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.
- 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.
Since taking up bullet journalling in the latter part of 2016 I really struggled to create a monthly spread that focuses on goals and intentions. My weekly spreads focus on specific tasks and 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 (advice from Ferris Bueller, and a glimpse of what Google’s new headquarters might look like). Then I was looking for somewhere to record what principles from Happiness at Home I was keeping in mind that month. Thirdly there was a comment I read somewhere that with bullet journals you could just fill in any gaps with tape!
And so just like that I had a new spread of things that were on my mind and 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.
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 bright yellow bullet journal last year, and made it beautiful… and then been too nervous to use it in case because 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 – and she says it’s made all the difference, and it’s now a useful tool and one that helps her organise her multifaceted and very creative life.
And me? It’s just made me feel a whole lot better about the fact that the closest I get to making mine beautiful is occasional washi tape and some My Little Pony stickers… but I couldn’t be without it, I love it too much!
My own favourite spread last month has to be 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, and failed miserably so it’s now lurking a few days into February, despite being in the index for January…!
I’ve been obsessed with taking pictures all my life. Family pets, toys, cousins unfortunate enough to be spending the summer holidays with me – nothing and no one was safe from my little film camera back in the 80s and 90s.
Badly exposed pictures of school friends, teeny tiny pixellated images from my very first digital camera back in 2003, dubious photos on my early blog posts at university in the early noughties… through to now, with thousands upon thousands of images on my phone and my computer and my hard drives. They’re not all of my cats…!
I try to print as many as I can, but no matter how full my storage gets, I can’t stop taking pictures.
These days I shoot digital, of course, but I still have a soft spot (as many photographers do) for film – and for the beautiful vintage cameras of old. I love my Canon, but she doesn’t have the same iconic looks as the Polaroid or the Brownie…
Can you spot which of the cameras up there isn’t actually a camera, but a notebook?
From the desk of this camera (and stationery!) addict comes the I Love Cameras collection, and the Camera Duo – stationery presents for the camera addict in your life! (Everyone knows one – some of us keep it better hidden than others!)
With the duo only a fiver including UK postage, you could definitely get away with a sneaky payday treat for yourself without denting your camera gear fund…
Love & polaroids,
Our January Ace selection included the red London bus e-racer. Ink Drops HQ is close enough to London for a day trip but the chilly weather and transport issues are enough to make us put it off for when Spring begins. Instead we’re looking at adding the glamour (and grime if we don’t wash up our tea cups!) of the capital to our desks. It’s not quite London in miniature but no umbrella is needed and no tube ticket is required.
We’ll be racing our buses and writing in pencil (and hoping to make mistakes that need erasing) for the next few weeks.