Yay, it's officially Spring take a look at at what I've been up to with my creative planning, journaling, BUJO and art work for March in my travelers notebooks, Uglydori planner and Lyradori art journals, including my Spring Bucket List in my bullet journal as part of the Planner Girls Collective series.
I love Spring time, but I have been so busy (and tired) at work that I really haven't had much time for planning or journaling. Many of the things I am going to share have been completed as a work in progress throughout March, but I must say I am very happy with the results.
Weekly Pages in my Traveler's Notebook
You can see how busy last week has been when you look at last weeks layout. If you follow the blog, you will know that I draw out my layouts or change the layout each week (as seen here Bujo Planning and Goals and here Hello 2017 - Planner Girls Collective) as I use a blank notebook in my Uglydori. I like how it is always different and can have more stickers or writing based on how busy my week is. This page uses a gorgeous kit by Kelly over at Hazy Days UK, that was part of the Ugly Bug Plans subscription box - you can get similar kits here including my Aprils monthly view kit that I used, just drop Kelly a message and ask for whatever month you want - use the code KERRY15 for 15% off no min spend.
I've had quite a few people ask me what I put in my bullet / bujo / lists journal, so thought I would do a quick post to give you some ideas for what to put into yours. Mine is in no way or means perfect and it's not a 'true' bullet journal. It does follow a bujo style, but also has lists, my favourite things and other ideas you may or may not want to try.
I plan on using this to track a variety of things throughout the year. It's a great memory keeper, as well as a great to keep my lists together in one place. As it is in my everyday carry planner it is something I can update on the go as an idea comes to me. It is also something I often refer back to when I need to find my packing list or look for ideas or tick off things I have tried in my art or creative journaling. Check out my other Bullet Journaling posts here and see my tn flip through's / Travelers Notebook set up below. (My bullet journal is the second half of the first video from 2.20 onwards).
How I track my blog and social media stats:
Part of my planning this year is focused on my blog planning and productivity within my blog and You Tube channel. I have spent a lot of time since September building up my blog and channel, so decided to use one of my planners to plan my posts, filming and editing schedule and to track my site sites and set goals. It has helped immensely with my productivity and it's a great way to see how my blog and social media presence is progressing each month.
Tracking my blog and social media stats:
At the start of the month I write down my monthly stats for my blog including page views and unique visitors, I get the information from my Google Analytics account. I then log subscribers to my blog, Bloglovin, Feedburner and You Tube channel. Next I move on to my social media stats and log my followers and subscribers and any reason for any decline or inactivity. Finally I log my pins on Pinterest to see how they are increasing (or not) each month.
After this I set monthly goals for each area and at the end of the month do it all again and add a + or - to say whether they have increased or declined and a comment to say how close or by how much they were above target. I have only done January (start and end), but it's working for me and it's great to see how my online presence is improving.
Planning my blog posts:
I then use the actual diary to keep track of my blog post ideas and to schedule blog writing, taking photos, filming, editing, organising SEO and uploading. I use the codes above to plan the posts and editing schedule and so far this is working for me. It is a bit messy as I was just starting out and adjusted the codes to link to my bujo planning.
I have so far kept this planner purely functional and non decorative (unlike my other planners), however, I have recently purchased the fab You Tube stickers below from Ugly Bug Plans (Ugly Bug-gers) and will be purchasing a Blog Tracking sheet from The Geeky Planner, so that will probably all change ._. I will keep you updated every few months or so.
For the last two weeks I have been experimenting with my layouts in my travelers notebook and trying to get a balance between pretty layouts, functionality and bujo/bullet journaling style weekly spreads. I have used a mixture of hand drawn layouts, doodles and stickers.
The above page is my absolute favourite page so far this year. I have been busy the last month finalising the directing of the school musical 'The Wizard of Oz' (I'm a drama teacher in a secondary school). I wanted my layout to encompass this in it's design. I actually already had some Wizard of Oz stamps (way before I knew I was directing it), that I got from AliExpress for around £1... I know bargain! I then got an amazing Design Team package from Kelly at Hazy Days UK, so used a mixture of different kits including the Glass Slipper Kit and the Andy's Toys Kit. You can use code KERRY10 for 10% over at Kelly's shop with no minimum spend... make sure you check out the links.
The pages above also use one of Kelly's Kits - this time it uses the gorgeous Precious Gems Kit. I again have played around with a bujo style layout and am really pleased with the end result.
The above planner spread was a play around with a different layout I had seen on Pinterest. I wanted the week of the show to be all about positivity with a few inspirational mantras. It turned out my worries were unfounded as the show WAS amazing. The second half of the week is all about the Pamper and Plan event (just one month to go), I cannot wait for this. I have used gold foil date stickers from Filofabulouss (another of my favourite Etsy shops). You can check out more about my planning style and system here.
