Farewell, 2020 // January 2021 BUJO Setup

Wow. It is almost 2021.

Friends, we have experienced much this year. Some had the year very hard, some not too bad, but just because we’ve had a year of extreme uncertainty (and surprise.. heh) doesn’t mean we can’t look forward to and make the best of the new year!

I just wanted to share a bit of encouragement since the past year has left everyone a bit confused and uncertain. I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday and are looking forward to new and exciting opportunities in 2021!

Also… HOW IS IT A NEW YEAR?! It’s been a fast year for me. How about y’all?

I am kind of in that fresh, minimal, simple, organized mood of late (I always tend to get that way for the start of the year) and so I wanted to bring that, of a sort, to my bullet journal. I am taking American Sign Language (ASL) for high school, and for a project I had to draw some of the letters on an online program, but I figured I would try my hand drawing them in my journal! This isn’t on every page, but I do incorporate it wherever I can. This can be copied with any design, but I thought It would be a fun thing to look back on someday.

I used more pastel, “happy” colors and black fine liner to do most of this. (I use similarly colored wash tape later on, too.)

I did a two page spread for the calendar using the same colors and designs. For the day of the week (M, T,W,T,F,S,S, etc..) I sued the fingerspelling alphabet letter. Takes up space, but fun!

Right up front I made my year-at-a-glance layout. I like doing this at the beginning of the year to see the day layouts for the year, and to put the important dates up in front.

I wanted to do a vision board for 2021, which is all the things I enjoy or want to enjoy. Also, to bring inspiration.

The left page I made a month goals and a to do section. I just made simple lists and the use of the same colors, and some fingerspelling above the label saying the same.

On the other page, I have a quote, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” by Zig Zigler. I tried to use a scratchy type of lettering for a faded look. It worked out perfectly, because I have a dying Tombow Fudenosuke pen I have been using. XD

On the left, I have the usual habit tracker layout of four month overview grids and I used the same pastels and title/ASL translation in fingerspelling.

The right side has the first weekly log, with the date numbers(1st, 2nd, etc) in ASL. I used the same font and colors.

I continued this layout (though the font is moved to the middle) for the second week of January.

On the next page, I have my “Big Goals” for 2021. These are the ones I really want to complete, though I have a separate section for the more detailed goals.

The next is the very same weekly log layout. Same everything, actually. Sometimes doing the same weekly logs keeps things simple.

On the next page, I have a very simplified version of my money tracker than usual (you can see what I usually do here) to keep with the simple idea.

These next two pages are reading focused. The left page is a layout for books I WANT to read, and the right page is books I WILL read. I put them together last year and it helped to have them close to each other.

These next two pages I finish my weekly logs for the month, and have a month recap on the right.

I’m not exactly sure what happened for the left page. I had originally planned it to be something else but it went in a different direction. Anywho.. There is a quote on this page, and on the other page a gift ideas and wishlist section. Often throughout the year I think of things I might need or want to get for others, etc.. so I have a page I can add things on throughout the year.

This is the section of resolutions or goals for the year. I made a wide and cropped dutch-door layout for the different categories in my goals. I have about 8 sections total. I love making the big goals, then making smaller ones to accomplish.

For the last two pages, I have my mail tracker in the same theme colors.

On the next (and last) page, I have a “Farewell to you January!” doodle.

I hope y’all have had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you the best for 2021!

Are you hopeful for 2021? What are your goals and hopes? What dreams do you have for this year? Are you bullet journaling for this year? What is your favorite color category (pastel, neon, etc.)?

A Little Bit Of Glimmer // Holiday Themed Mail

Hello lovely people! How are you this fine day?

After a month or two of slacking in the pen pal realm of things, I have decided to jump back in full swing with Christmas themed art and addresses! Ahh, I love making pretty Christmassy envelopes, so fun!

