HUH? DID YOU SAY… APRIL? // Bullet Journal Setup

April

Hello! Greetings! Good day!

I hope you’re all well and happy!

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.

Well, I did do a bullet journal stupor the lovely month of April, and I hope you like it!

This month I went with a diamond/gem theme. I also wanted to do a “monochromatic” look, meaning all the same color, but I did do different shades. I went with purple. I did this theme with a friend, so I believe she did blue. It’s fun to see different styles and tastes when it comes to art and bullet journaling.

For the gems and diamonds I outlined some them with the purple, and others I filled in and did a darker shade on top. This helped create a little dimension and varying tones, not such a blank slate, if you know what I mean.

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I spread this month’s calendar across two pages. For the squares I took turns using the different colored purples. I used my Tombow dual brush pens in the shades 603, 623, 553 and 620. 

I used to fonts, a typewriter style and cursive/brush style. I like to switch it up, It helps it not to be too similar.

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This page was a bit different than what I normally do, I wanted to break it up and do half side habits and goals, half side Reminders and habits. I just felt like breaking it up. I also did gems on the bottom on one side and on the top on the next page. My habits this month: Water (5+ cups), music practice, bible readings, and exercise (running and walking). Do you have any habits this month?

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My first weekly spread is fairly simple, just the rectangles in purple along with the first one proclaiming what week it is and some more diamonds and gems.

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I wanted to add a quote page this year, since these help a lot when I want to add something special to a letter or paint it, so I added one in. Not much there, I mail kept with the theme(:

The next page is my April letter tracker (whenct I received and whom I received from and the square in the corner is for when I mail a reply, I’ll check it.) This helps me keep track of if I’ve written letter back and who it’s from, etc. They’re quite helpful. You could turn this into tracking bills, anything like that. It can be customized any way you please!

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The left page here is my Money tracker. I normally teach piano and do some other things, but all of that had to be cancelled during this time of the Coronavirus, so this page won’t be used much. (I did most of this before the threat was really real) 

My to do page I wanted to change a bit, so I put it all in on giant gem. XD

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I really enjoyed my dutch-door page from last month, so I made another for April. I made it a cut out in the shape of the gems. I made it so it matched on both sides when you flip it. I don’t know why, but dutch door spreads are happy!

I added weekly events on the left and weekly to-do’s on the right.

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This weekly log I changed up a bit, doing more of a long style setup. Hehe, I accidentally used a pinky-purple in this by accident. XD Do you like it?

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Forgive this photo quality! XD

 

This next page is my mile log for the Spring100. I have been just writing them in the calendar page, but I figured a log like this might be more helpful. The next page is the start of the next weekly log. (the last week of April)

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This is the last page of April! I finished the month out, and I made weekly to-do’s on the side, and some gems and a big ‘ole “farewell April” to close out the month.

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I hope y’all liked that! How are you doing? I sure hope everything’s dandy with you and your’s!

Oh yes, before I forget, I have a few miscellaneous letter art photos to share(:

I’ve been really into theming my letters. This one I did kind of a blue/galaxy theme with watercolor and such.

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We went on a trip in September and I wanted to write back to some of my favorite spots on that trip. I did some envelope art of the areas I was in(:

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An adorable motel we stayed at in Red Lodge, MT. They had adorable stickers that looked like this envelope.

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Well, that’s it. I hope you all enjoyed, and happy Sunday!

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Did you do a April bullet journal setup? Do you like purple? How’s quarantine life for you? Do you like cheese (say yes. XD)?

 

 

Drop Shadows // Additions For Lovely Lettering

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Hhaapppyy Sssuunnddaayy!

Also, happy National Day of Prayer! I hope you are all safe and well.

I have been rather scant in posts lately, but I’m a comin’ back. I have been doing lots of letter art and lettering in general, and it crossed my mind that I haven’t done that many lettering posts.

