Bullet Journalling, what have I done?!

My new foray into bullet journaling has kept me pretty busy for the last week. As you have all probably realised, I’m atrocious at updating on time. This is odd for me as I am a massive stickler for being on time. I think the last time I was late for anything was when I was still taking buses and mine didn’t turn up. So, I thought that maybe it isn’t my time keeping that is the problem but my organisation skills. Hence the journal. I am not artistically talented and so there will be no out of this world images or mind-blowing sketches. I love to be creative and draw but I know I’m not good at putting it on paper. I use my words to bring things to life, not my crayons. This is still really fun as its just for me. I still wish I could draw though.

All of the pages have been inspired, copied or are imitations of other people’s journals. I have browsed many a blog, google, and pinterest for references and ideas. For anyone that is also just starting out, these are great places to help you get started.

IMG_0075

My journal starts with a large calendar that shows the year to come. This starts from August as I wanted to begin from the beginning of a month and that is when I will start getting ready for the final University year. I overused the colours but I enjoyed drawing it out. It’s odd how soothing measuring out sections can be. I have highlighted any bank holidays, including ones unique to where I live. I have also shown any days to remember, such as Mother’s/Father’s Day. This seemed like the logical place to start before I realised I had left off space to identify what day matches the date. This isn’t a big issue as I list it later on, but still not the best thought out page.

IMG_0076

The second page looked like a great idea when I saw it online. I like how it looks but (for me) it doesn’t make the reading list look any more interesting. This page is split into three sections, my two modules with reading lists, and what I want to read. I have done it this way as I must work from the top of the list before I can read from the bottom. The books just aren’t what I am interested in. There are some good reads mixed in with the bad, but it is still a bit of a chore. I would love to have found a layout that makes this seem a bit less daunting. This one is as close as I could get. This might not be a relevant addition to every journal, and could in fact be replaced with films or series. I have seen some great images of people tracking which episode they are up to in the series’ they are watching. I just don’t have many to track at the minute as a lot of mine are on a break.

IMG_0077

The third page so far is a page waiting to be filled. It has a calendar ready for when I have my final deadlines for the year. I won’t know these until I’m back in September but I wanted this page as close to the front of the book as possible. I started to try and do the title in a font similar to that of the Walking dead. I was going for the ‘Walking Deadlines’ pun, it failed, miserably. I am happy with the rest of the page, even the dodgy looking plant doodle that I have attempted. The page is fine, it’s what needs to go on it that I’m dreading.

IMG_0074

Page four and five are a second planner. A full year with space to add a few notes. This is so I can add a reminder for things that I want to put in the journal, but I’m not at that moment yet. If that made sense. I will do week to view pages later on that will allow me to keep on top of work over a months’ time. I don’t want to be overwhelmed and so I am going to keep it down to a month only. I have to admit that even though this is a simple layout, this is my favourite so far.

IMG_0078

The last thing I will include in this blog is the tracker page. This is another of the reasons I wanted to keep one of these journals; to track certain activities I do every day. This for me is simple, pills, teeth, health, and reading. I want to try and keep an eye on how often I am doing these things and this will allow me to do that. This page is for July even though I did’t want to start until August, as I wanted to start the tracking as son as I could. I’m not happy with how it looks and so will lay it out differently for August, but it will work.

On a side note, a lot of people have told me about washi or wasabi tape, as you can see I have bought a roll but I personally think it looks a mess. Could somebody explain why they like it so much and how they use it? I know it’s often a page boundary or to separate things, but I think it sticks out a bit too much. I might have to try a few different types to see if I get a feel for them.

Anyways folks, here is my first attempt at bullet journaling. I will try and keep you up to date with it as I go along but I’ll see how I get on. This may replace my normal period blog as I have been put on a new pill that stops my cycle. Let me know what kind of posts you are wanting, even if it’s more on reusables, journaling, crafts, or more.

Thanks for reading and please subscribe!

Charlotte x

Those Freshers are lookin a bit crafty

I promise that I haven’t given up on my whole ‘learn a new skill’ resolution, it’s just going very slowly. I did make a few pompoms which I enjoyed but haven’t taken any photos of and they’re at home so I can’t show proof. I promise I made actual round pompoms though! Even tied them together and made a snowman, sewed a little hat and scarf and everything. I’ll show you all when I get home for Christmas.

Anyways, I am currently back at university for the Freshers week and have absolutely nothing to do before classes start next week and so I decided to focus on my reading and my crochet. I went into the local crafts store and she gave the advice that many of you have already given me. I was to buy a bigger hook and thicker wool. I did just that and here is the result.img_1734

Not perfect at all and for some reason it doesn’t maintain its shape. Is that because I change how tightly I pull the hook through the yarn do you think? I’m pretty proud of myself for what I have so far, planning to keep going so I have a very thin and misshapen scarf or something to that effect.

So it’s just a quick little update, I’m thinking of getting even thicker yarn and an even thicker hook but I’ll see how I feel next time I’m out shopping. Please send me ideas for fun things a beginner like myself can make as I would love to actually make something.

Thanks for reading!

