April Showers Bring…. // APRIL BUJO Setup and POLL!

Hello everyone!

I am quite sad that I have been so missing in action from my blog lately. I plan to make an appearance more than I have recently starting now. I’ve missed it!

I absotively (yes, it’s a word. I just made it up. Seems fitting.) can’t believe we’re already at April. Normally the January through March months seem to go by really slowly, but 2020 and this year, thus far, have blown by. I don’t support that. I assume April and May will go fast as well, with school wrapping up and Summer plans starting to be made. If any of you are still in school, when do you end for the year? My family usually breaks the day-before Memorial day. Not too long!

Anyway, y’all know the drill. The first of the month brings a new bullet journal setup on my blog. I went just easy and colorful and fun for this month, and I think it turned out fun! Also, please stay until the end to take a poll!

I will say, the first two pages host a font I really don’t like. Oh well.. it does get better. ;P

On the lefthand side there is a quote (one that seems to be a go-to in my BuJo, oh dear!) that says “Joy is the most magnetic force in the universe.” I believe it to be true.

The righthand side has the intro for the month, “APRIL”. I outlined it in black (the font and the page) and then I did colorful abstract dots all over. This is carried throughout.

The next two pages are the holders of this month’s calendar. I used the same font and then the corresponding colors of the first two pages. A fairly simple layout, but very effective!

The left page in this spread has a quad of different things: goals, to dos, reminders, and ideas. I like to group them together; oftentimes each the four play off of each other. Surrounding this I have the same pattern as the previous pages.

On the right page I have Spring goals (I know this should’ve been started in March, technically, but I was making that layout in February, so I guess Spring wasn’t quite on my mind yet. XD) which I decided into three columns for different things.

On the left of this set of pages I have my usual habits tracker. I’ve had the same few habits to build for the past few months: Bible (daily readings), Tidy up (any area I’m in daily), Water (at least 64 oz. daily), and Skincare (in the evenings and mornings). I’m pretty good about all of them, but having this opened up by my bed encourages me.

On the right I have the first weekly log.

This is probably the busiest, and quite possibly my favorite, spread in this month. I went ahead and made the rest of the weekly logs for this month, and where the month ended (far right) I slid in the money tracker (incoming and outgoing money). It actually works quite well with this layout, especially if you’re running out of pages and want to save space.

On the left, I have the mail tracker for this month. Just the usual, envelope shapes rectangles where I write the name of the person, the date in the left hand corner, and I check the “stamp” (the square in the righthand corner) when I’ve replied and mailed it out.

On the right I have a section where I can give a recap of the month. I like doing this so I can go back and read about all I did later.

Well, that’s all for April’s setup! I’d love to hear what you think. Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Easter if we don’t chat before then!

Do you have Easter plans? What is the weather usually like in April where you live? Do you like the Spring? What is your favorite recipe?

Go Find Some Clovers // MARCH BUJO Setup

Well, hello!

*Nervous laughter* It’s only a few hours until March. Augh. What.?! I know I say this every month but, it never fails to surprise me how fast the months come ’round.

I have created a new setup for this upcoming month, so I though I would share!

It is a very blue toned theme. I wanted to do a somewhat monochrome scheme because next month’s theme is very colorful, so I went with blues. (:

On the left, I have “Bloom where you are planted” to fill in that empty page. On the right, I have a “dutch door” With flowers and the month’s title. I made it a bit curvy to add some dimension and texture and to follow the shape of the flowers.

P.s… Didn’t mean to show my fingers in all of these!

I started my month’s calendar on the other side of the dutch door to the other page. On the bottom, a short quote and the carryover of the design.

On the left, I have ‘To- do’ ‘Reminders’ ‘Goals’ and ‘Ideas’ In rectangles, surrounded by the floral design. Very simple, but easy to layout and write in.

On the right, I have a very simple habits page–only the grid and the words. I thought it might be best to not over do the florals. What do you think?

On these two pages, I have two weeks worth of weekly logs, each with a ‘to-do’ list at the bottom.

