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A New Addiction – Washi Tape

Oh no!  I’ve started a new collection of ‘stuff’!  My inner stationary-loving bower bird has discovered Washi Tape…  Let the hoarding begin!

I first stumbled across washi tape a couple of years ago but since entering the world of ‘Bullet Journaling’, I’ve become enamored with it.  So what is Washi Tape?  It’s a decorative tape usually made from paper that originated in Japan.  The main difference to regular masking tape is the huge variety of colours, patterns and sizes it comes in.  Washi tape is easy to tear but also quite durable.

There are endless uses for it, some of which you can read about here, but my main interest came from seeing how others have been using it to personalise their journals and notebooks.  You only have to search ‘washi tape’ in Pinterest or Instragram to see all the cool things people are doing with it.

So I thought I’d share some of my bullet journal spreads that I’ve decorated recently with this wonderful stuff.  I love how just a little bit of tape can bring some brightness to the page and make me want to use my journal even more.  But remember, you don’t have to be creative at all or to go to this much effort to use bullet journaling to stay organised.  It’s the simplicity of the system that works, not how pretty it looks.

While I tend to only use Washi Tape in my Never-ending Notebook, I recently did one of the projects that I’ve seen pop up on Pinterest a few times…..  I covered my keyboard keys!!  I love it!  I know what you’re thinking, how can I see the keys?  Most washi tape is slightly transparent so you can see the letters and numbers underneath.  And if you can type ok, you tend to know where they are by muscle memory already.

So where can you find buy this great stuff?  There are loads of it available online, but locally I have found it at shops such as The Reject Shop, K Mart, Big W, Newsagents, Officeworks & Spotlight.  This huge haul I have pictured is the Crafters Choice brand and is available on sale this week at Spotlight.

I’d love to know if you’ve ever used washi tape before and for what purposes.  Or even if you’re crazy obsessed like me!

 

This post and website is in no way sponsored or affiliated with any of the above mentioned companies.

Time to Write

Well it’s official… putting pen to paper is actually good for your health.  In even better news, it could also score you a gift card from Officeworks!!

On one of my many visits to Officeworks this week, I noticed a table set up with some pretty pamphlets on it.  Drawn in by the pretty writing (I’m a sucker for nice lettering these days), I stopped to check it out.

Over the next 4 weeks (starting this week), your local Officeworks will be giving away a $25 gift card each week to one lucky entrant who submits a piece of writing on the weekly topic.  The topics are Goal Setting, Letter Writing, Gratitude Journalling & Creative Writing.

Visit officeworks.com.au/timetowrite to download your entry form and topic guides.  You don’t need to put a lot of effort into it, just jot down your ideas on the topic, fill in your details and drop your entry into your local store.

For more information on the survey and competition, head to officeworks.com.au/timetowrite or ask the helpful staff at your local Officeworks store.

 

NOTE:  This post is in no way sponsored by Officeworks or any other parties.

My First Bullet Journal

I’ve been curious about the Bullet Journal concept since I started on my traveller’s notebook journey and with lots of people buying Never-ending Notebooks for this very purpose, I thought it was time I gave it a try too.

So what on earth is a Bullet Journal you ask?  Well, as I’m still getting my head around it myself I thought it might be best if the creator of this system, Ryder Carroll, explain it.  Here is a great little video of Ryder giving a brief overview.  For more detailed explanation check out bulletjournal.com

There is so much information out there on bullet journaling and it can become quite overwhelming and intimidating once you start seeing lots of creative layouts on Pinterest and Instagram.  My advice is to start simple. You can always add pretty embellishments later as the main focus of the system is ORGANISATION & PRODUCTIVITY.

Future Log inspired by @maryj13 on Instagram

If you can’t stop yourself from adding a little extra, like me, there are lots of great page layouts out there you can take inspiration from.  Don’t worry about it being perfect, you can always sketch it out in pencil first.   Always remember, it’s not supposed to be perfect, it’s supposed to keep you on top of things.

 

Before I set up my ‘Future Log’ (which is really just a simple calendar), I left space for my Index page as that is one of the most important parts of bullet journalling.  I then started on my ‘Monthly Log’ & ‘Daily Log’.  Another vital part of this system is having a ‘key’ of the types of bullets you will be using and having it somewhere that is easy to refer to.

