April Showers Bring… // May BUJO Setup

mAY iS hERE

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. Wow. Even in quarantine, I feel almost as busy as before, even without going places. It’s been nice to get to do things I’ve wanted to do or needed to do. I’ve been able to paint a lot, I finished changing up my room, cleaned a lot, I’ve written new music, it’s been nice.

Whilst we’ve been doing school during the day (while my Mom reads aloud) I’ve been working on my May bullet journal setup.

 

I’ve been wanting to try watercolors in my bujo for awhile, so I figured I’d give it a go this month. I’m pretty happy with it, I love all the colors and the dainty floral.

To the left, I started out the month with a quote, “the earth laughs in flowers” and I put various florals beneath. To the right I have the first page of the month, which states the month and is surrounded by flowers.

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My next two pages are the calendar for the month. My April calendar (see here) was left quite blank, since there was no event in April, but I thought I’d do one for May, just in case. (:

I wrote “May” again, and I did a border of flowers around the calendar. If you remember August, I did the same calendar layout there. I needed a bit more color, so I did a little dollop of color where the day’s number goes

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This left page is my goals and to do’s for the month. I needed a bit more color so I… you know… completely filled in the rectangles with completely random colors in my watercolor pan. *slightly convincing grin* XD

My next page is my habit trackers. For this month I am trying to build the habit of 5+ bottles water, daily bible reading, practice all the instruments, and walk/run daily. Do you have any habits to build this upcoming month?

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My first weekly log is fairly simple, the first square says it’s “the first week of May” and flowers. I went and drew in the other squares and I colored in the 0’s with different colors.

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The next page is my Spring100 mile tracker. I surrounded this with flowers and incased it in black.

The next page is a quote, another “flowery” one. XD

“Bloom where you are planted”

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The next weekly log is a loopy layout, pretty easy, too! I put the date in a circle with flowers inside. Underneath “notes” I decided to add a few more flowers. Better get as many as I can in there, ya know?

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Hehe, I took a picture whilst I was photographing this setup. I had to squat to take the photos, so it was a funny photography setup. XD

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My next page is for blog post ideas. Do you have any for me? I’d love to know!

The next one is my letter tracker. The “stamp” (which is a box I check if I’ve sent a reply) I painted different colors along both of the pages on the bottom.

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I wanted to be a bit more conservative for the third weekly log, so I am trying putting the whole week on one page. Hopefully it’ll work, small writing must get to work! On the left of the day I have a flower, on the right, the date.

The right page is a.. window. Hehe! Quite random, but fun!

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I squished the rest of the month (10 days) onto two pages. I did lines of color, with words appearing to be behind that, and on the color I wrote the same, though in cursive. This is my happy page. I like how vibrant the colors came out for this weekly log a lot. On the bottom of the right page, I did “end of the month to-do’s” and flowers.

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These pages are some of my favorite. I got excited about Summery colors, so I went ham. XD

This is my “Summer Goals” pages, and the category I chose are Blog, Bible (as in scripture memorization, daily readings/plans, etc), Art, and Other (like baking, cooking, cleaning, etc). This can be stretched over many pages or turned into multiple columns. You might like to use this, even if you don’t bujo. I find that setting goals for myself helps me be more productive, especially if it’s in a time (like Summer) where you have more time on your hands. (:

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Normally, in the beginning of the year I make an address page, but I realize that I hadn’t yet, so I did! I used thin washi tape as a border between the different addresses. At the top I used a banner (see my banner post here), and I made it  rather loopy to opposite the straight lines.

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I hope y’all enjoyed this month’s setup! I can NOT believe May is almost here. What are your May’s typically like? Anything to look forward to?

Have a wonderful rest of your day!

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What was your favorite part of April? What are you hoping to achieve in May? Which page is your favorite this month? How’s your quarantine so far?

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?