On the left we have the letter/mail tracker for this month and sparse design elements. On the right I have a page of grids for money tracking.

On this left page we have one more weekly log, and for this one I played with a different layout–more horizontal. I used the different blues to define it a bit. It includes a ‘to-do’ at the bottom as well.

On the right, a quote and design that says: “You want nothing but patience–or give it a more fascinating name; call it hope” by Jane Austen.

The last pages wrap up the weekly logs for this month. It is more horizontal as well, using the same colors as before. On the right side at the bottom there is a small area for the month’s recap, too. I like to refer to these at the end of the year!

Well, I hope y’all enjoyed! I’m sorry I have been such a very bad blogger lately, I want to start posting more soon! Please share any and all ideas you may have, I’d love to hear. Thank you for reading!

Do you like blue? What is your favorite thing about March? Any Plans? What is your favorite history book? Chocolate or peanut butter?

Not Too Many Hearts.. // February BUJO Setup

Hello! How are things?

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Good!

Haha, I hope y’all are well.

Today is very exciting because I’m posting about a bullet journal setup I am very excited about. And, can you believe there are only 2 days (?!) until February? I am at a bit of a loss for words. On month down already, whoosh! That was fast, it seems!

I have been very intrigued by the Dark and Light Academia aesthetics of late, and because I have a bullet journal, I though I’d try my hand at the aesthetic inside of it. I really enjoyed making this and laying it out, I hope you like it!

The main thing I notice about the Academia aesthetics is that they have a lot of tones of neutrals, so I went with that. For the most part, the only pens I used were the Tombow fudenosuke brush pen (hard tip) and a Pilot ink pen and a white gel pen for accents here and there.

I picked out some kraft paper for some different tones and I printed off some small photos and art to glue down (HERE is a link to my Pinterest board where you can find these additions to my bullet journal!) and to add some texture and depth and different elements to the spread. I used a very typewriter like font throughout, which is something i don’t do often, but really enjoyed.

I did a simple, two page calendar layout for this month (And I was very excited because there is a even number of days, 28, and this month starts on Monday! Eee!) and included the neutral colors and kraft paper at the bottom, as well as the same font and print outs.

On this next page I have Goals, To Do, Reminders and Ideas in one “scroll.” I love doodling things like this, so I figured I’d sling on in here somewhere. XD

On the other side I have a vertical layout (you can click here where I show you my BUJO add ons, and there I mention different layouts) for my habit trackers, featuring the same colors, fonts and prints. My habits to continue to build are daily bible reading, skin care at night, read daily, and keep a tidy room. What habits will you be building?

These two ( and a 1/2, I suppose) pages have the first two weekly logs of the month. I did a dutch door page in between where I doodled some books and letters and tea.

I think the next two pages might just be my favorite; perhaps, the dark colors, layout, I’m not sure! But, on the left we have the mail tracker (which is who I got a letter from, when, and did I reply) with various clips of photos and quotes.

On the next page I sketched a quote that says, “Those who have not more, must be satisfied with what they have.” By Jane Austen. It seemed to go with a bit of the “simple” theme. What are some of your favorite quotes?

This next page I have the money tracker for the month. It’s just the usual grid setup I do (see here for reference) with the addition of a budget space, and some beautiful pictures of libraries. ❤ Ahhh

On the right side I have a very simple weekly log. I felt like something simple might be fun beside such a busy money tracker. What do you think?

The next page is a planning page for somethings I’m hosting and teaching in February, they are just divided by a thin line.

On the right, I have another weekly log that is the same as the previous one, but with the addition of a slab of books. (:

Y’all. What is this?! Why is it touching my bullet journal?! Haha, Maisy wanted to show you her lovely hand curls.

The last page is a quote with some lovely, dreamy photos. The quote says, “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to experience.” Seems like a nice one to add in the mix! (:

On the right, I have a “scroll” with a “Month Recap” inside that I will fill out at the end of the month saying a few of the things I had done in it. (:

What did y’all think? Do y’all like the academia aesthetics?

I hope you are doing well and happy February!

