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My First Bullet Journal

I’ve been curious about the Bullet Journal concept since I started on my traveller’s notebook journey and with lots of people buying Never-ending Notebooks for this very purpose, I thought it was time I gave it a try too.

So what on earth is a Bullet Journal you ask?  Well, as I’m still getting my head around it myself I thought it might be best if the creator of this system, Ryder Carroll, explain it.  Here is a great little video of Ryder giving a brief overview.  For more detailed explanation check out bulletjournal.com

There is so much information out there on bullet journaling and it can become quite overwhelming and intimidating once you start seeing lots of creative layouts on Pinterest and Instagram.  My advice is to start simple. You can always add pretty embellishments later as the main focus of the system is ORGANISATION & PRODUCTIVITY.

Future Log inspired by @maryj13 on Instagram

If you can’t stop yourself from adding a little extra, like me, there are lots of great page layouts out there you can take inspiration from.  Don’t worry about it being perfect, you can always sketch it out in pencil first.   Always remember, it’s not supposed to be perfect, it’s supposed to keep you on top of things.

 

Before I set up my ‘Future Log’ (which is really just a simple calendar), I left space for my Index page as that is one of the most important parts of bullet journalling.  I then started on my ‘Monthly Log’ & ‘Daily Log’.  Another vital part of this system is having a ‘key’ of the types of bullets you will be using and having it somewhere that is easy to refer to.

 

My ‘key’ taped inside of one of my laminated dashboards that I will keep around my bullet journal notebook.

I won’t go into too much detail about the system in this post as Ryder Carroll’s video and website will make far more sense than me at this stage.  I will keep you posted on my progress in future posts and focus on each of the individual areas of bullet journalling.

Monthly Log

I would love to hear from you in the comments if you use a bullet journal or have tried one before.  Do you like it?  How have you changed it to best suit your needs?  What are your favorite sites and resources?

Daily Log

Well now I’m going to click ‘Publish’ on this post so I can happily mark it off in today’s Daily Log.  Happy Journalling everyone!

 

Where did I go?

So way back in March I decided to start this little blog.  I was pretty enthusiastic and had great ideas for what it would become… I even made a special Never-ending Notebook just to plan it and keep track of my posts and ideas!  So why did I all of a sudden seem to disappear?

A few month ago, I fell down the stairs and injured my shoulder.  Ouch!  It progressively got worse to the point where I couldn’t actually use it to make my books or attend markets.  Big bummer right, but surely I could still type?  Still keep working on this blog and growing my business?  That would have been the smart thing to do, but unfortunately I have this nasty habit of dropping the ball when I’ve got a good thing going.

 

This habit goes all the way back to high school days and my early twenties where I became the queen of self-sabotage.  Back then I had an excuse, probably a good one I guess, I suffered from depression.  Now why would I tell you this personal detail?  Especially since I’ve been managing it great for years and I’m a fully functioning adult (well, most of the time)?  I guess it’s because it’s nothing to be ashamed about and as a society we should talk about it more.  I was really good at hiding it back then too.  None of my friends knew, not even my family.  It wasn’t till I was around 20 that I acknowledged that it was a problem and got help.

 

This probably seems like a completely random thing to be writing about on a blog about notebooks, but in my mind, at least I’m writing something.  So this nasty habit has crept back into my life and it’s allowed me to become lazy, not just with this blog, but with all aspects of my life.  For example, I have a half finished ‘Kmart Make-over’ in progress in my kitchen right now…. that I started at least a month ago!!  As for the shoulder, it’s much better and nearly back to full function.  So no more excuses!  Time to get back in to using these notebooks for one of the main things they’re great for… Organisation!!  Thanks for letting me share with you guys and use this post to help keep myself accountable.

 

Till next week… Heidi.

Mum’s Birthday Present

So what do you get the woman who has everything… even a Never-ending Notebook?  Another Never-ending Notebook of course!

 

Recently it was my Mum’s birthday and I was faced with the dilemma of what to get her.  Over the years we have done the usual things.. jewellery, clothes, even a trip away (which was awesome but sorry Mum, that’s not going to happen every year!)  This year I really wanted to get her something she would use but still felt special.

I made this Notebook Charm to add a little glitz to Mum’s birthday prezzie! (Notebook Charms will soon be for sale too!)

My parents love to travel and spend time in their caravan, which is great for us as they come to visit every few months.  While they’re away, Mum likes to relax with puzzles and usually has a crossword book or something similar in her handbag.   This gave me an idea… maybe I could still make her something personal AND something that she would also find useful.

