Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Happy Wednesday!

Last week, I gave you a glimpse into how I use my Bullet Journal monthly, weekly, and daily, as well as for collections and other random lists. At the end of the last post, I also said that I was not completely happy with my current Bullet Journal set up, and was thinking of changing my set up for July. 

July is also going to be a super fun and special month, and there is A LOT going on in the planning and journal world. July is notoriously known as One Book July for many of us planner people. Basically, it's a month where we all pare down our systems to just one book for the whole month in order to focus on what you really need out of your system. This is my favorite video that explains what One Book July is all about, and here is a blog post from Ana of The Well Appointed Desk that also explains how someone can do One Book July.

July is also World Watercolor Month, which is super cool and definitely something I knew I wanted to take part in. I know that for me, doing a watercolor every day is not feasible, along with the other instagram challenges I love taking part in, but it’s such a neat thing so I want to take part when I can. 

Finally, I will definitely keep up with the regular challenges I do, including the #PlanWithMeChallenge, as well as #RockYourHandwriting and #QuotedJuly2016 (hopefully Onica Hanby continues this awesome challenge!). Doing four challenges every day is a bit much for me, so I’m definitely going to do what I can, when I can. If you want to see my entries and posts, check out my instagram!

I decided to totally change the way I do my planning and journaling this month. I talked about how in June, I wasn’t particularly liking my system, my notebook, or my journal. So with only 20 pages left in my Leuchtturm1917, I decided to switch it up. This month, I’m using two of my favorite things: A pocket-sized Moleskine weekly notebook, and a Livre de Brouillon that I bought in France. 

Basically, I want to simplify my planning style this month, and really focus on the essential things I love and use regularly. So while my One Book July set up isn’t necessarily only one book for everything, it’s definitely a far cry from the four to five books I usually have on any given day. Read on for more specific details about my set up for July!

My favorite planner layout EVER is a week on one page with a facing page for my to-do list and notes. The first planner I loved was a Weekly Notebook by Moleskine, and I used it all the time. At this point in my life, I don't have to keep track of a lot of appointments or due dates, and not many tasks are time sensitive, so I decided to use a pocket sized Moleskine weekly notebook (Le Petit Prince edition, of course) to keep track of my work schedule, yoga, and my blog stuff. 

For journaling, art stuff, and my creative challenges, I figure I would finally make use of my favorite creative tool and use up one of the Livre de Brouillons I bought on my most recent trip to France. These notebooks are probably my favorite notebooks in the whole world. The paper quality is outstanding, they can handle watercolor, fountain pen, microns, sketching, etc. Plus the paper is white, not cream, which I love. 

My July set up is so simple, and I actually feel really good about how simple it's going to be! I want to see all of your planner set ups for July, so make sure to link up to this post, send me a shout out on twitter, or tag me in your picture on instagram! 

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