May 2020 Bullet Journal Set-Up

Hello! I can’t believe that it’s almost May. The first couple of weeks of self-isolation went super slow, but now I feel like the days are just flying by. But it still felt like it took me FOREVER to figure out a theme for this month. I just couldn’t nail one down! There are so many options out there but none of them felt right, you know? Plus, this month I wanted to do something a bit outside my comfort zone and more drawing-heavy, because I have so much time to experiment. So after a zillion hours on Pinterest and another zillion hours staring at a blank page, I decided to go for this European alleyway look. I know that a lot of people are stuck in their apartments right now, and it’s a little bit representative of that. But I also just love all the little details and how much doodling is involved. I can’t remember the last time I did a cover page where the whole thing was coloured in!

I tried lots of other new layouts and pages this month too, and I’m super excited to be sharing them! I haven’t had the chance to experiment with my bullet journal for a long time, so it’s nice to get super creative with it. Hope you like my spreads and find some quarantine inspiration in them!

My title page took a loooong time to draw, but it was totally worth it! I love how bright it is and how it looks so doodle-y. The colours work really well together;) The two buildings give a really good sense of perspective, and I included some cute lanterns in there too. And yes, I’m using calligraphy again, but I’m trying to do a different style, alright? My quote for May is “Always Look On The Bright Side”, which is perfect for what’s going on right now.

I have literally nothing coming up in my calendar, so I decided to make it only one page this month. That meant that on the other page I have room to write down events, tasks, goals, and my monthly focus (which I haven’t come up with yet but will let you know what it is) I also drew another building and some window doodles. By the way, the markers I used this month were some zebra mildliners, one yellow crayola supertip, my tombow fudenoske brush pen, and my micron fineliners.

My trackers are also really different this month! I made them horizontal instead of vertical. For my mood and productivity trackers I’ll do a line graph like I’ve been doing for the past couple of months, but I think I’ll try out a bar graph for my sleep tracker. My sleep tracker is a great tool for right now, because my sleep schedule is getting a little out of whack;) I gave up on tracking my water intake because it wasn’t helping me out at all. On the side, I also put in a fitness tracker so that I can see what kind of exercise that I’ve been doing. I finished this spread with another building doodle and washi tape!

I wrote the title for my gratitude tracker in the middle of the spread just to switch things up a bit. On the opposite page I have a spread to track which Crash Course episodes I’ve watched. Crash Course is a really great YouTube channel that has awesome and engaging courses on so many subjects! During quarantine I want to watch a bunch of them, and so I kind of geeked out a bit with this page. You should totally check these videos out if you’ve got nothing to do!

Finally, my first weekly spread of the month. I drew a bunch of buildings and another quote. You can’t really tell from this picture but I messed up writing the days of the week and had to cover it with some white paper, which definitely tested my patience! Anyways, I think it turned out good.

I absolutley love my May Set-Up! It’s so different from what I’ve done before, and I’m excited to fill in all of my trackers. See you Wednesday with an awesome recipe!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;)

Productive Tips for Isolation

How are you guys doing? I’m hanging in there but starting to get a bit antsy. I wasn’t too bothered by the thought of staying at home when this all started, but after a couple of weeks I’m starting to miss the routine that I had when things were normal. It’s harder than I thought to go without friends, sports, and school (which I never thought I would say). Today I thought that I’d share some tips to help you get through this period of being stuck at home, so that you can stay productive and sane. Here they are:))

Try Not to Sleep In

I know that it can be tempting to sleep in till noon every morning when there’s no school, and I’m not saying that you shouldn’t do that on occasion, because this is a good time for your body to rest up. But getting up fairly early gives you a head start on the day and will help you to feel more productive than sleeping late. You’ll be able to get a whole lot more accomplished. I’m planning to get up a around 7-7:30 once Spring Break is over, which is still way later than I get up for school, but is still early enough to start school work and stuff.

Get Dressed

This is a big one because it puts you into the right mindset for the day ahead. If you take the time in the morning to put proper clothes on, you’ll probably get more done than if you stay in your pyjamas. You can even do our hair and makeup if you want, because the more you feel like you’re actually going to school or going out somewhere will help with productivity.

Find a Project

This is probably the best tip that I can give you. Finding a project, whether it be school work, something creative or something that you’ve been wanting to do for a while gives purpose to your day. Getting excited about something that you’re doing is great because it gives you something to look forward to doing each day. Here’s a list of things that you can work on:

  • Reading a book (one of my faves;))
  • Cooking/Baking
  • Painting
  • Learning something (you can literally learn about anything online through YouTube or articles)
  • Languages (I’m using an app called DuoLingo to learn a couple extra languages, and practice French for school)
  • Practice sports (It can be hard to do this in your house, but there are lots of sports skills that can be practiced in tight quarters. If you definitely can’t practice anything, watch some YouTube videos on how to become a better player)
  • Organize or clean out your room (this sounds sucky but I did it the other day and it felt SOOO good to get rid of all the junk in there)
  • Do a big puzzle

These are just a few ideas but there are TONS more things that can keep you busy during this time.