 

Introducing Mum’s puzzle-filled Never-ending Notebook!  As you might already know, Never-ending Notebooks are designed to fit A5 inserts and I was very happy to discover that you can get A5 puzzle books!

 

I found these at the Nextra Newsagent in Stockland, Gladstone.  They had heaps to choose from and they have new editions coming out all the time.  So when you’ve filled up a book, you can replace it with a new one and still have your stylish cover!  I did find one small crossword book from The Reject Shop but they didn’t have the same amount of variety as the newsagents.

 

Think of the possibilities!  Not only can you use the notebook inserts that come with the Never-ending Notebooks, but any A5 size book or magazine!  Colouring books, crossword books, even novels or self-help books.  The options are endless!

After receiving her present, my mother gave her friend a Never-ending Notebook containing crosswords and puzzles too.  She feels it will be a good way to keep her busy during her upcoming hospital stay.  I’d love to hear from you in the comments if you have found any other types of books to use in your Never-ending Notebooks and where you have found them.

Mum with her new puzzle-filled Never-ending Notebook.

 

Note:  This post is not sponsored by the businesses mentioned above.

Guest Blogger – Author LJ Higgins

Today’s guest blogger is the very talented author LJ Higgins.  Linda is one of my close friends who first encouraged me to share my Never-ending Notebooks with the world after receiving one of the first ones I ever made as a gift.   Read on to find out how she uses her Never-ending Notebook in her busy life as a self-published author and mum of two.

 

When I was asked to do a guest post for The Never-ending Notebook (NENB) I was super excited to be able to express my love of my own Never-ending Notebook, as well as share ways it helps me organise my everyday life. I’ve had my beautiful NENB for six months and use it just as much, if not more, than the day I received it. Not only do I love how it can be personalised to suit my personal taste (denim outer and dream catcher inner for me), but as someone who goes through many notebooks, it’s a great alternative to my, “I’ll put this in a safe place… where did my notebook get to?” approach.

A personalised Dashboard insert representing one of LJ Higgins book series ‘The Dreamer Trilogy’.

Why do I go through so many notebooks? I’m an author, and without notebooks, all of my amazing, inspired, sometimes crazy ideas, would shrivel up and die. I know that sounds a bit dramatic, but when inspiration strikes if I don’t write my thoughts down they seem to evaporate into thin air. The portability of the NENB makes life so much easier and if I am hit with an awesome idea I can scribble it down immediately. Right now I have three notebooks on the go, one for business stuff, and one each for the books I’m working on at the moment. I also have a sketch book, two pockets to store even more notes and inspiration in, and a six month planner.

I love my planner so much I don’t really know where to begin… As someone who works from home, keeping a family, personal and business life balanced isn’t always a simple task, but I find it much easier with my planner. I’m able to block out time for writing, running my various social media accounts and for any other projects I’m working on at the time. This has helped me write and work on my business during the hours my family are at school and work, and I can concentrate on my two kids and husband when they’re home. At the same time I’m able to keep track of my kid’s commitments, my own exercise, dancing, and socialising, and the weekends my husband plans to go fishing. I track my weight loss goals in the To Do List/Intentions column, and use a colour code to map out my time during the day. I use the left pages ‘To Do List & Events’ for my personal to do’s, and I use the right page for my work to do’s. I find there’s plenty of room in each day to add reminders for myself to do social media posts, blog posts and anything else that needs to be done that day. I also write my word counts for each day at the bottom of the column. I’m sure there are many ways to utilise your planner, but this is what I find works best for me.

As a writer I love books, which means I do as much reading as I can squeeze into my busy life. To help keep track of what I read, I’ve drawn up a fun book page in my sketch book where I can write the title of each book I read. I’ll post a picture so you can see. I also like to sketch, draw and design in my spare time and use the back of my sketch book for this.

So, whether you need to better organise your life, love to draw and sketch, love to take notes or just love stationary, I highly recommend you grab yourself a Never-ending Notebook. It has made my life as an author and a mum, so much easier and more organised. Thank you The Never-ending Notebook!

To stay updated with LJ Higgins novels and events, be sure to follow her on Facebook and her Blog.  If you are local to the Central Queensland region, you should also come to the book launch of her latest novel “Utopia” this Saturday.  It will be a great night full of entertainment and giveaways!

What is a Never-ending Notebook?

For those of you who are new to Never-ending Notebooks, you may be wondering “What on earth are they?”

Never-ending Notebooks are an all-in-one notebook system designed to help organise your life and ideas in a compact and portable way.  It is a concept that has been around for many years and they are also known as Travelers Notebooks in the stationary-loving community.

