Is your mind in a continuous cycle of thinking, planning and organizing domestic life? You are not alone. Here are five ways you can use your bullet journal to cope with the mental load of life.
1. Make the Invisible Visible
Grab your bullet journal and write down all of the things. Just get it all down on the paper and don't worry about how they connect, your handwriting, the order, whether or not the things really belong of the list. Just empty your mind onto the page.
Ok. Now that that's done, start looking for connections. Also look for ideas that aren't part of your overall goals and ditch them. Decide which items on your list are to be scheduled, which need to be fleshed out into collections pages and which are subcategories on those collections pages.
2. Plan Ahead
Try to create next month's calendar by the 20th of the current month. This way you will have a roadmap for upcoming events and commitments. Better yet, you'll have something concrete to sit down and share with your loved ones. More on that later.
You can use the Moxie Journal Rule to make the calendar. Each box is 5 boxes wide by 6 boxes tall. This means that the left side of the calendar itself is 15 boxes wide and 30 boxes tall. The right side of the calendar is 20 boxes wide and 30 boxes tall. The Journal Rule makes this job easy because it counts the boxes for you. Easy peasy.
Create collections pages for your projects, plans, and events. Include the actions that keep your household running. Some of your collections could be meal planning, gift buying, household projects, cleaning checklists, birthday parties, bills, etc.
3. Delegate and Let Go
Perhaps take 15 minutes to go over the month with your family, room mates, or significant other. Folks don't know what they don't know. Help them help you.
Put your scheduled items on the family calendar, the google calendar, or wherever else your people will see them. Share your collections and decide who will do what. Delegate and then let it go. Don't concern yourself if someone doesn't do things they way you would. Just. Let. Go.
4. Mind the Chatter
Just because you're coping with mental load doesn't mean the chatter in your mind will stop. Your work now is to catch your thought spirals. Identify if the thought is something to be documented in your bullet journal, delegated or dropped. Then bring your mind back to center.
5. Practice Self Care
Create a self care layout in your bullet journal as a reference for quick and easy ways to take a break. List simple acts that bring you joy or pleasure. This could be bird watching, a cup of tea, lighting a candle, snuggling with your pet, hugging a loved one, taking a walk, listening to your favorite song, meditating, or anything else that fills your soul.
We would love to continue the conversation of using a bullet journal to improve life, so hop on over to our Facebook group Bullet Journaling Tips and Tricks to join us.
Amy and I make a concerted effort to carefully design products that work across a wide range of journal types. Occasionally, we get requests for tools matching a specific journal or planner line and we love it - we really appreciate when customers bring their insights and ideas to us to create.
A few years ago, a number of customers asked for tools that would work with their Hobonichi and we designed a stencil, and later, a journal rule for the Techo Planner; the English planner Hobonichi offers in a sea of otherwise Japanese products. Both the stencil and the journal rule matched the Planner's quirky A6 size and 4mm grid.
Well, it turns out that most of our Hobonichi customers use something other than the (English) Planner AND Hobonichi recently announced eagerly anticipated 2020 A6 and A5 Techo Day-Free bullet journals.
We've predicted this new Day-Free line will have a significant following, as customers are already asking us for accessories to match and they won't even be released until November 1st. The grid inside these beauties matches all the other Hobonichi products (the Techo Original, Techo Cousin, and Techo Weeks), at 3.7mm.
All this to say, we've decided to change up our Hobonichi offerings:
New MoxieDori tools for use with Hobonichi
We're so excited to see how Hobonichi users work with the new 2020 Hobonichi A5 and A6 journals in combination with our products. We would love if you joined our Facebook group Bullet Journaling Tips and Tricks to share your Hobonichi layouts. Let's see what you create!
Looking for a new weekly layout for your bullet journal? The Fold Over Weekly Layout is quick to make AND facilitates task delegation and migration. All that and you can see your monthly calendex at the same time.
The utter beauty of the Fold Over Weekly is that you can see your monthly calendex and weekly spread at the same time. Create your weekly layout, migrating important events and appointments from your monthly layout to your weekly spread.
The A5 Fold Over Stencil contains a weekly template that evenly divides the pages into a weekly spread.
The A5 Fold Over Weekly Stencil is perfectly sized to create a 1/3 page "fold over" where your weekly tasks can reside before they are assigned to a particular day.
The stencil contains 18 tick boxes so you spend less time making the list and more time working the list.
Use the underside of the fold over for trackers, mini calendars, gratitude logs, menu planning, etc.
At the end of the week, fold over the right side of the page and create the next weekly spread. Migrate any unfinished tasks from the previous week. Continue through the month. Do not fold over the last week in the month so you can make the next month's calendex on the opposite side.
If you're looking for more bullet journal ideas and inspiration, join our Facebook group Bullet Journaling Tips and Tricks.
One of the strengths of using a Bullet Journal for planning over a traditional calendar or planner is that you can create and use your own customized system of planner layouts. Do you like to start your week on a Monday rather than Sunday? You can do that! Do you need more space allocated to some days over others? No problem! Often the greatest challenge is finding which layouts work best for you. Here are a variety of tips and examples to help you identify which might be your perfect fit.
Create Only the Layouts You Use
What amount of your time do you need see at a glance? Some people need a spread or two summarizing the entire year (often referred to as a future log), some like seeing an entire month across a two-page spread, others need one week per page, while others enjoy an entire page dedicated to each day. Often many end up using some combination of the above; like 12 monthly spreads, each followed by 28-31 daily layouts, or a yearly spread followed by 52 weekly layouts. There is no right answer here. The key here is to try out each type, pare down to only what you'll actually use, and forgo the rest rather than feel like all of them are somehow required.
Use the Layout Orientation that Feels Right
Each person processes information in their own way. What works for me might not work for you. This is why there are so many different options for layouts. Some are horizontal, some are vertical, some are circular, some are artsy and others are minimalist.
