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…!)
I’ve been obsessed with taking pictures all my life. Family pets, toys, cousins unfortunate enough to be spending the summer holidays with me. It was definitely the case that 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. It’s something that I’ll always want to do every day.
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…
A camera or two…
One of the cameras above isn’t actually a camera. It’s a notebook. Can you spot it? Do you need a hint?
From the desk of this photography(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!). What better gift than one that combines stationery with another obsession?
Photography is about capturing the moment and that’s one of the functions of stationery too. To pin down a fleeting moment and make it tangible.
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.
Happy 2017! We made a plan at the start of the year and while flexibility is a good thing plans only have any hope of success if you stick to them… right?!
- Decisions are hard to make. It helps if you have a rule of thumb.
- Priorities are good but harder than you might think.
- Doing things earlier in the day is good.
- Always take a sports car to IKEA.
- It’s the daily writing in a diary or journal that makes the difference.
- How important letters and stationery are if you are chronically ill – thanks Pippa aka sassyspoonie
- How much you can actually achieve in 10 minutes or less (the secret is in the planning and breaking down of tasks)
- That we love bullet journals.
- That support, emotional and practical, is necessary, and that it’s actually ok to ask for it… people are usually delighted to help!
- You can never have too much of the stuff you love – in our case, stationery and good food!
What did you learn last year? What will you be applying to life (and writing in your bullet journal), this year?