I thought it might be easier to ‘show’ you what they are than ‘tell’ you, so here is my very first video for The Never-ending Notebook Blog!!!

Website Launch Give-Away!

To celebrate the launch of theneverendingnotebook.com, I’m giving away this fantastic package full of some of my favorite things!! Could you be the lucky one?

 

I’m so excited to finally launch the Never-Ending Notebook website and what better way to celebrate than with an awesome GIVEAWAY! I’ve hand picked some of my favourite stationery along with a bunch of Never-Ending Notebook extra’s to put this amazing prize together.

All you need to do to be in the running to win this awesome package is to subscribe to the Never-ending Notebook blog.  How do you do this?  Just click the ‘Follow’ button located on the right side of the website and enter your details.  Once we reach 100 followers, I will randomly draw a name and contact the winner.  An announcement will also be made on social media.

This giveaway includes an assortment of my favourite items that I use in my personal Never-ending Notebooks.  Some are Never-ending Notebook products and some I have purchased elsewhere (Officeworks, oh how I love thee).

Dashboards go around your notebook inserts inside your Never-ending Notebook cover.

The Never-ending Notebook items that are included in this give-away are a Pocket Dashaboard, Laminated Dashboard, Pen Loop, Notebook Charm & a set of 4 Notebook Inserts.

The set of Notebook inserts includes a lined, grid, dot grid & sketch book.
I like to use a different colour for each area of my life – kids, home, gym, work etc.

Also included are a set of Stabilo 88 mini’s.  These are my favorite pens for writing in my planner.

Sticky notes are perfect for adding reminders to your Laminated Dashboards.

You can never have too many sticky notes and I was thrilled to stumble across this great little set.  These are great for adding notes and reminders to your dashboards, planners or anything else that takes your fancy.

I love washi tape and have quite the collection.. so I thought I’d add these in too.

If you want to get your hands on all these goodies, then make sure you follow my blog and share this with as many people as you can.  The sooner I reach 100 followers, the sooner I might be letting you know you’re the winner!

 

**Please note that only Australian residents are eligible for the Give-away**

My First Blog Post 

Welcome to the first post of The Never-Ending Notebook Blog.  I hope this blog will give you a chance to get to know me and what The Never-Ending Notebook is all about.

 

A little about me…

I’m a wife to an amazing man, mother to two crazy kids, and as it turns out, a bit of a creative individual.

I don’t remember ever being all that creative or crafty as a child… I was either thinking about horses or riding them.  As I grew up I was always impressed by how talented my mother was at sewing and cooking but I had convinced myself that it must have skipped a generation.  After all, I spent most of my time in home economics at high school unpicking whatever it was I was attempting to make!

Eventually I started to embrace my creative side (although I still can’t sew to save myself!).  When our kids came along and I became a stay at home mum, I started a small jewellery business, just as an outlet for myself.  I loved making jewellery and meeting new people but it was starting to take a toll on my hands and joints.  So in the beginning of 2016, I decided to give it up.

That was supposed to be the end of my creative business journey, or so I thought….

 

The beginning of The Never-ending Notebook…

I’ve always loved stationary and notebooks and that love affair seems to have grown in adulthood.  I will quite happily wander aimlessly around stationary stores, and if you live in the Gladstone area, you have probably seen me in our local Officeworks many times.  There is just something special about putting pen to paper, although I have been guilty of hoarding notebooks and pens “because they’re too good or too pretty to use”.  Thankfully, I’m getting out of that habit.

Late last year I came across the concept of Travellers Notebooks.  I was instantly hooked and googled everything about them.  What an awesome idea – an interchangeable and very personal notebook system!  I had to have one… So I decided to try and make one myself.  I made one for me… my kids…. and a couple of my good friends who are also addicted to notebooks just as much as me. 

With the encouragement (and bullying) of my close friends, I went into production mode and The Never-ending Notebook was born.  There is now a growing number of Never-ending Notebook users in my local area and just last month they went international when I posted one to a friend in Spain.

 

My hopes for this blog…

This is my first ever attempt at blogging and like anything, I’m sure I’ll get better at it with practice.  I think this will be a great way to share with you all the amazing and different ways you can use your Never-ending Notebook that will ensure it will work best for your individual needs.  Post topics will include; Tips & Tricks, Planning, Bullet Journalling, Events, Give-away’s, Guest posts and many more… 

I look forward to getting to know you – your passions and goals.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or ideas on products and blog posts you’d like to see.

Thanks for joining me on this journey,

Regards,

Heidi xx

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