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

BondiBook

North Books

Miliko Transparent Cover

Miquel Rius

Moleskine

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.

 

 

 

 

Lace Zipper Square Pouch tutorial



Things you will need

Cotton Fabric a lining and an outer fabric

For this tutorial i chose this unicorn print and a plain lining, this print is from Joann Fabrics

I also used medium OR light weight interfacing, the interfacing will add structure to the bag as the cotton is too flimsy and will lay flat otherwise

i used Grosgrain ribbon for the ribbon accents on the sides of the bag

Fabric – 8″x12″ 2 in main fabric, 2 in lining fabric

Zipper – 8-9″ in length

Interfacing Cut 2 at 8 x 12″

**FINISHED PRODUCT MEASURES 5 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ tall

My Fabric is direction so i will be placing the fabric in the opposite ways so that it appears right side up on the bag

First take main fabric and lining fabric and place right sides together, do this for the other two pieces

Sew along the one side (8″ side) at the top of your fabric if its direction

flip right sides out and press that seam

do that for the other side

you will then sew this zipper on top, do one side at a time placing the zipper along the edge of the sew side of your fabric, make sure your fabric doesnt get too close to the teeth of the zipper on the underside so it doesn’t end up catching in the teeth once the bag is complete

use a matching thread so it will be invisible to the naked eye, in my machine i put a pink thread on the top of my machine and kept a white thread on my bobbin, the pink will be on top and the white will be underneath

once you are done sewing on y our zipper put ride sides together, main fabric right sides together with itself and the lining right sides together

we will be sewing down each side, in this photo i will be sewing the left side and the right side

Once done you will be able to unzip your zipper and open it up and put it right sides out, but then we will put it inside out and flatten it like shown, make sure the zipper and the bottom seam are lined up

we will then insert our 2″ piece of ribbon, you might need to unzip your zipper to get the pull out of the way, use pins or clips to keep it all together as it can be tricky to hole it all in place

fold the  ribbon in half and insert between the seam and the zipper, make sure the raw edges of the ribbon are lined up with the raw edges of the bag, sew along each side of your bag

**the raw edges will be exposed and that is fine at this point

Now we will cut notches into all 4 sides of the bag, i measured a 1 1/4″ by 1 1/4″ square and cut it out, the depth of your bag is depending on this measurement

my bag is 2 1/2″ high, whatever your measurement of  your square is multiply that by 2 and that will be the height of your bag

After you cut your notches you will grab some bias tape or 1 to 1 1/2″ ribbon and cover up those raw edges, you will do this again with the next step so keep that bias tape handy

After you are done covering the sides with bias take u will then flatten each of your cuts taking the side seams and lining it up with the middle of that cut, basically take your cut open it and squish it the opposite way, line up all the fabric making sure your lining and main body fabric is all lined up together

Do this for all 4 sides, once you have sewn all 4 sides, and covered with bias tape you will carefully undo the zipper providing you gave yourself some room to access it hahah! flip it right sides out and poke the corners and your done!