Pick the style that feels right and you do you. If you're not sure what style feels right, try one out. You'll quickly know if it fits the time you have to spend, whether you enjoy the process or not, and whether or not you're drawn or inspired to return to your journal regularly. The style you choose should work for you and alleviate rather than cause additional stress.
Take a look at the following layout/spread ideas and see how they feel to you. Does it feel natural or is it confusing? Do your eyes and mind flow naturally through the information and take it in or do you need to work a bit to absorb what's going on?
Don't overthink this. Use your intuition more than logic to identify how you best process information.
Tools used: Moxie Journal Rule , Cherry Blossom Stencil, Rows and Columns Tracing Card, Super Slider
Tools used: Vertical Weekly Tracing Card, Tidy Slider Stencil, Brush Lettering Strips, Vertical Weekly Stencil
Your Bullet Journal is All Yours
Your journal's purpose is to assist you. Choose and work the layouts that will help you and let the rest go. The layouts you see on social media should serve as options, not standards. Take the layouts that feel right to you and make them yours.
If you are looking for more inspiration, hop over to our FB group called Bullet Journaling Tips and Tricks. We host a drama free, kind and helpful bujo group of about 19,500 people
Looking for a mindful way to balance your time and energy? The Balance Wheel might be the bullet journal layout you're looking for. Read on for a complete how to tutorial. You will learn how to make a Balance Wheel and how to use it.
Time and energy are our most valuable resources. Being mindful about how you spend both is an investment in your self care.
I designed this Balance Wheel because I was weary from fussing and fighting over screen time with my children. As we rolled into summer break, I knew we needed an instructive, long term plan about how we would spend our time.
I wanted to teach my children to monitor time spent and areas that deserved more attention and care.
While this particular Balance Wheel is for the purpose of tracking and being mindful about how my family spends our long summer days, the concept can be applied to a multitude of situations.
Here is the step by step process I went through to create our Summer Time Balance Wheel:
1. Brainstorm Topics to be Balanced
The eight areas that we are striving to balance are: Physical/Emotional Health, Alone/Community, Family/Friends, and Receiving Information/Seeking Information. (Receiving Information = screens and reading.)
Your areas might be professional in nature. They might be personal. Think about your investments in time and how they contribute to your overall goals and happiness. Once you have identified an area, think about its opposing area.
For example, social media can be countered with in face interactions. Both are important and both need to be nurtured. Are you clear about how much time you spend on either throughout the week? Would your life be improved if you balanced the two better?
2. Create your wheel
Grab your Compass Protractor and draw five concentric circles. Each circle represents one week. Use the tick marks on the tool to divide your circles into equal pieces. In my case, I divided my circles into six pieces.
Next label the sections of the wheel, placing opposing concepts opposite one another.
3. Use your Balance Wheel
Each circle represents a week. Start using the Balance Wheel from the inside out. When you complete an activity that falls into a particular category, make a tick mark in that pie piece.
Tracking your time forces you to monitor time spent and to be mindful of the areas that need more tending.
If you have questions about this layout or any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. You can find lots of bullet journal support, tutorials and inspiration in the Video Vault and also in the Facebook group Bullet Journaling Tips and Tricks.
Using a bullet journal can be helpful in so many ways and yet it is a habit that is sometimes hard to stick with. Looking for tricks to stay on the path of the bujo? Here are 15 tips that will help you cement and sustain your bullet journal habit.
1. Keep your journal in sight & travel light
Keep your bujo on your kitchen table, in your purse, at your desk, or next to the coffee pot - wherever you will see it and remember to use it. Taking your bullet journal with you wherever you go will also help ensure you use it. Travel only with the bare essentials and leave your fancier bujo accessories at home for more in depth journaling sessions. Make placing your journal in your bag, purse, or hand part of your departure routine and keep it close throughout the day.
2. Build planning into your day
The act of sitting down with your bujo and organizing your affairs is focusing and it forces you to think through the steps of how to accomplish your daily goals. Include "Plan" on your daily task list, at the start or end of your daily schedule, allowing time to prepare for or reflect upon the current day or get ready for the next. You could also work in a small habit tracker on your weekly layout and include "plan" as one of the habits. Tracking your planning will help you notice patterns as well as keep yourself accountable.
3. Store your pen with your journal
How many times have you gone to write something in your journal but didn't have a pen? That's a missed opportunity right there. Find a pen you like and store it in a pen loop attached to your journal. If your journal doesn't have a pen loop, you can make one or buy them separately.
4. Keep it simple when you need to
If you have a busy week coming up, keep it simple. Don't task yourself with an artsy or complicated layout. Some weeks are just a messy scribbled list and that's okay.
5. Value the process over the end result
Sometimes I make my weekly layouts and then never look at them again; other times my pages are a messy reflection of life. Either way, neither, I feel, is a waste or fail. I sat down and mindfully thought about my week. I wrote appointments, thought through projects, sculpted out time for myself, etc. Just the act of writing helped me remember, focus my efforts, and empty my mind. Regardless of how it looks or to what extent something was ultimately used, often the exercise itself is of the greatest value.
6. If you like to be creative, art in your journal
Creating visual treasures in your journal help draw some back to their journal. If you like to art, art. You don't have to be good at it and you don't have to share. Your journal is for you - be it a place to practice, decompress, or showcase your skills - make what you want of it.
7. Start with dailies
If you're new to bullet journaling, consider starting small and use only dailies rather than feel obligated to create weekly and/or monthly layouts that you may not use. Daily layouts simply allow you to get into the habit of putting your brain and your life on paper. Start small. Start scratchy. On each page, write the day and date, then list all the balls in the air for the day. Give yourself a separate page to jot down future events, so you can focus primarily on the current day. If you find over time that it leaves you with lots of empty space, either fill it with reflection, motivation, or creative expression, or switch up to weekly spreads instead, which provide less space for the tasks and appointments for each day and show multiple days in one go. Still feel at a loss for what to put on the page? Add a habit tracker, a mini monthly calendar, or switch up to using only monthly spreads instead. Continue to shrink or expand according to your needs and eventually, you'll hit your stride.
