A Collection Of Recents

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Hello!

Oh my, *checks calendar* it’s been way too long. I’m glad to be writing again! Even though I’ve been “quarantined” I’ve somehow let the days slide quickly. Is that possible? XD

Well, in my absence I’ve done a lot around my house, which I’ve enjoyed. It’s been nice having time to do things I’ve wanted to do, but just didn’t find the time to do. And luckily all of this craziness seems to be slowing down a bit at the start of Summer! I end my school year on the 22nd this year, and I can’t wait to have those long, fun Summer days ahead. Anyone else?

Well, lots of letters have passed through my *sanitized* (🤣) fingers, and I thought I’d share a bit ‘o recent letter art/lettering.

For some reason, I’ve been really into identical envelope art. Each day when I mail out letters, each day has different envelopes. A few days ago I did these black and white envelopes, using a white Signo broad gel pen.  This is a wonderful, affordable pen for dark papers as such. I also use it a lot for highlights when lettering, one of my favorites.

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I suppose this was another themed day. XD I love using a slightly different tone of color on envelopes to do the lettering, it creates such a pretty, soft, simple look.

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Ah, another! Hehe. I love doing this lemon-looking pattern. It was so Summery I couldn’t stop doing it. XD I used my Tombow Dual brush pens and the Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens for this.

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I really enjoy using washi tape as borders for envelopes. If you’re running low on time, but want to make your snail mail fun with color, throwing a bit ‘o washi tape or sticker on there is a great way to spruce it up!

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Using drop shadows is one of my favorite ways to do letter art. It just adds a little sumpin’ sumpin’. What are your favorite ways to spruce your envelopes? I’d love to know!

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I’ve been enjoying lettering bible verses lately. Below is part of one of my favorite verses (and a sneak peak into the June BUJO setup(: ).

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The walks lately have held many beautiful flowers and beautiful skies. Have you all walked this Spring? Do you have flowers blooming?

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My cousin and his family came to visit a week or so ago, and so provided some photo opportunities of his little children. It was so fun! Toddlers and babies are interesting subjects. (:

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Oh yeah, my brother caught a baby mouse in our next-door field. hELp. He will just pick anything up. O.o

Though, it is rather cute. XD

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A few weeks ago I took a walk through the field while the flowers were in full bloom. I documented some of it, so here we are! (:

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Me ^ XD I set my camera down while I picked some flowers and it was on timer, I guess. XD

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That is it for now, friends! Truly, how are you doing? Farewell!

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What part was your favorite? What would you like my next post to be about? What do you think about lemons? What’s your favorite color?

 

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?

 

 

 

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?

 

My Envelopes Have Art On Them! // Recent Letter Art

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Hi there, friends!

I have written a lot of letters of late, and a few of them I have photographed, and I figured you all might enjoy!

I generally have done similar types of art, mostly lettering and some very Christmassy.

I had the phone sitting up playing music as I was doing this letter, so I thought, “Hey, that’s not a bad idea!” Hehe. It turned out pretty good, and I did it a few more times on other letters.

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This one was just simple, but I liked how clean and simple the lettering was. (And you just have to love Santa over in the corner!)

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I started doing lots of holly during December with this gold lettering. AH! I just lovemaking Christmas envelopes.

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I love to layer washi tapes on the back, and over them a wax seal or sticker. I love the affect. (The plaid washi tape is from Hobby Lobby and the yellow is from the Peach and Poppy Co. snail mail kit here)

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I made a collage on a envelope last year using wrapping paper, so I hath done it again. Funny, my penpal’s name is Joy, so it worked out perfectly! (:

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He’s just so jolly! XD

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I wrote a lot of letters one morning, so I did a little letter photoshoot. (:

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I sealed them all similarly. Don’t you just love washi tape? (:

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One of my favorite ways to letter is by using two Tombow Dual Brush pens, one slightly darker than the other, to create a fade effect. I did snowflakes, too, to give me a little snow in the midst of Georgia’s 65° degrees. (:

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Who knew letters could provide so much shading and varying angles? XD

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I love filling in all the closed-in spaces with color. It adds a little “pop” (:

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This one I used a black Tombow dual brush pen and my beloved white signo broad gel pen. Kinda interesting!