For this first one, I wanted to experiment with another texture, and I remembered I had these small red buttons I ad been saving for such and occasion. I drew poinsettias, the name and address, then randomly glued a few buttons down. I love the added texture, and it

I continued the same design, buttons and all on the back. I feel like doing a little something on the back makes it more complete. But really, any chance to do art is a good chance, right? (:

I packed up a little Christmas package to a secret Santa giftee, and did a similar design to the last on this, though a bit more simple. I just did four poinsettias and leaves and some loopy lettering. I have a clear glitter gel pen I love using on uh.. everything, so I used it on this, too. XD I love how vibrant these yellow package envelopes are, so fun to do art on!

This one is a bit more original: Holly and Berries(: I really like this one. Super simple, and cute! If you have two tones of the same color pens or markers, one a bit darker than the other, you should try fading or creating ombre in your font. I love squeezing this in for a little extra sumthin’ (:

This one is very similar, thought the font is more from and center, rather than the design. Come to gaze upon it, this is almost a replica of the prior envelope, just less greenery. Sometimes simple is fun, too! Do you go all out on art (of any type) or more minimal?

I did the same everything for my return address, but to seal the envelope I glued some buttons down. I think buttons or string or flowers or anything of that sort are a fun, unique and creative way to add some fun texture and other elements to letters. What do you think? How would/do you seal an envelope?

Well, that is all for now. I hope you enjoyed! And please don’t hesitate, leave ideas and suggestions in the comments, I’d love to hear what you think! ❤

Have a glorious day, and remember, Jesus loves you and cares about you, in whatever state you are in!

Do you write letters? What is your favorite design from above? What is your favorite kind of cookie? Do you like Thanksgiving or Christmas better? Gum or mints?

A Fallish Type of Post // The One About Mail

Is my big pink sweater, snow pants and fuzzy socks a bit much?

Nah. Guess what, it’s Fall! Yessssssssss!

I have posted way to many posts talking about how much I love Fall (literally 4,579 of them), but have I posted 4,579 times about how many times I love Fall letter art? *sly smile*

I have had a bit of a letter pile-up-catastrophe of late. I sat down to solve it today and after excitedly glancing at my calendar where the words “FALL!!!” were written a various amount of times, I decided to break out the watercolors and the plaid wash tape and hit it.

Here they are(:

I love uniformity in colors and patterns in my letter writing. And I love sending tea in the cooler months, it’s just a fun something you can send that, even if you don’t drink it, can spark a little happy. I used gray, gold and red for this letter, andI like the outcome pretty well. What do you thinks?

I have been enjoying the torn paper technique for accents on the envelopes. The torn photos and music and wash tape at a interesting difference in textures that I really enjoy. It’s easy and fun, you should definitely give it a try!

I remember, when I was little, my Mama let my brother and I each pick out a pumpkin at a local outdoor nursery. My brother, being a little boy, got a funky looking green one with spots and a curly stem. I remember looking for awhile and the I found a little round pumpkin with tiny pot full of flowers in it. I wanted to paint that, so I did on some envelopes! I want to do that to some pumpkins this year.

I had this picture in my mind of a girl reading in a window seat, and so I transferred it to an envelope. I would like to be her, wouldn’t you?

Ahh, the colors of Fall… (:

I’ve found that using sticker letters is a super fun way to spice up an envelope, and it’s super easy! This one was fun.

Well, I must go. I hope you all enjoyed this little array of envelopes, and I will see you next time!

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What’s on the books for you this Fall? Do you like letter writing? Do you do art on your envelopes? Is it sunny where you are?

Also, if you’re interested in a new journal or bullet journal, use the code ‘SAVE-10’ at the Scribbles that Matter checkout for 10% off and free shipping in the US and Europe!

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

Recent Letter Art… PART TWO!

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Hello again!

I recently made a letter art post, though many more pictures have amassed in the good ole’ memory card, so I thought I would empty it until the next time! (which, I almost promise, won’t be a week from this one)

I hope you enjoy!

I love to theme my letters or make everything (inside and out) the same. This letter to my friend Bronwyn I kept the same, using the gold Tombow dual pen 026, and grey one, N89 and the bullet end of a back one to create a shadow effect and I also used the grey one for a border.