8. Habit bundle your bujo
Habit bundling is a fabulous concept where you pair one thing you LOVE with another thing you are trying to love. For me, this LOVE thing is drinking coffee or listening to Outlander on audible or being creative. I pair these super groovy things with acts I am attempting to make habits.
For example, I only watch Amanda Rach Lee's You Tube videos when I'm running on the treadmill. Pair planning with your favorite jazz music, a special cup or tea or while defusing your favorite essential oil. It works - I swear.
9. Note when you feel disorganized
You know that feeling when you are mentally juggling too much and you feel like your head is going to explode? Stop and open your bujo, commit all that noise to the page, and quiet your mind. Lean on your journal. Let it save the day. If you use it, it will carry all the things so your mind doesn't have to.
10. Try different layouts
When your bullet journal has gone stale try to switch up the layouts you use. There are a ton of variations of daily, weekly and monthly layouts to try. Some will work for you and some won't. Variety is the spice of life, so try something new. You can find a ton of bullet journal ideas on this Bullet Journal Ideas Pinterest Board.
11. Work towards rewards
Reward yourself for consistently using your bullet journal. Did you make a plan for 5 out 7 days? Did you fill out more than half of your monthly habit tracker? Treat yo' self. Take a bath with your favorite book. Or schedule a coffee with your bestie. Purchase that pen, tape, or special journal accessory you've been lusting after. Positive reinforcement will help to solidify the habit.
12. Know thyself
The key to using your bullet journal is setting up a journal that assists you with your life. You want to create a journal that works for you, not the other way around. If monthly mood trackers simply do not work for you, don't continue to make them. If you know that you can work a weekly like a boss but fall down with dailies, don't use dailies. Your journal is yours and only yours. Make it work for you. In addition, we all have a Big Why behind our bullet journaling. For some it holds all of the details, for others it is a creative outlet, and for yet others it provides space for the hustle and bustle schedule that is life. When you find yourself slacking in your journal, remind yourself of the reason you started in the first place.
13. One place, all things
Yes, a bullet journal is a great way to customize your own planner. Prefer to start your week on Monday? You can do that. Tasks on the left, appointments on the right? Yep, you're making it, so you get to decide how it looks. However, a bullet journal can also be where you jot down that running list of books you want to read, plan your next vacation, or think through that difficult discussion you need to have with your boss. The more you go to use it, not just as a planner, but as an extension of your own mind (replacing all the post-its, scratch pads, lists, and more), the more likely you'll be to continue using it on a regular basis for planning too.
14. Accept incompletion and imperfection
Did you miss a day or a week? Maybe you made an amazing mood tracker but only filled in two days? Or better yet, added two Tuesdays to this week. Do yourself a favor and don't forgo using your journal for fear it won't be perfect. Because it won't be. There will be jagged lines, misspelled words, smears, smudges, and months missing the 4th entirely - because you are human. The downside to all of the glorious bujo inspiration on social media is that it can set up unrealistic expectations. As someone who posts that eye candy, I can tell you that the page before the one I photographed and shared is often all jacked up. Allow yourself some grace and adopt an "Oh well" attitude. Jump back in wherever you are, without shame or guilt and just move forward.
15. Connect with the community
Connecting with like minded folks provides validation, inspiration and reinforcement. If you are looking for a Facebook group where you can ask questions, share successes and post photos, please consider joining us over at Bullet Journaling Tips and Tricks. MoxieDori hosts this kind, generous, and calm group of over 19,000 people and we'd love to see you there!
Want to learn how to make the most effective habit tracker? Chances are you've played around with a few different types and perhaps haven't found the one that works best for you. You might find the right fit in one (or more) of these three habit trackers.
1. Weekly Grid Habit Tracker
The Weekly Grid Habit Tracker hones in on six or fewer habits. Maybe these are the habits that glue your life together. Maybe three of these habits are old hat and three are behaviors you are trying to turn into habits. Or maybe you are just paying attention to how many times per week you do these things.
Regardless, this handy little 6 by 7 grid box tracker can be made quickly with The 4 Piece Essential Stencil Set. You can use Distress Inks or a damp makeup sponge and watercolors to create a colorful grid. Then you can trace the box in black pen once you've completed the habit. (Pro tip: I find if the habit tracker is a bit of eye candy, I tend to use it more.)
This tracker will more than likely live on your weekly spread, where it will be easily seen and therefore worked. Seeing the tracker there will be the trigger to get the behavior chain going and the habit formed.
2. The Graduated Tracker
Some habits or tasks are not all or nothing, right? Maybe you didn't walk 10,000 steps today but dang it you walked 7,667! Or maybe you went above and beyond and walked 15,000.
The Graduated Tracker shows if a habit/goal/task is complete or if it is partially done. It also allows room for growth to show that you surpassed your initial goal. For example, if I decided to tackle Mt. Laundry on the day in the photo below, I could use the 4 Piece Essential Stencil to pen in another square or 2 and color them in as I completed additional loads.
Likewise, if I wash and fold but don't put away, I only get to color in part of the box. Make the plan, work the plan. Wash, rinse, repeat.
3. Completed Task Tracker
The Completed Task Tracker is an alternative to the full page monthly habit tracker. Just looking at all of those tasks exhaust me and I never remember to flip to that page and fill the boxes in. The result is a depressing page of incomplete tasks every month.
The Completed Task Tracker is more of a "Done" list than a "To Do" list. You list the habits or tasks you would like to complete. Then you pen a box (or a star, heart, or water drop) after the task and color it in when you complete it. If you want to reset your goal, draw another box and go for it! This way you'll see a tracker of the habits and tasks you have completed.
Habit Trackers are great ways to maintain or create new habits. They serve as triggers for the desired behavior and act as accountability. Your challenge is to find the tracker that works for you and not the other way around. Best of luck!
If you have any questions or want to see more tips and tricks like the ones you saw here, hop over to our Facebook Group Bullet Journaling Tips and Tricks.
We also have a curated Pinterest Board of Bullet Journal Trackers over here.
