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    Simple bullet journal layout if you don’t have a lot of time

    For me, having a simple layout for my bullet journal is really important. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of the fancy and creative bujo layouts as much as the next person but they’re so time-consuming.

    When I first started my bullet journal I spent a lot of time making it look good but then I got bored of how much time it took and stopped using it. Now I’m a homeowner I’ve got back into using it again to organise my weeks but I’ve made it as simple as possible so it doesn’t take up too much of my time.

    What I use my bullet journal for

    I know people use bullet journals to track all sorts of things from exercise to how much water they drink, as much as I tried to be that organised, I just don’t really care to track how much water I drink in a day. The main thing I want my bullet journal for is to layout the week ahead and know what I’m doing when. I find it really helpful to write down what household chores I’m doing and any plans I have for the week. I’ll also write down my meal plan for each day. At the bottom of the page, I have a small section called ‘to-do’ where I can jot down anything that comes to mind throughout the week.

    My very simple key 

    It’s honestly as simple as drawing a square for any household chores that I can put a tick in once it’s been completed and drawing a diamond shape next to any plans that I have for the week. Next to anything on my ‘to-do’ list I draw a circle. You can, of course, customise this and add more shapes if you lead a more exciting life than I do!

    Simple layout 

    In terms of page layout, I don’t even use a ruler because who has time for that?! I just free draw a line and write the day and date and then add a little line of colour over the top. Each side of the page is split into four sections which allow me space for each day of the week and my ‘to-do’ list. This is the most simple page layout that I’ve used and I love it. I usually sit down on a Sunday evening and draw out the following week and it takes me no longer than 5-10 minutes.

    If you’re also trying to find a really simple and time effective way to use your bullet journal then I’d definitely recommend giving something like this a try. If you want some other bullet journal ideas then I have various posts here that also include some more complex ideas.

    Hope you enjoyed!

    Charlotte xx

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    My Greeting Box: A monthly card making subscription box review

    I was so excited when Holly from My Greeting Box contacted me to see if I would like to try out her card making subscription box. Weirdly, I had been on the hunt for a good card making subscription box for a while but had been struggling to find one so this honestly came at the perfect time.

    My Greeting Box is a monthly subscription kit which includes card making supplies and tools. It comes with illustrated step by step instructions which shows you how to make three different cards. It also comes with extra supplies so you can come up with your own designs.

    The Magical Fairy Themed June box 

    Holly very kindly gifted me the June box which was magical fairy themed. You all know my love for Disney and magic so this box was perfect for me. As well as receiving the contents of the June box, I also received the starter kit which everyone will receive when they first sign up. This includes some must-have items such as foam tape, scissors colouring pens and an ink pad. It’s so useful to receive these additional items as they are key items to have when card making.

    One thing that particularly stood out to me in the box was the instructions that came with 3 different card designs. These are illustrated and laid out in a really simple to follow way. I had no problem understanding what I was meant to be doing. What I love about this is that it’s a good way to get inspiration. Everyone has their own ideas and it’s great to see some ideas and still be able to come up with your own ideas as well.

    My Greeting box - supplies

    The box includes literally everything you need to make the cards which I found really helpful. Items include things such as card, envelopes, stamps, ink, embellishments, glue, double sided sticky tape and clear wallets to protect the cards once you’ve made them.

    One thing I was very impressed with is the quality of the stamps that are sent. I’ve been making cards for a few years now and some rubber stamps are awful! I found these took the ink really well and transferred evenly on to the surface of the card.

    I had so much fun designing cards with the instructions provided. Below is one of my final card designs which I’m so pleased with! I’m now excited to experiment with the products provided and start to come up with some of my own designs.

    My greeting box June card design

    Pricing

    If you’re interested in signing up for the My Greeting Box please see the below details:

    • £22.00 per month – Free postage and you can cancel at any time.
    • Gift subscriptions: 3 months £65.00 / 6 months £125.00 / 12 months £240.00

    You can also get 25% off of your first order by using the code: FIRST25

    I’m so pleased that I was contacted to try this box. It has such brilliant products and it’s packed with creative ideas. If you’re new to card making then this is a fab way to start building up your own collection of craft supplies and experiment with different ideas.

    Please note the My Greeting Box was very kindly gifted to me, However, I only write honest reviews and all opinions are my own.

    Hope you enjoyed!

    Charlotte xx

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    Enamel Pins from the Old English Company

    I’ve always had a love of Pins … Well maybe not always, but ever since my first trip to Disney World when I was 9 I’ve loved collecting pins. I remember being so excited to get my lanyard and collect different pins as I walked around the Disney parks… My collection is ever growing and I currently display all of my pins on a pinboard. I’ve even worked on projects recently where I’ve been turning my pins into prints which you can read about here.

