Bullet Journal

Let's talk about the weather!

The weather is an essential part of our lives. Given the fact that on the east coast, it has been raining seemingly nonstop, I figured it would be a good time to discuss how the weather affects our days and how we can track it in our journals!

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Here, I've shown you how to doodle 7 different weather icons. These are very simple to do and can be completed in just 2 steps.

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I've also shown you 6 different ways to track the weather in your journal. Some people like to peek at the forecast and record it ahead of time, while others like to track it day by day. I personally like to track the weather the night before, so I know what to expect.

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For me, tracking the weather is very important since I travel for work, and I have a 4 year old in pre-school. It helps me prepare for the day ahead. Do I need to leave earlier because of a storm? Do I need to dress my child in a jacket or rain boots? Will I have to cancel my plans for the day? Do I have to water my plants or will mother nature do the work for me? There are infinite reasons why tracking weather is important, but it's also a fun little doodle snapshot of the day!

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Not sure about creating your own weather icons? Download this free printable HERE!

Thanks for stopping by! Keep creating!

-Nicole

@plansthatblossom

 


Elevated Corners For Your Journal!

Hi there! I'm back with 7 ways to elevate the corners of the boxes in your journal! Whether they are for your headers, to-do lists, or even fun page borders, these corners will add something a little special to your layouts!

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Starting with one corner at a time, work through the 4 steps of each corner design. I'd recommend using pencil to start with and then finishing off with some Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pens for color, shading, and detail!

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This is an easy approach to upgrade your layouts. If you think about the corners individually instead of the box as a whole, the process is much more manageable!

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Want to snag a free printable? Download HERE!

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Thanks, keep creating!

-Nicole @plansthatblossom


Summer Doodle Tutorials

Hi there! Tired of the cold? Sick of the snow? Well here are 5 Summer doodle tutorials to give your journal a little sunshine!

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With the end of Memorial Day Weekend, comes the unofficial start of the Summer season! What better way to celebrate than to add these little cuties to your spreads for a bit of fun?

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These were all done in 3 simple steps, because Summer is all about taking it easy! Once you've completed your doodles, feel free to add some color and detail to make it more fun! I'd recommend using Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pens since their colors are so vibrant and fun - perfect for Summer!

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In addition to these tutorials, I'm giving you a free printable of summer doodles to use however you like!

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You can grab it Here!

Keep Creating! Cheers!

-Nicole @plansthatblossom

 

 


Journal Sticky Notes!

Hi there!

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I've created 6 fun sticky note tutorials for you to use in your journals! These are very common in sketch-noting as they help reminders, important notes, lists and even powerful quotes stand out!

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Beginning with a simple square, follow just 3 easy steps to make your own sticky notes. 

All of these were created using my beloved Pitt-Artist Pens. Add color to make them fit a theme and add shadows to make them pop right off the page!

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Interested in a free sticky note printable? Grab it HERE!

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Keep creating!


Habit Tracking

My name is Nicole, and I am a habit tracker addict!

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One of my favorite parts of bullet journaling is tracking, so Faber-Castell USA and I are bringing you a list of ideas! Color coded, of course... because look at those stunning pitt artist pen colors!

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Planners enjoy tracking for accountability and productivity... to keep up with a good habit, or even stop a bad one... to get serious about life, or to slow down a little and make time for fun and self care.

I've broken these ideas into 8 categories: self care, hobby, work/school, health/fitness, home/chores, finances, family/friends, and a few others...

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Remember that these can be personalized with whatever habits fit your lifestyle. While self-improvement can be wonderful, try not to set unrealistic or outlandish goals for yourself based on other people's expectations. If you are someone who has just started to lose weight, tracking your steps could be a great starting point. If you are someone who is anxious, tracking your moods could be a great first step. If you are a workaholic, try to see if you can set 15 minute breaks a few times a day. If you are an artist or writer lacking inspiration, try to find a new way to be creative.

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I've created 3 pages of habit tracking templates for you! Daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly! Get them HERE

Happy tracking - keep creating!

-Nicole @plansthatblossom

 


18 Planner Icon Tutorials!

Hi there!

Here are 18 tiny planner icon tutorials that can used in your journals and planners!

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Did you know that I like to doodle? I’m very subtle about it... so it’s ok if you didn’t pick up on that. (kidding!)

My favorite part of doodling in my journal is that it not only allows me to be creative, but gives me the ability to say a lot with a little... ie. Tiny planner icons! These icons can be used for appointments, chores, weather forecasts, self-care time, holidays, or even traveling! You can use them as task markers for your day, or you can shrink them a bit and use them to track your habits!

