Bullet Journal

Sketchbook | Impressionistic Watercolor Hydrangeas

This is a sketchbook page I did sometime last year.  It is again the looser floral method that I sometimes use in my sketchbook. This wreath was inspired by the Hydrangeas in Beacon Hill park in Victoria.  I did this while sitting on a bench in the park and most importantly wanted to capture the colours and groupings of the different toned flowers.

Later I added a pressed flower to the middle of the wreath, though it is not a Hydrangea.  I like the idea of incorporating pressed flowers in with watercolours.

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Nature Notes | Bullet Journals

I have kept nature notes on and off for the last few years.  This is a section I have recently incorporated into my trusty Bullet Journal, as I found having a separate notebook for them was not woking.  I was less likely to make a quick note in it, and the whole idea of nature notes for me is making a short note of the state of your outdoor surroundings throughout the year.  Later you can look back and recognize patterns that occur about the same time each year in your specific area.  If you missed my previous post on starting a Bullet Journal, check it out here.

Bullet Journal Nature Notes FEB 2017

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How to Start a Bullet Journal

This year I have started a new way of organizing my life, work and various other projects and inspirations. You may have heard about the Bullet Journal… or not.

Definition:  The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, day planner, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above.

I have just started mine and look forward to sharing some of the layouts and my ideas with you.  It is a great way to stay organized and infuse each day with a little more creativity. I chose a mini binder from staples to make mine in, this way I can switch the pages around and transfer anything over for next year’s journal that I want to keep.

If you are an avid list maker, have more than 3 notebooks on the go at one time, and love stationary items and office supplies——THIS IS FOR YOU!

It took me a little bit to get the concept and customize it to how it would fit my life best, now that I have I am so glad I took the time to lay it out.  I feel organized and inspired and feel I have a much better idea of what I hope to accomplish and where I can add more balance into my life this year.

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This is a good article to get started with and find a little more out about the Bullet Journal system: Learn more here.

It doesn’t have to be fancy! Above is an example of a page I am working from right now to create this newsletter.  The difference between this and a random note in a notebook is that this page is now indexed and easy to find again, I can add to it for each months newsletter and look back to see what I have covered earlier in the year each time, and it is now one collection in a larger group of collections which together create a cohesive big picture for my brand, and creative business ideas and where I want to go with them this year.

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Impressionistic Watercolor Florals

Once in a while I like to loosen up with impressionistic watercolour florals.  I mostly do this for the enjoyment of seeing the movement of the paint on the paper and the blending of colours. Above are a few examples of these florals.  I was able to quickly layout a design on 90 lb watercolour paper and used it as a cover design for my Bullet Journal.Floral Heart

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Bullet Journal Watercolour Floral Cover

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