April Showers Bring… // May BUJO Setup

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Hello!

Oh wait… I must’ve mean’t to write January in the title ’cause it sure don’t feel like May!

It’s crazy to think how fast everything’s going. Wow. Even in quarantine, I feel almost as busy as before, even without going places. It’s been nice to get to do things I’ve wanted to do or needed to do. I’ve been able to paint a lot, I finished changing up my room, cleaned a lot, I’ve written new music, it’s been nice.

Whilst we’ve been doing school during the day (while my Mom reads aloud) I’ve been working on my May bullet journal setup.

 

I’ve been wanting to try watercolors in my bujo for awhile, so I figured I’d give it a go this month. I’m pretty happy with it, I love all the colors and the dainty floral.

To the left, I started out the month with a quote, “the earth laughs in flowers” and I put various florals beneath. To the right I have the first page of the month, which states the month and is surrounded by flowers.

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My next two pages are the calendar for the month. My April calendar (see here) was left quite blank, since there was no event in April, but I thought I’d do one for May, just in case. (:

I wrote “May” again, and I did a border of flowers around the calendar. If you remember August, I did the same calendar layout there. I needed a bit more color, so I did a little dollop of color where the day’s number goes

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This left page is my goals and to do’s for the month. I needed a bit more color so I… you know… completely filled in the rectangles with completely random colors in my watercolor pan. *slightly convincing grin* XD

My next page is my habit trackers. For this month I am trying to build the habit of 5+ bottles water, daily bible reading, practice all the instruments, and walk/run daily. Do you have any habits to build this upcoming month?

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My first weekly log is fairly simple, the first square says it’s “the first week of May” and flowers. I went and drew in the other squares and I colored in the 0’s with different colors.

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The next page is my Spring100 mile tracker. I surrounded this with flowers and incased it in black.

The next page is a quote, another “flowery” one. XD

“Bloom where you are planted”

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The next weekly log is a loopy layout, pretty easy, too! I put the date in a circle with flowers inside. Underneath “notes” I decided to add a few more flowers. Better get as many as I can in there, ya know?

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Hehe, I took a picture whilst I was photographing this setup. I had to squat to take the photos, so it was a funny photography setup. XD

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My next page is for blog post ideas. Do you have any for me? I’d love to know!

The next one is my letter tracker. The “stamp” (which is a box I check if I’ve sent a reply) I painted different colors along both of the pages on the bottom.

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I wanted to be a bit more conservative for the third weekly log, so I am trying putting the whole week on one page. Hopefully it’ll work, small writing must get to work! On the left of the day I have a flower, on the right, the date.

The right page is a.. window. Hehe! Quite random, but fun!

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I squished the rest of the month (10 days) onto two pages. I did lines of color, with words appearing to be behind that, and on the color I wrote the same, though in cursive. This is my happy page. I like how vibrant the colors came out for this weekly log a lot. On the bottom of the right page, I did “end of the month to-do’s” and flowers.

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These pages are some of my favorite. I got excited about Summery colors, so I went ham. XD

This is my “Summer Goals” pages, and the category I chose are Blog, Bible (as in scripture memorization, daily readings/plans, etc), Art, and Other (like baking, cooking, cleaning, etc). This can be stretched over many pages or turned into multiple columns. You might like to use this, even if you don’t bujo. I find that setting goals for myself helps me be more productive, especially if it’s in a time (like Summer) where you have more time on your hands. (:

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Normally, in the beginning of the year I make an address page, but I realize that I hadn’t yet, so I did! I used thin washi tape as a border between the different addresses. At the top I used a banner (see my banner post here), and I made it  rather loopy to opposite the straight lines.

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I hope y’all enjoyed this month’s setup! I can NOT believe May is almost here. What are your May’s typically like? Anything to look forward to?

Have a wonderful rest of your day!

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What was your favorite part of April? What are you hoping to achieve in May? Which page is your favorite this month? How’s your quarantine so far?