WHATS STILL TO COME:
This brings me to my next set of plans for my blog. I am going to be doing quite a bit on Creative Journaling and hope to be able to offer you some inspiration, tutorials, journal with me's and journal ideas over the next few months, not just art journals this time, but smashbook style journaling and memory keeping. So what do you think? Is there anything you would like me to cover? What would you like to see? I would love to hear your comments below. Take care and I hope you have a great week,
Yay, my first post as part of the Planner Girls Collective (formerly part of Confessions of a Plannerholic) - albeit it a little late to the party... PGC has been created by Emma from The Stationery Geekette and gives us Planner blogging girls some unity and a chance to blog about the same themes each Monday (or when we can). You can join the Facebook group to be notified of the new posts here - Planner Girls Collective.
2016 PLANNER OVERVIEW:
I first started planning in September 2015, but it wasn't a passion until January 2016 when I bought my first real planner; A Carpe Diem in coral. I must say I loved using it, but it was more aesthetic than anything else and didn't really work for me as planner. 1. It was too big and didn't ever leave the house with me. 2. I discovered my love for notebooks and wanted to move to a travelers notebook / bullet journaling system (indeed I have - see my post here). 3. I was writing things in after I had done them rather than using it to actually plan.
2017 PLANNER SET UP AND PLAN WITH ME:
In the post a few weeks ago I explained my new BUJO style system, where you can see my first weeks planning. This has been working to a point, except for this week which was a write off due to having flu, so was filled in after the week (hence no BUJO tracking was done). What I have loved is playing around with the different layouts and getting to be creative each week using different styles, it was often limiting when you just have one style of inserts like last years. I really like being able to vary what I track and how I track things each week too. I have been using my printable tracker boxes to track Vitamins, Exercise, Mood and Sleep on a weekly basis and then can add extra tracking if I wish to - or not. I made the notebook by cutting down an A5 sketchbook from Hobbycraft to fit in a regular tn, which proved to be quite tricky to get perfect, but it will do (the perfectionist in me is still struggling with some uneven pages).
Have a look below at my first Plan With Me video where I show you how I have decorated one of the weeks. It is not what I had hoped it would be as I have not done any tracking or checklists as the planning came at the end of the week and after most of the week had already gone (this damn flu!).
Make sure that you have a read of the other girls fantastic blog posts as part of the
'Planner Girls Collective'.
Do let me know below if you've tried bullet journaling and what worked and what didn't, I'd love to hear how you got on.
See you soon, Kerry xx
MY 2017 TRAVELER'S NOTEBOOK SET UP:
My current set up has three notebooks in (it will have four when I order my Monthly Overview notebook soon); A blank notebook that I cut down from A5 (for my main planning), a blank grid book from Travelers Times, that I have been using for bullet journaling/list making and a watercolour notebook for a bit of crafting. I still have last years Lyradori for my main art journal and smash book as this is a little bigger (extra wide/cahier size). I have also started using a Blog Planner, but there will be more on that in a post next week.
BULLET JOURNAL TRACKING:
As part of the BUJO/Bullet Journal planning and my personal goal setting, I have used a key which I have adapted from some several bullet journalers so that it fits in with my own planning. I have used the coloured codes at the bottom as part of a daily tracker and added these to my tracker boxes each day - which I have cut down from my free Tracker Printable Boxes. You can see the trackers in action in the photo below and they can be adapted each week with whatever it is you want to track. I am liking this current set up, as I can still be creative with stickers, but add the bullet style to it and play around with layouts. I have also used my Freebie printable headers that you can download and print here. At the weekend I will be drawing the layout as a vertical one - my first attempt at them ever, watch out for that in my next post and a plan with me to go with it.
In addition to the main planner I am also using my bullet journal notebook (the grid one) to track different things throughout the year. I already use it to show what I have been up to that month or year and will be using it to track my fruit intake... it's not going well so far, hahaha.
I hope you are now feeling inspired to get planning and to get creative with your planning. I'd love to hear about your set up especially if you have just started or are considering going 'BUJO' or drawing out your own planner layouts from scratch.
Remember to sign up for the blog via email below. I have a lot of posts coming based on this system and my blog planner in the next few weeks, including a planning year in review as a new member of the Planner Girls Collective (formerly Confessions of a Planner Girl) ._.
Hi I'm Kerry a UK drama teacher and a planner, art & creative journal fanatic. Make a cuppa and browse my tutorials, musings, and crafty makes.