OH BLOODY HELL, IT'S SHARK WEEK... AGAIN
When I was younger, I used to be completely surprised by the arrival of my period. I was also a little fuzzy about when exactly I was most fertile each month, even after I became a mother. Twice. (I know... right?) Fast forward to last year when, in my late 40s, I decide to study up in order to answer a frequent Bullet Journaling Tips & Tricks request, "Let me see your period trackers." Thanks to you all, I am now far less clueless about the female cycle! Oh, how I would have loved what I'm about to show you when I was younger. Better "late" than never I guess? (Har, har!) Anyways, below I'll describe how to track the length of your cycle, better predict the start of your next period and identify the portion of each month you're more likely to be fertile. I'm using the Period Fertility Tracking Stencil we designed to make the whole process both simple AND lovely.
LATHER, RINSE, AND REPEAT
Since the length of your cycle can vary slightly from month to month, keep track of your cycle for at least 5 or 6 months initially in order to get an overall average of your cycle lengths.
FERTILITY AND FAMILY PLANNING
Intercourse during the first seven squares on the circle will have a very low likelihood of resulting in pregnancy. However, somewhere between squares 8 through 19 will be a fertile period of approximately 6 days, during which there is a higher likelihood of getting pregnant if you have unprotected intercourse. Here's how you can get a little bit closer to figuring out where your 6 days will fall each month using trackers.
Becoming more aware of your cycle can give you an idea of when to use additional birth control methods if you want to avoid pregnancy or help highlight the days during which you're more likely to conceive if you're hoping to start a family. Identifying the day you actually ovulate and the days that proceed and follow it when conception is actually possible is a more involved process. It involves tracking your menstrual cycle as described above, combined with the Temperature Method where you take your temperature in the morning every day before you get out of bed and the Cervical Mucus Method where you check your cervical mucus (vaginal discharge) every day. We've included the icons in the center of the Period Fertility Tracking Stencil to make recording these types of details in your daily, weekly, or monthly spreads more enjoyable as well.
LASTLY, PLEASE NOTE: NOT EVERYONE IS THE SAME
This tracking technique is effective if your menstrual cycles are regularly between 26 and 32 days long. Determine if your cycles are in this range and whether they stay in this range first before you use a tracker like this for family planning purposes. If you have cycles outside this range, you should use a different family planning method to prevent pregnancy. It's also advisable to use more than one method of birth control at a time if you want to avoid becoming pregnant.
Join me in creating a mandala using these simple, step by step instructions. Grab your Compass Protractor, Mandala Maker or compass and protractor. Also gather a pencil, your bullet journal and a pen such as an 03 Tombow Mono Drawing Pen.
Let's get started!
Step 1: Draw Concentric Circles
Pencil a light dot where you want your circles to be centered, then using the MoxieDori Compass Protractor™ or Mandala Maker™, create about 6 - 8 concentric circles at a variety of distances apart.
Step 2: Divide the Circles
Using the notches of the Compass Protractor or Mandala Maker, make a light mark at the top (12:00), bottom (6:00), right (3:00) and left (9:00) of the circles. Make additional marks halfway in between each, again using the notches of the stencil. This will result in eight marks total around the perimeter of the circles.
* For a more detailed mandala, make one more round of light marks halfway in between all the existing marks, using the notches provided by the stencil. This will result in sixteen marks total around the perimeter of the circles.
Using the straight edge of the stencil or a ruler, connect the opposing marks (12:00 to 6:00, 3:00 to 9:00, etc), lining them up with the registration dot in the center of the circle.
Step 3: Add Center Circles
Add a few smaller circles if you’d like, using the straight lines to help place them on center.
Step 4: Pen in the Mandala Elements
Beginning with the center circle, start adding mandala elements with a non-smearing pen. Use the circles and the straight lines to guide the height and width of the elements, remaining inside the lines of each pie-piece section to create a balanced and consistent look.
Repeat the same element 16, 8 or 4 times as you rotate your notebook in a 360 degree circle. (Rotating your notebook makes drawing consistent elements easier.)
Decorate each subsequent circle, adding elements of varying in shape and size. Do not fret about the perfection of each individual element. The mandala as a whole will be beautiful regardless of a few imperfections.
Enjoy the process as well as your final product. Erase your pencil marks, leaving your penned in decoration plain, or color them in for additional creative or meditative expression.
Please share your mandalas or questions with us in the Facebook group Bullet Journal Tips and Tricks.
Also, if you would like a pdf download of written directions on how to draw a mandala, hop over here: https://www.moxiedori.com/members.html#mandala
Looking for a fresh theme for your March layout? Here are 10 inspiring layouts with gorgeous elements that can be expanded upon throughout the month of March.
International Women's Day
Great photos are key for catching attention, sparking interest and kick-starting engagement. Whether you want to improve your bullet journal Instagram photos or lure clients with great product shots, these five simple steps will help you do just that.
Natural light is everything. Turn off overhead lights, as they create shadows and cast yellow hues in photographs. Find a window with filtered light (not direct sunshine) and set up there. I find the light to be the best between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm in my north facing window. You'll have to find your personal sweet spot.
If you want to convey the color of your item, use a white background. I use a white foam board from the Dollar Store. If your item is mostly white and you want to set it off, use a dark background. I like to use a dark wood table that doesn't have a lot of grain to it as I want the focus to be on the bullet journal spread, the stencil and the journal rule.
Put three things in your photos. Number one will be your main item of interest. It should go in the center and be in focus.
Now add items two and three and create an upside down triangle with the three objects. The observer's eye will start at position 1, travel to either 2 or 3 and then back to 1. Then the observer's eye will travel to the opposite item and finally land back on item 1. This causes people to look at your main item again and again.
Attempt to use items in positions 2 and 3 that tie in thematically and/or have a similar hue as the primary item.
Finally, get your hands in the photo. Hold your item and take the photo from the angle and distance that would naturally occur during normal use of that item. Psychologically the observer enters the photo and they feel as though they are holding that item. I have noticed that photos with my hands in them get much more engagement on social media than traditional flat lays do.