Spring Photography // a collection of photos

Hey all!

I have accumulated many a photo lately, so I though I would share. I am not going to write much, I just thought I’d add all of these photos. (; I hope you enjoy!

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Don’t you love golden hour? My favorite time to photograph.

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Even weeds are beautiful in the right light.IMG_1071

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The beginnings of Summer berries!

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I hope you enjoyed! I know this wasn’t my usual post format, but sometimes change is good! I hope you are all well and safe!

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Do you light photography posts? Isn’t golden hour great? What’ve you been up to? How is your Spring turning out?

HUH? DID YOU SAY… APRIL? // Bullet Journal Setup

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Hello! Greetings! Good day!

I hope you’re all well and happy!

CANNOT believe April (april!!) is almost here. I can practically touch it! You know what the means?? A quarter of 2020 is already gone. Poof! Like that. Man.

Well, I did do a bullet journal stupor the lovely month of April, and I hope you like it!

This month I went with a diamond/gem theme. I also wanted to do a “monochromatic” look, meaning all the same color, but I did do different shades. I went with purple. I did this theme with a friend, so I believe she did blue. It’s fun to see different styles and tastes when it comes to art and bullet journaling.

For the gems and diamonds I outlined some them with the purple, and others I filled in and did a darker shade on top. This helped create a little dimension and varying tones, not such a blank slate, if you know what I mean.

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I spread this month’s calendar across two pages. For the squares I took turns using the different colored purples. I used my Tombow dual brush pens in the shades 603, 623, 553 and 620. 

I used to fonts, a typewriter style and cursive/brush style. I like to switch it up, It helps it not to be too similar.

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This page was a bit different than what I normally do, I wanted to break it up and do half side habits and goals, half side Reminders and habits. I just felt like breaking it up. I also did gems on the bottom on one side and on the top on the next page. My habits this month: Water (5+ cups), music practice, bible readings, and exercise (running and walking). Do you have any habits this month?

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My first weekly spread is fairly simple, just the rectangles in purple along with the first one proclaiming what week it is and some more diamonds and gems.

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I wanted to add a quote page this year, since these help a lot when I want to add something special to a letter or paint it, so I added one in. Not much there, I mail kept with the theme(:

The next page is my April letter tracker (whenct I received and whom I received from and the square in the corner is for when I mail a reply, I’ll check it.) This helps me keep track of if I’ve written letter back and who it’s from, etc. They’re quite helpful. You could turn this into tracking bills, anything like that. It can be customized any way you please!

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The left page here is my Money tracker. I normally teach piano and do some other things, but all of that had to be cancelled during this time of the Coronavirus, so this page won’t be used much. (I did most of this before the threat was really real) 

My to do page I wanted to change a bit, so I put it all in on giant gem. XD

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I really enjoyed my dutch-door page from last month, so I made another for April. I made it a cut out in the shape of the gems. I made it so it matched on both sides when you flip it. I don’t know why, but dutch door spreads are happy!

I added weekly events on the left and weekly to-do’s on the right.

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This weekly log I changed up a bit, doing more of a long style setup. Hehe, I accidentally used a pinky-purple in this by accident. XD Do you like it?

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Forgive this photo quality! XD

 

This next page is my mile log for the Spring100. I have been just writing them in the calendar page, but I figured a log like this might be more helpful. The next page is the start of the next weekly log. (the last week of April)

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This is the last page of April! I finished the month out, and I made weekly to-do’s on the side, and some gems and a big ‘ole “farewell April” to close out the month.

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I hope y’all liked that! How are you doing? I sure hope everything’s dandy with you and your’s!

Oh yes, before I forget, I have a few miscellaneous letter art photos to share(:

I’ve been really into theming my letters. This one I did kind of a blue/galaxy theme with watercolor and such.

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We went on a trip in September and I wanted to write back to some of my favorite spots on that trip. I did some envelope art of the areas I was in(:

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An adorable motel we stayed at in Red Lodge, MT. They had adorable stickers that looked like this envelope.