What is your favorite aesthetic? Do you like neutral colors? What would be a exciting post to see? Favorite restaurant?

February Setup // Guest Post

Hello there, everybody!

I am excited for today’s post because today we have a special guest, Zainab, to show us her lovely February setup. It is so cute! Okay, I’m going to hand it over to her, I hope y’all enjoy! Also, stay tuned for my February setup coming soon. (:

For this setup, I decided to go for the colour schemes of pink and a teal blue. Mainly because February is the month of Valentines; and purely because these colours are really cute together! I wrote ‘February’ in block letters and coloured the inside of the ribbon pink outlining the ribbon teal!

In my monthly spread, I drew the Februrary calendar and inside the blocks I wrote the dates and alternated between the two main colours! On the second page, I write down any birthdays or special events! I then drew a heart underneath!

For the weekly spread I decided to use a ruler to make different sections for every day where I write my daily to do lists! Again, alternating between teal and pink!

I have 4 main trackers I mainly use: Reading, Exercise, Mood and Gratitude. I’ve found they’re all super beneficial for me! Reading and Exercising are things I want to turn into constant habits and I want to start tracking my moods and what I’m grateful for! All these trackers will be using my colour scheme!

Thank you so much again Audrey for letting me guest post today! I’d love it if you guys could check out my blog – https://zainabchats.wordpress.com

Wasn’t her setup just lovely? What was your favorite part? Do you like apples?

Bullet Journaling 2021 // Tips and Favorite Designs

Happy New Year! (plus one day. (: )

I have had a few questions about different things regarding bullet journaling recently, so I figured that I would make a post where I talk about a few of my favorite things when bullet journaling (including my favorite journals) and the different styles of fonts and pens. And, a page of titles and designs I love.

I have tried a few bullet journals in my time including one from Hobby Lobby that was abandoned on a end cap, a dupe for the Archer and Olive journals that I can’t pronounce (here. This is what I used last year. Very pretty!) , and these, which are my favorite that I have used. These journals are by Minimalism Art. They have a significant range in sizes and pages, and they have quite a lot of colors. For this year, I chose two of the 190 page journals. One white, one black. In 2019 I used the tan one which has a bit over 250 pages, which is just enough for a year for me. But I liked black and white, so I got the two smaller page journals to get me through 2021.

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I have tested out quite a few different types of pages as far as the grid goes, and a few years back landed on dotted grid pages as my favorite. I like that you can do art on top of them and you don’t see big lines, and they are faint, but you can still see them to help yourself make straight lines every time. But, most dots in each journal (any journals) are different. So, whenever I get a new dotted bullet journal I make a little not in the front about how many dots wide and tall the journal contains. This helps me if I need to make a line straight through the middle and I won’t have to cont up all the dots to find the mid part.

I make little grids all of the time, and I usually just freehand them by counting out 8 dots (or 7 spaces) and then draw it two dots high. Depending on the size o your journal, you might want to go 2 or 3, maybe even 4 dots tall if your dots are tiny and close together.

I am going to keep it pretty simple as far as the design goes for this post, but you are welcome to turn it into whatever you like! I like to look at stickers or pretty papers or pictures of different things on pinterest to decide my theme, but sometimes I just make it up without looking at anything for inspiration, too. For this design, I had these cute floral themed stickers to which I drew inspiration.

If you’re going for a simple theme, just centering your title (the name of the month) in the page with minimal designs around (I just did three flowers diagonally on each side of the title) is really pretty. I love going for more simple themes like this, but I also love going more into detail with harder themes. Speaking of, any theme ideas for this year you’d like me to try?

Choosing a color scheme can be one of the hardest parts for me, but go with what you love! For this theme I chose warmer, rosy tones and a deeper warm green in the Tombow dual brush pens (the exact shades are 772, 912, 026 and 249, which are all dear favorites that I’ve used multiple times in bullet journal setups.). You don’t have to over do it as far as color goes. Just a black pen and/or black brush pen and one or two colors would be plenty!