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I feel like keeping it cohesive and match-matchy makes letters really pretty and there are so many ways to change it up with the lettering and art and styles, so fun!

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I love creating wild, fun art on the envelopes. Though, if you’re using waterbased pens, be sure to seal it in something or else it will look like watercolor if it goes through rain–and you might not want that. XD

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Hehe. My friend’s name is IrisAnne, so I attempted to make the letters in her name different flowers. Failed attempt? XD

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I love using washi tape as borders, and lately I’ve been loving layering two tapes, or even three, for variety in color and shapes. It’s simple, but still fun!

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I layered this one as well. I love layering pattern on solid or vise versa. (Thanks to one of my pen pals for sending some silver washi tape. I love it!)

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For that letter I used a silver theme, with that same backdrop black shading as the first letter. OH! My brother got me some awesome pen+gear pastel envelopes for Christmas that have a sticky backs so that you don’t have to lick them. *ahhhhhhh* I DIDN’T KNOW THIS MAGIC WAS REAL. If you understand the mucho disgust in licking the envelope, you’ll love these.

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This one I just did a basic black font, but I went with a more script font than I normally use. I want to start adding more loops, but I don’t know, they scare me! (:

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I went very abstract and bright with this one. I wanted to include bunches of shapes. What do you think?

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This one’s pretty simple, another floral theme. This pen pal loves purple, so I tried to include that a good bit(:

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I experimented with a circular/abstract/mandala art in watercolor for this one. I really enjoyed the outcome! It was fun creating the shapes.

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I wanted to use a yellow envelope for this letter, so alongside the “sunny” (know where I’m going?XD) yellow, I drew a rather sketchy sun. I think it turned out pretty cute! I love yellow.

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I wrote my friend Sammi in French, so I addressed it (other than the actual address, I didn’t think the postman would be fluent. XD) in French, alongside a flower. I also use that same technique for a backdrop as before.

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I painted this pen pal’s name, but then I thought, “hmm… this needs some color.” VUA LA!   (is there an actual way to spell that?) Hehe. I just randomly placed oblong shapes in different colors everywhere.

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For the entering greeting in a letter like “Dear …” or “Hello, …” I like doing lettering and I usually close with lettering as well.

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This one I basically used my Tombow pen as a highlighter and lettered on top and added some random greenery. I did this to a lot of letters because I liked it, but I’l only show this one. It’s fun to do this in different colors. (:

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I love using bold washi tapes on the back with matching lettering. Ah, don’t you love washi tapes? ♥

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(I use that washi tape combo a lot. XD)

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Well, that’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed part two! I hope you’re all having a great day!

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Do you like envelope art posts? Would you like to see lettering posts in the future? What’s you’re opinion on kale? Do you like peppermint?

 

It’s June // Bullet Journal Setup

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Hi Friends!

It’s been awhile! I’m excited to be back with my June bullet journal setup. I really like how this month turned out and I can’t wait for you to see.

This is the month where Spring turns to Summer! Is anyone else excited for swimming and gardening and no school? 😄 I love it. It’s already gotten to 95º here in Georgia, so it’s started out very… Summer-y. How’s the weather where you are?

My opening page has and overview of the calendar and days. The theme I chose was these really cotton candy/pastel colors: blue, pink and purple. I decided to do these really imperfect flowers, and I like the way they turned out.

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My calendar section I made to alternate the same colors I used on the left. I really love pastels like this. It’s very pleasing to the eye!

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I used the same colors and flowers on my habit tracker page* here. My habits this month are pretty much the same as last month’s, drink 5+ 8oz. glasses of water a day, read a chapter of my bible (or more) a day, use witch hazel as a part of my daily routine, floss teeth 2x a day, and practice piano for 1+ hours daily.