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Well, that’s it. I hope you all enjoyed, and happy Sunday!

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Did you do a April bullet journal setup? Do you like purple? How’s quarantine life for you? Do you like cheese (say yes. XD)?

 

 

Spring is still here.

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Isn’t it chaotic? The world, I mean.

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It seems like everywhere you look, or listen, there is some new news. Some new discovery or new report of this illness.

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I was in the midst. I have been caught up in checking where it was, how it’s spreading, and we partly joined in the worry. (Boy, I’ve never gone to the grocery store so much! XD)

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Just because there’s something scary going on in the word, doesn’t mean the world stops.

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The flowers bloom, the birds, in their tumultuous songs, are everywhere.

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I took a drive in our old golf cart around the property the other day and realized,

Nature goes on. God doesn’t stop Spring and turn it grey to suit the mood. It’s as beautiful as it always is.

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I don’t know what to make of this pandemic. It is scary. But we can’t let our fear or worry let us forget that there is still beauty. And behind it a God who loves and cares deeply, more deeply than we can fathom, for US.

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I know this is happening to people who you may know, maybe your close family, maybe you. I hope and pray everything will be well, I truly do.

God loves you. It’s a wonderful thing to remember in a time like this. He can turn ugly into beautiful, awful into wonderful.

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I just wanted to share some thoughts I have during this time. I hope you are doing well and are safe at home. I am praying for you. Be well!

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How is the pandemic where you are? Are you at home for awhile? What are you doing during this time? 

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Hath Spring Sprung? // A Collection

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Hello everyone! How are you? Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Do you do anything to celebrate?

Spring is getting near and the signs are everywhere! Ah, *sniffs* Spring!

Everything’s fairly bursting with buds and color and blooms and petals, isn’t it lovely?

I’ve taken a few pictures lately and I thought I would share! ❤

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All this reminds me of a poem I made when I was probably, uhh.. 7 or 8:

“Spring has sprung in the air so people can enjoy it everywhere.”

 

*stares into the eyes of my 7 year old self awkwardly*

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Speaking of Spring, the fourth annual Spring100 starts on the 19th! It’s a wonderful challenge hosted by Rachel from Shiloh photography.  You walk (or run) 100 miles by the time Spring ends (June 20th). Rachel has made it very easy to go to her website and log your miles every Monday along with some sweet pictures from other families doing the challenge, you can even send one in yourself! It’s so fun, and a great thing to do in the lovely Springtime. I will be doing it with my Mom for our second year, I’m excited! Hop on over to Shiloh Photography and sign up!

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Heh, my sweater. XD

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We recently made a trip to Savannah, GA for about a week. While I was there I was very happy to be able to take some around-the-town photos of the wonderful and lovely Molly Elizabeth Gibson.

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We got a few together. So fun!

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We had a lot of fun walking from place to place snapping photos, and I was enjoying the BEAUTIFUL Savannah scenery.

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Speaking of Molly Elizabeth, she just released her new music video, Danny Boy! Since it’s a famous Irish song, and since today’s St. Pat’s, Have a listen! You’ll be glad you did. SO pretty. ❤

While we were there, we got to spend quite a bit of time with sweet cousins and family at my Aunt’s house.

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Too much cuteness! ❤

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I love taking photos like these. Looking back upon them, you can almost feel you’re there, right there, in the moment.

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I believe that’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed this little clump of photos!

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Which part of this was your favorite? Have you ever been to Savannah? Don’t you just LOVE Spring? Will you be doing the Spring100 this year? How did you like the music video? 

Drop Shadows // Additions For Lovely Lettering

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Hhaapppyy Sssuunnddaayy!

Also, happy National Day of Prayer! I hope you are all safe and well.

I have been rather scant in posts lately, but I’m a comin’ back. I have been doing lots of letter art and lettering in general, and it crossed my mind that I haven’t done that many lettering posts.