This kind of simple design is really easy and pretty, and you could carry these little flowers (or hearts or leaves or pumpkins ar books, whatever you choose!) through the rest of your pages and it would be so pretty!

I always like to make a little insert in my journal of my most used fonts to refer to through the year to help keep everything cohesive. Number 1,2,4,6 and 8 are the ones y’all see the most, but somewhere I would like to use the bubble letters (#7). A bit farther down I have a list of title fonts you could use to refer to, hope they help! (:

Below are some fun title and design ideas I love. Let me know if you use any!

I do weekly logs in every spread, and I seem to always be trying out a new layout. Below are the ones I have used many times before. You can check out this, this, this, and this to see a few of these designs in action.

These are my favorite and most-used pens. Overall, my most used are the Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens. If you don’t have them, they’re worth the $7!

Below I have the Pigma Micron in 02 (my favorite fineliner!), the Tombow dual brush pen, a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen, a Tombow Fudenosuke, a pencil, a Ecoline brush pen, and a Baoke brush pen (in S23). If you want a more detailed pen post, let me know!

And lastly, the main add ends I love to use in my bullet journal: Washi tape and stickers. I find these add some very fun colors, patterns and textures, and you can use whatever suits your fancy! I also like to incorporate kraft paper, patterned paper, magazine clippings, etc. But, these two categories are my main used(:

Maisy wishes you all farewell and Happy New Year! ❤

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and maybe you were able to pick up a tip or two. I hope you are all doing well, have a lovely day! And, please be sure to leave me any post suggestions below, I’d love to hear what you would be interested to see.(:

Do you do any of these things in your bullet journal? What is your favorite color group? Do you like sweet or salty better?

FA LA LA LA LAAAA // December Bullet Journal Setup

Wow. It’s been awhile! I don’t know about all of you, but these past few Fall months have seemed to go by at an alarming rate. I planned three posts for November and managed only one before December came barging in. Oh boy!

I plan to do better this month. I want to post as much as I can in 2020! Can y’all believe there are only 29 days left in the year, as of today? And only 23 days until Christmas! I don’t know how y’all are feeling, but it seems as when you get to be a teenager or young adult that everything goes 10 times faster than when you were 11. I remember waiting and waiting and waiting for Christmas for what seemed to be months, and now I can barely even remember what I did a few minutes back because it went so fast!

Well, I have been planning my December spread for quite awhile, and I am pleased to be plopping it on here now! I hope you all enjoy, and let me know which part is your favorite!

For this month, I had planned a few different ideas, and I just liked the poinsettias best. I mean, what says Christmas more than red and green?

I did the flowers and leaves pretty simple, no clean or finished lines and no smoothness of color. I like it better this way if I’m using a more fancy script. I added a bit or plaid wash tape for some extra texture as well.

I did a two-page layout for the calendar, mainly because the December month is usually the craziest and most full of the 12. I continues the similar theme throughout this page.

On the next page, I used red, green and gold ornaments for my goals, to dos and reminders categories.

On the other side, I did the poinsettias again and then my four habit trackers in gold.

The first weekly log alternates from ornaments to poinsettias in different colors, with gold to divide the columns. I quite like the simplicity, it helps me to think better when I’m not distracted. (Do y’all get distracted by things easily?)

On the right I have my Christmas chopping list page. I’m quite excited to fill this out!

On this page, I have the letter tracker for the month with gold boxes and poinsettias.

On the right, I have another weekly log, this time a bit more… colorful. XD

Here is another more simple weekly log. I quite like this one as well. I enjoy bigger writing spaces, too.

On the right, I have a Christmas bucket list. I make these every year, they’re always so fun to complete!

Then, I made a compact weekly log of only 5 days, and I added a to do section to this one. This mostly uses a gold paint pen.

On the right, a quote! I love throwing these in there. I used all of the textures and designs throughout to complete this one.

On this page, I have a list for where I will invite folks to a neighborhood party we have. I’m not sure how the turnout will be this year, but I still made a list!

On the right, I have the completion of the weekly logs for 2020. This has poinsettias and red.

