After using one of my binder ring journals as a planner for quite some time, I decided to go for something a little bit smaller and also use one of my insert journals to see how that works for me. Here's a video of how I've got it set up!
(transcript posted below video)
Good Morning! I'm Julie from Creative Moves and I just wanted to take a little bit of time and show you my new journal. This is actually my old journal. I'd been using it for a while, it's one of my three ring binder journals that I make. And I had it set up and with little calendar pages, and that has worked very well for me for a while. But I decided - I'm going to be travelling and so I decided I wanted to do something a little bit smaller. And so I changed over to one of my 4x6 insert journals. I also wanted to try using one of the insert journals as my planner and see how that went.
So, got a little handsome pronghorn on the cover, and then the binding, as you can see, I've got these elastic bands and those hold in my inserts. And I have four of them in there currently. So, let me show you how I set this up. So there's my first one, and that is my monthly calendar pages. And I just, just barely set this up, so we'll see how it goes.
And then - a little salamander guy - and that is my daily pages, so I can write down what I have to do every day, and make myself reminders.
My little hammerhead shark guy - and that - I've got some pages with grid printed on them so I can keep track of budget stuff.
And then this last one has just some different - some blank paper, some lined paper, as well as some grids, so I can use that section just as a journal. So I can write, I can draw, I can glue stuff down in that if I want.
And so there we go and I'm excited to get started using this, and we will see how it goes.
(I posted this for my friends on my personal facebook, but I decided I wanted to share it here as well)
I tried really hard to convince someone who stopped by my booth at market yesterday that drawing is ABSOLUTELY a skill that can be learned and improved upon, and they refused to believe me. But - let me tell you something. I mostly create drawings to eventually use them to create printing blocks, but 30 years ago? 20 years ago? Even 10 years ago I might have told you I was actually terrible at drawing. I didn't have nearly the skill level I have now (and I'm still learning!) - but somewhere along the way I gave myself permission to just draw and do it badly, and then with practice I got a lot better! (I'm sure there are people I went to high school with who are like 'Wait, Julie makes visual art? Wasn't she like...a band geek and dance and theatre nerd though?" Yes I was, and yes I still am ;))
So just - if you want to learn how to do something, ANYTHING art related (and of course I include the performing arts in this!), please please PLEASE don't give up before you even start! You might (and probably will be) kind of terrible at it at first. AND THAT'S OKAY!!! I know, I know, some of us hate hate HATE being bad at something (especially if somewhere along the way we got saddled with those "good student!" sort of labels) but I promise you, life's much more fun if you just...LET YOURSELF BE BAD AT STUFF!!!
*looks around...oh, uh...where did this soapbox come from and why am I standing on it all of the sudden? ;))
In the middle of another big project, during one of the many "hurry up and wait" portions (Gotta let that paint dry and the clay bake sometimes!) I pulled out some art supplies and made this ridiculousness.
A bit of the process for making my "Dance Joy" print, available as a digital download in the store!
April showers bring May flowers, as they say... A half-page calendar for April 2020 along with a half page coloring sheet bursting with flowers for you to color! Created with my hand-carved printing blocks. Click the PDF link above to download and print this sheet!
Like this? Wanna help out an independent, small-time artist?
Tossing a coin in the tip jar is always appreciated:
A hybrid bit of experimentation today. Physically block printed spider, imported in and colored/touched up digitally. I'm having fun with this!
Been working on learning how to do digital art! (It definitely involved sitting down with my oldest child and having them help me figure out how the heck layers actually worked!)
8.5 by 5.5 inch (half page) calendar pages for download! These fit the largest books I make - cut on the dotted line and use a page from your book to determine where to punch holes!
Happy happy New YEar! If you are getting a start organization for the new year, here is a download for calendar pages that will fit in my 4x6 blank books! Cut along the dotted lines, and use a current page to determine where to punch holes.