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The possibilities are truly endless... they are so tiny and simple to draw, anyone can do it (I promise!)

Naturally, I have included a fun free printable of planner icons for you to enjoy! Grab it HERE!

All pens used in these tutorials are Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens - my favorite!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Keep creating!


Floral Wreath Doodle Tutorials!

Hi there! April showers bring May... floral wreaths! These are some of my favorite things to draw because they are much more simple to create than they look. They give my layouts a touch of spring happiness without taking hours to create. Naturally I use my beloved Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens!

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These wreath doodles are not only decorative, but can be functional as well. They can have text written inside of them such as numbers or dates, or they can hang above a decorative task list box for some added fun!

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Starting with a circle, slowly build onto the shape to create your wreath. I personally like to start with leaves and then build flowers around it to add depth. If there are areas that seem empty, feel free to add more leaves or florals. The sizes of the circles you create may vary, but the technique is the same!

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You can snag a free printable HERE!

Thanks for stopping by - keep creating!!

-Nicole @plansthatblossom


How To Create Minimalist Nature Doodles For Your Journal!

Well, hello there, my darling! I'm back to bring you some minimalist nature doodle tutorials for your journal!

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Don’t be fooled - minimalist journaling and drawing doesn’t always have to mean there is a lack of color! If you keep your line work simple and stick to a more simplistic palette, you can achieve something very uncomplicated and elegant!

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I’ve personally been playing around a lot with this method and I’ve been loving it! Minimalism is a hard concept for me to grasp because I tend to go overboard 99% of the time (if you follow me, you know this!) These doodles make me feel like I’m being creative without having to fill the entire page that I’m working on, which leaves room for tasks, lists, etc... plus - they are addicting! It's amazing what you can do with a few lines.

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Start with your linework first, then using a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen of your choice, make some simple flower and leaf shapes - then BOOM! You've achieved this unique style quickly and painlessly!

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As usual (I just can't help myself) I've included a free downloadable printable with a bunch of nature doodles in this minimalist style - I think you'll really enjoy them! Get them HERE!

Thanks for stopping by! Keep creating!

-Nicole @plansthatblossom


Mandala Art in Your Bullet Journal!

Hi there, friends! Did you know that Faber-Castell includes stencils in some of their Pitt-Artist Pen sets? Well... now you do! I'm quite fond of one in particular - the Mandala Art set!

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This set not only includes fabulous pens, but also stencils to help you step up your journal game! They are super easy to use and absolutely stunning on their own. Mandalas are very popular right now, but I know how challenging they can be to achieve. These stencils will give you the helping hand to be part of the craze and add something a little fun in your journals, scrapbooking, happy mail - wherever you want!

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If you want to use them in your journals but aren't sure where to begin, you can adjust them to fit your needs if you break down the shapes of the stencils given to you. For instance, you can use the inner most shapes of the mandala stencil for a simple look or tracker, or you can use the top or bottom half only to create a really fabulous header! You can even add other shapes such as leaves to make it look like a flower - the possibilities are endless!

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I've also included a free mandala printable - you can grab it HERE!

FC_PTB_MandalaPrintableThanks for stopping by - keep creating!

 


Novelty Trackers For Your Journal!

Hi there, you creative thing, you! I'm back to show you some fun novelty doodle trackers to put in your journals and planners! For my last weekly spread, I subbed out my usual habit tracker for novelty ones, and it was much more popular than anticipated! Due to said excitement from my kind following, I decided to team up Faber-Castell USA to bring you even more!

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As seen here, I’ve shown you just a few ways you can track your goals and habits. It may look complex, but trust me - it's not! If you think deeply about the habit you are trying to either accomplish or quit, you can doodle your way to your goals!

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For instance, take the water tracker example I've drawn... What I wanted out of a water tracker, is one that I can fill in every day of the week, and something that can represent the standard 8 glasses a day, per day, so this was the perfect option for me. You could prefer different types of drinking glasses, mason jars, water drops - whatever works best for you! Have fun with it!

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Fun fact: I love doodle trackers because I actually want to fill them in... which, in turn, means I am more productive... solely because I like to color! 

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Interested in these trackers and want to use them in your journal or planner? Be sure to tag myself @plansthatblossom and @fabercastellusa so we can see how you doodle your way to productivity! Are you not really into doodling, but still want to enjoy these? I may or may not have a free printable available HERE

Thanks everyone! Stay motivated, and keep creating!