On this page, a bible verse/quote. I love this one!

On the right, I have a money tracker for this month. I quite prefer this layout, it helps me to see everything very well and be able to go back and track things.

What did y’all thing of this spread? Let me know!

I hope you’re all doing well and have Christmas decorations up and are enjoying the start to the holiday season!

What is your favorite part about December? What did you do for Thanksgiving? Do you like Icecream? What is your dream job?

It’s Officially Here…//November BUJO Setup

Wow.

It’s November.

More specifically, almost a week in.

I have no clue how a week has slipped out from under me. Goodness. I had planned to write this 7 days ago and.. here I am now. Oh well! I must get it out soon, though, or else it will be Christmas! Oy!

So.. My bullet journal setup for this month is fairly warm-toned, doodley and basic. I figured that now would be a good time to do something simple because I will probably do something more elaborate for the December and Christmas time. So, here it is!

I did a fairly general fall scene; glove, coffee, scarves. I also chose very simple font to keep it all cohesive.

This next page is goals, to do and reminders in the form of coffee cups! I enjoyed this doodle.

The next page is my habits page. I did a kind of raw, rough design for the grid that I quite liked.

My first weekly log is fairly simple in layout and design, just horizontal lines dividing the days with small doodles.

The calendar got pushed to the middle of my monthly spread for some reason, but here she is! (:

I made a ver basic mail tracker, just using rectangle grids and small doodles.

The next page is like a income tracker, different grids for different categories. I really enjoy doing it like this, I really keep a good track on my money and expenses.

Haha, the lines wouldn’t stop in this weekly log! I tried to keep it minimal, but nope, full out color. I don’t know, what do you think of it?

The next weekly log is very laid out and doodley and it’s probably my favorite. I love doing box layouts like this!

The next one is very minimal and I like the space in the boxes. I usually use the weekly logs more than the calendar, so the more room the better!

I made this little color palette for the month of warm, falls colors to refer to in art. I want to keep this for the next few months, I think it’s fun!

The next page finishes up the weekly logs and also includes goals for the month.

Are y’all looking forward to anything specific this month? Do you like November?

What’s your favorite part of November? Do you like bananas? What’s your favorite color?

PEOPLES. what?! // September BUJO Setup

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Hello there!

Oh my! SEPTEMBER?!???!!! WHHHHAAATTT?!

Seriously. Every. Singly

Did I just say singly? Oh well. It fits.

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I CAN’T BELIEVE IT!!

September means (still hot but trying) fall colors starting, fall candles in every nook and cranny in my house, and the leaf garland my family has had since mid 1998. Eheh. sEPtemBeR?!!

Okay. Well.

(These intros are always so very awkward. XD)

I have a new bullet journal setup for September, I hope you enjoy!

I decided to go with the classic leaves theme. I love fall leaves, and after all of the bright, Summery themes, I decided to go with muted, neutral colors. It was a nice break after the color. XD

I used watercolors and a gold paint marker as the main design materials. I also used my Tombow Fudenosuke soft tip brush pen. (I highly recommend either it or the hard tip, so good!)

Now, ehe, the first page isn’t my most favorite, but I do enjoy it combined with the gold calendar. I kept it fairly simple for this month, which I enjoy.

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The next page is my To Do, Reminders and Goals page. I just painted a few different leaves. I’ve been using the theme subjects as this page (see here and here).

The next page is the habit tracker for the month. I painted some leaf doodles around the trackers, and kept it fairly simple.

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This page is the letter trackers page. I used the gold pen and the black pen for the outlines and did the same leaf doodles surrounding.

The next page is the first weekly log of the month, consisting of only leaves.

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The next page is my money tracker. I used the gold, and painted the same branches as the first page.

The next page is the next habit tracker. I turned a few of the leaves, but it’s fairly the same.

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The next page is another weekly log, the same(:

Then, to make this a bit more “fun” I created a brain dump page. This is for fun sentences or doodles. Hehe, I got so excited I started on it already.