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When I first started brush lettering in 2018, I would look at pictures of quotes and things and I would see these “shadows” on the letters that kind of made them look 3D. I thought that was so cool, but it took me awhile to learn, But now that I do it a lot I thought I’d share it with you! So I hope this helps you with your drop shadows. They’re so fun to add.
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I use drop shadows a lot for bullet journaling and writing letters, and I thought you all might like to see how I go about mine.
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To start out, pick one of your favorite markers or brush pens or pens. I’m using Tombow Dual Brush pens for this tutorial.
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#1 Basic Dropshadow

I lettered a simple “hello” because it has a lot of good shapes to practice on. You can write anything, though!
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For the drop shadows on this one I’m using my Pilot Frixion ball pen. (GUYS, it’s erasable!  Perfect for writing.)
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Start on the top of the downstroke of the letter. In brush lettering, this is the thickest part. If you’re writing with a regular pen or marker, just imagine where you pulled the pen down.
I always draw my drop shadows on the left, but that’s a personal preference.
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When you get to an intersection between lines, (like below) don’t go over it. Stop, pick up your pen and go over that line, and then begin directly after it. It’s a minor detail, be it makes it look more like a shadow.
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Continue drawing your drop shadows on the rest of the letters.
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Whenever you get to a letter like O, it can be a bit tricky to decide what to do. I always start on the inner portion (where you would start the letter) and I do my regular downstroke.
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Then go on the upper portion and start.
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When you get to the overlapping part, go until you meet the line you entered the letter on. Jump over it, then continue with your line to distinguish the overlapping and the beginning sections, but don’t go any farther.
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VOILA!  It’s a simple way to add a little fun to your lettering.
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#2 A Bit More Plump

The next one is one I do often.

Instead of a regular pen, I’m using the Tomdow fudenosuke hard tip (My favorite. I use this most every day!) to do the drop shadows. This will create a more thick line without it being too thick.

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Start again from the top of the downstroke, and head down, jumping over any line intersections.

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TAA DAA!

It’s a bit more of a bold look, I like how it looks like a shadow. This can be done with any tools, too, which is a plus!

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#3 A Bit More Fancy

This is what I most use when it comes to drop shadows, I love how the shadows… scroll for more!

I’m back to the Pilot Frixion pen, but you can use anything(:

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Start by doing the same thing as the other two, draw the drop shadows along the edge of the downstrokes.

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Once you’ve done that, go back to the first letter and start your line on the top of the entering line.IMG_0916

Continue that line over where you intersected the lines and up into the loop. Don’t go all the way around, your new line should stop under where the other one started.

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Start again on top of the next line. End mid-arch, never overlapping your first set of drop shadows.

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Next to the loop going into E the same way. Also to the loop on e. Continue this way until you’ve reached the end.

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Yay! This is my favorite way to do drop shadows. It’s so fun and easy!

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#4 A Shade Lighter Than The Rest

This is a subtle and fun way to add dimension to your lettering, and it’s easy and fun, too!

Pick a color, any color, then find a lighter one, probably 60% lighter. If you do black, find a light grey. Navy, find light blue. I did blush pink/mauve, so I found a faint/baby pink.

Here are the two most used backdrop colors I use, 800 (baby pink) and N89 (warm grey) (also 873 (coral), but I didn’t snap a photo)

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Take the brush side (or however you can make a thick stroke on the pen you use) and do the same as the first two, start at the top of the downstroke and go down.

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Done! It’s a subtle way to add depth and dimension, and the outcome is really pretty!

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As a little bonus onto this style, you can take a black pen (I’m using the Frixion one again) and line the downstrokes close to the original letter.

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#5 A Different Hue

I picked a envelope with a medium color, turquoise, and I wrote in an equal tone.

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Instead of black or pink or grey, grab a white, silver or gold. I’m using my white Uni-ball Signo broad gel pen. (Ammaazziinngg)

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Start like before, starting at the top of the downstroke and going down.

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Then, like #3, line the inside of the upstrokes.

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I love how this creates more of a highlighted look than a shadow. It’s so pretty on toned paper such as this.

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I hope you all enjoyed this little tutorial! Let me know what you thought!

Have a happy Sunday!

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Which was your favorite, #1, #2, #3, #4, #5? Do you like tutorials like these? Want more lettering posts, or something else (what else?)? Do you like bradford pear trees? Snails or worms? XD

Well, Howdy-do, March! // Bullet Journal Setup

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WHOOOAAAA, March’s almost here!?