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When I first started brush lettering in 2018, I would look at pictures of quotes and things and I would see these “shadows” on the letters that kind of made them look 3D. I thought that was so cool, but it took me awhile to learn, But now that I do it a lot I thought I’d share it with you! So I hope this helps you with your drop shadows. They’re so fun to add.
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I use drop shadows a lot for bullet journaling and writing letters, and I thought you all might like to see how I go about mine.
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To start out, pick one of your favorite markers or brush pens or pens. I’m using Tombow Dual Brush pens for this tutorial.
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#1 Basic Dropshadow

I lettered a simple “hello” because it has a lot of good shapes to practice on. You can write anything, though!
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For the drop shadows on this one I’m using my Pilot Frixion ball pen. (GUYS, it’s erasable!  Perfect for writing.)
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Start on the top of the downstroke of the letter. In brush lettering, this is the thickest part. If you’re writing with a regular pen or marker, just imagine where you pulled the pen down.
I always draw my drop shadows on the left, but that’s a personal preference.
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When you get to an intersection between lines, (like below) don’t go over it. Stop, pick up your pen and go over that line, and then begin directly after it. It’s a minor detail, be it makes it look more like a shadow.
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Continue drawing your drop shadows on the rest of the letters.
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Whenever you get to a letter like O, it can be a bit tricky to decide what to do. I always start on the inner portion (where you would start the letter) and I do my regular downstroke.
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Then go on the upper portion and start.
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When you get to the overlapping part, go until you meet the line you entered the letter on. Jump over it, then continue with your line to distinguish the overlapping and the beginning sections, but don’t go any farther.
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VOILA!  It’s a simple way to add a little fun to your lettering.
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#2 A Bit More Plump

The next one is one I do often.

Instead of a regular pen, I’m using the Tomdow fudenosuke hard tip (My favorite. I use this most every day!) to do the drop shadows. This will create a more thick line without it being too thick.

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Start again from the top of the downstroke, and head down, jumping over any line intersections.

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TAA DAA!

It’s a bit more of a bold look, I like how it looks like a shadow. This can be done with any tools, too, which is a plus!

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#3 A Bit More Fancy

This is what I most use when it comes to drop shadows, I love how the shadows… scroll for more!

I’m back to the Pilot Frixion pen, but you can use anything(:

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Start by doing the same thing as the other two, draw the drop shadows along the edge of the downstrokes.

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Once you’ve done that, go back to the first letter and start your line on the top of the entering line.IMG_0916

Continue that line over where you intersected the lines and up into the loop. Don’t go all the way around, your new line should stop under where the other one started.

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Start again on top of the next line. End mid-arch, never overlapping your first set of drop shadows.

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Next to the loop going into E the same way. Also to the loop on e. Continue this way until you’ve reached the end.

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Yay! This is my favorite way to do drop shadows. It’s so fun and easy!

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#4 A Shade Lighter Than The Rest

This is a subtle and fun way to add dimension to your lettering, and it’s easy and fun, too!

Pick a color, any color, then find a lighter one, probably 60% lighter. If you do black, find a light grey. Navy, find light blue. I did blush pink/mauve, so I found a faint/baby pink.

Here are the two most used backdrop colors I use, 800 (baby pink) and N89 (warm grey) (also 873 (coral), but I didn’t snap a photo)

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Take the brush side (or however you can make a thick stroke on the pen you use) and do the same as the first two, start at the top of the downstroke and go down.

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Done! It’s a subtle way to add depth and dimension, and the outcome is really pretty!

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As a little bonus onto this style, you can take a black pen (I’m using the Frixion one again) and line the downstrokes close to the original letter.

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#5 A Different Hue

I picked a envelope with a medium color, turquoise, and I wrote in an equal tone.

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Instead of black or pink or grey, grab a white, silver or gold. I’m using my white Uni-ball Signo broad gel pen. (Ammaazziinngg)

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Start like before, starting at the top of the downstroke and going down.

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Then, like #3, line the inside of the upstrokes.