4. iPhone Camera Edit
My first photo edit is on my iPhone's camera app. I always shoot in Square and crop if needed. When editing, I start by adjusting the Light. I almost always increase the exposure first. I slowly adjust the brightness and brilliance. At that point I go over to Color and adjust the cast. I then go back to the Light and adjust the shadows, the black point and sometimes the highlights.
5. Snapseed Edit
I make my final editing touches on Snapseed. It is an amazing app and it is really easy to use. I resist using the "Looks" and head over to Tools. While I use Selective and Healing the most, I sometimes use White Balance to adjust the color of my bullet journal page.
Selective allows you to choose certain points on the photo to adjust Brightness, Contrast, Saturation and Structure. Use the Healing tool to "erase" small flaws in your photo.
We hope this was helpful. Hop over to MoxieDori on FB and share your before and after photos with the community. We'd love to see!
Before and After
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Do you love galaxy watercolor paintings? Today is your lucky day! Rosanne Schuurmans of @rosannecreates is sharing her galaxy watercolor technique with us. Grab your Tombows and create along with!
1. Gather your supplies.
Gather your supplies! It’s very important to use watercolor paper for this technique. It doesn’t have to be the best/expensive you have, but it should be at least 200gsm in weight and smooth (so you don’t fray your markers). I love blue, but you can use any color Tombow markers you have.
2. Draw a window using the Journal Rule
Tape your paper down to a flat surface, and use the MoxieDori Journal Rule and a black alcohol marker to draw out your window frame. It is important to use an alcohol marker, because that will not react with water in later steps.
3. Start coloring!
Lay down the colors with your Tombow markers. Start with the lightest color and work your way out to darker tones.
4. The fun part!
Use a wet brush to go over the colors. Start with the lightest parts again and carefully work your way out. You will see the colors start moving on the paper and blending into each other. Don’t use too much water, only enough to blend. Let your work dry completely before moving on to the next step.
5. Draw the cat.
Draw a cat silhouette with the same black alcohol marker. You can use the Moxiedori Cat Doodle bullet journal stencil for this step! You can of course draw a different silhouette. You could try a vase with flowers, or a Christmas tree for December. Get creative!
6. Draw the stars.
I use a white gel pen to draw the stars. You could also paint them on with white gouache or acrylic paint, or splatter them on with a toothbrush!
7. Peel off the tape.
Your artpiece is finished! All that is left to do is peel off the tape. Do this very slowly and carefully, you don’t want to rip the paper! It helps to heat the glue of the tape a little with a heatgun or hairdryer.
Marvel at the beautiful painting you made! You can paste it into your journal, make it into a card or hang it in your house.
Rosanne also has a lovely etsy shop full of her original works. Hop over to RosanneCreates to check out her beautiful watercolor paintings.
Are you looking for the perfect bullet journal Christmas gift? Check out these seven themed bullet journal kits. You will find just the right kit for your favorite bullet journal enthusiast.
The Cat Lover Kit contains a Cat Doodle Stencil, a Cat Lover Stencil, a cat Planner Clip, Kitty Bookmarks, and a card cat themed washi tape.
The Cat Doodle bullet journal stencil contains seven cat silhouettes and four kitty facial features. Mix and match to make your kitty express herself or himself in their own unique way.
The Cat Lover Stencil hosts four large cats that lounge, walk, or play on your bujo layouts. Just like real life.
The Planner Clip is a metal clip that fashioned into the shape of a cat.
The Kitty Bookmarks measures approximately 2" x 3" and made of black flexible plastic. You will receive one front view and one back view.
The cat themed washi card has a generous sampling of four types of cat themed washi tape.
The 2019 New Year Kit has everything you need to get going on your 2019 bullet journal. This comprehensive bullet journal kit contains a Moon Stencil, a 2019 Calendar Tracing Cards, a Lunar Calendar Card, washi tape, and planner clips. Check it out!
The Mandala Kit has the tools you need to draw a mandala with ease and precision. This kit contains a Mandala Maker Stencil, a Compass Protractor, and a Supplies Zipper Pouch.
The Mandala Maker Stencil is a flat compass and protractor used to make mandalas. This 8" by 8" (200mm x 200mm) transparent compass stencil makes 32 circles in 2.5mm increments. The smallest circle is 45 mm in diameter and the largest is 200 mm in diameter. It is also a protractor that divides the circles into 2, 4, 8, or 16 segments.
The Compass Protractor is a compass, a protractor and a straight edge. It makes concentric circles from 5mm to 120mm in diameter. It also measures out segments that divide the circles into 2 to 32 equal parts.
The Mandala Zipper Pouch is 8.5" by 11" zipper journal pouch is big enough to bullet journaling supplies and your journal. The pouch is made of a cream durable canvas cotton fabric and closes with a grey zipper.
The Brush Lettering Kit has everything you need to get gorgeous brush lettering results now. This kit contains a Lettering Composition Guide, an Pentel Sign black brush pen, The mini lowercase and uppercase Brush Letter Tracing Strips, and the lowercase and uppercase Brush Lettering Tracing Strips.
The Brush Lettering Tracing Strips™ sets have the letters A through Z are professionally printed on waterproof plastic vinyl. The letters are easily visible through your journal's page.
UPPERCASE CURSIVE - 2.5 cm - 3 cm tall
LOWERCASE CURSIVE - 1.5 cm - 3 cm tall
MINI UPPERCASE CURSIVE - 1.5 cm tall
MINI LOWERCASE CURSIVE 1 cm - 1.5 cm tall
The set of Lettering Composition Guide Cards are double sided. In all there are 14 word shape containers that act as guidelines for your creative lettering. You can mix and match the shape box guidelines to create your perfect A5 sized composition. The card is made out of a durable vinyl and is waterproof. It will not tear and is meant to last.
