Last week I posted about making my own notebook and starting my own Bullet Journal. I’m here today to report on how that worked.
Let’s start with bookbinding.
- Firstly, bookbinding is much harder than what it looks. I used about 40 sheets of paper, together with 8 sheets that I cut out from Trader Joe’s paper bags. I decided to use the paper bags, so it would create some texture to the notebook, which made it look pretty cool as well. I also use these paper bags to create the cover for my notebook.
- I created a template so that the holes for sewing the sheets of paper would be in the same place. It didn’t work well considering I made the hole on the template too big, resulting in uneven holes for sewing the pages together.
- The instructions I used to make my own notebook was really clear, especially when mentioning that the pages needed to be really tight when sewing them together. I, on the other hand, could not get it as tight as it was supposed to be, so it initially looked a bit sloppy. I used a lot of glue to sort that problem out, but the glue made some of the pages a bit hard to flip. It’s not the end of the world, though.
- It probably took me about 4 hours to cut the paper bags, make the holes, sew it together, glue the corners and make the cover. Add to that another 8 hours while the glue was setting overnight.
All in all, I really like it! With all it’s flaws, I’m so proud of making my own notebook. I do think that shouldn’t have taken such an ambitious project right away, though. Bookbinding definitely takes practice.
Bullet Journaling so far…
A bullet journal is all about adapting to what your needs are. And perhaps the original layout doesn’t work for you, so you can adapt to your needs. On a bullet journal, you add collections as you feel the need for them, so you can add a shopping list, information about a trip, your personal list of movies you saw that month or book you read, your own weight loss progress – the sky is the limit. On one blog I read, the lady had the recipe for her how taco blend.
With that in mind, I started added the things I needed. My first addition was our monthly budget. I usually do it in its own notebook, but realized that if I keep everything in one place, the chances of making it work would increase. Another addition was a monthly calendar with my blog posts. I already schedule posts quite often, and this month I’m going to be off and on a lot, so I decided to try to put it all on paper, so I could keep track of all post I want to write this month.
I know it’s been only a week since I started my first bullet journal, but I’ve noticed that there are some things on the basic layout that don’t work for me. One being the monthly schedule as a list. I need a lot more visual information than that. So for next month, I’ll do the traditional calendar view. But for now, that’ll do.
I’m also trying to draw more, I feel that it makes my brain more active while trying to practice some zentangle patterns and pretty doodles. So I’ve decided to try and draw something that’ll be meaningful at least once a day in my bullet journal. I hope to get better at it. But I’ve noticed that the simple fact of making it look pretty is already a successful way of using my brain when compared to watching tv.
Overall, I’m super excited about this. I can’t stop going on Pinterest looking for different types of boxes and lines to make it look prettier and prettier. It’s really stimulating I guess.
Where do you keep your schedule? On a calendar, your phone..?