Charlotte

 

A crafted moose, of weird moose shaped bit of fluff

Finally! A crafty update. It’s been a while since I did any crochet and so this week I decided to have a try at something new (for me anyways.) I attempted…..a Granny square! Yes, I have been told that these are very easy and make a lovely design however, i’m not even going to show you my first attempt as it would make you all bang your heads against the wall. 

I know, you’re all very impressed with my progress over my previous updates and of course it doesn’t seem to have taken fifty steps backwards since the last entry. I tried, I followed videos and guides and banging my head against a wall but I didn’t succeed. Not this time, or the next time, and very likely I failed a few other times that I won’t mention. I’ll just show you the evidence below.

As you can guess, I got so good that I practically stopped following the directions, I did so on purpose to create the masterpieces you see before you. I think I might go back to trying my squares for a little bit just to feel as though I’m not a complete crochet failure.

On the plus side of things, I went back to the straight rows, then got a bit bored and decided to be adventurous (I know, I know, not a good idea) I think it was worth the risk. Look a Moose! He’s a work of art! I set off from the start to make a moose I swear. If you don’t think he looks like a moose, then I will be very sad so for now it’s a moose!

Sorry not much of an update, but I’m really not a quick learner when it comes to crafts, it was fun to try a flower but even the beginner videos are more advanced then I am. I am considering trying out making a quilt at some point as I have a few different fabrics so that will be something I look at doing maybe over my Christmas holiday. I’ve seen tutorials and am going to buy a proper set of tools so I can do it properly. I’m a bit impatient so I’m going to do it very slowly and take a lot of breaks so don’t be disheartened if this is the last you hear of it for a very long time. I’ll keep you all updated on my progress when I get it started though.

For now, lots of odd bits of cotton lying around my room, my dogs are happy to steal them so at least it’s benefiting someone.

 

Dabbling with a sewing machine

For those of you following my crochet progress, I haven’t given up! I am still working on it but the square has yet to appear. I am getting neater lines but around half way through I change the tension I use and it becomes misshapen. I’ll update the progress once there’s more to report.

I haven’t stopped there though. I managed to purchase a cheap £10 sewing machine to be able to make my own cloth menstrual pads and I’ve been enjoying trying my hand at that. I’ve only ever used a sewing machine back in high school, maybe once or twice. The neatness of my work leaves a lot to be desired but I’m getting better and am pretty proud of my progress so far. I love finding materials and hunting down really nice prints of fabric. Mainly bought star trek or Spiderman themed cotton for when I get a bit better. It’s my incentive to progress.

I was given a box of old fabrics some of which I don’t know what they are. I started out using these before I ruined anything I’d spent money on. My first attempt, well that didn’t work very well.IMG_1180

I’d just brought the machine home and spent around an hour, maybe two; trying to thread the bastard. I managed and had to try my hand at sewing a pad immediately. I didn’t draw any template or have any idea what I was doing, as the result clearly shows. I’ll also say that threading a sewing machine is a skill I never knew existed. I ended up taking the entire thing apart with a screwdriver thinking I was missing something. I wasn’t it was just hard dammit!

My second attempt went a little better than the first. The thread isn’t very straight and the colour is a bit off for the lighter fabric, but it’s not a disaster. I didn’t use a proper centre, just scrap material to see if I could make a pad. I was pretty proud of myself to be honest.

I spent last night drawing up a basic template which I will be tweaking. I then used my own fabrics to make a usable pad. I’m super proud of myself! It looks and feels like a pad! The thread is a bit pulled in places but not too bad. It only needs snaps to be complete and I don’t have any of those yet because I can’t afford any extras. After pay day I’ll be buying me some snaps.

So yeah, this is my new, learn a new skill. I will continue my crochet, but I think I enjoy sewing a little more than I expected. The excitement may wear off but I doubt it.

Thanks For reading!

Charlotte x

It has edges!

A crochet update for my lovely readers: I achieved a finished product! Tada! I know what you’re all thinking, my masterful technique and skill is beyond your wildest comprehension and you’re all awed by my talent. I hate to let you all down by telling you this but…it was supposed to be a square okay! I know it makes an amazing wonky half circle thing but I don’t know when it went from nice neat little rows to, oh so wrong.

It’s an achievement though, I finished the rows until I ran out of them and then tied them off. My first completed project. I will try again and again until I get it right.

I did manage to get it right on the next try! Look at this picture!

It’s still not fully square but that’s because it’s a work in progress, it’s a rectangle. I managed to get fairly even rows, only a few missed stiches and it only took me about 2 hours to do. Yes, 2 hours. I’m sure I’ll get faster at it eventually but for now I’m proud of my small achievement. I’ve been invited to try other designs and eventually I will but for now it’ll be boring row upon row until I can do it in my sleep, then on to the next challenge.

Also a quick note, I may have mentioned The Art of Crochet magazine before but I do not recommend it. The customer service team are very rude and they don’t send out the bonus gifts when they say they will. They were really difficult with me when I initially bought the subscription a few years ago and so i’d say stick to YouTube 🙂 x

Charlotte x