    I’ve noticed recently that pins are becoming more and more popular. You can get all sorts of pins from food, to words, to animals etc. I’ve recently been contacted by the Old English Company about their new range of enamel pins that they’re releasing. You can view the range here. I can’t get over how cute these pins are. Below are some of my favourites from their collection.

    Enamel Pins from the Old English Company

    Please note these images are taken from the English Company Website and are not my own images. 

    I particularly love the ‘Believe in Magic’ enamel pin. Of course, with my love of Disney, I love anything magical so this one definitely stood out to me… And who doesn’t love a good pizza?!

    The Old English Company are currently running a competition to win a set of Enamel Pins. The details of the competition can be found by clicking here. I’ve seen a lot of the Old English Company on my Twitter feed recently and they honestly have some of the nicest products on their website, so I’d definitely recommend entering the competition.

    Charlotte xx

     

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    5 ways to stay creative

    I’ve always been creative, it’s a part of me that I’m really proud of and it brings me so much joy. As a child I remember I used to collect leaves and create collages. I’d also use my stain glass pens to decorate old jam jars. Did anyone else use to make pompoms as a child? I was forever doing that!

    Being creative has always been a huge part of my life. During high school I opted to do Graphic Design as a GCSE, I then went on to college and did A-Level Graphics and Photography. I also did a 3rd year at college where I did an Art Foundation in Graphics before heading off to university to do a Graphic Arts Degree. I’m sure you get the picture, I LOVE being creative.

    Over the years I found different ways to stay creative and find inspiration and I thought I would share this with you today.

    My top 5 ways to stay creative 

    1 – Creative books – I find flicking through creative books a real inspiration. I still have a lot of books from when I did my Degree. Branding books, handmade type and craft books are some of my favourites to look through.

    2 – Take a notepad everywhere with you – I’ve done this for years and years. I’ll suddenly be out and come up with a good idea for a blog post and it’s so much easier if you can jot it down on paper so you don’t forget. Also, I find sometimes when I’m out and about I’ll see something that gives me an idea and I’ll write it straight down.

    3 – Look at creative websites – Let’s be honest I think we all love Pinterest … But there are other great websites out there as well for creativity. Some of my favourites are Behance and Dribble. I love looking through other peoples designs to give me inspiration. I used sites like this a lot when I was doing my degree and they’re so helpful.

    4 – Adult colouring books – I LOVE adult colouring books, I find them really relaxing but they’re also great for keeping me doing creative things. They’re something that you can use in the evening for 20 minutes, it doesn’t have to be time-consuming as we’re all busy people!

    5 – Surround yourself with creative people – I love the fact that my Twitter is constantly filled with creativity. I follow a lot of other bloggers and I find it really helpful having that creative network around me. It’s so helpful seeing what other creatives are up to and it’s a great way for inspiration.

    What are your tips for staying creative? 

    Charlotte xx

     

     

     

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    My bullet journal – January 2018 – Let’s get organised

    Hello 2018! 

    It’s that time of year again where we get ourselves organised and plan everything out for the year ahead. I love this moment where I have a blank canvas ahead of me that I can do what I like with. Towards the end of last year, I discovered bullet journaling and I’m so excited to properly get into this for 2018.

    The bullet journal I own is the Leuchtturm 1917 with the dotted paper. I didn’t really have any idea what bullet journal was best, but this is the one most people seem to buy. I’m really pleased with it, it’s a good size and the dotted paper makes designing much easier.

    I love being really nosey and looking at other people’s bullet journal and seeing how they’re organising it. My favourite place the browse is on Pinterest. Today I thought I would share with you my layout for January 2018.

    A monthly overview 

    A monthly overview is something I personally find really useful. I’ve done this as a double page spread so that I have ample room to write. It’s useful to have this to quickly flick through if you need to check a plan/ birthday etc. I’ve also added a ‘Goals’ section and a ‘To do’ section to this page. This is somewhere I can write down any major things that I can easily refer back to.

    A weekly overview 

    As much as I love having a monthly overview, I decided to break this down further into a weekly overview. I looked at lots of inspiration on Pinterest and wanted to find a layout that best suited my needs. This is the best thing about a bullet journal; you can make it your own. After a long debate, I decided the most useful things for me to include in my weekly spread were:

    • The day and date that I can write next to
    • My work shift (as this changes every week)
    • Notes – To jot down anything and everything
    • To do list
    • Blog notes – I know this will be my most used section!
    • Meal planning
    • Shopping

    My bullet journal weekly layout

    I’m sure as I go through the weeks this will change, but that’s why I really love using a bullet journal to organise myself as I can change it at any point.

    How are you organising yourselves for the year ahead? 

    Charlotte xx

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