Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Bullet Journaling, Nerdkirk Style.

As promised, I'd love to share with you my summer bullet journal.  

Over the last school year, I experimented with a few different types of notebooks.  I jumped headfirst to start and began with a Moleskin journal.  I had read several blogs of people who recommended them, so I went to Target and got one.  

And to be honest...I didn't love it.  Sure, the quality is great.  The paper was very smooth to write on, which I like.  But I didn't like the way it tried to fold closed when I was writing in it.  It had dots instead of lines and I don't think I really liked that either.

Next, I tried a Greenroom spiral notebook from Target.  I definitely liked it better than the Moleskin.  But I didn't like the "spiral" part.  Sometimes a page would get a little bit torn out and then those little "spirally" papers were all over the place.  I'm not even sure I liked the lines on there.

As I'm typing this, I'm realizing that maybe I'm a little too picky when it comes to office supplies.

They don't call me Nerdkirk for nothing!

So ANYway, I stuck it out with the spiral notebook for the rest of the school year, but was looking for a change.  And that's when I stumbled upon this beauty...for $3.97 at WalMart.  That's right...just under $4.00.

It's a Casemate 240-page Lay Flat Journal.

Of course, I had to do a little decorating of the cover.  Might add some pictures of the girls or something on there soon...we'll see!  

Here is what the pages look like on the inside.  It's just thick brown craft paper and I LOVE IT.

So I started by counting three two-page spreads per week for this summer.  

The first two pages are my ongoing "to do" list for the week.

The second two pages are just divided into eight boxes.  The first seven boxes are the days of the week and the last box is for our menu.

I added the dates and "appointments" first. 

Sidenote: I COULD NOT LIVE without my Google Calendar.  This is where I make photography appointments, add the girls' ballgames and practices, add dinners with friends and planned activities.  My Bullet Journal absolutely doesn't replace my electronic calendar, but I really like to have things written down on a paper copy.  I'm a paper person.

I fill in the menu like this...

The third set of two pages is where I'm planning to do my Bible Journaling this summer.  I'll still journal in my Bible, but I love the idea of studying one concept all week and going with it as I do some crafting. 

Sidenote: This week, I'm reading through Ruth, as a follow-up to our minister's sermon last Sunday.  Good stuff.

Here is my to-do list all filled in.  I take the tasks from my ongoing list and put them onto the specific dates for the week.  If I don't get them done, I just move them to the next day or the next week.  

I tried to fade this out a little bit so you guys don't notice just how ridiculous I am with the color-coding and all of the tiny tasks I add to each day.

No, but really...I have checkboxes with all of my tasks assigned to a day.  I have a different color for different tasks...
Black - Home/Personal
Purple - School/College
Orange - Church
Green - Photography
Duke Blue - Harlee
Pink - Claire
Lime Green - Mattie
Red - Budget/Bills

Seriously.  NERDkirk.

On Friday or Saturday sometime, I sit down and fill in my week for the next week.  It's relaxing and actually pretty therapeutic.

I'll share the "ideas" section of my journal tomorrow.

Feel free to share pictures of your Bullet Journal if you decide to join me this summer on this adventure!  <3

Happy Journaling!

1 comment:

  1. Hi I just got the same lay flat journal from walmart. I love it! I use acrylic waterbased markers (Posca & Sharpie) and Sakura Moonlight Gelly Roll pens. The bright colors really pop on the brown paper. Especially the white pens. It makes the acrylic paint look like chalk paint. The paper is a little lighter than a paper bag. I don't know if I can recreate it, so I might have to go back to Walmart to get the rest of these cute journals!
    Thanks for sharing, I use mine for doodling, diary writing and art journaling. Have a good day :)