The perfect Journaling Christmas Gift! The MoxieDori Beginner Journaling Kit has everything they need to begin bullet journaling. The journaling kit includes a Beginner's Guide to Journaling, a Practice Journal filled with dotted, grid, and plain paper, an exclusive journaling stencil, a sampler of useful, fun washi tape, and a set of 2019 calendar card bookmarks that double as a straightedge ruler.T
The Minimalist Bullet Journal Kit has everything you need to get down to business in your bullet journal. This comprehensive bullet journal kit contains a Journal Rule, a 2019-2020 Linear Calendar Card, an Ink Joy black pen, a planner clip, and a card of minimalist washi tape.
The Journal Rule a straight edge, a ruler, a column and row guide, a bookmark, and likely to be one of the most useful planner accessories you own. It is made of flexible, durable, plastic, with 5mm increments printed on both edges that perfectly align with a standard 5mm grid.
The 2019 -2020 Linear Calendar Card is a reference and tracing card. It is made of durable waterproof vinyl and is made to last. Slip it under your page to the appropriate month and trace your calendex on your page. You will be able to identify days and dates at a glance.
The Ink Joy Black Pen is a superior writing tool that will not bleed through your page.
The Rose Gold Planner Clip will mark your place.
The Minimalist Washi Tape creates bullet lists immediately and provides borders to separate your information.
The Van Gogh Kit contains a Brush Color Swatch Stencil, a double sided Van Gogh Art Tracing Card, and a card of 8 generous samples of Van Gogh washi tape.
The Brush Color Swatch bullet journal stencil allows you to track the true colors of each pen, marker, or colored pencil in your journal and eliminate the guesswork with this creative, durable 12mil matte stencil. The stencil itself is approximately 5" by 7" so it will tuck into you journal with ease.
The Van Gogh Coloring Card is a double sided durable waterproof vinyl card. One side of the card displays an image based on Van Gogh's "Starry Night." The opposite side has an image based on "Sunflowers in a Vase." The card itself measures 5 3/4" x 4 3/4".
The Van Gogh Washi card has a generous sampling of eight Van Gogh washi tapes.
If you are looking for even more bullet journal gifts, check out these Stocking Stuffers!
Last week got away from me, what with the kids being off from school and all the eating and eating and eating (Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving 4 Breakfast! Thanksgiving Leftover Dinner with friends! etc.) So this week, the final week of November, I have TWO doodles for you. Two of my favorite things this time of year; MITTENS and TEA. If you need some additional hot beverage flair in your journal, Amy made a sweet Coffee Tea stencil that can help with that. Enjoy and thanks for doodling with me!
P.S. Want to keep on doodling through December? Check out our December doodle how-to collections (printable or printed) available in our etsy shop too!
Evenings are getting colder and many of us have picked up our knitting needles again to finish up projects in time for the holidays. Here's a cute little doodle step-by-step how-to of a ball of yarn and set of knitting needles that you can add to your journal layouts.
I added a cat with mine for a little extra added fun (because ours is ALWAYS up in my business when I knit) with this great little Cat Doodle Stencil on etsy.
Here's the how-to for the yarn and needles!
If you're looking for knitting related spread and layout ideas, check out this incredible Craft-related Journaling board on Pinterest!
'Till next week, happy doodling!
Join us for some holly, jolly Christmas bullet journal inspiration. You'll find monthly layout ideas, learn about brush lettering hacks, get some geometric animal mood tracker inspo, and learn how to make your holiday card envelopes fun and gorgeous.
There are so many fun ways to create your opening page. The Christmas Holiday Ornament stencil is an easy and fast way to deck your opening page. With some Distressed Inks and a 03 Tombow MONO drawing pen outline, you have a clean, festive layout to set the tone for December.
December Monthly Calendar Spread
Turn your monthly calendar into a holiday spectacular by using one of the elements on this Christmas Tree Stencil. Each day can be an evergreen, a stocking, or an ornament. Brush letter "December" on the spread with this Christmas Themed Brush Lettering Tracing Card. Just place the card under your journal page and trace the perfect lettering right onto the page.
Check out this how to video.
Geometric Mood Tracker
Self care is important during this busy time of the year. One way to take care of oneself is to be mindful of your moods. This double sided Geometric Animal Tracing Card has a deer on one side and a bear on the other. This card is an exclusive tracing card only available in The Christmas Bullet Journal Kit.
Watch this 1 minute video tutorial on how to use the Geometric Animal Tracing Card.
Christmas Themed Brush Lettering
Do you long to include pretty brush lettering headers and quotes in your layouts? Check out this Christmas Themed Brush Lettering Tracing Card. Just place the vinyl card under your page and trace the gorgeous lettering right through the page.
Holiday Card Envelope Decoration
Celebrate the season with a cup of hot cocoa and some snail mail. These Holiday Card Envelope Guides make the job a creative process. Your friends and family will appreciate the handmade touch and they never have to know how easy it was. ;)
The Christmas Bullet Journal Kit
If you love everything you see here, there is good news. All of these bullet journaling tools are available in one Christmas Bullet Journal Kit. This festive kit has everything you need to make a festive Holiday themed bullet journal. This comprehensive bullet journal kit contains a Tree Stencil, an Ornaments Stencil, Holiday Card Envelope Guides, festive washi tape, one Christmas tree clip, one geometric deer/bear tracing card, and one holiday themed word art tracing card.
If you are looking for more Christmas themed inspiration, hop on over here to this December Bullet Journal Pinterest Board. Happy Holidays!!!!
I grew up, a football-ignorer, in a football-frenzied house. To me, this doodle inspires a good book and nap. But I know most people in the United States, and many of you, LOVE that pigskin, plan parties around each game, have entire wardrobes centered around that favorite team, etc. So this one is truly a gift from me, to all of you. November Weekly Doodle - Week 2 - FOOTBALL (or in our house, Sportsball - yes, I married a man who has zero interest in the sport. Ha!)
Now, after doodling daily throughout October, you didn't think we'd ask you to stop cold turkey did you? No way! Once a week, throughout the month of November, we'll continue to share a doodle you can add to your daily, weekly, or monthly journal layouts!