(*photos were taken at the beginning of the month. Progress has been made 😀 )

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My June letter tracker used the same flower/color mixture. I made them look like letters, the boxes, I mean, and the little square in the top right corner, what looks like a stamp, I check off if I respond to the sender. I also made it so I can add more rectangles if need be.

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I used the same sort of lettering and flowers for my Spring100 tracker. It ends this month and I only have a few more miles left! Are any of you doing it?

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My to-do’s used the same pink and lettering, but I decided to go for a neater look.

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That is it for my Bullet Journal setup this month. I hope you enjoyed! Here is some recent art I’ve done lately:

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I love this one(:

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One of my favorites. 😀

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Hehe. Ignore the “no no no’s” That’s for the next painting ((:

I thank you for reading! I hope you all have a wonderful day(:

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Do you Bullet Journal? What are your favorite colors? Do you like to draw? What art supplies are you favorite? What are you doing this Summer?

Adventures In… Letter Art (and other things)

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Hello Everyone!

Are you all enjoying Spring?

I have written lots of letters lately, and I love doing art on the cards and envelopes, and I thought y’all might like to take a peek!

I do lots of different styles, but they all mainly include brush lettering and/or watercolor.

Bible verses are some of my favorite things to put on cards. They’re fun to look up, fun to write, and they look nice on cards(:

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I really like to use watercolor and quotes in the making of my cards. I have a section in my bullet journal where I stash my favorite quotes and I have another journal that I write down my favorite verses in. It helps to write these things down so you don’t have to go ‘a searchin’😁

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I really like drawing scenes in colored pencil as well. (Sorry, this one isn’t my greatest😆)

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Themed cards and envelopes are really fun to do.

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Doing a outline around the addresses and stamp with a theme (ex. leaves or black lines like in picture 3) can add a little sumpin’ sumpin’ to your envelopes.

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ATC’s! My favorite(:

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Well, that wraps it up for this (shorter) post. I hope you enjoyed reading this! Let me know which envelope/other was your favorite, I’d love to know!

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I hope you all have a wonderful day!

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What was your favorite? What’s the longest letter you’ve ever written (mine was ten pages–yesterday!)? Do you have a pen-pal?

 

A Few Small Works of Art

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Hi!

Are you well?

I have been doing lots of brush lettering lately, from bullet journaling to envelope art, I’ve had my brush pens in hand a lot.

I love to make ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards) to send friends in letters. They’re not really the same size as real ATC’s (2½” by 3½”), but that’s pretty much what they are. I like to make little things to send friends. Some of my friends send them, too, and it’s always fun to open up a letter and look at them(:

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I’m not entirely fond of THIS one, but it’s OK.  I love this purple color, so you’ll see a lot of it(:

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Writing in thick block letters in a light color, then going over top of it in brush script is probably one of my favorite techniques to use.

I also really like doing an ombré effect. (below)

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I do these flowers (below) on my cards a lot. They’re pretty and fun to do.

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That same technique. (And purple color!😂)

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AUGH! More flowers and purple!! (Wow, I must’ve really liked them that day!)

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I know this post was rather short, but I thought I’d share a little bit of art I’ve been doing of late! ATC’s are really fun to give and to receive, so if you’re sending a letter out soon, maybe send an Artist Trading Card!

Thanks much for reading!

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Which ATC did you like best? Do you write letters? Do you like lettering? Would you like to see more ATC’s in the future?

2019 BUJO Setup, Day 4

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Greetings, all!

Are you in good health? I hope so!

Today we’re creating a habit tracker! I use this every night before I go to bed. First, I had to list all my most important habits and picked the most important ones.

First I drew a long rectangle. I used my dots as the size for the lines. I drew the lines 31 dots apart length wise, and 12 dots height wise. Then I followed the dots and filled in the rectangle with lines, creating a square grid.

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I didn’t put numbers outside of the squares, but you could if you wanted too. I also wrote the colors I used at the bottom. It looks best if you fill them in using the same color for each habit.

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There ’tis! I hope you enjoyed!

Come back ttooommoorrrooww!

~theJunebugblog