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I hope you all enjoyed this, and let me know if you’d like to see more soon!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful start to your new year!

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Which envelope was your favorite? What did you do to kick off the new year? Crunchy or smooth peanut butter?

Well, Hello, 2020! // January Bullet Journal Setup

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Well… 2020. You have a ring to ya!

Happy New Year, friends!

Have you ever accidentally taking a break? Well, I believe that hath happened to me the fine December past. XD Whoops!

Well, I’m back now, and I have a new bullet journal I really wanted to break in.

To start out, I want to show you my 2020 bujo! I’m thinking of a name, any suggestions?

I really wanted an Archer and Olive bullet journal. They’re just so beautiful, but they were constantly sold out, and they came back in stock the other day, but I wouldn’t have gotten one until mid-way through January, so maybe next year!

I found, after searching for “like journals” I found this Tekukor bullet journal on Amazon. Actually, i’m very well impressed. It’s very much similar to the A+O bullet journals: cloth cover with gold embossed design, 160 gsm paper (Ahh) and 192 dot grid pages. And it came in two days! (Can we take a moment to appreciate Amazon prime??)

If you’re thinking about getting a bullet journal, so far this, and Minimalism Art, are great ones!

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There’s always that one first page where only one side has dots, so I just put a opening page. I used a black Tombow dual brush pen, a hard tip (my sweet) Tombow fudenosuke brush pen, and a white signo broad gel pen.

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I added a short quote to start off the year, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” by Roosevelt.

To the right I have my “year at a glance” page.

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I use certain color for different things, such as Holidays, Events, and Birthdays. It’s also helpful for me to see what days are on what days of the week and such. I refer to it a lot throughout the year, it’s very helpful!

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Ah, now January, at last!

I used a little flower theme I made up I call “September” (you can see it here). I liked it best from 2019, so I chose it again for January. I put my calendar to the right, though I only fit 24 squares on the one page so could have enough room.

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I stretched the remaining days over to the next pages. Since I had extra room at the bottom, I put the goals froms the month of January down there, and added the same leaves as in the previous page.

My habits for the month (to the right) include 5 or more cups of water, reading my bible daily, practice all my instruments *sweats*, and my daily skin routine.

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I made a “to do” page and a “reminders” page side by side. I like how neat and simple it looks (now, at least. XD)

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This is my monthly money tracker, I started this in November and I really like it. It’s helpful to see the amount I spend and save.

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I made a page for books I want to read in 2020, so I’m hoping the books on these shelves will all have titles soon! I made this page into bookshelf form. It makes me happy to glance upon.

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My January letter tracker has the same green vine as the opening page, but otherwise, it’s fairly simple! I check the little “stamp” in the corner when I’ve responded. It’s very helpful for me, I often get lost in responding quickly or knowing if  I have or not. I wonder if I’ve ever sent a pen pal two letters with the same content. XD

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This is a new page I’ve added to my bullet journaling. I needed something to help me track savings, and what I’m saving for. I hope to meet my goals by 2021!

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My last pages are (left) my January blog post ideas page. I have a lot of ideas for the new year, but please be sure to let me know what you want to see! the next page, instead of “resolutions” I put 2020 hopes. (I don’t know, something about the word resolutions…)

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I hope y’all enjoyed seeing this, and let me know what you’re looking forward to for 2019–no, (ugh, we’re in for about 4 months of this. XD) 2020!

I hope you’re having a wonderful day!

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All of my  pictures are edited and fonts are from Canva. If you’re interested in trying out Canva, click this and check it out! I love it. You’ll also receive credits for exclusive graphics with every design you make using my link.