Yay! This means Spring and new growth in the trees and flowers and warm (er) weather. Ahhh…

I always, the past two years, have done greenery in March. (you can see last year’s setup here. (; ) I love drawing plants and cactuses, so why not? (: I kept it only green with tan pots. I kept it very simple, I didn’t want too much detail or line art. I either did line art on the plant, or on the pot. I decided to go with rounded letters, and I made them rather sketchy. (I did some scripty writing as well, later)

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I decided to go with a different approach to the calendar. My Mom likes to be able to see all of her Sundays lined up and Mondays, like a normal calendar. I tried it so that I could do it on hers. I actually quite like it! I had to test a lot of different layouts so that it would look even, but it worked! Do you like seeing your calendar like this, or does it matter? I can’t decide.

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These next pages are my favorites! I love drawing the different plants.

My habit trackers I filled in all green, and I used my white Signo Broad gel pen for the lines. I drew some plants on the “ground”, but I didn’t fill the pots in for simplicity.

I did my goals and hopes for the month on the next page, and to level it out to the eye, I did some hanging plants. ❤ Do you have plants in your room?

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I wanted to bring back my weekly spreads, they’re really helpful to me, to be able to see everything in a not-so-tiny place. I drew plants in the first box, then the weekdays on the rest.

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I took a different plan for my monthly income this month. I normally do this, but I anted something a bit more useful and in-depth. It should help me look back at the expenses I had and what I made from teaching.

The next page is my letter tracker page. I lined some of the boxes, ad I left some line-less. I filled everything in with the white pen, though(:

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I’ve been wanting to do a “dutch door” layout for awhile, so I did it for the second week spread. I like it! It’s happy. Where the 7th day ended I drew some plants to fill the space. Beside I did the “week’s events” and on the other side I did a C.S. Lewis quote,

“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind”

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The next page has my “to do” and “reminders” on it. Nothing too fancy, but it shall work nicely.

I added a quote, “Show Up, be true, be kind, keep going,” for the last page, alongside some washi tape, for my last page.

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I hope you all enjoyed! What’s happening in your March? Anything fun? Thank you for reading! Let me know what you thought!

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Do you like cactuses/succulents? What’s your favorite part about March? What bullet journal theme would you like to see me do? Do you like Summer or Spring better?

 

 

 

February? Already? // Bullet Journal Setup

February

Greetings and Salutations!

Let’s just slow down a minute… Where did January go?!

It feels like this month flew past, does it to you?

Anyway, February is right around the corner (currently 11 hours and 40 minutes away), so I got my bullet journal ready for the new month. I hope you enjoy!

This month’s theme is Eucalyptus. I wanted to go for a simpler theme this month using only a few colors, so I used a blue/green and light pink and gold.

My eucalyptus is very simple, just round leafy shapes.

I used my Tombow dual brush pens for all of this. (Heh, y’all probably here me talk about them all the time. They are just the best for bullet journaling! <3)

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My next page includes the rest of the calendar and my goals for the month, also including the eucalyptus.

the other page has the monthly habit trackers in light pink (♥️), 5+ cups water, bible reading, skin care, and music practice.

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My next pages are pretty simple, just to do’s and reminders. I included a few colorful stickers from my beloved Hob Lob (as my Mother and I call it. XD) because I needed some more color.

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This next page I meant  to do in January, but I had already started February when I remembered. It’s the birthdays page. This is really helpful to me throughout the year to reference. I just wrote the month name over a highlighter and then wrote the birthdays underneath with their date.

The other page is my monthly letter tracker. I used the light pink and did eucalyptus in the background.

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This page is my monthly money tracker: Earned, expenses, balance of the two. It’s really  helpful and keeps me organized.

I had to do some kind of valentine’s day related theme, so I wrote proverbs 3:5 among some hearts. ♥️

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The next page is my blog post ideas for the month.

The next is from my last post where I did a banner tutorial. I ended up coloring them in for fun.