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Then I have two pages filled with the end of the weekly logs. On the second page I also have the end of the month recap. A fun little page I like to include sometimes.

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To conclude this theme, I have a “creation” page. For doodles and sketches, things of that sort.

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What did you like about this theme? Do you bullet journal? Let me know in the comments!

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No Way. // August BUJO Setup

August

*slams door*

 

*stomps decidedly to the calendar*

 

*falls down triumphantly, and quite possibly dramatically*

 

 

 

 

*realizes I say this every time but..*

 

A.. AU… *splutters*

…..augggguusstttt?!!?!

Hold up, let me go look at the beginnings of my other posts…

JULY:

“Hi! How are you al– DID I JUST SAY JULY?! Umm, no. Surely not.

RIGHT?

Ahh, unless the automatically against my will pre-set calendar on this computer is deceiving me, it is, indeed, nearly July. (Approx. 6 hours and 55 minutes. *ahem*)

It can’t be stopped. Oh dearie me.”

JUNE:

“*HYPERVINTILATES*

WAHT.

Did I really just write “June” on the title of this post?

I’m just sitting here at my desk watching May drive out my driveway and some weird thing named June is roundin’ the corner. What. The “COVID Months” seem slow, but then at the end of the month I’m just.. flabbergasted.

To put it mildly.”

MAY:

“Hello!

Oh wait… I must’ve mean’t to write January in the title ’cause it sure don’t feel like May!

It’s crazy to think how fast everything’s going.”

APRIL:

“I CANNOT believe April (april!!) is almost here. I can practically touch it! You know what the means?? A quarter of 2020 is already gone. Poof! Like that. Man.”

I gueessss what I’m saying is I get more baffled every month. XD

I just, whoa, August?

I mean’t to start writing this post multiple days ago but alas, here it is August 01. At 6:52 p.m. (:

With August comes a new bullet journal setup, so I thought I would share with y’all!

Since this is technically the last month of Summer (I mean, school starts, Fall starts in September, etc…) I wanted to do a very bright and Summery theme. I chose popsicles in very highlighter-y colors and a very simple bubbley font. It’s fun to turn the pages that are so bright and colorful!

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My next page has two very large popsicles that serve as my to do’s and goals categories.

The next page is my monthly habit tracker which fits with the theme of mini popsicles. Simple, but fun!

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Then I have my first weekly log. I kept it fairly simple, using the same colors to highlight the words.

On the right I have my letter tracker for the month. Last month I used two pages for my letter tracker,  but I realized my usual setup works best. I didn’t really keep up with the “reply to” list. I’ve always made the little square in the corner to check off when I reply, so I thought I would stick to that. It’s what seems to work for me.

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I have my next weekly log, which I just made very simple since the next page is so bold. I really enjoy this layout because I can really use all of my space and write out all I need.

The next page is my money tracker. I have little categories like expenses, total made, total saved, and the weekly amounts I make from my different jobs. Having multiple categories really helps me to see how much I make and how much I need to tithe and such. And, the categories are in the shape of popsicles! Does anyone know the popsicle on the left? It wasn’t really the colors I was using but my brother and I used to get one box of those red, white, and blue popsicles every Summer, so I had to throw it in.

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The next two pages are more trackers and grids and logs for school and music (mostly violin and piano). The first one is a school tracker/planner for each day. We don’t actually start school until September but my brother and I have a few classes starting next week, so I figured this would help out.

The next page is to record my music practice times and what I think I need to work on.

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I have my third weekly log here on the left, which is the same layout as the others.

Then I made another weekly log in a bit more of s grid format.

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Then I have another school log, which is the same layout.

On the next page I have the last of the school activity and the last of the music log.

Below that I have the last of the weekly log as well.

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To close out I have a quote that says “If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours” (Dolly Parton) and I used those same colors to brighten the page up.

On the right I have the “farewell August” page, which includes more popsicles(:

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I hope y’all enjoyed this month’s theme! What’d you think? Let me know in the comments!

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Do you like popsicles? What’s your favorite Summer treat? Broccoli or Squash?