Speaking of turkey, we've got Thanksgiving Turkey, Pumpkin Pie, and more in our November Thanksgiving Holiday How To Draw Bullet Journal Doodles printed booklet or PDF digital download!
November Weekly Doodle - Week 1 - MORNING COFFEE! Enjoy and doodle on!
Are you looking for a new fun mood tracker? Check out this Geometric Mood Tracker.
Grab your Geometric Animal Tracing Cards and join us in creating one of these fast, fun trackers.
Once you create yours, please tag us on Instagram #moxiedori or share in the Facebook Group Bullet Journaling Tips and Tricks.
The gift giving season is soon upon us. Finding that special something for everyone on your list can be both stressful and rewarding. If you have an aspiring brush letter artist on your list, we have a unique, budget friendly guide just for you. You will find great picks under $15 you can gift for stocking stuffers or secret Santa gift exchanges.
These Brush Lettering Tracing Strips are placed under your paper and traced. Not only does the user have immediate brush lettering skills but these strips train the muscles in the hand in letter formation and thin and thick strokes. In gifting these brush lettering tracing strips, you are gifting the immediate gratification of perfect brush lettering.
The tracing strips come in Cursive Lowercase and Cursive Uppercase, Mini Lowercase and Mini Uppercase. They also come in Block Uppercase for a complimentary san serif print font option. Priced at $4 and under, these tracing strips are an affordable and unique gift.
Brush Letterers love pens. Like LOVE pens. And they have a lot of them. This 8.5" by 11" Zipper Pouch will hold a ton of brush pens. This sturdy, canvas pouch has a gorgeous mandala on the front and is priced at $6.
Creating an aesthetic composition is difficult. Use these Word Art Tracing Cards to pencil in your perfect composition before brush lettering. They slip under the page and the shape containers can be penciled in and erased after the piece is complete. This set includes two double sided vinyl cards priced at $8.
Brush Letter Artists love their pens in all of their glorious colors. The Brush Pen Color Swatch Stencil creates a consistent and gorgeous layout that documents how the pigment appears on the page. At $9, this makes a thoughtful gift for that pen lover in your life.
The brush letter artist needs practice and guidance. Tanya Levandoski provides both with this affordable workbook that comes with free video tutorials. Subscribe to Tanya's site and receive a 15% discount of off your purchase and this 56 page workbook is $13.52.
Enjoy picking the perfect gifts for your brush letterer!
Do you love your bullet journal but sometimes feel overwhelmed by how much time it takes to make your layouts? Check out these bullet journaling stencils that help you to create layouts quickly and accurately.
1. The Tidy Slider
If you use a horizontal weekly layout, this is the stencil for you. The Tidy Slider has a vertical slit for you to slip pages into to anchor it in place. The exposed portion of the stencil is wide enough to make the standard six column horizontal weekly spread. The stencil also has notches to create a one box gutter between the columns, horizontal guide marks to create half columns and perfectly sized task boxes.
Want to see The Tidy Slider in action? Check this out:
2. The Super Slider
Do you use a vertical weekly layout? The Super Slider will make your vertical weekly layout in short order. It has a slit in its center for you to slip your page through. The right half of the stencil is perfectly sized to make a vertical line down the exact center of your page. That's right - no more measuring or counting because it's all measured for you. The stencil also hosts a horizontal line of the perfect length to pen the daily horizontal sections.
The Super Slider also features a 1x1 grid task box, a 2x2 grid tracker box, a 7x8 mini calendar box, a water cup for tracking fluids, a 4x4 box for habit tracking, and several corner cuts for the date.
The Field Notes Super Slider performs the same functions in a FN journal.
Check out how easy your weekly layout could be:
3. Diagonal Triangle Weekly Stencil
Do you love the look of those minimalist, diagonal layouts but shy away from them because they are hard to make? . The Diagonal Triangle Weekly Stencil makes this layout easy to make.
This triangular stencil hosts perfectly measured angles and notches that create evenly spaced diagonal columns. You can make them all go the same direction or create a chevron pattern. There are notches on the triangle to mark exactly where you start and stop.
You can also make a large triangle layout with this stencil. Once again, the notches guide you so you create a perfect sized triangle that repeats the perfect number of times on the A5 bullet journal page.
Watch how easy this spread is to make:
4. Moxie Journal Rule
Are you looking for an all around functional tool? This one can be used to make all layouts.
The Moxie Journal Rule is a straight edge, a ruler, a column and row measure, a bookmark, and likely to be one of the most useful planner accessories you own. It is made of flexible, durable, plastic, with 5mm increments printed on both edges that perfectly align with a standard 5mm grid. You can easily and quickly divide your page into 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 equal columns or rows.
Watch this tool in action:
5. Composition Notebook Stencil
Looking for a way to get straight to it and bullet journal on a budget? This cleverly designed stencil does it all.
The Composition Notebook Journal Stencil turns an ordinary, inexpensive college ruled composition book into a bullet journal planner. Use it to create yearly, monthly and weekly spreads.
The stencil includes 30 perfectly placed tick boxes, rectangles for weekly dates, and pen guides for one third page monthly column dividers. The stencil itself is just wide enough to create the dutch door fold over task area that allows you to see both your monthly and weekly spreads at the same time.
Find out how to use this stencil here:
6. Time Spiral Stencil
This stencil is a must for those who track their time.
The Time Spiral Stencil is comprised of three essential elements for daily time tracking. The Time Spiral tracks 24 hours per day. The Timeline tracks up to 18 hours per day in a vertical, or linear, format. The stencil also hosts time keeping icons such as awake, asleep, start, stop, meeting, a pin, and a pencil.
7. Student Note Taking Stencil
Do you take notes for classes, training, or business meetings? Are you looking for a consistent, logical, tested layout to organize information? The Student Note Taking Stencil was inspired by the Cornell Notes method of note-taking and proves to be the structure that many need but have difficulty creating.
