A New Addiction – Washi Tape

Oh no!  I’ve started a new collection of ‘stuff’!  My inner stationary-loving bower bird has discovered Washi Tape…  Let the hoarding begin!

I first stumbled across washi tape a couple of years ago but since entering the world of ‘Bullet Journaling’, I’ve become enamored with it.  So what is Washi Tape?  It’s a decorative tape usually made from paper that originated in Japan.  The main difference to regular masking tape is the huge variety of colours, patterns and sizes it comes in.  Washi tape is easy to tear but also quite durable.

There are endless uses for it, some of which you can read about here, but my main interest came from seeing how others have been using it to personalise their journals and notebooks.  You only have to search ‘washi tape’ in Pinterest or Instragram to see all the cool things people are doing with it.

So I thought I’d share some of my bullet journal spreads that I’ve decorated recently with this wonderful stuff.  I love how just a little bit of tape can bring some brightness to the page and make me want to use my journal even more.  But remember, you don’t have to be creative at all or to go to this much effort to use bullet journaling to stay organised.  It’s the simplicity of the system that works, not how pretty it looks.

While I tend to only use Washi Tape in my Never-ending Notebook, I recently did one of the projects that I’ve seen pop up on Pinterest a few times…..  I covered my keyboard keys!!  I love it!  I know what you’re thinking, how can I see the keys?  Most washi tape is slightly transparent so you can see the letters and numbers underneath.  And if you can type ok, you tend to know where they are by muscle memory already.

So where can you find buy this great stuff?  There are loads of it available online, but locally I have found it at shops such as The Reject Shop, K Mart, Big W, Newsagents, Officeworks & Spotlight.  This huge haul I have pictured is the Crafters Choice brand and is available on sale this week at Spotlight.

I’d love to know if you’ve ever used washi tape before and for what purposes.  Or even if you’re crazy obsessed like me!

 

This post and website is in no way sponsored or affiliated with any of the above mentioned companies.

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!

 

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**

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