Bullet journal for beginners


What is bullet journaling?

A bullet journal is a customization and forgiving organization system, it can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, diary, calendar, and over all life tracker.

What do i need to get started?

First i would suggest finding a notebook you love, there are many notebooks designed for the bullet journaler in mind but at the end of the day any notebook that you love will do just fine

weather its lined paper, grid paper, dotted or blank these all are totally up to your own preference and dont add or take away the end result.

I will include a list of popular notebooks on the market today, the one i love to use is the Leuttreum1917


North Books

Miliko Transparent Cover

Miquel Rius


Once you have found the book of your dreams now you will need to find the tools, if you have a pen or felt tip marker that you love test it on the last page to see if it goes through your pages, the last thing you want is to start a page spread the discover your pen has bled through to the other side rendering the other side useless

I found these great pens from U-Brand that are bleed resistant from homesense and i only wish i could find them again here in Canada

Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens

Copic multi-liner

U-brand Gel pens

Tombo duel end brush pens

Different tools such as rulers, protractors, erasers, pencils, sharpeners are great to have on hand, i like to map out my spreads with pencil and then retrace with a black felt tip pen

From here you can of course add decorative touches, if you are a minimalist then you can of course stop there but if you are looking at this as a life tracker/creative outlet then you can add some personality with Decorative washi tape,  Water Colour, Markers, stickers, stamping and so many other things

OK! you are ready to start your spread, What items would you want to include in your planner? what things would you like to track?

Check out this awesome list, check off some of them and write them down.

100+ bullet journal ideas

plan out your first few pages, start off with a Title page

this can be very overwhelming to start and a bullet journal wont be made in a day just like Rome, even if you start planning for the month of February but work on making the journal in January so you are ready to go on the 1st of the month.

your first journal might not be everything you want it to be as its a work in progress, don’t get discouraged and write down all the things you like and disliked so next month or year when you buy your new journal you will have exactly the way it worked best for you

The great thing about this is its can be a journal of your life and you can collect these books over the year to have  to look back at memories and moments in time.





Adult Mittens S, M, L

Get the pattern HERE to make these

Cut out pattern and cut out 2 piece of Each fabric,  when doing the second glove flip the pattern to cut it out opposite, cut the fleece with the stretch going from side to side

Lay the palm piece onto the bottom of the palm piece lining up the thumbs, sew down the straight edge next to the thumb, around the thumb and then stop where i did

fold open the piece and then lay that down ontop the large piece with right sides together

sew along the left side as shown, around the finger tips and down the  side of the glove stopping at the base of the thumb, flip the thumb piece up and then continue sewing down the rest of the side

Fold up the bottom 1/2″ and hem with a zip zag stitch

Snip the rounded edges to help the fleece lay flat once flipped

Love these soo cute!


How to make a Wallet – Sewing pattern

I wanted to make a wallet perfect for a child, but could also be used for an adult, i love how it provides security for small change, a bill pocket and a few card slots!

A video tutorial is over on my youtube.com/charmedbyashley

This is where you will find the pattern measurements!

  1. – 2 x 9×5″ outter pieces
  2. – 2 x 9 x 4.5″ inner pieces
  3. card slots  4.5 x 19″ (one continuous piece that will be folded into slots, watch the video to see exactly how i did it if it gets a little confusing)
  4. Tab piece – 3.5 x 3.5″
  5. Zipper pocket 1 – 4.5×4.5″ 1 – 3.5 x 4.5″
  6. 1 piece of Bias tape ( ready made ) or use the same or a contrasting fabric – 9″ x 2.5″

First i work on the card slot, using a Hot iron i will use a business card to help with the folding and to judge how deep you want your slots to be, putting the card on your fabric and folding the fabric over the card and then back again with create a “slot”  to visualize its sort of an accordian fold, make sure you fold the fabric back 3.5″ before you start folding your slots so you dont have raw edges inside your wallet

For a full demonstration check out the video linked here ->

This is how the back looks like and that part on the left will be folded over the back to line up with the other raw edge

attacked the two pieces to your zipper in this way, lay your fabric right sides down sewing along the zipper and then fold it back and do a top stitch, the 1 piece of fabric is shorter because you will be folding back the long piece behind the zipper to line up the raw edges and that will create your pocket, its not lined but i dont feel its necessary but if you feel you need to line it then that is totally up to you

This is how the longer fabric turns under the zipper and lines up with the shorter fabric, and you will take your inner two pieces with the wrong sides facing each other, lay it on the table and place your card slots on one side and then the zipper on the opposite side in this way

Now you will attach the bias tape at the top of this piece, this will secure all the inner pieces together, then it is best to base the rest of the wallet to keep all the pieces in place (A Baste is when you just do a quick sew around quickly, not intended to secure things and can be done with the longest stitch on your machine)

to sew the tab fold in half and sew down 2 sides, flip it right sides out and top stitch around the three sides

Now its time to put it all together, place one of the largest rectangles right sides facing up, place the inner wallet on top with the right sides facing up, place the tab on either side with the length of the tab near the middle of the wallet, place the last piece of fabric ontop with the right sides facing down.l

Sew all the way around while leaving a 3″ gap for turning

Custom Canvas Prints from Michaels

Add your buttons and if you dont know anything about these types of snaps which are called KAM snaps check out my tips video here!

Do a small top stitch around the entire wallet securing that gap that was using for turning and then your done!

Love how this turned out and i hope you give it a try! i am very happy with this one but not so happy with the one in my video… it still gives you an idea on how to create this wallet so DONT JUDGE ME!! if you go over that haha… i am in no way an expert

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