Go Outside

Getting some fresh air is great for your mental health allows you to feel less trapped. No one wants to stay inside their house all day every day. I like to take my dog for walks, but going sledding or building snowmen or just sitting outside somewhere are all great options.

Stay Active

Staying active is important to get those endorphins flowing! It also makes you feel great:))) You can do a workout, some yoga, have a dance party, or go for a walk or run.

I really hope these tips help you out! We’ll all get through this together;)) Stay safe everyone;)

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))

April 2020 Bullet Journal Set-Up

March just kind of flew by, and some really crazy stuff went down this month. Atleast I had my bullet journal to keep my busy though. I let you guys decide what my theme would be this month, and I worked hard to try and do your pick of blue dragonflies justice. I actually really like the way that this month turned out. It feels very springy and fresh. Finding inspiration for this month was kind of hard, because I didn’t want the dragonflies to look to childish or simple. But I saw a beautiful spread by @plinthced on instagram, and used that as my reference point. My colours are very light turquoise and blue, because I wanted it to feel very light dainty. Here’s my April 2020 Bullet Journal Set-Up!

Here’s my title page;)) I used a calligraphic font (again) that really suits this theme. For the dragonflies, I used a broze metallic gel pen and blue fineliners. I’m also going back to using borders around the page because I think it looks really sharp! There are some dots to fill in empty space, and a quote opposite the title page.

I LOVE my calendar for this month. There’s tons of dragonflies and I’m liking this bronzy colour. I haven’t really ever switched up this layout, because I find that it works well for me.

Next are my trackers and logs for this month. I actually liked the sort of graph thing that I used to track my mood and productivity last month, and so I’m using that system again, along with my OG habit tracker. On the opposite page I have a gratitude log for April;))

Finally, I had an extra page since I combined my mood and habit trackers, so I used it to make a schedule/routine thing for me to follow now that I don’t have school. I think it’ll help me to be more productive and the structure will be nice. I dug up the bullet joirnal stencils that I got when I started journaling a couple of years ago to put little icons next to the items on my routine. Since the first week of april only has four days, I used this final page to do a one page spread, which turned out well.

That’s all for April! I will definitely be sharing a dragonfly doodle tutorial on instagram, along with my March Monthly Recap. Hope you liked my set-up this month, and I’ll see you on Wednesday!;))

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;)))))

March 2020 Bullet Journal Set-Up

It’s time to start planning for March! I always use green for this month- I don’t know why it just feels weird not to;)) My March theme is jungle leaves, and it looks amazing! I used four different colours of green, and my white gel pen. These doodles were super easy to do, and I’ll be posting a tutorial, along with my February Monthly Recap, on my Instagram page. Hope you like it!

This is my title page. I drew a frame of different leaves around the word “March”. I was going to outline the leaves in black, but I thought that would be too dark. Plus, I drew some leaves that I couldn’t really outline, so I decided to go over top of the leaves with my white gel pen, and I love the look of it! On the opposite page I wrote a quote about adventure, because I feel like you go on adventures in jungles.

Next I have my calendar:)) There are some more leaves growing out of it, plus another quote and a space for goals and a monthly focus.

I really liked the habit tracker set up last month, because it made it easier for me to see which days I completed which habits. I’m trying something new with my mood tracker though. It’s a graph style, which I like because it gives me lots of moods to choose from. I also incorporated a sleep, productivity and water intake tracker into the graph, which I’m excited to use!

Here’s my gratitude log and blog ideas spread. I love the leaves coming from the sides of the pages! I used paper to do a quote at the bottom.

Finally, this is my first weekly spread of the month. It took me a while to draw all of those leaves, but I think it was worth it!

That’s my set-up for March! I’m super excited for this month. See you Friday;))

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked:)))

Handmade Valentines

Hello there! Valentine’s Day is coming up, and it’s the perfect time to show your appreciation for your friends and family;) I love making homemade cards because they show how much you care! These cards are super cute and easy to make. I used the rose doodle from my February bullet journal theme, and different coloured card stock. Here’s how to make them!

First off, here’s how to draw these cute roses. You start with a circle, then draw lines around the perimeter, getting closer and closer to the center to create a rose. You can also add some leaves;)

For this first card, I used some red card stock and drew a rose border. I then used my brush pen to write out “Happy Valentine’s Day”, did some accents with a white gel pen, and drew a few extra roses.

On the nest card, I wrote out “Orange You Glad You’re My Friend?” on some paper and glued it onto orange card stock. Valentine’s Day is the best for puns!!

I love the heart on this yellow card;) I used the phrase “Be My Valentine”, and drew yellow roses at the top and bottom.

Finally, my favourite card! I drew blue roses in the corners and another heart at the bottom. The phrase on this one is “I’m Blue Without You”.

Those are all of the Valentines that I made! There are endless combinations of phrases and colours, and if I make any more cool ones I’ll keep you updated on Instagram!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))