Learn more here:
8. Budget Tracker Stencil
Want to create a budget spread but need help with the structure?
This cleverly designed Budget Tracker Stencil assists you in creating budget and savings layouts. In addition to the 9 budget elements on the stencil, the stencil itself is perfectly shaped and sized to make budgeting spreads.
The tabbed top of the stencil creates a perfect monthly row. The stencil is perfectly sized to make rows and columns you need to pen a concise, accurate layout. Use the tab elements to capture the totals, gather lists of reoccurring expenses, or document due dates.
Watch this to learn how to make an all encompassing budget layout:
9. Monthly Calendar Tracing Card
Set up your monthly calendar with ease.
This Monthly Calendar Tracing Card is used for penning a monthly calendar. Slip this vinyl tracing card behind your page and trace your calendar. The lines fit perfectly on grid and dots journals. The card is double sided - left page of spread on one side, right side of spread on the back.
Watch how easy this process can be:
10. Compass Protractor
Do you like those circle dailies, monthlies, trackers, intention wheels, mood mandalas, etc. but can't for the life of you get all of the circles to fit nicely to your journal grid and sections drawn just right? The Compass Protractor is for you.
It's three tools - a compass, a protractor, and a straight-edge. This stencil makes concentric circles from 5mm to 120mm in diameter. It also measures out segments, sections, or "pie pieces" every 11.25 degrees, which means it divides a circle into 2 to 32 equal segments, perfect for making monthlies, dailies, and mandalas.
Here is one of the multitude of ways this stencil can be used:
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Megan Futo of @megansonfireee was kind enough to share her DIY planner clip crafty knowledge with us today. She PMed me and showed me the bat bujo clip she made using the Halloween Bullet Journal Kit and I was WOWED! I asked her if she would teach us and she said yes! So, without further ado, here's Megan.
We are taking the stencil off of the Bujo page and upping your top game. Top game? Ehhh, what is she talking about? Fun and fancy paper clips for your Bujo or planner! The MoxieDori Halloween kit is perfect for this and you can have a new clip in 5 minutes or less, I promise. Let's get started.
1. Gather Supplies
Gather your supplies. Clips can be made from paper, felt, fabric, vegan leather, the options are endless. For this tutorial I chose the vegan leather and my hot glue gun. If using paper for your clip, a glue runner works well.
2. Use the Stencil to Trace
Pick your bat size and trace. I chose the second smallest bat on the Bat Scene stencil for my A5 Moleskein because the scale is perfect for the journal and a full size paperclip.
3. Cut out the Bat
Cut out your bat and backing piece. My backing piece is about ½ inch in length and about ⅝ of an inch in height.
4. Assemble the Bujo Clip
Center your paperclip over the back of your bat.
5. Glue Together
Add a pencil eraser sized amount of hot glue to the backing and place it down centered over the paperclip and bat.
6. Almost There!!!
Press firmly! You want the backing piece, paperclip, and bat to become one.
Admire your work and enjoy!
Thanks a ton to Megan for taking the time and energy to share with us. We appreciate your creativity and creations. We LOVE to see what you make with our tools, so please share photos of your work with us.
If you are looking for more Halloween Bullet Journal inspiration, check out this Hair Raising Halloween Bullet Journal Layouts post or this Halloween Bullet Journal Pinterest board.
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Halloween is a popular holiday in the United States and many folks love to get into the spirit. One way to insert a little spooky into your life is to create Halloween inspired layouts in your bullet journal. Check out these Instagram posts.
Another way to add Halloween flair to your bullet journal is to draw some spooky doodles on your layouts. MoxieDori sponsored an entire month of October Doodles that are perfect for all of your October spreads.
October Opening Page
The Spooky Bat stencil instantly creates an eerie Halloween scene that can be used in journals or to make Halloween cards and party invitations.
Simply put this stencil on your page and pen in the scene. You can daube the elements with Distressed Inks or color in with colored pencils or Crayola Super Tips. Watch this October opening page video tutorial to see exactly how to make your opening page.
The Halloween bullet journal stencil is shaped like a cat and contains six spooky elements. This video tutorial will show you how to make this October calendar using the gravestone element.
The Tombow MONO Drawing Pen 03 is great for adding detail lines at the bottom of the gravestone You can also use a grey Mildliner to create a drop shadow on one side of the gravestone.
October Bucket List
This October word art is a spin on the traditional bucket list. Using a pencil, trace the outer edge of the Halloween stencil to create cat shaped container for your words and phrases. Pen your bucket list in various fonts and in varying directions. I suggest you use a Tombow MONO Drawing Pen 05 to pen your word art so the lettering is thick enough to create the overall cat image. When you are finished, erase your pencil markings.
Geometric Bat Mood Tracker
Draw a bat on your journal page and use a straight edge to create 31 geometric pieces inside the bat. Decide on your color coding system and create a color coded key for your moods.
Zombie October Goals Layout
Looking for a fun way to create your monthly goals page? Zombies!!! This layout is created with the zombie arms on the Halloween Stencil. Just daube the zombie arm element with Distressed Ink in Wilted Violet and Twisted Citron. I find that outlining in an 03 or 01 black pen makes the Distressed Ink really pop off of the page.
Spooky Bat Weekly
This spooky bat weekly is so much fun! Draw a bat onto a piece of black card stock. Cut out the image and glue it to your journal pages using a Tombow adhesive. Next use a Sakura White Gelly Roll 08 to pen the days and dates on the bat.
These large card stock bats can also be used as home decor. Place some double stick tape on the back of the body, fold the wings a bit and adhere to your wall.
More Halloween Inspiration
You can find even more Halloween journaling inspiration on this Halloween Bullet Journal Pinterest board. Remember to follow us on Pinterest as we are always adding more great links to our over 40 bullet journaling boards.
To mitigate our frustration, Amy went to yoga and "sweated out her rage", and afterwards we reminded ourselves of the following tenants we offer to you, fellow makers, in case you've endured your own copycat or two.
Be kind to each other out there, folks.