What are you looking forward to in 2020? Did you do a bullet journal this year? Which page was your favorite? What do you think of sauceless pizza?

Making Your Letters More Autumnal // + A Mini Photoshoot

HI THERE! 

I was starting to write a letter today after I bought a few things at Hobby Lobby (“the Hob Lob” as we call it) and I wanted to make it very fallish. It seems like Christmas is just around the corner, a few people I know have decorated! So I definitely want to squeeze as much fall in as I can.

Letter writing is a great way to do that!

I though I would share with y’all some of the small things that make your letters pop with the seasons in simple ways.

NO. 1 Toned card + envelopes

Hobby Lobby, one of my favorite places, has a nice selection of packeted cards and envelopes. They have these nice rectangular brown ones there now (50%, too!) that I got earlier. They’re a nice difference from the regular white, and when you do reds and oranges on them, the brown looks so nice and fallish!

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NO. 2 Colored pens

these are a great way to make your cards and envelopes pop and immediately remind you of fall. I always go for reds, oranges, browns and greens.

Below: Tombow Dual Brush Pens

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I made a quick, simple card using the bullet end of a dual brush pen for the words and the brush end for the leaves.

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Sorry this is blurry! My back screen wouldn’t show that well before I put it in the envelope!

I got those two front plaid wash tapes at Hobby Lobby earlier. I thought the would be fun to use through the fall and winter months in my bullet journal and on letters.

NO. 3 Tapes or stickers

These are affordable, long-lasting touches for your letters. The fun patterns and widths are just so fun to see on envelopes in the mailbox, and they’re fun to put on everything.

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NO. 4 Tiny tidbits and fun things

Fall themed stickers, papers, poems, Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s), paintings, cutouts, etc. are fun touches to put inside a letter when it doesn’t seem like enough. There is usually always some fun little thing to add a little more joy to the letter when it is opened.

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NO. 5 Colorful envelopes

I kept the envelope pretty simple, but the reds and the plaid make it stand out. You can draw a box around the address in bright colors, paint, sketch, anything. It’s so fun to personalize the mail!

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The last thing I got from the good ‘ole Hob Lob was a new wax seal stamp. The whole stamp pin came off of my old one, so I figured I should upgrade(: I got the heart stamp, and I really like it!

NO. 6 Wax seals

These are my favorite part. I don’t do it every time, but I really enjoy choosing the colors. (I bought this from Amazon. Great buy!)

I used a gold over the wide plaid washout tape I got. It turned out pretty! A very simple and easy way to make your envelope fancy and pretty.

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I hope y’all enjoyed that! It was something I had on my mind to share, it was fun!

Now, I attempted to take some portrait photography for my blog for a new Gravatar image and such, but I ended up having to recruit my brother. It’s really hard to get it to be focused perfectly on a tripod and ten-second timer!

This was one I took by myself. It turned out good, but I kept getting the washed-out background (upper left), so I called good ‘ole Evan.

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I think he did pretty good! It was a frigid windy day, so camera shake and all was hard to avoid, BUT THE LIGHT! ♥

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This one probably turnout the best out of all of them. My hair was being wiped all ’round!

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These leaves were so pretty!

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He attempted to catch me mid-hairflip, but alas, no good….

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…AH! There we go. XD *applauds brother generously*

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Oh, you know, just your every-day stride in the midst a field. (;

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Is it a bird? no, a plane! It’s AUDREY KATE! The severely ungraceful land-skater! 😂

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Maisy trudged through the woods to join us when we were walking back. She didn’t know she would be in a picture, though! Hehe. (She wasn’t that grateful…)

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I hope you all are having a DEEElightful evening!

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What was your favorite part about the letter? Do you use wax? What photo was your favorite? Di Evan do a good job?

August BUJO Setup

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Hello!

IT’S AUGUST!? I’m baffled. Is it just me, or was it just March?

