What’s up, Junkies?
Happy Hump Day. I have been adulting all over the place this afternoon. It has been a very productive day for me, and will be even more so when I am finished making this post for you.
In today’s post I am going to be walking you through my current November setup. This is kind of an unconventional post, because I have already done a November Plan With Me in my LT1917. I was going to try and put together a video flip-through for you, but then, out of nowhere I decided it was time to change my entire setup! It’s crazy.
I had been using my Leuchtturm1917 for my regular planning. I have been toying around with making travelers notebook inserts instead. I had moved my business collections and my long-term collections out of my regular book, in a slow transition to the travelers notebook setup. I made a cover a while back and had begun to move those few things. I was still sort of planning out how I wanted my setup to function, what inserts I would have, how my monthly planning would be broken down, and so on.
My slow transition turned into a very quick transition this past weekend. I am a ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ type of person, so when an idea hits me I am ready to do it that minute! So, I grabbed some supplies, printed out a dot grid, and started making some blank inserts.
This setup is now complete. I moved everything from my trackers at the very beginning of the month over to these spreads, and I will be using this for the rest of the month of November. I am not sure if I am going to love it, but I am going to give it a shot! Currently, I am pretty happy with most of it.
In fact, the only thing I do not really love the paper I am using at the moment. I am using 32lb white printer paper. It is HP brand. It is really nice paper for printing, and it doesn’t bleed through or ghost, because it is thick enough to hold up to most pens. It has a higher GSM than my LT917 paper does. I am not 100% sold on the bright white aspect of this paper. That used to be a big plus with me. This is the same paper that I used before, when I was making my own disc bound journal. So, I am thinking that I just got used to the cream colored paper, and that is why it looks so stark white to me now.
Also, I am not in love with the feathering that is happening with my brush pens. Different papers take and react differently to inks so this may also just be from switching papers. I do plan to source some other paper options, so I can really figure out exactly what materials I was in my inserts. For now, I am good with the supplies that I have on hand.
For my covers, I used some printed card stock out of a fall paper pack I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I thought the autumn theme and colors would look good for this month’s inserts. I made one insert for my monthly collections and weekly spreads and one for my daily pages. I am still working on how exactly I want my inserts to be separated. I thought this was a good place to start.
I also have an insert for my long term collections. I am starting to put one together for 2018 that includes my yearly spreads and trackers. I will go into that insert in more detail in another post. I am going to do an entire post on goal planning and setting up for the new year.
For now, I will show you my new setup for the month of November. With a new setup, I got to add in a cover page. If you read the November Plan With Me, you will know I ran out of space and couldn’t put one in my regular bullet journal. I feel a little bit better now that I have one. It’s weird, but I missed not being able to do one.
Next, since I was in the process of changing everything up, I went ahead and gave the list style of monthly planning a chance. Instead of a separate column for AM and PM and then possibly one for All Day, I ran the days and dates down the middle of the page, and I just filled in a few important dates, at the time I took the photo. I will go back and add appointments, and birthday to it. I am still trying to figure out what I will include in the right side of this kind of monthly spread, so for now, I just used it as a fun doodle page, which helps add some interest to the spread for me. I am thinking of adding in something like a Monthly Goals section for December. What would you add or track in your monthly spread? Leave me a comment below.
Up next, I included my Gratitude pages. I kept this at 2 pages so that I have plenty of room to spread out over the month. I always feel cramped if it is only one page. I didn’t change anything when I moved this collection over.
Following that is my Mood Tracker. Since I had already drawn out a Moon and Mood Tracker in my Leuchtturm, I thought I would try something different here as well. I had been thinking that November could be native themed for me, so I went back to that idea and drew out a dream catcher. That was the extent of my plan for this mood tracker. I thought I could color a space on the hoop each day for my moods. Someone mentioned possibly coloring in the middle of the dream catcher, which I didn’t even think of when I was drawing it out. It is something I can come back and tweak another time, should I try to do another one. I did get to use my Gelatos to color the feathers on the left, which was fun and I really love how they came out, so I am thinking I may try to incorporate them in my spread more often. The colors are bright and vibrant, and I really like how they blended together. The feathers hanging from the dream catcher, I quickly colored with my Tombows.
Next, I did a tracker spread. This is the combination of all of my habit, self care and intention trackers for the month. They were previously separate, then last month I combined Habits and Intentions. This time I threw self care into the mix. I was kind of ready to switch things up from the circle trackers I have been using. I really like them, but I was ready to do something more linear again. I really like how this page turned out. I definitely think I will be using this layout again next month.
I added my NaNoWriMo tracker up in the section with my monthly spreads. I wanted to keep it with November, and in my LT1917 it was behind my first weekly spread. Now it is up with the other collections. It is still the same layout as before. I may still go in and decorate it.
I also transferred over the Where Does All The Time Go spread. So far, this month, I am ok with it being in my monthly spreads. I did have a thought earlier about time trackers because I made a flower tracker last year, and I really liked it. I hadn’t been using time bars in the past couple of weekly spreads because I had them more open and decorative. Since I have been doing more and more botanical drawing, I thought this would be the perfect time to add my flower tracker back in and see how I like it. In next week’s spread you will probably see them pop back up. They are also popping up in the shop later tonight or tomorrow. If you want me to explain them just let me know in the comments.
After that spread I have my One Line a Day page and then I move into my weekly spreads. I went ahead and added in last week, so the insert would be complete. I am thinking about binding all the inserts together to make yearly or quarterly books, as storage when I am done with them. I’m going to give that some more thought.
This entire setup is probably going to be a work in progress for a couple of months. I do want to give this travelers notebook idea a fair shake. So, unless I just hate it, which I doubt, I will definitely stick with it through the end of the year. I really like the concept of bound inserts but the separation of different items. This way, my long-term collections have a place where I can add to it as I see fit, but not in a complete notebook. Previously, I had two LT1917 journals in my cover. It was bulky and heavy, and didn’t allow enough separation to happen. The front journal had my collections and business plans and the back journal was regular planning. I need more inserts than that, but didn’t have room after putting two notebooks in to have a third insert. I am still not sure if I want one insert to be monthly collections and weeklies, or if I will move my weeklies in with my dailies. I will see how it works out over the course of the month.
There is still a lot up in the air with this setup, but I am excited, because I have the division and organization I was lacking. Now, if I could just settle on a paper that I really love, and in the right size (which seems to be impossible to find) I will be ecstatic. For all my International readers, you just don’t understand how difficult it is to find QUALITY A4 paper here in the states. It is almost impossible. I am determined to find something I like though. I will keep you update on that. That is going to be a wrap for today’s post. I will be back on Friday, with a review on the Crayola Brush Markers.
Until next time, Happy Journaling!
(Today’s Word Count 1767. Total on this blog: 9731. Grand Total: 14195.)
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