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I love how this creates more of a highlighted look than a shadow. It’s so pretty on toned paper such as this.

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I hope you all enjoyed this little tutorial! Let me know what you thought!

Have a happy Sunday!

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Which was your favorite, #1, #2, #3, #4, #5? Do you like tutorials like these? Want more lettering posts, or something else (what else?)? Do you like bradford pear trees? Snails or worms? XD

Recent photography // Moon, stars, birds, etc!

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Howdy thar!

Well, I believe that’s enough of my southern accent for one post. XD

Hello! I hope you’re all doing well!

Recently my camera has been in full use, almost daily. The weather has provided some lovely shots, from rain, to snow, to heat, to MORE rain, to more heat, and things finally starting to bloom, it’s been fun to experiment!

I’ve enjoyed using Canva to edit and adjust my photos, it’s such a great site!

One thing I’ve been wanting to really work on this year is nighttime photography. I understand my settings, but for some reason night photos were always reeeeaaally dark. I’ve just started to figure it out, so here are some shots from that!

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You can juuuussstt make out Orion’s belt there. Don’t you love stars?

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Haha, I sneezed while I was taking a picture of this star. XD

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With so much rain, the birds have enjoyed getting out and eating. They, for some reason, love to sit on my window.

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It looks as if he’s falling! I love watching the birds outside.

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The animals, especially during the snow we got a week or two ago, really enjoyed being out.

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The evening sky was especially majestic one night. Ah, those colors! True art.

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Hehe, these are some strange violin-playing pictures for ya.😂

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I bet we’ve had over two feet of rain this year. It’s been crazy!

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Heh, we weren’t supposed to have pond here.

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aannnddd… then there’s me. 😆 My good friend Savannah took some pictures of me when I went to her house one day.

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This was me back in June when I still had bangs. XD I just found this.

I have been painting and drawing deer a lot lately, so I decided to put a little fawn on a letter. I really like how this one turned out. Have y’all ever seen baby deer? In the Spring/Summer they cross through the field next to us a lot. They’re so cute!

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I hope you enjoyed a few recent photos I’ve been taking! Let me know, which was your favorite?

I hope you’re all doing wonderfully!

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What’s your weather like? Do you have snow? Do you like sunsets? How about fawns? What’s your favorite season? What are your thoughts on Mac ‘n cheese; the real deal, or from a box? 

If you would like to try Canva, here is my link for joining. When you do, you’ll receive a free premium image, illustration, or art! Go check it out!

February? Already? // Bullet Journal Setup

February

Greetings and Salutations!

Let’s just slow down a minute… Where did January go?!

It feels like this month flew past, does it to you?

Anyway, February is right around the corner (currently 11 hours and 40 minutes away), so I got my bullet journal ready for the new month. I hope you enjoy!

This month’s theme is Eucalyptus. I wanted to go for a simpler theme this month using only a few colors, so I used a blue/green and light pink and gold.

My eucalyptus is very simple, just round leafy shapes.

I used my Tombow dual brush pens for all of this. (Heh, y’all probably here me talk about them all the time. They are just the best for bullet journaling! <3)

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My next page includes the rest of the calendar and my goals for the month, also including the eucalyptus.

the other page has the monthly habit trackers in light pink (♥️), 5+ cups water, bible reading, skin care, and music practice.

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My next pages are pretty simple, just to do’s and reminders. I included a few colorful stickers from my beloved Hob Lob (as my Mother and I call it. XD) because I needed some more color.

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This next page I meant  to do in January, but I had already started February when I remembered. It’s the birthdays page. This is really helpful to me throughout the year to reference. I just wrote the month name over a highlighter and then wrote the birthdays underneath with their date.

The other page is my monthly letter tracker. I used the light pink and did eucalyptus in the background.

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This page is my monthly money tracker: Earned, expenses, balance of the two. It’s really  helpful and keeps me organized.

I had to do some kind of valentine’s day related theme, so I wrote proverbs 3:5 among some hearts. ♥️

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The next page is my blog post ideas for the month.

