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Bullet Journaling…it’s all that

I’m a list maker by nature so when my friend recently mentioned the hot trend of Bullet Journaling I was intrigued. Life for me consists of multiple lists and jotted ideas which aren’t necessarily located in the same location. Instead, they’re found beside my bed, on our office desk, in the bottom of my purse (where I could fit a small child) or in my head. I haven’t completely goofed on a major commitment, at least not yet, but the need for one common depot to house the lists in my life is apparent. Thankfully, from what I’ve begun to learn, the Bullet Journal is so much more than a simple notebook.

This modern day version of a Day-Timer, the Bullet Journal became all the rage a few years ago after thousands watched a YouTube video with interest and devotees have been gaining ever since. Call it a backlash to our digital age (where Moleskin has seen double the revenue in the past five years), this old-school organizational system is completely personal while being used for one’s to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, diary, or all of the above. Without going into the full details of the journal’s capabilities (the video is worth a watch!), Bullet Journaling works because of its unique flexibility and adaptability, holding thoughts, ideas, day dreams, goals and your schedule in one place.

When searching for #bulletjournal or cruising their Instagram account, you’ll find a plethora of ideas and examples of how people use a Bullet Journal. From artsy calendars and uber-gorgeous list making to exercise tracker or Rapid Logging. For me, I’m taking baby-steps broken down into three areas; the Future Log for an overall glance at the month ahead, the Daily Log for my week ahead (basically, my Things To Do Lists with task bullets I get to complete with a nice, solid X!) and Collections for larger projects in the making. If I decide to expand my needs in the journal, there is always room for more writing.

Honestly, there is no need to buy expensive supples if you are already content with your current notebook. The system created is truly the heart of the Bullet Journal. However, I do have to say I’m a fan of both the dot grid lines and the strength and beauty of the hardcover journals…the cheat sheet in the opening pages is also a nice reminder of how to organize each list.

Is this for everyone? Not necessarily. It does not fit in the back of trousers, it takes effort and, perhaps, a new organizational skill. But for me, it meets all my requirements by both writing items down, which forces my mind to process the information, as well as  creating order in my life. Whether you’re a list maker or not, give this a shot!  w

P.S. For you locals, Brown Ink Paper Goods cards is joining forces with other makers in Spring Market this Sunday (invite only, please email me for info) as well as a Mother’s Day Market next weekend! Come out and support your local makers!!

    Equinox 25% OFF Sale

    The Autumnal Equinox kicked off at 3:23am CDT this morning, honoring the equal parts of light and darkness in one single day. In celebration of my all-time favorite season, as well as the perfect balance of light in our universe, we’re kicking off a Fall Sale at Brown Ink Paper Goods!!

    fall saleFrom now thru Monday, take 25% OFF all orders!! Make sure to use the code: FALL25 

    Maybe you’ll even find a bit more balance of your own this Autumn by writing a friend a letter, noting the change of colors in your new journal, or keeping track of life with a handsome To-Do-List!

      Summertime and the Writin’ is Easy

      If you’re a parent like me, goals for Summertime are big in vision yet small in nature. Right about this time of year our kids look forward to writing a Summer List on our pantry white-board with wishes for the season such as bike around all three, Minneapolis city-lakes, canoe to visit Minne the Lake Creature, sell popsicles at the local South Beach, pick berries, and lots more…most involving ice cream. We check off the items as Summer moves ahead, providing the kids some say on how they’re spending their Summer Break.

      In addition to the kids’ list, I have my own Summer Wish List stirring with this theme: How to subtly slide handwriting into our family’s day-day life. No surprise here, right? Here are some ideas and resources I’ve found which will support this vision, starting with…

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      My Nature Book from All for the Boys. This book is perfect for kids to have control over their experience by taking photos, researching plants and animals, and writing in their own book!

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      Be a thoughtful pen-pal and write multiple letters to friends at camp. As I have mentioned before, nothing beats a letter from a friend or family member while being away from home!

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      Kraft Journal = Perfect set up for Summer Journal Writing!

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      Travel Journals aren’t just for out of state trips. Create a Summer Journal for all the explorations in your Stay-Vacation with space for movie ticket stubs, dried flowers, thread from friendship bracelet making…anything that fills your Summer with joy.

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      For rainy Summer days, grab this DIY Mini Card-Making Kit to have on hand. Get your creative on and create memorable cards to mail to friends this Summer! (or simply use cereal boxes!)