 

My ‘key’ taped inside of one of my laminated dashboards that I will keep around my bullet journal notebook.

I won’t go into too much detail about the system in this post as Ryder Carroll’s video and website will make far more sense than me at this stage.  I will keep you posted on my progress in future posts and focus on each of the individual areas of bullet journalling.

Monthly Log

I would love to hear from you in the comments if you use a bullet journal or have tried one before.  Do you like it?  How have you changed it to best suit your needs?  What are your favorite sites and resources?

Daily Log

Well now I’m going to click ‘Publish’ on this post so I can happily mark it off in today’s Daily Log.  Happy Journalling everyone!

 

Where did I go?

So way back in March I decided to start this little blog.  I was pretty enthusiastic and had great ideas for what it would become… I even made a special Never-ending Notebook just to plan it and keep track of my posts and ideas!  So why did I all of a sudden seem to disappear?

A few month ago, I fell down the stairs and injured my shoulder.  Ouch!  It progressively got worse to the point where I couldn’t actually use it to make my books or attend markets.  Big bummer right, but surely I could still type?  Still keep working on this blog and growing my business?  That would have been the smart thing to do, but unfortunately I have this nasty habit of dropping the ball when I’ve got a good thing going.

 

This habit goes all the way back to high school days and my early twenties where I became the queen of self-sabotage.  Back then I had an excuse, probably a good one I guess, I suffered from depression.  Now why would I tell you this personal detail?  Especially since I’ve been managing it great for years and I’m a fully functioning adult (well, most of the time)?  I guess it’s because it’s nothing to be ashamed about and as a society we should talk about it more.  I was really good at hiding it back then too.  None of my friends knew, not even my family.  It wasn’t till I was around 20 that I acknowledged that it was a problem and got help.

 

This probably seems like a completely random thing to be writing about on a blog about notebooks, but in my mind, at least I’m writing something.  So this nasty habit has crept back into my life and it’s allowed me to become lazy, not just with this blog, but with all aspects of my life.  For example, I have a half finished ‘Kmart Make-over’ in progress in my kitchen right now…. that I started at least a month ago!!  As for the shoulder, it’s much better and nearly back to full function.  So no more excuses!  Time to get back in to using these notebooks for one of the main things they’re great for… Organisation!!  Thanks for letting me share with you guys and use this post to help keep myself accountable.

 

Till next week… Heidi.

Mum’s Birthday Present

So what do you get the woman who has everything… even a Never-ending Notebook?  Another Never-ending Notebook of course!

 

Recently it was my Mum’s birthday and I was faced with the dilemma of what to get her.  Over the years we have done the usual things.. jewellery, clothes, even a trip away (which was awesome but sorry Mum, that’s not going to happen every year!)  This year I really wanted to get her something she would use but still felt special.

I made this Notebook Charm to add a little glitz to Mum’s birthday prezzie! (Notebook Charms will soon be for sale too!)

My parents love to travel and spend time in their caravan, which is great for us as they come to visit every few months.  While they’re away, Mum likes to relax with puzzles and usually has a crossword book or something similar in her handbag.   This gave me an idea… maybe I could still make her something personal AND something that she would also find useful.

 

Introducing Mum’s puzzle-filled Never-ending Notebook!  As you might already know, Never-ending Notebooks are designed to fit A5 inserts and I was very happy to discover that you can get A5 puzzle books!

 

I found these at the Nextra Newsagent in Stockland, Gladstone.  They had heaps to choose from and they have new editions coming out all the time.  So when you’ve filled up a book, you can replace it with a new one and still have your stylish cover!  I did find one small crossword book from The Reject Shop but they didn’t have the same amount of variety as the newsagents.

 

Think of the possibilities!  Not only can you use the notebook inserts that come with the Never-ending Notebooks, but any A5 size book or magazine!  Colouring books, crossword books, even novels or self-help books.  The options are endless!

After receiving her present, my mother gave her friend a Never-ending Notebook containing crosswords and puzzles too.  She feels it will be a good way to keep her busy during her upcoming hospital stay.  I’d love to hear from you in the comments if you have found any other types of books to use in your Never-ending Notebooks and where you have found them.

Mum with her new puzzle-filled Never-ending Notebook.

 

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