The next is from my last post where I did a banner tutorial. I ended up coloring them in for fun.

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This is my washi tape collection spread. I like to include this in my bullet journals so I can look at the one I want to use before I tear it off the roll.

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This next page is a packing list for when we go to my Aunt’s house later this month. I doodled some suitcases/train cases for fun. (:

The next page is my daily routine. I made this last year and I enjoyed looking at it to motivate me. I did light pink bullet dots and the eucalyptus.

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And that’s it! I hope you all enjoyed! Stay posted near the end of this month for March, I’m really excited for that one.

New posts coming soon!

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Which page did you like the most? Do you like eucalyptus? Anything  fun planned/ happening in February? Puzzles or card games?

 

Recent Letter Art… PART TWO!

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Hello again!

I recently made a letter art post, though many more pictures have amassed in the good ole’ memory card, so I thought I would empty it until the next time! (which, I almost promise, won’t be a week from this one)

I hope you enjoy!

I love to theme my letters or make everything (inside and out) the same. This letter to my friend Bronwyn I kept the same, using the gold Tombow dual pen 026, and grey one, N89 and the bullet end of a back one to create a shadow effect and I also used the grey one for a border.

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I feel like keeping it cohesive and match-matchy makes letters really pretty and there are so many ways to change it up with the lettering and art and styles, so fun!

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I love creating wild, fun art on the envelopes. Though, if you’re using waterbased pens, be sure to seal it in something or else it will look like watercolor if it goes through rain–and you might not want that. XD

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Hehe. My friend’s name is IrisAnne, so I attempted to make the letters in her name different flowers. Failed attempt? XD

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I love using washi tape as borders, and lately I’ve been loving layering two tapes, or even three, for variety in color and shapes. It’s simple, but still fun!

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I layered this one as well. I love layering pattern on solid or vise versa. (Thanks to one of my pen pals for sending some silver washi tape. I love it!)

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For that letter I used a silver theme, with that same backdrop black shading as the first letter. OH! My brother got me some awesome pen+gear pastel envelopes for Christmas that have a sticky backs so that you don’t have to lick them. *ahhhhhhh* I DIDN’T KNOW THIS MAGIC WAS REAL. If you understand the mucho disgust in licking the envelope, you’ll love these.

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This one I just did a basic black font, but I went with a more script font than I normally use. I want to start adding more loops, but I don’t know, they scare me! (:

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I went very abstract and bright with this one. I wanted to include bunches of shapes. What do you think?

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This one’s pretty simple, another floral theme. This pen pal loves purple, so I tried to include that a good bit(:

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I experimented with a circular/abstract/mandala art in watercolor for this one. I really enjoyed the outcome! It was fun creating the shapes.

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I wanted to use a yellow envelope for this letter, so alongside the “sunny” (know where I’m going?XD) yellow, I drew a rather sketchy sun. I think it turned out pretty cute! I love yellow.

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I wrote my friend Sammi in French, so I addressed it (other than the actual address, I didn’t think the postman would be fluent. XD) in French, alongside a flower. I also use that same technique for a backdrop as before.

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I painted this pen pal’s name, but then I thought, “hmm… this needs some color.” VUA LA!   (is there an actual way to spell that?) Hehe. I just randomly placed oblong shapes in different colors everywhere.

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For the entering greeting in a letter like “Dear …” or “Hello, …” I like doing lettering and I usually close with lettering as well.

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This one I basically used my Tombow pen as a highlighter and lettered on top and added some random greenery. I did this to a lot of letters because I liked it, but I’l only show this one. It’s fun to do this in different colors. (:

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I love using bold washi tapes on the back with matching lettering. Ah, don’t you love washi tapes? ♥

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(I use that washi tape combo a lot. XD)

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Well, that’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed part two! I hope you’re all having a great day!

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Do you like envelope art posts? Would you like to see lettering posts in the future? What’s you’re opinion on kale? Do you like peppermint?