Today’s post is brought to you by Shannon‘s current obsession. It’s not even my obsession and it has snuck its way onto my blog, how does that work, eh? “But Han, what are you on about?” Planners and bullet journals. For those of you currently groaning and scrunching your faces in boredom, yeah, you may leave. I won’t be offended. I’m about to talk about stationery. And I’m not even sorry.
I don’t talk about my love for stationery very much at all. Not online. There’s not much use for paper and pens on the internet. But people who know me offline will likely have seen my eyes light up when I pass the stationery aisle in a shop or an entire shop dedicated to the papery goodness within.
And that’s actually where the internet made my obsession with stationery that much worse. Planners. That being organisers, Filofax, 6-ring binders. You get the idea. This whole entire trend for taking an organiser, intended usually for your day-to-day planning, but sometimes used as a journal, a scrapbook, or something else entirely, and personalising the crap out of it. You can buy and make your own dividers and inserts and make it your own. I bought my Collins personal organiser earlier this year with the intention of decorating it and never quite got around to doing so, though I have found the little calendar inside very useful.
Then there’s scrapbooking, smash booking, journaling, and one more recent trend: the bullet journal. I have seen a few of my friends poking around with the bullet journal, and this is actually where Shannon and myself got talking about this stuff, though I suggested combining the planner trend with the bullet journal trend, because it’s that much more personal when you can move the pages around and do so much more with it.
While I haven’t started customising mine yet, I do have some ideas for it. For starters, I never intended to keep the cover so plain for long. I just bought a cheap planner and planned to probably cross stitch a few designs and make a little cover for it. I’ve got some cheap felt and some fantasy designs in books and magazines that I have been thinking about stitching for it, though again, I just haven’t got around to it.
As for the insides, I don’t know what I want to do. I love what some people come up with, adding all sorts of pockets and little clips to jazz it up. Making custom file dividers, printing out their own inserts, using scrapbooking skills and so on to do so. This is actually where I fall short. I have a bunch of stationery supplies but the ribbons and washi tape and pens and things I’d like to be able to use to make it my own, I just don’t have, which is probably why I’ve kept it at its default for now.
That and I’m not yet exactly sure what to use the planner for. Though I did get some ideas from this video earlier today:
And then there’s the Pinterest board I’ve been adding to for months now. That is full of ideas. I know I like to have a diary in my planner so that I can keep note of holidays and plans and so on, but what else should I include? Perhaps I should use it for my blogging? I could note down my plans, my ideas, track what has and hasn’t worked, things I still need to do, my schedules. Or I could keep it life focused and write up a small bucket list. Or I could go the bullet journal route after the diary. I’m not sure, at the moment, but talking about it again and remembering all of these great ideas has got my mind swirling and I think it’s about time I started using this very simple tool, while also feeding my love for all things crafty and stationery.
Have any of you given this stuff a try? What worked and didn’t for you?