February going for you? At Ink Drops Towers things have been busy and random as usual (that’s just what happens when two scanners work together!). We’ve been trying to conquer our job lists, make time for naps and not overdose on Earl Grey.
Links to explore this month
- Wondering how the Diamine Magical Forest ink (that we paired with a Harry Potter journal) actually looks on the page? Wonder no more because Office Supply Geek have tested it with a wide nib to show off the shimmer!
- Should we stop aiming for inbox zero and try instead for inbox whatever *shrugs* ?
- In a world where we are used to everything being printed or typed on a screen it’s somewhat soothing to browse the handwritten
- Want to get everything on your job list done? Then make it shorter in order to actually get through it all
- And how about some accountability to ensure you do keep your job list to the essentials?
- Scared to ask for help? This post from Tasha in the Library looks at why we are so reluctant to admit we can’t do it alone
- Want to know what a key lever is? or quink? Ryman’s have a charming dictionary of stationery for your perusal
Enjoy the rest of the month. We’re drinking big mugs of tea and staying cosy.
January is a great month for bujo activities. You can start a bujo at any time but it seems extra awesome to do it at the start of a new year.
Annastasia’s musings on her bujo
I took up bullet journalling in the latter part of 2016. Since then I really struggled to create a monthly spread that focuses on goals and intentions. My weekly spreads focus on specific tasks. I have project pages that list individual jobs for bigger things. I felt I should be creating some kind of bigger picture for my life but couldn’t quite see how to make it work each month.
Inspiration came in the form of 2 pictures I cut from magazines. One was advice from Ferris Bueller. The other a glimpse of what Google’s new headquarters might look like. Then I was looking for somewhere to record what I had learnt from Happiness at Home that month. Thirdly gaps in a bujo can just be filled in with fancy tape! or so I read somewhere…
And so just like that I had a new spread of things that were on my mind. Things that would inspire me through the month ahead. I didn’t need to go looking for a very grand plan, just one that went beyond a job list.
I’m happy to report that my sleep has increased making me a somewhat nicer and more even tempered person who has been keener to exercise and engage with life.
Carla’s musings on bujos
I spent the last Sunday in January planning in my studio with my very lovely and very talented illustrator friend Rhiannon Bull (watch this space for some of her work in our boxes!).
She was telling me how she’d bought a bullet journal last year. A bright yellow bullet journal, and she made it beautiful. Then she’d been too nervous to use it. She thought she might “spoil” it by writing in it (This is an ACTUAL ARTIST, guys – and even SHE can’t be doing with all the arty pages!!).
Fast forward to now, and she’s ditched the elaborate decoration and is using it in a more rough and ready fashion. She says it’s made all the difference. It’s now a useful tool and one that helps her organise her multifaceted and very creative life.
And me? The closest I get to making mine beautiful is occasional washi tape and some My Little Pony stickers. It’s just made me feel a whole lot better about the fact that … but I couldn’t be without it, I love it too much!
My own favourite spread last month was my essentials for a life well lived… (and yes, that’s February next to it. I tried to count out blank pages so it would be at the end of January and start of February. I failed miserably so it’s now lurking a few days into February, despite being in the index for January…!)