Time to Write

Well it’s official… putting pen to paper is actually good for your health.  In even better news, it could also score you a gift card from Officeworks!!

On one of my many visits to Officeworks this week, I noticed a table set up with some pretty pamphlets on it.  Drawn in by the pretty writing (I’m a sucker for nice lettering these days), I stopped to check it out.

Over the next 4 weeks (starting this week), your local Officeworks will be giving away a $25 gift card each week to one lucky entrant who submits a piece of writing on the weekly topic.  The topics are Goal Setting, Letter Writing, Gratitude Journalling & Creative Writing.

Visit officeworks.com.au/timetowrite to download your entry form and topic guides.  You don’t need to put a lot of effort into it, just jot down your ideas on the topic, fill in your details and drop your entry into your local store.

For more information on the survey and competition, head to officeworks.com.au/timetowrite or ask the helpful staff at your local Officeworks store.

 

NOTE:  This post is in no way sponsored by Officeworks or any other parties.

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!

 

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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