Well, today I have my bullet journal all setup for August! It was a fun one to make.

I’m really liking yellow and mustard and blush colors these days, so I wanted to include that somehow, so with the spaces around the calendar spot (those were on purpose😂), I decided to go BIG.

And Yellow.

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CITRUS! (Kind of funny because I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to oranges and lemons😂)

I’m mean, what better does yellow and orange go with than lemons and oranges? I stuck with just the yellowish colors and a black fine liner (Micron 01).

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I used the top part of the calendar boxes with the day in cursive, and I also used the colors I had and made little circles to put the dates in. It was a different spin on what I normally do. (A Little Bit of February Bullet JournalingApril is here! // April Bullet Journal SetupMarch 2019 BUJO SetupBetter Late Than Never//May BUJO SetupIt’s June // Bullet Journal Setup)

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Ummmm….. So, about this.. 🤣

I wanted to stick to this theme, so I tried to make the orange the habit tracker, but it backfired a little😂 It didn’t quite turn out as I thought, but to still worked out okay.

My habits this month are

• Drink 5+ cups of water daily

• Read my bible every day

•Clean my room every day

• My daily skin routine

•Play piano daily for 1+ hours

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This is my August letter tracker, which I stuck to the theme for. I will write the names in a yellow or orange so it’s a little colorful. For the tops of the pages where the things are labeled, I stuck to one design: A melon color Tombow brush pen (here) with the Tombow Fude soft o’er top (here). I’ve been doing this a lot lately. ’tis fun!

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Goals for the month. I’ve been doing this layout for awhile. It works quite nicely if you’re trying out new things!

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The TO-DO’s for the month.

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And the blog post ideas for the month. Don’t worry, I have some written down(:

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I’m doing the 31 day (bible) writing plan, to which I’m looking forward to.

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I added in a little wash tape collection so I could see what I’ve got. I put them in as if they were on a clothesline(:

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I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this August setup! What was your favorite part? Do you like lemons and oranges?

Have a great day!

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Better Late Than Never//May BUJO Setup

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Hello, Friends!

Did you all have a happy Mother’s Day with your Moms? Ours was quite delightful. We went to see the new movie “Breakthrough” that is a true story. SO GOOD! Have any of you seen it?

Well, I believe I haven’t done too well with posting this month, so I am making up for that by showing you all May’s setup (although it’s late… *ahem*).

I have been using my Bullet Journal a lot lately because we’re preparing to go out of town (Savannah, Georgia), and it has my packing lists and to-do’s that I keep referring to. That’s one of the many reasons I love Bullet Journaling. You don’t have to have all different things in different journals and notebooks, it can be all-in-one!

My opening calendar page I decided to go for something simple, so I just did calendar squares with pink. I have a calendar, but I always go to this because I use it all the time and can see it all at a glance.

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I had to stretch the calendar one three days, so instead of leaving that a blank page, I put my month’s goals and to-do’s (my main ones).

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I love to track my letters, incoming and outgoing, so I went with that same pink color to fill in the rectangles. I used my Koi Coloring brush pens for the pink color.

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My habit tracker for this month I used the same technique I’ve been using since March. I like to have the habits laid out in separate groups. My habits this month are to drink 5 or more glasses of water a day, flossing my teeth, practicing my piano for 1 hour or more, keep my room straight, and use witch hazel twice a day.

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This is my tracker for walking. My Mom and I are participating in the Spring100 over at Shiloh Photography, so I’m tracking that as well.

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I made a packing list to help me be more organized. This is very helpful in case you ever go on trips (And it’s also fun to check the squares(: )

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That is it for now on my Bullet Journal. What page was your favorite?

Well, I also have some artwork and photography that I’d like to show y’all. Keep on ‘a scrollin’ to see!

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Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed. What was your favorite part? I’d veto hear from you below!

Have a wonderful rest of your Monday!

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