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      Create a Summer short story or fairytale journal shared within the family, each taking turns as the story progresses over the days and weeks. By the time Autumn arrives you might have your own family novel! (Check out the new Journals in the Brown Ink store to store your tale.)

      To my pleasant surprise, on the first day of Summer Break I found my boys writing their own newspaper, The Brown Times, on the kitchen island the other day…no prompting whatsoever. Did they continue to write the last few days, well…not so much. But at least it’s a start!

      Bottom line, it’s a tricky balance this time of year, allowing for lazy, youthful moments which free our minds and bring creativity to our days, yet finding structure with activities and creating or documenting memories. So good luck with all of this folks. I’m write there with you!

        Mum’s the Word

        Mother’s Day has become one of my favorite days. Not only to celebrate my own mother but also give thanks and blessings to all the mothers in my world who make life good. So let’s start with the most important item of the day – the card! We brought on a few new ones this year…

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        Crazy for the floral pastels in Gorgeous Mama card from Our Heiday!

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        A new designer to Brown Ink Paper Goods, Ashkahn creates memorable cards such as this Best Mom Ever with gold foil and trademark pink fluorescent envelope. Love.

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        In another collaboration with Pomegranate Press, we added this beauty to the Brown Ink Paper Goods line with lemon yellow and rubine red inks! You can even use on mom’s Birthday or any other day for that matter.

        Of course we had to bring back a few favorites from last year such as…

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        Peach Happy Mother’s Day from Rifle Paper Co. and…

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        the silhouette i love you mom card from Quill & Fox!

         If I know most Moms, we need notepads, journals & writing utensils to bring peace to our lives.

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        Who wouldn’t enjoy writing their To-Do list on a gold foil, letterpress paper from Le Typogrpahe?

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        This beautifully illustrated Fawn and Fauna Terrarium notepad is one to leave out in the open!

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        Rorschach Notebook Set is bright and light, perfect for the office desk or to throw in a bag on the go.

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        Of course, my all-time favorite journals are from Twigg’s Bindery, the forever journals. Use these pages for a writing project with your mother, recalling her memories of childhood and your shared moments from growing up, adding pictures or memorabilia in the years to come. (BTW, these journals are now HOT on Martha Stewart American Made site!)

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        Don’t forget to include a pen or pencil to make your gift a thoughtful set!

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        More on ideas to make a mother feel special in the coming weeks. Cheerio.

          Red Flag

          While traveling for work a few weeks ago a simple quote caught my eye in the latest Real Simple magazine (flying seems to be the only time I have for reading these days!). In the Your Words column the question was asked: What advice would you give your younger self? One woman shared remorse for not writing things down over the years. “You’ll want to record important dates (like when you had a major surgery) or precious knowledge (like Nancy’s colelslaw recipe). You think you can remember but it’s just not possible.”

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          Not only do I think Christine Baker from Waldwick, New Jersey is on to something but I experienced this up close and personal. After not enough sleep, too much work and lack of needed down time, I returned home from New York last weekend with a bad case of pneumonia. Unfortunately, I had experienced pneumonia two years ago — and although I remember being tired for many months, the whole sickness and recovery was a bit blurry. I couldn’t recall all the details…How many days was I in bed? How long before I had an appetite? When could I go for a run? And for how long did I not feel myself? All of these questions were running through my mind as I lay in Urgent Care, wanting life to normalize immediately!

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          Thankfully and perhaps as unlikely as it sounds, I had answers to all of my questions in my 5 Year Journal. Not only could I look back at the end of October 2013 and see how pneumonia rocked my world for a good chunk of time, but I was reminded how soon I jumped back into the every day life. This bit of knowledge, I later came to learn, was not necessarily a good thing!

          I completely understand if this all seems a bit over-the-top for some of you. However, as time moves on, even being 41, I don’t remember every ailment or how I celebrated a birthday or how often my husband cooked or how early Spring arrived or my highs and lows with Brown Ink or whatever the occasion or event may have been. Although this 5 Year Journal holds only a few thoughts from each day and doesn’t necessarily allow my creativity to flow (that’s where my “other” journals step in), I’ve come to rely on these everyday thoughts, even the mundane ones. Each single day stands out on its own, each win or loss, thoughts, feelings, events. As I’ve looked back and reflected on this particular time in my life when pneumonia first appeared, a big old red flag popped up. Journaling gave me the ability to see why life needs to change a bit and take a different road this round of healing. And this is why I journal, to learn and to remember.