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This is my washi tape collection spread. I like to include this in my bullet journals so I can look at the one I want to use before I tear it off the roll.

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This next page is a packing list for when we go to my Aunt’s house later this month. I doodled some suitcases/train cases for fun. (:

The next page is my daily routine. I made this last year and I enjoyed looking at it to motivate me. I did light pink bullet dots and the eucalyptus.

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And that’s it! I hope you all enjoyed! Stay posted near the end of this month for March, I’m really excited for that one.

New posts coming soon!

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Which page did you like the most? Do you like eucalyptus? Anything  fun planned/ happening in February? Puzzles or card games?

 

HOW TO: 6 Simple Banners // The Happy BUJO

6 Simple

Hi! *waves*

Happy Monday to ya!

I love adding little elements to my bullet journal, whether it be stickers, washi tape, designs, I love it to be colorful and fun.

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Banner used as heading.

One of my favorite things to add is banners. I use them a lot as headers, and titles, and there are so many different ways, lengths and styles.

 

I wanted to share some of my favorite ways with you today!

I always start out sketching my banners, so this will be in pencil(:

#1 A Simple Banner

Start out with a simple rectangle, any size.

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Then add two lines on the bottom third of your rectangle.

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Create from those lines two more rectangles.

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From the bottom corners of the main rectangle, draw a diagonal line to the corners of the two rectangles below. This creates the 3d “folded” effect.

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Line it, then add shading to the “folded” part, if you choose. I always just hatch it, giving it a simpler feel, but you can color it or even use black!

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#2 A Bit More Intricate 

This banner is mostly the same, with one small modification that makes it look a bit fancier.

Start with the same as the first, one rectangle, then draw two underneath, add the diagonal lines to create the “fold”, BUT, before you line it…

Start from the top outward corners of the two bottom rectangles, and draw a diagonal line to the middle (below).

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Draw the other one to match, creating a flag look. Erase any unneeded lines.

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It looks a bit more intricate, but is still really simple.

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#3 The Inverted 

(augh!!! The blur! Please excuse(: )

This rectangle you start out with is a bit different, more like a oval rectangle together.

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(Sadly I realized I didn’t get pictures of the process, but I shall explain)

This one is very much the same as the last two, but swapped. Instead of drawing the flags under, they will be on top.

Hint: a simple way to do this is to turn your paper upside down! XD

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#4 Up And Down

I like doing my banners this way. This is one of my favorite ones, too, I just love how flowey this (and the next one) one is.

It starts out with oval/rectangle, and where you would draw two lines (for the two rectangles) on the bottom third, draw one at the top third and one at the bottom third. (shown below)

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From there draw two rectangles. One will be up and one will be down.

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Now you can add the diagonal “folds.” Only, these will be different. For bottom rectangle to the middle rectangle you will draw a diagonal line from the inside (for my case, bottom left) corner to the bottom (bottom right, for me) of the middle rectangle.

For the top, you will draw a line from the top inside corner (top right, for me) to the top of the middle rectangle (mine’s top left)

That way it’s “folding” correctly. (I’ve done it before where you have the two folds on the bottom. Heh, doesn’t quite work! XD)

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#5 My favorite(:

I make this one all the time, I love it!

The rectangle for this one is a bit different, one corner curves up and one down. The top and bottom lines are parallel, they mirror each other.

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You add just normal rectangles, one from the top third up and one from the bottom third down. Drawing the diagonal line as before, it takes shape! I love this one.

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Then you can add the flag corners.

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I just love the fluidity of this one, it’s so cute! I use this one all the time (or did I already say that many times? XD).

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#6 Intricate And Flowy

This one starts the same as the past two, one side up and one down. Draw the diagonal “folds”

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From those rectangles add one to each of those, the top one down, the bottom up (shown). Add the diagonal lines and then the little flag endings if you wish. (:

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This one’s fun if you want it to be a bit fancier. It’s fun!

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I hope you enjoyed all of these! Let me know in the comments which was your favorite!

I hope you’re having a great day!

 

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Which banner was your favorite? Would you like to see more intricate and fancy banners one day? What’s your favorite Disney song of all time? Do you like classical music?